Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House and Senate are in Pro Forma sessions. 

THE HOUSE      

Yesterday

The House was not in session. 

Today

The House will meet at 10:00 am in a Pro Forma session. No votes are expected.   

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to discharge Catherine Elizabeth Lhamon, of California, to be Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Education, from the HELP Committee; agreed to: 50-49.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment with amendment #3847 (debt ceiling increase) with respect to S.1301; invoked: 61-38.
  3. Motion to concur in the House amendment with amendment #3847 (debt ceiling increase) with respect to S.1301; agreed to: 50-48.
  4. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #259, Gustavo A. Gelpi, of Puerto Rico, to be United States Circuit Judge for the First Circuit; invoked: 54-39.

Legislative Business
Passed S.544, Buddy Check Week 
Passed S.796, Protecting Moms Who Served Act w/Tester sub amdt

 Passed the following naming bills:
S.233 – Donna M. Doss Border Patrol Station
S.2205 – NC Courthouse Naming
S.1226 – PA Courthouse Naming
S.2126 – Louisa Swain Federal Office Building

Adopted the following resolutions:
S.Res.372 – National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week
S.Res.400 – National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
S.Res.411 – National Energy Efficiency Day 
S.Res.412 – Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Cell Day
S.Res.413 – Community Policing Week 
S.Res.414 – World Food Day 
S.Res.415 – National Wildlife Refuge Week 
S.Res.416 – National Chemistry Week 

Executive Business
Confirmed the following nominations:
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Executive Calendar #346 – Xochitl Torres Small, of New Mexico, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development

CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION
Executive Calendar #356 – Alexander Hoehn-Saric, of Maryland, to be Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission
Executive Calendar #357 – Alexander Hoehn-Saric, of Maryland, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2020

Today

The Senate will meet in a Pro Forma session at 11:30 am with no business conducted. 

HEARINGS COVERED

MedPAC
Improving Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment by Limiting the Influence of Outlier Predictions

MedPAC
Exploring Features of Medicare’s Alternative Payment Models

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Cybersecurity
S.2957 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to ensure the digital contents of electronic equipment and online accounts belonging to or in the possession of United States persons entering or exiting the United States are adequately protected at the border, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] (Introduced 10/07/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 10/07/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.2965 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the Federal Communications Commission to study the current and projected demands on rural broadband networks associated with data transmission due to increased network usage.
Sponsor: Sen. Braun, Mike [R-IN] (Introduced 10/07/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 10/07/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.2979 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act to establish the Office of Policy Development and Cybersecurity, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hickenlooper, John [D-CO] (Introduced 10/07/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 10/07/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Energy/Environment
S.2962 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to ensure market competition in onshore oil and gas leasing, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hickenlooper, John [D-CO] (Introduced 10/07/2021) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 10/07/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.2966 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide additional benefits to American workers whose employment has been impacted as a result of the transition to a clean energy economy.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 10/07/2021) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 10/07/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Financial Services
S.2953 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from requiring financial institutions to report on the financial transactions of their customers.
Sponsor: Sen. Tuberville, Tommy [R-AL] (Introduced 10/07/2021) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 10/07/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2981 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the National Housing Act to establish a mortgage insurance program for first responders, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 10/07/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 10/07/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Health Care
S.2952 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to allow manufacturers and sponsors of a drug to use alternative testing methods to animal testing to investigate the safety and effectiveness of a drug, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY] (Introduced 10/07/2021) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 10/07/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2971 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the Secretary of Labor to revise the Standard Occupational Classification System to accurately count the number of emergency medical services practitioners in the United States.
Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Bob [D-PA] (Introduced 10/07/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 10/07/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2973 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to establish an Inspector General of the National Institutes of Health.
Sponsor: Sen. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN] (Introduced 10/07/2021) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 10/07/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2974 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for a Reducing Youth Use of E-Cigarettes Initiative.
Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 10/07/2021) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 10/07/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2982 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to establish or expand programs to implement evidence-aligned practices in health care settings for the purpose of reducing the suicide rates of covered individuals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Schatz, Brian [D-HI] (Introduced 10/07/2021) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 10/07/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.2983 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide for an accelerated approval pathway for certain drugs that are authorized to be lawfully marketed in other countries.
Sponsor: Sen. Braun, Mike [R-IN] (Introduced 10/07/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 10/07/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Transportation
S.2961 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit a State or local government from using highway safety program funds for traffic control or traffic enforcement if such State or local government defunds the police, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 10/07/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 10/07/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.