Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider resume consideration of H.R. 2574 – Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act of 2019. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #774, Todd Wallace Robinson, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California, post-cloture. 


THE HOUSE       

Yesterday   

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS 

Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 1107 – The combined rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 2639 – Strength in Diversity Act of 2020, and of the bill H.R. 2574 – Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act of 2019, and of the bill H.Res. 908 – Condemning all forms of anti-Asian sentiment as related to COVID-19, and of the bill H.R. 2694 – Pregnant Workers Fairness Act – PASSED 219 – 170,  

Adoption of H. Res. 1107 – The combined rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 2639 – Strength in Diversity Act of 2020, and of the bill H.R. 2574 – Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act of 2019, and of the bill H.Res. 908 – Condemning all forms of anti-Asian sentiment as related to COVID-19, and of the bill H.R. 2694 – Pregnant Workers Fairness Act – ADOPTED 216 – 157,  

Amendments to H.R. 2639: 

Torres, Norma (D-CA), Moulton (D-MA) – Amendment No. 1 – Adds new criteria for evaluating grant applications, factoring in the impact of the likelihood the grant will lead to a meaningful reduction in racial and economic isolation for children in schools. The amendment also prioritizes entities that coordinate with local housing agencies to integrate schools that serve a disproportionately low number of low-income students – ADOPTED BY VOICE 

Allen (R-GA) – Amendment No. 2 – Provides school districts flexibility with their funds under the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants to carry out integration activities – REJECTED 171 – 243,  

En Bloc #1 

Brown (D-MD) – Amendment No. 3 – Allows eligible entities to use grant funds to recruit, hire, and train school counselors 

Brown (D-MD) – Amendment No. 4 – Includes, in the annual report, a description of how eligible entities will continue to make improvements toward increasing diversity and decreasing racial or socioeconomic isolation in covered schools and sustain inclusion 

Cooper (D-TN), Lee, Barbara (D-CA) – Amendment No. 5 – Gives school districts that had previously submitted an application under the Obama-era program before it was terminated priority to reapply to this new program 

Escobar (D-TX) – Amendment No. 7 – Modifies the application section to require information on how eligible entities propose to use grant funds to support interventions to increase student diversity. Additionally, in the case of the consortium agencies, an eligible entity will be required to establish the lead applicant and how grant funds will be divided among school districts to address racial and socioeconomic segregation in schools 

Green, Al (D-TX) – Amendment No. 8 – Recommends replacing entrance exams and competitive application procedures with other methods to promote racial and socioeconomic diversity 

Moulton (D-MA) – Amendment No. 10 – Adds access to mental health resources and social-emotional learning as a performance measure for the grant program. Students attending racially isolated, high-poverty schools have less access to resources, and school integration will help foster equitable access to resources 

Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) – Amendment No. 11 – Ensures that planning grants to address racial and socioeconomic isolation in schools can be used to increase teacher diversity 

Tlaib (D-MI) – Amendment No. 12 – Includes a requirement that an eligible entity that receives a grant must include in its annual report information on the progress of regional programs on reducing racial and socioeconomic isolation in covered schools – ADOPTED BY VOICE 

Dean (D-PA) – Amendment No. 6 – Ensures that State Education Agencies have procedures in place to assess and prevent the redrawing of school district lines in a manner that increases racial or socioeconomic isolation – ADOPTED BY VOICE 

Moulton (D-MA) – Amendment No. 9 – Expands the allowable uses of implementation grants to include creating or improving a onestop enrollment process for students with multiple public school options, including making school information and data more accessible and easier to understand – ADOPTED 379 – 34 

Passage of H.R. 2639 – Strength in Diversity Act of 2020 – PASSED 248 – 167 

Today    

On Monday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for morning hour and 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

“One Minutes” (15 per side)

H.R. 2574 – Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act of 2019 (Rep. Scott (VA) – Education and Labor)

The Rule provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and Labor.

