Today’s Daily Update

The House is expected to begin consideration of H.R. 4923 – Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2014: H.R. 1528, amended, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow a veterinarian to transport and dispense controlled substances in the usual course of veterinary practice outside of the registered location;
    • United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2014: H.R. D7424653, amended, to reauthorize the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom;
    • Concerning the suspension of exit permit issuance by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo for adopted Congolese children seeking to depart the country with their adoptive parents: H. Res. 588, amended, concerning the suspension of exit permit issuance by the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo for adopted Congolese children seeking to depart the country with their adoptive parents;
    • Preclearance Authorization Act of 2014: H.R. 3488, amended, to establish the conditions under which the Secretary of Homeland Security may establish preclearance facilities, conduct preclearance operations, and provide customs services outside the United States;
    • Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014: H.R. 4007, amended, to recodify and reauthorize the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program;
    • Social Media Working Group Act of 2014: H.R. 4263, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Department of Homeland Security to establish a social media working group, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 375 yeas to 19 nays, Roll No. 369; and
    • Department of Homeland Security Interoperable Communications Act: H.R. 4289, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Under Secretary for Management of the Department of Homeland Security to take administrative action to achieve and maintain interoperable communications capabilities among the components of the Department of Homeland Security, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 393 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 370.

Today:

  • The House is expected to hear one minute speeches on H.R. 803 – SKILLS Act (Suspension, 40 Minutes of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx / Education and the Workforce Committee)
  • The House will begin Consideration of H.R. 4923 – Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (Modified Open Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Simpson / Appropriations Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate agreed to “Freedom of the Press and Expression Around the World” (S. Res. 447), recognizing the threats to freedom of the press and expression around the world and reaffirming freedom of the press as a priority in the efforts of the United States Government to promote democracy and good governance, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and an amendment to the preamble.
  • Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act–Agreement: Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 2363, to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting, post-cloture.
  • Castro, Vetter, and Adams Nominations–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 12 p.m., on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, Senate begin consideration of the nominations of Julian Castro, to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Darci L. Vetter, to be Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, and William D. Adams, to be Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities; that there be two minutes for debate, equally divided in the usual form on each nomination; that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nominations in the order listed; that all roll call votes after the first vote be 10 minutes in length; and that no further motions be in order to the nominations.

Today:

  • At 12:00 noon, the Senate will turn to Executive Session and proceed to a series of votes on confirmation of the following nominations:
    • Julian, Castro, to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (roll call vote);
    • Darci L. Vetter, to be Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador (voice vote); and
    • William D. Adams, to be Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities for a term of four years (voice vote).
  • At 12:00 noon, expect a roll call vote on confirmation of the Castro nomination and voice votes on confirmation of the Vetter and Adams nominations and on the motion to proceed to the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2363, the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act, and proceed to an immediate vote on the motion to proceed.

 

Hearings Covered By W&J Today

 

House Energy & Commerce
Clinical Trial Modernization

House Appropriations
FY15 Interior and the Environment Appropriations Markup

Senate Special Aging
Medicare Audits

House Energy & Commerce
Markup of HR 4013, HR 4450, HR ___ (opening statements)

Brookings Institute
Cancer Care Issues

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENVIRONMENT

H.R.5027 : To promote energy savings in residential and commercial buildings and industry, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] (introduced 7/8/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/8/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.2569 : A bill to provide an incentive for businesses to bring jobs back to America.
Sponsor: Sen Walsh, John E. [MT] (introduced 7/8/2014) Cosponsors (21)
Latest Major Action: 7/8/2014 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

HEALTH

H.R.5022 : To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve dental health care for veterans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Vargas, Juan [CA-51] (introduced 7/8/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 7/8/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

H.R.5024 : To amend title II of the Social Security Act to credit prospectively individuals serving as caregivers of dependent relatives with deemed wages for up to five years of such service.
Sponsor: Rep Lowey, Nita M. [NY-17] (introduced 7/8/2014) Cosponsors (8)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/8/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TAX

S.2565 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to enhance the dependent care tax credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH] (introduced 7/8/2014) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/8/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2568 : A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the contribution limit for Coverdell education savings accounts from $2,000 to $5,000, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Fischer, Deb [NE] (introduced 7/8/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/8/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.5021 : To provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Camp, Dave [MI-4] (introduced 7/8/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Ways and Means; House Science, Space, and Technology; House Energy and Commerce; House Education and the Workforce; House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 7/8/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Science, Space, and Technology, Energy and Commerce, Education and the Workforce, and Natural Resources, 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.5025 : To amend chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code, to condition the receipt of certain highway funding by States on the enactment and enforcement by States of certain laws to prevent repeat intoxicated driving.
Sponsor: Rep Lowey, Nita M. [NY-17] (introduced 7/8/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 7/8/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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