Today’s Daily Update

The House is expected to hear one minute speeches on H.R. 4718 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent bonus depreciation

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2015 and Amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent bonus depreciation–Rule for Consideration: The House agreed to H. Res. 661, the rule that is providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5016) making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015 and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4718) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent bonus depreciation, by a yea-and-nay vote of 234 yeas to 188 nays, Roll No. 392, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 229 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 391.
  • Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015: The House passed H.R. 4923, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, by a yea-and-nay vote of 253 yeas to 170 nays, Roll No. 402. Consideration of the measure began yesterday, July 9th.
    • Rejected the Enyart motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 188 ayes to 231 noes, Roll No. 401.
  • Agreed to:
    • Lummis amendment (No. 16 printed in the Congressional Record of July 8, 2014) that prohibits funds from being used in contravention of section (d)(2)(B) of the USEC Privatization Act and all public notice and comment requirements under chapter 6 of title 5, United States Code, that are applicable to carrying out such section;
    • Speier amendment that prohibits funds from being used in contravention of section 4712 of title 41, United States Code;
    • Bonamici amendment that was debated on July 9th that increases funding, by offset, for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $9,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 221 ayes to 199 noes, Roll No. 380);
    • Schiff amendment that was debated on July 9th that increases funding, by offset, for the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy by $20,000,000 (by a recorded vote of 216 ayes to 205 noes, Roll No. 383);
    • DeLauro amendment that prohibits funds from being used to enter into any contract with an incorporated entity if such entity’s sealed bid or competitive proposal shows that such entity is incorporated or chartered in Bermuda or the Cayman Islands, and such entity’s sealed bid or competitive proposal shows that such entity was previously incorporated in the United States (by a recorded vote of 221 ayes to 200 noes, Roll No. 387);
    • Lankford amendment that prohibits funds from being used to prepare, propose, or promulgate any regulation or guidance that references or relies on the analysis contained in specified documents on the subject of the Social Cost of Carbon (by a recorded vote of 227 ayes to 191 noes, Roll No. 389);
    • Cassidy amendment that prohibits funds from being used by the Department of Energy to apply the report entitled ”Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas from the United States” in any public interest determination under the Natural Gas Act (by a recorded vote of 232 ayes to 187 noes, Roll No. 390);
    • Engel amendment that prohibits funds from being used to lease or purchase new light duty vehicles for any executive fleet, or for an agency’s fleet inventory, except in accordance with Presidential Memorandum–Federal Fleet Performance, dated May 24, 2011;
    • Ellison amendment (No. 7 printed in the Congressional Record of July 8, 2014) that prohibits funds from being used to enter into a contract with any person whose disclosures of a proceeding with a disposition listed in section 2313(c)(1) of title 41, United States Code, in the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System include the term ”Fair Labor Standards Act”;
    • Grayson amendment (No. 11 printed in the Congressional Record of July 8, 2014) that prohibits funds from being used to enter into a contract with any offeror or any of its principals if that offeror has (A) within a three-year period preceding this offer, been convicted of or had a civil judgment rendered against it for commission of a fraud or a criminal offense in connection with obtaining, attempting to obtain, or performing a public contract or subcontract; violation of Federal or State antitrust statutes relating to the submission of offers; or commission of embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction of records, making false statements, tax evasion, violating Federal criminal tax laws, or receiving stolen property; or (B) are presently indicted for, or otherwise criminally or civilly charged by a governmental entity with, commission of any of the offenses enumerated above in subsection (A); or (C) within a three-year period preceding this offer, has been notified of any delinquent Federal taxes in an amount that exceeds $3,000 for which the liability remains unsatisfied;
    • Luetkemeyer amendment that prohibits funds from being used for the study of the Missouri River Projects authorized in section 108 of the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009;
    • Luetkemeyer amendment that prohibits funds from being used to continue the study conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers pursuant to section 5018(a)(1) of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007;
    • Sean Patrick Maloney (NY) amendment that prohibits funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce the order entitled ”Order Accepting Proposed Tariff Revisions and Establishing a Technical Conference” issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Aug. 13, 2013;
    • Scalise amendment that prohibits funds from being used within the borders of the State of Louisiana by the Mississippi Valley Division or the Southwestern Division of the Army Corps of Engineers or any district of the Corps within such divisions to implement or enforce the mitigation methodology referred to as the ”Modified Charleston Method”;
    • Yoho amendment that prohibits funds from being used for ”DE–FOA0000697: Sustainable Cities: Urban Energy Planning for Smart Growth in China and India”;
    • Fleming amendment (No. 9 printed in the Congressional Record of July 8, 2014) that prohibits funds from being used to pay the salary of any officer or employee to carry out section 301 of the Hoover Power Plant Act of 1984;
    • Walberg amendment that prohibits funds from being used to carry out section 801 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007;
    • McKinley amendment that prohibits funds from being used to transform the National Energy Technology Laboratory into a government-owned, contractor-operated laboratory, or to consolidate or close the National Energy Technology Laboratory;
    • Weber amendment that prohibits funds from being used for the Cape Wind Energy Project on the Outer Continental Shelf off Massachusetts, Nantucket Sound;
    • Byrne amendment that prohibits funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce Executive Order No. 13547, including the National Ocean Policy developed under such Executive Order;
