Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider 6 bills under suspension of the Rules. The Senate will consider Linda Thomas-Greenfield, of Louisiana, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations and Thomas J. Vilsack, of Iowa, to be Secretary of Agriculture.   


THE HOUSE      

Yesterday  

The House was not in session.

Today   

Today, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

“One Minutes” (15 per side)
 
**Following one-minute speeches, the House is expected to recess until approximately 4:00 p.m.  At that time, the House will reconvene to consider the six bills listed for consideration under suspension of the Rules.  Any recorded votes requested will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
 
Suspensions (6 bills)

  1. H.R. 264 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1101 Charlotte Street in Georgetown, South Carolina, as the “Joseph Hayne Rainey Memorial Post Office Building” (Rep. Rice (SC) – Oversight and Reform)
  2. H.R. 813 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1050 Sunset Road Southwest in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as the “Jose Hernandez Post Office Building” (Rep. Haaland – Oversight and Reform)
  3. H.R. 772 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 229 Minnetonka Avenue South in Wayzata, Minnesota, as the “Jim Ramstad Post Office” (Rep. Phillips – Oversight and Reform)
  4. H.R. 208 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 500 West Main Street, Suite 102 in Tupelo, Mississippi, as the “Colonel Carlyle ‘Smitty’ Harris Post Office” (Rep. Kelly (MS) – Oversight and Reform)
  5. H.R. 546 – Effective Assistance of Counsel in the Digital Era Act (Rep. Jeffries – Judiciary)
  6. H.R. __ – PRRADA (Rep. Velazquez – Judiciary)

THE SENATE      

Yesterday 

Roll Call Votes

1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #10, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, of Louisiana, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and the Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations; invoked: 75-20.


Today   
The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30am on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #10, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, of Louisiana, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and the Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations, post-cloture.

At 11:30am, all post-cloture time will be considered expired, and the Senate will vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #10, Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #11, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, of Louisiana, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations.

Following the cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

At 2:15pm, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Executive Calendar #7, Thomas J. Vilsack, of Iowa, to be Secretary of Agriculture. There will be 20 minutes for debate, equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. Following the use or yielding back of that time, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Vilsack nomination. Following disposition of the Vilsack nomination, if cloture is invoked on Executive Calendar #11, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination.

During Monday’s session of the Senate, Senator Schumer filed cloture on  Executive Calendar #9, Jennifer Mulhern Granholm, to be Secretary of the Energy. Under the rule and if no agreement is reached, that cloture vote would occur 1 hour after the Senate convenes on Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 23rd at 11:30am – 2 roll call votes:

1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #10, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, of Louisiana, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and the Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations.

2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #11, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, of Louisiana, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations.

Tuesday, February 23rd at 2:35pm – 2 roll call votes:

1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #7, Thomas J. Vilsack, of Iowa, to be Secretary of Agriculture.

2. If cloture is invoked, confirmation of Executive Calendar #11, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, of Louisiana, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations.

HEARINGS COVERED

CFTC

Market Risk Advisory Committee

Senate HELP

Nomination of Xavier Becerra to be Secretary of Health and Human Services

Senate Banking

The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress

Senate Finance

Nomination of Adewale Adeyemo to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury

Senate Energy and Natural Resources

Nomination of Deb Haaland to be Secretary of the Interior

House Energy and Commerce

COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacturers

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Energy/Environment

H.R.1208 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To reauthorize the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12] (Introduced 02/22/2021) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Natural Resources

Latest Action: House – 02/22/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

S.336 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to amend the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 to reauthorize the Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 02/22/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources

Latest Action: Senate – 02/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.335 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to reauthorize the Tropical Forest and Coral Reef Conservation Act of 1998.

Sponsor: Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH] (Introduced 02/22/2021) Cosponsors: (4)

Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations

Latest Action: Senate – 02/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Health

H.R.1205 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, to award grants to implement innovative approaches to securing prompt access to appropriate follow-on care for individuals who experience an acute mental health episode and present for care in an emergency department, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Ruiz, Raul [D-CA-36] (Introduced 02/22/2021) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 02/22/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1202 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To improve the health and safety of Americans living with food allergies and related disorders, including potentially life-threatening anaphylaxis, food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome, and eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6] (Introduced 02/22/2021) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 02/22/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1193 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend title IV of the Public Health Service Act to direct the Director of the National Institutes of Health, in consultation with the Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, shall establish a program under which the Director of the National Institutes of Health shall support or conduct research on valvular heart disease, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] (Introduced 02/22/2021) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 02/22/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.355 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to provide immediate relief for patients from certain medical debt collection efforts during and immediately after the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Sponsor: Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD] (Introduced 02/22/2021) Cosponsors: (3)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 02/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.352 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to reduce health care costs and expand health care coverage to more Americans.

Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] (Introduced 02/22/2021) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 02/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.350 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize certain programs under part A of title XI of such Act relating to genetic diseases, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH] (Introduced 02/22/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 02/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.347 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to improve the collection and review of maternal health data to address maternal mortality, serve maternal morbidity, and other adverse maternal health outcomes.

Sponsor: Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN] (Introduced 02/22/2021) Cosponsors: (3)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 02/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.346 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to end preventable maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity in the United States and close disparities in maternal health outcomes, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 02/22/2021) Cosponsors: (20)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 02/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.345 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to establish a national campaign to increase maternal vaccination rates.

Sponsor: Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA] (Introduced 02/22/2021) Cosponsors: (0)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 02/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.340 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to increase the use of telehealth for substance use disorder treatment and mental health services, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH] (Introduced 02/22/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 02/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.334 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to establish an alternative payment model demonstration project for maternity care provided to pregnant and postpartum individuals under State Medicaid and CHIP programs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] (Introduced 02/22/2021) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 02/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.333 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to amend title XI and title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide funding for State strike teams, technical assistance, and infection control for resident and worker safety in skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] (Introduced 02/22/2021) Cosponsors: (16)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 02/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Tax

H.R.1200 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To provide appropriations for the Internal Revenue Service to overhaul technology and strengthen enforcement, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17] (Introduced 02/22/2021) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 02/22/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.331 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the age requirement with respect to eligibility for qualified ABLE programs.

Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] (Introduced 02/22/2021) Cosponsors: (6)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 02/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Transportation

S.356 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to develop and improve the transportation workforce, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV] (Introduced 02/22/2021) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Latest Action: Senate – 02/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.354 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to reauthorize funding to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority contingent on improvements to the governance and operations of the Transit Authority.

Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] (Introduced 02/22/2021) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 02/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.343 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to require the Transportation Security Administration to conduct a feasibility study on the use of canine units for COVID-19 detection at airports.

Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Rick [R-FL] (Introduced 02/22/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Latest Action: Senate – 02/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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