Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House is not in session. The Senate will convene at noon and be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.   


THE HOUSE      

Yesterday  

Adoption of H. Res. 1271 – The rule providing for consideration of the Senate Amendment to H.R. 133 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 – ADOPTED 227 – 180

Passage of House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 133 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 – Division 1 – ADOPTED 327 – 85

Passage of House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 133 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 – Division 2 – ADOPTED 359 – 53

Today   

The House is not in session.

THE SENATE      

Yesterday 

Roll Call Votes

1.      Motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on Executive Calendar #904, Eric J. Soskin, of Virginia, to be Inspector General, Department of Transportation; agreed to: 48-46.

2.      Motion to reconsider the vote upon which cloture was not invoked on the Soskin nomination; agreed to: 48-46.

3.      Motion to invoke cloture on Eric J. Soskin, to be Inspector General, Department of Transportation, upon reconsideration; invoked: 48-44.

4.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #904, Eric J. Soskin, of Virginia, to be Inspector General, Department of Transportation; confirmed: 48-47.

5.      Motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R.133, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021; agreed to: 92-6.

Legislative Business

Adopted S.Res.625 with Scott (FL) amendments: encouraging the Government and the people of the United States to “Buy American”.

Passed S.371 with Fischer substitute amendment: BUILD Act.

Passed S.2429 with Rubio amendment: Restoring Resilient Reefs Act of 2019.

Passed H.R.3250: Julius Rosenwald and the Rosenwald Schools Act of 2020.

Passed H.R.5472: Jimmy Carter National Historical Park Redesignation Act.

Passed H.R.5126: DESCEND Act of 2020.

Agreed to the message to accompany H.R.1520 (7-Day CR).

Agreed to H.Con.Res.127: to correct the enrollment of H.R.133 (title).

Agreed to H.Con.Res.128: to correct the enrollment of H.R.1520 (title).

Adopted S.Res.774: honoring the United Nations World Food Programme on the occasion of being awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, with amendments.

Adopted S.Res.682: recognizing the devastating explosion that rocked the Port of Beirut on August 4, 2020, and expressing solidarity with the Lebanese people.

Passed Calendar #510, H.R.3153 with Wicker substitute amendment: EFFORT Act.

Passed Calendar #432, H.R.1492: to update the map of, and modify the maximum acreage available for inclusion in, the Yucca House National Monument.

Passed H.R.2502: Transparency in Federal Buildings Projects Act of 2019

Passed H.R.1418: to restore the application of the Federal antitrust laws to the business of health insurance to protect competition and consumers.

Executive Business

Confirmed the following nominations:

PN1938 – C. Kevin Blackstone, 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 Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.

PN2024 – Cynthia Kierscht, of Minnesota, 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 Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

PN2101 – Brian D. McFeeters, 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 Malaysia.

PN2030 – David Reimer, of Ohio, 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 Sierra Leone.

PN2025 – Geeta Pasi, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.


Today   
When the Senate adjourns on Monday, it will next convene at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, December 29th.

On Tuesday, December 29th, following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each. Roll call votes are possible on Tuesday.