Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY:  The House will debate on the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021. The Senate is not in session.        

THE HOUSE      

Yesterday 

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

H.R. 5323 – Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022 – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED 420 – 9 – 2

Bowman (D-NY) – Amendment No. 25 – Prohibits U.S. military presence in Syria without Congressional approval within one year of enactment – REJECTED 141 – 286

Mfume, Kweisi (D-MD) – Amendment No. 26 – Increases the governmentwide goals for small business participation in federal contracts and for certain small business concerns – ADOPTED 219 – 202

Khanna (D-CA) – Amendment No. 28 – Terminates U.S. military logistical support, and the transfer of spare parts to Saudi warplanes conducting aerial strikes against the Houthis in Yemen and permanently ends intelligence sharing that enables offensive strikes and any U.S. effort to command, coordinate, participate in the movement of, or accompany Saudi or United Arab Emirates-led coalition forces in the war in Yemen – ADOPTED 219 – 207

Meeks (D-NY) – Amendment No. 30 – Requires the suspension of U.S. sustainment and maintenance support to Saudi air force units responsible for airstrikes resulting in civilian casualties in Yemen with certain exemptions for territorial self-defense, counterterrorism operations, and defense of U.S. government facilities or personnel – ADOPTED 223 – 204

Maloney, Carolyn (D-NY) – Amendment No. 35 – Replaces the congressional publication entitled United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions, commonly known as the Plum Book, with an online public directory and requires the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to publish the information contained in the Plum Book on a public website in a format that is easily searchable and that otherwise meets certain data standards – ADOPTED 223 – 202

Johnson, Hank (D-GA) – Amendment No. 36 – Restricts the Department of Defense (DOD) from transferring certain surplus military property to federal, state, or local law enforcement agencies – REJECTED 198 – 231

Garamendi (D-CA) – Amendment No. 38 – Prohibits funding for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program and W87-1 – REJECTED 118 – 299

Schrader (D-OR) – Amendment No. 39 – Reduces Unfunded Priority Lists to only the six Service Branches of the United States Military and United States Special Operations Command – REJECTED 167 – 256

Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) – Amendment No. 40 – Reduces overall authorization level by 10%. Excludes military personnel, DoD federal civilian workforce, and defense health program accounts from the 10% reduction – REJECTED 86 – 332

Jacobs (D-CA) – Amendment No. 41 – Reduces amounts authorized for defense spending in FY22 to no more than the amount requested by the President – REJECTED 142 – 286

Langevin (D-RI) – Amendment No. 42 – Allows for admission of essential scientists and technical experts to promote and protect the national security innovation base – ADOPTED 225 – 187

Bowman (D-NY) – Amendment No. 105 – Adds the President, Vice President, and any Cabinet member to the current statutory prohibition on Members of Congress contracting with the federal government – ADOPTED 234 – 183

Smith (D-WA) Amendments En Bloc #2 – ADOPTED 367 – 59
Smith (D-WA) Amendments En Bloc #3 – ADOPTED 362 – 59
Smith (D-WA) Amendments En Bloc #4 – ADOPTED 360 – 66

Leger Fernandez (D-NM) – Amendment No. 241 – Provides an apology to individuals and their families in NM, UT, ID, and other states who were exposed to radiation from nuclear testing – ADOPTED 240 – 185

Torres, Norma (D-CA) – Amendment No. 435 – Reinstates standard Congressional Notification procedures for the export of certain items to foreign countries –ADOPTED 215 – 213

Passage of H.R. 4350 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 – PASSED 316 – 113

Today 

“One Minutes” (5 per side)

H.R. 3755 – Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021 (Rep. Chu – Energy and Commerce)

The Rule provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Possible Passage of Postponed Suspensions (8 votes)

  1. S. 848 – Consider Teachers Act of 2021 (Sen. Braun – Education and Labor)
  2. H.R. 1029 – Free Veterans from Fees Act (Rep. Steube – Natural Resources)
  3. H.R. 1154 – Great Dismal Swamp National Heritage Area Act (Rep. McEachin – Natural Resources)
  4. H.R. 3533– To establish occupational series for Federal positions in software development, software engineering, data science, and data management, and for other purposes, as amended (Rep. Obernolte – Oversight and Reform)
  5. H.R. 3599 – Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Khanna – Oversight and Reform)
  6. H.R. 1204 – District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer Salary Home Rule Act, as amended (Rep. Norton – Oversight and Reform)
  7. H.R. 978 – Chai Suthammanont Remembrance Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Connolly – Oversight and Reform)
  8. H.R. 2617 – Performance Enhancement Reform Act, as amended (Rep. Connolly – Oversight and Reform)

