Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will vote on rules for consideration of H.R. 1836 – Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2021 and H.R. 4672 EVEST Act. The Senate will vote on Commerce and Railroad positions.  

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

Establishing a Quorum in the House of Representatives for the Second Session of the 117th Congress – PRESENT – 404, ROLL CALL 1
Rep – 188 PRESENT
Dem – 216 PRESENT
 

Today

“One Minutes” (15 per side)

H.Res. 860 – Rule Providing for Consideration of H.R. 1836 – Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2021 (Rep. Levin (CA) – Veterans’ Affairs) and H.R. 4672 – EVEST Act (Rep. Takano – Veterans’ Affairs) 

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes 

1.    Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #612 Alan Davidson, of Maryland, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information; invoked: 64-30. 

Legislative Business
Passed S.450 – Congressional Gold Medal to Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley w/Burr sub amdt 
Passed S.3451 – FAST Act  
Adopted S.Res.486 – Interscholastic Athletic Administrators’ Day 

Began the Rule 14 process to place the following bills on the Legislative Calendar of Business:

  1. S.3452, to ensure that state and local law enforcement may cooperate with Federal officials to protect our communities from violent criminals and suspected terrorists who are illegally present in the United States. (Toomey)   
  2. S.3453, to prohibit the payment of certain legal settlements to individuals who unlawfully entered the United States. (Tillis) 
  3. S.3454, to clarify the rights of Indians and Indian Tribes on Indian lands under the National Labor Relations Act. (Moran) 
  4. S.3455, to prohibit the implementation of new requirements to report bank account deposits and withdrawals. (Scott (SC)) 
  5. S.3456, to enact the definition of ‘‘waters of the United States’’ into law, and for other purposes. (Capito) 
  6. S.3457, to codify the scheduling order for fentanyl-related substances by adding fentanyl-related substances to Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. (Cotton) 
  7. S.3458, to amend Title 18, United States Code, to provide enhanced penalties for convicted murderers who kill or target America’s public safety officers. (Toomey) 
  8. S.3459, to prohibit a Federal agency from promulgating any rule or guidance that bans hydraulic fracturing in the United States, and for other purposes. (Cramer) 
  9. S.3460, to prohibit local educational agencies from obligating certain Federal funds when schools are not providing full time in-person instruction. (Rubio) 
  10. S.3461, to provide that the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to ‘‘COVID–19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard’’ shall have no force or effect, and for other purposes. (Braun) 
  11. S.3462, to require U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to take into custody certain aliens who have been charged in the United States with a crime that resulted in the death or serious bodily injury of another person, and for other purposes. (Ernst) 
  12. S.3463, to impose sanctions and other measures in response to the failure of the Government of the People’s Republic of China to allow an investigation into the origins of COVID–19 at suspect laboratories in Wuhan. (Rubio) 
  13. S.3464, to preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities. (Paul) 
  14. S.3465, to clarify the treatment of 2 or more employers as joint employers under the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. (Marshall) 
  15. S.3466, to prohibit the use of Federal funds for the production of programs by United States companies that alter political content for screening in the People’s Republic of China, and for other purposes. (Cruz) 
  16. S.3467, to withhold United States contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and for other purposes. (Risch) 
  17. S.3468, to provide for a limitation on the removal of the Government of Cuba from the state sponsors of terrorism list. (Risch)
  18. S.3469, to establish a review of United States multilateral aid. (Risch)

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #612 Alan Davidson, of Maryland, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, post-cloture.

The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

At approximately 2:20pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Davidson nomination. Upon disposition of the nomination, unless further agreement is reached, the Senate would vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #465 Amitabha Bose, of New Jersey, to be Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.

Tuesday, January 11th at approx. 2:20pm – up to 2 roll call votes:

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

HEARINGS COVERED 

Senate Banking
Nomination Hearing

Senate HELP
Addressing New Variants: A Federal Perspective on the COVID-19 Response

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
Hydropower

House Oversight and Reform
Cybersecurity for the New Frontier: Reforming the Federal Information Security Modernization Act

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Energy/Environment
S.3450 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to construct, operate, and maintain facilities in the Sun River project, Montana, for the purpose of hydroelectric power generation.
Sponsor: Sen. Daines, Steve [R-MT] (Introduced 01/10/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 01/10/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.3456 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to enact the definition of “waters of the United States” into law, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] (Introduced 01/10/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action: Senate – 01/10/2022 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

S.3459 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit a Federal agency from promulgating any rule or guidance that bans hydraulic fracturing in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cramer, Kevin [R-ND] (Introduced 01/10/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action: Senate – 01/10/2022 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

Financial Services
S.3455 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit the implementation of new requirements to report bank account deposits and withdrawals.
Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC] (Introduced 01/10/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action: Senate – 01/10/2022 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

S.3464 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities.
Sponsor: Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY] (Introduced 01/10/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action: Senate – 01/10/2022 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

Health Care
S.3449 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require foreign establishments engaged in the manufacture, preparation, propagation, compounding, or processing of a drug or device to register with the Food and Drug Administration regardless of whether the drug or device undergoes further manufacture, preparation, propagation, compounding, or processing at a separate establishment outside the United States prior to being imported into the United States.
Sponsor: Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI] (Introduced 01/10/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 01/10/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3457 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to codify the temporary scheduling order for fentanyl-related substances by adding fentanyl-related substances to schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.
Sponsor: Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR] (Introduced 01/10/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action: Senate – 01/10/2022 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

S.3461 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide that the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to “COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing; Emergency Temporary Standard” shall have no force or effect, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Braun, Mike [R-IN] (Introduced 01/10/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action: Senate – 01/10/2022 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

S.3463 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to impose sanctions and other measures in response to the failure of the Government of the People’s Republic of China to allow an investigation into the origins of COVID-19 at suspect laboratories in Wuhan.
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 01/10/2022) Cosponsors: (15)
Latest Action: Senate – 01/10/2022 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

Transportation
S.3451 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)A bill to include certain computer-related projects in the Federal permitting program under title XLI of the FAST Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hagerty, Bill [R-TN] (Introduced 01/10/2022) Cosponsors: (2)
Latest Action: Senate – 01/10/2022 Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent.