Today’s Daily Update

Senate passed flood insurance bill; House votes on SGR legislation.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Representative-elect David W. Jolly was sworn in as the Representative for the 13th Congressional District of Florida.
  • The House passed the Water Rights Protection Act, H.R. 3189, to prohibit the conditioning of any permit, lease, or other use agreement on the transfer, relinquishment, or other impairment of any water right to the United States by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture, by a recorded vote of 238 ayes to 174 noes, Roll No. 132.
    • Rejected the Kirkpatrick motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Natural Resources with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 183 ayes to 227 noes, Roll No. 131.
    • Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Natural Resources now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To prohibit the conditioning of any permit, lease, or other use agreement on the transfer of any water right to the United States by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture.”
    • Agreed to:
      • Tipton manager’s amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-379) that makes several clarifying technical changes to the bill, and clarifies that the Act will have no effect on Bureau of Reclamation contracts, implementation of the Endangered Species Act, certain existing Federal reserved water rights, and certain authorities under the Federal Power Act and
      • Mullin amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-379) that ensures that the Federal government cannot make Native American tribes apply for or acquire water rights under state law or the Federal government rather than acquiring the rights for themselves. Prohibits the Federal government from using permits, approvals, and other land management agreements to take the water rights of Native American tribes without just compensation. Ensures that nothing in the Act limits or expands the reserved water rights or treaty rights of Federally recognized Native American tribes.
    • Rejected:
      • Polis amendment in the nature of a substitute (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-379) that sought to mandate that the U.S. Forest Service may not condition ski area permits on the transfer of title of any water right or require any ski area permittee to acquire a water right in the name of the United States (by a recorded vote of 175 ayes to 236 noes, Roll No. 130).
  • The House passed the Faithful Execution of the Law Act of 2014, H.R. 3973, to amend section 530D of title 28, United States Code, by a recorded vote of 244 ayes to 171 noes, Roll No. 129. Consideration of the measure began yesterday, March 12th.
    • Rejected the Lujan Grisham (NM) 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 192 ayes to 225 noes, Roll No. 128.
    • Rejected: Ellison amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-378) that was debated on March 12th that sought to waive reporting requirements provided in the bill if sufficient funds are not available to generate the increased volume of reports (by a yea-and-nay vote of 191 yeas to 227 nays, Roll No. 127).

Today:

  • The House will consider H.R. 4015 – SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess / Energy and Commerce Committee / Ways and Means Committee).

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • By 96 yeas to 2 nays (Vote No. 77), Senate passed the 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 committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • By a unanimous vote of 100 yeas (Vote No. 75), Coburn Modified Amendment No. 2830, to establish a $1,000,000 asset limit for eligibility for child care assistance.
      • Harkin (for Portman) Amendment No. 2827, to provide for evidence-based training that promotes early language and literacy development.
      • Harkin (for Tester/Murkowski) Amendment No. 2834, to permit the Secretary of Health and Human Services to waive the prohibition on the use of amounts by Indian tribes and tribal organizations for construction or renovation of facilities for child care programs if the use will result in an increase of the level of child care services.
      • Harkin (for Thune) Amendment No. 2838, to specify that child care certificates may be included in State strategies to increase the supply of child care.
      • Harkin (for Warren) Amendment No. 2842, to allow funds reserved under section 658G(a) of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to be used to connect child care staff members with Federal and State financial aid, or other resources, in order to assist the staff members in pursuing relevant training.
      • Harkin (for Bennet/Murkowski) Modified Amendment No. 2839, to expand the requirement that space allotted to child care providers in Federal buildings will be used to provide child care services to children of whom at least 50 percent have 1 parent or guardian employed by the Federal Government.
      • Vitter Modified Amendment No. 2845, to require the Secretary (acting through the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families) to prepare an annual report that contains a determination about whether States have complied with a priority requirement, and to require the Secretary to withhold funds from States that fail to comply with such priority requirement.
      • Harkin (for Portman) Amendment No. 2847, to provide that a child care staff member who has been convicted of a violent misdemeanor against a child or a misdemeanor involving child pornography is ineligible for employment by certain child care providers.
      • Harkin (for Sanders) Amendment No. 2846, to express the sense of the Senate on significantly reducing child poverty by calendar year 2019.
    • Withdrawn:
      • Harkin Amendment No. 2811, to include rural and remote areas as underserved areas identified in the State plan.
  • By 72 yeas to 22 nays (Vote No. 78), Senate passed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, H.R. 3370, to delay the implementation of certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the bill, having achieved 60 affirmatives votes, pass.)
  • The Senate passed National Flood Insurance Program Act, S. 2137, to ensure that holders of flood insurance policies under the National Flood Insurance Program do not receive premium refunds for coverage of second homes. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the requirement of a 60 affirmative vote threshold, be vitiated.)
  • The Senate passed the HHEATT Act, H.R. 4076, to address shortages and interruptions in the availability of propane and other home heating fuels in the United States.
  • The Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the Sovereignty and Democracy in Ukraine Act, S. 2124, to support sovereignty and democracy in Ukraine.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to yesterday’s unanimous-consent agreement, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 24, 2014.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 2 p.m. on Monday, March 24, 2014, Senate resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.

