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 began 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, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • Reid (for Wyden) Amendment No. 3060, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Reid Amendment No. 3089 (to Amendment No. 3060), to change the enactment date.
      • Reid Amendment No. 3090 (to Amendment No. 3089), of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid Amendment No. 3091 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 3060), to change the enactment date.
      • Reid Amendment No. 3092 (to Amendment No. 3091), of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 3093, to change the enactment date.
      • Reid Amendment No. 3094 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 3093), of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid Amendment No. 3095 (to Amendment No. 3094), of a perfecting nature.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on Reid (for Wyden) Amendment No. 3060 (listed above), 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 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 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 Reid (for Wyden) Amendment No. 3060.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the recess, the filing deadline for first-degree amendments to Reid (for Wyden) Amendment No. 3060 and to the bill, be 1 p.m. today and the filing deadline for second-degree amendments to Reid (for Wyden) Amendment No. 3060, be 3 p.m. today.
  • The Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act, S. 162, to reauthorize and improve the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act of 2004.
  • 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 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.

Nominations:

  • Fischer Nomination–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Stanley Fischer, of New York, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • Marquez, Rayes, Soto, Caldwell, La Lime, Soto, and Costa 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 Rosemary Marquez, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, Douglas L. Rayes, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, and James Alan Soto, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, then begin consideration and vote on confirmation of the nominations of Leslie Ragon Caldwell, of New York, to be an Assistant Attorney General, and Helen Meagher La Lime, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Angola; that if cloture is invoked on the nominations of Rosemary Marquez, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, Douglas L. Rayes, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, and James Alan Soto, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, at 1:45 p.m., all post-cloture time be expired and Senate vote on confirmation of the nominations in the order listed; that following disposition of the nomination of James Alan Soto, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Gregg Jeffrey Costa, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit, and that if cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time be expired, Senate resume legislative session and vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Reid (for Wyden) Amendment No. 3060, in the nature of a substitute to H.R. 3474; provided further, that at 5:30 p.m., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination of Gregg Jeffrey Costa, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit; 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; and that no further motions be in order to the nominations.
  • The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • Roy K. J. Williams, of Ohio, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development.
    • Carlos Roberto Moreno, of California, to be Ambassador to Belize.
    • By a unanimous vote of 96 yeas (Vote No. EX. 147), Steven Paul Logan, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona. During consideration of this nomination, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 58 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. 144), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • By a unanimous vote of 96 yeas (Vote No. EX. 148), John Joseph Tuchi, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona. During consideration of this nomination, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 62 yeas to 35 nays (Vote No. 145), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • By a unanimous vote of 96 yeas (Vote No. EX. 149), Diane J. Humetewa, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona. During consideration of this nomination, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 64 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. 146), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.

Today:

  • At 11:15am, there will be up to 5 roll call votes (3 expected) on the following:
    • Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #667, Rosemary Marquez, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona
    • Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #668, Douglas L. Rayes, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona
    • Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #669, James Alan Soto, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #693, Leslie Ragon Caldwell, of New York, to be an Assistant Attorney General (expected voice vote) and
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #541, Helen Meagher La Lime, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Angola (expected voice vote)
    • Following disposition of the La Lime nomination, the Senate will recess until 1:45pm.
  • Notwithstanding the recess, the filing deadline for first degree amendments to the Wyden substitute amendment and H.R.3474, the legislative vehicle for tax extenders is 1:00pm. The filing degree for second degree amendments to the Wyden substitute amendment is 3:00pm.
  • At 1:45pm, there will be up to 5 roll call votes:
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #667, Rosemary Marquez, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #668, Douglas L. Rayes, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona
    • Confirmation of Executive Calendar #669, James Alan Soto, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona
    • Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #732, Gregg Jeffrey Costa, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit and
    • Motion to invoke cloture on the Wyden substitute amendment #3060 to H.R.3474

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
“Online Advertising and Hidden Hazards to Consumer Security and Data Privacy”
9:30am, 342 Dirksen

Senate Environment & Public Works
“Mark up of Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill”
9:30am, 406 Dirksen

Senate Banking
“EXECUTIVE SESSION to consider S. 1217, Housing Finance Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013”
10:00am, 538 Dirksen

Senate HELP
“Progress and Challenges: The State of Tobacco Use and Regulation in the U.S.”
2:30pm, 430 Dirksen

Senate Commerce
“Surface Transportation Reauthorization: Local Perspectives on Moving America”
2:30pm, 253 Russell

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.2334 : A bill to amend the Small Business Act and title 38, United States Code, to provide for a consolidated definition of a small business concern owned and controlled by veterans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen King, Angus S. Jr. [ME] (introduced 5/14/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Latest Major Action: 5/14/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

S.2336 : A bill to eliminate the payroll tax for individuals who have attained retirement age, to amend title II of the Social Security Act to remove the limitation upon the amount of outside income which an individual may earn while receiving benefits under such title, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Rubio, Marco [FL] (introduced 5/14/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/14/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

HEALTH

S.2333 : A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for certain behavioral health treatment under TRICARE for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Sponsor: Sen Murray, Patty [WA] (introduced 5/14/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 5/14/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

S.2339 : A bill to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to require States with failed American Health Benefit Exchanges to reimburse the Federal Government for amounts provided under grants for the establishment and operation of such Exchanges.
Sponsor: Sen Barrasso, John [WY] (introduced 5/14/2014) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/14/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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