Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider 13 bills under suspension of the Rules. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #911, Nathan A. Simington, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission. 


THE HOUSE      

Yesterday  

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

1) H.Res. 1100 – A resolution reaffirming the importance of the strategic partnership between the United States and Mongolia, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE

2) H.Res. 512 – Calling for the global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws, as amended – PASSED 386 – 3 – 1

3) H.Res. 823 – Condemning the Government of Iran’s state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE

4) H.Res. 189 – A resolution supporting sustained United States leadership to accelerating global progress against maternal and child malnutrition and supporting United States Agency for International Development’s commitment to global nutrition through its multi-sectoral nutrition strategy, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE

5) H.R. 8428 – Hong Kong People’s Freedom and Choice Act of 2020, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE

6) S. 461 – HBCU PARTNERS Act, as amended – PASSED 388 – 6

7) S. 1153 – Stop Student Debt Relief Scams Act of 2019 – PASSED BY VOICE

Today   

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

“One Minutes” (15 per side)

Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 6395 – William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (Rep. Smith (WA) – Armed Services) 

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

  1. S. 1811 – Water Resources Development Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. DeFazio – Transportation and Infrastructure) 
  2. S. 1014 – Route 66 Centennial Commission Act (Sen. Duckworth – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  3. S. 4902 – To designate the United States courthouse located at 351 South West Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, as the “Orrin G. Hatch United States Courthouse” (Sen. Lee – Transportation and Infrastructure)
  4. S. 578 – ALS Disability Insurance Access Act of 2019 (Sen. Whitehouse – Ways and Means)
  5. H.R. 1375 – PAID Act, as amended (Rep. Kind – Ways and Means)
  6. H.R. 2477 – BENES Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Ruiz – Ways and Means)
  7. H.R. 8161 – The One Stop Shop Community Reentry Program Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Bass – Judiciary)
  8. S. 2258 – Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2019 (Sen. Grassley – Judiciary)
  9. H.R. 683 – PPRADA (Rep. Velazquez – Judiciary)
  10. S. 134 – Combat Online Predators Act (Sen. Toomey – Judiciary)
  11. H.R. 8354 – Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Escobar – Judiciary)
  12. H.R. 8235 – Open Courts Act of 2020 (Rep. Johnson (GA) – Judiciary)
  13. S. 3989 – United States Semiquincentennial Commission Amendments Act of 2020, as amended (Sen. Toomey – Oversight and Reform)

THE SENATE      

Yesterday 

Roll Call Votes

1.     Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #649, Stephen Sidney Schwartz, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims; invoked: 48-46.

Legislative Business

Passed Calendar #502, H.R.4761: DHS Opioid Detection Resilience Act.

Passed Calendar #530, H.R.5273: Securing America’s Ports Act.

Passed H.R.1503, with Alexander substitute amendment: Orange Book Transparency Act of 2019.

Adopted S.Res.795: relating to the death of the Honorable Roger William Jepsen, former United States Senator for the State of Iowa.


Today   
The Senate stands adjourned under the provisions of S.Res.795 until 10:00am on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #911, Nathan A. Simington, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission.

At approximately 11:00am, Senator Udall will deliver his farewell address.

At 12:00 Noon, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Simington nomination.

Following that vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm. At 2:15pm, Senator Gardner will deliver his farewell address.

At 4:00pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Schwartz and Simington nominations.

Cloture has been filed on the following nominations:

1.     Executive Calendar #649, Stephen Sidney Schwartz, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims (cloture invoked on Monday, 12/7)

2.     Executive Calendar #911, Nathan A. Simington, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission.

3.     Executive Calendar #912, Allen Dickerson, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission;

4.     Executive Calendar #913, Shana Broussard, of Louisiana, to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission; and

5.     Executive Calendar #914, Sean Cooksey, of Missouri, to  be a Member of the Federal Election Commission.

Tuesday, December 8th at 12:00 Noon – 1 roll call vote:

1.     Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #911, Nathan A. Simington, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission.

Tuesday, December 8th at 4:00pm – 2 roll call votes:

1.     Confirmation of Executive Calendar #649, Stephen Sidney Schwartz, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal

2.     Confirmation of Executive Calendar #911, Nathan A. Simington, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission.

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Early Outpatient Treatment: An Essential Part of a COVID-19 Solution, Part II

Milken Institute: Future of Health 2020

21st Century Cures 2.0 | A Conversation with US Representatives Diana DeGette, Colorado and Fred Upton, Michigan

White House

Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit


LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Tax

S.4970 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the renewable electricity production credit to include electricity produced from hydrogen.

Sponsor: Sen. Young, Todd [R-IN] (Introduced 12/07/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Latest Action: Senate – 12/07/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.4967 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the CARES Act to extend the excise tax holiday period for aviation taxes.

Sponsor: Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO] (Introduced 12/07/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Latest Action: Senate – 12/07/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.4966 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a 5-year extension of the carbon oxide sequestration credit, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] (Introduced 12/07/2020) Cosponsors: (6)

Latest Action: Senate – 12/07/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.