Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet at 6:00 p.m. and recess until the Joint Session. The Senate is expected to vote on the nomination of Samantha Power, of Massachusetts, to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development and on adoption of S.J.Res.14.


THE HOUSE       

Yesterday   

The House was not in session. 

Today    

The House will meet at 6:00 p.m. and recess until the Joint Session. 

THE SENATE       

Yesterday  

Roll Call Votes 

1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #58, Jason Scott Miller, of Maryland, to be Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget; confirmed: 81-13. 

2.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #54, Janet Garvin McCabe, of Indiana, to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; invoked: 52-42. 

3.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #54, Janet Garvin McCabe, of Indiana, to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; confirmed: 52-42. 

4.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #68, Colin Hackett Kahl,  to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; invoked: 49-44. 

5.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #68, Colin Hackett Kahl, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; confirmed: 49-45. 

6.      Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #34, S.914, Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021; invoked: 92-2. 

Legislative Business 

Completed the Rule 14 process to place S.1364, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, on the Legislative Calendar of Business. 

Adopted S.Res.180: supporting the designation of the week of April 26 through April 30, 2021, as “National Specialized Instructional Support Personnel Appreciation Week”. 

Passed S.848: to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 in order to improve the service obligation verification process for TEACH Grant recipients, and for other purposes. 


Today   
The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. 

Following Leader remarks, we expect Senator Schumer to move to proceed to S.J.Res.14, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to ‘‘Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources Review’’ [Methane]. 

Under the rule, once a motion to proceed is agreed to (expected voice vote) there will be up to 10 hours of debate equally divided prior to a vote on adoption of the joint resolution. 

At 12:30 p.m., the cloture motion will ripen on Executive Calendar #61, Samantha Power, of Massachusetts, to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. At that time, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture. 

We expect to vote on confirmation of the Power nomination and on adoption of S.J.Res.14 during Wednesday’s session. Senators will  be notified when those votes are expected. 

At 9:00 p.m., President Joe Biden will address a Joint Session of Congress from the Hall of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Capitol. The Senate will begin gathering in the Senate Chamber at 8:15 p.m. to proceed as a body to the Hall of the House. 

During Tuesday’s session the Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Calendar #34, S.914, Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021, and the substitute amendment #1460 was made pending. Discussions continue on a path forward in relation to the bill. 



HEARINGS COVERED


Senate Commerce  

Endless Frontier Act Markup 

Senate HELP  

Examining Our COVID-19 Response: Using Lessons Learned to Address Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders 

House Energy and Commerce  

The Long Haul: Forging a Path through the Lingering Effects of COVID-19 

House Financial Services  

Examining the Role of Municipal Bond Markets in Advancing – and Undermining – Economic, Racial and Social Justice 

House Ways and Means  

Charting the Path Forward for Telehealth 

Senate Appropriations  

Review of the Activities and Fiscal Year 2022 Funding Priorities of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs  

The Non-Governmental Organization Perspective on the Southwest Border 


LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

 

Energy/Environment 

S.1372 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) 

A bill to amend and enhance the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act to improve the conservation of sharks, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 04/27/2021) Cosponsors: (3) 

Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation 

Latest Action: Senate – 04/27/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. 

Financial Services 

S.1392 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) 

A bill to establish the Federal Rainy Day Fund to control emergency spending. 

Sponsor: Sen. Braun, Mike [R-IN] (Introduced 04/27/2021) Cosponsors: (0) 

Committees: Senate – Budget 

Latest Action: Senate – 04/27/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Budget. 

S.1389 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) 

A bill to provide relief to workers impacted by COVID-19 and support for reopening businesses, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor: Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID] (Introduced 04/27/2021) Cosponsors: (2) 

Committees: Senate – Finance 

Latest Action: Senate – 04/27/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. 

S.1382 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) 

A bill to amend the Small Business Act to prohibit abortion providers from receiving a covered loan under the paycheck protection program, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor: Sen. Marshall, Roger W. [R-KS] (Introduced 04/27/2021) Cosponsors: (25) 

Committees: Senate – Small Business and Entrepreneurship 

Latest Action: Senate – 04/27/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. 

Health 

S.1397 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) 

A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to the collection and availability of health data with respect to Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor: Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN] (Introduced 04/27/2021) Cosponsors: (5) 

Committees: Senate – Indian Affairs 

Latest Action: Senate – 04/27/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs. 

S.1391 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) 

A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide best practices on student suicide awareness and prevention training and condition State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and tribal educational agencies receiving funds under section 520A of such Act to establish and implement a school-based student suicide awareness and prevention training policy. 

Sponsor: Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA] (Introduced 04/27/2021) Cosponsors: (0) 

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

Latest Action: Senate – 04/27/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. 

S.1390 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) 

A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to improve mental health services for students, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor: Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA] (Introduced 04/27/2021) Cosponsors: (0) 

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

Latest Action: Senate – 04/27/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. 

S.1388 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) 

A bill to require the Federal Trade Commission to study the role of intermediaries in the pharmaceutical supply chain and provide Congress with appropriate policy recommendations, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor: Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 04/27/2021) Cosponsors: (5) 

Committees: Senate – Judiciary 

Latest Action: Senate – 04/27/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. 

S.1383 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) 

A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop best practices for the establishment and use of behavioral intervention teams at schools, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor: Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] (Introduced 04/27/2021) Cosponsors: (1) 

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

Latest Action: Senate – 04/27/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. 

Tax 

S.1399 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) 

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow qualified distributions from health savings accounts for certain home care expenses. 

Sponsor: Sen. Sinema, Kyrsten [D-AZ] (Introduced 04/27/2021) Cosponsors: (3) 

Committees: Senate – Finance 

Latest Action: Senate – 04/27/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. 

S.1387 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) 

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the credit for electricity produced from certain renewable resources, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor: Sen. Lankford, James [R-OK] (Introduced 04/27/2021) Cosponsors: (3) 

Committees: Senate – Finance 

Latest Action: Senate – 04/27/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. 

S.1376 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) 

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the definition of municipal solid waste. 

Sponsor: Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI] (Introduced 04/27/2021) Cosponsors: (4) 

Committees: Senate – Finance 

Latest Action: Senate – 04/27/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. 

Transportation 

S.1386 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) 

A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to provide for efforts relating to Move Over laws, to amend title 49, United States Code, to require crash avoidance technology on motor vehicles, and for other purposes. 

Sponsor: Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL] (Introduced 04/27/2021) Cosponsors: (1) 

Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation 

Latest Action: Senate – 04/27/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.