Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House is in a pro forma session. The Senate will vote on the nomination for Assistant Secretary of State.      

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

The House was not in session.  

Today

The House is in a pro forma session. 

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #327, Anne A. Witkowsky, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Conflict and Stabilization Operations); invoked: 62-24.
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #327, Anne A. Witkowsky, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Conflict and Stabilization Operations); confirmed: 61-26.

Legislative Business
Adopted S.Res.484, honoring the life and legacy of late Senator John ‘‘Johnny’’ Hardy Isakson.

Agreed to the following concurrent resolutions:

  1. S.Con.Res.25, Use of Rotunda
  2. S.Con.Res.26, Use of Catafalque

On December 18th, 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
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 #572 Gabriel Sanchez, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

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.

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:30am on Thursday, January 6, 2022, and does so under the provisions of S.Res.484, as a further mark of respect to the memory of former Senator Johnny Isakson.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #465 Amitabha Bose, of New Jersey, to be Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.

At 12:00 noon, there will be a moment of silence in observance of the events of January 6, 2021.

There will be no roll call votes during Thursday’s session. We expect that the next roll call vote will be at 5:30pm on Monday, January 10th, on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #612 Alan Davidson, of Maryland, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information.

Cloture has been filed on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #612 Alan Davidson, of Maryland, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information.
  2. Executive Calendar #465 Amitabha Bose, of New Jersey, to be Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Financial Services
S.3441 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Community Development Banking and Financial Institutions Act of 1994 to reauthorize and improve the community development financial institutions bond guarantee program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN] (Introduced 01/05/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 01/05/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Health Care
S.3444 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to ensure that facilities of the Indian Health Service, facilities operated by an Indian Tribe, Tribal organization, or inter-Tribal consortium, and facilities operated by an urban Indian organization receive items from the strategic national stockpile and qualified pandemic or epidemic products directly from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] (Introduced 01/05/2022) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 01/05/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.