Today’s Daily Update

Senate considered energy efficiency bill and moves on to nominations; House considered Benghazi and IRS measures

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women’s History Museum Act: H.R. 863, amended, to establish the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Women’s History Museum, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 383 yeas to 33 nays, Roll No. 201;
    • Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to celebrate the birthday of King Kamehameha I: H. Con. Res. 83, to authorize the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to celebrate the birthday of King Kamehameha I; and
    • Urging the Government of Burma to end the persecution of the Rohingya people and respect internationally recognized human rights for all ethnic and religious minority groups within Burma: H. Res. 418, amended, to urge the Government of Burma to end the persecution of the Rohingya people and respect internationally recognized human rights for all ethnic and religious minority groups within Burma.
    • American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2014–Rule for Consideration: The House agreed to H. Res. 569, the rule that is providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4438) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to simplify and make permanent the research credit, by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 200, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 225 yeas to 191 nays, Roll No. 199.
      • A point of order was raised against the consideration of H. Res. 569 and it was agreed to proceed with consideration of the resolution by voice vote.
    • Recommending that the House of Representatives find Lois G. Lerner, former Director, Exempt Organizations, Internal Revenue Service, in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: The House agreed to H. Res. 574, recommending that the House of Representatives find Lois G. Lerner, former Director, Exempt Organizations, Internal Revenue Service, in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, by a yea-and-nay vote of 231 yeas to 187 nays, Roll No. 203.
      • Rejected the Cummings motion to refer the resolution to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform with instructions by a yea-and-nay vote of 191 yeas to 224 nays, Roll No. 202.
    • Calling on Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., to appoint a special counsel to investigate the targeting of conservative nonprofit groups by the Internal Revenue Service: The House agreed to H. Res. 565, to call on Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., to appoint a special counsel to investigate the targeting of conservative nonprofit groups by the Internal Revenue Service, by a yea-and-nay vote of 250 yeas to 168 nays, Roll No. 204.
      • H. Res. 568, the rule providing for consideration of H. Rept. 113-415 and an accompanying resolution (H. Res. 574) and providing for consideration of H. Res. 565, was agreed to by a recorded vote of 224 ayes to 187 noes, Roll No. 198, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 223 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 197.
  • The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed:
    • Electrify Africa Act of 2014: H.R. 2548, amended, to establish a comprehensive United States government policy to assist countries in sub-Saharan Africa to develop an appropriate mix of power solutions for more broadly distributed electricity access in order to support poverty alleviation and drive economic growth

Today:

  • The House is expected to:
    • Consider H.Res. 567 – Providing for the Establishment of the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Pete Sessions / Rules Committee)
    • Begin consideration of H.R. 4438 – American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2014 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee)
    • H.R. 4366 – Strengthening Education through Research Act, as amended (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Todd Rokita / Education and the Workforce Committee)
    • Begin consideration of H.R. 10 – Success and Opportunity through Quality Schools Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. John Kline / Education and the Workforce Committee). The rule provides for ninety minutes of general debate. Amendments will not be considered until Friday.
    • Hold the postponed suspension on H.R. 2548 – The Electrify Africa Act of 2014, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce / Foreign Affairs Committee / Financial Services Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate began consideration of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, S. 2262, to promote energy savings in residential buildings and industry, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendments and motions proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • Reid (for Shaheen/Portman) Amendment No. 3012, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Reid Amendment No. 3023 (to Amendment No. 3012), to change the enactment date.
      • Reid Amendment No. 3024 (to Amendment No. 3023), of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid Amendment No. 3025, to change the enactment date.
      • Reid Amendment No. 3026 (to Amendment No. 3025), of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 3027, to change the enactment date.
      • Reid Amendment No. 3028 (to (the instructions of the motion to commit) Amendment No. 3027), of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid Amendment No. 3029 (to Amendment No. 3028), of a perfecting nature.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to yesterday’s unanimous-consent agreement, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Steven Croley, of Michigan, to be General Counsel of the Department of Energy.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 45 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 132), Senate failed to table Reid Amendment No. 3023 (to Amendment No. 3012), to change the enactment date.
      • By 45 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 133), Senate failed to table Reid Amendment No. 3025, to change the enactment date.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that on Monday, May 12, 2014, the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the bill occur upon disposition of the nomination of Steven Croley, of Michigan, to be General Counsel of the Department of Energy; and that the filing deadline for first-degree amendments to the bill be 1 p.m. today.
  • The Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the Expiring Provisions Improvement, Reform, and Efficiency Act, S. 2260, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain expiring provisions.

