Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House is in a Pro Forma session. The Senate is in a Pro Forma session. See the Friday and Saturday summary under the Senate for a list of all confirmations that went late into Friday night and Saturday morning.  

THE HOUSE

Friday

 The House was not in session.  

Today

The House was not in session.  

The Senate

Friday and Saturday 

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #528 Atul Atmaram Gawande, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development; invoked: 49-31.
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #528 Atul Atmaram Gawande, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development; confirmed: 48-31.
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #577 Linda Lopez, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California; invoked: 47-30.
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #577 Linda Lopez, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California; confirmed: 48-25.
  5. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #579 Jinsook Ohta, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California; invoked: 47-25.
  6. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #579 Jinsook Ohta, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California; confirmed: 47-24.
  7. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #580 David Herrera Urias, of New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico; confirmed: 45-25.
  8. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #580 David Herrera Urias, of New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico; confirmed: 45-26.
  9. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #574 Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; invoked: 47-24.
  10. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #574 Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; confirmed: 46-24.
  11. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #487 Jane M. Beckering, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Michigan; invoked: 46-24.
  12. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #487 Jane M. Beckering, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Michigan; confirmed: 45-25.
  13. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #488 Shalina D. Kumar, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan; invoked: 45-25.
  14. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #488 Shalina D. Kumar, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan; confirmed: 44-25.
  15. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #575 Jennifer L. Thurston, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California; invoked: 46-24.
  16. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #575 Jennifer L. Thurston, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California; confirmed: 46-24.
  17. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #578 Katherine Marie Menendez, of Minnesota, to be United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota; invoked: 49-21.
  18. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #578 Katherine Marie Menendez, of Minnesota, to be United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota; confirmed: 49-21
  19. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #573 Mary Katherine Dimke, of Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington; invoked: 47-23.
  20. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #573 Mary Katherine Dimke, of Washington, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington; confirmed: 47-23.
  21. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #526 Rahm Emanuel, of Illinois, to be Ambassador to Japan; confirmed: 48-21.
  22. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #572 Gabriel Sanchez, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; invoked: 44-24
  23. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #635 Holly A. Thomas, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; invoked: 42-25.

Legislative Business
Passed the following bills:
S.1760 – Daniel Kahikina Akaka VA Clinic
S.2514 – “Col. Gail S. Halvorsen “Candy Bomber” Veterans Center”
Cal #142, S.2551 – AI Training Act, w/Peters amdt
S.3437, to extend certain COVID–19 bankruptcy relief provisions through March 27, 2022.
H.R. 1664, National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation
H.R. 1192, PRRADA

Agreed to S.Con.Res.24, Enrollment correction of S.1605 

Adopted the following resolutions:
S.Res.447 – National Grain and Feed Association 125th Anniversary
S.Res.483 – Pensacola Naval Air Station

The Senate reached an agreement that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, following consultation with the Republican Leader, no later than January 14, 2022, the Senate proceed to the consideration of S.3436 re: sanctions/Nord Stream 2 introduced by Senator Cruz; that there be 2 hours of debate equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees on the bill; that upon the use or yielding back of that time, the bill be considered read a third time, and the Senate vote on passage of the Cruz bill , with 60-affirmative votes required for passage, with no amendments in order and without intervening action or debate.