Suspensions (7 bills) 

  1. H.R. 7909 – Ensuring Children and Child Care Workers Are Safe Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Finkenauer – Education and Labor) 
  2. S. 2683 – Child Care Protection Improvement Act of 2020, as amended (Sen. Burr – Education and Labor) 
  3. H.R. 3659 – Danny’s Law, as amended (Rep. Rose (NY) – Education and Labor) 
  4. H.R. 8162 – 21st Century Community Learning Centers Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Wild – Education and Labor) 
  5. S. 881 – PROSWIFT Act (Sen. Peters – Science, Space, and Technology) 
  6. H.R. 4979 – Rural STEM Education Act, as amended (Rep. Lucas – Science, Space, and Technology) 
  7. H.R. 4990 – Election Technology Research Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Sherrill – Science, Space, and Technology) 

THE SENATE       

Yesterday  

Roll Call Votes 

1.     Confirmation of Executive Calendar #589, Mark C. Scarsi, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; confirmed: 83-12. 

2.     Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #590, Stanley Blumenfeld, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; invoked: 89-6. 

3.     Confirmation of Executive Calendar #590, Stanley Blumenfeld, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; confirmed: 92-4. 

4.     Motion to invoke cloture Executive Calendar #773, John W. Holcomb, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; invoked: 83-13. 

5.     Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #774, Todd Wallace Robinson, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California; invoked: 83-13. 

6.     Confirmation of Executive Calendar #773, John W. Holcomb, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; confirmed: 83-12. 

 Legislative Business 

Adopted S.Res.696: designating September 4, 2020, as “National Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day”, and raising awareness and understanding of polycystic kidney disease. 

 Agreed to H.Con.Res.92: authorizing the printing of a revised and updated version of the House document entitled “Women in Congress, 1917-2006”. 

 Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.4582: to extend, temporarily, daylight savings time. 

No Executive Business 


Today   
The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, September 16, 2020. 

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #774, Todd Wallace Robinson, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California, post-cloture. At 11:30am, the Senate will vote on (1) confirmation of the Robinson nomination and on the motion to invoke cloture on the (2) Dugan and (3) McGlynn nominations. 

If cloture is invoked on either nomination, at 3:30pm the Senate will vote on confirmation of the (1) Dugan and (2) McGlynn nominations, and on the motion to invoke cloture on the (3) Johnston nomination. 

Cloture has been filed on the following nominations: 

1.     Executive Calendar #774, Todd Wallace Robinson, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California 

2.     Executive Calendar #812, David W. Dugan, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois 

3.     Executive Calendar #813, Stephen P. McGlynn, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois 

4.     Executive Calendar #814, Iain D. Johnston, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois 

5.     Executive Calendar #816, Franklin Ulyses Valderrama, of Illinois to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois 

Wednesday, September 16, at 11:30am – 3 roll call votes: 

1.     Confirmation of Executive Calendar #774, Todd Wallace Robinson, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California 

2.     Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #812, David W. Dugan, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois 

3.     Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #813, Stephen P. McGlynn, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois 

Wednesday, September 16, at 3:30pm – 3 roll call votes: 

1.     Confirmation of Executive Calendar #812, David W. Dugan, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois 

2.     Confirmation of Executive Calendar #813, Stephen P. McGlynn, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois 

3.     Motion to Invoke Cloture on Executive Calendar #814, Iain D. Johnston, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois 

HEARINGS COVERED

 SEC  

Asset Management Advisory Committee 

Senate Commerce  

Markup 

Senate Energy and Natural Resources  

Nomination Hearing – FERC Commissioners 

House Oversight and Reform  

Markup 

House Financial Services  

Prioritizing Fannie’s and Freddie’s Capital over America’s Homeowners and Renters? A Review of the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Energy/Environment 

H.R.8263 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) 

To ensure opportunities for Department of Defense participation in wildlife conservation banking programs, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor: Rep. Wittman, Robert J. [R-VA-1] (Introduced 09/15/2020) Cosponsors: (1) 

Committees: House – Natural Resources 

Latest Action: House – 09/15/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources. 

