Today’s Daily Update

Senate and House consider “doc fix”

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014: H.R. 4302, to amend the Social Security Act to extend Medicare payments to physicians and other provisions of the Medicare and Medicaid programs 
    • Ukraine Support Act: H.R. 4278, amended, to support the independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 399 yeas to 19 nays, Roll No. 148.

Today:

  • The House will meet in pro forma session at 11 am.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate continued 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 65 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. 90), 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 that following disposition of 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 when all post-cloture time has expired, Senate vote on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that following Leader remarks on Monday, March 31, 2014, Senate begin consideration of H.R. 4302, to amend the Social Security Act to extend Medicare payments to physicians and other provisions of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, which was received from the House of Representatives and is at the desk; that there be no amendments, or motions in order to the bill with the exception of budget points of order and the applicable motions to waive; that the time until 5 p.m., be equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees, for debate on the bill; that notwithstanding the previous order, following the vote on confirmation of the nomination of John B. Owens, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, on Monday, March 31, 2014, Senate vote on passage of the bill; that the bill be subject to a 60 affirmative vote threshold; and that upon disposition of the bill, Senate vote on the motion to proceed to consideration of 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, as provided under the previous order.

Nominations:

  • Owens Nomination–Cloture : Senate continued consideration of the nomination of John B. Owens, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 54 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 89), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014, Senate resume consideration of the nomination, all post-cloture time be considered expired at 5:30 p.m., and Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • Maria Contreras-Sweet, of California, to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration
    • Matthew H. Tueller, of Utah, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen
    • Kathryn B. Thomson, of Virginia, to be General Counsel of the Department of Transportation

Today:

  • The Senate is not in Session.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENERGY

H.R.4327 : To prohibit the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from issuing certain decisions that will raise costs for ratepayers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Maloney, Sean Patrick [NY-18] (introduced 3/27/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/27/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4338 : To amend title 49, United States Code, to require gas pipeline facilities to accelerate the repair, rehabilitation, and replacement of high-risk pipelines used in commerce, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-13] (introduced 3/27/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/27/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.4339 : To establish State revolving loan funds to repair or replace natural gas distribution pipelines.
Sponsor: Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-13] (introduced 3/27/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/27/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.4345 : To reauthorize the weatherization and State energy programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Tonko, Paul [NY-20] (introduced 3/27/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/27/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

ENVIRONMENT

H.R.4315 : To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require publication on the Internet of the basis for determinations that species are endangered species or threatened species, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Hastings, Doc [WA-4] (introduced 3/27/2014) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/27/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.4316 : To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to improve the disclosure of certain expenditures under that Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lummis, Cynthia M. [WY] (introduced 3/27/2014) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/27/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.4317 : To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require disclosure to States of the basis of determinations under such Act, to ensure use of information provided by State, tribal, and county governments in decision making under such Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Neugebauer, Randy [TX-19] (introduced 3/27/2014) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/27/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.4318 : To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to conform citizen suits under that Act with other existing law, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Huizenga, Bill [MI-2] (introduced 3/27/2014) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: House Natural Resources; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 3/27/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, 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.4319 : To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require the Secretary of the Interior to publish and make available for public comment a draft economic analysis at the time a proposed rule to designate critical habitat is published.
Sponsor: Rep Crawford, Eric A. “Rick” [AR-1] (introduced 3/27/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/27/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4330 : To amend the Commodity Exchange Act to ensure that the treatment of illiquid swaps does not disadvantage certain non-financial end users who use them to manage business risk.
Sponsor: Rep Davis, Rodney [IL-13] (introduced 3/27/2014) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 3/27/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.4333 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve 529 plans.
Sponsor: Rep Jenkins, Lynn [KS-2] (introduced 3/27/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/27/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4334 : To allow homeowners facing foreclosure to avoid deficiency judgments, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lujan Grisham, Michelle [NM-1] (introduced 3/27/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 3/27/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

TAX

H.R.4324 : To require adequate information regarding the tax treatment of payments under settlement agreements entered into by Federal agencies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] (introduced 3/27/2014) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform; House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 3/27/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 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.

H.R.4326 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a refundable credit against income tax to assist individuals with high residential energy costs.
Sponsor: Rep Maloney, Sean Patrick [NY-18] (introduced 3/27/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/27/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4332 : To direct the Secretary of the Treasury to increase the dollar limitation on the de minimis safe harbor from treatment as a capital expenditure for taxpayers without applicable financial statements.
Sponsor: Rep Gardner, Cory [CO-4] (introduced 3/27/2014) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/27/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.4336 : To amend title 23, United States Code, with respect to the highway safety improvement program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] (introduced 3/27/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/27/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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