Today’s Daily Update

Senate considers child care block grant program; House considers executive authority and energy legislation

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House passed ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014, H.R. 4138, to protect the separation of powers in the Constitution of the United States by ensuring that the President takes care that the laws be faithfully executed, by a recorded vote of 233 ayes to 181 noes, Roll No. 124.
    • Rejected the Ruiz 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 187 ayes to 228 noes, Roll No. 123.
    • Pursuant to the rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113-43 shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
    • Agreed to:
      • Cicilline amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-378) that provides for transparent accounting of the costs of litigation, by requiring the Comptroller General of the United States to issue quarterly reports to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on the costs of civil actions, including any attorney fees, brought pursuant to this Act.
    • Rejected:
      • Conyers amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-378) that sought to exclude from the bill’s scope any executive actions taken to combat discrimination or to protect civil rights (by a recorded vote of 188 ayes to 227 noes, Roll No. 120);
      • Nadler amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-378) that sought to clarify that nothing in the act limits or otherwise affects the constitutional authority of the executive branch to exercise prosecutorial discretion (by a recorded vote of 190 ayes 225 noes, Roll No. 121);
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-378) that sought to protect the ability of the Executive Branch to comply with judicial decisions interpreting the Constitution or Federal laws (by a recorded vote of 185 ayes to 231 noes, Roll No. 122).
    • H. Res. 511, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 4138) and (H.R. 3973), was agreed to by a recorded vote of 229 ayes to 192 noes, Roll No. 119, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 227 yeas to 190 nays, Roll No. 118.
  • The House began consideration of Faithful Execution of the Law Act of 2014, H.R. 3973, to amend section 530D of title 28, United States Code. Consideration is expected to resume today.
    • Pursuant to the rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113-42 shall be considered as adopted.
    • Pending: Ellison amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-378) that seeks to waive reporting requirements provided in the bill if sufficient funds are not available to generate the increased volume of reports.

Today:

  • The House will complete 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).
    • Postponed Amendment Vote:
      • Rep. Keith Ellison Amendment
  • The House will consider H.R. 3189 – Water Rights Protection Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton / Natural Resources Committee). The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Scott Tipton Managers Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Markwayne Mullin Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Polis / DeGette / Perlmutter / DelBene / Kuster / Cartwright / Huffman Substitute Amendment (20 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate began 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, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • By a unanimous vote of 98 yeas (Vote No. 72), Enzi Amendment No. 2812, to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Secretary of Education, to conduct a review of Federal early learning and care programs and make recommendations for streamlining the various programs
      • By 93 yeas to 6 nays (Vote No. 73), Harkin (for Franken) Amendment No. 2822, to reserve not less than 2 percent of the amount appropriated under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 in each fiscal year for payments to Indian tribes and tribal organizations
      • Burr (for Lee) Modified Amendment No. 2821, to prohibit States from providing the Secretary with reports containing personally identifiable information
      • By a unanimous vote of 98 yeas (Vote No. 74), Harkin (for Landrieu/Mikulski) Amendment No. 2818, to require a statewide child care disaster plan
      • Mikulski (for Landrieu) Amendment No. 2813, to allow children in foster care to receive services under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 while their families (including foster families) are taking necessary action to comply with immunization and other health and safety requirements
      • Mikulski (for Landrieu) Amendment No. 2814, to require the State plan to describe how the State will coordinate the services supported to carry out the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 with State agencies and programs serving children in foster care and the foster families of such children
      • Harkin (for Bennet) Amendment No. 2824, to require States that elect to combine funding for early childhood education and care to describe the manner in which they use the combined funding
      • Scott/Landrieu Amendment No. 2837, to clarify parental rights to use child care certificates
      • Harkin (for Boxer/Burr) Amendment No. 2809, to amend the Crime Control Act of 1990 to improve the quality of background checks for Federal agencies hiring, or contracting to hire, individuals to provide child care services
    • Pending:
      • Harkin Amendment No. 2811, to include rural and remote areas as underserved areas identified in the State plan.

