Today’s Daily Update

The House is expected to complete 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:
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Concurred in the Senate amendments to H.R. 803, to amend the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to strengthen the United States workforce development system through innovation in, and alignment and improvement of, employment, training, and education programs in the United States, and to promote individual and national economic growth, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 415 yeas to 6 nays, Roll No. 378.
  • Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015: The House began consideration of H.R. 4923, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, July 10th.
    • Agreed to:
      • Walorski amendment that increases funding, by offset, for Army Corps of Engineers, Construction by $500,000;
      • Murphy (FL) amendment (No. 8 printed in the Congressional Record of July 8, 2014) that increases funding, by offset, for Army Corps of Engineers, Construction by $1,000,000;
      • Cassidy amendment (No. 4 printed in the Congressional Record of July 3, 2014) that increases funding, by offset, for Army Corps of Engineers, Construction by $5,000,000;
      • Cassidy amendment that increases funding, by offset, for Army Corps of Engineers, Operation and Maintenance by $1,000,000;
      • Lankford amendment that provides such sums as are necessary to carry out the study authorized in section 6002 of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014;
      • Ruiz amendment that redirects $1,000,000 in funding within the Bureau of Reclamation, Water and Related Resources for the purpose of addressing environmental restoration, specifically the Salton Sea;
      • Gardner amendment that redirects $3,000,000 in funding within the Bureau of Reclamation, Water and Related Resources for the Arkansas Valley Conduit;
      • Noem amendment that increases funding for the Bureau of Reclamation, Water and Related Resources by $10,000,000 and reduces funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $7,000,000 and for Department of Energy, Departmental Administration by $6,000,000;
      • Hahn amendment that increases funding for Army Corps of Engineers, Operation and Maintenance by $57,600,000 and reduces funding for Department of Energy, Nuclear Energy by $73,309,100 (by a recorded vote of 281 ayes to 137 noes, Roll No. 372);
      • Kaptur amendment that increases funding, by offset, for Department of Energy, Departmental Administration by $500,000;
      • Reed amendment that increases funding, by offset, for Non-Defense Environmental Cleanup by $4,000,000;
      • Foster amendment that redirects $300,000 in funding within Department of Energy, Science for the National Undergraduate Fellowship Program; and
      • Kaptur amendment that redirects $1,000,000 in funding within Department of Energy, Departmental Administration for environmental justice programs.
    • Rejected:
      • Castor (FL) amendment that sought to increase funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $112,686,000 and reduce funding for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $165,000,000;
      • McAllister amendment that sought to increase funding for the Army Corps of Engineers flood damage reduction projects in the Mississippi River Valley below Cape Girardeau, Missouri by $47,000,000 and to reduce funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $127,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 132 ayes to 284 noes, Roll No. 371);
      • Gosar amendment that sought to reduce funding for Army Corps of Engineers, Expenses by $4,000,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 104 ayes to 316 noes, Roll No. 373);
      • Wenstrup amendment that sought to increase funding for the Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and Decommissioning Fund by $15,000,000 and reduce funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $10,421,000 and Department of Energy, Departmental Administration by $8,540,000 (by a recorded vote of 112 ayes to 309 noes, Roll No. 374);
      • Swalwell amendment that sought to increase funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $111,641,000 and reduce funding for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $161,879,450 (by a recorded vote of 172 ayes to 245 noes, Roll No. 375);
      • Byrne amendment that sought to eliminate all funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, including the $150,000,000 made available for program direction, and transfer the $1,789,000,000 in savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 110 ayes to 310 noes, Roll No. 376);
      • McClintock amendment that sought to reduce funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $1,789,000,000; Nuclear Energy by $717,000,000; and Fossil Energy Research and Development by $593,000,000 and to apply the$3,099,000,000 in savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 97 ayes to 321 noes, Roll No. 377); and
      • McNerney amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability by $20,000,000.
    • Withdrawn:
      • Ben Ray Lujan amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have increased funding, by offset, for Army Corps of Engineers, Construction by $15,000,000;
      • Cicilline amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have allocated $44 D752million in funding specifically for environmental infrastructure projects for financially distressed municipalities;
      • Crawford amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have redirected $18,800,000 in funding within the Mississippi River and Tributaries account;
      • Bilirakis amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have eliminated all funding for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and applied the $2,000,000 in savings to the spending reduction account;
      • Cohen amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have increased funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $10,340,000 and reduced funding for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $15,000,000;
      • Perry amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have increased funding, by offset, for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $20,100,000;
      • Foster amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have increased funding, by offset, for Department of Energy, Science by $40,155,000;
      • Fortenberry amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have redirected $25,000,000 in funding within Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation; and
      • Fattah amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have redirected $1 in funding within the Northern Border Regional Commission.
    • Point of Order sustained against:
      • Lankford amendment that sought to insert new language into the General Provisions, Department of Energy portion of the bill relating to grant awards.
    • Proceedings Postponed:
      • McClintock amendment that seeks to reduce funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs by $22,000,000; Nuclear Energy by $9,810,000; Fossil Energy Research and Development by $30,935,000; Department of Energy, Departmental Administration by $9,551,000; Nuclear Regulatory Commission by $49,062,000 and to apply the $121,358,000 in savings to the spending reduction account;
      • Bonamici amendment that seeks to increase funding, by offset, for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $9,000,000;
      • Speier amendment that seeks to reduce funding for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $30,935,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account;
      • Titus amendment (No. 15 printed in the Congressional Record of July 8, 2014) that seeks to eliminate funding for Nuclear Waste Disposal and apply the $150,000,000 in savings to the spending reduction account;
      • Schiff amendment that seeks to increase funding, by offset, for the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy by $20,000,000;
      • Quigley amendment that seeks to reduce funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration, Weapons Activities by $7,600,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account;
      • Chabot amendment that seeks to eliminate funding for the Denali Commission and apply the $10,000,000 in savings to the spending reduction account; and
      • Titus amendment (No. 14 printed in the Congressional Record of July 8, 2014) that seeks to strike section 506, relating to the Yucca Mountain geologic repository license application.

