Today’s Daily Update

Senate considers unemployment benefits; House passed Ukraine measures.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014: Concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 4152, to provide for the costs of loan guarantees for Ukraine, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 378 yeas to 34 nays, Roll No. 149;
    • United States International Programming to Ukraine and Neighboring Regions: S. 2183, entitled ”United States International Programming to Ukraine and Neighboring Regions”, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 399 yeas to 12 nays, Roll No. 150;
    • Weather Forecasting Improvement Act: H.R. 2413, amended, to prioritize and redirect NOAA resources to a focused program of investment on near-term, affordable, and attainable advances in observational, computing, and modeling capabilities to deliver substantial improvement in weather forecasting and prediction of high impact weather events, such as tornadoes and hurricanes;
    • Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014: H.R. 4005, amended, to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2015 and 2016;
    • Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition: H. Con. Res. 92, to authorize the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition;
    • Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby: H. Con. Res. 88, to authorize the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby; and
    • Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act: S. 1557, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize support for graduate medical education programs in children’s hospitals.

Today:

  • The House will begin consideration of H.R. 2575 – Save American Workers Act of 2014 (Closed Rule, Three Hours of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Todd Young / Ways and Means Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • 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.
  • The Senate continued 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, 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.
      • 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 unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9 a.m., today with the time until 10 a.m. equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders, or their designees; and that the filing deadline for second-degree amendments be 9:30 a.m. today.

Nominations:

  • Malinowski, Wu and Birx Nominations–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that today at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Republican Leader, Senate begin consideration of the nominations of Tomasz P. Malinowski, of the District of Columbia, to be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Portia Y. Wu, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor, and Deborah L. Birx, of Maryland, to be Ambassador at Large and Coordinator of United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally.
  • The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By a unanimous vote of 99 yeas (Vote No. EX. 94), Kevin Whitaker, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia.
    • By 99 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. EX. 95), John P. Carlin, of New York, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
    • Christopher P. Lu, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.

Today:

  • The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.3979, the legislative vehicle for the Unemployment Insurance Extension.
    • The filing deadline for all 2nd degree amendments to the Reed substitute amendment #2874 and to H.R.3979 was 9:30am today.
    • At 10:00am, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Reed substitute amendment #2874.
    • Additional roll call votes are possible today.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Homeland Security
“Data Breach on the Rise: Protecting Personal Information from Harm”
10:00am, 342 Dirksen

House Energy and Commerce
“Ensuring the Security, Stability, Resilience, and Freedom of the Global Internet”
10:30am, 2322 Rayburn

House Appropriations
“Budget Hearing – Department of Labor”
10:30am, 2358-C Rayburn

House Budget
“The Mark Up of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2015”
10:30am, 210 Cannon

House Foreign Affairs
“The Crude Truth: Evaluating U.S. Energy Trade Policy”
2:00pm, 2172 Rayburn

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

CYBERSECURITY

H.R.4356 : To amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the information security of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Kirkpatrick, Ann [AZ-1] (introduced 4/1/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 4/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

ENERGY

H.R.4349 : To repeal the crude oil export ban under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10] (introduced 4/1/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Foreign Affairs; House Natural Resources; House Energy and Commerce; House Rules
Latest Major Action: 4/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources, Energy and Commerce, and Rules, 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.4352 : To require the Government Accountability Office to conduct periodic reviews of the flood insurance rates and flood insurance rate maps under the national flood insurance program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-12] (introduced 4/1/2014) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.4351 : To amend the National Alzheimer’s Project Act to require the Director of the National Institutes of Health to prepare and submit, directly to the President for review and transmittal to Congress, an annual budget estimate (including an estimate of the number and type of personnel needs for the Institutes) for the initiatives of the National Institutes of Health pursuant to such Act.
Sponsor: Rep Guthrie, Brett [KY-2] (introduced 4/1/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4354 : To prevent a taxpayer bailout of health insurance issuers.
Sponsor: Rep Griffin, Tim [AR-2] (introduced 4/1/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.RES.530 : Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2575) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the 30-hour threshold for classification as a full-time employee for purposes of the employer mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and replace it with 40 hours.
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] (introduced 4/1/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Rules
House Reports: 113-397
Latest Major Action: 4/1/2014 Placed on the House Calendar, Calendar No. 95.

S.2190 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow employers to exempt employees with health coverage under TRICARE or the Veterans Administration from being taken into account for purposes of the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Sen Blunt, Roy [MO] (introduced 4/1/2014) Cosponsors (36)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/1/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2192 : A bill to amend the National Alzheimer’s Project Act to require the Director of the National Institutes of Health to prepare and submit, directly to the President for review and transmittal to Congress, an annual budget estimate (including an estimate of the number and type of personnel needs for the Institutes) for the initiatives of the National Institutes of Health pursuant to such an Act.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 4/1/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 4/1/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2196 : A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to limit the liability of health care professionals who volunteer to provide health care services in response to a disaster.
Sponsor: Sen Murkowski, Lisa [AK] (introduced 4/1/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 4/1/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

S.2189 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve and extend the deduction for new and existing energy-efficient commercial buildings, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Cardin, Benjamin L. [MD] (introduced 4/1/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/1/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2191 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health coverage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] (introduced 4/1/2014) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/1/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

H.R.4364 : To provide greater transparency, accountability, and safety authority to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-33] (introduced 4/1/2014) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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