Today’s Daily Update

Senate continues to consider nominations and military sexual assault measures; House passed Ukraine loan guarantee bill

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House passed 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, by a recorded vote of 229 ayes to 183 noes, Roll No. 106. Consideration of the measure began on March 5th.
    • Rejected the Brownley motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Energy and Commerce with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 184 yeas to 223 nays, Roll No. 105.
    • Agreed to: Smith (TX) amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 113-373) that was debated on March 5th that requires 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 (by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 184 noes, Roll No. 101).
    • Rejected:
      • Capps amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 113-373) that was debated on March 5th that sought 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 (by a recorded vote of 184 ayes to 228 noes, Roll No. 102);
      • Schakowsky amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 113-373) that was debated on March 5th that sought 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” (by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 221 noes, Roll No. 103); and
      • Waxman amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 113-373) that was debated on March 5th that sought 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 (by a recorded vote of 178 ayes to 231 noes, Roll No. 104).
  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Providing for the costs of loan guarantees for Ukraine: H.R. 4152, to provide for the costs of loan guarantees for Ukraine, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 385 yeas to 23 nays, Roll No. 114.
    • Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development Act: The House passed H.R. 2641, to provide for improved coordination of agency actions in the preparation and adoption of environmental documents for permitting determinations, by a recorded vote of 229 ayes to 179 noes, Roll No. 113.
      • Rejected the DelBene motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 217 noes, Roll No. 112.
      • Agreed to:
        • Webster amendment (No. 3 printed in part C of H. Rept. 113-374) that provides for projects that are under environmental review at the time of enactment to be completed within the deadlines that the underlying bill outlines and
        • McKinley amendment (No. 2 printed in part C of H. Rept. 113-374) that does not allow agencies under this legislation to take into account the ”social D240cost of carbon” from the ”Technical Support Document: Social Cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis Under Executive Order 12866 from May 2013 or November 2013” (by a recorded vote of 222 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 109).
      • Rejected:
        • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 1 printed in part C of H. Rept. 113-374) that sought to strike deemed approved language for any project for which an agency does not meet the deadlines contained in the bill (by a recorded vote of 180 ayes to 228 noes, Roll No. 108);
        • Nadler amendment (No. 4 printed in part C of H. Rept. 113-374) that sought to exempt from the bill any construction project for a nuclear facility planned in an area designated as an earthquake fault zone (by a recorded vote of 187 ayes to 220 noes, Roll No. 110); and
        • Johnson (GA) amendment (No. 5 printed in part C of H. Rept. 113-374) that sought to clarify that nothing in the bill will change or limit any law or regulation allowing for public comment or participation in an agency decision making process (by a recorded vote of 192 ayes to 217 noes, Roll No. 111).
  • Presidential Message: Read a message from the President wherein he issued an Executive Order declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Ukraine–referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 113-95).

Today:

  • The House is in recess until Tuesday, March 11th.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Committee on Finance was discharged from further consideration of the Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act, S. 1821, to accelerate the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • Reid (for Hirono/Heller) Amendment No. 2806, to change the dates during which contributions may be made to be treated as made in 2013.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached that the bill be held at the desk and that if the Senate receives a bill from the House of Representatives, the text of which is identical to S. 1821, as passed by the Senate, Senate proceed to its immediate consideration; the bill be read three times and passed without any intervening action or debate; and that the Senate bill be indefinitely postponed and all motions to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table.
  • The Senate considered the following measures:
    • Child Care and Development Block Grant Act: Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1086, to reauthorize and improve the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990.
    • Military Justice Improvement Act–Cloture: Senate began consideration of S. 1752, to reform procedures for determinations to proceed to trial by court-martial for certain offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
      • During consideration of this measure, Senate also took the following action: By 55 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 59), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the bill. Subsequently, the bill was returned to the Calendar.
    • Victims Protection Act–Cloture: Senate began consideration of S. 1917, to provide for additional enhancements of the sexual assault prevention and response activities of the Armed Forces. During consideration of this measure, Senate also took the following action:
      • By a unanimous vote of 100 yeas (Vote No. 60), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the previous order, Senate vote on passage of the bill following the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Carolyn B. McHugh, on Monday, March 10, 2014, with all other provisions remaining in effect.
  • The Senate received the following message from the President of the United States:
    • Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to the issuance of an Executive Order declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in the Ukraine; which was referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM-33)

Nominations:

  • The Senate began consideration of the following nominations:
    • Carolyn B. McHugh, of Utah, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
    • Matthew Frederick Leitman, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.
    • Judith Ellen Levy, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.
    • Laurie J. Michelson, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.
    • Linda Vivienne Parker, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.
    • Sarah Bloom Raskin: A unanimous-consent-time 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 the nomination of Sarah Bloom Raskin, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury; that there be 20 minutes for debate equally divided in the usual form; that upon the use of yielding back of time, Senate vote, without intervening action or debate, on confirmation of the nomination; and that no further motions be in order.
  • The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 58 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. EX. 58), Rose Eilene Gottemoeller, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
    • Suzanne Eleanor Spaulding, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary, Department of Homeland Security.
    • John Roth, of Michigan, to be Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security.
    • Kathryn D. Sullivan, of Ohio, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.
    • Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, of Missouri, to be a Member of the United States International Trade Commission for a term expiring December 16, 2021.
    • R. Gil Kerlikowske, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Customs, Department of Homeland Security.
    • Michael A. Hammer, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Chile.

