Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act. The Senate will consider the Nord Stream 2 pipeline sanctions brokered by Senator Ted Cruz before defChristmas in exchange for congressional nominations.  

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
Amendments to H.R. 1836 – Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2021:
Ross (D-NC), GonzálezColón, Jenniffer (R-PR), Bowman (D-NY), Moore (D-WI) 
– Amendment No. 1 – Requires the VA to inform new veterans of the medical care and services for which they are eligible, including community care under the MISSION Act; mental health care, including the Veterans Crisis Line; care relating to military sexual trauma; and any other information the Secretary deems appropriate – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Moore, Barry (R-AL), Bost (R-IL) – Amendment No. 2 – Replaces the base text of the bill with a fully paid-for expansion of GI Bill benefits to members of the Guard and Reserve who are on Federal Active Duty orders for missions other than training – REJECTED 198 – 225 

Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 1836 – REJECTED 204 – 219
Passage of H.R. 1836 – Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2021 – PASSED 287 – 135
Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 868
 – Rule providing consideration of the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment H.R. 5746 – NASA Enhanced Use Leasing Extension Act (Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act) – PASSED 220 – 201
Adoption of Rule H. Res. 868 – The rule providing consideration of the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment H.R. 5746 – NASA Enhanced Use Leasing Extension Act (Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act) – ADOPTED 220 – 202, 

Today

“One Minutes” (5 per side)

Complete Consideration of the House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 5746 – Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act (Rep. Beyer – House Administration)

The Rule, which was adopted on Wednesday, provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on House Administration 

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes 

Confirmation of Executive Calendar #465 Amitabha Bose, of New Jersey, to be Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration; invoked: 68-29.
Confirmation of Executive Calendar #572 Gabriel Sanchez, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; confirmed: 52-47.

Legislative Business 

Adopted S.Res.489 – Commending the actions of Cuban human rights and democracy activist Jose´ Daniel Ferrer Garcia, and all pro-democracy and human rights activists, in demanding fundamental civil liberties in Cuba and speaking out against Cuba’s brutal, totalitarian Communist regime 

Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.3488, To counter the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and Eastern European allies, to expedite security assistance to Ukraine to bolster Ukraine’s defense capabilities, and to impose sanctions relating to the actions of the Russian Federation with respect to Ukraine, and for other purposes (Menendez). 

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 #635 Holly A. Thomas, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. 

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will consider S.3436, 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.  

The Senate will recess from 12:45pm until 2:15pm. 

At 2:15pm, there will be up to 30 minutes for debate on the bill, equally divided. Upon the use or yielding back of that time, the Senate will vote on passage of the bill, with 60-affirmative votes required for passage. 

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

Thursday, January 13th at 2:45pm – at least 1 roll call vote: 

Passage of S.3436 (Nord Stream 2) [60-affirmative votes required for passage] 

HEARINGS COVERED 

Senate Banking
Nomination Hearing

MedPAC
Assessing Payment Adequacy and Updating Payments: Physician and Other Health Professional Services

MedPAC
Assessing Payment Adequacy and Updating Payments: Physician and Other Health Professional Services

MedPAC
Assessing Payment Adequacy and Updating Payments: Physician and Other Health Professional Services

MedPAC
Mandated Report: Designing a Value Incentive Program for Post-acute Care

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Energy/Environment
S.3484 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to establish the New York-New Jersey Watershed Restoration Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 01/12/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 01/12/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Financial Services
S.3490 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Federal Reserve Act to bring the non-monetary policy related functions of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System into the appropriations process, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Tillis, Thomas [R-NC] (Introduced 01/12/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 01/12/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.3495 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to create a point of order against spending that will increase inflation unless inflation is not greater than 4.5 percent, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC] (Introduced 01/12/2022) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: Senate – Rules and Administration
Latest Action: Senate – 01/12/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.

Health Care
S.3485 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to ensure that the right to vote shall not be impaired due to vaccination status.
Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 01/12/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Rules and Administration
Latest Action: Senate – 01/12/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.

S.3486 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide, manufacture, and distribute high quality N-95 respirator masks for every individual in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic using the Defense Production Act and other means.
Sponsor: Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT] (Introduced 01/12/2022) Cosponsors: (16)
Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 01/12/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

S.3489 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to establish or continue a multidisciplinary research program to advance the discovery and preclinical development of medical products for priority virus families and other viral pathogens with a significant potential to cause a pandemic, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Burr, Richard [R-NC] (Introduced 01/12/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 01/12/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3493 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require guidance on extending expiration dates for certain drugs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] (Introduced 01/12/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 01/12/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.