Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider multiple assistance program bills. The Senate will consider federal court and assistant attorney general nominations.

THE HOUSE      

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Amendments to H.R. 2119:
Scott (D-VA) En Bloc #1
Kahele (D-HI), Case (D-HI) – Amendment No. 1 – Establishes a Native Hawaiian Resource Center parallel to the included Alaska Native Resource Center to ensure all Indigenous people have access to culturally sensitive family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence resources
OcasioCortez (D-NY) – Amendment No. 2 – Defines “child” as an individual who is younger than age 18, including those who are emancipated minors
Cohen (D-TN) – Amendment No. 4 – Clarifies grant eligibility to include legal aid organizations that provide violence prevention
Newman (D-IL) – Amendment No. 5 – Clarifies that state, territorial, and Tribal domestic violence coalitions may partner with mental health providers and substance use disorder treatment providers
Jackson Lee (D-TX) – Amendment No. 6 – Requires the Comptroller General to include in the study and report described in Section 19 the results of outreach to groups – including racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, tribal populations, and individuals who are geographically isolated – regarding increasing the availability and ease of access to services
Bush, Cori (D-MO) – Amendment No. 8 – Ensures domestic violence coalitions can provide housing and shelter services as primary and secondary prevention programs – ADOPTED 238 – 189
Scott (D-VA) En Bloc #2
Foxx (R-NC) – Amendment No. 3 – Reinstates the match requirement
Letlow, Julia (R-LA) – Amendment No. 7 – Reauthorizes the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act at $270 million, includes additional program accountability and reporting measures, and prohibits the use of funding for abortion services or referrals –REJECTED 175 – 250

Passage of H.R. 2119 – Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act of 2021 – PASSED 228 – 200

Today

“One Minutes” (15 per side)

Suspensions (5 bills)

  1. H.R. 5661 – Continued State Flexibility to Assist Older Foster Youth Act (Rep. Danny Davis – Ways and Means)
  2. H.R. 4035 – Real Justice for Our Veterans Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Jackson-Lee – Judiciary)
  3. S. 921 – Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Officers and Employees Protection Act (Sen. Cornyn – Judiciary)
  4. S. 1502 – COPS Counseling Act of 2021 (Sen. Cortez Masto – Judiciary)

S. 1511 – Protecting America’s First Responders Act of 2021, as amended (Sen. Grassley – Judiciary)

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #339, Jia M. Cobb, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia; invoked: 51-46.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #342, Karen McGlashan Williams, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey; invoked: 58-40.
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #364, Patricia Tolliver Giles, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia; invoked: 69-29.
  4. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #365, Michael S. Nachmanoff, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia; invoked: 51-46.
  5. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #366, Sarala Vidya Nagala, of Connecticut, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut; invoked: 52-46.
  6. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #339, Jia M. Cobb, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia; confirmed: 52-45.
  7. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #342, Karen McGlashan Williams, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey; confirmed: 56-38.
  8. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #364, Patricia Tolliver Giles, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia; confirmed: 68-27.

Legislative Business
Passed H.R.1899 – Ensuring Compliance Against Drug Diversion Act of 2021.
Passed S.1872 with Ernst substitute – United States Army Rangers Veterans of WWII Congressional Gold Medal Act.
Adopted S.Res.428 – recognizing October 2021 as “National Principals Month”.

Executive Business
Confirmed the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #429 – Jeffry Lane Flake to be to the Republic of Turkey
  2. Executive Calendar #430 – Tom Udall to be Ambassador to New Zealand and as Ambassador to the Independent State of Samoa
  3. Executive Calendar #457 – Cindy Hensley McCain for the rank of Ambassador during her tenure of service as U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture
  4. Executive Calendar #459 – Victoria Reggie Kennedy to be Ambassador to the Republic of Austria

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #367, Omar Antonio Williams, of Connecticut, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut.

At approximately 11:00am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Nachmanoff nomination (VA District Judge) and Nagala nomination (CT District Judge), and on the motion to invoke cloture on the Williams nomination.
At 2:15pm, the Senate will vote on the motions to invoke cloture on the Olsen nomination (Asst AG) and on the Schroeder nomination (Asst AG).
At 5:15pm, the Senate will vote on the motions to invoke cloture on the Dellinger nomination (Asst AG) and Prelogar nomination (Solicitor General).

