Today’s Daily Update

Senate considers minimum wage bill; House considers defense appropriations

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Gold Medal Technical Corrections Act of 2014: H.R. 4488, to make technical corrections to two bills enabling the presentation of congressional gold medals;
    • National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act: H.R. 627, amended, to provide for the issuance of coins to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 403 yeas to 13 nays, Roll No. 183; and
    • Restoring Proven Financing for American Employers Act: H.R. 4167, amended, to amend section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, known as the Volcker Rule, to exclude certain debt securities of collateralized loan obligations from the prohibition against acquiring or retaining an ownership interest in a hedge fund or private equity fund.
    • Expatriate Health Coverage Clarification Act of 2014: The House passed 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 yea-and-nay vote of 268 yeas to 150 nays, Roll No. 182.

Today:

  • The House is expected to consider H.R. 4486 – Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (Open Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. John Culberson / Appropriations Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, 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 unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at noon today, the Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.

Nominations:

  • Lipman Nomination: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Sheryl H. Lipman, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.
    • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action: By 58 yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 111), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • Bastian Nomination : Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Stanley Allen Bastian, of Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington.
    • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action: By 55 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 112), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • Shah Nomination : Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Manish S. Shah, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
    • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action: By 57 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 113), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • Crabtree Nomination : Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Daniel D. Crabtree, of Kansas, to be United States District Judge for the District of Kansas.
    • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action: By 57 yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 114), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • Bashant Nomination : Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Cynthia Ann Bashant, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California.
    • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action: By 56 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 115), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • Levy Nomination : Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Jon David Levy, of Maine, to be D430United States District Judge for the District of Maine.
    • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action: By 63 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. 116), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • Lipman, Bastian, Shah, Crabtree, Bashant, Levy Nominations–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 4:00 p.m., on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, Senate continue consideration of 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, as provided for under the order of Monday, April 28, 2014.
  • Chuang Nomination–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Theodore David Chuang, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur tomorrow.
  • Hazel Nomination–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of George Jarrod Hazel, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Theodore David Chuang, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.
  • Moritz Nomination–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Nancy L. Moritz, of Kansas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of George Jarrod Hazel, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland.

Today:

  • At noon, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2223, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act.
  • At 4:00pm, the Senate will proceed to six roll call votes in relation to the following:
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #585, Sheryl H. Lipman, of TN, to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee;
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #586, Stanley Allen Bastian, of WA, to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington;
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #587, Manish S. Shah, of IL, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois;
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #588, Daniel D. Crabtree, of KS, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Kansas;
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #589, Cynthia Ann Bashant, CA, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California; 
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #590, Jon David Levy, of ME, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Maine.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Financial Services
“Examining How Technology Can Promote Consumer Financial Literacy”
10:00am, 2128 Rayburn

House Energy and Commerce
“Consider H.R. 6, H.R. 2689, and H.R. 4092”
10:00am, 2123 Rayburn

House Oversight and Governmental Reform
“Examining the Effect of Liquefied Natural Gas Exports on U.S. Foreign Policy”
10:00am, 2154 Rayburn

Senate Judiciary
“Oversight of the Drug Enforcement Administration”
10:00am, 226 Dirksen

Senate Veterans Affairs
“Overmedication: Problems and Solutions”
10:00am, 418 Russell

House Ways and Means
“Ideas to Improve Medicare Oversight to Reduce Waste, Fraud and Abuse”
2:00pm, 1100 Longworth

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4510 : To clarify the application of certain leverage and risk-based requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Sponsor: Rep Miller, Gary G. [CA-31] (introduced 4/29/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4511 : To amend the Truth in Lending Act to establish requirements for the treatment of a private education loan upon the death or bankruptcy of a cosigner of the loan.
Sponsor: Rep Bishop, Timothy H. [NY-1] (introduced 4/29/2014) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4513 : To amend the Truth in Lending Act to prohibit private educational lenders from requiring accelerated repayment of private education loans upon the death or disability of a cosigner of the loan.
Sponsor: Rep Kildee, Daniel T [MI-5] (introduced 4/29/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2270 : A bill to clarify the application of certain leverage and risk-based requirements under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Sponsor: Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] (introduced 4/29/2014) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

S.2268 : A bill to establish grant programs to improve the health of border area residents and for all hazards preparedness in the border area including bioterrorism, infectious disease, and noncommunicable emerging threats, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Udall, Tom [NM] (introduced 4/29/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

JUDICIARY

S.2267 : A bill to modify chapter 90 of title 18, United States Code, to provide Federal jurisdiction for theft of trade secrets.
Sponsor: Sen Coons, Christopher A. [DE] (introduced 4/29/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

TAX

H.R.4512 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a maximum rate of Federal, State, and local tax imposed on taxpayers.
Sponsor: Rep Jolly, David [FL-13] (introduced 4/29/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

 H.R.4520 : To require passenger aircraft to transmit GPS location data.
Sponsor: Rep Stockman, Steve [TX-36] (introduced 4/29/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 4/29/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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