Today’s Daily Update

Senate passed “doc fix” legislation and will consider unemployment benefits; House will consider Ukraine measures.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House was not in session.

Today:

  • The House will consider the following legislation under suspension of the rules:
    • 1) Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4152 – To provide for the costs of loan guarantees for Ukraine (Sponsored by Rep. Harold Rogers / Appropriations Committee / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 2) S. 2183 – United States International Programming to Ukraine and Neighboring Regions (Sponsored by Sen. Mitch McConnell / Foreign Affairs Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 2413 – The Weather Forecasting Improvement Act of 2014, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Bridenstine / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)
    • 4) H.R. 4005 – Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Duncan Hunter / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 5) H.Con.Res. 92 – A bill to authorize the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 6) H.Con.Res. 88 – A bill to authorize the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby (Sponsored by Rep. Steny Hoyer / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 7) S. 1557 – Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013 (Sponsored by Sen. Robert Casey / Energy and Commerce Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • By 64 yeas to 35 nays (Vote No. 93), Senate passed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act, H.R. 4302, to amend the Social Security Act to extend Medicare payments to physicians and other provisions of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, by the order of the Senate of Thursday, March 27, 2014, 60 Senators having voted in the affirmative, and after taking action on the following motion proposed thereto: During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 64 yeas to 35 nays (Vote No. 92), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to waive all applicable sections of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and applicable budget resolutions with respect to the bill. Subsequently, the point of order that the bill was in violation of section 201(a) of S. Con. Res. 21, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2008, was not sustained, and thus the point of order fell.
  • The Senate began 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, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2874, of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2875 (to Amendment No. 2874), to change the enactment date.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2876 (to Amendment No. 2875), of a perfecting nature.
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2874 (listed above), and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur tomorrow.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2877 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 2874), to change the enactment date.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2878 (to Amendment No. 2877), of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 2879, to change the enactment date.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2880 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2879), of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2881 (to Amendment No. 2880), of a perfecting nature.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on 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 Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2874.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 11:00 a.m. today.
  • The Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of Minimum Wage Fairness Act, S. 1737, to provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage and to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend increased expensing limitations and the treatment of certain real property as section 179 property.

Nominations:

  • The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 56 yeas to 43 nays, John B. Owens, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
    • Kelly R. Welsh, of Illinois, to be General Counsel of the Department of Commerce.

Today:

  • The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.3979, the legislative vehicle for the Unemployment Insurance Extension bill.
    • Yesterday, cloture was filed on the Reed-Heller substitute amendment #2874 and on H.R.3979. Under Rule 22, the cloture vote on the substitute amendment (UI) will occur tomorrow. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate time prior to a vote on adoption of the substitute amendment. Upon disposition of the substitute, the Senate would then proceed to a cloture vote on the underlying bill. If cloture is invoked on the underlying bill, there would be up to 30 hours of post-cloture debate on prior to passage of the bill, as amended, if amended.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

BGOV
“Patent Reform: Innovation or Litigation”
8:30am, 1101 K Street, N.W.

Senate Foreign Relations
“Business Meeting”
2:15pm, 116 Capitol

House Appropriations
“Budget Hearing – Securities and Exchange Commission”
3:00pm, 2359 Rayburn

House Energy and Commerce
“Examining Concerns Regarding FDA’s Proposed Changes to Generic Drug Labeling”
3:00pm, 2322 Rayburn

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

HEALTH

S.2186 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a minimum Medicare payment rate for primary care services furnished by primary care physicians.
Sponsor: Sen Begich, Mark [AK] (introduced 3/31/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/31/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2187 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a five-year extension of the rural community hospital demonstration program.
Sponsor: Sen Begich, Mark [AK] (introduced 3/31/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/31/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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