Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House is not in session. The Senate will consider multiple nominations throughout the day. 

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

The House was in a Pro Forma session.  

Today

The House is not in session.  

The House will meet on Monday in a Pro Forma session.  

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Agreed to, 50-46: Motion to discharge from Judiciary PN1169 Holly A. Thomas to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
  2. Confirmed, 75-18: Executive Calendar #525 R. Nicholas Burns to be Ambassador of the US to the People’s Republic of China.
  3. Confirmed, 76-13: Executive Calendar #626 Ramin Toloui to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Economic and Business Affairs).
  4. Confirmed, 85-5: Executive Calendar #619 Rashad Hussain to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.
  5. Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #315 Karen Jean Hedlund to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board for a term expiring December 31, 2025.
  6. Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #622 Thomas Barrett to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
  7. Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #629 Shannon Corless to be Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of the Treasury.
  8. Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #630 Kurt D. DelBene to be an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Information and Technology).
  9. Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #595 Lisa W. Wang to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce.
  10. Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #596 Maria Louise Lago to be Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade.
  11. Military Promotions confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #607-608, and all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Army, Foreign Service, and Space Force.
  12. Vote Scheduled: At 10:00am, on Friday, December 17th, the Senate will proceed to a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #528, Atul Atmaram Gawande to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.

Today

9:30 a.m.

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

10:00 a.m.

The Senate will conduct a colture VOTE on the nomination.

On Wednesday, colture was filed on the following:

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 to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, with the rank of Ambassador;
14) Executive Calendar #442, Bathsheba Nell Crocker, of the District of Columbia, to be Representative 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 to the European Union, with the rank and status of Ambassador;
16) Executive Calendar #447, Denise Campbell Bauer, of California, to be Ambassador to the French Republic, and to serve concurrently to the Principality of Monaco;
17) Executive Calendar #440, Claire D. Cronin, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador to Ireland;
18) Executive Calendar #323, Marcela Escobari, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development;
19) Executive Calendar #317, Marc Evans Knapper, of California, to be Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam;
20) Executive Calendar #320, Rufus Gifford, of Massachusetts, to be Chief of Protocol, and to have the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service; and
21) Executive Calendar #572, Gabriel P. Sanchez, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

HEARINGS COVERED 

FSOC
Open Meeting

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/Environment
S.3428 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to establish a program to provide Federal financial assistance to support advanced nuclear reactors and associated supply chain infrastructure, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 12/16/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.3430 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to maintain the National Coal Council in the Department of Energy to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Energy on matters relating to coal and the coal industry, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 12/16/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

H.R.6297 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To prohibit a drawdown and sale of petroleum products from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve if the President has withdrawn certain land from oil and gas leasing, and for other purposes
Sponsor: Rep. Budd, Ted [R-NC-13] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/16/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6298 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To direct the President to transmit to Congress a plan to address rising energy prices in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Carter, Earl L. “Buddy” [R-GA-1] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (13)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/16/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6316 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To help increase the development, distribution, and use of clean cookstoves and fuels to improve health, protect the climate and environment, empower women, create jobs, and help consumers save time and money.
Sponsor: Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs; Energy and Commerce; Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: House – 12/16/2021 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Financial Services
S.3419 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to reform policies and issue guidance related to health and safety accountability, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 12/16/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