Today:

  • The House is expected to hear one minute speeches on H.Res. 661 – Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5016) Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2015, and the bill (H.R. 4718) To Amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent bonus depreciation (Special Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole / Rules Committee)
  • The House is expected to complete 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)
    • Postponed Amendment Votes:
      • Rep. Tom McClintock Amendment
      • Rep. Suzanne Bonamici Amendment
      • Rep. Jackie Speier Amendment
      • Rep. Dina Titus Amendment #15
      • Rep. Adam Schiff Amendment
      • Rep. Mike Quigley Amendment
      • Rep. Steve Chabot Amendment
      • Rep. Diana Titus Amendment #14

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Bipartisan Sportmen’s Act–Agreement: Senate began consideration of S. 2363, to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • Reid (for Udall (CO)/Risch) Amendment No. 3469, to clarify a provision relating to the non-Federal share of the cost of acquiring land for, expanding, or constructing a public target range.
      • Reid Amendment No. 3490 (to Amendment No. 3469), of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid Motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 3491, to change the enactment date.
      • Reid Amendment No. 3492 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 3491), of a perfecting nature.
      • Reid Amendment No. 3493 (to Amendment No. 3492), of a perfecting nature.
    • 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 on Friday, July 11, 2014.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the filing deadline for first-degree amendments to the bill be 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, July 10, 2014, and the filing deadline for second-degree amendments be 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, July 10, 2014.
  • Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 2244, to extend the termination date of the Terrorism Insurance Program established under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002.
  • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Norman C. Bay, of New Mexico, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. A vote on cloture will occur at 12 noon, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
  • Senate began consideration of the nomination of Cheryl A. LaFleur, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. A vote on cloture will occur at 12 noon, on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
  • Donovan, Silliman, and Smith Nominations–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 12 noon, on Thursday, July 10, 2014, Senate begin consideration of the nominations of Shaun L.S. Donovan, of New York, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Douglas Alan Silliman, of Texas, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador to the State of Kuwait, and Dana Shell Smith, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador to the State of Qatar.
  • Nominations Confirmed:
    • Senate confirmed the following nominations:
      • By 71 yeas to 26 nays (Vote No. EX. 219), Julian Castro, of Texas, to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
      • Darci L. Vetter, of Nebraska, to be Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador.
      • William D. Adams, of Maine, to be Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities for a term of four years.
    • Nomination Withdrawn: Senate received notification of withdrawal of the following nomination:
      • Elizabeth M. Robinson, of Washington, to be Under Secretary of Energy, which was sent to the Senate on January 6, 2014.

Today:

  • At noon, the Senate will turn to Executive Session to consider the Donovan, Silliman, and Smith nominations, with the time until 2:00pm equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees.
  • At 2:00pm, the Senate will proceed to vote on confirmation of the nominations in the order listed. We expect a roll call vote on the Donovan nomination and voice votes on the Silliman and Smith nominations.
  • Expect 1 roll call vote around noon:
    • Cloture on S.2363, the Bipartisan Sportsman’s Act

 

Hearings Covered By W&J Today

 

House Agriculture
Commodity Policy and Crop Insurance

House Energy and Commerce
Markup of H.R. 4013, H.R. 4450, and H.R. ____

House Armed Services
Defense Department Acquisition

House Financial Services
Federal Reserve Legislation

House Ways & Means
H.R. 5021 Highway Trust Fund Markup

House Oversight
Medicare Oversight

Senate Finance
Highway Trust Fund Markup

SEC Investor Advisory Committee
Definition of Accredited Investor and Elder Fraud

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENVIRONMENT

H.R.5034 : To amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for certain special congressional review procedures for EPA rulemakings.
Sponsor: Rep Graves, Sam [MO-6] (introduced 7/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Judiciary; House Energy and Commerce; House Transportation and Infrastructure; House Agriculture; House Rules; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 7/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Transportation and Infrastructure, Agriculture, Rules, 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.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.5037 : To amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to improve the transparency, accountability, governance, and operations of the Office of Financial Research, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Royce, Edward R. [CA-39] (introduced 7/9/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 7/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.5042 : To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program under which the Secretary enters into partnership agreements with non-Federal entities for the construction of major medical facility projects.
Sponsor: Rep McNerney, Jerry [CA-9] (introduced 7/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 7/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

H.R.5047 : To prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from altering available health care and wait times for appointments for health care for certain veterans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Peters, Gary C. [MI-14] (introduced 7/9/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 7/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

H.R.5051 : To ensure that employers cannot interfere in their employees’ birth control and other health care decisions.
Sponsor: Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-25] (introduced 7/9/2014) Cosponsors (128)
Committees: House Education and the Workforce; House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Ways and Means, 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.2578 : A bill to ensure that employers cannot interfere in their employees’ birth control and other health care decisions.
Sponsor: Sen Murray, Patty [WA] (introduced 7/9/2014) Cosponsors (40)
Latest Major Action: 7/9/2014 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

H.R.5036 : To amend title 17, United States Code, to extend expiring provisions of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010.
Sponsor: Rep Coble, Howard [NC-6] (introduced 7/9/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 7/9/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

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