Today’s Daily Update

Senate considers nominations and military sexual assault bills; House considers Ukraine loan guarantee legislation.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures which were debated on March 4th:
    • United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act: H.R. 938, amended, to strengthen the strategic alliance between the United States and Israel, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 95 
    • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 375 yeas to 36 nays, Roll No. 98
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To promote energy efficiency, and for other purposes.”
  • The House passed Suspending the Individual Mandate Penalty Law Equals Fairness Act, H.R. 4118, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to delay the implementation of the penalty for failure to comply with the individual health insurance mandate, by a yea-and-nay vote of 250 yeas to 160 nays, Roll No. 97.
    • Rejected the Horsford motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Ways and Means with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 185 yeas to 227 nays, Roll No. 96
  • The House began consideration of the Electricity Security and Affordability Act, H.R. 3826, to provide direction to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the establishment of standards for emissions of any greenhouse gas from fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units. Consideration of the measure is expected to resume today.
    • Agreed to:
      • Capito amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 113-373) that clarifies that the bill does not preclude a performance standard that is based on a technology developed in a foreign country, as long as that technology has been demonstrated to be achievable at a power plant in the United States
      • McKinley amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 113-373) that requires the EPA when submitting their report to Congress to consult with the Energy Information Administration; Comptroller General; National Energy Technology Laboratory; and the National Institute for Standards and Technology
      • McKinley amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 113-373) that states when reporting to the Congress, the amendment will, additionally, require the EPA to look at the economic impact of such rule or guidelines, including the potential effects on: require capital investments and projected costs for operation and maintenance of new equipment required to be installed; and the global competitiveness of the United States; and
        o Latta amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 113-373) that clarifies that the definition of ”demonstration project” refers to projects that are receiving federal government funding or financial assistance
    • Proceedings Postponed:
      • Smith (TX) amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 113-373) that seeks to require the Administrator to apply the specific criteria, under the bill, for setting a standard based on the best system of emission reduction for new sources within the coal category, when setting a standard for any fossil fuel category
      • Capps amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 113-373) that seeks to allow the EPA to consider all pollution control technologies being used in the United States or elsewhere when setting new power plant emission standards
      • Schakowsky amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 113-373) that seeks to accept the scientific finding of the EPA that greenhouse gas pollution is ”contributing to long-lasting changes in our climate that can have a range of negative effects”
      • Waxman amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 113-373) that seeks to provide that the bill takes effect when the Administrator of the EIA certifies that another Federal program, other than one under section 111 of the Clean Air Act, will reduce carbon pollution in at least equivalent quantities, with similar timing and from the same sources as the reductions required under the rules and guidelines nullified by section 4.

Today:

  • The House will complete 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)
    • Postponed Amendment Votes:
      • Rep. Lamar Smith (TX) Amendment
      • Rep. Lois Capps Amendment
      • Rep. Jan Schakowsky Amendment
      • Rep. Henry Waxman Amendment
  • The House will consider H.R. 4152 – To provide for the costs of loan guarantees for Ukraine (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Hal Rogers / Appropriations Committee)
  • The House will consider H.R. 2641 – Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development Act of 2013, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Marino / Judiciary Committee / Natural Resources Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. David McKinley Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Webster / Rigell Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Jerry Nadler Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Hank Johnson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, S. 1086, to reauthorize and improve the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, with the concurrence of the Republican Leader, Senate begin consideration of S. 1086, to reauthorize and improve the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990; provided further, that the cloture motion filed on Thursday, February 27, 2014, with respect to the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, be withdrawn.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that upon disposition of the nomination of John Roth, of Michigan, to be Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security, Senate execute the previous order with respect to Military Sexual Assault bill, S. 1752, to reform procedures for determinations to proceed to trial by court-martial for certain offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and S. 1917, to provide for additional enhancements of the sexual assault prevention and response activities of the Armed Forces.

