Today’s Daily Update

Senate considers unemployment benefits; House considers legislation related to the Affordable Care Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House began consideration of the Save American Workers Act of 2014, 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. Consideration of the measure is expected to resume today.
    • Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted.

Today:

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

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the 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. 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 61 yeas to 38 nays (Vote No. 96), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2874 (listed above).
      • Reid motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 2879, to change the enactment date, fell when cloture was invoked on Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2874.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2880 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2879), of a perfecting nature, fell when Reid motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 2879 fell.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2881 (to Amendment No. 2880), of a perfecting nature, fell when Reid Amendment No. 2880 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2879) fell.
      • Reid Amendment No. 2876 (to Amendment No. 2875), of a perfecting nature, fell as it was not in order to be offered and its pendency is inconsistent with the Senate’s precedents with respect to the offering of amendments, their number, degree, and kind.
      • By 46 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 97), Senate failed to table Reid Amendment No. 2878 (to Amendment No. 2877) (listed above).
      • By 67 yeas to 29 nays (Vote No. 98), Senate tabled the appeal of the ruling of the Chair that Vitter Amendment No. 2931 is not in order to be offered and its pendency is inconsistent with the Senate’s precedents with respect to the offering of amendments, their number, degree, and kind.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m. today and that all time during adjournment count post-cloture on Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2874.

Nominations:

  • The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • 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.
    • Deborah L. Birx, of Maryland, to be Ambassador at Large and Coordinator of United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally.

Today:

  • The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.3979, the legislative vehicle for the Unemployment Insurance Extension Act. The time during adjournment will count post-cloture on the Reed amendment #2874.
  • The Senate expects to reach an agreement on the Unemployment Insurance bill and Executive nominations today.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Ways and Means
“Hearing on President Obama’s Trade Policy Agenda with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman”
9:30am, 1100 Longworth

CFTC
“Roundtable to Discuss Dodd-Frank End-User Issues”
9:30am, 1155 21st Street, N.W.

Senate Finance
“Open Executive Session to consider an original bill entitled “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act;”
10:00am, 215 Dirksen

House Transportation and Infrastructure
“Disaster Mitigation: Reducing Costs and Saving Lives”
10:00am, 2167 Rayburn

House Natural Resources
“Department of the Interior, Spending and the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal”
10:00am, 1324 Longworth

Senate Judiciary
“Executive Business Meeting”
10:00am, 226 Dirksen

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

COMMUNICATIONS

H.R.4367 : To prohibit the National Telecommunications and Information Administration from relinquishing responsibilities with respect to Internet domain name functions.
Sponsor: Rep Kelly, Mike [PA-3] (introduced 4/2/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/2/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

CYBERSECURITY

H.R.4370 : To improve the information security of the Department of Veterans Affairs by directing the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out certain actions to improve the transparency and the governance of the information security program of the Department, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Walorski, Jackie [IN-2] (introduced 4/2/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 4/2/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.2200 : A bill to provide debit card holders with consumer protections equivalent to those available to credit card holders, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Warner, Mark R. [VA] (introduced 4/2/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 4/2/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2201 : A bill to limit the level of premium subsidy provided by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation to agricultural producers.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 4/2/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Major Action: 4/2/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

HEALTH

H.R.4374 : To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to adopt and implement a standard identification protocol for use in the tracking and procurement of biological implants by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Roe, David P. [TN-1] (introduced 4/2/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 4/2/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

H.R.4378 : To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue to Federal agencies guidelines for developing procedures and requirements relating to certain primary care Federal health professionals completing continuing medical education on nutrition and to require Federal agencies to submit annual reports relating to such guidelines, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-3] (introduced 4/2/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/2/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

TAX

 H.R.4365 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the new markets tax credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Gerlach, Jim [PA-6] (introduced 4/2/2014) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/2/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.


H.R.4376 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify safe harbor requirements applicable to automatic contribution arrangements, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] (introduced 4/2/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 4/2/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, 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.