Today’s Daily Update

Senate considers nominations and child care legislation; House considers executive authority legislation.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship Act: H.R. 311, to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to change the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure rule with respect to certain farms;
    • Honoring the life and legacy of Vaclav Havel by directing the House of Representatives Fine Arts Board to provide for the display of a bust of Vaclav Havel in the United States Capitol: H. Res. 506, to honor the life and legacy of Vaclav Havel by directing the House of Representatives Fine Arts Board to provide for the display of a bust of Vaclav Havel in the United States Capitol;
    • Condemning the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity by military forces of the Russian Federation: H. Res. 499, amended, to condemn the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity by military forces of the Russian Federation, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 402 yeas to 7 nays with 1 answering ”present”, Roll No. 117;
    • Equitable Access to Care and Health Act: H.R. 1814, to amend section 5000A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an additional religious exemption from the individual health coverage mandate;
    • Hire More Heroes Act: H.R. 3474, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow employers to exempt employees with health coverage under TRICARE or the Veterans Administration from being taken into account for purposes of the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 406 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 115;
    • Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act of 2014: H.R. 3979, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure that emergency services volunteers are not taken into account as employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, by a yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 116; and
    • Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act: H.R. 3675, amended, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide for greater transparency and efficiency in the procedures followed by the Federal Communications Commission.
      • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide for greater transparency and efficiency in the procedures followed by the Federal Communications Commission, and for other purposes.”

Today:

  • The House will consider H.R. 4138 – ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Trey Gowdy / Judiciary Committee). The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. John Conyers Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Jerrold Nadler Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. David Cicilline Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • The House will begin consideration of H.R. 3973 – Faithful Execution of the Law Act of 2014, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Ron DeSantis / Judiciary Committee). The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendment:
    • Rep. Keith Ellison Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate passed the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act, H.R. 2019, to eliminate taxpayer financing of political party conventions and reprogram savings to provide for a 10-year pediatric research initiative through the Common Fund administered by the National Institutes of Health.
  • The Senate agreed to S. Res. 378, condemning illegal Russian aggression in Ukraine.
  • 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.

Nominations:

  • Leitman Nomination: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Matthew Frederick Leitman, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 55 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 63), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • Levy Nomination: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Judith Ellen Levy, of Michigan, D255 to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 56 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 64), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • Michelson Nomination: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Laurie J. Michelson, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 56 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 65), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • Parker Nomination: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Linda Vivienne Parker, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 56 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 66), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.

Today:

  • At 10:30am today, the Senate will proceed to a series of up to 6 roll call votes on confirmation of the following nominations:
    • Executive Calendar #563, Carolyn B. McHugh, of Utah, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit;
    • Executive Calendar #577, Matthew Frederick Leitman, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan;
    • Executive Calendar #578, Judith Ellen Levy, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan;
    • Executive Calendar #579, Laurie J. Michelson, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan;
    • Executive Calendar #580, Linda Vivienne Parker, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan; and
    • Executive Calendar #512, Sarah Bloom Raskin, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.
  • Upon disposition of the Raskin nomination, the Senate will begin consideration of S.1086, Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization bill.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Judiciary
“Exploring Alternative Solutions on the Internet Sales Tax Issue”
10:00am, 2141 Rayburn

Senate Banking
“Superstorm Sandy Recovery: Ensuring Strong Coordination among Federal, State, and Local Stakeholders”
10:00am, 538 Dirksen

House Transportation and Infrastructure
“Oversight of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Implementation of MAP-21 and Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request for Surface Transportation”
10:00am, 2167 Rayburn

House Financial Services
“Federal Reserve Oversight: Examining the Central Bank’s Role in Credit Allocation”
10:00am, 2128 Rayburn

House Energy and Commerce
“Reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act”
10:30am, 2123 Rayburn

Senate Appropriations
“FY 2015 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security”
2:00pm, 138 Dirksen

Senate Banking
“The State of U.S. Retirement Security: Can the Middle Class Afford to Retire?”
2:30pm, 538 Dirksen

House Armed Services
“Information Technology and Cyber Operations: Modernization and Policy Issues in a Changing National Security Environment”
3:30pm, 2118 Rayburn

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4200 : To amend the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to prevent duplicative regulation of advisers of small business investment companies.
Sponsor: Rep Luetkemeyer, Blaine [MO-3] (introduced 3/11/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4202 : To provide for cost-of-living increases for certain Federal benefits programs based on increases in the Consumer Price Index for the elderly.
Sponsor: Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-17] (introduced 3/11/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs; House Oversight and Government Reform; House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, and Armed Services, 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.4205 : To amend the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 to authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to carry out a loan repayment program for certain architects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Perlmutter, Ed [CO-7] (introduced 3/11/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.4187 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to encourage the development and use of new antimicrobial drugs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Roskam, Peter J. [IL-6] (introduced 3/11/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.4188 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to adjust the Medicare hospital readmission reduction program to respond to patient disparities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Renacci, James B. [OH-16] (introduced 3/11/2014) Cosponsors (22)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4190 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage under the Medicare program of pharmacist services.
Sponsor: Rep Guthrie, Brett [KY-2] (introduced 3/11/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2014 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.4191 : To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the treatment of medical evidence provided by non-Department of Veterans Affairs medical professionals in support of claims for disability compensation under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1] (introduced 3/11/2014) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

H.R.4196 : To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to eliminate Exchange cost-sharing subsidies, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to create a Medicare Advantage Improvement Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Johnson, Bill [OH-6] (introduced 3/11/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Education and the Workforce, 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.4198 : To amend title 38, United States Code, to reinstate the requirement for an annual report on the capacity of the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide for specialized treatment and rehabilitative needs of disabled veterans.
Sponsor: Rep Denham, Jeff [CA-10] (introduced 3/11/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

H.R.4201 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require Medicare Advantage organizations to disclose certain information on the changes made to the MA plan offered by such organization pursuant to changes required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Denham, Jeff [CA-10] (introduced 3/11/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.RES.510 : Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the National Institutes of Health should develop a pilot program to improve medical trial participation, retention, efficiency, effectiveness, and diversity.
Sponsor: Rep Kingston, Jack [GA-1] (introduced 3/11/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2106 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that the individual health insurance mandate not apply until the employer health insurance mandate is enforced without exceptions.
Sponsor: Sen Fischer, Deb [NE] (introduced 3/11/2014) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2110 : A bill to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate and to improve Medicare and Medicaid payments, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] (introduced 3/11/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2014 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

TAX

H.R.4204 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a credit against tax for job training expenses of employers.
Sponsor: Rep Maffei, Daniel B. [NY-24] (introduced 3/11/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2106 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that the individual health insurance mandate not apply until the employer health insurance mandate is enforced without exceptions.
Sponsor: Sen Fischer, Deb [NE] (introduced 3/11/2014) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2108 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to encourage teachers to pursue teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subjects at elementary and secondary schools.
Sponsor: Sen Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [NY] (introduced 3/11/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

UKRAINE

S.RES.378 : A resolution condemning illegal Russian aggression in Ukraine.
Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 3/11/2014) Cosponsors (32)
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2014 Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

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