Today’s Daily Update

Senate continued consideration of unemployment benefits; House passed legislation narrowing the Affordable Care Act employer mandate.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House passed 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, by a recorded vote of 248 ayes to 179 noes, Roll No. 156. Consideration of the measure began April 2nd.
    • Rejected the Takano motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Ways and Means with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 191 yeas to 232 nays, Roll No. 155.

Today:

  • The House will consider H.R. 1874 – Pro-Growth Budgeting Act of 2013 (Structured Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Price / Budget Committee / Rules Committee). The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Gerry Connolly Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Steve Israel Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. David Cicilline Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Tim Bishop Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate passed the following measures:
    • Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act, S. 404, to preserve the Green Mountain Lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, after agreeing to the committee amendment.
    • Humanitarian Crisis in Syria and Neighboring Countries, S. Res. 384, expressing the sense of the Senate concerning the humanitarian crisis in Syria and neighboring countries, resulting humanitarian and development challenges, and the urgent need for a political solution to the crisis.
  • 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:
    • Adopted:
      • Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2874, of a perfecting nature.
    • Withdrawn:
      • 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, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 60 yeas to 36 nays (Vote No. 99), 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 Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2874 (listed above). Subsequently, the point of order that Reid (for Reed) Amendment No. 2874 was in violation of section 311(b) of S. Con. Res. 70, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2009, was not sustained, and thus the point of order fell.
    • By 61 yeas to 35 nays (Vote No. 100), 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 bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014, all post-cloture time be considered expired and the bill, as amended, if amended, be read a third time and Senate vote on passage of the bill, as amended, if amended.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014, Senate resume consideration of the bill, post-cloture, with the time until 5:30 p.m. equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees prior to a vote on passage of the bill, as amended.

Today:

  • The Senate is in recess until Monday April 7, 2014

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Appropriations
“Budget Hearing – Department of Justice”
9:30am, 2359 Rayburn

House Armed Services
“Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Budget Request for Intelligence Activities”
10:30am, 2212 Rayburn

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

AGRICULTURE

S.2210 : A bill to amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to require the Secretary of Agriculture to make loan guarantees and grants to finance certain improvements to school lunch facilities, to train school food service personnel, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] (introduced 4/3/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Major Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE

H.R.4397 : To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require all political committees to notify the Federal Election Commission within 48 hours of receiving cumulative contributions of $1,000 or more from any contributor during a calendar year, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep O’Rourke, Beto [TX-16] (introduced 4/3/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Administration
Latest Major Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on House Administration.

S.2207 : A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require all political committees to notify the Federal Election Commission within 48 hours of receiving cumulative contributions of $1,000 or more from any contributor during a calendar year, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen King, Angus S. Jr. [ME] (introduced 4/3/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Rules and Administration
Latest Major Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.

ENERGY

H.R.4393 : To prohibit any Federal agency or official, in carrying out any Act or program to reduce the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on climate change, from imposing a fee or tax on gaseous emissions emitted directly by livestock.
Sponsor: Rep Fortenberry, Jeff [NE-1] (introduced 4/3/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on 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.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4383 : To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to establish a Small Business Advisory Board, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Pittenger, Robert [NC-9] (introduced 4/3/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4386 : To allow the Secretary of the Treasury to rely on State examinations for certain financial institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] (introduced 4/3/2014) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4387 : To amend the Financial Stability Act of 2010 to require the Financial Stability Oversight Council to hold open meetings and comply with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, to provide additional improvements to the Council, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] (introduced 4/3/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4392 : To align exemptions for general solicitation of investment in commodity pools similar to the exemption provided for general solicitation of securities under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act.
Sponsor: Rep Fincher, Stephen Lee [TN-8] (introduced 4/3/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

S.2208 : A bill to allow the Secretary of the Treasury to rely on State examinations for certain financial institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] (introduced 4/3/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2212 : A bill to amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to strengthen the review authority of the Financial Stability Oversight Council of regulations issued by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Fischer, Deb [NE] (introduced 4/3/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2213 : A bill to replace the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection with a five-person Commission.
Sponsor: Sen Fischer, Deb [NE] (introduced 4/3/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.4384 : To provide for the establishment of a fund to provide for an expanded and sustained national investment in biomedical research.
Sponsor: Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-18] (introduced 4/3/2014) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Budget; House Armed Services; House Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on the Budget, Armed Services, and Veterans’ Affairs, 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.4385 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the designation of maternity care health professional shortage areas.
Sponsor: Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26] (introduced 4/3/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4390 : To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to protect the enrollment of incarcerated youth for medical assistance under the Medicaid program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cardenas, Tony [CA-29] (introduced 4/3/2014) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4395 : To amend part B of title III of the Public Health Service Act to improve essential oral health care for lower-income individuals by breaking down barriers to care.
Sponsor: Rep Kelly, Robin L. [IL-2] (introduced 4/3/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4396 : To prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services from implementing certain rules relating to the health insurance coverage of sterilization and contraceptives approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Sponsor: Rep Luetkemeyer, Blaine [MO-3] (introduced 4/3/2014) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2211 : A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to protect the enrollment of incarcerated youth for medical assistance under the Medicaid program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Murphy, Christopher S. [CT] (introduced 4/3/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

S.2203 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the tax treatment for certain build America bonds, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 4/3/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2205 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt certain small businesses from the employer health insurance mandate and to modify the definition of full-time employee for purposes of such mandate.
Sponsor: Sen Enzi, Michael B. [WY] (introduced 4/3/2014) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/3/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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