Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider 22 bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #566, Stephen A. Vaden, of Tennessee, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade. 


THE HOUSE      

Yesterday  

Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 4499 – NIMHD Research Endowment Revitalization Act of 2020, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Nanette Barragán / Energy and Commerce Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

2. H.R. 5668 – MODERN Labeling Act of 2020 (Sponsored by Rep. Doris Matsui / Energy and Commerce Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

3. H.R. 4712 – Fairness in Orphan Drug Exclusivity Act (Sponsored by Rep. Madeleine Dean / Energy and Commerce Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

4. H.R. 2466 – State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act of 2020 (Sponsored by Rep. David Trone / Energy and Commerce Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

5. H.R. 2281 – Easy MAT for Opioid Addiction Act (Sponsored by Rep. Raul Ruiz / Energy and Commerce Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

6. H.R. 2117 – FASTER Act of 2020 (Sponsored by Rep. Doris Matsui / Energy and Commerce Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

7. H.R. 5855 – Bipartisan Solution to Cyclical Violence Act of 2020 (Sponsored by Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger / Energy and Commerce Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

8. H.R. 3878 – Block, Report, And Suspend Shipments Act of 2020, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David McKinley / Energy and Commerce Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

9. H.R. 4806 – DEBAR Act of 2020 (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Latta / Energy and Commerce Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

10. H.R. 4812 – Ensuring Compliance Against Drug Diversion Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Morgan Griffith / Energy and Commerce Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

11. H.R. 6096 – READI Act of 2020, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jerry McNerney / Energy and Commerce Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

12. H.R. 6624 – USA Telecommunications Act (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Pallone / Energy and Commerce Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

13. H.R. 7310 – Spectrum IT Modernization Act of 2020 (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Doyle / Energy and Commerce Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

14. H.R. 2610 – Fraud and Scam Reduction Act (Sponsored by Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester / Energy and Commerce Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

15. H.R. 6435 – Combating Pandemic Scams Act of 2020 (Sponsored by Rep. Buddy Carter / Energy and Commerce Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

16. H.R. 8121 – Pandemic Effects on Home Safety and Tourism Act (Sponsored by Rep. Tony Cárdenas / Energy and Commerce Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

17. H.R. 2914 – Housing Survivors of Major Disaster Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Adriano Espaillat / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) 40 minutes of debate began at 4:50 p.m.

18. H.R. 8408 – Aircraft Certification Reform and Accountability Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

19. H.R. 8266 – FEMA Assistance Relief Act of 2020, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

20. H.R. 4611 – Ocean Pollution Reduction Act II, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Peters / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) PASSED 395-4

21. H.R. 8326 – Child Care is Economic Development Act of 2020 (Sponsored by Rep. Abby Finkenauer / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

22. H.R. 5919 – National Children’s Museum Act (Sponsored by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

23. S. 1869 – Secure Federal LEASEs Act, as amended (Sponsored by Sen. Gary Peters / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

24. H.R. 5953 – Preventing Disaster Revictimization Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Sam Graves / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

25. H.R. 4358 – Preliminary Damage Assessment Improvement Act of 2020 (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee) PASSED BY VOICE VOTE.

Today   

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

“One Minutes” (15 per side)

Motion to Go to Conference on H.R. 6395 – William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021

Suspensions (22 bills)

  1. H.Res. 1033 – Condemning acts by the People’s Republic of China and the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region that violate fundamental rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents as well as acts that undermine Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, as amended (Rep. Engel – Foreign Affairs)
  2. H.Res. 697 – A resolution affirming the significance of the advocacy for genuine autonomy for Tibetans in the People’s Republic of China and the work His Holiness the 14th Dalai lama has done to promote global peace, harmony, and understanding, as amended (Rep. Yoho – Foreign Affairs)
  3. H.R. 6334 – Securing America from Epidemics Act, as amended (Rep. Bera – Foreign Affairs)
  4. H.Res. 349 – Reaffirming the vital role of the United States-Japan alliance in promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond, as amended (Rep. Castro – Foreign Affairs)
  5. H.Res. 809 – Expressing the importance of the United States alliance with the Republic of Korea and the contributions of Korean Americans in the United States, as amended (Rep. Suozzi – Foreign Affairs)
  6. H.Res. 1012 – Resolution Recognizing the historic transformation of the United States-Republic of Korea alliance since the Korean War into a mutually beneficial, global partnership, as amended (Rep. Bera – Foreign Affairs) 
  7. H.R. 4644 – Libya Stabilization Act, as amended (Rep. Deutch – Foreign Affairs)
  8. H.Res. 1062 – Affirming the nature and importance of the United States-Iraq bilateral relationship, including security and economic components of the relationship, as amended (Rep. Allred – Foreign Affairs)
  9. H.R. 7990 – FENTANYL Results Act, as amended (Rep. Trone – Foreign Affairs)
  10. H.R. 7276 – Desert Locust Control Act, as amended (Rep. Smith (NJ) – Foreign Affairs)
  11. H.R. 5586 – Haiti Development, Accountability, and Institutional Transparency Initiative Act, as amended (Rep. Jeffries – Foreign Affairs)
  12. H.R. 7703 – Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Authorization Act, as amended (Rep. Espaillat – Foreign Affairs)
  13. H.Res. 672 – Expressing support of the Three Seas Initiative in its efforts to increase energy independence and infrastructure connectivity thereby strengthening the United States and European national security, as amended (Rep. Kaptur – Foreign Affairs)
  14. H.Res. 1145 – Condemning the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and calling for a robust United States and international response, as amended (Rep. McGovern – Foreign Affairs)
  15. H.R. 8259 – To prohibit Russian participation in the G7, and for other purposes, as amended (Rep. Meeks – Foreign Affairs)
  16. H.Res. 825 – A resolution urging the United States to continue to be a leader in supporting the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and the global nonproliferation regime to reap the benefits the NPT and such regime bring to United States and international security, as amended (Rep. Sherman – Foreign Affairs)
  17. H.R. 4636 – PLASTICS Act, as amended (Rep. McCaul – Foreign Affairs)
  18. H.R. 8405 – American Values and Security in International Athletics Act (Rep. McCaul – Foreign Affairs)
  19. H.R. 8438 – Belarus Democracy, Human Rights, and Sovereignty Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Smith (NJ) – Foreign Affairs)
  20. H.R. 5408 – Ukraine Religious Freedom Support Act, as amended (Rep. Wilson (SC) – Foreign Affairs)
  21. H.R. 4802 – To amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to authorize rewards under the Department of State’s reward program relating to information regarding individuals or entities engaged in activities in contravention of United States or United Nations sanctions, and for other purposes (Rep. Wilson (SC) – Foreign Affairs)
  22. H.R. 7954 – Tropical Forest and Coral Reef Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2020 (Rep. Chabot – Foreign Affairs)

