Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will vote on the Guard and Reserve GI Parity Act of 2021 and potentially the rule for the amendment to H.R. 5746, the NASA Enhanced Use Leasing Extension Act of 2021. The Senate will vote on two nominations, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and the Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.  

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 860 – Rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 1836 – Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2021 and of the bill H.R. 4673 – EVEST Act – PASSED 219 – 203

Adoption of H. Res. 860 – Rule providing for consideration of the bill H.R. 1836 – Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2021 and of the bill H.R. 4673 – EVEST Act – ADOPTED 219 – 203 

Today

“One Minutes” (15 per side)

H.R. 1836 – Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2021 (Rep. Levin (CA) – Veterans’ Affairs) 

The Rule, which was adopted on Tuesday, provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and makes in order the following amendments:

Ross/Gonzalez-Colon Amendment
Moore (AL) Amendment 

Possible Consideration of H.Res. ___ – Rule Providing for Consideration of the House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 5746 – NASA Enhanced Use Leasing Extension Act of 2021 (Rep. Beyer – Science, Space, and Technology) 

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #612 Alan Davidson, of Maryland, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information; confirmed: 60-31.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #465 Amitabha Bose, of New Jersey, to be Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration; invoked: 61-29.

Legislative Business
Passed Calendar #152, S.2520 with Peters substitute – State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act.

Passed Calendar #153, S.2201 with Peters substitute – Supply Chain Security Training Act.

Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.3480, to prohibit the use of funds to reduce the nuclear forces of the United States. (Hoeven)

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.

At approximately 3:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Davidson nomination.

Wednesday, January 12th at approx. 3:30pm – at least 1 roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #465 Amitabha Bose, of New Jersey, to be Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration

Additional roll call votes are expected during Wednesday’s session.

HEARINGS COVERED 

House Transportation and Infrastructure
Proposals for a Water Resources Development Act of 2022

Senate HELP
Nomination Vote

Senate Indian Affairs
Closing the Digital Divide in Native Communities through Infrastructure Investment

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Financial Services
S.3474 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to increase death gratuities and funeral allowances for Federal employees, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Sinema, Kyrsten [D-AZ] (Introduced 01/11/2022) Cosponsors: (3) Committees: Senate – Finance Latest Action: Senate – 01/11/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

Health Care
S.3473 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to authorize funding for the Research, Demonstration, and Evaluation Center for the Aging Network in order to demonstrate the impact of the aging network on the health and independence of older individuals and to foster innovation in such network, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. King, Angus S., Jr. [I-ME] (Introduced 01/11/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 01/11/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3476 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide for mental health and substance use disorder services in response to public health emergencies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM] (Introduced 01/11/2022) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 01/11/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3477 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to improve the program for reporting on device shortages.
Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] (Introduced 01/11/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 01/11/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3478 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide for the designation of biological products as qualified infectious disease products.
Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] (Introduced 01/11/2022) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 01/11/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3479 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to awards to support community health workers and community health.
Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] (Introduced 01/11/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 01/11/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.6372 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
Tribal Medical Supplies Stockpile Access Act of 2022
Sponsor: Rep. Gallego, Ruben [D-AZ-7] (Introduced 01/11/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/11/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.