Today’s Daily Update

Senate considers equal pay bill; House continues consideration of budget measures.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House passed Baseline Reform Act, H.R. 1871, to amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to reform the budget baseline, by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 168.
    • Rejected the Bustos 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 191 yeas to 221 nays, Roll No. 167.
    • Pursuant to the rule, the amendment recommended by the Committee on the Budget now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted.
    • H. Res. 539, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1874), (H.R. 1871), and (H.R. 1872), was agreed to on Friday, April 4th.
  • Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2015 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2016 through 2024: The House began consideration of H. Con. Res. 96, to establish the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2015 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2016 through 2024. Consideration of the concurrent resolution is expected to resume tomorrow, April 9th.
    • H. Res. 544, the rule providing for consideration of the concurrent resolution, was agreed to by a recorded vote of 222 ayes to 194 noes, Roll No. 170, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 219 yeas to 190 nays, Roll No. 169.

Today:

  • The House will consider H.R. 4414 – Expatriate Health Coverage Clarification Act of 2014 (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. John Carney / Ways and Means Committee)
  • The House will continue 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 two hours of remaining general debate. The rule makes in order only those amendments printed below and provides for ten minutes of final general debate time controlled by the Budget Committee upon the conclusion of amendment consideration. Final general debate and adoption are not expected until tomorrow. The House will consider the following amendments:
      • Rep. Mick Mulvaney Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (20 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Fudge / Scott (VA) / Moore / Lee Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (30 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Ellison / Grijalva / Pocan / Lee / Edwards / Schakowsky / McDermott Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (30 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Woodall / Scalise Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (30 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Chris Van Hollen Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (30 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration to 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 unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m. today, with the time until 11 a.m. equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees prior to a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
  • The Senate agreed to Freedom of Press and Expression in People’s Republic of China, S. Res. 361, recognizing the threats to freedom of the press and expression in the People’s Republic of China and urging the Government of the People’s Republic of China to take meaningful steps to improve freedom of expression as fitting of a responsible international stakeholder.

Nominations:

  • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Michelle T. Friedland, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Senate began consideration of the nomination of David Weil, of Massachusetts, to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor.
  • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Republican Leader, this week, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Wanda Felton, of New York, to be First Vice President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
  • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Republican Leader, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Terrell McSweeny, of the District of Columbia, to be a Federal Trade Commissioner.
  • Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 71 yeas to 28 nays (Vote No. EX. 102), Neil Gregory Kornze, of Nevada, to be Director of the Bureau of Land Management.
    • Frank G. Klotz, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary for Nuclear Security.

Today:

  • The Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2199, the Equal Pay bill with the time until 11:00am equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.
    • At 11:00am, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2199.
    • Additional roll call votes are expected on nominations during today’s session.
  • Yesterday, cloture was filed on the nominations below in the following order:
    • Executive Calendar #574, the nomination of Michelle T. Freidland, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit and
    • Executive Calendar #613, the nomination of David Weil, of Massachusetts, to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor.
    • Under the rule, the cloture vote on the Freidland nomination would occur tomorrow morning. If cloture is invoked, there will be up to 30 hours of debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination. Upon disposition of the Friedland nomination, the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the Weil nomination. If cloture is invoked on the Weil nomination, there will be up to 8 hours of debate, equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees, prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Appropriations
“Rail Safety”
9:45am, 138 Dirksen

House Energy and Commerce
“Mark Up of H.R. 6 the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act”
10:00am, 2123 Rayburn

House Financial Services
“Legislative Proposals to Enhance Capital Formation for Small and Emerging Growth Companies”
10:00am, 2128 Rayburn

Senate Judiciary
“Examining the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger and Impact on Consumers”
10:00am, 216 Hart

House Agriculture
“To consider H.R. 4413, the Customer Protection and End-User Relief Act”
10:00am, 1300 Longworth

Senate HELP
“Addressing Primary Care Access and Workforce Challenges: Voices from the Field”
10:00am, 430 Dirksen

House Ways and Means
“Trade Implications of U.S. Energy Policy and the Export of LNG”
1:15pm, 1100 Longworth

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

AGRICULTURE

 H.R.4419 : To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require periodic review of listings of endangered species and threatened species under that Act, to support protection and conservation measures for endangered or threatened species under that Act and to alleviate the need to list a species as an endangered or threatened species, to convey small parcels of National Forest System land and Department of the Interior land to generate revenues for such protection and conservation measures, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Amodei, Mark E. [NV-2] (introduced 4/8/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Natural Resources; House Agriculture; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 4/8/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, and the Judiciary, 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.4423 : To provide for no net increase in the total acreage of certain Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Forest Service, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Griffith, H. Morgan [VA-9] (introduced 4/8/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Natural Resources; House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 4/8/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, 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.

COMMUNICATION

S.2219 : A bill to require the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to update a report on the role of telecommunications, including the Internet, in the commission of hate crimes.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 4/8/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 4/8/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

ENERGY

H.R.4426 : To promote the domestic development and deployment of clean energy technologies required for the 21st century.
Sponsor: Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-19] (introduced 4/8/2014) Cosponsors (17)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/8/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.4422 : To authorize the President to establish the Veterans’ Job Corps as a means of providing gainful employment to unemployed veterans and widows of veterans through the performance of useful public works, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] (introduced 4/8/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 4/8/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

HEALTH

S.2220 : A bill to provide protections for certain sports medicine professionals who provide certain medical services in a secondary State.
Sponsor: Sen Thune, John [SD] (introduced 4/8/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 4/8/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

H.R.4428 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the energy credit for microturbine property.
Sponsor: Rep Sanchez, Linda T. [CA-38] (introduced 4/8/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/8/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4429 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the subpart F exemption for active financing income.
Sponsor: Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12] (introduced 4/8/2014) Cosponsors (14)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/8/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2223 : A bill 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.
Sponsor: Sen Harkin, Tom [IA] (introduced 4/8/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Latest Major Action: 4/8/2014 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

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