    • Gosar amendment that prohibits funds from being used to award grants or provide funding for high-efficiency toilets or indoor water-efficient toilets;
    • Kelly (PA) amendment that prohibits funds from being used in contravention of section 210(d)(1)(B)(ii) of the Water Resources Development Act;
    • Burgess amendment that prohibits funds from being used to enforce standards of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act with respect to BPAR, BR, and ER incandescent reflector lamps (by a recorded vote of 226 ayes to 193 noes, Roll No. 393);
    • LaMalfa amendment that prohibits funds from being used to regulate activities identified in subparagraphs (A) and (C) of section 404(f)(1) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act or to limit the exemption in section 404(f)(1)(A) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to established or ongoing operations (by a recorded vote of 239 ayes to 182 noes, Roll No. 394);
    • Stockman amendment that prohibits funds from being used by the Department of Energy to block approval of offshore drilling permits (by a recorded vote of 218 ayes to 204 noes, Roll No. 396);
    • McKinley amendment that prohibits funds from being used to design, implement, administer or carry out specified assessments regarding climate change (by a recorded vote of 229 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 397); and
    • Gosar amendment that prohibits funds from being used for the Department of Energy’s Climate Model Development and Validation program (by a recorded vote of 226 ayes to 194 noes, Roll No. 399).
  • Rejected:
    • McClintock amendment that was debated on July 9th that sought 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 (by a recorded vote of 129 ayes to 290 noes, Roll No. 379);
    • Speier amendment that was debated on July 9th that sought to reduce funding for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $30,935,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 184 ayes to 235 noes, Roll No. 381);
    • Titus amendment (No. 15 printed in the Congressional Record of July 8, 2014) that was debated on July 9th that sought to eliminate funding for Nuclear Waste Disposal and apply the $150,000,000 in savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 75 ayes to 344 noes, Roll No. 382);
    • Quigley amendment that was debated on July 9th that sought to reduce funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration, Weapons Activities by $7,600,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 181 ayes to 239 noes, Roll No. 384);
    • Chabot amendment that was debated on July 9th that sought to eliminate funding for the Denali Commission and apply the $10,000,000 in savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 176 ayes to 243 noes, Roll No. 385);
    • Titus amendment (No. 14 printed in the Congressional Record of July 8, 2014) that was debated on July 9th that sought to strike section 506, relating to the Yucca Mountain geologic repository license application (by a recorded vote of 96 ayes to 326 noes, Roll No. 386);
    • King (IA) amendment that prohibits funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce the prevailing wage requirements in subchapter IV of chapter 31 of title 40, United States Code (by a recorded vote of 181 ayes to 239 noes, Roll No. 388);
    • Huffman amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for programs, projects, and activities of the Bureau of Reclamation authorized under the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act by $52,000,000;
    • Hudson amendment that prohibits funds from being used for any program not authorized by law as of the date of the enactment of this Act except for amounts under the headings ”National Nuclear Security Administration”, ”Environmental and Other Defense Activities”, or ”Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board”;
    • Stockman amendment that prohibits funds from being used for the Department of Energy’s Loan Program Office (by a recorded vote of 140 ayes to 282 noes, Roll No. 395);
    • Blackburn amendment (No. 22 printed in the Congressional Record of July 9, 2014) that sought to reduce the level of funding in the bill by 1 percent across-the-board (by a recorded vote of 150 ayes to 271 noes, Roll No. 398); and
    • Hudson amendment that sought to reduce the amounts made available in the bill by 7.4831 percent except for amounts under the headings ”National Nuclear Security Administration”, ”Environmental and Other Defense Activities”, or ” Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board” (by a recorded vote of 131 ayes to 289 noes, Roll No. 400).
  • Withdrawn:
    • McNerney amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have prohibited funds from being used for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and
    • Barton amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have authorized the Secretary of Energy to conduct a pilot program to license, construct, and operate one or more government or privately owned consolidated storage facilities to provide interim storage as needed for spent nuclear fuel and high level radioactive waste.
  • Point of Order sustained against:
    • Burgess amendment that sought to prohibit funds from being provided to any entity that commenced a case under title 11 of the United States Code in fiscal year 2013, 2014, or before the date such funds would otherwise be so obligated in fiscal year 2015;
    • Garamendi amendment that sought to require the Secretary of Energy to submit to the congressional defense committees a report that includes an analysis of alternatives with respect to using the existing infrastructure at the Savannah River Site of the Department of Energy, including existing mixed oxide facilities, to conduct an alternative method for meeting the nuclear disposition requirements of the United States;
    • LaMalfa amendment that sought to prohibit funds from being used by the Bureau of Reclamation to terminate, or implement, administer, or enforce the termination of, the existing Sacramento River Settlement Contracts before the resolution of Natural Resources Defense Council, et al. v. Jewell, et al.;
    • Garamendi amendment that sought to prohibit funds from being used to approve a liquefied natural gas export application from a facility that would be supplied with or export liquefied natural gas on foreign-flag vessels when an application that would be supplied with or export liquefied natural gas on American-flag vessels is pending;
    • Garamendi amendment that sought to prohibit funds from being used to approve an application for the supply or export of liquefied natural gas unless the Department of Energy has consulted with the United States Maritime Administration on the availability of United States-flag vessels to transport the liquefied natural gas; and
    • Yoho amendment that sought to prohibit funds from being used to finalize, implement, or enforce any rule that would increase electricity prices or reduce electricity reliability.