Executive Business
By voice votes, confirmed the following nominations:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Executive Calendar #442 Bathsheba 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Executive Calendar #440 Claire D. Cronin, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador to Ireland.
  7. Executive Calendar #323 Marcela Escobari, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.
  8. Executive Calendar #317 Marc Evans Knapper, of California, to be Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
  9. Executive Calendar #320 Rufus Gifford, of Massachusetts, to be Chief of Protocol, and to have the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service.
  10. Executive Calendar #233, Larry Edward Andre, Jr., of Texas, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Republic of Somalia
  11. Executive Calendar #234, Elizabeth Moore Aubin, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria.
  12. Executive Calendar #235Executive Calendar #235, Maria E. Brewer, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Lesotho.
  13. Executive Calendar #236, Christopher John Lamora, of Rhode Island, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Cameroon
  14. Executive Calendar #237, Tulinabo S. Mushingi, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Angola, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe.
  15. Executive Calendar #238, Eugene S. Young, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of the Congo.
  16. Executive Calendar #239, Michele Jeanne Sison, of Maryland, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Ambassador, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Organization Affairs)
  17. Executive Calendar #318, Christopher P. Lu, of Virginia, to be Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform, with the rank of Ambassador.
  18. Executive Calendar #319, Christopher P. Lu, of Virginia, to be an Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations, during his tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations for U.N. Management and Reform.
  19. Executive Calendar #403, Alexia Marie Gabrielle Latortue, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
  20. Executive Calendar #431, Steven C. Bondy, of New Jersey, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
  21. Executive Calendar #432, Michael Raynor, of Maryland, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Senegal, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Guinea-Bissau.
  22. Executive Calendar #433, Adam Scheinman, of Virginia, to be Special Representative of the President for Nuclear Nonproliferation, with the rank of Ambassador.
  23. Executive Calendar #434, Sharon L. Cromer, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of The Gambia.
  24. Executive Calendar #435, Troy Damian Fitrell, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Guinea
  25. Executive Calendar #436, Marc Ostfield, of Pennsylvania, a Career Member of the Senior Executive Service, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Paraguay.
  26. Executive Calendar #439, Cynthia Ann Telles, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Costa Rica. 
  27. Executive Calendar #448, Kent Doyle Logsdon, of Pennsylvania, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Moldova.
  28. Executive Calendar #449, Caryn R. McClelland, of California, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Brunei Darussalam. 
  29. Executive Calendar #450, Michael J. Murphy, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Bosnia and Herzegovina. 
  30. Executive Calendar #455, Laura S. H. Holgate, of Virginia, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Vienna Office of the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador. 
  31. Executive Calendar #516, Peter D. Haas, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of MinisterCounselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh 
  32. Executive Calendar #517, Julie Chung, of California, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of MinisterCounselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. 
  33. Executive Calendar #518, Patricia Mahoney, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Central African Republic. 
  34. Executive Calendar #520, Peter Hendrick Vrooman, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Mozambique. 
  35. Executive Calendar #522, Elizabeth Anne Noseworthy Fitzsimmons, of Delaware, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Togolese Republic. 
  36. Executive Calendar #523, Brian Wesley Shukan, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Benin. 
  37. Executive Calendar #524, David R. Gilmour, of the District of Columbia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. 
  38. Executive Calendar #617, Jamie L. Harpootlian, of South Carolina, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Slovenia. 
  39. Executive Calendar #618, Mark Brzezinski, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Poland. 
  40. Executive Calendar #620, Marc R. Stanley, of Texas, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Argentine Republic. 
  41. Executive Calendar #621, Scott Miller, of Colorado, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Swiss Confederation, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Principality of Liechtenstein. 
  42. Executive Calendar #623, Michael M. Adler, of Florida, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Belgium. 
  43. Executive Calendar #624, Erik D. Ramanathan, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Sweden. 
  44. Executive Calendar #625 John R. Bass, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be an Under Secretary of State (Management) 
  45. PN 605 Elizabeth Rosenberg, of Vermont, to be Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing, Department of the Treasury 
  46. Executive Calendar #489, Armando O. Bonilla, of the District of Columbia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years 
  47. Executive Calendar #490, Carolyn N. Lerner, of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years 
  48. Executive Calendar #416, Catherine A. McLaughlin, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a term expiring October 6, 2024 
  49. Executive Calendar #418, Lynnette Young Overby, of Delaware, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for the remainder of the term expiring January 26, 2022 
  50. Executive Calendar #419, Ismael N. Ahmed, of Michigan, to be a Member of the National Council on the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2024 
  51. Executive Calendar #422, Huascar Medina, of Kansas, to be a Member of the National Council on the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2026 
  52. Executive Calendar #426, Fagan Harris, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a term expiring October 6, 2023 
  53. Executive Calendar #531, Matthew S. Axelrod, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce 
  54. Executive Calendar #570, Maria Rosario Jackson, of the District of Columbia, to be Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts for a term of four years 
  55. Executive Calendar #591, Dennis DeConcini, of Arizona, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation for a term expiring April 17, 2026 
  56. Executive Calendar #592, Joseph M. Green, of North Carolina, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation for a term expiring March 3, 2022 

At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate will vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #635 Holly A. Thomas, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

All the nominations received by the Senate during the 117th Congress, first session, will remain in status quo, notwithstanding the provisions of rule XXXI, paragraph 6, of the Standing Rules of the Senate, with the following exceptions:
Cal #’s 262, 265, 300, 313, 314, 348, 349, 355, 405, 407, 408, 415, 456, 460, 464, 468, 469, 483, 484, 485, 504, 510, 511, 512, 514, 515, 527, 529, 530, 532, 542, 549, 550, 551, 552, 559, 561, 564, 566, 568, 586, 588, 593, 594, 609, 610, 611, 615, 628, 631, 633, 634, 635, 417, 424, 427, and
PN #’s 433, 489, 747, 767, 1023, 1155, 1435, 1464, 1285, 1286, 1222 , 1223 , 1295 , 408, 409, 410, 411, 412, 442, 541, 554, 722, 761, 770, 954, 1014, 1048, 1049, 1148, 1156, 1165, 1170 , 1206 , 1207 , 1210, 1211 , 1228, 1251, 1254, 1288, 1289, 1323, 1353 , 1354 , 1355, 1356 , 1357 , 1358, 1359, 1360, 1361, 1364, 1370, 1372, 1423, 1424, 1439, 1369, 231, 427, 436, 618, 773, 778, 788, 796, 919, 999, 1491, 1149

Today

The Senate is in a Pro Forma session. 

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/Environment
S.3435 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
An original bill to extend the authorizations for certain National Heritage Areas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] (Introduced 12/17/2021) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 12/17/2021 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 230.

S.3436 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the imposition of sanctions with respect to entities responsible for the planning, construction, or operation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and their corporate officers and to apply congressional review under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act to the removal of sanctions relating to Nord Stream 2, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 12/18/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Latest Action: Senate – 12/18/2021 Introduced in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 231.

Financial Services
S.3437 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to extend certain COVID-19 bankruptcy relief provisions through March 27, 2022.
Sponsor: Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL] (Introduced 12/18/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Latest Action: Senate – 12/18/2021 Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Voice Vote.

Health Care
S.3431 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to support programs and services under the Older Americans Act of 1965 through innovation and modernization, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Kelly, Mark [D-AZ] (Introduced 12/17/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/17/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Transportation
S.3434 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to commission a study relating to the manufacturing programs of the Department of Commerce, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI] (Introduced 12/17/2021) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 12/17/2021 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.