Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider the Global Respect Act. The Senate will consider multiple nominations for Navy, EXIM Bank, circuit court judgeship, and treasury roles.      

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Ordering the Previous Question on H. Res. 912 – Rule providing for consideration H.R. 3076 – Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 and of the bill H.R. 6617 – Further Additional Extending Government Funding Act – PASSED 221 – 205

Adoption of H. Res. 912 – Rule providing for consideration H.R. 3076 – Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 and of the bill H.R. 6617 – Further Additional Extending Government Funding Act –ADOPTED 221 – 211 

Amendment to H.R. 3076 – Postal Service Reform Act of 2022:
Maloney, Carolyn (D-NY), Comer (R-KY) – 
Amendment No. 1 – Clarifies the roles and responsibilities of the Office of Personnel Management, the Social Security Administration, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding the information postal employees will need to enroll in Medicare Part B; specifies that performance standards must be submitted to the Postal Regulatory Commission for each product; and makes other technical and conforming changes to the bill – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Passage of H.R. 3076 – Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 – PASSED 342 – 92

Passage of H.R. 6617 – Further Additional Extending Government Funding Act – PASSED 272 – 162

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” – PASSED 432 – 0 – 1

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” –PASSED 428 – 1 – 1 

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” –PASSED 422 – 1 – 1 

Today

“One Minutes” (5 per side)

Complete Consideration of H.R. 3485 – Global Respect Act (Rep. Cicilline – Foreign Affairs)

The Rule, which was adopted last week, provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. 

The Rule also makes in order the following amendments and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc:

Crist Amendment
Gottheimer Amendment
Harder Amendment
Manning Amendment
Porter Amendment
Williams (GA) Amendment

Possible Postponed Suspensions (2 votes)

  1. 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)
  2. 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 #613 John P. Howard III, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals; confirmed: 62-34. 
  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; confirmed: 55-41. 
  3. 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; confirmed: 54-42. 
  4. 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; confirmed: 68-27. 
  5. Confirmation of 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; confirmed: 66-31. 

Legislative Business
Adopted S.Res.506 – Catholic Schools Week. 

Adopted S.Res.507 – Blue Star Mother’s Day. 

Adopted S.Res.424 – Sheppard Air Force Base. 

Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business:
· S.3600 – to improve cybersecurity of the Federal Government, and for other purposes (Peters).
· H.R.3076 – to provide stability to and enhance the services of the United States Postal Service, and for other purposes.
· H.R.6617 – making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022, and for other purposes.

Executive Business
The cloture motion with respect to Executive Calendar #362 Homer L. Wilkes, of Mississippi, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment, was withdrawn and the nomination was confirmed by voice vote.

Cloture has been filed on Executive Calendar #705, Max Vekich, of Washington, to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner for a term expiring June 30, 2026. Absent an agreement, the cloture motion will ripen one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday.

The vote on the motion to discharge the nomination of Sam Bagenstos to be General Counsel to the Department of Health and Human Services from the Finance Committee will occur at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Republican Leader.

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 11:30am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Nathan nomination and on the motion to invoke cloture on the Bush nomination. 

If cloture is invoked, at approximately 2:15pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Bush nomination. 

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

  1. Executive Calendar #495 John Patrick Coffey, of New York, to be General Counsel of the Department of the Navy
  2. Executive Calendar #496 Alexandra Baker, of New Jersey, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense
  3. 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
  4. Executive Calendar #654 Leonard Philip Stark, of Delaware, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit
  5. Executive Calendar #636 Neil Harvey MacBride, of Virginia, to be General Counsel for the Department of the Treasury.

Cloture has been filed on Executive Calendar #705, Max Vekich, of Washington, to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner for a term expiring June 30, 2026. Absent an agreement, the cloture motion will ripen one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday.

The vote on the motion to discharge the nomination of Sam Bagenstos to be General Counsel to the Department of Health and Human Services from the Finance Committee will occur at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Republican Leader.

Wednesday, February 9th at approx. 11:30am – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #627 Scott A. Nathan, of Massachusetts, to be Chief Executive Officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #498 Douglas R. Bush, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army

Wednesday, February 9th at approx. 2:15pm – at least 1 roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #498 Douglas R. Bush, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army

HEARINGS COVERED 

Senate Agriculture
Examining Digital Assets: Risks, Regulation, and Innovation

SEC
Open Meeting

CMS
CMS Innovation Center Listening Session: Incorporating Beneficiary Perspectives into Model Testing, Implementation, and Evaluation

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Cybersecurity
S.3599 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from requiring taxpayers to provide biometric information.
Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Rick [R-FL] (Introduced 02/08/2022) Cosponsors: (7)
Latest Action: Senate – 02/08/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3600 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to improve the cybersecurity of the Federal Government, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI] (Introduced 02/08/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Latest Action: Senate – 02/08/2022 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

Energy/Environment
H.R.6642 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To repeal the corporate average fuel economy standards.
Sponsor: Rep. Perry, Scott [R-PA-10] (Introduced 02/08/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action: House – 02/08/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6643 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 with respect to certain regulatory actions related to hydraulic fracturing within the Susquehanna, Delaware, and Potomac River basins, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Perry, Scott [R-PA-10] (Introduced 02/08/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action: House – 02/08/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Financial Services
S.3598 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require issuers filing annual reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission to disclose whether the issuers have connections with the Chinese Communist Party, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 02/08/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Latest Action: Senate – 02/08/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

H.R.6650 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To require issuers filing annual reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission to disclose whether the issuers have connections with the Chinese Communist Party, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Tenney, Claudia [R-NY-22] (Introduced 02/08/2022) Cosponsors: (7)
Latest Action: House – 02/08/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.6640 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To require the Department of Housing and Urban Development to inspect certain public housing developments to ensure compliance with housing quality and safety standards, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Malliotakis, Nicole [R-NY-11] (Introduced 02/08/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action: House – 02/08/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health Care
S.3593 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend titles XI and XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend certain telehealth services covered by Medicare and to evaluate the impact of telehealth services on Medicare beneficiaries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV] (Introduced 02/08/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Latest Action: Senate – 02/08/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3596 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend title XXI of the Social Security Act to disregard State expenditures on health services initiatives to increase access to behavioral health services for children in schools for purposes of the reimbursement limitation on expenditures under the Children’s Health Insurance Program that are not related to Medicaid or health insurance assistance.
Sponsor: Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 02/08/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Latest Action: Senate – 02/08/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.6641 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide for certain adjustments to Medicare payment for items of durable medical equipment that were formerly included in round 2021 of the DMEPOS competitive bidding program.
Sponsor: Rep. Mullin, Markwayne [R-OK-2] (Introduced 02/08/2022) Cosponsors: (6)
Latest Action: House – 02/08/2022 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.6649 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To prohibit adverse action against a member of the Armed Forces who refuses to receive a vaccination against COVID-19, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Roy, Chip [R-TX-21] (Introduced 02/08/2022) Cosponsors: (7)
Latest Action: House – 02/08/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

Tax
H.R.6644 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the production tax credit and the investment tax credit.
Sponsor: Rep. Perry, Scott [R-PA-10] (Introduced 02/08/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action: House – 02/08/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.