Today’s Daily Update

Senate continues consideration of energy efficiency bill; House considers tax credits and education measures

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures which were debated on May 7th:
    • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 297 yeas to 117 nays, Roll No. 208.
    • Providing for the Establishment of the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi: The House agreed to H. Res. 567, to provide for the Establishment of the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, by a yea-and-nay vote of 232 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 209.
      • Agreed by unanimous consent to modify H. Res. 567 with the technical correction placed at the desk.
      • H. Res. 575, the rule providing for consideration of the resolution, was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 207, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 223 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 206.
  • The House began consideration of the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2014, H.R. 4438, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to simplify and make permanent the research credit. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • Pursuant to H. Res. 569 and H. Res. 576, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means, printed in the bill, and the further amendment printed in Part B of H. Rept. 113-444, are adopted.
    • H. Res. 569, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was agreed to on May 7th.
  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
    • Strengthening Education through Research Act: H.R. 4366, amended, to strengthen the Federal education research system to make research and evaluations more timely and relevant to State and local needs in order to increase student achievement.
  • The House began consideration of the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act, H.R. 10, to amend the charter school program under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • H. Res. 576, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 10) and relating to consideration of the bill (H.R. 4438), was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 232 yeas to 178 nays, Roll No. 205.
    • Agreed to the Foxx amendment to the rule by voice vote, after the previous question was ordered without objection.

Today:

  • The House will complete consideration of H.R. 4438 – American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2014 (Closed Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady / Ways and Means Committee)
  • The House will complete 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 no further general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. John Kline Managers Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Bill Cassidy Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Kathy Castor Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Gwen Moore Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Bass / Marino / McDermott / Bachmann Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Luke Messer Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Grayson / Clarke / Wilson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Wilson / Davis / Duckworth / Grayson / McKinley / Fudge Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Reps. Langevin / Thompson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Bonamici Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Loretta Sanchez Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the Hire More Heroes Act, H.R. 3474, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow employers to exempt employees with health coverage under TRICARE or the Veterans Administration from being taken into account for purposes of the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
    • 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 upon disposition of S. 2262, to promote energy savings in residential buildings and industry.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the filing deadline for all second-degree amendments to the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, S. 2262, to promote energy savings in residential buildings and industry, be at 4:30 p.m., on Monday, May 12, 2014.

Nominations:

  • The Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Robin S. Rosenbaum, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.
    • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action: By 57 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. 140), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • Pamela K. Hamamoto, of Hawaii, 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.
    • By a unanimous vote of 94 yeas (Vote No. EX. 137), Indira Talwani, of Massachusetts, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts.
      • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action: By 55 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 134), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • By 70 yeas to 24 nays (Vote No. EX. 138), James D. Peterson, of Wisconsin, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin.
      • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action: By 56 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 135), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • By a unanimous vote of 95 yeas (Vote No. EX. 139), Nancy J. Rosenstengel, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois.
      • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action: By 54 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 136), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • Theodore Reed Mitchell, of California, to be Under Secretary of Education.

Today:

  • The Senate is in recess until Monday, May 12th.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4613 : To authorize the Small Business Administrator to establish a grant program to empower encore entrepreneurs.
Sponsor: Rep Garcia, Joe [FL-26] (introduced 5/8/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Small Business
Latest Major Action: 5/8/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

H.R.4615 : To improve the accuracy of mortgage underwriting used by Federal mortgage agencies by ensuring that energy costs are included in the underwriting process, to reduce the amount of energy consumed by homes, to facilitate the creation of energy efficiency retrofit and construction jobs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep King, Peter T. [NY-2] (introduced 5/8/2014) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/8/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.4605 : To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide States an option to cover a children’s program of all-inclusive coordinated care (ChiPACC) under the Medicaid program.
Sponsor: Rep Ellmers, Renee L. [NC-2] (introduced 5/8/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/8/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

TAX

H.R.4619 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the rule allowing certain tax-free distributions from individual retirement accounts for charitable purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Schock, Aaron [IL-18] (introduced 5/8/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/8/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4621 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from gross income certain combat zone compensation of civilian employees of the United States.
Sponsor: Rep Wittman, Robert J. [VA-1] (introduced 5/8/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/8/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

H.R.4609 : To amend SAFETEA-LU to ensure that projects that assist the establishment of aerotropolis transportation systems are eligible for certain grants, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] (introduced 5/8/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 5/8/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.4610 : To direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish a grant program to assist the development of aerotropolis transportation systems, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] (introduced 5/8/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 5/8/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

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