Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet in a Pro Forma session. The Senate will consider Executive Calendar #6, Denis Richard McDonough, of Maryland, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs.


THE HOUSE      

Friday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 101 – Providing for the adoption of the concurrent resolution (S. Con. Res. 5) setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2021 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2022 through 2030 – PASSED 220 – 210

Adoption of H.Res. 101 – Providing for the adoption of the concurrent resolution (S. Con. Res. 5) setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2021 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2022 through 2030 – ADOPTED 219 – 209

En Bloc #1

Blunt Rochester (D-DE) – Amendment No. 1 – Includes “ethnicity” as a “non-traditional apprenticeship population,” expands outreach to Title I schools for apprenticeship opportunities, expands coordination with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs to promote awareness of related apprenticeship opportunities, and improves website accessibility

Brown (D-MD) – Amendment No. 2 – Clarifies the requirement in the State plan for describing apprenticeship opportunities in nontraditional apprenticeship industries or occupations

Bush, Cori (D-MO), Bowman (D-NY), Pressley (D-MA) – Amendment No. 3 – Includes child care as a transitional assistance program for formerly incarcerated people entering the workforce through apprenticeship programs

Castro (D-TX) – Amendment No. 4 – Adds “media and entertainment” to the list of eligible programs for nontraditional apprenticeship industries or occupations

Crow (D-CO), Clark, Katherine (D-MA) – Amendment No. 5 – Includes education and early childhood education occupations in the expansion of programs under the national apprenticeship system and ensures that individuals in these programs can access apprenticeship funds

Escobar (D-TX) – Amendment No. 6 – Adds Job Corps to the list of Education and Training Providers, which allows Job Corps to qualify for apprenticeship grants or contracts that would support alignment between the national apprenticeship system and Job Corps and encourages the consideration of Job Corps as an education and training partner as apprenticeships are being developed. Also allows apprentices, pre-apprentices, or youth apprentices to use emergency grant funding, provided by the program they are participating in, to obtain internet access

Higgins, Brian (D-NY) – Amendment No. 9 – Ensures that the technical assistance provided to grant recipients includes facilitating a forum for sharing best practices to improve overall outcomes and meet grant requirements

Lawrence (D-MI) – Amendment No. 13 – Clarifies that intermediary grants can be used for national industry intermediaries, equity intermediaries, or local or regional intermediaries – PASSED 243 – 178

En Bloc #2

Meng (D-NY), Strickland (D-WA), Morelle (D-NY) – Amendment No. 14 – Includes user-friendly formats and languages that are easily accessible in efforts to promote youth apprenticeships and greater diversity in the national apprenticeship system. Includes the FCC under the Ex Officio nonvoting members section of the National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships

Moore (D-WI), Strickland (D-WA), Morelle (D-NY) – Amendment No. 15 – Strengthens efforts to ensure that low-income individuals and others with barriers to employment are able to participate in apprenticeships, including in fields where such groups are underrepresented

OcasioCortez (D-NY), Bush, Cori (D-MO), Tlaib (D-MI), Barragán (D-CA), Pressley (D-MA) – Amendment No. 16 – Includes “renewable energy” to energy occupations listed under eligible programs for nontraditional apprenticeship industries or occupations

Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) – Amendment No. 18 – Expands apprenticeship and grant access for minority, veteran, and women-owned businesses

Ross, Deborah (D-NC) – Amendment No. 19 – Increases support to State apprenticeship agencies to establish or expand apprenticeship hubs, and workforce development organizations that support nontraditional populations and dislocated workers

Smith, Adam (D-WA), Langevin (D-RI) – Amendment No. 21 – Allows pre-apprenticeship programs that receive grant funding under Title II to use funds to provide stipends to pre-apprentices for costs incurred during the pre-apprenticeship program such as housing, transportation, childcare, and other out-of-pocket expenses

Strickland (D-WA) – Amendment No. 23 – Requires the Office of Apprenticeship to disseminate best practices to recruit nontraditional apprenticeship populations, women, minorities, long-term unemployed, individuals with a disability, individuals recovering from substance abuse disorders, veterans, military spouses, individuals experiencing homelessness, individuals impacted by the criminal or juvenile justice system, and foster and former foster youth

