Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will begin consideration of H.R. 8294 – National Apprenticeship Act of 2020. The Senate is not in session.   


THE HOUSE      

Yesterday  


Suspension of the Rules:
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 – PASSED BY VOICE

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 – PASSED BY VOICE

3) H.R. 6334 – Securing America from Epidemics Act, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE

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 – PASSED BY VOICE

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 – PASSED BY VOICE

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 – PASSED BY VOICE

7) H.R. 4644 – Libya Stabilization Act, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE

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 – PASSED BY VOICE

9) H.R. 7990 – FENTANYL Results Act, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE

10) H.R. 7276 – Desert Locust Control Act, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE

11) H.R. 5586 – Haiti Development, Accountability, and Institutional Transparency Initiative Act, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE

12) H.R. 7703 – Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Authorization Act, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE

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 – PASSED BY VOICE

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 – PASSED BY VOICE

15) H.R. 8259 – To prohibit Russian participation in the G7, and for other purposes, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE

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 – PASSED BY VOICE

17) H.R. 4636 – PLASTICS Act, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE

18) H.R. 8405 – American Values and Security in International Athletics Act – PASSED BY VOICE

19) H.R. 8438 – Belarus Democracy, Human Rights, and Sovereignty Act of 2020, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE

20) H.R. 5408 – Ukraine Religious Freedom Support Act, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE

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 – PASSED BY VOICE

22) H.R. 7954 – Tropical Forest and Coral Reef Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2020 – PASSED BY VOICE

Motion to Close Portions of Conference – National Defense Authorization Act – ADOPTED 396 – 8

Today   

On Monday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

“One Minutes” (15 per side)

Begin Consideration of H.R. 8294 – National Apprenticeship Act of 2020 (Rep. Davis (CA) – Education and Labor) (Subject to a Rule)

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

The Rule makes in order the following amendments and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc: 

Beyer Amendment

Brown Amendment

Cardenas Amendment

Castro Amendment

Crow Amendment

Horsford Amendment

Kilmer/Fitzpatrick Amendment

Lamb/Taylor (TX) Amendment

Levin (MI) Amendment

Meng Amendment

Moore Amendment

Pappas Amendment

Ryan (OH) Amendment

Smith (WA) Amendment

Smucker Amendment

Stefanik Amendment

Titus/Bilirakis Amendment

THE SENATE      

Yesterday 

Roll Call Votes

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; invoked: 49-44.

2.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #566, Stephen A. Vaden, of Tennessee, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade; confirmed: 49-43.

3.       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; invoked: 49-43.

4.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #894, Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida; 49-41.

Legislative Business

Passed Calendar #418, S.512, Seniors Fraud Prevention Act of 2019

Passed Calendar #580, S.2904, IOGAN Act

Passed the following Postal naming bills:

Calendar #441, S.2847

Calendar #443, S.3257

Calendar #445, H.R.1833

Calendar #446, H.R.3207

Calendar #447, H.R.3317

Calendar #448, H.R.3329

Calendar #449, H.R.4794

Calendar #450, H.R.4981

Calendar #451, H.R.5037

Calendar #494, S.3461

Calendar #495, S.3462

Calendar #496, S.3839

Calendar #497, S.4126

Calendar #532, H.R.4734

Calendar #534, H.R.5384

Adopted S.Res.779, Native American Heritage Month

Executive Business

Confirmed the following nominations:

Executive Calendar #369, Michelle A Schultz, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board

Executive Calendar #856, Robert E. Primus, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board

COAST GUARD

Executive Calendar #908, the following to be Rear Admiral:

Brendan C. McPherson

Douglas M. Schofield

Andrew M. Sugimoto

Richard V. Timme

Todd C. Wiemers

And all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Coast Guard.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Executive Calendar #801, Lisa S. Kenna, of Vermont, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Peru.

Executive Calendar #877, Thomas Laszlo Vajda, of Arizona, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Union of Burma.

Executive Calendar #879, Melanie Harris Higgins, of Georgia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Burundi.

Executive Calendar #880, Jeanne Marie Maloney, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class

of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Eswatini.

Executive Calendar #882, James Broward Story, of South Carolina, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Executive Calendar #884, Michael A. McCarthy, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Liberia.

FOREIGN SERVICE

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Today   
The Senate is not in session. 


