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Legislative Week of September 8, 2014- September 12, 2014

Shelley Castle

08 September 2014

Congress Returns After August Recess Break:

Congress returns for a short period until they break again for another recess to campaign for the November mid-term elections.  They are expected to return to their districts September 19th.  Priorities remaining on the congressional agenda include the future of Export-Import Bank and avoiding a government shutdown after September 3o.  Congress will most likely pass a short-term continuing resolution to keep the government funded most-likely through mid-December.   The measure has yet to be filed, but House lawmakers are expected to start work this week.  The Senate is expected to take up the CR later this month.  This will be leave Congress waiting until the lame-duck session to work on final appropriations.

Senate Legislative Activity

The Senate will convene at 2 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m.  The Senate will proceed to an Executive Session  to  vote on the nomination of a circuit court judge, as well as confirmation of three new members to the Social Security Advisory Board.  The chamber then votes on limiting debate on the motion to proceed to a joint resolution (S J Res 19) that would allow Congress to limit campaign contributions and expenditures:

  • Executive Calendar #848, Jill Pryor to be US Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.
  • Executive Calendar #910, Henry Aaron to be a Member of the Social Security Advisory Board.
  • Executive Calendar #911, Henry Aaron to be a Member of the Social Security Advisory Board (reappointment).
  • Executive Calendar #908, Alan Cohen to be a Member of the Social Security Advisory Board. (Expected voice vote).
  • Executive Calendar #909, Lanhee Chen to be a Member of the Social Security Advisory Board. (Expected voice vote).
  • The Senate will then proceed to a Legislative Session and vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S.J. Res. 19 (Joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections).

House Legislative Activity

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

On Monday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business, It is expected to consider 21 bills under suspension of the rules.  First votes are postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1)    S. 231 – Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization (Sen. Portman – Oversight and Government Reform)

2)    H.R. 4939 – Designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2551 Galena Avenue in Simi Valley, California, as the "Neil Havens Post Office" (Rep. McKeon – Oversight and Government Reform)

3)    H.R. 4651 – Designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 601 West Baker Road in Baytown, Texas as the "Specialist Keith Erin Grace Jr. Memorial Post Office" (Rep. Stockman – Oversight and Government Reform)

4)    H.R. 2819 – Designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 275 Front Street in Marietta, Ohio, as the "Veterans Memorial Post Office Building" (Rep. Johnson (OH) – Oversight and Government Reform)

5)    H.R. 5089 – Designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2000 Mulford Road in Mulberry, Florida, as the "Sergeant First Class Daniel M. Ferguson Post Office” (Rep. Ross – Oversight and Government Reform)

6)    H.R. 2678 – Designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 10360 Southwest 186th Street in Miami, Florida, as the "Larcenia J. Bullard Post Office Building" (Rep. Garcia – Oversight and Government Reform)

7)    H.R. 5019 – Designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1335 Jefferson Road in Rochester, New York, as the "Specialist Theodore Matthew Glende Post Office" (Rep. Slaughter – Oversight and Government Reform)

8)    H.R. 4443 – Designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 90 Vermilyea Avenue, in New York, New York, as the "Corporal Juan Mariel Alcantara Post Office Building" (Rep. Rangel – Oversight and Government Reform)

9)    H.R. 3957 – Designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 218–10 Merrick Boulevard in Springfield Gardens, New York, as the "Cynthia Jenkins Post Office Building" (Rep. Meeks – Oversight and Government Reform)

10) H.R. 78 – Designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4110 Almeda Road in Houston, Texas, as the "George Thomas 'Mickey' Leland Post Office Building" (Rep. Jackson–Lee – Oversight and Government Reform)

11) H.R. 4189 – Designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4000 Leap Road in Hilliard, Ohio, as the "Master Sergeant Shawn T. Hannon and Master Sergeant Jeffrey J. Rieck and Veterans Memorial Post Office Building", as amended (Rep. Stivers – Oversight and Government Reform)

12) H.R. 5030 – Designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 13500 SW 250 Street in Princeton, Florida, as the "Corporal Christian A. Guzman Rivera Post Office Building" (Rep. Ros–Lehtinen – Oversight and Government Reform)

13) H.R. 5106 – Designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Admiral Callaghan Lane in Vallejo, California, as the "Philmore Graham Post Office Building" (Rep. Thompson (CA) – Oversight and Government Reform)

14) H.R. 2495 – American Super Computing Leadership Act, as amended (Rep. Hultgren – Science, Space, and Technology)

15) H.R. 5309 – Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2014 (Rep. Bonamici – Science, Space, and Technology)

16) H.R. 744 – Stopping Tax Offenders and Prosecuting Identity Theft Act of 2014 (Rep. Wasserman Schultz – Judiciary)

17) H.R. 3109 – To amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to exempt certain Alaskan Native articles from prohibitions against sale of items containing nonedible migratory bird parts (Rep. Young (AK) – Natural Resources)

18) H.R. 4283 – To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to maintain or replace certain facilities and structures for commercial recreation services at Smith Gulch in Idaho (Rep. Simpson – Natural Resources)

19) H.J.Res. 120 – Approving the location of a memorial to commemorate the more than 5,000 slaves and free Black persons who fought for independence in the American Revolution (Rep. Butterfield – Natural Resources)

20) H.R. 4527 – To remove a use restriction on land formerly a part of Acadia National Park that was transferred to the town of Tremont, Maine (Rep. Michaud – Natural Resources)

21) H.R. 4751 – To make technical corrections to Public Law 110‐229 to reflect the renaming of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial (Rep. Kilmer – Natural Resources)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for Morning Hour debate and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes are expected no later than 3:00 p.m.

On Friday, the House will not be in session.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1)    H.R. 5057 – EPS Service Parts Act of 2014, as amended (Rep. Gardner – Energy and Commerce)

2)    S. 276 – A bill to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the American Falls Reservoir (Sen. Risch – Energy and Commerce)

3)    H.R. 5161 – E–LABEL Act (Rep. Latta – Energy and Commerce)

4)    H.R. 4067 – To provide for the extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals through 2014 (Rep. Jenkins – Energy and Commerce)

5)    H.R. 4701 – Vector–Borne Disease Research Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, as amended (Rep. Gibson – Energy and Commerce)

6)    H.R. 4290 – Wakefield Act of 2014 (Rep. Matheson – Energy and Commerce)

7)    H.R. 3670 – Anti–Spoofing Act (Rep. Meng – Energy and Commerce)

8)    H.R. 669 – Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act (Rep. Pallone – Energy and Commerce)

H.R. 5078 – Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014 (Rep. Southerland – Transportation and Infrastructure) (Subject to a Rule)

H.Res. 644 – Condemning and disapproving of the Obama administration's failure to comply with the lawful statutory requirement to notify Congress before releasing the Taliban 5 (Rep. Rigell – Armed Services) (Subject to a Rule)

H.R. 3522 – Employee Health Care Protection Act (Rep. Cassidy – Energy and Commerce/Ways and Means) (Subject to a Rule)

Possible Consideration of a Continuing Resolution to Fund Government Operations for Fiscal Year 2015

Shelley Castle

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