Today’s Daily Update

Senate advanced House Ukraine bill, which will be considered tomorrow.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House passed the Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America, H.R. 2824, to amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to stop the ongoing waste by the Department of the Interior of taxpayer resources and implement the final rule on excess spoil, mining waste, and buffers for perennial and intermittent streams, by a recorded vote of 229 ayes to 192 noes, Roll No. 141.
    • Rejected the Bera (CA) 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 197 ayes to 224 noes, Roll No. 140.
    • Pursuant to the rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113-41, modified by the amendment printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-374, shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
    • Rejected:
      • Lowenthal amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-374) that sought to require States to implement the June 30, 1983 Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement stream buffer zone rule, unless a State has a program with greater stream protection (by a recorded vote of 188 ayes to 231 noes, Roll No. 138) and
      • Cartwright amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113-374) that sought to ensure that States maintain the ability to issue their own stream buffer rules (by a recorded vote of 196 ayes to 225 noes, Roll No. 139).

Today:

  • The House is expected to consider:
    • 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)
    • H.R. 1459 – Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act (Structured Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Rob Bishop / Natural Resources Committee). The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Rob Bishop Manager’s Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Ron Barber Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Niki Tsongas Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate passed the following measures:
    • Philippines Charitable Giving Assistance Act, H.R. 3771, to accelerate the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
      • Subsequently, Senate indefinitely postponed S. 1821, to accelerate the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of 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.
    • Authorizing Production of Records, S. Res. 398, to authorize the production of records by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
  • The Senate considered the following measures:
    • 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.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the motion to proceed be withdrawn.
    • The Senate began consideration of Ukraine Loan Guarantees, H.R. 4152, to provide for the costs of loan guarantees for Ukraine, taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:
      • Pending:
        • Reid (for Menendez/Corker) Amendment No. 2867, to provide a complete substitute.
        • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that no other amendments be in order; that no points of order or motions be in order other than budget points of order and the applicable motions to waive; that following morning business tomorrow, there be two hours of debate equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees, prior to a vote on or in relation to Reid (for Menendez/Corker) Amendment No. 2867 (listed above); that upon disposition of Reid (for Menendez/Corker) Amendment No. 2867, the bill be read a third time and Senate vote on passage of the bill, as amended, if amended.
    • The Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act, H.R. 3979, 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.
  • Nominations: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 11 a.m. today the Senate vote on the motions to invoke cloture on the nominations of Christopher Reid Cooper, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia, M. Douglas Harpool, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri, Gerald Austin McHugh, Jr., of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Edward G. Smith, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; that if cloture is invoked on any of these nominations, the time until 2:30 p.m. be equally divided between the Leaders, or their designees, and that at 2:30 p.m., all post-cloture time be expired, and Senate vote on confirmation of the nominations in the order upon which cloture was invoked; that following Senate action on these nominations, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination of Joseph William Westphal, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Department of State; and that there be two minutes for debate prior to each vote and all roll call votes after the first vote in each sequence be 10 minutes in length.

Today:

  • At 11:00am, there will be up to 4 roll call votes:
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #581 Christopher Reid Cooper – to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #582 M. Douglas Harpool – to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #583 Gerald Austin McHugh, Jr. – to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #584 Edward G. Smith – to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
  • If cloture is invoked on any of the nominations (which is expected for each of the nominations), the time until 2:30pm will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees. At 2:30pm, there will be up to 5 roll call votes in relation to the following (assuming cloture was invoked on all nominations at 11am):
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #581 Christopher Reid Cooper – to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #582 M. Douglas Harpool – to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #583 Gerald Austin McHugh, Jr. – to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #584 Edward G. Smith – to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #694 Joseph William Westphal – to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

SEC
“Cybersecurity Roundtable”
10:00am, 100 F Street, NE

House Foreign Affairs
“The Geopolitical Potential of the U.S. Energy Boom”
10:00am, 2172 Rayburn

House Appropriations
“Budget Hearing – Future of Biomedical Research”
10:00am, 2358-C Rayburn

Senate Banking
“Are Alternative Financial Products Serving Consumers?”
10:00am, 538 Dirksen

Senate Homeland
“Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships to Reduce Cyber Risks to Our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure”
10:00am, 342 Dirksen

House Natural Resources
“Collision Course: Oversight of the Obama Administration’s Enforcement Approach for America’s Wildlife Laws and Its Impact on Domestic Energy”
10:00am, 1324 Longworth

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
“Protecting Personal Consumer Information from Cyber Attacks and Data Breaches”
2:30pm, 253 Russell

House Judiciary
“Exploring Chapter 11 Reform: Corporate and Financial Institution Insolvencies; Treatment of Derivatives”
4:00pm, 2237 Rayburn

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

COMMUNICATION

S.2155 : A bill to amend the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act to create a Federal Spectrum Reallocation Commission, to provide for the use of a portion of the proceeds from the auction of reallocated Federal spectrum for deficit reduction, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] (introduced 3/25/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

ENERGY

H.R.4293 : 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: Rep Cramer, Kevin [ND] (introduced 3/25/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Natural Resources; House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, 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.2152 : A bill to direct Federal investment in carbon capture and storage and other clean coal technologies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Heitkamp, Heidi [ND] (introduced 3/25/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2156 : A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to confirm the scope of the authority of the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to deny or restrict the use of defined areas as disposal sites.
Sponsor: Sen Vitter, David [LA] (introduced 3/25/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

H.CON.RES.94 : Expressing the sense of Congress that the President should hold the Russian Federation accountable for being in material breach of its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
Sponsor: Rep Rogers, Mike D. [AL-3] (introduced 3/25/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Foreign Affairs; House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on 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.

S.CON.RES.34 : A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the President should hold the Russian Federation accountable for being in material breach of its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
Sponsor: Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] (introduced 3/25/2014) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

HEALTH

S.2154 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program.
Sponsor: Sen Casey, Robert P., Jr. [PA] (introduced 3/25/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2157 : 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 3/25/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2014 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

S.2151 : A bill to enhance the early warning reporting requirements for motor vehicle manufacturers.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 3/25/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 3/25/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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