Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider 10 bills under suspension of the Rules. The Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #912, Allen Dickerson, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission. 


THE HOUSE       

Yesterday   

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS 

Adoption of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 6395 – William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 – ADOPTED 335 – 78 – 1 

Suspension of the Rules: 

1) S. 1811 – Water Resources Development Act of 2020, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE 

2) S. 1014 – Route 66 Centennial Commission Act – PASSED BY VOICE 

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” – PASSED BY VOICE 

4) S. 578 – ALS Disability Insurance Access Act of 2019 – PASSED BY VOICE 

5) H.R. 1375 – PAID Act, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE 

6) H.R. 2477 – BENES Act of 2020, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE 

7) H.R. 8161 – The One Stop Shop Community Reentry Program Act of 2020, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE 

8) S. 2258 – Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2019 – PASSED BY VOICE 

9) H.R. 683 – PPRADA – PASSED BY VOICE 

10) S. 134 – Combat Online Predators Act – PASSED BY VOICE 

11) H.R. 8354 – Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative Act of 2020, as amended – PASSED 400 – 1 

12) H.R. 8235 – Open Courts Act of 2020 – PASSED BY VOICE 

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: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules: 

  1. H.R. 8900 – Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021, and Other Extensions Act (Rep. Lowey – Appropriations) 
  2. H.Res. 549 – Reaffirming the commitment to media diversity and pledging to work with media entities and diverse stakeholders to develop common ground solutions to eliminate barriers to media diversity (Rep. Demings – Energy and Commerce) 
  3. H.R. 3361 – RIVER Act (Rep. McKinley – Energy and Commerce) 
  4. H.R. 5541 – Tribal Power Act, as amended (Rep. O’Halleran – Energy and Commerce) 
  5. H.R. 1426 – Timely Review of Infrastructure Act (Rep. Olson – Energy and Commerce) 
  6. H.R. 5758 – Ceiling Fan Improvement Act of 2020 (Rep. Guthrie – Energy and Commerce) 
  7. H.R. 3797 – Medical Marijuana Research Act, as amended (Rep. Blumenauer – Energy and Commerce) 
  8. H.R. 1570 – Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Payne – Energy and Commerce) 
  9. H.R. 7898 – To amend title XXX of the Public Health Services Act to provide for a technical correction to provide the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Service certain authorities with respect to investigations of information blocking, and for other purposes, as amended (Rep. Burgess – Energy and Commerce) 
  10. H.R. 1966 – Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Mfume – Energy and Commerce) 

THE SENATE       

Yesterday  

Roll Call Votes 

1.     Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #911, Nathan A. Simington, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission; invoked: 49-47. 

2.     Confirmation of Executive Calendar #649, Stephen Sidney Schwartz, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims; confirmed: 49-47. 

3.     Confirmation of Executive Calendar #911, Nathan A. Simington, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission; confirmed: 49-46. 

Legislative Business 

Adopted S.Res.797: Honoring the life and achievements of former United States Senator Paul Spyros Sarbanes and expressing condolences to the family of Paul Spyros Sarbanes on his passing. 

Concurred in the House amendment to S.1869: Secure Federal LEASEs Act. 

Agreed to S.Con.Res.51: to correct the enrollment of S.1869

Passed Calendar #587, S.3729: Motor Carrier Safety Grant Relief Act of 2020. 

Passed Calendar #569, S.4138: Telework for U.S. Innovation Act. 

Passed S.4460: State Veterans Homes Domiciliary Care Flexibility Act. 

Passed H.R.5663: Safeguarding Therapeutics Act, with Alexander amendment. 

Passed S.3325: PARENTS Act. 

Agreed to the request that there be printed as a Senate document a compilation of materials from the Congressional Record in tribute to retiring Members of the 116th Congress, and that Members have until Friday, December 18th, to submit such tributes. 


Today   
The Senate stands adjourned under the provisions of S.Res.797 until 10:00am on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. 

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #912, Allen Dickerson, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission. 

During Tuesday’s session of the Senate, the cloture motions with respect to Executive Calendar #912, #913, and #914 were withdrawn. At 11:00am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the following nominations, in the order listed: 

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

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

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

Following disposition of the Cooksey nomination, Senator Menendez, or his designee, will be recognized to make motions to discharge S.J.Res.77 and S.J.Res.78; if either motion is made, there will be 4 hours of debate concurrently on the motions, equally divided between the proponents and opponents of the Joint Resolutions, with Senator Menendez controlling 15 minutes of proponent time immediately prior to the first vote. Upon the use or yielding back of that time, the Senate will vote on the motions to discharge S.J.Res.77 and S.J.Res.78, in the order listed. 

Wednesday, December 9th at 11:00am – 3 roll call votes: 

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 9th upon the use or yielding back of up to 4 hours of debate time – at least 2 roll call votes: 

1.     Motion to discharge S.J.Res.77: providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed foreign military sale to the United Arab Emirates of certain defense articles and services (remotely piloted aircraft) 

2.     Motion to discharge S.J.Res.78: providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed foreign military sale to the United Arab Emirates of certain defense articles and services (F-35) 

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Finance 

Investigating Challenges to American Retirement Security 

House Oversight and Reform 

Pipelines Over People: How FERC Tramples Landowner Rights in Natural Gas Projects 

SEC 

Open Meeting 

Milken Institute: Future of Health 2020 

The Future for Antibiotics | A Conversation with US Senators Michael Bennet, Colorado and Todd Young, Indiana 

Milken Institute: Future of Health 2020 

How Operation Warp Speed Happened | Remarks and Conversation with HHS Secretary Alex Azar 

The Hill 

From Platform to Policy: 2021 Health Care Agenda