Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider 8 bills under suspension of the Rules. The Senate will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.6395, National Defense Authorization Act. 


THE HOUSE      

Yesterday  

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

1) H.R. 8900 – Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021, and Other Extensions Act – PASSED 343 – 67


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 – PASSED BY VOICE

3) H.R. 3361 – RIVER Act – PASSED BY VOICE

4) H.R. 5541 – Tribal Power Act, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE

5) H.R. 1426 – Timely Review of Infrastructure Act – PASSED BY VOICE

6) H.R. 5758 – Ceiling Fan Improvement Act of 2020 – PASSED 396 – 2


7) H.R. 3797 – Medical Marijuana Research Act, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE

8) H.R. 1570 – Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2020, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE

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 – PASSED BY VOICE

10) H.R. 1966 – Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act of 2019, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE  

Today   

On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Last votes expected: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

  1. S. 906 – Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act (Sen. Feinstein – Natural Resources)
  2. H.R. 970 – Robert E. Lee Statue Removal Act, as amended (Rep. Brown – Natural Resources)
  3. H.R. 1240 – Young Fishermen’s Development Act, as amended (Rep. Young – Natural Resources)
  4. H.R. 5040 – AIR Safety Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Curtis – Natural Resources)
  5. H.R. 5458 – Rocky Mountain National Park Boundary Modification Act (Rep. Neguse – Natural Resources)
  6. H.R. 5459 – Rocky Mountain National Park Ownership Correction Act (Rep. Neguse – Natural Resources) 
  7. H.R. 7098 – Saguaro National Park Boundary Expansion and Study Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Grijalva – Natural Resources)
  8. H.R. 7489 – Long Bridge Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Wittman – Natural Resources)

THE SENATE      

Yesterday 

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; confirmed: 49-47.

2.     Confirmation of Executive Calendar #913, Shana Broussard, of Louisiana, to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission; confirmed: 92-4.

3.     Confirmation of Executive Calendar #914, Sean Cooksey, of Missouri, to  be a Member of the Federal Election Commission; confirmed: 50-46.

4.     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); not agreed to: 46-50.

5.     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); not agreed to: 47-49.

Legislative Business

Passed S.3451, with Scott (SC) substitute amendment: FASTER Act.

Passed H.R.7105, with Moran-Tester substitute amendment: Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020.

Passed Calendar #511, S.3418 with Peters substitute amendment: STORM Act.

Passed S.2315: Whistleblower Act.

Passed S.4996: Bankruptcy Administration Improvement Act.


Today   
The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, December 10, 2020.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.6395, National Defense Authorization Act.

As a reminder, during Wednesday’s session of the Senate Senator McConnell filed cloture on the conference report to accompany H.R.6395, NDAA. The cloture vote would occur 1 hour after the Senate convenes on Friday, December 11th unless an agreement is reached.

We also expect to deal with the CR before the end of the week.

Senators will be notified when votes are expected.

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Commerce

The Logistics of Transporting a COVID-19 Vaccine

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Combatting the Opioid Crisis: Oversight of the Implementation of the STOP Act


LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Energy/Environment

H.R.8928 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To direct the Consumer Product Safety Commission to require portable generators to meet certain standards relating to carbon monoxide, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1] (Introduced 12/09/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/09/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.8915 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to provide for the consideration of climate change, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5] (Introduced 12/09/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Transportation and Infrastructure

Latest Action: House – 12/09/2020 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.8910 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To require a study of the barriers to conservation practice adoption on leased agricultural land, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26] (Introduced 12/09/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Agriculture

Latest Action: House – 12/09/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.8909 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To require the Natural Resources Conservation Service to review the national conservation practice standards, taking into consideration climate benefits, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26] (Introduced 12/09/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Agriculture

Latest Action: House – 12/09/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

S.4985 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to establish forestry policies that facilitate reforestation, conservation, international cooperation, and other ecologically sound management practices that reduce atmospheric carbon, to support United States efforts in partnership with the One Trillion Trees Initiative, to encourage the sustainable management, restoration, and conservation of global forests, grasslands, wetlands, and coastal habitats, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Braun, Mike [R-IN] (Introduced 12/09/2020) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Latest Action: Senate – 12/09/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

Financial Services

H.R.8914 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to permit certain non-designated clearinghouses access to a deposit account at a Federal reserve bank, to apply certain risk management standards to non-designated clearinghouses receiving certain services from a Federal reserve bank, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5] (Introduced 12/09/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 12/09/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.4996 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to ensure funding of the United States trustees, extend temporary bankruptcy judgeships, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC] (Introduced 12/09/2020) Cosponsors: (5)

Latest Action: Senate – 12/09/2020 Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

S.4995 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Commodity Exchange Act to modify the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Customer Protection Fund, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 12/09/2020) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Latest Action: Senate – 12/09/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

S.4986 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to prevent an unintended drop in Social Security benefits due to COVID-19 and the application of the National Average Wage Index, and improve Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits on an emergency basis.