THE SENATE      

Yesterday

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; confirmed: 68-30.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #244, Sarah Bianchi, of Virginia, to be Deputy United States Trade Representative; invoked: 85-13.
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #244, Sarah Bianchi, of Virginia, to be Deputy United States Trade Representative; confirmed: 85-11.
  4. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #241, Daniel J. Kritenbrink, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs); invoked: 77-18.
  5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #241, Daniel J. Kritenbrink, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs); confirmed: 72-14.
  6. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #333, Karen Erika Donfried, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs); invoked: 65-21.
  7. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #324, Monica P. Medina, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs); invoked: 57-26.
  8. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #331, Mary Catherine Phee, of Illinois, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs); invoked: 58-25.
  9. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #240, Todd D. Robinson, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs); invoked: 54-29.
  10. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #334, Jessica Lewis, of Ohio, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Political-Military Affairs); invoked: 62-21.

Legislative Business
Passed H.R.5293 – Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2021.

Agreed to H.Con.Res.41 – authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition.

Adopted by voice vote S.Res.381 – National Clean Energy Week.

Adopted the following resolutions, en bloc:
· S.Res.382 – Rail Safety Week
· S.Res.383 – National Direct Support Professionals Week
· S.Res.384 – Community School Coordinators Appreciation Week
· S.Res.385 – Telehealth Awareness Week

Adopted S.Res.386 – relative to the death of Robert Britton “Bob” Dove, Parliamentarian Emeritus of the United States Senate.

Today 

The Senate is not in session and stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, September 27, 2021.

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Energy/Environment
S.2824 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)A bill to amend the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 to promote timely exploration for geothermal resources under geothermal leases, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Sen. Risch, James [R-ID] (Introduced 09/23/2021) Cosponsors: (0) Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works Latest Action: Senate – 09/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.2825 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act to revise the definition of “affected area” and extend the period in which compensation may be provided, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT] (Introduced 09/23/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 09/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.2836 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to improve revegetation and carbon sequestration activities in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joseph [D-WV] (Introduced 09/23/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 09/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.2845 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide support for energy infrastructure projects in the Indo-Pacific region, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK] (Introduced 09/23/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 09/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

H.R.5345 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To authorize the Director of the United States Geological Survey to establish a regional program to assess, monitor, and benefit the hydrology of saline lakes in the Great Basin and the migratory birds and other wildlife dependent on those habitats, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Moore, Blake D. [R-UT-1] (Introduced 09/23/2021) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 09/23/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.5350 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 to promote timely exploration for geothermal resources under geothermal leases, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Fulcher, Russ [R-ID-1] (Introduced 09/23/2021) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 09/23/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Financial Services
S.2810 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure the solvency of the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund by extending the excise tax on coal.
Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joseph [D-WV] (Introduced 09/23/2021) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 09/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2812 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a small business start-up tax credit for veterans creating businesses in underserved communities.
Sponsor: Sen. Rosen, Jacklyn [D-NV] (Introduced 09/23/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 09/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2829 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require the Securities and Exchange Commission to require the contractual provision by large issuers of procedural privileges with respect to certain shareholder claims relating to board and management accountability for “woke” social policy actions as a condition of listing on a national securities exchange.
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 09/23/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 09/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2831 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the National Flood Insurance Program to accept mid-term cancellations of flood insurance coverage if the insured acquires alternative coverage.
Sponsor: Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT] (Introduced 09/23/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 09/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2832 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit the National Flood Insurance Program from providing flood insurance subsidies for single-family residences that are valued at more than $1,000,000, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT] (Introduced 09/23/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 09/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2833 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to address the premium rates for certain properties under the National Flood Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT] (Introduced 09/23/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 09/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Health Care
S.2814 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide for affordable access to insulin and epinephrine.
Sponsor: Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA] (Introduced 09/23/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 09/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2834 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to preserve access to rehabilitation innovation centers under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen. Durbin, Richard [D-IL] (Introduced 09/23/2021) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 09/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2837 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to clarify rules relating to drug discounts for covered entities.
Sponsor: Sen. Braun, Mike [R-IN] (Introduced 09/23/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 09/23/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.