Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider VA Electronic Health Record Modernization, other VA related bills, and Homeland Security legislation. The Senate will consider Treasury, Agriculture, and Financial Crimes nominations where cloture was previously invoked.  

THE HOUSE      

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Suspension of the Rules:

S. 1031 – To require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study on disparities associated with race and ethnicity with respect to certain benefits administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes – PASSED BY VOICE

H.R. 5671 – To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish seasonal influenza vaccines to certain individuals, and for other purposes, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE

H.R. 3665 – To designate the medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in San Diego, California, as the Jennifer Moreno Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and to support the designation of a component of such medical center in honor of Kathleen Bruyere – PASSED BY VOICE

S. 894 – Hire Veteran Health Heroes Act of 2021 to – PASSED BY VOICE

S. 1095 – Colonel John M. McHugh Tuition Fairness for Survivors Act of 2021 – PASSED 424 – 0 

Today

“One Minutes” (15 per side)

Suspensions (13 bills)

  1. H.R. 4591 – VA Electronic Health Record Transparency Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Mrvan – Veterans’ Affairs) 
  2. H.R. 5516 – VITAL Assessment Act, as amended (Rep. Ellzey – Veterans’ Affairs) 
  3. H.R. 2433 – Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act (Rep. Ruiz – Veterans’ Affairs) 
  4. H.R. 4626 – VA AIM Act, as amended (Rep. Bergman – Veterans’ Affairs) 
  5. H.R. 5603 – Protections for Student Veterans, as amended (Rep. Underwood – Veterans’ Affairs) 
  6. S. 796 – Protecting Moms Who Served Act of 2021 (Sen. Duckworth – Veterans’ Affairs) 
  7. H.R. 4233 – Student Veterans Counseling Centers Eligibility Act (Rep. Murphy (NC) – Veterans’ Affairs) 
  8. H.R. 147 – BRAVE Act, as amended (Rep. Norcross – Veterans’ Affairs) 
  9. H.R. 3730 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish in the Department of Veterans Affairs an Advisory Committee on United States Outlying Areas and Freely Associated States, and for other purposes, as amended (Rep. Sablan – Veterans’ Affairs) 
  10. H.R. 5721 – VIPER Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Takano – Veterans’ Affairs) 
  11. H.R. 2915 – HOPR Act, as amended (Rep. Correa – Homeland Security) 
  12. H.R. 5652 – DHS Acquisition Review Board Act of 2021 (Rep. Van Drew – Homeland Security) 
  13. H.R. 5574 – TRANSLATE Act, as amended (Rep. Titus – Homeland Security) 

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes 

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #401 Graham Scott Steele, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury; invoked: 55-38. 

Legislative Business 

Began the Rule 14 process to place the following bill on the Legislative Calendar of Business: 

1. S.3206, to repeal the provisions of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that impose new information reporting requirements with respect to digital asset transfers. (Cruz) 

Executive Business 

As a reminder, on November 4th, the Senate reached an agreement that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, the Senate proceed to Executive Session to consider Calendar #491, Jonathan Kanter, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Attorney General, and that there be 10 minutes for debate prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination. 

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #401 Graham Scott Steele, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, post-cloture.

At approximately 11:30am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Steele nomination and cloture on the Bonnie nomination (Agriculture).

Following the Bonnie cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

At 2:30pm, if cloture is invoked, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Bonnie nomination. Following disposition of the Bonnie nomination, if no further agreement is reached, the Senate will vote on cloture on the Nelson nomination (Treasury).

During Monday’s session, Senator Schumer filed cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #144, H.R.4350, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022. Unless an agreement is reached, this cloture vote is expected during Wednesday’s session.

Additional roll call votes are possible during Tuesday’s session.

Tuesday, November 16th at approx. 11:30am – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #401 Graham Scott Steele, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #345 Robert Farrell Bonnie, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm Production and Conservation.

Tuesday, November 16th at 2:30pm – up to 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #345 Robert Farrell Bonnie, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm Production and Conservation.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #463 Brian Eddie Nelson, of California, to be Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes.

HEARINGS COVERED 

House Financial Services
Markup

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Domestic and International Energy Price Trends

House Foreign Affairs
The Biden Administration’s Policy Priorities for Latin America and the Caribbean

House Ways and Means
The Opportunity Zone Program and Who it Left Behind

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Energy/Environment
H.R.5965 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To direct the Secretary of Energy to establish a pilot program to enter into contracts for payment of costs associated with using eligible hydrogen, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Tonko, Paul [D-NY-20] (Introduced 11/12/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 11/12/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.3205 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to establish an advanced industrial facilities deployment program and a State flex-tech energy program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Ossoff, Jon [D-GA] (Introduced 11/15/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 11/15/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Financial Services
S.3206 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to repeal the provisions of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that impose new information reporting requirements with respect to digital asset transfers.
Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 11/15/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action: Senate – 11/15/2021 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

H.R.5974 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Truth in Lending Act to extend the consumer credit protections provided to members of the Armed Forces and their dependents under title 10, United States Code, to all consumers.
Sponsor: Rep. Garcia, Jesus G. “Chuy” [D-IL-4] (Introduced 11/15/2021) Cosponsors: (16) Committees: House – Financial Services Latest Action: House – 11/15/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health Care
H.R.5967 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To ensure that institutions of higher education with COVID-19 vaccination requirements provide an opportunity for religious exemption from such requirements, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Norman, Ralph [R-SC-5] (Introduced 11/15/2021) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Education and Labor
Latest Action: House – 11/15/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

H.R.5981 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the exemption for telehealth services from certain high deductible health plan rules.
Sponsor: Rep. Steel, Michelle [R-CA-48] (Introduced 11/15/2021) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 11/15/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Tax
H.R.5972 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow employers a credit against income tax for employees who participate in qualified apprenticeship programs.
Sponsor: Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13] (Introduced 11/15/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Oversight and Reform
Latest Action: House – 11/15/2021 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Transportation
H.R.5964 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To enhance the policies, procedures, and training for the United States Merchant Marine Academy, to authorize infrastructure replacement and improvement projects at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Suozzi, Thomas R. [D-NY-3] (Introduced 11/12/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Armed Services; Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 11/15/2021 Referred to the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

S.3208 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to establish the Office of Supply Chain Resiliency within the Department of Commerce to provide expansion support to companies and supply chains in the United States that are vulnerable to shortages and price increases, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI] (Introduced 11/15/2021) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 11/15/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

H.R.5978 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To exempt Federal employees and contractors that are critical infrastructure workers from Federal COVID-19 vaccination mandates, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Newhouse, Dan [R-WA-4] (Introduced 11/15/2021) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Oversight and Reform
Latest Action: House – 11/15/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.