Nominations:

  • Adegbile Nomination : Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Debo P. Adegbile, of New York, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
    • During consideration of this nomination, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 47 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 48), Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • Subsequently, Senator Reid entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the nomination.
  • Gottemoeller Nomination–Agreement : Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Rose Eilene Gottemoeller, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
    • During consideration of this nomination, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 55 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 57), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that following morning business today, the time until 11:20 a.m. be equally divided between the Majority Leader and the Republican Leader, or their designees; that at 11:20 a.m. today, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination of Rose Eilene Gottemoeller, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security; that following disposition of the Gottemoeller nomination, Senate vote on confirmation of the nominations of Suzanne Eleanor Spaulding, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary, Department of Homeland Security, and John Roth, of Michigan, to be Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security, that there be two minutes for debate prior to each vote, equally divided in the usual form, and that all after the first vote be ten minutes in length; and that no further motions be in order to any of the nominations.
  • The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By a unanimous vote of 98 yeas (Vote No. EX. 50), Pedro A. Delgado Hernandez, of Puerto Rico, to be United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico.
    • By a unanimous vote of 99 yeas (Vote No. EX. 52), Pamela L. Reeves, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
    • By a unanimous vote of 100 yeas (Vote No. EX. 54), Timothy L. Brooks, of Arkansas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas.
    • By 58 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. EX. 56), Vince Girdhari Chhabria, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California.

Today:

  • At 11:20am, there will be up to 3 roll call votes in relation to the following:
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #636, Rose Eilene Gottemoeller, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security;
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #510, Suzanne Eleanor Spaulding, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary, Department of Homeland Security; 
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #511, John Roth, of Michigan, to be Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security.
    • There will be two minutes of debate prior to each vote and all votes after the first vote will be 10 minutes in duration.
  • Following disposition of the Roth nomination and the resumption of Legislative Session, the Senate will execute the previous order with respect to the military sexual assault bills. There will be up to 2 hours of debate on S.1752, the Military Justice Improvement Act of 2013 (Gillibrand) and S.1917, the Victims Protection Act of 2014 (McCaskill) equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees. Upon the use or yielding back of time (around 2:00pm if all time is used), there will be up to 4 roll call votes:
    • Motion to invoke cloture on S.1752 (Gillibrand)
    • If cloture is invoked on S.1752, passage of S.1752
    • Upon disposition of S.1752 or if cloture is not invoked on S.1752, the next vote will be on the motion to invoke cloture on S.1917 (McCaskill) 
    • If cloture is invoked on S.1917, passage of S.1917
    • No amendments, points of order or motions are in order to the bill prior to the vote on passage. If the motion to invoke cloture on either S.1752 or S.1917 is not agreed to, each bill will be returned to the calendar.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Science, Space, and Technology (rescheduled from 3/4)
“Can Technology Protect Americans from International Cybercriminals?”
9:30am, 2318 Rayburn

House Small Business
“ObamaCare and the Self-Employed: What About Us?”
10:00am, 2360 Rayburn

Senate Banking
“MAP-21 Reauthorization: The Federal Role and Current Challenges to Public Transportation”
10:00am, 538 Dirksen

Senate Agriculture
“Nominations of Timothy Massad, Sharon Bowen, and Christopher Giancarlo”
10:00am, 328A Russell

House Appropriations
“Budget Hearing – CFTC”
10:00am, 2362 A Rayburn

Senate Commerce Science and Transportation
“Enhancing our Rail Safety: Current Challenges for Passengers and Freight Rail”
11:00am, 253 Russell

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENERGY

H.R.4155 : To authorize natural gas exports to certain foreign countries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] (introduced 3/5/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/5/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 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.

S.2085 : A bill to address shortages and interruptions in the availability of propane and other home heating fuels in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN] (introduced 3/5/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 3/5/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.2083 : A bill to amend the Natural Gas Act to promote economic growth and job creation in the United States, to strengthen strategic partnerships with allies of the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Udall, Mark [CO] (introduced 3/5/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/5/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

S.2082 : A bill to provide for the development of criteria under the Medicare program for medically necessary short inpatient hospital stays, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 3/5/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/5/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

S.2081 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require notification of Congress by the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board regarding any violation of the Constitutional rights of taxpayers.
Sponsor: Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] (introduced 3/5/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/5/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

H.R.4153 : To expedite the deployment of highway construction projects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Forbes, J. Randy [VA-4] (introduced 3/5/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/5/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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