Today:

  • The Senate is in recess until Monday, March 10th

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

None

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

AGRICULTURE

H.R.4157 : To protect the information of livestock producers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Crawford, Eric A. “Rick” [AR-1] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Agriculture; House Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Agriculture, and Science, Space, and Technology, 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.

ENERGY

H.R.6 : To provide for expedited approval of exportation of natural gas to World Trade Organization countries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Gardner, Cory [CO-4] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (23)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4162 : To establish a Financing Energy Efficient Manufacturing Program in the Department of Energy to provide financial assistance to promote energy efficiency and onsite renewable technologies in manufacturing and industrial facilities.
Sponsor: Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (13)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2086 : A bill to address current emergency shortages of propane and other home heating fuels and to provide greater flexibility and information for Governors to address such emergencies in the future.
Sponsor: Sen Thune, John [SD] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.2088 : A bill to amend the Natural Gas Act with respect to the exportation of natural gas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2096 : A bill to amend the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline Act of 2004 to provide for the authorization of liquified natural gas terminals and related facilities necessary for the export of Alaska natural gas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Begich, Mark [AK] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4164 : To exempt smaller public companies from requirements relating to the use of Extensible Business Reporting Language for periodic reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Hurt, Robert [VA-5] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4167 : To amend section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, known as the Volcker Rule, to exclude certain debt securities of collateralized loan obligations from the prohibition against acquiring or retaining an ownership interest in a hedge fund or private equity fund.
Sponsor: Rep Barr, Andy [KY-6] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4173 : To establish the Brownfield Redevelopment and Economic Development Innovative Financing program to promote urban renewal, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Hahn, Janice [CA-44] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4183 : To amend the Truth in Lending Act to empower the States to set the maximum annual percentage rates applicable to consumer credit transactions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2089 : A bill to amend title XVI of the Social Security Act to update eligibility for the supplemental security income program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

HEALTH

H.R.4158 : To establish the Office of the Special Inspector General for Monitoring the Affordable Care Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Roskam, Peter J. [IL-6] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (36)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Natural Resources; House Education and the Workforce; House Ways and Means; House Oversight and Government Reform; House Administration; House Judiciary; House Rules; House Appropriations
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources, Education and the Workforce, Ways and Means, Oversight and Government Reform, House Administration, the Judiciary, Rules, and Appropriations, 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.4160 : To prohibit further action on the proposed rule regarding changes to Medicare prescription drug benefit programs.
Sponsor: Rep Ellmers, Renee L. [NC-2] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, 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.4168 : To provide payment for patient navigator services under title XIX of the Social Security Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Israel, Steve [NY-3] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4169 : To prevent deaths occurring from drug overdoses.
Sponsor: Rep Edwards, Donna F. [MD-4] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (18)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4170 : To provide for a Youth Mental Health Research Network.
Sponsor: Rep Fattah, Chaka [PA-2] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4181 : To appropriate funds for carrying out certain provisions of the Public Health Service Act relating to emergency care and trauma services.
Sponsor: Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Appropriations
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.

S.2087 : A bill to protect the Medicare program under title XVIII of the Social Security Act with respect to reconciliation involving changes to the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen Pryor, Mark L. [AR] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: Senate Budget
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Budget.

S.2091 : A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the processing by the Department of Veterans Affairs of claims for benefits under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Heller, Dean [NV] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

S.2095 : A bill to reauthorize and modify the pilot program of the Department of Veterans Affairs under which the Secretary of Veterans Affairs provides health services to veterans through qualifying non-Department of Veterans Affairs health care providers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Moran, Jerry [KS] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

TAX

H.R.4163 : To extend the trade adjustment assistance program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (41)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4177 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow Medicare beneficiaries participating in a Medicare Advantage MSA to contribute their own money to their MSA.
Sponsor: Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4180 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit rollovers from health savings accounts to Medicare Advantage MSAs.
Sponsor: Rep Ross, Dennis A. [FL-15] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

H.R.4156 : To amend title 49, United States Code, to allow advertisements and solicitations for passenger air transportation to state the base airfare of the transportation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Shuster, Bill [PA-9] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

UNEMPLOYMENT

 S.2097 : A bill to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Heller, Dean [NV] (introduced 3/6/2014) Cosponsors (6)
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2014 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

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