Today:

  • At 11:15am, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and there will be up to 4 roll call votes on the following:
    • Cloture on Executive Calendar #655 Indira Talwani, of Massachusetts, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts
    • Cloture on Executive Calendar #656 James D. Peterson, of Wisconsin, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin
    • Cloture on Executive Calendar #657 Nancy J. Rosenstengel, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois and
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #526 Pamela K. Hamamoto – to be Representative of the United States of America to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, with the rank of Ambassador (possible voice vote).
  • If cloture is invoked on Executive Calendar numbers 655, 656, or 657, the confirmation votes will be at 1:45pm. Upon disposition of the Rosenstengel nomination, there will be a cloture vote on the Rosenbaum nomination, followed by a vote on confirmation of the Mitchell nomination. Therefore, there will be up to 5 roll call votes at 1:45pm:
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #655 Indira Talwani, of Massachusetts, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #656 James D. Peterson, of Wisconsin, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #657 Nancy J. Rosenstengel, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois
    • Cloture on Executive Calendar #690 Robin S. Rosenbaum, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit 
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #615 Theodore Reed Mitchell, of California, to be Under Secretary of Education

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Judiciary
“Competition in the Video and Broadband Markets: the Proposed Merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable”
9:30am, 2141 Rayburn

Senate HELP
“Hearing on the nomination of the Secretary of Health and Human Services-Designate, Sylvia Mathews Burwell”
9:30am, 106 Dirksen

House Financial Services
“The Annual Testimony of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of the International Financial System”
10:00am, 2128 Rayburn

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
“Identifying Critical Factors for Success in Information Technology Acquisitions”
10:00am, 342 Dirksen

Senate Commerce Science Transportation
“The State of U.S. Travel and Tourism: Industry Efforts to Attract 100 Million Visitors Annually”
10:00am, 253 Russell

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Tuesday and Wednesday

 

COMMUNICATIONS

H.R.4572 : To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to extend expiring provisions relating to the retransmission of signals of television broadcast stations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Walden, Greg [OR-2] (introduced 5/6/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2014 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.

H.R.4588 : To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to deny the right to grant retransmission consent to a television broadcast station if an AM or FM radio broadcast station licensed to the same licensee transmits a sound recording without providing compensation for programming.
Sponsor: Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] (introduced 5/7/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4564 : To amend the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act to improve the crowdfunding provisions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McHenry, Patrick T. [NC-10] (introduced 5/6/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4565 : To amend the securities laws to improve the small company capital formation provisions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McHenry, Patrick T. [NC-10] (introduced 5/6/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4568 : Small Business Freedom to Grow Act of 2014
Sponsor: Rep Wagner, Ann [MO-2] (introduced 5/6/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4569 : Disclosure Modernization and Simplification Act of 2014
Sponsor: Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] (introduced 5/6/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4570 : Private Placement Improvement Act of 2014
Sponsor: Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] (introduced 5/6/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4571 : To direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise its rules so as to increase the threshold amount for requiring issuers to provide certain disclosures relating to compensatory benefit plans.
Sponsor: Rep Hultgren, Randy [IL-14] (introduced 5/6/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4604 : To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to create a consumer opt-out list for data collected by the Bureau, to put time limits on data held by the Bureau, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3] (introduced 5/7/2014) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.4574 : To maximize the access of individuals with mental illness to community-based services, to strengthen the impact of such services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Barber, Ron [AZ-2] (introduced 5/6/2014) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Judiciary; House Armed Services; House Veterans’ Affairs; House Education and the Workforce; House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, the Judiciary, Armed Services, Veterans’ Affairs, Education and the Workforce, 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.4577 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure equal access of Medicare beneficiaries to community pharmacies in underserved areas as network pharmacies under Medicare prescription drug coverage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Griffith, H. Morgan [VA-9] (introduced 5/6/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2014 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.

H.R.4592 : To amend the Public Health Service Act to improve the diagnosis and treatment of hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Gerlach, Jim [PA-6] (introduced 5/7/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2014 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.2300 : A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Defense to conduct periodic mental health assessments for members of the Armed Forces and to submit reports with respect to mental health, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Donnelly, Joe [IN] (introduced 5/7/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

TAX

H.R.4567 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to broaden the special rules for certain governmental plans under section 105(j) to include plans established by political subdivisions.
Sponsor: Rep Reichert, David G. [WA-8] (introduced 5/6/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4584 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase and extend the new qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicles credit and to enable such credit to be converted to a rebate at the point of sale.
Sponsor: Rep Welch, Peter [VT] (introduced 5/6/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4589 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude dividends from controlled foreign corporations from the definition of personal holding company income for purposes of the personal holding company rules.
Sponsor: Rep Reichert, David G. [WA-8] (introduced 5/7/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4593 : To prohibit the Department of the Treasury from assigning tax statuses to organizations based on their political beliefs and activities.
Sponsor: Rep Neugebauer, Randy [TX-19] (introduced 5/7/2014) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4597 : To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the intentional discrimination of a person or organization by an employee of the Internal Revenue Service.
Sponsor: Rep Culberson, John Abney [TX-7] (introduced 5/7/2014) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.4600 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a deduction for premiums for insurance which constitutes medical care.
Sponsor: Rep King, Steve [IA-4] (introduced 5/7/2014) Cosponsors (21)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4602 : To change the tax status of virtual currencies from property to foreign currency.
Sponsor: Rep Stockman, Steve [TX-36] (introduced 5/7/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

H.R.4576 : To require the Secretary of Transportation to establish and implement a fatigue management plan, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] (introduced 5/6/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 5/6/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.4601 : To provide additional funding for the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Kuster, Ann M. [NH-2] (introduced 5/7/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Oversight and Government Reform; House Ways and Means; House Agriculture
Latest Major Action: 5/7/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and 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.

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