Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider multiple different pieces of legislation including potentially healthcare provisions or opioid related bills. The Senate will consider multiple nominations for the attorney positions for Massachusetts, circuit court judges, and postal positions.  

THE HOUSE

Yesterday 

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 838 – The rule providing for consideration on House Amendment to S. 610 Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act, and of the bill House Amendment to S. 1605 National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2022, and of the bill H.R. 5314 Protecting Our Democracy Act – PASSED 218 – 210

Adoption of H. Res. 838 – The rule providing for consideration of House Amendment to S. 610 Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act, and of the bill House Amendment to S. 1605 National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2022, and of the bill H.R. 5314 Protecting Our Democracy Act –PASSED 219 – 213

Passage of House Amendment to S. 610 – 
Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act – PASSED 222 – 212

Passage of House Amendment to S. 1605 –
 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 – PASSED 363 – 70 

Today

“One Minutes” (15 per side)

Suspensions (19 bills) 

  1. H.R. 5545 – REMOTE Act, as amended (Rep. Trone – Veterans’ Affairs) 
  2. H.R. 5746 – NASA Enhanced Use Leasing Extension Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Beyer – Science, Space, and Technology) 
  3. H.R. 4996 – Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Garamendi – Transportation and Infrastructure) 
  4. H.R. 4616 – Adjustable Interest Rate (LIBOR) Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Sherman – Financial Services) 
  5. H.R. 5290 – To extend authorization for livestock mandatory reporting (Rep. Scott (GA) – Agriculture) 
  6. H.R. 5608 – Chronic Wasting Disease Research and Management Act (Rep. Kind – Agriculture) 
  7. H.R. 4489 – National Forest Restoration and Remediation Act, as amended (Rep. Schrier – Agriculture) 
  8. H.R. 5609 – Cattle Contract Library Act of 2021 (Rep. Johnson (SD) – Agriculture) 
  9. H.R. 1155 – Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, as amended (Rep. McGovern – Foreign Affairs) 
  10. H.Res. 837 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the International Olympic Committee failed to adhere to its own human rights commitments, as amended (Rep. Wexton – Foreign Affairs) 
  11. H.Res. 317 – Condemning the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity being committed against Uyghurs and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups by the People’s Republic of China, as amended (Rep. McCaul  – Foreign Affairs) 
  12. H.R. 3537 – Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act, as amended (Rep. Quigley – Energy and Commerce) 
  13. H.R. 5487 – SHINE for Autumn Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Herrera Beutler – Energy and Commerce) 
  14. H.R. 5561 – Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Guthrie – Energy and Commerce) 
  15. H.R. 5551 – Improving the Health of Children Act, as amended (Rep. Carter (GA) – Energy and Commerce) 
  16. H.R. 1193 – Cardiovascular Advances in Research and Opportunities Legacy Act, as amended (Rep. Barr – Energy and Commerce) 
  17. H.R. 1667 – Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, as amended (Rep. Wild – Energy and Commerce) 
  18. H.R. 4555 – Oral Health Literacy and Awareness Act of 2021 (Rep. Cardenas – Energy and Commerce) 
  19. H.R. 5119 – To amend title VI of the Social Security Act to extend the coverage of Coronavirus Relief Fund payments to Tribal Governments, as amended (Rep. O’Halleran – Oversight and Reform)  

Possible Postponed Suspensions (14 votes) 

  1. H.R. 2355 – Opioid Prescription Verification Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Rodney Davis – Energy and Commerce) 
  2. H.R. 2364 – Synthetic Opioid Danger Awareness Act, as amended (Rep. Kim (NJ) – Energy and Commerce) 
  3. H.R. 3743 – Supporting the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the Food and Drug Administration Act (Rep. Hudson – Energy and Commerce) 
  4. H.R. 3894 – CARING for Social Determinants Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Blunt Rochester – Energy and Commerce) 
  5. H.R. 897 – Agua Caliente Land Exchange Fee to Trust Confirmation Act, as amended (Rep. Ruiz – Natural Resources) 
  6. H.R. 2074 – Indian Buffalo Management Act, as amended (Rep. Young – Natural Resources) 
  7. H.R. 3531 – Women Who Worked on the Home Front World War II Memorial Act, as amended (Rep. Norton – Natural Resources) 
  8. H.R. 4706 – Blackwell School National Historic Site Act (Rep. Gonzales – Natural Resources) 
  9. H.R. 5677 – To make technical amendments to update statutory references to certain provisions classified to title 2, United States Code, title 50, United States Code, and title 52, United States Code (Rep. Dean – Judiciary) 
  10. H.R. 5679 – To make technical amendments to update statutory references to certain provisions classified to title 7, title 20, and title 43, United States Code (Rep. Jones – Judiciary) 
  11. H.R. 5695 – To make technical amendments to update statutory references to certain provisions which were formerly classified to chapters 14 and 19 of title 25, United States Code (Rep. Issa – Judiciary) 
  12. H.R. 5705 – To make technical amendments to update statutory references to provisions reclassified to title 34, United States Code (Rep. Bentz – Judiciary) 
  13. H.R. 5961 – To make revisions in title 5, United States Code, as necessary to keep the title current, and to make technical amendments to improve the United States Code (Rep. Neguse – Judiciary) 
  14. H.R. 5982 – To make revisions in title 51, United States Code, as necessary to keep the title current, and to make technical amendments to improve the United States Code (Rep. Fischbach – Judiciary) 

