Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House is in a pro forma session. The Senate is not in session.        

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Amendments to H.R. 4673:
Takano (D-CA) En Bloc #1
Delgado (D-NY) – Amendment No. 1 – Allows the VA Secretary to consider mass texting as a way to notify veterans about VA services

Delgado (D-NY) – Amendment No. 2 – Directs GAO to submit a report to Congress determining the best methods for the VA to provide notice of the automatic enrollment in the patient enrollment system. Report must consider different demographics, including age and location

Hayes (D-CT) – Amendment No. 4 – Clarifies that notices shall include instructions for how the veteran may elect to enroll at a later date, as well as ensuring that notices be provided via physical mail and, to the extent practical, via electronic mail to ensure veterans are aware of notice and information related to this Act

Tlaib (D-MI) – Amendment No. 5 – Requires a report on the automatic enrollment not later than one year after the first veteran is enrolled to preserve lessons learned from the rollout of this automatic registration program for other agencies and entities that may pursue similar initiatives in the future – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Escobar (D-TX) – Amendment No. 3 – Extends automatic enrollment to Veterans who were discharged within 90 days before the enactment of this Act – ADOPTED 228 – 198

Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 4673 – REJECTED 206 – 221

Passage of H.R. 4673 – EVEST Act – PASSED 265 – 163

Today

The House will meet in a pro forma session. 

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #635 Holly A. Thomas, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; confirmed: 48-40

Legislative Business
Adopted S.Res.471 – Alabama Farmers Federation 

Adopted S.Res.487 – Wisconsin Badgers 

Adopted S.Res.488 – University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blugolds 

Adopted S.Res.497 – NDSU Football 

Adopted S.Res.482 – 50th Anniversary of ANCSA 

Agreed to S.Con.Res.28 – Expressing the sense of Congress that September 30 should be observed as a national day of remembrance for the Native American children who died while attending a United States Indian boarding school and recognizing, honoring, and supporting the survivors of Indian boarding schools, their families, and their communities.

Executive Business
Confirmed the following nominations:
· Executive Calendar #638, Joseph Donnelly, of Indiana, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Holy See.
· All nominations placed on the Secretary’s desk in the Foreign Service

Cloture has been filed on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #655 Bridget Meehan Brennan, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio
  2. Executive Calendar #657 Charles Esque Fleming, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio
  3. Executive Calendar #658 David Augustin Ruiz, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio
  4. Executive Calendar #404 Rupa Ranga Puttagunta, of the District of Columbia, to be Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years
  5. Executive Calendar #406 Kenia Seoane Lopez, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years
  6. Executive Calendar #410 Sean C. Staples, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years
  7. Executive Calendar #556 Ebony M. Scott, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years
  8. Executive Calendar #557 Donald Walker Tunnage, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for a term of fifteen years
  9. Executive Calendar #613 John P. Howard III, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals for the term of fifteen years
  10. Executive Calendar #614 Loren L. AliKhan, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals for a term of fifteen years 
  11. Executive Calendar #644 Amy Gutmann, of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Republic of Germany. 
  12. Executive Calendar #649 Lisa A. Carty, of Maryland, to be Representative of the United States of America on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador. 
  13. Executive Calendar #627 Scott A. Nathan, of Massachusetts, to be Chief Executive Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation 
  14. Executive Calendar #616 Chantale Yokmin Wong, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Director of the Asian Development Bank, with the rank of Ambassador 
  15. Executive Calendar #473 Gabriel Camarillo, of Texas, to be Under Secretary of the Army 
  16. Executive Calendar #474 Andrew Philip Hunter, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force 
  17. Executive Calendar #495 John Patrick Coffey, of New York, to be General Counsel of the Department of the Navy 
  18. Executive Calendar #496 Alexandra Baker, of New Jersey, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense 
  19. Executive Calendar #673 Reta Jo Lewis, of Georgia, to be President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States for a term expiring January 20, 2025 
  20. Executive Calendar #654 Leonard Philip Stark, of Delaware, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit 

Today

The Senate is not in session. The Senate stands adjourned until January 31, 2022 and will convene for pro forma sessions at the following dates and times:

