Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will continue to debate the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, estimated to be completed on Thursday. The Senate will consider multiple nominations for positions within the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security.       

THE HOUSE      

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Motion to Adjourn – REJECTED 193 – 228

Began Consideration of the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3684 – Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Today 

“One Minutes” (15 per side)

Continue Consideration of Senate Amendment to H.R. 3684 – Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Rep. DeFazio – Transportation and Infrastructure)

The Rule, which was adopted on August 24th, provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  Members are advised that the House is expected to complete consideration of the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3684 on Thursday.

Suspensions (5 bills)

  1. H.R. 1693 – EQUAL Act (Rep. Jeffries – Judiciary)
  2. H.R. 4981 –To amend the Fentanyl Sanctions Act, to modify certain deadlines relating to the Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking (Rep. Trone – Foreign Affairs)
  3. H.R. 4250 – War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act (Rep. Foxx – Foreign Affairs)
  4. H.R. 1228 – Libya Stabilization Act, as amended (Rep. Deutch – Foreign Affairs)
  5. H.R. 4686 – Cambodia Democracy Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Chabot – Foreign Affairs)

Additional Legislative Items are Possible

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. Motion to invoke cloture on Calendar #137, H.R.5305, Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act; not invoked: 48-50.

Legislative Business

During Monday’s session, Senator Schumer entered a motion to reconsider with respect to the failed cloture vote on the motion to proceed to H.R.5305, Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act.

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #333, Karen Erika Donfried, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs), with the time until 11:30am equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Following disposition of the Donfried nomination, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #324, Monica P. Medina, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs), and immediately recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

Roll call votes are expected throughout Tuesday’s session. Under the agreement reached last week, there will be up to one hour of debate equally divided on each nomination prior to a vote on confirmation of each nomination:

  1. Executive Calendar #333, Karen Erika Donfried, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs),
  2. Executive Calendar #324, Monica P. Medina, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs)
  3. Executive Calendar #331, Mary Catherine Phee, of Illinois, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs).
  4. Executive Calendar #240, Todd D. Robinson, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs).
  5. Executive Calendar #334, Jessica Lewis, of Ohio, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Political-Military Affairs).

During Monday’s session, Senator Schumer filed cloture on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #264, Robert T. Anderson, of Washington, to be Solicitor of the Department of the Interior.
  2. Executive Calendar #159, Jonathan Eugene Meyer, of Ohio, to be General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security.

Those cloture motions will ripen during Wednesday’s session.

Tuesday, September 28th at approx. 11:30am – roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #333, Karen Erika Donfried, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs)

Tuesday, September 28th expected at approx. 3:15pm – roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #324, Monica P. Medina, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs)

Tuesday, September 28th at time TBD – up to one hour of debate, then roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #331, Mary Catherine Phee, of Illinois, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs).

Tuesday, September 28th at time TBD – up to one hour of debate, then roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #240, Todd D. Robinson, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs).

Tuesday, September 28th at time TBD – up to one hour of debate, then roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #334, Jessica Lewis, of Ohio, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Political-Military Affairs).

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Banking
CARES Act Oversight of the Treasury and Federal Reserve: Supporting an Equitable Pandemic Recovery

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

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Hearing to Review Administration of Laws Within FERC’s Jurisdiction

House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress
Modernizing the Congressional Support Agencies to Meet the Needs of an Evolving Congress

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Energy/Environment
H.R.5383 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to reauthorize the Smart Grid Investment Matching Grant Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-9] (Introduced 09/27/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 09/27/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5389 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish an excise tax on plastics.
Sponsor: Rep. Suozzi, Thomas R. [D-NY-3] (Introduced 09/27/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce; Natural Resources; Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 09/27/2021 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources, and Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Financial Services
S.2854 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to allow for the transfer and redemption of abandoned savings bonds.
Sponsor: Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA] (Introduced 09/27/2021) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 09/27/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2857 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit any Federal agency from requiring financial institutions to report on the financial transactions of their customers.
Sponsor: Sen. Tuberville, Tommy [R-AL] (Introduced 09/27/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 09/27/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2864 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the Secretary of the Treasury to submit to Congress a report on virtual currencies and global competitiveness.
Sponsor: Sen. Hassan, Maggie [D-NH] (Introduced 09/27/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 09/27/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2865 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to improve the unemployment insurance program.
Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] (Introduced 09/27/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 09/27/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Health Care
H.R.5377 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To facilitate the development of treatments for cancers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1] (Introduced 09/27/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 09/27/2021 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

H.R.5386 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Health Care Quality Improvement Act Of 1986 to recognize that physicians need to be protected from abuses of the peer reviewed process, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Scott, David [D-GA-13] (Introduced 09/27/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 09/27/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5388 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To establish a strategic active pharmaceutical ingredient reserve to maintain a domestic supply of active pharmaceutical ingredients and key starting materials needed for the manufacturing of essential generic medicines, and to build a pipeline for domestic active pharmaceutical ingredient production.
Sponsor: Rep. Spanberger, Abigail Davis [D-VA-7] (Introduced 09/27/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 09/27/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Tax
S.2856 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to regulate tax return preparers and refund anticipation payment arrangements.
Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory [D-NJ] (Introduced 09/27/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 09/27/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.5375 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To regulate tax return preparers and refund anticipation payment arrangements.
Sponsor: Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1] (Introduced 09/27/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 09/27/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.2859 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to clarify the use of certain taxes and revenues.
Sponsor: Sen. Warnock, Raphael [D-GA] (Introduced 09/27/2021) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 09/27/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.