If cloture is invoked on any of the nominations, the confirmation votes will occur at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Republican Leader. Those confirmation votes are expected to occur on Thursday.

As a reminder, cloture has been filed on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #367, Omar Antonio Williams, of Connecticut, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut
  2. Executive Calendar #347, Matthew G. Olsen, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Attorney General
  3. Executive Calendar #263, Christopher H. Schroeder, of North Carolina, to be Assistant Attorney General
  4. Executive Calendar #368, Hampton Y. Dellinger, of North Carolina, to be an Assistant Attorney General
  5. Executive Calendar #413, Elizabeth Prelogar, of Idaho, to be Solicitor General of the United States
  6. Executive Calendar #471, Beth Robinson, of Vermont, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit
  7. Executive Calendar #363, Toby J. Heytens, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit

Wednesday, October 27th at 11:00am – 3 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #365, Michael S. Nachmanoff, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #366, Sarala Vidya Nagala, of Connecticut, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #367, Omar Antonio Williams, of Connecticut, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut

Wednesday, October 27th at 2:15pm – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #347, Matthew G. Olsen, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Attorney General
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #263, Christopher H. Schroeder, of North Carolina, to be Assistant Attorney General

Wednesday, October 27th at 5:15pm – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #368, Hampton Y. Dellinger, of North Carolina, to be an Assistant Attorney General
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #413, Elizabeth Prelogar, of Idaho, to be Solicitor General of the United States

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Agriculture
CFTC Nomination Hearing

House Financial Services
Bringing Consumer Protection Back: A Semi-Annual Review of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Strategies for Improving Critical Energy Infrastructure

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Cybersecurity
S.3065 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to establish national data privacy standards in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV] (Introduced 10/26/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 10/26/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Energy/Environment
S.3066 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to establish a battery material processing grant program and a battery manufacturing and recycling grant program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV] (Introduced 10/26/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 10/26/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Financial Services
S.3076 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Federal Reserve Act to prohibit officers of the Federal Reserve from trading certain securities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 10/26/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 10/26/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

H.R.5734 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a system for the taxation of catastrophic risk transfer companies to ensure sufficient capital to cover catastrophic insurance losses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Himes, James A. [D-CT-4] (Introduced 10/26/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 10/26/2021 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Health Care
S.3073 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit discrimination in health care and require the provision of equitable health care, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Padilla, Alex [D-CA] (Introduced 10/26/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 10/26/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3079 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to exempt essential workers from Federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Sponsor: Sen. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN] (Introduced 10/26/2021) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 10/26/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.5728 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To prohibit the Secretary of Labor from using funds to draft, promulgate, or enforce a rule mandating that employers require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Cawthorn, Madison [R-NC-11] (Introduced 10/26/2021) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House – Education and Labor
Latest Action: House – 10/26/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

H.R.5741 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To provide an exemption to any Federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for any Federal employee or contractor who provides proof of COVID-19 antibodies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Newhouse, Dan [R-WA-4] (Introduced 10/26/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Oversight and Reform
Latest Action: House – 10/26/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

H.R.5742 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To prohibit discrimination in health care and require the provision of equitable health care, and for other purposes.Sponsor: Rep. Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-28] (Introduced 10/26/2021) Cosponsors: (22) Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means Latest Action: House – 10/26/2021 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
S.3077 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the limitation on the estate tax valuation of certain real property used in farming or other trades or businesses.
Sponsor: Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV] (Introduced 10/26/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 10/26/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.5723 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To protect our Social Security system and improve benefits for current and future generations.
Sponsor: Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1] (Introduced 10/26/2021) Cosponsors: (194)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Education and Labor; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 10/26/2021 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Education and Labor, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.5734 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a system for the taxation of catastrophic risk transfer companies to ensure sufficient capital to cover catastrophic insurance losses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Himes, James A. [D-CT-4] (Introduced 10/26/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 10/26/2021 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Transportation
S.3067 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend titles 23 and 49, United States Code, to provide for new and emerging technologies in transportation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV] (Introduced 10/26/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 10/26/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.