Today’s Daily Update

Senate continues consideration of tax extenders

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House was not in session.

Today:

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

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 96 yeas to 3 nays (Vote No. 143), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, post-cloture, at approximately 9:30 a.m. today; and that all time during adjournment, morning business and Executive Session count post-cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.

Nominations:

  • Marquez Nomination–Cloture : Senate began consideration of the nomination of Rosemary Marquez, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.
    • 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 Diane J. Humetewa, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.
  • Rayes Nomination–Cloture : Senate began consideration of the nomination of Douglas L. Rayes, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.
    • 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 Rosemary Marquez, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.
  • Soto Nomination–Cloture : Senate began consideration of the nomination of James Alan Soto, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.
  • 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 Douglas L. Rayes, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.
  • Costa Nomination–Cloture : Senate began consideration of the nomination of Gregg Jeffrey Costa, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth 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 James Alan Soto, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.
  • NOMINATIONS–AGREEMENT: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that, notwithstanding Rule XXII, at 11:15 a.m. today the Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nominations of Steven Paul Logan, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, John Joseph Tuchi, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, and Diane J. Humetewa, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, then begin consideration and vote on confirmation of the nominations of Roy K. J. Williams, of Ohio, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, and Carlos Roberto Moreno, of California, to be Ambassador to Belize; if cloture is invoked on the nominations of Steven Paul Logan, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, John Joseph Tuchi, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, and Diane J. Humetewa, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, the time until 5:15 p.m., be equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees, and at 5:15 p.m., Senate vote on confirmation of the nominations, in the order listed; that there be two minutes for debate prior to each vote, equally divided in the usual form, that any roll call votes, following the first in each series, be ten minutes in length; that no further motions be in order to the nominations; Senate then resume legislative session and vote on the motion to proceed to consideration of 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.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am, under the provisions of S.Res.444, as a further mark of respect to the memory of the late Senator Harlan Mathews of Tennessee.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.3474, the legislative vehicle for the tax extenders legislation, post-cloture. At 11:15am, there will be a series of up to 5 roll call votes on the following items:
    • Cloture on Executive Calendar #664, Steven Paul Logan, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona;
    • Cloture on Executive Calendar #665, John Joseph Tuchi, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona;
    • Cloture on Executive Calendar #666, Diane J. Humetewa, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona;
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #650, Roy K. Williams, of Ohio, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development (voice vote expected); and
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #539, Carlos Roberto Moreno, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Belize (voice vote expected).
  •  At 5:15pm, there will be a series of up to 4 roll call votes on the following items:
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #664, Steven Paul Logan, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #665, John Joseph Tuchi, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #666, Diane J. Humetewa, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona
    • Adoption of the motion to proceed to H.R.3474, legislative vehicle for Tax Extenders (voice vote expected)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Appropriations
“FY15 SEC and CFTC Budget Requests”
2:00pm, 138 Dirksen

Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
“Hearing on heroin and prescription drug abuse”
2:15pm, 192 Dirksen

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

AGRICULTURE

S.2330 : End-User Protection Act of 2014
Sponsor: Sen Chambliss, Saxby [GA] (introduced 5/13/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

ENERGY

S.2324 : A bill to amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to prohibit certain waivers and exemptions from emergency preparedness and response and security regulations.
Sponsor: Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] (introduced 5/13/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.2325 : A bill to amend the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 to provide for the expansion of emergency planning zones and the development of plans for dry cask storage of spent nuclear fuel, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Markey, Edward J. [MA] (introduced 5/13/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.2326 : A bill to amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to provide for consultation with State and local governments, the consideration of State and local concerns, and the approval of post-shutdown decommissioning activities reports by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Sponsor: Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] (introduced 5/13/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.2328 : A bill to amend the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to preclude law firms and licensed attorneys from the definition of a debt collector when taking certain actions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Toomey, Pat [PA] (introduced 5/13/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2329 : A bill to prevent Hezbollah from gaining access to international financial and other institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 5/13/2014) Cosponsors (9)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.4656 : To amend title 10, United States Code, to improve access to mental health services under the TRICARE program.
Sponsor: Rep Gardner, Cory [CO-4] (introduced 5/13/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

H.R.4658 : To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to eliminate civil money penalties for inducements to physicians to limit services that are not medically necessary, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] (introduced 5/13/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2014 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.

TAX

H.R.4657 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent certain provisions of the Heartland, Habitat, Harvest, and Horticulture Act of 2008 relating to timber, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Griffin, Tim [AR-2] (introduced 5/13/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/13/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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