Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY:  The House will vote on final passage of H.R. 4350 – NDAA FY2022. The Senate will continue to vote on circuit court judges.        

THE HOUSE      

Yesterday 

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Postponed Amendment Votes to H.R. 4350 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022:
Dean (D-PA) – Amendment No. 5 – Directs the holder of a private education loan to discharge the loan in the event of the borrower’s death or total and permanent disability – ADOPTED 219 – 204

Plaskett (D-VI) – Amendment No. 6 – Provides for U.S. Virgin Islands nonimmigrant visitor visa waivers (as currently provided for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands) for stays of up to 45 days in the U.S. Virgin Islands –ADOPTED 235 – 190

Tlaib (D-MI) – Amendment No. 11 – Strengthens servicemember consumer protections with regards to medical debt collections and credit reporting, including prohibiting the collection of medical debt for the first two years and prohibiting debt arising from medically necessary procedures from ever appearing on servicemember credit reports –ADOPTED 222 – 203

Slotkin (D-MI) – Amendment No. 15 – Directs the Secretary of Defense to provide DOD medical providers with mandatory training with respect to the potential health effects of PFAS; requires EPA to obtain analytical reference standards for PFAS for the development of protocols and methodologies and enforcement activities; clarifies the scope of the PFAS Data Reporting from the 2020 NDAA; amends Title III, Section 318 to: (1) clarify that DOD must comply with safe incineration of PFAS as enacted in section 330 of the NDAA for FY2020; (2) require the report on DOD progress to comply with EPA safe PFAS disposal guidelines to be submitted one year after enactment of the act and include report submission to the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate and House; (3) require the report to include actions DOD has taken to comply with section 330 of NDAA FY2020 and recommendations for the safe storage of PFAS; (4) and define the scope of prohibition to ensure PFAS materials sent to third parties for disposal are also covered on the provision; expresses the sense of Congress that the Air Force has contaminated real property with PFOS and PFOA chemicals and should use existing authority to acquire property and provide relocation assistance; requires a report detailing contamination sites and acquisition and relocation status; requires a national primary drinking water regulation for PFAS; and clarifies Congressional intent by requiring manufacturers to disclose all PFAS discharges over 100 lbs – ADOPTED 236 – 186

DeGette (D-CO) – Amendment No. 16 – Adds the text of Titles I – VI of the Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act – ADOPTED 222 – 200

Neguse (D-CO) – Amendment No. 17 – Adds the text of H.R. 577, the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, and H.R. 1052, the Grand Canyon Protection Act to the bill – ADOPTED 224 – 204

Continued Amendment Debate to H.R. 4350 can be found here.

Today 

Today, the House meets at 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. There will be up to fifteen “One Minutes” per side.

Following “One Minutes,” the House will consider H.R. 5323 – Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022 – under suspension of the Rules.

After debate on H.R. 5323, the House will take votes. These are the last votes of the day.

Next/Last votes predicted: at approximately 1:00 – 1:30 p.m., on H.R. 5323 – under suspension of the Rules and on seventeen pending amendments, motion to recommit and final passage of H.R. 4350 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022.

THE SENATE      

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #169, Lily Lawrence Batchelder, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury; invoked: 63-35.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #245, Jayme Ray White, of Washington, to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative; invoked: 78-20.
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #169, Lily Lawrence Batchelder, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury; confirmed: 64-34.
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #245, Jayme Ray White, of Washington, to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative; confirmed: 80-18.
  5. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #341, Florence Y. Pan, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia; invoked: 66-27.

Legislative Business
Adopted S.Res.357, Missourians in Afghanistan
Adopted S.Res.378, Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
Adopted S.Res.379, National Small Business Week

Completed the Rule 14 process to place the following bill on the Legislative Calendar of Business:

  1. S.2788, to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program. (Rubio)
  2. S.2789, making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022, and for providing emergency assistance. (Shelby-McConnell)
  3. H.R.5305, making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022, and for providing emergency assistance, and for other purposes.
  4. S.2809, to protect social security benefits and military pay and require that US government to prioritize all obligations on the debt held by the public in the event that the debt limit is reached (Scott FL)

Executive Business
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Confirmed Executive Calendar #174 – Ronald L. Davis, of California, to be Director of the United States Marshals Service

Today 

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:00am on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #341, Florence Y. Pan, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia, post-cloture.

Cloture has been filed on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #341, Florence Y. Pan, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia (cloture invoked)
  2. Executive Calendar #244, Sarah Bianchi, of Virginia, to be Deputy United States Trade Representative.
  3. Executive Calendar #241, Daniel J. Kritenbrink, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs).
  4. Executive Calendar #333, Karen Erika Donfried, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs).
  5. Executive Calendar #324, Monica P. Medina, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs).
  6. Executive Calendar #331, Mary Catherine Phee, of Illinois, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs).
  7. Executive Calendar #240, Todd D. Robinson, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs).
  8. Executive Calendar #334, Jessica Lewis, of Ohio, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Political-Military Affairs).

At approximately 10:00am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Pan nomination. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on cloture on the Bianchi nomination. There will be up to 2 hours of debate prior to roll call vote on confirmation of the nomination.

There will be roll call votes throughout Thursday’s session on cloture and confirmation of the nominations in the list above. Messages will be sent throughout the day as more information is available about the amount of debate time expected to be used post-cloture on each nomination.

First series: Thursday, September 23rd at approximately 10:00am – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #341, Florence Y. Pan, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #244, Sarah Bianchi, of Virginia, to be Deputy United States Trade Representative.

HEARINGS & EVENTS COVERED 

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
National Cybersecurity Strategy: Protection of Federal and Critical Infrastructure Systems

House Foreign Affairs
Shifting the Power: Advancing Locally-led Development and Partner Diversification in U.S. Development Programs

House Judiciary
Reviving Competition, Part 4: 21st Century Antitrust Reforms and the American Worker

House Financial Services
Lending in a Crisis: Reviewing the Federal Reserve’s Emergency Lending Powers During the Pandemic and Examining Proposals to Address Future Economic Crises

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Energy/Environment
S.2798 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act to improve compensation for workers involved in uranium mining, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID] (Introduced 09/22/2021) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 09/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.2807 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior, in coordination with the heads of relevant Federal agencies, to carry out watershed pilots, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] (Introduced 09/22/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 09/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

H.R.5338 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act to improve compensation for workers involved in uranium mining, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Leger Fernandez, Teresa [D-NM-3] (Introduced 09/22/2021) Cosponsors: (15)
Committees: House – Judiciary; Education and Labor; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 09/22/2021 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Education and Labor, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Financial Services
S.2797 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to establish a program to provide low- and moderate-income first-time, first-generation homebuyers with access to affordable and sustainable wealth-building home loans.
Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark [D-VA] (Introduced 09/22/2021) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 09/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2803 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT] (Introduced 09/22/2021) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 09/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.5334 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To create portable retirement and investment accounts for all Americans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Himes, James A. [D-CT-4] (Introduced 09/22/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 09/22/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Health Care
S.2796 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide for the eligibility of rural community response pilot programs for funding under the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Grant Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Ossoff, Jon [D-GA] (Introduced 09/22/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 09/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.5331 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve access to innovative new medical devices furnished to individuals with end stage renal disease under part B of the Medicare program by establishing a new device add-on payment adjustment under such part.
Sponsor: Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7] (Introduced 09/22/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 09/22/2021 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

Transportation
S.2802 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)A bill to limit spending from the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT] (Introduced 09/22/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 09/22/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.