Today’s Daily Update

Senate begins consideration of energy efficiency bill; House passes legislative branch appropriations

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House passed the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, H.R. 4487, making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, by a yea-and-nay vote of 402 yeas to 14 nays, Roll No. 193.
    • Rejected the Ruiz motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 194 ayes to 222 noes, Roll No. 192.
    • Agreed to:
      • Speier amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 113-426) that appropriates $500,000 to provide for sexual harassment training for all House offices which will be carried out by the Congressional Office of Compliance. These funds are offset from the AOC General Administration fund;
      • Hall amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 113-426) that prohibits funds from being used to deliver a printed copy of the CAO’s Statement of Disbursements of the House to any Member of the House of Representatives;
      • Wenstrup amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 113-426) that prohibits funding for the delivery of printed copies of the Daily Calendar of the United States House of Representatives to Member offices, as this document is accessible online;
      • Gosar amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 113-426) that reduces the amount provided for the Botanic Garden to the fiscal year 2014 level and transfers the funds to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 219 ayes to 198 noes, Roll No. 189).
    • Rejected:
      • Duffy amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 113-426) that sought to defund the Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund;
      • Nugent amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 113-426) that sought to prohibit the CAO of the House of Representatives from making any payments from any Members’ representational allowance for the leasing of a vehicle, excluding mobile district offices and short-term vehicle rentals (by a recorded vote of 196 ayes to 221 noes, Roll No. 188);
      • Broun (GA) amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 113-426) that sought to reduce the funding for the Capitol Visitor Center by $243,000, returning it to FY14 levels (by a recorded vote of 207 ayes to 212 noes, Roll No. 190);
      • Holt amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 113-426) that sought to appropriate $2.5 million to re-institute the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), offset from funds in the House Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust Fund (by a recorded vote of 164 ayes to 248 noes, Roll No. 191).

Today:

  • The House is not in session.

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, S. 2262, to promote energy savings in residential buildings and industry.
    • 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 on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Nominations:

  • Moritz Nomination : Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Nancy L. Moritz, of Kansas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
    • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 60 yeas to 38 nays (Vote No. 126), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, May 5, 2014, Senate vote on confirmation of the nominations of Nancy L. Moritz, of Kansas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit, and Peter A. Selfridge, of Minnesota, to be Chief of Protocol, and to have the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service, under the order of Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
  • The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 53 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. EX. 127), Theodore David Chuang, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland. During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 54 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 124), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • By a unanimous vote of 95 yeas (Vote No. EX. 128), George Jarrod Hazel, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland. During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 55 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 125), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • By 64 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. EX. 129), Janice Marion Schneider, of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior.
    • Suzan G. LeVine, of Washington, to be Ambassador to the Swiss Confederation, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Today:

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

AGRICULTURE

H.R.4549 : To require the Forest Service to meet annual volume targets for timber harvesting in the management of a unit of the National Forest System and to provide for the transfer of such management responsibility to the State in which the unit is located when such targets are not consistently met, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Duffy, Sean P. [WI-7] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.4551 : Forest Legacy Management Flexibility Act
Sponsor: Rep Gibson, Christopher P. [NY-19] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

ENERGY

S.2280 : A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Sponsor: Sen Hoeven, John [ND] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (55)
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4539 : Bureau Research Transparency Act
Sponsor: Rep Fitzpatrick, Michael G. [PA-8] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4554 : Restricted Securities Relief Act of 2014
Sponsor: Rep Mulvaney, Mick [SC-5] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4556 : To help small businesses access capital and create jobs by reauthorizing the successful State Small Business Credit Initiative.
Sponsor: Rep Peters, Gary C. [MI-14] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4557 : To amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to provide for notice to, and input by, State insurance commissioners when requiring an insurance company to serve as a source of financial strength pursuant to such Act.
Sponsor: Rep Posey, Bill [FL-8] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4558 : To clarify the authority of States to regulate private flood insurance coverage.
Sponsor: Rep Ross, Dennis A. [FL-15] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2279 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to terminate certain energy tax subsidies and lower the corporate income tax rate.
Sponsor: Sen Lee, Mike [UT] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2285 : A bill to help small businesses access capital and create jobs by reauthorizing the successful State Small Business Credit Initiative.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

S.2277 : A bill to prevent further Russian aggression toward Ukraine and other sovereign states in Europe and Eurasia, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Corker, Bob [TN] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (22)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

S.2283 : A bill to encourage enhanced security cooperation with European allies and continued enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Sponsor: Sen Johnson, Ron [WI] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

HEALTH

H.R.4561 : To specify requirements for the next update of the current strategic plan for the Office of Rural Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs for improving access to, and the quality of, health care services for veterans in rural areas.
Sponsor: Rep Shea-Porter, Carol [NH-1] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

S.2276 : A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to improve access to mental health services under the TRICARE program.
Sponsor: Sen Blunt, Roy [MO] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

S.2278 : A bill to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act so as to eliminate the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services to limit the ability of medical providers to conduct lawful business, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Coburn, Tom [OK] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

H.R.4542 : Brownfields Redevelopment Tax Incentive Reauthorization Act of 2014
Sponsor: Rep Esty, Elizabeth H. [CT-5] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4543 : PACE Pilot Act of 2014
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 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.

H.R.4544 : Stop Penalizing Taxpayers for Sports Owner Fouls Act of 2014
Sponsor: Rep Cardenas, Tony [CA-29] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4550 : Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014
Sponsor: Rep Fitzpatrick, Michael G. [PA-8] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Education and the Workforce; House Small Business; House Energy and Commerce; House Financial Services; House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Education and the Workforce, Small Business, Energy and Commerce, Financial Services, and Natural Resources, 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.4555 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand and make permanent rules related to investment by nonresident aliens in domestic mutual funds.
Sponsor: Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4559 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the time period for contributing military death gratuities to Roth IRAs and Coverdell education savings accounts.
Sponsor: Rep Schock, Aaron [IL-18] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2282 : A bill to prohibit the provision of performance awards to employees of the Internal Revenue Service who owe back taxes.
Sponsor: Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

S.2275 : A bill to expand project eligibility to certain public infrastructure projects under chapter 6 of title 23, United States Code.
Sponsor: Sen Schatz, Brian [HI] (introduced 5/1/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 5/1/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

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