Must Pass Legislation on Cue this Week:

Congress begins this week working on the must-pass continuing resolution (H J Res 124) to fund the government through mid-December.  Congress will then delay fiscal 2015 funding into the lame-duck session when they return after the November elections.  The House Rules Committee is expected to meet Monday evening to report a Rule for H.J. Res. 124.

Though there is broad support for President Obama’s military plans to aid Syrian Rebels, it is yet known whether Members will include the provision in the stop gap bill or find another legislative alternative.

Senate Legislative Activity


The Senate will convene at 2:00 PM and will proceed to a period of Morning Business. At 5:30 PM, the Senate will proceed to vote on the Motion to Invoke Cloture on S. 2119 (Paycheck Fairness Act).  The Senate will then proceed to an Executive Session to vote on cloture on Executive Calendar #1003, Jeffrey Baran to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Executive Calendar #1004, Stephen Burns to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. If cloture is invoked on the above nominations, all post-cloture time will expire on Tuesday, September 16th at 2:15 PM, and the Senate will proceed to vote on confirmation.

House Legislative Activity

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for Morning Hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business, with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

  1. H.R. 4771 – Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2014, as amended (Rep. Pitts – Energy and Commerce)
  2. S. 2154 – Emergency Medical Services for Children Reauthorization Act of 2014 (Sen. Casey – Energy and Commerce)
  3. H.R. 83 – To require the Secretary of the Interior to assemble a team of technical, policy, and financial experts to address the energy needs of the insular areas of the United States and the Freely Associated States through the development of action plans aimed at reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels and increasing use of indigenous clean-energy resources, and for other purposes, as amended (Rep. Christensen – Energy and Commerce)
  4. H.R. 3044 – To approve the transfer of Yellow Creek Port properties in Iuka, Mississippi (Rep. Nunnelee – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  5. S. 1086 – Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, as amended (Sen. Mikulski – Education and Workforce)
  6. H.R. 5108 – To establish the Law School Clinic Certification Program of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and for other purposes (Rep. Jeffries – Judiciary)
  7. H.R. 3006 – To authorize a land exchange involving the acquisition of private land adjacent to the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona for inclusion in the refuge in exchange for certain Bureau of Land Management lands in Riverside County, California, and for other purposes (Rep. Calvert – Natural Resources)
  8. S. 476 – To amend the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Development Act to extend to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission (Sen. Cardin – Natural Resources)
  9. S. 1603 – Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act (Sen. Stabenow – Natural Resources)
  10. H.R. 5205 – Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act (Rep. Amodei – Natural Resources)
  11. H.R. 3222 – Flushing Remonstrance Study Act (Rep. Meng – Natural Resources)
  12. H.R. 2569 – Upper Missisquoi and Trout Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (Rep. Welch – Natural Resources)
  13. H.R. 4119 – West Hunter Street Baptist Church Study Act (Rep. Johnson (GA) – Natural Resources)
  14. H.R. 5405 – Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act (Rep. Fitzpatrick – Financial Services)
  15. H.R. 3374 – American Savings Promotion Act, as amended (Rep. Kilmer – Financial Services)
  16. H.R. __ – Insurance Capital Standards Clarification Act of 2014 (Rep. Barr – Financial Services)
  17. H.R. 2866 – Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, as amended (Rep. Terry – Financial Services)
  18. H.R. 2996 – Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act, as amended (Rep. Reed – Science, Space, and Technology)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 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 and recess immediately.  The House will reconvene at approximately 9:45 a.m. for the purposes of receiving, in a Joint Meeting with the Senate, the Honorable Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine.  The House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.  On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business, with last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

  1. H.R. 3593 – VA Construction Assistance Act of 2014, as amended (Rep. Coffman – Veterans’ Affairs)
  2. H.R. 5404 – Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2014 (Rep. Denham – Veterans’ Affairs)
  3. H.R. 4276 – Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Care Improvement Act of 2014 (Rep. Cassidy – Veterans’ Affairs)
  4. S. 2258 – Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2014 (Sen. Begich – Veterans’ Affairs)
  5. H.R. 24 – Federal Reserve Transparency Act  (Rep. Broun – Oversight and Government Reform)
  6. H.R. 5169 – Senior Executive Service Accountability Act, as amended (Rep. Walberg – Oversight and Government Reform)
  7. H.R. 5170 – Federal Records Accountability Act of 2014, as amended (Rep. Meadows – Oversight and Government Reform)
  8. H.R. 5418 – To prohibit officers and employees of the Internal Revenue Service from using personal email accounts to conduct official business (Rep. Boustany – Ways and Means)
  9. H.R. 5419 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a right to an administrative appeal relating to adverse determinations of tax-exempt status of certain organizations (Rep. Boustany – Ways and Means)
  10. H.R. 5420 – To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit the release of information regarding the status of certain investigations (Rep. Boustany – Ways and Means)
  11. H.R. 3043 – Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act (Rep. Nunes – Ways and Means)
  12. H.R. 495 – Free File Program Act of 2014, as amended (Rep. Roskam – Ways and Means)
  13. H.R. 4137 – Preserving Welfare for Needs Not Weed Act (Rep. Reichert – Ways and Means)
  14. H.R. 4994 – Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014 (Rep. Camp – Ways and Means)
  15. H.R. __ – To amend title 49, United States Code, to provide for limitations on the fees charged to passengers of air carriers (Rep. Hudson – Homeland Security)

The House will also possibly consider the following legislation:

H.J. Res. 124Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015 (Rep. Rogers (KY) – Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule)

H.R. __ – American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act (Rep. Terry – Natural Resources/Energy and Commerce) (Subject to a Rule)

H.R. __ – Jobs for America Act (Rep. Camp – Ways and Means) (Subject to a Rule)