Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House is not in session. The Senate will consider the legislative vehicle for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and circuit court judge nominations.  

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Ordering the Previous Question on H.Res. 848
 – The Rule providing consideration of H. Res. Recommending that the House of Representatives Find Mark Randall Meadows in Contempt of Congress for Refusal to Comply With a Subpoena Duly Issued by the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol – PASSED 218 – 209

Adoption of H. Res. 848 – The Rule providing consideration of H. Res. Recommending that the House of Representatives Find Mark Randall Meadows in Contempt of Congress for Refusal to Comply With a Subpoena Duly Issued by the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol – ADOPTED 220 – 210

Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 849 – The Rule providing consideration of H.R. 5665 Combating International Islamophobia Act – PASSED 220 – 210

Adoption of H. Res. 849 – Rule providing consideration of H.R. 5665 Combating International Islamophobia Act – ADOPTED 219 – 213

Ordering the Previous Question on H.Res. 852 – 
The Rule providing consideration of S. J. Res. 33 Joint resolution relating to increasing the debt limit – PASSED 220 – 212

Adoption of H. Res. 852 – 
The Rule providing consideration of S. J. Res. 33 Joint resolution relating to increasing the debt limit – ADOPTED 220 – 212

H. Res. 851 
Recommending that the House of Representatives Find Mark Randall Meadows in Contempt of Congress for Refusal to Comply With a Subpoena Duly Issued by the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol – PASSED 222 – 208 

H.R. 5665 
Combating International Islamophobia Act – PASSED 219 – 212 

Adoption of S. J. Res. 33 
– Resolution relating to increasing the debt limit – ADOPTED 221 – 209

Today

The House is not in session.  

The Senate

Yesterday

Cal. #184, S.J.Res.33, Debt Limit Increase: Passed, 50-49 Senator Lummis did not vote 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #402 Thea D. Rozman Kendler to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #587 Alanna McCargo to be President, Government National Mortgage Association. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #606 Dawn N. Ison to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan for the term of four years. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #497 Nickolas Guertin to be Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, Department of Defense. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #597 John Bradley Sherman to be Chief Information Officer of the Department of Defense. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #598 Carrie Frances Ricci to be General Counsel of the Department of the Army. 

Military promotions confirmed by unanimous consent: Exec. Cal. #600-604 and all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Space Force. 

Today

Vote Scheduled: At 11:30am, on Wednesday, December 15th, the Senate will proceed to two roll call votes on the following: 

Motion to concur in the House amendment to S.1605, National Defense Authorization Act for FY2022. 

Confirmation of Executive Calendar #533 Jennifer Sung to be US Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. 

At 2:15pm, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #576 Samantha D. Elliott to be US District Judge for the District of New Hampshire. 

HEARINGS COVERED 

SEC
Opening Meeting

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

S.Res.478 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A resolution amending rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate to increase the voting threshold to invoke cloture on general appropriation bills during periods of high inflation.
Sponsor: Sen. Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Rules and Administration
Latest Action: Senate – 12/14/2021 Referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.

S.J.Res.33 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A joint resolution joint resolution relating to increasing the debt limit.
Sponsor: Sen. Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action: House – 12/15/2021 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

Energy/Environment
S.3380 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from retroactively reducing certain determinations under the Renewable Fuel Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 12/14/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

H.R.6259 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To revise the authority provided to the President to impose export licensing requirements or other restrictions on the export of crude oil from the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Arrington, Jodey C. [R-TX-19] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (22)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 12/14/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

H.R.6291 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To provide for a comprehensive and integrative program to accelerate microelectronics research and development at the Department of Energy, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Tonko, Paul [D-NY-20] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: House – 12/14/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Financial Services
S.3381 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the Bureau of Indian Affairs to process and complete all mortgage packages associated with residential and business mortgages on Indian land by certain deadlines, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Indian Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 12/14/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

S.3382 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit the Administrator of the Small Business Administration from directly making loans under the 7(a) loan program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (19)
Committees: Senate – Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Latest Action: Senate – 12/14/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

S.3391 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to establish a registration exemption for merger and acquisition brokers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 12/14/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

H.R.6274 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to revise the membership requirements for the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO-3] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (23)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/14/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.6285 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to institute a trading prohibition for certain issuers that retain public accounting firms that have not been subject to inspection by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/14/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health Care
S.3389 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to establish a demonstration project to improve outpatient clinical care for individuals with sickle cell disease.
Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/14/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3393 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/14/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3394 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to emergency use authorization transparency.
Sponsor: Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/14/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3395 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to records and other information inspections.
Sponsor: Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/14/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.6257 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To prohibit the Federal Government from imposing a vaccine mandate on individuals traveling on public or private transportation for hire within the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Webster, Daniel [R-FL-11] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 12/14/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.6271 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve access to health care through expanded health savings accounts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. LaTurner, Jake [R-KS-2] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce; Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 12/14/2021 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.6275 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To prohibit the use of Federal funds to administer a COVID-19 vaccine to officers and employees of the U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or certain Department of the Interior officers and employees or require that such officers and employees receive such a vaccine as a condition of employment.
Sponsor: Rep. Mace, Nancy [R-SC-1] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Homeland Security; Natural Resources; Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 12/14/2021 Referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.6279 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To authorize a study on certain exemptions for treatment of opioid use disorder through opioid treatment programs during the COVID-19 public health emergency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Norcross, Donald [D-NJ-1] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/14/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6282 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend title III of the Public Health Service Act to eliminate immunity for manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Perry, Scott [R-PA-10] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/14/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Tax
S.3383 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the cover over of certain distilled spirits taxes.
Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/14/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3393 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/14/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.6277 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude ethylene from taxation under the Superfund excise tax.
Sponsor: Rep. Moolenaar, John R. [R-MI-4] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/14/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Transportation
H.R.6256 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To ensure that goods made with forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China do not enter the United States market, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs; Ways and Means; Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 12/14/2021 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

H.R.6270 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish a pilot program to provide grants related to advanced air mobility infrastructure, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Larsen, Rick [D-WA-2] (Introduced 12/14/2021) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 12/14/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.