Nominations:

  • The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By a unanimous vote of 98 yeas (Vote No. EX. 67), Carolyn B. McHugh, of Utah, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit
    • By a unanimous vote of 98 yeas (Vote No. EX. 68), Matthew Frederick Leitman, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • By a unanimous vote of 97 yeas (Vote No. EX. 69), Judith Ellen Levy, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • By a unanimous vote of 98 yeas (Vote No. EX. 70), Laurie J. Michelson, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • By 60 yeas 37 nays (Vote No. EX. 71), Linda Vivienne Parker, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • Sarah Bloom Raskin, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
    • Heather L. MacDougall, of Florida, to be a Member of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission for a term expiring April 27, 2017
    • France A. Cordova, of New Mexico, to be Director of the National Science Foundation for a term of six years
    • James H. Shelton III, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of Education
    • Bruce Heyman, of Illinois, to be Ambassador to Canada

Today:

  • The Senate will resume consideration of S.1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization bill. Roll call votes are expected throughout the day in an effort to complete action on S.1086.
  • The Senate is also working on an agreement on the flood insurance bill. Senators will be notified when votes are scheduled.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate HELP
“Protecting the Public Health: Examining FDA’s Initiatives and Priorities”
9:30am, 430 Dirksen

House Energy and Commerce
“Keeping the Promise: Allowing Seniors to Keep Their Medicare Advantage Plans If They Like Them”
10:00am, 2123 Rayburn

Senate Banking
“Nominations Hearing”
10:00am, 538 Dirksen

House Financial Services
“Mark Up”
10:00am, 2128 Rayburn

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
“The U.S. Aviation Industry and Jobs: Keeping American Manufacturing Competitive”
11:00am, 253 Russell

House Transportation and Infrastructure
“Surface Transportation Reauthorization Roundtable to Gather Input from Non-Federal Partners”
2:30pm, 2167 Rayburn

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

CYBERSECURITY

 H.R.4215 : To strengthen privacy and data security, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Connolly, Gerald E. [VA-11] (introduced 3/12/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

ENERGY

S.2112 : A bill to authorize the approval of natural gas pipelines and establish deadlines and expedite permits for certain natural gas gathering lines on Federal land and Indian land.
Sponsor: Sen Barrasso, John [WY] (introduced 3/12/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4208 : To ensure stability in FHA maximum mortgage amount limitations for areas experiencing decreases in median home prices.
Sponsor: Rep Miller, Gary G. [CA-31] (introduced 3/12/2014) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2114 : A bill to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 with respect to disclosures to investors in municipal and corporate debt securities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Warner, Mark R. [VA] (introduced 3/12/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.4209 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to repeal the Medicare sustainable growth rate and improve Medicare payments for physicians and other professionals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] (introduced 3/12/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Judiciary; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, the Judiciary, and the Budget, 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.4210 : To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to authorize the extension of the initial open enrollment period for up to 1 month, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Schrader, Kurt [OR-5] (introduced 3/12/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2014 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.4211 : To require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct studies on enrollment by racial and ethnic minorities and by low-income seniors in the Medicare Advantage program.
Sponsor: Rep Walorski, Jackie [IN-2] (introduced 3/12/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2014 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.4221 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the expansion, intensification, and coordination of the programs and activities of the National Institutes of Health with respect to Tourette syndrome.
Sponsor: Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-8] (introduced 3/12/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2115 : A bill to provide for the establishment of a fund to provide for an expanded and sustained national investment in biomedical research.
Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 3/12/2014) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2122 : 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 Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] (introduced 3/12/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2014 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

TAX

H.R.4212 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the 15-year recovery period for qualified leasehold improvement property, qualified restaurant property, and qualified retail improvement property.
Sponsor: Rep Kelly, Mike [PA-3] (introduced 3/12/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

UKRAINE

S.2124 : An original bill to support sovereignty and democracy in Ukraine, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 3/12/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2014 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 329

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