CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, September 30, 2013, the House will consider an amendment to the Senate amendment to H.J.Res. 59, a resolution to make continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, under a rule.
The amendment provides a one-year delay in the Affordable Care Act individual mandate; requires Members of Congress, congressional staff, and political appointees (including White House staff) to enroll in the Obamacare exchanges without an employer subsidy for coverage; amends the expiration date of the continuing resolution back to December 15, 2013; makes a technical change to the Eisenhower Memorial Commission provision; and adds a new provision to extend the authority for the U.S. to issue Special Immigrant Visas.
On Friday, September 20, 2013, the House passed H.J.Res. 59, a resolution to make continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, by a vote of 230-189. (See Roll Call #478). H.J.Res. 59 funds government operations at current sequester levels through December 15, 2013. The bill limits the total number of anomalies to 22 and maintains those policy riders included in PL- 113-6. In addition, the bill contained the text of H.R. 807, the Full Faith and Credit Act and H.R. 2682, a bill to prohibit the funding of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
On Friday, September 21, 2013, the Senate passed an amendment to H.J.Res. 59 by a final vote of 54-44 (See Vote Number 208). The Senate amendment maintains current funding levels; however, it changes the expiration date of the continuing resolution to November 15, 2013; and it strips the language included in Sections 137 and 138 of H.J.Res. 59 (debt prioritization and defunding Obamacare). Finally, the Senate amendment included anomalies and technical changes not included in the House-passed resolution.
On Saturday, September 28, 2013, the House passed two perfecting amendments to the Senate amendment to H.J.Res. 59, a resolution to make continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014. The first perfecting House amendment, which repealed the medical device tax as set out in section 4191 of the Internal Revenue Code, passed by a vote of 248-174. (See Roll Call #497). The second perfecting amendment, which inserted a delay of Obamacare, including all taxes, passed by a vote of 231-192. (See Roll Call #498). Both perfecting House amendments included a change in the expiration date of the continuing resolution back to December 15, 2013 and made certain changes to the anomalies and technical changes included in the Senate amendment, including removing the authority for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission to enter into contracts for construction on the site on Independence Avenue opposite the National Air and Space Museum during the term of the continuing resolution (through December 15, 2013). Both perfecting House amendments also extended for the period of the continuing resolution a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for Iraqis who have worked alongside U.S. government and Armed Forces and now face persecution for that partnership. The visas would cover those with pending applications (approximately 3,000) and add 2,000 additional visas for those who apply.
On Monday, September 30, 2013, the Senate voted to table the House perfecting amendments by a vote of 54-46 (See Vote Number 210).
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