Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider the Protecting Our Democracy Act. The Senate will vote on cloture on the vehicle for the debt ceiling and circuit court judge nominations.  

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)

H.R. 5314 – Protecting Our Democracy Act (Rep. Schiff – Oversight and Reform) 

The Rule provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, makes in order 34 amendments, and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc.  A full list of amendments can be found here

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #585, Rachael S. Rollins, of Massachusetts, to be United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts; invoked: 50-50, with the vice president voting in the affirmative.
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #585, Rachael S. Rollins, of Massachusetts, to be United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts; confirmed: 50-50, with the vice president voting in the affirmative.
  3. 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; invoked: 60-39.
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #482, Michael D. Smith, of Virginia, to be Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service; confirmed: 58-41.
  5. Passage of 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”; passed: 52-48.

Legislative Business
Passed Calendar #154, S.2293 – CREW Act. 

Passed Calendar #81, S.693 – No CORRUPTION Act. 

Passed S.2796 – Rural Opioid Abuse Prevention Act. 

Adopted S.Res.476 – Wreaths Across America Day. 

Executive Business
Confirmed the following nominations
· All nominations placed on the Secretary’s desk in the Coast Guard.
· Executive Calendar #563, Jennifer Clyburn Reed, of South Carolina, to be Federal Cochairperson of the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the House message to accompany S.610, vehicle for debt ceiling track/Pay-Go/Medicare fix.

At approximately 12:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S.610. If cloture is invoked, it will be as if having been invoked at 1:00am.

As a result of cloture having been filed during Wednesday’s session on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S.1605 – vehicle for NDAA – there is a 1:00pm filing deadline for 1st degree amendments. The filing deadline for 2nd degree amendments will be 1 hour prior to the cloture vote, if cloture is invoked (this vote isn’t expected until next week).

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

Cloture has been filed 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.
  5. Motion to concur in the House amendment to S.1605, vehicle for NDAA

HEARINGS COVERED 

House Oversight and Reform
Unsustainable Drug Prices: Findings from the Committee’s Drug Pricing Investigation and the Need for Structural Reforms

House Financial Services
A Review of Diversity and Inclusion Performance at America’s Large Investment Firms

CSIS
A New Proposal for Effective Democratic Political Leadership in the Americas

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Cybersecurity
S.3335 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide liability protection for the sharing of information regarding suspected fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful robocalls, illegally spoofed calls, and other illegal calls by or with the registered consortium that conducts private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected unlawful robocalls, and for the receipt of such information by the registered consortium, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 12/08/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Latest Action: Senate – 12/08/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.3341 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress periodic reports on the costs, performance metrics, and outcomes of the Department of Veterans Affairs Electronic Health Record Modernization program.
Sponsor: Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS] (Introduced 12/08/2021) Cosponsors: (16)
Latest Action: Senate – 12/08/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Energy/Environment
H.R.6173 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To prohibit the President from revoking Presidential permits relating to cross-border energy facilities.
Sponsor: Rep. Walberg, Tim [R-MI-7] (Introduced 12/08/2021) Cosponsors: (12)
Latest Action: House – 12/08/2021 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.6176 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To provide for the development and issuance of a plan to increase oil and gas production on Federal land in conjunction with a drawdown of petroleum reserves from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Sponsor: Rep. Palazzo, Steven M. [R-MS-4] (Introduced 12/08/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action: House – 12/08/2021 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.6187 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To maintain the National Coal Council in the Department of Energy to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Energy on matters related to coal and the coal industry, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1] (Introduced 12/08/2021) Cosponsors: (11)
Latest Action: House – 12/08/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Financial Services
S.3340 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to establish a competitive grant program to provide assistance to support small businesses and business district revitalization in low-income, rural, and minority communities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Padilla, Alex [D-CA] (Introduced 12/08/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Latest Action: Senate – 12/08/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

H.R.6189 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To establish an Office of Emerging Markets within the Small Business Administration that will strengthen the development of small business concerns in emerging markets, including those owned by women, minorities, veterans, and those located in rural areas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2] (Introduced 12/08/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action: House – 12/08/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

Health Care
S.3336 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act with respect to the scheduling of fentanyl-related substances, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 12/08/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Latest Action: Senate – 12/08/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.6184 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Controlled Substances Act with respect to the scheduling of fentanyl-related substances, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Griffith, H. Morgan [R-VA-9] (Introduced 12/08/2021) Cosponsors: (27)
Latest Action: House – 12/08/2021 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,

S.3339 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to limit cost sharing for prescription drugs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Warnock, Raphael G. [D-GA] (Introduced 12/08/2021) Cosponsors: (10)
Latest Action: Senate – 12/08/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3344 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to protect the American Taxpayer and Medicare.
Sponsor: Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA] (Introduced 12/08/2021) Cosponsors: (11)
Latest Action: Senate – 12/08/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.6178 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To prohibit the Department of Defense from discharging or withholding pay or benefits from members of the National Guard based on COVID-19 vaccination status.
Sponsor: Rep. Bice, Stephanie I. [R-OK-5] (Introduced 12/08/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Latest Action: House – 12/08/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

Tax
H.R.6183 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a credit against tax, or refund of tax, for certain Federal insurance taxes for employees who are members of religious faiths which oppose participation in such insurance.
Sponsor: Rep. Gibbs, Bob [R-OH-7] (Introduced 12/08/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Latest Action: House – 12/08/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6192 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to classify certain automatic fire sprinkler system retrofits as 15-year property for purposes of depreciation.
Sponsor: Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-9] (Introduced 12/08/2021) Cosponsors: (2)
Latest Action: House – 12/08/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Transportation
S.3333 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to improve the accessibility of airline information and entertainment programming provided by air carriers on passenger flights, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] (Introduced 12/08/2021) Cosponsors: (5)
Latest Action: Senate – 12/08/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.