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #567, Jessica Rosenworcel, of Connecticut, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission; confirmed: 68-31.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #480, Dierdre Hamilton, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Mediation Board; invoked: 51-48.
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #480, Dierdre Hamilton, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Mediation Board; confirmed: 52-48.
  4. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #513, Chris Magnus, of Arizona, to be Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection; invoked: 52-47.
  5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #513, Chris Magnus, of Arizona, to be Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection; confirmed: 50-47.
  6. Motion to discharge S.J.Res.31, re: disapproval of Saudi arms sale; not agreed to: 30-67.

Legislative Business
Passed Calendar #173, S.2629 – Better Cybercrime Metrics Act
Agreed to S.Con.Res.22– Use of Catafalque
Agreed to S.Con.Res.23 – Use of Rotunda

Executive Business
Confirmed the following nominations:

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Exec. Cal. #534 – Clare E. Connors, of Hawaii, to be United States Attorney for the District of Hawaii for the term of four years
Exec. Cal. #535 – Zachary A. Cunha, of Rhode Island, to be United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island for the term of four years
Exec. Cal. #536 – Nikolas P. Kerest, of Vermont, to be United States Attorney for the District of Vermont for the term of four years
Exec. Cal. #581 – Gregory K. Harris, of Illinois, to be United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois for the term of four years
Exec. Cal. #582– Philip R. Sellinger, of New Jersey, to be United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey for the term of four years
Exec. Cal. #583 – Brandon B. Brown, of Louisiana, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana for the term of four years
Exec. Cal. #584 – Ronald C. Gathe, Jr., of Louisiana, to be United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana for the term of four years

POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION
Exec.Cal. #558 – Michael Kubayanda, of Ohio, to be a Commissioner of the Postal Regulatory Commission for a term expiring November 22, 2026

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Exec. Cal. #555 – Erik Adrian Hooks, of North Carolina, to be Deputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

At approximately 11:30am, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #585, Rachael S. Rollins, of Massachusetts, to be United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts for the term of four years.

If cloture is invoked on the nomination, at approximately 2:15pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Rollins nomination. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on cloture on Executive Calendar #482, Michael D. Smith, of Virginia, to be Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

If cloture is invoked on the nomination, at approximately 5:15pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Smith nomination.

During Wednesday’s session, the Senate is expected to consider S.J.Res.29, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to “COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard”.

Additional roll call votes are expected during Wednesday’s session.

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

  1. Motion to concur in the House amendment to S.610, vehicle for debt ceiling track/Pay-Go/Medicare fix.
  2. Executive Calendar #486 Lucy Haeran Koh, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  3. Executive Calendar #533 Jennifer Sung, of Oregon, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  4. Executive Calendar #576 Samantha D. Elliott, of New Hampshire, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Hampshire.

Wednesday, December 8th at approx. 11:30am – roll call vote:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #585, Rachael S. Rollins, of Massachusetts, to be United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts for the term of four years.