Today:

  • The House is expected to hear one minute speeches on H.R. 4718 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent bonus depreciation (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Pat Tiberi / Ways and Means Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act–Agreement: 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.
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, after consultation with the Republican Leader, Senate begin consideration of the bill; that the committee-reported amendments be agreed to; that the bill, as amended, be considered original text for the purposes of further amendment; that the only amendments in order to the bill be the following: Coburn Amendment No. 3549; Vitter Amendment No. 3550; Flake Amendment No. 3551; and Tester Amendment No. 3552; Senate vote on or in relation to the amendments in the order listed; that there be no second-degree amendments in order to any of the amendments prior to the votes; that upon disposition of Tester Amendment No. 3552, the bill be read a third time and Senate vote on passage of the bill, as amended.
  • Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act: Senate continued consideration of S. 2363, to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting, 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.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 41 yeas to 56 nays (Vote No. 220), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on the bill.
  • Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 75 yeas to 22 nays (Vote No. EX. 221), Shaun L. S. Donovan, of New York, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
    • Douglas Alan Silliman, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the State of Kuwait.
    • Dana Shell Smith, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the State of Qatar.

Today:

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

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Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

ENVIRONMENT

H.R.5060 : To modify the requirements applicable to locatable minerals on public domain lands, consistent with the principles of self-initiation of mining claims, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] (introduced 7/10/2014) Cosponsors (19)
Committees: House Natural Resources; House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 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.5065 : To establish an integrated Federal program to respond to ongoing and expected impacts of extreme weather and climate change by protecting, restoring, and conserving the natural resources of the United States, and to maximize government efficiency and reduce costs, in cooperation with State, local, and tribal governments and other entities.
Sponsor: Rep Cartwright, Matt [PA-17] (introduced 7/10/2014) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.5071 : To preserve existing rights and responsibilities with respect to non-prohibited discharges of dredged or fill material under the Clean Water Act.
Sponsor: Rep Ribble, Reid J. [WI-8] (introduced 7/10/2014) Cosponsors (6)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

ENERGY

H.R.5057 : To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to permit exemptions for external power supplies from certain efficiency standards, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Gardner, Cory [CO-4] (introduced 7/10/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5072 : To amend title VI of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to establish a Federal renewable electricity standard for retail electricity suppliers and a Federal energy efficiency resource standard for electricity and natural gas suppliers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Welch, Peter [VT] (introduced 7/10/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5073 : To enhance consumer access to electricity information and allow for the adoption of innovative products and services to help consumers manage their energy usage.
Sponsor: Rep Welch, Peter [VT] (introduced 7/10/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2592 : A bill to promote energy production and security, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Hoeven, John [ND] (introduced 7/10/2014) Cosponsors (3)
Committees: Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.5055 : To reform the housing finance system of the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Delaney, John K. [MD-6] (introduced 7/10/2014) Cosponsors (12)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5062 : To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to specify that privilege is maintained when information is shared by certain nondepository covered persons with Federal and State financial regulators, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Perlmutter, Ed [CO-7] (introduced 7/10/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5067 : To require the Federal Insurance Office to carry out a study on illegal steering and redlining in the insurance industry.
Sponsor: Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] (introduced 7/10/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.2585 : A bill to impose additional sanctions with respect to Iran to protect against human rights abuses in Iran, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] (introduced 7/10/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Foreign Relations
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

HEALTH

H.R.5054 : To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish within the Department of Veterans Affairs an Office of Whistleblower and Patient Protection.
Sponsor: Rep Kirkpatrick, Ann [AZ-1] (introduced 7/10/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

H.R.5059 : To direct the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide for the conduct of annual evaluations of mental health care and suicide prevention programs of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, to review the terms or characterization of the discharge or separation of certain individuals from the Armed Forces, to require a pilot program on loan repayment for psychiatrists who agree to serve in the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1] (introduced 7/10/2014) Cosponsors (17)
Committees: House Veterans’ Affairs; House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, 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.2581 : A bill to require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to promulgate a rule to require child safety packaging for liquid nicotine containers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill [FL] (introduced 7/10/2014) Cosponsors (10)
Committees: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.2586 : A bill to establish a smart card pilot program under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen Kirk, Mark Steven [IL] (introduced 7/10/2014) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2014 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

TAX

H.R.5070 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for improved compliance with the requirements of the earned income tax credit.
Sponsor: Rep Gardner, Cory [CO-4] (introduced 7/10/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 7/10/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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