Torres, Ritchie (D-NY) – Amendment No. 25 – Ensures that grants are awarded to encourage employer participation in apprenticeship programs that target individuals with language barriers (English language learners) – ADOPTED BY VOICE

En Bloc #3

Feenstra (R-IA) – Amendment No. 7 – Includes the Department of Justice as an agency that the Office of Apprenticeship shall cooperate with in order to provide technical assistance in aligning the national apprenticeship system with mentorship programs in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Golden (D-ME), Herrera Beutler (R-WA) – Amendment No. 8 – Adds “agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting” to the list of eligible programs for nontraditional apprenticeship industries or occupations

Kilmer (D-WA), Fitzpatrick (R-PA) – Amendment No. 11 – Adds “computer science” to the list of eligible programs for nontraditional apprenticeship industries or occupations

Lamb (D-PA), Taylor (R-TX), Adams (D-NC) – Amendment No. 12 – Incorporates veterans into the underlying bill by: adding veterans service organizations (VSOs) to the list of partner organizations involved in the national apprenticeship system; adding VSOs to the entities that should be contacted for promoting and raising awareness about apprenticeship opportunities, and adding veteran status as one of the demographic identifiers for reporting on apprenticeships

Pappas (D-NH), Stevens (D-MI), Torres, Norma (D-CA) – Amendment No. 17 – Allows for demonstration projects to provide for innovation in the national apprenticeship system, including activities responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency

Slotkin (D-MI), Meijer (R-MI), Katko (R-NY) – Amendment No. 20 – Adds “Environmental Protection and Conservation” to the category of Green Jobs under nontraditional apprenticeship industries or occupations. Adds eligible expenses for apprenticeships grants, including equipment, instructional materials, etc

Titus (D-NV), Bilirakis (R-FL), Brown (D-MD), Case (D-HI), Lee, Susie (D-NV), Murphy, Stephanie (D-FL), Peters (D-CA), Sablan (D-MP), Welch (D-VT), Horsford (D-NV) – Amendment No. 24 – Adds “hospitality and tourism” to the list of eligible programs for nontraditional apprenticeship industries or occupations

Trone (D-MD) – Amendment No. 26 – Directs the Office of Apprenticeship to coordinate with the Attorney General and Bureau of Prisons to support the establishment and expansion of pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs in all Federal correctional institutions, to offer technical assistance for State prison systems and employers seeking to operate or improve corrections-based pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship programs, and to support the successful transition of individuals in correctional institutions to pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship programs upon exiting from correctional settings – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Hill, French (R-AR) – Amendment No. 10 – Changes the Title II funding partnership requirements to the extent practical to partner with an industry or with a labor or joint labor management organization – REJECTED 186 – 236

Stefanik (R-NY) – Amendment No. 22 – Provides authority for additional programs of work-based learning, strikes the establishment of the National Advisory Committee and interagency agreement, and provides additional flexibility for the state plan process – REJECTED 175 – 245

Passage of H.R. 447 – Apprenticeship Act of 2021 – PASSED 247 – 173

Today   

The House will meet in a Pro Forma session at 2:00 p.m.

THE SENATE      

Friday

The Senate was not in session.


Today   
The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, February 8, 2021.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #6, Denis Richard McDonough, of Maryland, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation on the McDonough nomination.

Monday, February 8 at 5:30pm – roll call vote:

1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #6, Denis Richard McDonough, of Maryland, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Energy/Environment

H.R.866 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to vest in the Secretary of the Interior functions under that Act with respect to species of fish that spawn in fresh or estuarine waters and migrate to ocean waters, and species of fish that spawn in ocean waters and migrate to fresh waters.

Sponsor: Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-42] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (5)

Committees: House – Natural Resources

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.862 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To authorize the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to award grants to eligible entities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at ports, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Blunt Rochester, Lisa [D-DE-At Large] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (5)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.861 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986 to require an emergency notification meeting in the event of the release of an extremely hazardous substance from a facility, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Blunt Rochester, Lisa [D-DE-At Large] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (6)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.859 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To prohibit the President from issuing moratoria on leasing and permitting energy and minerals on certain Federal land, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Boebert, Lauren [R-CO-3] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (22)

Committees: House – Natural Resources; Agriculture; Oversight and Reform; Transportation and Infrastructure; Energy and Commerce; Foreign Affairs; Financial Services; Intelligence (Permanent Select); Armed Services

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, Oversight and Reform, Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Commerce, Foreign Affairs, Financial Services, Intelligence (Permanent Select), and Armed Services.

