Today’s Daily Update

The Senate passed H.R. 3230, the “Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act”. The House began consideration of appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House began consideration of H.R. 4800, making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • Amendments Agreed to:
      • Lee amendment that increases funding, by offset, for Child Nutrition Programs by $8,150,000 for the establishment, maintenance, or expansion of the school breakfast program;
      • Thompson (CA) amendment that increases funding, by offset, for the Office of the Inspector General by $1,000,000 for meat safety inspections;
      • Hinojosa amendment that increases funding, by offset, for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service by $2,500,000 for the eradication of specialty crop pests;
      • Gosar amendment that increases funding, by offset, for the Office of the Inspector General by $220,000;
      • Gosar amendment that reduces funding for the Office of the General Counsel by $2,181,000 and applies the savings to the spending reduction account;
      • Cohen amendment that increases funding, by offset, for Child Nutrition Programs by $3,000,000 for the summer food service program;
      • Schiff amendment that redirects $1,000,000 in funding within the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for the study of captive marine mammals;
      • Gardner amendment that increases funding, by offset, for Distance Learning, Telemedicine, and Broadband Program by $3,461,000 for telemedicine and distance learning services in rural areas;
      • McNerney amendment that redirects $11,000,000 in funding within the Farm Service Agency;
      • Speier amendment that redirects $1,000,000 in funding within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to expand eligibility for veterans; and
      • Royce amendment (No. 7 printed in the Congressional Record of June 10, 2014) that reduces funding for the Agricultural Marketing Service by $15,500,000 and increases funding for the Foreign Agricultural Service by $10,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 223 ayes to 198 noes, Roll No. 302).
    • Rejected:
      • Broun (GA) amendment that sought to reduce each Under Secretary account by $5,000 and apply the $40,000 in savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 178 ayes to 243 noes, Roll No. 300);
      • Broun (GA) amendment that sought to reduce funding for the Economic Research Service by $7,726,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 130 ayes to 290 noes, Roll No. 301);
      • Grayson amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for the Food Safety and Inspection Service by $5,500,000 (by a recorded vote of 150 ayes to 272 noes, Roll No. 303);
      • Garamendi amendment that sought to allocate $50,000,000 within the Farm Service Agency for the emergency conservation program under the Agricultural Credit Act of 1978 (by a recorded vote of 148 ayes to 276 noes, Roll No. 304);
      • Duncan (TN) amendment that sought to reduce funding for the Watershed Rehabilitation Program by $10,000,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 119 ayes to 303 noes, Roll No. 305);
      • Broun (GA) amendment that sought to eliminate funding for the Watershed Rehabilitation Program and apply the $25,000,000 in savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 62 ayes to 358 noes, Roll No. 306); and
      • DeLauro amendment that sought to reduce funding for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for information technology by $17,578,000 (by a recorded vote of 194 ayes to 227 noes, Roll No. 307).
    • Withdrawn:
      • Gallego amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have eliminated $3,869,000 in funding for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations.
  • H. Res. 616, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 4800), (H.R. 4457), and (H.R. 4453), agreed to by a recorded vote of 227 ayes to 189 noes, Roll No. 299, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 194 nays, Roll No. 298.

Today:

  • The House will begin consideration of:
    • H.R. 4453 – Permanent S Corporation Built-in Gains Recognition Period Act of 2014, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. David Reichert / Ways and Means Committee)
    • H.R. 4457 – America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate (Sponsored by Rep. Pat Tiberi / Ways and Means Committee)
    • H.Res. 617 – Condemning the abduction of female students by armed militants from the terrorist group known as Boko Haram in northeastern provinces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Pursuant to a Unanimous Consent Agreement) (Sponsored by Rep. Frederica Wilson / Foreign Affairs Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate passed H.R. 3230, the “Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act,” to improve the access of veterans to medical services from the Department of Veterans Affairs, after striking all after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof, the text of S. 2450, Senate companion measure, as amended, after taking action on the following amendment and motion proposed thereto:
    • During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the following action:
      • By 75 yeas to 19 nays (Vote No. 186), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to waive all applicable sections of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, and waiver provisions of applicable budget resolutions with respect to H.R. 3230, as amended by S. 2450 (listed above). Subsequently, the point of order that the emergency designation provision contained in Section 802(b) of H.R. 3230, as amended by S. 2450, pursuant to Section 403(e)(1) of S. Con. Res. 13, Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Resolution, fell.
  • The Senate passed S. 1681, the “Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014,” to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2014 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System.
  • Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2432, a bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide for the refinancing of certain Federal student loans; Not Invoked: 56-38

Today:

  • At 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, June 12, 2014, Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Crystal Nix-Hines, for the rank of Ambassador during her tenure of service as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, under the previous order of Monday, June 9, 2014; that following disposition of the nomination, Senate begin consideration of and vote on confirmation of the nominations of Michael J. McCord, to be Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), R. Jane Chu, to be Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts, and Todd A. Batta, to be an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture; and that no further motions be in order to the nominations.
  • At 1:45pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and proceed to up to 3 roll call votes on the following:
    • Confirmation Lael Brainard, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System,
    • Confirmation Jerome H. Powell, of Maryland, to be Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and
    • Confirmation Stanley Fischer, of New York, to be Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

 

Hearings Covered By W&J Today

 

House Energy and Commerce
The President’s Healthcare Law Does Not Equal Health Care Access
10:00 am, 2333 Rayburn

CFPB Field Hearing
Mobile Financial Services
Old US Mint, New Orleans

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.4835 : To amend title 11 of the United States Code to stop abusive student loan collection practices in bankruptcy cases.
Sponsor: Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-13] (introduced 6/11/2014) Cosponsors (2)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 6/11/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

HEALTH

H.R.4841 : To improve the access of veterans to medical services from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Kirkpatrick, Ann [AZ-1] (introduced 6/11/2014) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs; House Oversight and Government Reform; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 6/11/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Budget, 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.

S.2461 : A bill to amend title XXI of the Social Security Act to extend and improve the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV [WV] (introduced 6/11/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/11/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2462 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt certain educational institutions from the employer health insurance mandate.
Sponsor: Sen Thune, John [SD] (introduced 6/11/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 6/11/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.4837 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Small Business Act to expand the availability of employee stock ownership plans in S corporations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Reichert, David G. [WA-8] (introduced 6/11/2014) Cosponsors (7)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Education and the Workforce; House Small Business
Latest Major Action: 6/11/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Education and the Workforce, and Small Business, 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.4845 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the deduction for mortgage insurance premiums.
Sponsor: Rep Nunes, Devin [CA-22] (introduced 6/11/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/11/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.4834 : To authorize highway infrastructure and safety, transit, motor carrier, rail, and other surface transportation programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Petri, Thomas E. [WI-6] (by request) (introduced 6/11/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means; House Science, Space, and Technology; House Natural Resources; House Oversight and Government Reform; House Budget; House Rules
Latest Major Action: 6/11/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Science, Space, and Technology, Natural Resources, Oversight and Government Reform, the Budget, and Rules, 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.4848 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the gas tax and rebuild our roads and bridges.
Sponsor: Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] (introduced 6/11/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/11/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.