Today:

  • The Senate is in recess until Monday March 24, 2014.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENERGY

S.2129 : A bill to amend the Department of Energy Organization Act to improve technology transfer at the Department of Energy by reducing bureaucratic barriers to industry, entrepreneurs, and small businesses, as well as ensure that public investments in research and development generate the greatest return on investment for taxpayers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Udall, Tom [NM] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.2136 : A bill to ensure that oil transported through the Keystone XL pipeline into the United States is used to reduce United States dependence on Middle Eastern oil.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4226 : To amend the Federal Credit Union Act to exclude a loan secured by a non-owner occupied 1- to 4-family dwelling from the definition of a member business loan, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Royce, Edward R. [CA-39] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4235 : To amend title 38, United States Code, to remove the maximum payment amount for certain qualified losses under the Traumatic Injury Protection under the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program.
Sponsor: Rep Bustos, Cheri [IL-17] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

H.R.4236 : To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 and the Truth in Lending Act to clarify the application of prepayment amounts on student loans.
Sponsor: Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce; House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on Financial 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.

S.2137 : A bill to ensure that holders of flood insurance policies under the National Flood Insurance Program do not receive premium refunds for coverage of second homes.
Sponsor: Sen Lee, Mike [UT] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2143 : A bill to increase access to capital for veteran entrepreneurs to help create jobs.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

H.R.4229 : To seek international sanctions against the Government of Venezuela with respect to foreign persons responsible for or complicit in ordering, controlling, or otherwise directing, the commission of serious human rights abuses against citizens of Venezuela, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [FL-27] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Foreign Affairs; House Judiciary; House Ways and Means; House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, Ways and Means, and Financial 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.

S.2142 : A bill to impose targeted sanctions on persons responsible for violations of human rights of antigovernment protesters in Venezuela, to strengthen civil society in Venezuela, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

HEALTH

H.R.4234 : To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to reduce the shortage of psychiatrists in the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs by offering competitive employment incentives to certain psychiatrists, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Bucshon, Larry [IN-8] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

H.R.4240 : To expand access to health care services, including sexual, reproductive, and maternal health services, for immigrant women, men, and families by removing legal barriers to health insurance coverage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lujan Grisham, Michelle [NM-1] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (16)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 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.4241 : To withdraw approval for the drug Zohydro ER and prohibit the Food and Drug Administration from approving such drug unless it is reformulated to prevent abuse.
Sponsor: Rep Lynch, Stephen F. [MA-8] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2126 : A bill to launch a national strategy to support regenerative medicine through the establishment of a Regenerative Medicine Coordinating Council, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2134 : A bill to withdraw approval for the drug Zohydro ER and prohibit the Food and Drug Administration from approving such drug unless it is reformulated to prevent abuse.
Sponsor: Sen Manchin, Joe, III [WV] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2144 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to apply Medicare competitive bidding to vacuum erection systems and to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to implement a national mail order program for such devices.
Sponsor: Sen McCaskill, Claire [MO] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.4237 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that the volume cap for private activity bonds shall not apply to bonds for facilities for furnishing of water and sewage facilities.
Sponsor: Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. [TN-2] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4242 : To amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to provide for the import of donated fire-fighting and rescue and relief equipment and supplies free of duty and other restrictions for purposes of inspection and subsequent donation and export of such equipment and supplies to countries and organizations in need, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Nolan, Richard M. [MN-8] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4244 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the small employer health insurance credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Peters, Gary C. [MI-14] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2135 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify that products derived from tar sands are crude oil for purposes of the Federal excise tax on petroleum, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2138 : A bill to provide a payroll tax holiday for newly hired veterans.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2139 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the exclusion for small business stock, to provide incentives for small business high technology research investment, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2148 : A bill to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Reed, Jack [RI] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (9)
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

S.2131 : A bill to amend the statutory authorities of the Coast Guard to strengthen Coast Guard prevention and response capabilities in the Arctic, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Begich, Mark [AK] (introduced 3/13/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 3/13/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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