Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House is not in session. The Senate will vote to invoke cloture on a continuing resolution until March 11.    

Yesterday

The House was not in session.

Today

The House is not in session and will meet for a pro forma session on:  Friday, February 18th

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes 

1.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #692, Celeste Ann Wallander, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense; invoked: 81-13. 

2.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #476, David A. Honey, of Virginia, to be Deputy Under Secretary of Defense; invoked: 93-3. 

3.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #692, Celeste Ann Wallander, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense; confirmed: 83-13. 

4.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #476, David A. Honey, of Virginia, to be Deputy Under Secretary of Defense; confirmed: 94-1. 

Legislative Business 

By voice vote, passed Calendar #263, S.3541, Health Care for Burn Pit Veterans Act. 

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume the motion to proceed to Calendar #267, H.R.6617, Continuing Resolution to March 11th

If no agreement is reached, at approximately 1:00pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.6617

Discussions are ongoing to reach an agreement in order to complete action on the Continuing Resolution during Thursday’s session. 

Thursday, February 17th at approx. 1:00pm – if no agreement is reached, roll call vote: 

1. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #267,H.R.6617, Continuing Resolution to March 11th

HEARINGS COVERED 

Senate Finance
Spotlighting IRS Customer Service Challenges

Senate Banking
The State of the American Economy: A Year of Unprecedented Economic Growth and Future Plans

House Science, Space, and Technology
H2Success: Research and Development to Advance a Clean Hydrogen Future

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Addressing Gaps in America’s Biosecurity Preparedness

Senate Budget
Warrior Met and Wall Street Greed: What Corporate Raiders are Doing to Workers and Consumers

House Energy and Commerce
Americans in Need: Responding to the National Mental Health Crisis

FACI
Open Meeting

Georgetown University: Center for Retirement Initiatives
State-Facilitated Retirement Savings Programs: How 40,000 Employers Have Helped 400,000 Employees Save $400 Million for Retirement… and It’s Just Beginning

House Homeland Security
Call to Action: Private Sector Investment in the Northern Triangle and its Impact on Homeland Security

House Financial Services
Small Businesses, Big Impact: Ensuring Small and Minority-Owned Businesses Share in the Economic Recovery

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Cybersecurity
S.3663 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to protect the safety of children on the internet.
Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 02/16/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 02/16/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.3668 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from using biometric recognition technology, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] (Introduced 02/16/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/16/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Energy/Environment
S.3661 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Natural Gas Act to authorize expedited approval of applications to export natural gas to certain allies of the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 02/16/2022) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 02/16/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Financial Services
S.3666 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require reports on the adoption of a cryptocurrency as legal tender in El Salvador, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Risch, James E. [R-ID] (Introduced 02/16/2022) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 02/16/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

S.3669 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify rules relating to like kind exchanges.
Sponsor: Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT] (Introduced 02/16/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/16/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Health Care
S.3656 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide hereditary cancer genetic testing for individuals with a history of a hereditary cancer gene mutation in a blood relative or a personal or ancestral history suspicious for hereditary cancer, and to provide coverage of certain cancer screenings or preventive surgeries that would reduce the risk for individuals with a germline (inherited) mutation associated with a high risk of developing a preventable cancer.
Sponsor: Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK] (Introduced 02/16/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/16/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3660 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make diapers an allowable expense for purposes of health flexible spending arrangements and health savings accounts.
Sponsor: Sen. Ernst, Joni [R-IA] (Introduced 02/16/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/16/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3670 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to clarify that agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services do not have the authority to regulate the practice of medicine.
Sponsor: Sen. Johnson, Ron [R-WI] (Introduced 02/16/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 02/16/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Transportation
S.3662 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to temporarily increase the cost share authority for aqueous film forming foam input-based testing equipment, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI] (Introduced 02/16/2022) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 02/16/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.