Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House and Senate with both attempt to avert a government shutdown by voting on legislation to fund the government with debt-limit language removed. The House is expected to receive the legislation from the Senate around 2-3pm.       

THE HOUSE      

Yesterday

Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 688 – The rule providing for consideration of the House Amendment to S. 1301 – Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act [Temporary Extension of Public Debt Limit], and of the bill H.R. 3110 – PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act, and of the bill H.R. 2119 – Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act of 2021, and of the bill H.R. 3992 – Protect Older Job Applicants (POJA) Act – PASSED 217 – 206 – 2

Adoption of H. Res. 688 – The rule providing for consideration of the House Amendment to S. 1301- Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act [Temporary Extension of Public Debt Limit], and of the bill H.R. 3110 – PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act, and of the bill H.R. 2119 – Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act of 2021, and of the bill H.R. 3992 – Protect Older Job Applicants (POJA) Act – ADOPTED 214 – 212

H.R. 3599 Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act of 2021 – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED 410 – 15
H.R. 1204 District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer Home Rule Act – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – FAILED 259 – 170
Republican Motion to Commit on House Amendment to S. 1301 – Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act [Temporary Extension of Public Debt Limit] – REJECTED 211 – 219
Passage of House Amendment to S. 1301 – Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act [Temporary Extension of Public Debt Limit] – PASSED 219 – 212

Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 4611 – DHS Software Supply Chain Risk Management Act of 2021, as amended – VOTE ORDERED
2) H.R. 4089 – Darren Drake Act, as amended – VOTE ORDERED
3) S. 1917 – K-12 Cybersecurity Act of 2021 – PASSED BY VOICE
4) H.R. 4094 – One-Stop Pilot Program Act of 2021, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE
5) H.R. 4682 – UAS Act, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE
6) H.R. 4426 – Homeland Security for Children Act, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE
7) H.R. 4363 – DHS Contract Reporting Act of 2021, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE

Today 

“One Minutes” (15 per side)

Consideration of Legislation Providing Funding for FY22
Complete Consideration of Senate Amendment to H.R. 3684 – Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Rep. DeFazio – Transportation and Infrastructure)
Additional Legislative Items are Possible

Possible Passage of Postponed Suspensions (4 votes)

  1. H.R. 1029 – Free Veterans from Fees Act (Rep. Steube – Natural Resources) 
  2. 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) 
  3. H.R. 4611 – DHS Software Supply Chain Risk Management Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Torres (NY) – Homeland Security) 
  4. H.R. 4089 – Darren Drake Act, as amended (Rep. Gottheimer – Homeland Security) 

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  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); confirmed: 73-26. 
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #324, Monica P. Medina, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs); confirmed: 61-36.
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #331, Mary Catherine Phee, of Illinois, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs) confirmed: 67-31.
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #240, Todd D. Robinson, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs); confirmed: 53-41.

Legislative Business
Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business:
·S.2868 – a bill to suspend the debt limit (Schumer)
·H.R.3755 – Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021
·H.R.5323 – Iron Dome Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021

Adopted S.Res.392 – National Forensic Science Week.
Adopted S.Res.393 – National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.

As a reminder, 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

As the Senate website continues to not post a floor wrap up, I have relied on PunchBowl News for coverage of daily action in the Senate:

Schumer has scheduled five votes beginning at 10:30 a.m. This is the start of the process to avert a government shutdown. Congressional leaders and the White House have agreed to a stopgap spending bill that funds federal agencies through Dec. 3. There’s tens of billions of dollars in additional money for disaster relief, as well as aid for the wave of Afghan refugees evacuated during the U.S. withdrawal.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) has an amendment to bar the federal government from providing Afghan evacuees with REAL IDs. It also limits federal benefits for Afghan “parolees” brought into the United States under humanitarian circumstances. SIVs (special immigrant visa recipients) get eight months of benefits, and parolees can get indefinite benefits. This amendment will be considered under a 50-vote threshold.
Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) has an amendment banning the use of federal funds to implement vaccine mandates. That will be considered at a 60-vote threshold.
Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) has a “No-budget, no-pay” amendment at a 60-vote threshold. This is an old conservative favorite.

Following those votes, there will be an amendment from Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chair of the Appropriations Committee, removing debt-limit language from the continuing resolution. This will probably be voice voted.

Then it’s on to final passage, which will also be at 60 votes. There should be wide bipartisan support for the legislation.

That means the House should get this bill in the 2-p.m.-to-3-p.m. neighborhood. Rules Committee Chair Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) offered a unanimous consent agreement on the House floor Wednesday night stipulating that the funding package doesn’t have to be considered by Rules but can go straight to the floor.

HEARINGS COVERED

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

Senate Banking
Nomination Hearing

House Veterans Affairs
Modernizing and Securing VA.s IT Infrastructure

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Cybersecurity
S.2902 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to modernize Federal information security management, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Peters, Gary [D-MI] (Introduced 09/29/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 09/29/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Energy/Environment
S.2894 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the imposition of sanctions with respect to Nord Stream 2 AG pursuant to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.
Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 09/29/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 09/29/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2896 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 to clarify whistleblower rights and protections, and for other purposes
Sponsor: Sen. Duckworth, Tammy [D-IL] (Introduced 09/29/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 09/29/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

H.R.5423 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish the advanced solar manufacturing production credit.
Sponsor: Rep. Kildee, Daniel T. [D-MI-5] (Introduced 09/29/2021) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 09/29/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Financial Services
S.2882 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend certain banking laws to establish requirements for bank mergers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] (Introduced 09/29/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 09/29/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

H.R.5419 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend certain banking laws to establish requirements for bank mergers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Garcia, Jesus G. “Chuy” [D-IL-4] (Introduced 09/29/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 09/29/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5429 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 to address the timing for the use of funds with respect to grants made to shuttered venue operators.
Sponsor: Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large] (Introduced 09/29/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Small Business
Latest Action: House – 09/29/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

Health Care
H.R.5414 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to ensure that children in foster care who are placed in a qualified residential treatment program are eligible for Medicaid.
Sponsor: Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12] (Introduced 09/29/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 09/29/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5416 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to establish additional authorities of the Food and Drug Administration regarding the conduct of pediatric investigations of molecularly targeted drugs to treat cancer, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1] (Introduced 09/29/2021) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 09/29/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5425 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to protect access to telehealth services under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep. O’Halleran, Tom [D-AZ-1] (Introduced 09/29/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 09/29/2021 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.5426 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for Medicare coverage of staff-assisted home dialysis for certain hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients and to ensure all patients are educated on modality options and receive the resources, information, and support to succeed on the modality of their choice, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1] (Introduced 09/29/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 09/29/2021 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

Tax
H.R.5415 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To provide the Secretary of the Treasury authority to increase the public debt limit.
Sponsor: Rep. Boyle, Brendan F. [D-PA-2] (Introduced 09/29/2021) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 09/29/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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