Today’s Daily Update

Senate considers energy efficiency bill; House is on week recess

House

 

Friday:

  • The House passed 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, by a yea-and-nay vote of 274 yeas to 131 nays, Roll No. 211. Consideration of the measure began on May 8th.
    • Rejected the Kirkpatrick motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Ways and Means with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 191 yeas to 209 nays, Roll No. 210.
    • H. Res. 569, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was agreed to on May 7th.
  • The House passed 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, by a recorded vote of 360 ayes to 45 noes, Roll No. 217. Consideration of the measure began on May 8th.
    • Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Education and the Workforce now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
    • Agreed to:
      • Kline amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-444) that makes technical corrections and improvements to the underlying bill text;
      • Cassidy amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-444) that requires GAO to audit/track the dollars and examine if the money allocated from administrative costs is appropriate;
      • Bass amendment (No. 5 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-444) that adds on p. 14, line 16 after all students, “including eliminating any barriers to enrollment for foster youth or unaccompanied homeless youth,”. This will ensure that there are no unnecessary barriers for foster youth in charter school enrollment and ensure the inclusion and retention of all students no matter the involvement or lack of involvement of parents;
      • Messer amendment (No. 6 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-444) that requires State entities applying for Charter School Program grant funds to explain how they will work with eligible applicants within the state to encourage the opening, replication, and expansion of secondary charter schools;
      • Loretta Sanchez (CA) amendment (No. 12 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-444) that requires State entities to report on how they have worked with funded charter schools to foster community involvement;
      • Wilson (FL) amendment (No. 9 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-444) that ensures collection and public dissemination of information that will help D490parents make informed decisions about education options for their children (by a recorded vote of 373 ayes to 32 noes, Roll No. 214);
      • Langevin amendment (No. 10 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-444) that adds comprehensive career counseling to the criteria that the Secretary will take into account when prioritizing grants to LEAs (by a recorded vote of 378 ayes to 27 noes, Roll No. 215); and
      • Bonamici amendment (No. 11 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-444) that clarifies the reporting requirements of State entities by asking State entities to include, to the extent known, whether efforts to share best and promising practices between charter schools and other schools led to the adoption and implementation of best practices by such other public schools (by a recorded vote of 363 ayes to 41 noes, Roll No. 216).
    • Rejected:
      • Moore amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-444) that sought to establish a two percent set-aside within state funds to provide oversight of the use of funds by charter schools;
      • Castor amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-444) that sought to require the Secretary of the Department of Education to develop and enforce conflict of interest guidelines for all charter schools receiving Federal assistance. Guidelines must include disclosures from anyone affiliated with the charter school that has a financial interest in the school (by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 205 noes, Roll No. 212); and
      • Jackson Lee amendment (No. 8 printed in part A of H. Rept. 113-444) that sought to direct the website publication of materials on the websites of Charter Schools regarding student recruitment, orientation materials, enrollment criteria, student discipline policies, behavior codes, and parent contract requirements, which should include any financial obligations such as fees for tutoring, extracurricular activity, etc. (by a recorded vote of 179 ayes to 220 noes, Roll No. 213).

Today:

  • The House is in recess until Monday, May 19th.

 

Senate

 

Friday:

  • The Senate was not in session.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 2:00pm and will be in morning business until 5:30pm.
  • At 5:30pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and there will be up to 3 roll call votes:
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #690 Robin S. Rosenbaum, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #560, Steven Croley, of Michigan, to be General Counsel of the Department of Energy and
    • Motion to invoke cloture on S.2262, Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2014.
      • On Wednesday, May 7th, cloture was filed on S.2282, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competiveness Act. As a result, the filing deadline for all second degree amendments is 4:30pm today.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Friday

 

COMMUNICATION

H.R.4635 : To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide for greater access to in-State television broadcast programming, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Aderholt, Robert B. [AL-4] (introduced 5/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2014 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.

ENERGY

H.R.4648 : To provide for the establishment of a pilot program to train individuals for employment in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries.
Sponsor: Rep Ruiz, Raul [CA-36] (introduced 5/9/2014) Cosponsors (25)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

H.R.4654 : To delay implementation of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Yoder, Kevin [KS-3] (introduced 5/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4624 : To amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to prohibit a court from making an award of costs to a defendant except on a finding that an action was brought in bad faith.
Sponsor: Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] (introduced 5/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, 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.

H.R.4626 : To ensure access to certain information for financial services industry regulators, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Capito, Shelley Moore [WV-2] (introduced 5/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4629 : To provide for the establishment of a pilot program to encourage the employment of veterans in manufacturing positions.
Sponsor: Rep DelBene, Suzan K. [WA-1] (introduced 5/9/2014) Cosponsors (33)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

H.R.4643 : To amend the Truth in Lending Act to establish requirements for releasing a cosigner from obligations of a private education loan, for the treatment of the loan upon the death or bankruptcy of a cosigner of the loan, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Larsen, Rick [WA-2] (introduced 5/9/2014) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.4652 : To increase lending to small businesses.
Sponsor: Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] (introduced 5/9/2014) Cosponsors (23)
Committees: House Small Business
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

HEALTH

H.R.4625 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to suspend the application of the rebasing of Medicare home health prospective payment amounts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4] (introduced 5/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2014 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.4627 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to authorize coverage of post-mastectomy water-resistant coverings if they are determined to be consistent with clinical protocol or medically necessary to reduce the risk of infection, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Posey, Bill [FL-8] (introduced 5/9/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2014 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.4630 : To amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for certain behavioral health treatment under TRICARE for children and adults with developmental disabilities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1] (introduced 5/9/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

H.R.4631 : To reauthorize certain provisions of the Public Health Service Act relating to autism, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4] (introduced 5/9/2014) Cosponsors (34)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4633 : To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to require certain health insurance premium increase information submitted to the Secretary of Health and Human Services be disclosed to Congress.
Sponsor: Rep Griffith, H. Morgan [VA-9] (introduced 5/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.4639 : To authorize funding for the creation and implementation of infant mortality pilot programs in standard metropolitan statistical areas with high rates of infant mortality, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] (introduced 5/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

TAX

H.R.4634 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow Federal law enforcement officers and firefighters to make penalty-free withdrawals from governmental plans after age 50.
Sponsor: Rep Reichert, David G. [WA-8] (introduced 5/9/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.4647 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the alternative tax liability limitation for small property and casualty insurance companies.
Sponsor: Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] (introduced 5/9/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE

H.R.4623 : To direct the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a notice and comment rulemaking before implementing certain policies relating to obstruction evaluation aeronautical studies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] (introduced 5/9/2014) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 5/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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