Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider H.R. 546 – Effective Assistance of Counsel in the Digital Era Act and H.R. 1192 – PRRADA. The Senate will consider Jennifer Mulhern Granholm, to be Secretary of the Energy.


THE HOUSE      

Yesterday  

Suspension of the Rules:
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” – PASSED BY VOICE

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” – PASSED BY VOICE

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” – PASSED BY VOICE

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” – PASSED 406 – 15

5) H.R. 546 – Effective Assistance of Counsel in the Digital Era Act – VOTE ORDERED

6) H.R. 1192 – PRRADA – VOTE ORDERED 

Today   

Today, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 1:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

One Minutes” (15 per side)

H.Res. 147 – Rule Providing for Consideration of H.R. 5 – Equality Act (Rep. Cicilline – Judiciary) and H.R. 803 – Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act (Rep. DeGette – Natural Resources)

Postponed Suspensions (2 votes)

  1. H.R. 546 – Effective Assistance of Counsel in the Digital Era Act (Rep. Jeffries – Judiciary)
  2. H.R. 1192 – PRRADA (Rep. Velazquez – Judiciary)

THE SENATE      

Yesterday 

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; confirmed: 78-20.

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; invoked: 77-20.

3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #7, Thomas J. Vilsack, of Iowa, to be Secretary of Agriculture; confirmed: 92-7.

4. 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; confirmed: 78-21.


Today   
The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 noon on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Executive Calendar #9, Jennifer Mulhern Granholm, to be Secretary of the Energy.

The Senate will recess from 3:00pm to 4:00pm to allow for the All Senators briefing.

At 4:00pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Granholm nomination.

During Tuesday’s session, Senator Schumer filed cloture on Executive Calendar #16, Miguel A. Cardona, of Connecticut, to be Secretary of Education. If no further agreement is reached, that cloture vote will occur following disposition of the Granholm nomination, or one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday, whichever is later.

Wednesday, February 24th at 4:00pm – roll call vote:

1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #9, Jennifer Mulhern Granholm, to be Secretary of the Energy.

HEARINGS COVERED

House Financial Services

Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy

Senate EPW

Building Back Better: Investing in Transportation while Addressing Climate Change, Improving Equity, and Fostering Economic Growth and Innovation

House Energy and Commerce

Fanning the Flames: Disinformation and Extremism in the Media

House Foreign Affairs

America Forward: Restoring Diplomacy and Development in a Fracturing World

Senate Finance

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

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Cybersecurity

H.R.1251 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To support United States international cyber diplomacy, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (5)

Committees: House – Foreign Affairs

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Energy/Environment

H.R.1261 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

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: Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: House – Natural Resources

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Financial Services

H.R.1270 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To prohibit private passenger automobile insurers from using certain income proxies to determine insurance rates and eligibility.

Sponsor: Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (11)

Committees: House – Financial Services; Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.1221 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To increase deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in low-income communities and communities of color, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (23)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Science, Space, and Technology

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker.

H.R.1220 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To reauthorize the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, the Lackawanna Valley National Heritage Area, the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, the Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area, and the Oil Region National Heritage Area, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-8] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (13)

Committees: House – Natural Resources

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

S.387 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to protect, for current and future generations, the watershed, ecosystem, and cultural heritage of the Grand Canyon region in the State of Arizona, to provide for a study relating to the uranium stockpile in the United States, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Sinema, Kyrsten [D-AZ] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources

Latest Action: Senate – 02/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.378 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to reauthorize the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, the Lackawanna Valley National Heritage Area, the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, the Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area, and the Oil Region National Heritage Area, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources

Latest Action: Senate – 02/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.364 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to prohibit the use of funds to provide for the United States to become a party to the Paris Agreement.

Sponsor: Sen. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (10)

Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations

Latest Action: Senate – 02/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Financial Services

H.R.1246 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend the Small Business Act to allow ranchers and farmers to use an alternative calculation for a maximum loan amount under the paycheck protection program.

Sponsor: Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Small Business

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

H.R.1240 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend the Federal Crop Insurance Act to modify prevented planting coverage.

Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Dusty [R-SD-At Large] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Agriculture

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

S.374 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require the submission by issuers of data relating to diversity, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (9)

Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 02/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.359 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to amend the Federal Crop Insurance Act to modify prevented planting coverage.

Sponsor: Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Latest Action: Senate – 02/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

Health

H.R.1268 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award targeted grants to State, Tribal, Territorial, and local health departments or nonprofit organizations in geographic locations with racial and ethnic minorities and other vulnerable populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 to disseminate information regarding the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (19)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1260 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a grant program supporting trauma center violence intervention and violence prevention programs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [D-MD-2] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1255 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To promote and protect from discrimination living organ donors.

Sponsor: Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Oversight and Reform; House Administration; Education and Labor; Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Reform, House Administration, Education and Labor, and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration.

H.R.1235 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To prohibit discrimination on the basis of mental or physical disability in cases of anatomical gifts and organ transplants.

Sponsor: Rep. Herrera Beutler, Jaime [R-WA-3] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1227 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To establish a public health plan.

Sponsor: Rep. Delgado, Antonio [D-NY-19] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 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.1218 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To require the Federal Communications Commission to incorporate data on maternal health outcomes into its broadband health maps.

Sponsor: Rep. Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1216 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To establish an advisory commission regarding eligibility for health care furnished by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Sponsor: Rep. Bost, Mike [R-IL-12] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Veterans’ Affairs

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

H.R.1212 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

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: Rep. Adams, Alma S. [D-NC-12] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (32)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.399 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from charging veterans copayments for preventive services relating to COVID-19.

Sponsor: Sen. Duckworth, Tammy [D-IL] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Veterans’ Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 02/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

S.386 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to establish a public health plan.

Sponsor: Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (12)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 02/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.377 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to promote and protect from discrimination living organ donors.

Sponsor: Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 02/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.373 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to strengthen the use of patient-experience data within the benefit-risk framework for approval of new drugs.

Sponsor: Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 02/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.368 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to make permanent certain telehealth flexibilities under the Medicare program related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (6)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 02/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Tax

H.R.1271 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain tax credits related to electric cars, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (13)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1269 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend titles II and XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a Social Security Surplus Protection Account in the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund to hold the Social Security surplus and a Medicare Surplus Protection Account in the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund to hold the Medicare surplus, to provide for suspension of investment of amounts held in such Accounts until enactment of legislation providing for investment of the Trust Funds in investment vehicles other than obligations of the United States, and to establish a Social Security and Medicare Part A Investment Commission to make recommendations for alternative forms of investment of the Social Security and Medicare surpluses.

Sponsor: Rep. Walberg, Tim [R-MI-7] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1243 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a tax credit for training services received by individuals who are unemployed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sponsor: Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1242 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for lifelong learning accounts, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1219 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

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

Sponsor: Rep. Cardenas, Tony [D-CA-29] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.395 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain tax credits related to electric cars, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (5)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 02/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.380 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve access to health care through expanded health savings accounts, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 02/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Transportation

H.R.1262 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

To establish a task force on improvements for certain notices to airmen, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Stauber, Pete [R-MN-8] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure

Latest Action: House – 02/23/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

S.376 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study on motor vehicle recalls, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Latest Action: Senate – 02/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.369 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to authorize and appropriate funding for grants to Amtrak for the restoration of long-distance routes and the rehiring of employees furloughed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sponsor: Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Latest Action: Senate – 02/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.361 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to establish a 90-day limit to file a petition for judicial review of a permit, license, or approval for a highway or public transportation project, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 02/23/2021) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works

Latest Action: Senate – 02/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.