Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House is in a Pro Forma session. The Senate is considering nominations for various ambassador and circuit court judge appointments.  

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

The House was not in session.  

Today

The House is is a Pro Forma session.  

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to concur in the House amendment to S.1605, vehicle for NDAA; agreed to: 88-11.
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #533, Jennifer Sung, of Oregon, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; confirmed: 50-49.
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #576, Samantha D. Elliott, of New Hampshire, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Hampshire; confirmed: 62-37.

Legislative Business
By voice vote, passed H.R.5545, REMOTE Act.
Passed S.1404, Ghost Army Congressional Gold Medal, with Markey substitute amendment and Markey title amendment.
Agreed to H.Con.Res.64, Enrollment correction to the title of S.1605.

Executive Business
Confirmed the following nominations:
COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION
Exec. Cal. #539 – Rostin Behnam, of Maryland, to be Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Exec. Cal. #540 – Rostin Behnam, of Maryland, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for a term expiring June 19, 2026.

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #528 Atul Atmaram Gawande, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.

The Senate will recess from 1:00pm until 2:00pm to allow for a Democratic caucus meeting.

During Thursday’s session, Senator Schumer is expected to move to discharge the nomination of Holly A. Thomas, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit from the Judiciary Committee. Once the motion is made, there would be up to 4 hours of debate equally divided prior to a vote on the motion to discharge. This vote is expected tomorrow afternoon. Another message will be sent when the motion is made.

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

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

  1. Executive Calendar #528 Atul Atmaram Gawande, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.
  2. Executive Calendar #577 Linda Lopez, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California.
  3. Executive Calendar #579 Jinsook Ohta, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California.
  4. Executive Calendar #580 David Herrera Urias, of New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico.
  5. Executive Calendar #574 Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California.
  6. Executive Calendar #487 Jane M. Beckering, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Michigan.
  7. Executive Calendar #488 Shalina D. Kumar, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.
  8. Executive Calendar #575 Jennifer L. Thurston, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California.
  9. Executive Calendar #578 Katherine Marie Menendez, of Minnesota, to be United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota.
  10. Executive Calendar #573 Mary Katherine Dimke, of Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington.
  11. Executive Calendar #519 Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Principality of Andorra.
  12. Executive Calendar #526 Rahm Emanuel, of Illinois, to be Ambassador to Japan.
  13. Executive Calendar #446 Jack A. Markell, of Delaware, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, with the rank of Ambassador.
  14. Executive Calendar #442Bathsheba Nell Crocker, of the District of Columbia, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, with the rank of Ambassador.
  15. Executive Calendar #454 Mark Gitenstein, of Washington, to be Representative of the United States of America to the European Union, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
  16. Executive Calendar #447 Denise Campbell Bauer, of California, to be Ambassador to the French Republic, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Principality of Monaco.
  17. Executive Calendar #525 R. Nicholas Burns, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.
  18. Executive Calendar #440 Claire D. Cronin, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador to Ireland.
  19. Executive Calendar #323 Marcela Escobari, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.
  20. Executive Calendar #317 Marc Evans Knapper, of California, to be Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
  21. Executive Calendar #320 Rufus Gifford, of Massachusetts, to be Chief of Protocol, and to have the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service.
  22. Executive Calendar #572 Gabriel Sanchez, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

Thursday, December 16th at TBD afternoon – expected roll call vote:
Motion to discharge the nomination of Holly A. Thomas, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit from the Judiciary Committee.

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Cybersecurity
S.3396 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to improve the position of the Principal Cyber Advisor, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD] (Introduced 12/15/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Armed Services
Latest Action: Senate – 12/15/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

S.3410 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend section 13 of the Federal Trade Commission Act to provide for equitable relief, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT] (Introduced 12/15/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 12/15/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Energy/Environment
S.3400 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing a fee or reporting requirements on certain facilities for methane emissions.
Sponsor: Sen. Marshall, Roger [R-KS] (Introduced 12/15/2021) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 12/15/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.3402 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend title 54, United States Code, and the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act to prohibit medical discrimination relating to applications for commercial use authorizations and special recreation permits, and to clarify the status of the holders of commercial use authorizations and special recreation permits, and for other purposes
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 12/15/2021) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 12/15/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Financial Services
S.3409 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act 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: Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS] (Introduced 12/15/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 12/15/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Health Care
S.3399 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide a process to lock and suspend domain names used to facilitate the online sale of drugs illegally, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 12/15/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/15/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3401 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to maintain a list of the country of origin of all drugs marketed in the United States, to ban the use of Federal funds for the purchase of drugs manufactured in the People’s Republic of China, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR] (Introduced 12/15/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/15/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.