Wednesday, December 8th at approx. 2:15pm – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #585, Rachael S. Rollins, of Massachusetts, to be United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts for the term of four years.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #482, Michael D. Smith, of Virginia, to be Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Wednesday, December 8th at approx. 5:15pm – roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #482, Michael D. Smith, of Virginia, to be Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

HEARINGS COVERED 

Summit for Democracy
Private Sector Forum: Our Business Too — Democracy & Private Enterprise Delivering Together

House Financial Services
Digital Assets and the Future of Finance: Understanding the Challenges and Benefits of Financial Innovation in the United States

House Foreign Affairs
Biosecurity for the Future: Strengthening Deterrence and Detection

Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense
The Athena Agenda: Executing the Apollo Program for Biodefense

House Ways and Means
The Pandora Papers and Hidden Wealth

House Veterans Affairs
Removing Barriers to Veteran Home Ownership

House Energy and Commerce
The Future of Biomedicine: Translating Biomedical Research into Personalized Health Care

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

H.R.6144 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To delay and offset the sequester to occur in January 2022 under the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Jason [R-MO-8] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Budget; Energy and Commerce; Judiciary; Agriculture; Oversight and Reform
Latest Action: House – 12/07/2021 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on the Budget, Energy and Commerce, the Judiciary, Agriculture, and Oversight and Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Cybersecurity
S.3330 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit the use of exploitative and deceptive practices by large online operators and to promote consumer welfare in the use of behavioral research by such providers.
Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 12/07/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.3331 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 to improve the semiconductor incentive program of the Department of Commerce.
Sponsor: Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 12/07/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

H.R.6164 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To require the Federal Trade Commission to conduct a study on scams that target travelers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/07/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Energy/Environment
S.3322 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the imposition of sanctions with respect to Nord Stream 2 AG.
Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 12/07/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

H.R.6146 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish business tax credits for producing electricity from stranded natural gas and for certain infrastructure relating to stranded gas.
Sponsor: Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/07/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6154 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To exclude costs of reviewing applications for advanced nuclear reactor licenses from the activities for which the Nuclear Regulatory Commission assesses fees, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Gonzalez, Anthony [R-OH-16] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/07/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6168 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the emission of any greenhouse gas in any quantity from any new electric utility steam generating unit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (21)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Natural Resources; Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 12/07/2021 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources, and Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Financial Services
S.3325 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to make companies that support venues and events eligible for grants under the shuttered venue operators grant program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Latest Action: Senate – 12/07/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

H.R.6145 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To require the appropriate Federal banking agencies to develop a Community Bank Leverage Ratio that is between 8 percent 8.5 percent for calendar years 2022, 2023, and 2024, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Mann, Tracey [R-KS-1] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/07/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health Care
S.3327 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to require the Attorney General to make procurement quotas for opioid analgesics publicly available, and for other purposes
Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 12/07/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.3332 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to allow States to promote Medicaid objectives through work or community engagement requirements.
Sponsor: Sen. Braun, Mike [R-IN] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/07/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.6143 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To provide for certain Medicare program extensions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Schrier, Kim [D-WA-8] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce; Budget
Latest Action: House – 12/07/2021 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.6149 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to develop and test an expanded and advanced role for direct-care workers who provide long-term services and supports to older adults and people with disabilities in efforts to coordinate care and improve the efficiency of service delivery, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-8] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/07/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6150 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to require the Attorney General to make procurement quotas for opioid analgesics publicly available, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 12/07/2021 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.6159 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To prohibit Federal funds for any State, local, Tribal, or private entity that operates or controls an injection center in violation of section 416 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 856; commonly referred to as the “Crack House Statute”).
Sponsor: Rep. Malliotakis, Nicole [R-NY-11] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House – Oversight and Reform
Latest Action: House – 12/07/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

H.R.6160 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act and title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to provide for coverage of certain drugs used in the treatment or management of a rare disease or condition, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/07/2021 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.6170 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To prohibit any entity from imposing a mandate that individuals be vaccinated against COVID-19, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Van Drew, Jefferson [R-NJ-2] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/07/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Tax
H.R.6146 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish business tax credits for producing electricity from stranded natural gas and for certain infrastructure relating to stranded gas.
Sponsor: Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/07/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6161 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to temporarily reinstate the employee retention credit for employers subject to closure due to COVID-19.
Sponsor: Rep. Miller, Carol D. [R-WV-3] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/07/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6171 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To modify the competitive need limitation provisions under the Generalized System of Preferences program.
Sponsor: Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/07/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Transportation
H.R.6152 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To direct the Secretary of Commerce to conduct a study on the feasibility of manufacturing in the United States products for critical infrastructure sectors, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (28)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/07/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6157 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To require the Secretary of State to implement a strategy to reduce reliance on concentrated supply chains for critical goods, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL-16] (Introduced 12/07/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/07/2021 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker