Today’s Daily Update

Senate tees up minimum wage and considers nominations; House considers legislation under suspension and health bill.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014: S. 994, to expand the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 to increase accountability and transparency in Federal spending;
    • Amending the Act entitled ”An Act to regulate the height of buildings in the District of Columbia” to clarify the rules of the District of Columbia regarding human occupancy of penthouses above the top story of the building upon which the penthouse is placed: H.R. 4192, amended, to amend the Act entitled ”An Act to regulate the height of buildings in the District of Columbia” to clarify the rules of the District of Columbia regarding human occupancy of penthouses above the top story of the building upon which the penthouse is placed, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 367 yeas to 16 nays, Roll No. 178;
    • Government Reports Elimination Act of 2014: H.R. 4194, amended, to provide for the elimination or modification of Federal reporting requirements;
    • Directing the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to evaluate the significance of the Mill Springs Battlefield located in Pulaski and Wayne Counties, Kentucky: H.R. 298, amended, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to evaluate the significance of the Mill Springs Battlefield located in Pulaski and Wayne Counties, Kentucky, and the feasibility of its inclusion in the National Park System;
    • New Philadelphia, Illinois, Study Act: H.R. 930, amended, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the archeological site and surrounding land of the New Philadelphia town site in the State of Illinois;
    • Huna Tlingit Traditional Gull Egg Use Act: H.R. 3110, amended, to allow for the harvest of gull eggs by the Huna Tlingit people within Glacier Bay National Park in the State of Alaska;
    • North Texas Invasive Species Barrier Act of 2014: H.R. 4032, amended, to exempt from Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 certain water transfers by the North Texas Municipal Water District and the Greater Texoma Utility Authority;
    • Amending the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date: H.R. 4120, to amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 384 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 179; and
    • Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument Preservation Act: H.R. 1501, amended, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument in Fort Greene Park, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, as a unit of the National Park System.

Today:

  • The House will consider the following legislation under suspension of the rules:
    • 1) H.R. 4488 – Gold Medal Technical Corrections Act of 2014 (Sponsored by Rep. John Lewis / Financial Services Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 627 – National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen / Financial Services Committee)
    • 3) H.R. 4167 – Restoring Proven Financing for American Employers Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Andy Barr / Financial Services Committee)
  • The House is also expected to consider H.R. 4414 – Expatriate Health Coverage Clarification Act of 2014 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. John Carney / Ways & Means Committee).

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 2223, 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.
    • 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.
  • Lipman, Bastian, Shah, Crabtree, Bashant, Levy Nominations–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 11:00 a.m. today notwithstanding Rule XXII, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nominations of Sheryl H. Lipman, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee, Stanley Allen Bastian, of Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington, Manish S. Shah, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, Daniel D. Crabtree, of Kansas, to be United States District Judge for the District of Kansas, Cynthia Ann Bashant, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California, and Jon David Levy, of Maine, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maine; that if cloture is invoked on any of these nominations, all post-cloture time be considered expired, and that following the series of votes, Senate resume Legislative session; that tomorrow at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, after consultation with the Republican Leader, Senate vote on confirmation of the nominations in the order upon which cloture was invoked; and that there be two minutes for debate prior to each vote and all roll call votes after the first vote in each sequence be ten minutes in length.

Nominations:

  • The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 51 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. EX. 108), Michelle T. Friedland, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
    • By 51 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. EX. 110), David Weil, of Massachusetts, to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor. During consideration of this nomination, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 51 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 109), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • Katherine M. O’Regan, of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Today:

  • At 11:00am, the Senate will vote on the following:
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #585, Sheryl H. Lipman, of TN, to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee;
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #586, Stanley Allen Bastian, of WA, to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington;
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #587, Manish S. Shah, of IL, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois;
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #588, Daniel D. Crabtree, of KS, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Kansas;
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #589, Cynthia Ann Bashant, CA, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California; and
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #590, Jon David Levy, of ME, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Maine.
  • If cloture is invoked on any of the nominations, all post cloture time will be yielded back, the Senate will resume Legislative Session and the confirmation votes will occur tomorrow.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

National Journal
“Insurance Regulatory Modernization: A Discussion Home and Abroad”
8:30am, The Hamilton 600 14th Street, NW

Senate Banking
“EXECUTIVE SESSION to Vote on Nominations and to consider S. 1217, Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013”
10:00am, 538 Dirksen

House Financial Services
“Oversight of the SEC’s Agenda, Operations, and FY 2015 Budget Request”
10:00am, 2128 Rayburn

House Appropriations
“Budget Hearing – Department of the Treasury”
10:00am, 2359 Rayburn

House Energy and Commerce
“Examining the Growing Problems of Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse”
10:00am, 2322 Rayburn

House Ways and Means
“Tax Legislation Markup”
10:15am, 1100 Longworth

House Energy and Commerce
“Consider H.R. 6, H.R. 2689, and H.R. 4092”
4:00pm, 2123 Rayburn

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

CYBERSECURITY

H.R.4500 : To improve the management of cyber and information technology ranges and facilities of the Department of Defense, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Kilmer, Derek [WA-6] (introduced 4/28/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

H.R.4505 : To direct the Comptroller General of the United States and the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Defense to assess the cloud security requirements of the Department of Defense.
Sponsor: Rep Tsongas, Niki [MA-3] (introduced 4/28/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Armed Services; House Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 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.

ENERGY

S.2262 : A bill to promote energy savings in residential buildings and industry, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 4/28/2014) Cosponsors (13)
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2014 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4491 : To amend title 31, United States Code, to restore the 10-year statute of limitations applicable to collection of debt by administrative offset.
Sponsor: Rep Buchanan, Vern [FL-16] (introduced 4/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

HEALTH

H.R.4492 : To amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for the availability of breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling under the TRICARE program.
Sponsor: Rep Capps, Lois [CA-24] (introduced 4/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

H.R.4494 : To launch a national strategy to support regenerative medicine through funding for research and commercial development of regenerative medicine products and development of a regulatory environment that enables rapid approval of safe and effective products, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeGette, Diana [CO-1] (introduced 4/28/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4496 : To establish universal access programs to improve high risk pools and reinsurance markets to ensure coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Gardner, Cory [CO-4] (introduced 4/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4502 : To authorize the Attorney General to exempt certain products from the requirements of subsections (d) and (e) of section 310 of the Controlled Substances Act if it is not practical to use such products in the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine.
Sponsor: Rep Luetkemeyer, Blaine [MO-3] (introduced 4/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on 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.

TAX

H.R.4493 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the definition of minister for purposes of excluding the rental value of a parsonage from gross income to include duly recognized officials of nontheistic spiritual, moral, or ethical organizations.
Sponsor: Rep Cassidy, Bill [LA-6] (introduced 4/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4497 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax relief for damages relating to federally declared disasters during September 2013, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Gardner, Cory [CO-4] (introduced 4/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4501 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to adjust the limits on expensing of certain depreciable business assets.
Sponsor: Rep Kuster, Ann M. [NH-2] (introduced 4/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4503 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit the Secretary of the Treasury to issue prospective guidance clarifying the employment status of individuals for purposes of employment taxes and to prevent retroactive assessments with respect to such clarifications.
Sponsor: Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] (introduced 4/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2257 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exemption from the tax on early distributions for certain Bureau of Prisons correctional officers who retire before age 55, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Toomey, Pat [PA] (introduced 4/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2260 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain expiring provisions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] (introduced 4/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Senate Reports: 113-154
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2014 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 366.

S.2261 : An original bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make technical corrections, to remove provisions that are no longer applicable, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] (introduced 4/28/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Senate Reports: 113-155
Latest Major Action: 4/28/2014 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 367.

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