H.R.6317 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Small Business Act to address the participation of cooperatives in the program carried out under section 7(a) of that Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Small Business; Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 12/16/2021 Referred to the Committee on Small Business, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Health Care
S.3412 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit the use of Federal funds to enforce the rule submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services relating to COVID-19 vaccine and mask requirements for Head Start programs.
Sponsor: Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (18)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/16/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3413 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the credit for health insurance costs of eligible individuals.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/16/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3414 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the Government Accountability Office to evaluate the policies and actions of the National Institutes of Health with respect to research involving the enhancement of potential pandemic pathogens and related activities.
Sponsor: Sen. Marshall, Roger [R-KS] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/16/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3417 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities who need long-term services and supports, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/16/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3418 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide emergency assistance to States, territories, Tribal nations, and local areas affected by substance use disorder, including the use of opioids and stimulants, and to make financial assistance available to States, territories, Tribal nations, local areas, public or private nonprofit entities, and certain health providers, to provide for the development, organization, coordination, and operation of more effective and cost efficient systems for the delivery of essential services to individuals with substance use disorder and their families.
Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (13)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/16/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.6311 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To provide emergency assistance to States, territories, Tribal nations, and local areas affected by substance use disorder, including the use of opioids and stimulants, and to make financial assistance available to States, territories, Tribal nations, local areas, public or private nonprofit entities, and certain health providers, to provide for the development, organization, coordination, and operation of more effective and cost efficient systems for the delivery of essential services to individuals with substance use disorder and their families.
Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (96)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Natural Resources; Judiciary; Oversight and Reform
Latest Action: House – 12/16/2021 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources, the Judiciary, and Oversight and Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

S.3422 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to establish a grant program to support schools of medicine and schools of osteopathic medicine in underserved areas.
Sponsor: Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/16/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3427 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a Neuroscience Center of Excellence.
Sponsor: Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/16/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.6302 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To provide for the establishment of a program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with respect to healthy aging and to authorize grants to health departments to carry out healthy aging programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Frankel, Lois [D-FL-21] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/16/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6303 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend title 10, United States Code, to improve the administration of the TRICARE program in Puerto Rico, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Resident Commissioner González-Colón, Jenniffer [R-PR-At Large] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Armed Services
Latest Action: House – 12/16/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

H.R.6304 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to prohibit any emergency temporary standard that includes a vaccine or drug mandate.
Sponsor: Rep. Hartzler, Vicky [R-MO-4] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (30)
Committees: House – Education and Labor
Latest Action: House – 12/16/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

H.R.6305 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To ensure the security of biomedical research, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Hudson, Richard [R-NC-8] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/16/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6308 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the way beneficiaries are assigned under the Medicare shared savings program by also basing such assignment on primary care services furnished by nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and clinical nurse specialists.
Sponsor: Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/16/2021 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.6312 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To prohibit the use of Federal funds to enforce the rule submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services relating to COVID-19 vaccine and mask requirements for Head Start programs.
Sponsor: Rep. McClain, Lisa C. [R-MI-10] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Education and Labor
Latest Action: House – 12/16/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

H.R.6321 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To require the head of each Federal agency, within 100 calendar days, to complete all pending Freedom of Information Act requests related to a drug or medical device to prevent, diagnose, mitigate, or treat COVID-19, gain-of-function or potential pandemic pathogen research, or a policy, rule, or standard requiring COVID-19 vaccination of individuals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Roy, Chip [R-TX-21] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House – Oversight and Reform; Appropriations
Latest Action: House – 12/16/2021 Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and in addition to the Committee on Appropriations, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Tax
S.3411 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include expenses for certain athletic supplies in the above-the-line deduction for eligible educators, and to allow such deduction to interscholastic sports administrators and coaches.
Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/16/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3424 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow early childhood educators to take the educator expense deduction, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/16/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.6300 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a tax of 100 percent on amounts received as statutory damages under certain lawsuits filed under State law and to require the Secretary of the Treasury to issue grants for amounts paid under such State laws and reasonable attorney’s fees.
Sponsor: Rep. Fletcher, Lizzie [D-TX-7] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/16/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6309 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To establish a United States strategy to counter threats to supply chains for critical goods, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL-16] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/16/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6318 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain tax benefits related to empowerment zones to the District of Columbia.
Sponsor: Del. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large](Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/16/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Transportation
H.R.6306 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend title 10, United States Code, to provide for a definition of “disaster-related emergency” for purposes of the Department of Defense excess personal property program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Jackson, Ronny [R-TX-13] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House – Armed Services; Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 12/16/2021 Referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.6314 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To require the Federal Communications Commission to reform the contribution system of the Universal Service Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2] (Introduced 12/16/2021) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/16/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.