HEARINGS COVERED

House Financial Services

Insuring against a Pandemic: Challenges and Solutions for Policyholders and Insurers

Council of the Americas

COA Symposium: A Sustainable and Resilient Private Sector in Latin America


LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Cybersecurity

H.R.8779 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015 to require Federal agencies to obtain exemptions from certain cybersecurity requirements in order to avoid compliance with those requirements, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Underwood, Lauren [D-IL-14] (Introduced 11/18/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Oversight and Reform

Latest Action: House – 11/18/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

S.4920 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to improve the cybersecurity of small organizations with respect to teleworking, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV] (Introduced 11/18/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 11/18/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

S.4912 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015 to require Federal agencies to obtain exemptions from certain cybersecurity requirements in order to avoid compliance with those requirements, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] (Introduced 11/18/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 11/18/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Energy/Environment

H.R.8775 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To require the Secretary of the Interior to take certain measures with respect to protecting the Salton Sea, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Ruiz, Raul [D-CA-36] (Introduced 11/18/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Natural Resources

Latest Action: House – 11/18/2020 Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.8771 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the National Trails System Act to designate the Chisholm National Historic Trail and the Western National Historic Trail, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Estes, Ron [R-KS-4] (Introduced 11/18/2020) Cosponsors: (5)

Committees: House – Natural Resources

Latest Action: House – 11/18/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

S.4905 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the National Trails System Act to designate the Chisholm National Historic Trail and the Western National Historic Trail, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS] (Introduced 11/18/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources

Latest Action: Senate – 11/18/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Financial Services

H.R.8778 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to authorize use of amounts under the Troubled Assets Relief Program to be used for activities under the Emergency Solutions Grant Program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development or the Hardest Hit Fund Program of the Department of the Treasury, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Torres, Norma J. [D-CA-35] (Introduced 11/18/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 11/18/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health

H.R.8780 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for additional requirements with respect to electrodiagnostic services under the Medicare program.

Sponsor: Rep. Walden, Greg [R-OR-2] (Introduced 11/18/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 11/18/2020 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.

S.4919 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to provide for a study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on the potential benefits on population health outcomes of incorporating into the Federal legislative process tools that measure the impacts of proposed legislation (including in areas outside of health care) on health and health disparities, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] (Introduced 11/18/2020) Cosponsors: (6)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 11/18/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.4917 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the CARES Act to support States and local educational agencies in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic so that all students, especially historically underserved students, are provided with a safe, healthy, equitable, and excellent education.

Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 11/18/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 11/18/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.4909 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to prohibit the collection of a health care copayment by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from a veteran who is a member of an Indian Tribe.

Sponsor: Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT] (Introduced 11/18/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Veterans’ Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 11/18/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Tax

H.R.8773 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to provide for permanent duty-free treatment on imports of basketballs.

Sponsor: Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2] (Introduced 11/18/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 11/18/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.4921 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a deduction for traveling expenses for Federal disaster relief workers away from home for more than 1 year.

Sponsor: Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH] (Introduced 11/18/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 11/18/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.4911 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the exclusion for compensation for injuries or sickness to encompass posttraumatic stress disorder, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] (Introduced 11/18/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 11/18/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.4908 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a tax credit for taxpayers who remove lead-based hazards.

Sponsor: Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI] (Introduced 11/18/2020) Cosponsors: (7)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 11/18/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Transportation

H.R.8769 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To support the sustainable aviation fuel market, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26] (Introduced 11/18/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Armed Services; Energy and Commerce; Transportation and Infrastructure; Science, Space, and Technology; Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 11/18/2020 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Armed Services, Science, Space, and Technology, and Ways and Means.

S.4913 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to require the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Highway Administration to provide recommendations for reducing the number of very rural highway-rail grade crossing collisions, to authorize a public outreach and educational program to reduce such collisions, and to authorize grants to improve grade crossing safety.

Sponsor: Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT] (Introduced 11/18/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Latest Action: Senate – 11/18/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.4906 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to establish a portal and database to receive and maintain information regarding blocked railroad-highway grade crossings and to require the Secretary of Transportation to evaluate the requirements of the railway-highway crossings program.

Sponsor: Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE] (Introduced 11/18/2020) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Latest Action: Senate – 11/18/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.