Today’s Daily Update

Congressional Appropriators have yet to release an omnibus package to keep the government funded through Thursday, December 11.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • The House began consideration of H.R. 5781, to provide short-term water supplies to drought-stricken California.
  • Further proceedings were postponed.

Today:

  • The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.
    • First votes expected: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
    • Last votes expected: 3:15-4:15 p.m.
  • The House will complete consideration of the “California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014” (H.R. 5781).
  • The House will consider the following legislation under suspension of the rules:
    • H.R 5086 – To amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail, and for other purposes, as amended
    • H.R 5699 – John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act, as amended
    • H.R 5701 – Western Oregon Indian Tribal Lands Act, as amended
    • S. 1000 – Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act of 2014
    • H.R. 5705 – Propane Education and Research Enhancement Act of 2014
    • H.R. 5185 – EARLY Act Reauthorization of 2014, as amended
    • H.R. 5764 – Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act of 2014
    • S. 2759 – To release the City of St. Clair, Missouri, from all restrictions, conditions, and limitations on the use, encumbrance, conveyance, and closure of the St. Clair Regional Airport
    • H.R. 1378 – To designate the United States courthouse located at 333 West Broadway in San Diego, California, as the “James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse,” as amended
    • H.R. 5059 – Clay Hunt SAV Act, as amended 

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • The Senate passed:
    • FOIA Improvement Act: Senate passed S. 2520, to improve the Freedom of Information Act, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.

    • Federal Information Security Modernization Act: Senate passed S. 2521, to amend chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code, to provide for reform to Federal information security, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
      • Reid (for Carper/Coburn) Amendment No. 3975, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act: Senate passed H.R. 1281, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize programs under part A of title XI of such Act, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
      • Reid (for Paul) Amendment No. 3976, to clarify rules relating to newborn screening research and informed consent.
  • The Senate confirmed:
    • Jeffery Martin Baran to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2018
    • Lauren McGarity McFerran to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring December 16, 2019
    • Ellen Dudley Williams to be Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Department of Energy

Today:

  • The Senate will be in a period of morning business for debate until 10:30am when there will be roll call votes on:
    • Cloture on Virginia Tyler Lodge to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority for a term expiring May 18, 2019; and
    • Cloture on Ronald Anderson Walter to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority for a term expiring May 18, 2019
      • If cloture is invoked on either of the nominations, their confirmation votes will be at 6:00pm.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Oversight and Government Reform
ACA Enrollment Issues

House Energy & Commerce
Health Care Budget Priorities

CFTC
Agricultural Advisory Committee

American Consumer Institute
“Breaking Down Barriers to Biologics Competition”

Federal Reserve Board Meeting
Proposal to Establish Risk-Based Capital Surcharges for Systemically Important Bank Holding Companies

 

Notable Legislation Introduced Yesterday

 

HEALTH

H.R.5808: Protecting Access to Diabetes Supplies of 2014
Sponsor: Rep DeGette, Diana [CO-1] (introduced 12/8/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/8/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on 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.

H.R.5809: Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Improvement Act of 2014
Sponsor: Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12] (introduced 12/8/2014) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 12/8/2014 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on 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.

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