THE SENATE      

Yesterday 

Roll Call Votes

1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #892, Kristi Haskins Johnson, of Mississippi, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi; confirmed: 53-43.

2.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #891, Benjamin Joel Beaton, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky; invoked: 52-44.

3.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #891, Benjamin Joel Beaton, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky; confirmed: 52-44.

4.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #760, Judy Shelton, of California, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; not invoked: 47-50.

5.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #862, Toby Crouse, of Kansas, to be United States District Judge for the District of Kansas; invoked:  51-44.

6.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #862, Toby Crouse, of Kansas, to be United States District Judge for the District of Kansas; confirmed: 50-43.

Legislative Business

Passed S.4902, Orrin G. Hatch United States Courthouse

Passed H.R.1668, IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act

Passed H.R.5901, Modernization Centers of Excellence

Passed S.2216, TEAM Veteran Caregivers Act, w/Peters amdt

Adopted S.Res.775, Impact Aid Recognition Day

Adopted S.Res.776, Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week


Today   
The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #566, Stephen A. Vaden, of Tennessee, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade.

At 11:00am, the Senate will vote on cloture on the Vaden nomination.

If cloture is invoked, there will be up to 2 hours of debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the Vaden nomination. Following disposition of the Vaden nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #894, Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida.

Cloture has also been filed on Executive Calendar #893, Taylor B. McNeel, of Mississippi, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi.

Additional roll call votes are possible during Wednesday’s session.

Wednesday, November 18th at 11:00am – 1 roll call vote expected:

1.       Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #566, Stephen A. Vaden, of Tennessee, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade

Wednesday, November 18th at TBD afternoon – 2 roll call votes expected:

1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #566, Stephen A. Vaden, of Tennessee, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade

2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #894, Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida 

HEARINGS COVERED

House Transportation and Infrastructure

Examining the Surface Transportation Board’s Role in Ensuring a Robust Passenger Rail System

Senate Energy and Natural Resources

FERC Nomination Votes

The Hill

Diabetes & The Future of Healthcare Reform

The Hill

Innovation Forward: Technology and Diabetes Care

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Modernizing Federal Telework: Moving Forward Using the Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Cybersecurity

H.R.8763 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To direct the Director of National Intelligence to award contracts or grants, or enter into transactions other than contracts, to encourage microelectronics research in support of artificial intelligence.

Sponsor: Rep. Krishnamoorthi, Raja [D-IL-8] (Introduced 11/17/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Intelligence (Permanent Select)

Latest Action: House – 11/17/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select).

Energy/Environment

H.R.8759 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To approve certain advanced biofuel registrations, to require the consideration of certain advanced biofuel pathways, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Bustos, Cheri [D-IL-17] (Introduced 11/17/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 11/17/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Financial Services

H.R.8761 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To reduce premiums under the National Flood Insurance Program for certain properties, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Gianforte, Greg [R-MT-At Large] (Introduced 11/17/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 11/17/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.8760 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To require the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Securities and Exchange Commission to issue an annual report to the Congress projecting and accounting for the economic costs directly and indirectly caused by the impacts of climate change, and to require the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board to establish a Federal Advisory Panel on the Economics of Climate Change, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5] (Introduced 11/17/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Financial Services; Oversight and Reform

Latest Action: House – 11/17/2020 Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services.

S.4903 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to encourage entrepreneurship by providing loan deferment and loan cancellation for founders and employees of small business startups, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH] (Introduced 11/17/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 11/17/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Health

H.R.8767 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, to award grants to States, territories, political subdivisions of States and territories, Tribal governments, and consortia of Tribal governments to establish an unarmed 911 response program, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Adam [D-WA-9] (Introduced 11/17/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 11/17/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.8756 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure adequate payment for certain physicians’ services furnished under part B of the Medicare program during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Sponsor: Rep. Riggleman, Denver [R-VA-5] (Introduced 11/17/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 11/17/2020 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.