Today’s Daily Update

Senate considers nominations and child care; House considers health care and energy legislation.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation Act of 2014: H.R. 4076, to address shortages and interruptions in the availability of propane and other home heating fuels in the United States
    • Supporting the people of Venezuela as they protest peacefully for democratic change and calling to end the violence: H. Res. 488, amended, to support the people of Venezuela as they protest peacefully for democratic change and to call to end the violence, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 393 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 92
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”Supporting the people of Venezuela as they protest peacefully for democracy, a reduction in violent crime and calling for an end to recent violence.”
    • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act: S. 23, to designate as wilderness certain land and inland water within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in the State of Michigan
    • North Fork Watershed Protection Act: H.R. 2259, amended, to withdraw certain Federal land and interests in that land from location, entry, and patent under the mining laws and disposition under the mineral and geothermal leasing laws and to preserve existing uses
    • Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act: H.R. 3370, amended, to delay the implementation of certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 306 yeas to 91 nays, Roll No. 91; and
      • Agreed by unanimous consent that in the engrossment of H.R. 3370, the Clerk be authorized to make the corrections placed at the desk.
    • York River Wild and Scenic River Study Act: H.R. 2197, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate segments of the York River and associated tributaries for study for potential inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
  • The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed:
    • United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act: H.R. 938, amended, to strengthen the strategic alliance between the United States and Israel and
    • Better Buildings Act: H.R. 2126, amended, to facilitate better alignment, cooperation, and best practices between commercial real estate landlords and tenants regarding energy efficiency in buildings.
  • Presidential messages: Read a message from the President wherein he transmitted to Congress his Budget of the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2015–referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 113-84).

Today:

  • The House will consider H.R. 4118 – Suspending the Individual Mandate Penalty Law Equals Fairness Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins / Ways and Means Committee)
  • The House will begin consideration of H.R. 3826 – Electricity Security and Affordability Act, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Whitfield / Energy and Commerce Committee). The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Reps. Smith (TX) / Schweikert Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Capps / McNerney Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Shelley Moore Capito Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. David McKinley Amendment #4 (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. David McKinley Amendment #5 (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Schakowsky / Lowenthal Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Bob Latta Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Henry Waxman Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • The House will consider the following postponed suspension votes:
    • 1) H.R. 2126 – Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2014, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David McKinley / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 938 – United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen / Foreign Affairs Committee / Judiciary Committee / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, S. 1086, to reauthorize and improve the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990.
  • The Senate received the following message from the President of the United States:
    • Transmitting, pursuant to law, the Budget of the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2015; referred jointly, pursuant to the order of January 30, 1975 as modified by the order of April 11, 1986; which was referred to the Committees on Appropriations; and the Budget.
  • Adegbile Nomination–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 10 a.m., on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, Senate resume consideration of the nomination of Debo P. Adegbile, of New York, to be an Assistant Attorney General, under the order of Monday, March 3, 2014.

Today:

  • The Senate will consider the nomination of Debo P. Adegbile, of New York, to be an Assistant Attorney General with the time until 11:45am will be equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley or their designees. At 11:45am, there will be up to 3 roll call votes:
    • Motion to invoke cloture on the Adegbile nomination
    • If cloture is invoked, all but 4 minutes of post-cloture time will be yielded back and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Adegbile nomination
    • Following disposition of the Adegbile nomination or if cloture is not invoked on the Adegbile nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #568, Pedro A. Delgado Hernandez to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico.
  • Upon disposition of the Hernandez nomination, the Senate will process the following cloture motions and hopes to reach an agreement to process the remaining nominations throughout the afternoon.
    • Executive Calendar #569, Pamela Reeves to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee (2 equally-divided hours);
    • Executive Calendar #565, Timothy Brooks to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas (2 equally-divided hours);
    • Executive Calendar #571, Vince Chhabria to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California (2 equally-divided hours);
    • Executive Calendar #636, Rose Gottemoeller to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security (8 equally-divided hours); and
      • Motion to proceed to Legislative Calendar #309, S.1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant.
  • Upon disposition of the Gottemoeller nomination, the next vote will be on cloture on the motion to proceed to S.1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act. The Senate hopes to vitiate the cloture motion and adopt the motion to proceed by consent and begin legislating on the bill.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
“Nominations of L. Reginald Brothers, Jr., to be Under Secretary for Science and Technology, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Hon. Francis X. Taylor to be Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security”
9:30am, 342 Dirksen

Senate Armed Services
“Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2015 and the Future Years Defense Program”
9:30am, 216 Hart

House Transportation and Infrastructure
“Overview of Public-Private Partnerships for Highway and Transit Projects”
10:00am, 2167 Rayburn

House Financial Services
“Data Security: Examining Efforts to Protect American’s Financial Information”
10:00am, 2128 Rayburn

House Financial Services
“The Growth of Financial Regulation and its Impact on International Competitiveness”
2:00pm, 2128 Rayburn

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4146 : To amend the Low-Income Housing Preservation and Resident Homeownership Act of 1990.
Sponsor: Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] (introduced 3/4/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

TAX

H.R.4137 : To prohibit assistance provided under the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families from being accessed through the use of an electronic benefit transfer card at any store that offers marijuana for sale.
Sponsor: Rep Reichert, David G. [WA-8] (introduced 3/4/2014) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4142 : To amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to prohibit the use of benefits to purchase marijuana products, to amend part A of title IV of the Social Security Act to prohibit assistance provided under the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families from being accessed through the use of an electronic benefit transfer card at any store that offers marijuana for sale, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Gosar, Paul A. [AZ-4] (introduced 3/4/2014) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

H.R.4145 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the dependent care credit to take into account expenses for care of parents and grandparents who do not live with the taxpayer.
Sponsor: Rep Israel, Steve [NY-3] (introduced 3/4/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

UNEMPLOYMENT

S.2077 : A bill to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Reed, Jack [RI] (introduced 3/4/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 3/4/2014 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

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