Today’s Daily Update

Senate advances Ukraine bill, with more votes possible today.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Sergeant William Moody Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 3060, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 232 Southwest Johnson Avenue in Burleson, Texas, as the ”Sergeant William Moody Post Office Building”, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 398 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 136
    • Staff Sergeant Nicholas J. Reid Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 1451, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 14 Main Street in Brockport, New York, as the ”Staff Sergeant Nicholas J. Reid Post Office Building”
    • Judge Shirley A. Tolentino Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 1376, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 369 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Jersey City, New Jersey, as the ”Judge Shirley A. Tolentino Post Office Building”
    • Lance Corporal Daniel Nathan Deyarmin Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 1813, amended, to redesignate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 162 Northeast Avenue in Tallmadge, Ohio, as the ‘Lance Corporal Daniel Nathan Deyarmin Post Office Building”, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 393 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 137
    • National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson Post Office Designation Act: H.R. 1036, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 103 Center Street West in Eatonville, Washington, as the ”National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson Post Office”
    • Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act: H.R. 3771, amended, to accelerate the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
    • Cooperative and Small Employer Charity Pension Flexibility Act: H.R. 4275, to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for cooperative and small employer charity pension plans
    • Lance Corporal Phillip Vinnedge Post Office Designation Act: H.R. 2391, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5323 Highway N in Cottleville, Missouri as the ”Lance Corporal Phillip Vinnedge Post Office”
  • The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed:
    • Corporal Justin D. Ross Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 1228, amended, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 300 Packerland Drive in Green Bay, Wisconsin, as the ”Corporal Justin D. Ross Post Office Building”

Today:

  • The House is expected to consider H.R. 2824 – Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Johnson / Natural Resources Committee). The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Alan Lowenthal Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Cartwright / Van Hollen / Lowenthal Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • The House is also expected to hold the postponed suspension vote on H.R. 1228 – A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 123 South 9th Street in De Pere, Wisconsin, as the “Corporal Justin D. Ross Post Office Building,” as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Reid Ribble / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act, S. 2124, to support sovereignty and democracy in Ukraine. During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 78 yeas to 17 nays (Vote No. 79), 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 motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, post-cloture, at approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 2014; and, that all time during adjournment and morning business count post-cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.

Today:

  • The Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2124, the Ukraine Act, post-cloture.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Appropriations
“Budget Hearing – Department of Energy, Applied Energy Funding”
9:30am, 2362-B Rayburn

House Appropriations
“Public and Outside Witness Hearing”
10:00am, 2358-C Rayburn

House Homeland Security
“The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s FY2015 Budget Request: Ensuring Effective Preparedness, Response, and Communications”
10:00am, 311 Cannon

House Transportation and Infrastructure
“Overview of Public-Private Partnerships for Water Supply and Treatment”
10:00am, 2167 Rayburn

Senate Natural Resources
“Importing Energy, Exporting Jobs. Can it be Reversed?”
10:00am, 366 Dirksen

CFPB
“Field hearing”
12:00pm, Nashville, TN

House Energy and Commerce
“H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act”
1:30pm, 2123 Rayburn

House Transportation and Infrastructure
“The Role of Water Quality Trading in Achieving Clean Water Objectives”
2:00pm, 2167 Rayburn

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENERGY

H.R.4286 : To free the private sector to harness domestic energy resources to create jobs and generate economic growth by removing statutory and administrative barriers.
Sponsor: Rep Bridenstine, Jim [OK-1] (introduced 3/24/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Natural Resources; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce; House Agriculture; House Judiciary; House Foreign Affairs
Latest Major Action: 3/24/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Commerce, Agriculture, the Judiciary, and 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.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4285 : PACE Assessment Protection Act of 2014
Sponsor: Rep Thompson, Mike [CA-5] (introduced 3/24/2014) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/24/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.4288 : Opioid Overdose Reduction Act of 2014
Sponsor: Rep Neal, Richard E. [MA-1] (introduced 3/24/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 3/24/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.4287 : Independent Innovator and Repurposing Act
Sponsor: Rep Castro, Joaquin [TX-20] (introduced 3/24/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 3/24/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

S.2150 : A bill to advance the public health by encouraging independent innovators to pursue drug repurposing research and develop new treatments and cures by providing appropriate intellectual property protections for those innovations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Blumenthal, Richard [CT] (introduced 3/24/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 3/24/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

UNEMPLOYMENT

S.2149 : A bill to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Reed, Jack [RI] (introduced 3/24/2014) Cosponsors (9)
Latest Major Action: 3/24/2014 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

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