Sponsor: Sen. Hirono, Mazie K. [D-HI] (Introduced 12/09/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 12/09/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.8904 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Higher Education of 1965 to establish the Federal Perkins ARC loan program, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2] (Introduced 12/08/2020) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: House – Education and Labor

Latest Action: House – 12/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

H.R.8902 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title 11, United States Code, to add a bankruptcy chapter relating to the debt of individuals, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10] (Introduced 12/08/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Financial Services; Judiciary

Latest Action: House – 12/08/2020 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services.

S.4976 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Trade Act of 1974 to reform the Generalized System of Preferences to better protect United States workers.

Sponsor: Sen. Hawley, Josh [R-MO] (Introduced 12/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 12/08/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Health

H.R.8921 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to reimburse qualified health care providers for the costs of purchasing, leasing, installing, and operating qualified equipment for cold storage of COVID-19 vaccines.

Sponsor: Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13] (Introduced 12/09/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/09/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.8920 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To establish a program to develop antimicrobial innovations targeting the most challenging pathogens and most threatening infections.

Sponsor: Rep. Doyle, Michael F. [D-PA-18] (Introduced 12/09/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Armed Services; Homeland Security; Energy and Commerce; Natural Resources; Judiciary; Veterans’ Affairs; Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 12/09/2020 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Veterans’ Affairs, Armed Services, the Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Natural Resources.

H.R.8918 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Public Health Service Act to promote healthy eating and physical activity among children.

Sponsor: Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9] (Introduced 12/09/2020) Cosponsors: (4)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/09/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.8906 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend title XXIX of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the program under such title relating to lifespan respite care.

Sponsor: Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2] (Introduced 12/09/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/09/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.4993 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to promote healthy eating and physical activity among children.

Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 12/09/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 12/09/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.4989 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to facilitate nationwide accessibility and coordination of 211 services for information and referral for mental health emergencies, homelessness needs, other human services needs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] (Introduced 12/09/2020) Cosponsors: (7)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 12/09/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.8905 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to reduce the threat of counterfeit drugs to the pharmaceutical supply chain, and to make the pharmaceutical supply chain more robust, while ensuring the authenticity, content, purity, and manufacturing location and batch number of drugs (including COVID-19 therapeutics and vaccines) and allowing patient verification of authenticity, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Van Drew, Jefferson [R-NJ-2] (Introduced 12/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.8898 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To require the submission of a report to the Congress on parasitic disease among poor Americans.

Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4] (Introduced 12/08/2020) Cosponsors: (11)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.8894 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To repeal the authority of the Food and Drug Administration to require that drugs be dispensed only upon prescription, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5] (Introduced 12/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.4980 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to support research and programmatic efforts that will build on previous research on the effects of adverse childhood experiences.

Sponsor: Sen. King, Angus S., Jr. [I-ME] (Introduced 12/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 12/08/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Tax

H.R.8930 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow 10-year straight line depreciation for energy efficient qualified improvement property, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Schneider, Bradley Scott [D-IL-10] (Introduced 12/09/2020) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 12/09/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.8893 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide supplementary 2020 recovery rebates to eligible individuals.

Sponsor: Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1] (Introduced 12/08/2020) Cosponsors: (17)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 12/08/2020 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.4974 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a refundable tax credit for the installation of energy efficient air source heat pumps.

Sponsor: Sen. King, Angus S., Jr. [I-ME] (Introduced 12/08/2020) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 12/08/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Transportation

H.R.8926 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend chapter 261 of title 49, United States Code, to provide for high-speed rail corridor development, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6] (Introduced 12/09/2020) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure; Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 12/09/2020 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.

S.4982 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to provide incentives for the production of semiconductors for the United States, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] (Introduced 12/08/2020) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Latest Action: Senate – 12/08/2020 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.