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Yesterday, the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act passed the first hurdle in the Senate, with cloture invoked on the motion to proceed to consideration. The Senate is expected to begin consideration of the bill today. The House began debate on the Repeal of Obamacare Act, and they should finish their debate and vote on the bill today. The Federal Register contains a new Executive Order dealing with emergency communications and the rights of the executive branch.
During business yesterday, the Senate took the following actions:
- Passed S. Res. 429, supporting the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day.
- Agreed to the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 2237, the "Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act", by a vote of 80 yeas to 14 nays.
- Confirmed the nomination of John Thomas Fowlkes, Jr. to be District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee by a vote of 94 yeas to 2 nays.
The Senate will meet today at 9:30 AM. The Senate is expected to begin consideration of S. 2237, the "Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act".
House of Representatives
During business yesterday, the House took the following actions:
- Began consideration of H.R. 6079, the "Repeal of Obamacare Act", after agreeing to H.Res. 724, the rule providing for consideration of the bill.
The House will meet today at 10:00 AM. The House will complete consideration of H.R. 6079, the "Repeal of Obamacare Act", subject to the rule passed yesterday, and then it will begin consideration of H.R. 4402, the "National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012", subject to a rule.
(You can view the entire Federal Register here.)
Significant Proposed Rules:
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: updating and making revisions to the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) prospective payment system (PPS) for calendar year (CY) 2013.
Significant Final Rules:
- Education Department: correcting the Federal Pell Grant Program interim final rule published in the Federal Register on May 2, 2012 (77 FR 25893).
- Federal Aviation Administration: notifying the public of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB's) approval of the information collection requirement contained in the FAA's final rule, “Flightcrew Member Duty and Rest Requirements.”
- Executive Order 13618: assigning national security and emergency preparedness communication functions.
The Court has now completed its work for the October 2011 term. The Court will hold the first oral arguments of the October 2012 term on Monday, October 1.