Monday, January 24th, at 1:00 pm
Thursday, January 27th, at 10:00 am

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Energy/Environment
S.3530 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to encourage the extraction and processing of rare earth metals in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR] (Introduced 01/20/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 01/20/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.3531 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the Federal Government to produce a national climate adaptation and resilience strategy, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE] (Introduced 01/20/2022) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 01/20/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

H.R.6437 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981 to increase the availability of heating and cooling assistance, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bowman, Jamaal [D-NY-16] (Introduced 01/20/2022) Cosponsors: (21)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Education and Labor
Latest Action: House – 01/20/2022 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.6442 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend section 101703 of title 54, United States Code, to include Tribal Governments and quasi-governmental entities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Fulcher, Russ [R-ID-1] (Introduced 01/20/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 01/20/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.6461 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To require the Federal Government to produce a national climate adaptation and resilience strategy, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52] (Introduced 01/20/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/20/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Financial Services
H.R.6422 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To impose sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Banks, Jim [R-IN-3] (Introduced 01/19/2022) Cosponsors: (38)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs; Judiciary; Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 01/19/2022 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.6426 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To increase accountability, transparency, and local control of goverrning boards under the Continuum of Care program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Gooden, Lance [R-TX-5] (Introduced 01/19/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 01/19/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.3529 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Investor Protection and Securities Reform Act of 2010 to provide grants to States for enhanced protection of senior investors and senior policyholders, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD] (Introduced 01/20/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 01/20/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

H.R.6441 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Small Business Act to improve the women’s business center program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Davids, Sharice [D-KS-3] (Introduced 01/20/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Small Business
Latest Action: House – 01/20/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

H.R.6445 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Small Business Act to require an annual report on entrepreneurial development programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Golden, Jared F. [D-ME-2] (Introduced 01/20/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Small Business; Budget
Latest Action: House – 01/20/2022 Referred to the Committee on Small Business, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.6447 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the STOCK Act to require the public availability of financial disclosure forms of certain special consultants and information relating to certain confidential filers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Gooden, Lance [R-TX-5] (Introduced 01/20/2022) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House – Oversight and Reform
Latest Action: House – 01/20/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

H.R.6450 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Small Business Act to reauthorize the SCORE program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kim, Young [R-CA-39] (Introduced 01/20/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Small Business
Latest Action: House – 01/20/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

H.R.6453 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To establish a Housing Stabilization Fund to provide emergency housing assistance to extremely low-income renters and homeowners, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33] (Introduced 01/20/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 01/20/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.6454 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To clarify the primary functions and duties of the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO-3] (Introduced 01/20/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Small Business
Latest Action: House – 01/20/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

Health Care
H.R.6423 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 respecting the scoring of preventive health savings.
Sponsor: Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] (Introduced 01/19/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Budget
Latest Action: House – 01/19/2022 Referred to the House Committee on the Budget.

H.R.6431 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prohibit the alteration, falsification, fabrication, destruction, omission, or removal of records or certain information required to be produced or maintained for a drug, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Schrier, Kim [D-WA-8] (Introduced 01/19/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/19/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6439 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for life imprisonment for certain offenses involving Fentanyl, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Burchett, Tim [R-TN-2] (Introduced 01/20/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Judiciary; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/20/2022 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.6463 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To provide for equal protection of the law and to prohibit discrimination and preferential treatment on the basis of race, color, or national origin in the administration of programs of the Department of Health and Human Services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Tiffany, Thomas P. [R-WI-7] (Introduced 01/20/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Education and Labor; Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 01/20/2022 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and Labor, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Tax
H.R.6428 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a State and local general sales tax credit for small businesses.
Sponsor: Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17] (Introduced 01/19/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 01/19/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6433 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to eliminate the tax exemption of the International Olympic Committee and similar organizations.
Sponsor: Rep. Waltz, Michael [R-FL-6] (Introduced 01/19/2022) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 01/19/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6449 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend part E of title IV of the Social Security Act to enable a State to be reimbursed for child welfare training expenditures made by a nonprofit educational institution in the State.
Sponsor: Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6] (Introduced 01/20/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 01/20/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6460 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the mandatory delay in making certain refunds.
Sponsor: Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-9] (Introduced 01/20/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 01/20/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6462 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to ensure the solvency of the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund by extending the excise tax on coal.
Sponsor: Rep. Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [D-VA-3] (Introduced 01/20/2022) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 01/20/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.