Today’s Daily Update

Tax extenders on hold while Senate considers nominations

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 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.
  • By 53 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 157), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on Reid (for Wyden) Amendment No. 3060 to 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.
    • Subsequently, Senator Reid entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the amendment.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the motion to invoke cloture on the bill, be withdrawn.
  • PRO FORMA–AGREEMENT: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senate adjourn until 11 a.m., on Monday, May 19, 2014, for a pro forma session only with no business conducted, and that following the pro forma session, Senate adjourn until 10 a.m., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

Nominations:

  • Costa Nomination–Cloture : Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Gregg Jeffrey Costa, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit. During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 58 yeas to 36 nays (Vote No. 156), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 5:30 p.m., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Senate resume consideration of the nomination, as provided for under the previous order; and, that upon disposition of the nomination, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Stanley Fischer, of New York, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • Barron Nomination–Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of David Jeremiah Barron, of Massachusetts, to be United States Circuit Judge for the First 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 Stanley Fischer, of New York, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • Leslie Ragon Caldwell, of New York, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
    • Helen Meagher La Lime, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Angola.
    • By 81 yeas to 15 nays (Vote No. EX. 153), Rosemary Marquez, 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 35 nays (Vote No. 150), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • By 77 yeas to 19 nays (Vote No. EX. 154), Douglas L. Rayes, 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 59 yeas to 35 nays (Vote No. 151), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • By 93 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. EX. 155), James Alan Soto, 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 61 yeas to 35 nays (Vote No. 152), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.

Today:

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

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENERGY

H.R.4667 : 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: Rep Welch, Peter [VT] (introduced 5/15/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4662 : To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to establish an advisory opinion process for the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Posey, Bill [FL-8] (introduced 5/15/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2352 : A bill to re-impose sanctions on Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport.
Sponsor: Sen Coats, Daniel [IN] (introduced 5/15/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

HEALTH

H.R.4663 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit certain nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, physician assistants, and certified nurse-midwives to provide certain certifications with respect to inpatient hospital services under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep Black, Diane [TN-6] (introduced 5/15/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2348 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to waive coinsurance under Medicare for colorectal cancer screening tests, regardless of whether therapeutic intervention is required during the screening.
Sponsor: Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] (introduced 5/15/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2349 : A bill to establish a grant program to enable States to promote participation in dual enrollment programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Sanders, Bernard [VT] (introduced 5/15/2014) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2353 : A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for patient protection by establishing safe nurse staffing levels at certain Medicare providers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Merkley, Jeff [OR] (introduced 5/15/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

S.2342 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to protect children’s health by denying any deduction for advertising and marketing directed at children to promote the consumption of food of poor nutritional quality.
Sponsor: Sen Blumenthal, Richard [CT] (introduced 5/15/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2345 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that the volume cap for private activity bonds shall not apply to bonds for facilities for the furnishing of water and sewage facilities.
Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] (introduced 5/15/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2347 : A bill to amend title 4 of the United States Code to limit the extent to which States may tax the compensation earned by nonresident telecommuters and other multi-State workers.
Sponsor: Sen Blumenthal, Richard [CT] (introduced 5/15/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2351 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide notice to charities and other nonprofit organizations before their tax-exempt status is automatically revoked.
Sponsor: Sen Coats, Daniel [IN] (introduced 5/15/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 5/15/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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