Today’s Daily Update

Senate and House consider Ukraine measures; House considers “doc fix”

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure which was debated on March 24th:
    • 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”, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 418 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 144.
    • Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act: The House passed H.R. 1459, to ensure that the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 applies to the declaration of national monuments, by a recorded vote of 222 ayes to 201 noes, Roll No. 147.
      • Rejected the Rahall 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 193 ayes to 227 noes, Roll No. 146.
      • Agreed to:
        • Bishop (UT) manager’s amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 113-385) that clarifies process for monument designations of 5,000 acres or less which allows temporary designation if imminent threat to antiquity and permanent designation if President follows NEPA review process or Congress enacts law. Also clarifies that the President is to use existing resources for monument designation process and
        • Barber amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 113-385) that requires the bill’s feasibility study to include an assessment of the monument declaration’s benefits, including jobs and tourism dollars associated with managing a monument in perpetuity.
      • Rejected:
        • Tsongas amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 113-385) that sought to preserve the ability of the President to declare as national monuments those that provide for the ”protection or conservation of historic or cultural resources related to American military history,” regardless of their size (by a recorded vote of 197 ayes to 223 noes, Roll No. 145).

Today:

  • The House is expected to consider the following measures:
    • H.R. 4302 – To amend the Social Security Act to extend Medicare payments to physicians and other provisions of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and for other purposes (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Pitts / Energy and Commerce Committee / Ways and Means Committee)
    • H.R. 4278 – To support the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and for other purposes, as amended (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of 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.
    • 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, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of John B. Owens, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 10:30 a.m. today Senate resume consideration of Ukraine Loan Guarantees, H.R. 4152, to provide for the costs of loan guarantees for Ukraine, and that notwithstanding the previous order of Tuesday, March 25, 2014, the time until noon be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders, or their designees, and all other provisions of the previous order remain in effect.

Nominations:

  • Owens Nomination–Cloture : Senate began consideration of the nomination of John B. Owens, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Friday, March 28, 2014.
  • Contreras-Sweet Nomination–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that following disposition of H.R. 4152, to provide for the costs of loan guarantees for Ukraine, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet, of California, to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration; that there be two minutes for debate, equally divided in the usual form prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination; that no further motions be in order.
  • Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By a unanimous vote of 100 yeas (Vote No. EX. 84), Christopher Reid Cooper, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.
    • By 93 yeas to 5 nays (Vote No. EX. 85), M. Douglas Harpool, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri.
    • By 59 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. EX. 86), Gerald Austin McHugh, Jr., of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
    • By 69 yeas to 31 nays (Vote No. EX. 87), Edward G. Smith, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
    • Joseph William Westphal, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Today:

  • Following morning business, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R.4152, the Ukraine bill. The time until noon will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees. At noon, there will be up to 3 roll call votes:
    • Adoption of the Menendez-Corker substitute amendment #2867
    • Passage of H.R.4152, as amended, if amended, and
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #689 Maria Contreras-Sweet, to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration.
  • Yesterday, cloture was filed on the motion to proceed to H.R.3979, the legislative vehicle for the Unemployment Insurance Compensation Extension and on Executive Calendar #573, John B. Owens, of CA, to be US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. Under the rule, the first cloture vote would occur Friday morning; it is possible one or both could be moved to Thursday.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Environment and Public Works
“MAP-21 Reauthorization: State and Local Perspectives on Transportation Priorities and Funding”
9:45am, 406 Dirksen

House Appropriations
“Budget Hearing – United States Department of Agriculture Research, Education and Economics”
10:00am, 2362-A Rayburn

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

AGRICULTURE

H.R.4307 : To authorize the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products that are packaged for direct human consumption.
Sponsor: Rep Massie, Thomas [KY-4] (introduced 3/26/2014) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4308 : To prohibit Federal interference with the interstate traffic of unpasteurized milk and milk products that are packaged for direct human consumption.
Sponsor: Rep Massie, Thomas [KY-4] (introduced 3/26/2014) Cosponsors (18)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

ENERGY

H.R.4298 : To amend the Federal Power Act to protect the bulk-power system and electric infrastructure critical to the defense of the United States against cybersecurity, physical, and other threats and vulnerabilities.
Sponsor: Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-33] (introduced 3/26/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2158 : A bill to amend the Federal Power Act to protect the bulk-power system and electric infrastructure critical to the defense of the United States against cybersecurity and physical and other threats and vulnerabilities.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 3/26/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.2161 : A bill to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing any final rule under the Clean Air Act until the date on which the Administrator improves certain employment effect analyses under that Act.
Sponsor: Sen Inhofe, James M. [OK] (introduced 3/26/2014) Cosponsors (29)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4304 : To make certain repeals and revisions to Federal labor laws, to decrease the regulatory burdens on small businesses, to provide for comprehensive energy reform, and to amend the securities laws to streamline access to capital.
Sponsor: Rep Scalise, Steve [LA-1] (introduced 3/26/2014) Cosponsors (30)
Committees: House Natural Resources; House Budget; House Small Business; House Education and the Workforce; House Oversight and Government Reform; House Judiciary; House Energy and Commerce; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Science, Space, and Technology; House Rules; House Financial Services; House Agriculture; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on the Budget, Small Business, Education and the Workforce, Oversight and Government Reform, the Judiciary, Energy and Commerce, Transportation and Infrastructure, Science, Space, and Technology, Rules, Financial Services, Agriculture, and 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.4313 : To ensure fairness in premium rates for coverage for business properties and second homes under the National Flood Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Jolly, David [FL-13] (introduced 3/26/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.4299 : To amend the Controlled Substances Act with respect to drug scheduling recommendations by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and with respect to registration of manufacturers and distributors seeking to conduct clinical testing.
Sponsor: Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] (introduced 3/26/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.4302 : To amend the Social Security Act to extend Medicare payments to physicians and other provisions of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] (introduced 3/26/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and 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.4305 : To amend title 10, United States Code, to provide an individual with a mental health assessment before the individual enlists in the Armed Forces or is commissioned as an officer in the Armed Forces.
Sponsor: Rep Thompson, Glenn [PA-5] (introduced 3/26/2014) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

TAX

S.2162 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a deduction for married couples who are both employed and have young children and to increase the earned income tax credit for childless workers, and to provide for budget offsets.
Sponsor: Sen Murray, Patty [WA] (introduced 3/26/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/26/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.