THE DAILY WHIP: FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2014

For Immediate Release:

January 10, 2014

Contact:

Katie GrantStephanie Young, 202-225-3130

House Meets At: First Vote Predicted: Last Vote Predicted:

9:00 a.m.: Legislative Business

Five “One Minutes” per side

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

***Members are advised that H.R. 3362 – Exchange Information Disclosure Act – will no longer be considered this week. This is a change from the GOP Leadership’s previously announced schedule.

H.R. 3811 – Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act of 2014 (Rep. Pitts – Energy and Commerce) (One Hour of Debate). This bill would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to notify individuals within two days of any breach of a system maintained by an Affordable Care Act Exchange (including Federal, state, and small business exchanges) in which personally identifiable information is stolen or unlawfully accessed. 

Since its launch, the Federal Marketplace's website security has been continually tested by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and there have been no successful security attacks on HealthCare.gov. While Democrats firmly support strong data security and breach notification, this legislation will not improve the safety or security of personally identifiable information in the Federal or state marketplaces. The bill contains key omissions and is drafted in such a way that may seriously impede law enforcement investigation of a breach.  Further, ambiguous definitions coupled with a two-day notification requirement would, as the Administration’s SAP indicates, “impose an administratively burdensome reporting requirement that is less effective than existing industry standards and those already in place for Federal Agencies that possess such information. As such, the Administration opposes its passage.” 

The Rule, which was adopted yesterday, provides for a closed Rule and one hour of general debate.

 
The Daily Quote

“0.15 of a percentage point. That's how much the economy will slow down as a result of 1.3 million people losing their federal jobless benefits on Dec. 28, according to Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Analytics. It may sound like a smidgen, but any slowdown isn't good for an economy that has been growing at a sluggish pace. ‘Every tenth of a percent matters,’ said Zandi…For a million-plus people, the impact of losing a benefit check can be devastating. It means tough choices over making rent, letting bills pile up and putting food on the table…the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in December that expiring federal benefits would create a drag on the economy to the tune of 0.2 percentage points and would reduce employment by 200,000 by the end of 2014.”

-    CNN, 1/8/2014