Today’s Daily Update

Senate failed to pass equal pay legislation; House continues consideration of the Ryan budget.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House failed to agree to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
    • Expatriate Health Coverage Clarification Act of 2014: 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 257 yeas to 159 nays, Roll No. 174.
  • The House resumed consideration of the Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2015 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2016 through 2024, H. Con. Res. 96, to establish the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2015 and to set forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2016 through 2024. Consideration of the measure began on April 8th. Rejected:
    • Mulvaney amendment in the nature of a substitute (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 113-405) that sought to insert President Obama’s budget proposal (by a recorded vote of 2 ayes to 413 noes, Roll No. 171);
    • Moore amendment in the nature of a substitute (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 113-405) that sought to make significant investments in education, job training, transportation and infrastructure, and advanced research and development programs. Would include funding for a comprehensive jobs bill and targeted investments to reduce and eradicate poverty in America. Would protect the social safety net without cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or SNAP and raise new revenue by revising our tax system, saving more than $1.7 trillion on the deficit over the next decade. Would reduce our annual budget deficit to 2.5% of GDP by FY 2024 (by a recorded vote of 116 ayes to 300 noes, Roll No. 172); and
    • Grijalva amendment in the nature of a substitute (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 113-405) that sought to create 8.8 million jobs by 2017 through investments in education, infrastructure and research and to reduce deficits by $4 trillion by 2024 (by a recorded vote of 89 ayes to 327 noes, Roll No. 173).

Today:

  • The House will complete 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 makes in order the following remaining amendments and provides for ten minutes of final general debate time controlled by the Budget Committee upon the conclusion of amendment consideration.
    • 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 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. During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 53 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 103), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • Subsequently, Senator Reid entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the bill.
  • The Senate agreed to the Adjournment Resolution, S. Con. Res. 35, providing for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate and an adjournment of the House of Representatives.

Nominations:

  • Friedland Nomination–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 10:30 a.m. today, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Michelle T. Friedland, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 75 yeas to 21 nays (Vote No. EX. 104), Wanda Felton, of New York, to be First Vice President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States for a term expiring January 20, 2017.
    • By 95 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. EX. 105), Terrell McSweeny, of the District of Columbia, to be a Federal Trade Commissioner for the unexpired term of seven years from September 26, 2010.
    • Debra L. Miller, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board for a term expiring December 31, 2017.
    • Steven Joel Anthony, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Railroad Retirement Board for a term expiring August 28, 2018.
    • Daniel W. Yohannes, of Colorado, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, with the rank of Ambassador.

Today:

  • At 10:30am, there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #574, the nomination of Michelle Friedland, to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. If cloture is invoked, there would be up to 30 hours for debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination, unless an agreement can be reached.
  • Upon disposition of the Friedland nomination, there will be a cloture vote on the Weil nomination to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division at the Department of Labor. There would then be up to 8 hours for debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the Weil nomination.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Finance
“The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2015”
10:00am, 215 Dirksen

SEC
“Open Meeting”
10:00am, 100 F Street, NE

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

AGRICULTURE

 H.R.4432 : To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to food produced from, containing, or consisting of a bioengineered organism, the labeling of natural foods, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Pompeo, Mike [KS-4] (introduced 4/9/2014) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

BUDGET

H.R.4444 : To amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to require that the Congressional Budget Office prepare long-term scoring estimates for reported bills and joint resolutions that could have significant economic and fiscal effects outside of the normal scoring periods.
Sponsor: Rep Ribble, Reid J. [WI-8] (introduced 4/9/2014) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Budget; House Rules
Latest Major Action: 4/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Budget, and in addition to the Committee on 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.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE

H.R.4442 : 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 4/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Administration
Latest Major Action: 4/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on House Administration.

ENERGY

H.R.4441 : To require pipelines regulated by the Secretary of Transportation to be made of steel that is produced in the United States and originates from iron ore and taconite mined and processed in the United States, for safety, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Nolan, Richard M. [MN-8] (introduced 4/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.4436 : To provide the legal framework necessary for the growth of innovative private financing options for students to fund postsecondary education, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Petri, Thomas E. [WI-6] (introduced 4/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce; House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Education and the Workforce, and 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.

S.2224 : A bill to enhance the accuracy of credit reporting and provide greater rights to consumers who dispute errors in their credit reports, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Schatz, Brian [HI] (introduced 4/9/2014) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 4/9/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2230 : A bill to provide the legal framework necessary for the growth of innovative private financing options for students to fund postsecondary education, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] (introduced 4/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/9/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

H.R.4433 : To provide military assistance to Ukraine, to enhance the presence and capabilities of the United States military in Europe, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Turner, Michael R. [OH-10] (introduced 4/9/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Foreign Affairs; House Armed Services; House Intelligence (Permanent Select)
Latest Major Action: 4/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Armed Services, and Intelligence (Permanent Select), 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.

HEALTH

H.R.4437 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for pharmacy benefits manager standards under the Medicare prescription drug program to further transparency of payment methodologies to pharmacies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Collins, Doug [GA-9] (introduced 4/9/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/9/2014 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.2229 : A bill to expand primary care access.
Sponsor: Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] (introduced 4/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 4/9/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2231 : A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide an individual with a mental health assessment before the individual enlists in the Armed Forces or is commissioned as an officer in the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Portman, Rob [OH] (introduced 4/9/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 4/9/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

TAX

H.R.4431 : To provide that, if emergency unemployment compensation is extended, prospective benefits shall be subject to gradual reduction.
Sponsor: Rep Bentivolio, Kerry L. [MI-11] (introduced 4/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4438 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to simplify and make permanent the research credit.
Sponsor: Rep Brady, Kevin [TX-8] (introduced 4/9/2014) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2227 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a credit for property certified by the Environmental Protection Agency under the WaterSense program.
Sponsor: Sen Udall, Tom [NM] (introduced 4/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/9/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2233 : A bill to provide tax relief for major disaster areas declared in 2012 and 2013 and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] (introduced 4/9/2014) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/9/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2234 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow employers a credit against income tax for employees who participate in qualified apprenticeship programs.
Sponsor: Sen Booker, Cory A. [NJ] (introduced 4/9/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/9/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

H.R.4439 : To ensure that minority-owned and women-owned businesses have a full and fair opportunity to compete in covered rail projects and contracts, and that the Federal Government does not subsidize discrimination in covered rail projects.
Sponsor: Rep Brown, Corrine [FL-5] (introduced 4/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Small Business
Latest Major Action: 4/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Small Business, 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.4441 : To require pipelines regulated by the Secretary of Transportation to be made of steel that is produced in the United States and originates from iron ore and taconite mined and processed in the United States, for safety, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Nolan, Richard M. [MN-8] (introduced 4/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.

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