Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 and the Further Additional Extending Government Funding Act. The Senate will vote on the confirmation of judge, military, and financial nominees.   

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Buck (R-CO) – Amendment No. 1 – Clarifies that, for the purposes of the bill, sexual harassment dispute is defined as a dispute relating to conduct that allegedly constitutes sexual harassment under applicable Federal, Tribal, or State sexual harassment laws – ADOPTED 427 – 0

Passage of H.R. 4445 – Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021 – PASSED 335 – 97 
S. 583 PRICE Act of 2021 – ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS – PASSED 426 – 5

Today

“One Minutes” (15 per side)

H.R. 3076 – Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 (Rep. Carolyn Maloney – Oversight and Reform)

The Rule will provide for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform and will make in order the following amendment:

Carolyn Maloney/Comer Amendment 
H.R. 6617 – Further Additional Extending Government Funding Act (Rep. DeLauro – Appropriations)

The Rule will provide for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Appropriations.

Possible Postponed Suspensions (5 votes)

  1. 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) 
  2. 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) 
  3. 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”, as amended (Rep. Thompson (CA) – Oversight and Reform) 
  4. 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) 
  5. 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

Roll Call Votes 

1.     Confirmation of 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; confirmed: 55-38. 

2.      Confirmation of 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; confirmed: 54-39. 

No Legislative Business

Executive Business

By voice vote, confirmed the following nominations:
MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION
Executive Calendar #648 – Alice P. Albright, of the District of Columbia, to be Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation

PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES OVERSIGHT BOARD
Executive Calendar #721 – Sharon Bradford Franklin, to be Chairman and Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for the remainder of the term expiring January 29, 2024
Executive Calendar #722 – Beth Ann Williams, to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for a term expiring January 29, 2026

During Monday’s session, Senator Schumer filed cloture on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #498 Douglas R. Bush, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army
  2. Executive Calendar #362 Homer L. Wilkes, of Mississippi, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #498 Douglas R. Bush, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army. 

At approximately 11:45am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Howard and AliKhan nominations. 

Following disposition of the AliKhan nomination, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings. 

At approximately 2:30pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Gutmann and Carty nominations. 

Additional roll call votes are expected during Tuesday’s session in relation to the nominations in the list below. 

Tuesday, February 8th at approx. 11:45am – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of 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
  2. Confirmation of 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

Tuesday, February 8th at approx. 2:30pm – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of 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
  2. Confirmation of 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

At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, or his designee, following consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #627 Scott A. Nathan, of Massachusetts, to be Chief Executive Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation
  2. 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
  3. Executive Calendar #495 John Patrick Coffey, of New York, to be General Counsel of the Department of the Navy
  4. Executive Calendar #496 Alexandra Baker, of New Jersey, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense
  5. 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
  6. Executive Calendar #654 Leonard Philip Stark, of Delaware, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit

The Senate has reached an agreement that a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate will have 30 minutes of debate followed by a vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #636 – Neil Harvey MacBride, of Virginia, to be General Counsel for the Department of the Treasury.

HEARINGS COVERED 

AS/COA
Confronting the Education Crisis: How to Rebuild Latin America’s Human Capital

House Financial Services
Digital Assets and the Future of Finance: The President’s Working Group on Financial Markets’ Report on Stablecoins

Senate Finance
Protecting Youth Mental Health: Part I – An Advisory and Call to Action

Senate Foreign Relations
Nomination Hearing

House Oversight and Reform
Fueling the Climate Crisis: Examining Big Oil’s Climate Pledges

House Energy and Commerce
ARPA-H: The Next Frontier of Biomedical Research

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

House Ways and Means
National Taxpayer Advocate on Challenges Facing Taxpayers

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Financial Services
S.3590 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the income cap with respect to the mortgage insurance premium deduction, and to make such deduction permanent.
Sponsor: Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH] (Introduced 02/07/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/07/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Health Care
S.3587 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to modify conditions of funding for the distance learning, telemedicine, and broadband program of the Rural Utilities Service, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 02/07/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Action: Senate – 02/07/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

S.3588 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve domestic manufacturing surge capacity and capabilities for biodefense and pandemic preparedness.
Sponsor: Sen. Romney, Mitt [R-UT] (Introduced 02/07/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 02/07/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.