H.R.8258 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) 

To direct the Secretary of energy to conduct an advanced fuel cycle research, development, demonstration, and commercial application program, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor: Rep. Levin, Mike [D-CA-49] (Introduced 09/15/2020) Cosponsors: (0) 

Committees: House – Science, Space, and Technology 

Latest Action: House – 09/15/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. 

H.R.8256 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) 

To amend the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 to provide a rule to determine venue for a proceeding for judicial review of certain agency actions. 

Sponsor: Rep. Cheney, Liz [R-WY-At Large] (Introduced 09/15/2020) Cosponsors: (11) 

Committees: House – Judiciary; Natural Resources 

Latest Action: House – 09/15/2020 Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee. 

H.R.8253 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) 

To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require 30 percent of revenues from offshore wind energy to be deposited in the National Oceans and Coastal Security Fund, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor: Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8] (Introduced 09/15/2020) Cosponsors: (1) 

Committees: House – Natural Resources 

Latest Action: House – 09/15/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources. 

S.4569 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) 

A bill to modify the boundary of the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument in the State of Arizona, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor: Sen. McSally, Martha [R-AZ] (Introduced 09/15/2020) Cosponsors: (1) 

Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources 

Latest Action: Senate – 09/15/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. 

Financial Services 

H.R.8252 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) 

To require the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency to require each enterprise to include a military service question on the form known as the Uniform Residential Loan Application above the signature line of such application, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor: Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9] (Introduced 09/15/2020) Cosponsors: (1) 

Committees: House – Financial Services 

Latest Action: House – 09/15/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services. 

Health 

H.R.8254 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) 

To establish a demonstration program to provide integrated care for Medicare beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor: Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] (Introduced 09/15/2020) Cosponsors: (6) 

Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce 

Latest Action: House – 09/15/2020 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee. 

H.R.8251 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) 

To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit preventing access to lifesaving medical procedures and treatments, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor: Rep. Wagner, Ann [R-MO-2] (Introduced 09/15/2020) Cosponsors: (0) 

Committees: House – Judiciary 

Latest Action: House – 09/15/2020 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. 

S.4583 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) 

A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for the expansion, intensification, and coordination of the programs and activities of the National Institutes of Health with respect to Tourette syndrome. 

Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 09/15/2020) Cosponsors: (3) 

Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions 

Latest Action: Senate – 09/15/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. 

S.4578 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) 

A bill to provide for domestic sourcing of personal protective equipment, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor: Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH] (Introduced 09/15/2020) Cosponsors: (1) 

Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs 

Latest Action: Senate – 09/15/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. 

S.4574 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) 

A bill to establish a demonstration program to provide integrated care for Medicare beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor: Sen. Young, Todd [R-IN] (Introduced 09/15/2020) Cosponsors: (1) 

Committees: Senate – Finance 

Latest Action: Senate – 09/15/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. 

S.4572 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) 

A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for a presumption of service connection for certain diseases associated with exposure to toxins, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor: Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY] (Introduced 09/15/2020) Cosponsors: (0) 

Committees: Senate – Veterans’ Affairs 

Latest Action: Senate – 09/15/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. 

Tax 

H.R.8260 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) 

To provide a payroll tax credit for best practices training expenses associated with protecting employees from COVID-19. 

Sponsor: Rep. Olson, Pete [R-TX-22] (Introduced 09/15/2020) Cosponsors: (0) 

Committees: House – Ways and Means 

Latest Action: House – 09/15/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. 

Transportation 

H.R.8262 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) 

To amend title 49, United States Code, to establish a grant program for infrastructure improvement projects at transportation access points to facilitate or increase the use of transportation facilities by individuals with limited mobility. 

Sponsor: Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7] (Introduced 09/15/2020) Cosponsors: (1) 

Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure 

Latest Action: House – 09/15/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. 

S.4577 — 116th Congress (2019-2020) 

A bill to require online enrollment for the PreCheck Program of the Transportation Security Administration. 

Sponsor: Sen. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN] (Introduced 09/15/2020) Cosponsors: (1) 

Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation 

Latest Action: Senate – 09/15/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. 

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