Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet in a Pro Forma session. The Senate will consider Shalanda D. Young, of Louisiana, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. 


THE HOUSE      

Yesterday  

The House was not in session.

Today   

The House will be in a pro forma session at 11:00 a.m.

THE SENATE      

Yesterday 

Roll Call Votes:

1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #17, Martin Joseph Walsh, of Massachusetts, to be Secretary of Labor; confirmed: 68-29.

Legislative Business:

Adopted the following resolutions:

S.Res.127, electing Karen H. Gibson as Senate Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate.

S.Res.128, notifying the House of Representatives of the election of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate.

S.Res.129, notifying the President of the United States of the election of a Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate

Began the Rule 14 process to place H.J.Res.17, Removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment.


Today   
The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #32, Shalanda D. Young, of Louisiana, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

At 11:45am, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Young nomination.

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

If cloture is invoked on the Young nomination, at 2:15pm, all post-cloture time will be considered expired, and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #39, Vivek Hallegere Murthy, of Florida, to be Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service and to be Surgeon General of the Public Health Service for a term of four years.

If cloture is invoked on the Murthy nomination, the confirmation vote is expected to occur during Tuesday’s session.

Cloture has been filed on the following items:

1. Executive Calendar #32, Shalanda D. Young, of Louisiana, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

2. Executive Calendar #39, Vivek Hallegere Murthy, of Florida, to be Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service and to be Surgeon General of the Public Health Service for a term of four years.

3. Executive Calendar #40, Rachel Leland Levine, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.

4. Executive Calendar #38, David Turk, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of Energy.

5. Executive Calendar #30 Adewale O. Adeyemo, of California, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury.

6. Motion to proceed to Calendar #11, H.R.1799, PPP Extension Act.

Tuesday, March 23rd at 11:45am – roll call vote:

1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #32, Shalanda D. Young, of Louisiana, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Tuesday, March 23rd at 2:15pm – 2 roll call votes expected:

1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #32, Shalanda D. Young, of Louisiana, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #39, Vivek Hallegere Murthy, of Florida, to be Surgeon General.

Tuesday, March 23rd at TBD – roll call vote expected:

1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #39, Vivek Hallegere Murthy, of Florida, to be Surgeon General.

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Foreign Relations

Nomination of Samantha Power to be Administrator of USAID

Senate HELP

Why Does the US Pay the Highest Prices in the World for Prescription Drugs?

House Appropriations

Addressing the Maternal Health Crisis

House Energy and Commerce

Building on the ACA: Legislation to Expand Health Coverage and Lower Costs

House Financial Services

Oversight of the Treasury Department’s and Federal Reserve’s Pandemic Response


LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Energy/Environment

S.877 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to provide lasting protection for inventoried roadless areas within the National Forest System.

Sponsor: Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA] (Introduced 03/22/2021) Cosponsors: (19)

Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources

Latest Action: Senate – 03/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Health

S.889 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to require the use of prescription drug monitoring programs.

Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 03/22/2021) Cosponsors: (3)

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

Latest Action: Senate – 03/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Tax

S.881 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the national limitation amount for qualified highway or surface freight transfer facility bonds.

Sponsor: Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] (Introduced 03/22/2021) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 03/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.