Financial Services

H.R.890 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To require the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to establish a grant program for certain fitness facilities, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (5)

Committees: House – Small Business

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

Health

H.R.900 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize a program of death and hospitalization benefits for essential workers who die as a result of COVID-19 or related complications, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (19)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee.

H.R.898 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To require group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage to provide coverage without any cost sharing for certain items and services furnished during any portion of such emergency period, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Ruiz, Raul [D-CA-36] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Education and Labor

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker.

H.R.892 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit application of pre-existing condition exclusions and to guarantee availability of health insurance coverage in the individual and group market, contingent on the enactment of legislation repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA-5] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (32)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Education and Labor

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker.

H.R.887 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to enhance medical device communications and ensure device cleanliness.

Sponsor: Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.871 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide a temporary increase in FMAP for medical assistance under State Medicaid plans which begin to expend amounts for newly eligible mandatory individuals.

Sponsor: Rep. Fletcher, Lizzie [D-TX-7] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.869 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To authorize appropriations to offset costs resulting from reductions in research productivity in connection with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (77)

Committees: House – Science, Space, and Technology; Agriculture; Armed Services; Education and Labor; Energy and Commerce; Natural Resources; Transportation and Infrastructure

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, Armed Services, Education and Labor, Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources, and Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.868 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants to institutions of higher education to develop programs and materials to educate students who have a substance use disorder on treatment options for such disorder, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Dean, Madeleine [D-PA-4] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Tax

H.R.902 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the exclusion for employer-provided educational assistance and to expand the availability of the student loan interest deduction.

Sponsor: Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.894 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to deny the tax exempt status for bonds issued by sanctuary jurisdictions.

Sponsor: Rep. Rosendale Sr., Matthew M. [R-MT-At Large] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (18)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.891 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the deduction allowed for student loan interest and to exclude from gross income discharges of income contingent or income-based student loan indebtedness.

Sponsor: Rep. Rice, Kathleen M. [D-NY-4] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Ways and Means; Education and Labor

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee.

H.R.889 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish tax credits to encourage individual and corporate taxpayers to contribute to scholarships for elementary and secondary students through eligible scholarship-granting organizations, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Owens, Burgess [R-UT-4] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (31)

Committees: House – Ways and Means; Education and Labor

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee.

H.R.886 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To provide funds through the Social Services Block Grant program for diaper assistance.

Sponsor: Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (5)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.885 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax credits for personal protective equipment to small businesses, non-profits, independent contractors, veterans’ organizations, and farmers, among other entities, in any year in which the President declares a national emergency relating to COVID-19.

Sponsor: Rep. Lawrence, Brenda L. [D-MI-14] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.883 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a tax credit to ensure that businesses are properly cleaned and disinfected when “stay-at-home” restrictions are lifted and to help prevent further infections.

Sponsor: Rep. LaHood, Darin [R-IL-18] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.864 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend title II of the Social Security Act to exclude from creditable wages and self-employment income wages earned for services by aliens illegally performed in the United States and self-employment income derived from a trade or business illegally conducted in the United States.

Sponsor: Rep. Brooks, Mo [R-AL-5] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (18)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.18 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To prohibit taxpayer funded abortions.

Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (132)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Judiciary

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker,

Transportation

H.R.903 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To enhance the security operations of the Transportation Security Administration and stability of the transportation security workforce by applying the personnel system under title 5, United States Code, to employees of the Transportation Security Administration who provide screening of all passengers and property, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Thompson, Bennie G. [D-MS-2] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (5)

Committees: House – Homeland Security; Oversight and Reform

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee.

H.R.888 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend title 23, United States Code, to create a pilot program concerning drugged driving prevention, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Miller, Carol D. [R-WV-3] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (4)

Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.884 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish a national aviation preparedness plan for communicable disease outbreaks, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Larsen, Rick [D-WA-2] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (4)

Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.867 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To reauthorize the high-speed rail corridor development program, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Costa, Jim [D-CA-16] (Introduced 02/05/2021) Cosponsors: (4)

Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure

Latest Action: House – 02/05/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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