Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House is in a pro forma session. The Senate will vote on the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf to be the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

Yesterday

The House was not in session.  

Today

The House is in a pro forma session and will meet for an additional pro forma session on: 

Friday, February 18th 

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes 

1.     Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #668, Robert McKinnon Califf, of North Carolina, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services; invoked: 49-45. 

Legislative Business 

Passed Calendar #255, H.R.2497, Amache National Historic Site Act, w/Bennet amdt and committee-reported amdts 

Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business: 

1. H.R.3076, Postal Reform bill (as corrected by the House). 

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #692, Celeste Ann Wallander, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense. 

At approximately 12:00 noon, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Califf nomination. 

Following the confirmation vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings. 

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

1. Executive Calendar #692, Celeste Ann Wallander, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense 

2. Executive Calendar #476, David A. Honey, of Virginia, to be Deputy Under Secretary of Defense 

Tuesday, February 15th at approx. 12:00 noon – roll call vote: 

1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #668, Robert McKinnon Califf, of North Carolina, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services. 

HEARINGS COVERED 

Senate Finance
Protecting Youth Mental Health: Part II — Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Care

Senate Banking
Examining the President’s Working Group on Financial Report on Stablecoins/Federal Reserve Nomination Votes

Bloomberg
How Vulnerable is Wall Street to a Cyberattack?

House Ways and Means
Economic Impact of Infrastructure Investment

Senate Banking
Federal Reserve/FHFA Nomination Votes

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Energy/ Environment
S.3644 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the collection of certain data relating to Bureau of Land Management land acquisitions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Braun, Mike [R-IN] (Introduced 02/14/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 02/14/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Health Care
S.3641 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to extend protections to part-time workers in the areas of family and medical leave and pension plans, and to ensure equitable treatment in the workplace.
Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] (Introduced 02/14/2022) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 02/14/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3645 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit the use of Federal funds for local substance use disorder services for the purchase of sterile needles or syringes for the injection of illegal drugs, or to procure, supply, or distribute pipes, cylindrical objects, or other paraphernalia that can be used to smoke, inhale, or ingest narcotics.
Sponsor: Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] (Introduced 02/14/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 02/14/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Transportation
H.R.6716 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 to protect Native American burial sites, village sites, and cultural resources discovered at civil works projects of the Corps of Engineers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1] (Introduced 02/11/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 02/14/2022 Referred to the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.

H.R.6719 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Water Resources Development Act of 1992 and the Water Resources Development Act of 1999 to provide assistance to non-Federal interests for water-related environmental infrastructure projects in northern and southern West Virginia, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1] (Introduced 02/11/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 02/14/2022 Referred to the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.