Today’s Daily Update

Senate passed unemployment legislation; House to consider budget measures.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House passed the Budget and Accounting Transparency Act of 2014, H.R. 1872, to amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to increase transparency in Federal budgeting, by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 165 noes, Roll No. 166.
    • Rejected the DeLauro motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Budget with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 179 yeas to 217 nays, Roll No. 165
    • Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Budget now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted
  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Naval Vessel Transfer and Arms Export Control Amendments Act: H.R. 3470, amended, to provide for the transfer of naval vessels to certain foreign countries
    • 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
    • Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2014: H.R. 4323, to reauthorize programs authorized under the Debbie Smith Act of 2004

Today:

  • The House will consider H.R. 1871 – Baseline Reform Act of 2013 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Rob Woodall / Rep. Louie Gohmert / Budget Committee)
  • The House will begin consideration of H.Con.Res. 96 – Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2015 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2016 through 2024 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan / Budget Committee)
    • The rule provides for four hours of general debate with three hours controlled by the Budget Committee and one hour controlled by the Joint Economic Committee. Amendments will not be considered until tomorrow.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • By 59 yeas to 38 nays (Vote No. 101), the Senate passed 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, as amended.
  • The Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. 2195, to deny admission to the United States to any representative to the United Nations who has been found to have been engaged in espionage activities or a terrorist activity against the United States and poses a threat to United States national security interests, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Cruz Amendment No. 2960, to make a technical amendment.
    • Cruz Amendment No. 2961, to amend the title.
  • The Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act, S. 2199, to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur tomorrow.

Nominations:

  • The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • Francis Xavier Taylor, of Maryland, to be Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security.
    • L. Reginald Brothers, Jr., of Massachusetts, to be Under Secretary for Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security.
    • Mark Bradley Childress, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania.

Today:

  • The Majority will control the time from 2:15pm until 3:15pm and the Republicans will control the time from 3:15pm until 4:15pm.
    • Senator Reid filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #345, S.2199, to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex. Unless an agreement can be reached, the cloture vote will occur tomorrow.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Judiciary
“Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice”
10:00am, 2141 Rayburn

House Financial Services
“Who’s in Your Wallet: Examining How Washington Red Tape Impairs Economic Freedom”
10:00am, 2128 Rayburn

House Transportation and Infrastructure
“The International Experience with Public Private Partnerships”
10:00am, 2167 Rayburn

House Ways and Means
“Benefits of Permanent Tax Policy for America’s Job Creators”
10:00am, 1100 Longworth

House Ways and Means
“Treasury Department’s Final Employer Mandate and Employer Reporting Requirements Regulations”
2:00pm, B-318 Rayburn

Senate Judiciary
“Executive Business Meeting: Patent Mark Up”
2:30pm, 106 Dirksen

Senate Commerce
“Nominations hearing”
2:30pm, 253 Russell

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4411 : To prevent Hezbollah and associated entities from gaining access to international financial and other institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Meadows, Mark [NC-11] (introduced 4/7/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Foreign Affairs; House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/7/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 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.4413 : To reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, to better protect futures customers, to provide end users with market certainty, to make basic reforms to ensure transparency and accountability at the Commission, to help farmers, ranchers, and end users manage risks to help keep consumer costs low, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lucas, Frank D. [OK-3] (introduced 4/7/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 4/7/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

S.2216 : A bill to provide small businesses with a grace period for a regulatory violation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Paul, Rand [KY] (introduced 4/7/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Major Action: 4/7/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.4414 : To clarify the treatment under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of health plans in which expatriates are the primary enrollees, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Carney, John C., Jr. [DE] (introduced 4/7/2014) Cosponsors (20)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce; House Education and the Workforce; House Judiciary; House Natural Resources; House Administration
Latest Major Action: 4/7/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Education and the Workforce, the Judiciary, Natural Resources, and House Administration, 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.4418 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to increase access to Medicare data.
Sponsor: Rep Ryan, Paul [WI-1] (introduced 4/7/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/7/2014 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.

S.2214 : A bill to prevent a taxpayer bailout of health insurance issuers.
Sponsor: Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] (introduced 4/7/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 4/7/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2217 : A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to enhance the participation of mental health professionals in boards for the correction of military records and boards for the review of the discharge or dismissal of members of the Armed Forces.
Sponsor: Sen Tester, Jon [MT] (introduced 4/7/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 4/7/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

TAX

H.R.4415 : To provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Kildee, Daniel T [MI-5] (introduced 4/7/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 4/7/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and 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.

S.2215 : Eliminating Improper and Abusive IRS Audits Act of 2014
Sponsor: Sen Cornyn, John [TX] (introduced 4/7/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/7/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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