Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will begin consideration of the America COMPETES Act of 2022. The Senate will consider multiple circuit court judge nominations.  

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Suspension of the Rules:
1) S. 583
 – PRICE Act of 2021 – VOTE ORDERED 

2) H.R. 5577 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3900 Crown Road Southwest in Atlanta, Georgia, as the “John R. Lewis Post Office Building” – PASSED 421 – 0 – 1

3) S. 566 – A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 42 Main Street in Slatersville, Rhode Island, as the “Specialist Matthew R. Turcotte Post Office” – VOTE ORDERED

4) H.R. 2324 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2800 South Adams Street in Tallahassee, Florida, as the “D. Edwina Stephens Post Office” – VOTE ORDERED

5) H.R. 735 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 502 East Cotati Avenue in Cotati, California, as the “Arthur Luis Ibleto Post Office Building” –VOTE ORDERED

6) H.R. 3539 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 223 West Chalan Santo Papa in Hagatna, Guam, as the “Atanasio Taitano Perez Post Office” – VOTE ORDERED

7) H.R. 2842 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 120 4th Street in Petaluma, California, as the “Lynn C. Woolsey Post Office Building” – VOTE ORDERED

8) H.R. 3579 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 200 East Main Street in Maroa, Illinois, as the “Jeremy L. Ridlen Post Office” – PASSED BY VOICE

9) H.R. 3613 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 202 Trumbull Street in Saint Clair, Michigan, as the “Corporal Jeffrey Robert Standfest Post Office Building” – PASSED BY VOICE

10) H.R. 4168 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6223 Maple Street, in Omaha, Nebraska, as the “Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Jackson French Post Office” – PASSED BY  VOICE

11) H.R. 1298 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1233 North Cedar Street in Owasso, Oklahoma, as the “Staff Sergeant Marshal Roberts Post Office Building” – PASSED BY VOICE 

Today

“One Minutes” (15 per side)

Begin Consideration of H.R. 4521 – America COMPETES Act of 2022 (Rep. Johnson (TX) – Science, Space, and Technology)

The Rule will provide for two hours of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.  

The Rule will also make in order 261 amendments and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc.  A full list of amendments can be found here.

Possible Postponed Suspensions (6 votes)

  1. S. 583 – PRICE Act of 2021 (Sen. Peters – Oversight and Reform) 
  2. S. 566 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 42 Main Street in Slatersville, Rhode Island, as the “Specialist Matthew R. Turcotte Post Office” (Sen. Reed – Oversight and Reform) 
  3. H.R. 2324 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2800 South Adams Street in Tallahassee, Florida, as the “D. Edwina Stephens Post Office” (Rep. Lawson – Oversight and Reform) 
  4. H.R. 735 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 502 East Cotati Avenue in Cotati, California, as the “Arthur Luis Ibleto Post Office Building” (Rep. Thompson (CA) – Oversight and Reform) 
  5. H.R. 3539 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 223 West Chalan Santo Papa in Hagatna, Guam, as the “Atanasio Taitano Perez Post Office” (Rep. San Nicolas – Oversight and Reform) 
  6. H.R. 2842 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 120 4th Street in Petaluma, California, as the “Lynn C. Woolsey Post Office Building” (Rep. Huffman – Oversight and Reform) 

The Senate

Yesterday

61-35, Senate confirmed the nomination of Bridget Meehan Brennan, of Ohio, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio.  

55-41, Senate agreed to bring debate to a close on the nomination of Charles Esque Fleming to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio 

56-42, Senate confirmed the nomination of Charles Esque Fleming, of Ohio, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio. 

59-38, Senate agreed to bring debate to a close on the nomination of David Augustin Ruiz to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio. 

62-35, Senate confirmed the nomination of David Augustin Ruiz to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio. 

59-38, Senate agreed to bring debate to a close on the nomination of Rupa Ranga Puttagunta to be Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. 

59-38, Senate agreed to bring debate to a close on the nomination of Kenia Seoane Lopez to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. 

55-38, Senate agreed to bring debate to a close on the nomination of Sean C. Staples to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. 

Today

The Senate will convene at 10AM this morning.
Six roll call votes are expected:

11AM:

  1. Confirmation of the Puttagunta nomination
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Ebony M. Scott to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Donald Walker Tunnage to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia

2:15PM:

  1. Confirmation of the Lopez nomination
  2. Confirmation of the Staples nomination
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of John P. Howard III to be an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Additional roll call votes are expected.

HEARINGS COVERED 

House Agriculture
A 2022 Review of Farm Bill Conservation Programs

House Ways and Means
America’s Mental Health Crisis

House Financial Services
Housing America: Addressing Challenges in Serving People Experiencing Homelessness

House Oversight and Reform
Markup

House Transportation and Infrastructure
The Road Ahead for Automated Vehicles

Senate Finance
The Hospital Insurance Trust Fund and the Future of Medicare Financing

Senate Judiciary
Breaking the News — Journalism, Competition, and the Effects of Market Power on a Free Press

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Energy/Environment
S.3539 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to carry out watershed pilots, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] (Introduced 02/01/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 02/01/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.3543 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to support research, development, and other activities to develop innovative vehicle technologies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI] (Introduced 02/01/2022) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 02/01/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Financial Services
S.3540 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to remove the Comptroller of the Currency and the Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection from the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC] (Introduced 02/01/2022) Cosponsors: (11)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 02/01/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.3546 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the amendments made to reporting of third party network transactions by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Sponsor: Sen. Hagerty, Bill [R-TN] (Introduced 02/01/2022) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/01/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3550 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit Members of Congress from buying or selling individual securities and lobbying for compensation after leaving Congress, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Sasse, Ben [R-NE] (Introduced 02/01/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 02/01/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Health Care
S.3541 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to improve health care and services for veterans exposed to toxic substances, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT] (Introduced 02/01/2022) Cosponsors: (17)
Committees: Senate – Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 02/01/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

S.3544 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to authorize funding for section 619 and part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Sponsor: Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH] (Introduced 02/01/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 02/01/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.