Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider the Affordable Insulin Now Act. The Senate will consider the legislative vehicle for COVID funding and circuit court judge nominations.

The House

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Suspension of the Rules:
H.R. 5706 Stop Sexual Assault and Harassment in Transportation Act – PASSED 339 – 85

S. 400 William T. Coleman, Jr. and Norman Y. Mineta Department of Transportation Headquarters Act – PASSED 417 – 4 – 1

H.R. 5673 Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation Technical Corrections Act – PASSED 402 – 24

H.R. 5343 FEMA Caseworker Accountability Act – PASSED 409 – 17

H.R. 5547 CEDS Act – PASSED 304 – 122

S. 2938 A bill to designate the United States Courthouse and Federal Building located at 111 North Adams Street in Tallahassee, Florida, as the “Joseph Woodrow Hatchett United States Courthouse and Federal Building”, and for other purposes – FAILED 238 – 197 – 1

S. 1226 To designate the United States courthouse located at 1501 North 6th Street in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as the “Sylvia H. Rambo United States Courthouse” and for other purposes – PASSED 364 – 61 – 1

S. 233 Donna M. Doss Memorial Act of 2021 – PASSED BY VOICE

S. 2126 – A bill to designate the Federal Office Building located at 308 W. 21st Street in Cheyenne, Wyoming, as the “Louisa Swain Federal Office Building”, and for other purposes – PASSED 412 – 1 – 1

Today

“One Minutes” (15 per side)

H.R. 6833 – Affordable Insulin Now Act (Rep. Craig – Energy and Commerce)

The Rule will provided one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and Labor.

Republican Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4521 – America COMPETES Act

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to discharge Alvaro M. Bedoya, of Maryland, to be a Federal Trade Commissioner, from the Commerce Committee; agreed to: 50-50, with the Vice President in the affirmative.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #672 Judith DelZoppo Pryor, of Ohio, to be First Vice President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States; invoked: 69-31.
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #672 Judith DelZoppo Pryor, of Ohio, to be First Vice President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States; confirmed: 69-30.
  4. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #764 January Contreras, of Arizona, to be Assistant Secretary for Family Support, Department of Health and Human Services; invoked: 54-45.
  5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #764 January Contreras, of Arizona, to be Assistant Secretary for Family Support, Department of Health and Human Services; confirmed: 54-44.
  6. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #667 David Weil, of Massachusetts, to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor; not invoked: 47-53.
  7. Motion to invoke cloture Executive Calendar #718 Susan Tsui Grundmann, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority; invoked: 51-47.
  8. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #717 Cathy Ann Harris, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Merit Systems Protection Board; invoked: 50-48.
  9. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #716 Cathy Ann Harris, of Maryland, to be Chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board; invoked: 49-48.

Legislative Business
Adopted S.Res.570 – National Native Plant Month.
Adopted S.Res.571 – DVT and Pulmonary Embolism Awareness Month.
Passed S.3969 – Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access Program Inclusion Act.
Passed Calendar #314, S.Res.547 – Greek Independence.
Passed Calendar #274, S.442 – BRIGHT Act.

Executive Business
Confirmed the following nominations:
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Executive Calendar #845 – Deborah E. Lipstadt, of Georgia, to be Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat AntiSemitism, with the rank of Ambassador

NAVY
· Executive Calendar #820 – Rear Adm. (lh) Paul J. Schlise to be Rear Admiral

ARMY
· Executive Calendar #821 – Maj. Gen. Maria B. Barrett to be Lieutenant General
· Executive Calendar #822 – Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Tickner to be Major General
· Executive Calendar #823 – to be Major General:
o Brig. Gen. Tina B. Boyd
o Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Edwards, II
o Brig. Gen. Jeffrey W. Jurasek
o to be Brigadier General:
o Col. Stephen P. Case
o Col. Richard W. Corner, II
o Col. Kent J. Lightner
o Col. Todd W. Traver

NAVY
· Executive Calendar #824 – Capt. Jeffrey J. Kilian to be Rear Admiral (lower half)
· Executive Calendar #825 – Capt. Carey H. Cash to be Rear Admiral (lower half)
· Executive Calendar #826 – Capt. George E. Bresnihan – to be Rear Admiral (lower half)
· Executive Calendar #827 – to be Rear Admiral (lower half):
o Capt. Matthew Case
o Capt. Guido F. Valdes
· Executive Calendar #828 – Capt. Tracy L. Hines to be Rear Admiral (lower half)
· Executive Calendar #829 – Capt. Ryan M. Perry to be Rear Admiral (lower half)
· Executive Calendar #830 – to be Rear Admiral (lower half):
o Capt. John E. Dougherty, IV
o Capt. Keith A. Hash
o Capt. Jonathan E. Rucker
o Capt. Douglas L. Williams

ARMY
· Executive Calendar #831 – Maj. Gen. Douglas F. Stitt to be Lieutenant General

AIR FORCE
· Executive Calendar #832 – to be Brigadier General:
o Col. Margaret H. Blais
o Col. Bruce A. Cowan
o Col. Brian C. Elbert
o Col. Gregory Krane
o Col. Charles W. Nichols, Jr.
o Col. Mathew C. Wenthe

NAVY
· Executive Calendar #833 – Capt. Michael L. Baker to be Rear Admiral (lower half)
· Executive Calendar #834 – Rear Adm. (lh) Gregory N. Todd to be Rear Admiral
· Executive Calendar #835 – to be Rear Admiral:
o Rear Adm. (lh) Jeffrey T. Anderson
o Rear Adm. (lh) Anthony C. Carullo
o Rear Adm. (lh) Richard J. Cheeseman, Jr.
o Rear Adm. (lh) Craig A. Clapperton
o Rear Adm. (lh) Christopher M. Engdahl
o Rear Adm. (lh) Robert M. Gaucher
o Rear Adm. (lh) Carl A. Lahti
o Rear Adm. (lh) John V. Menoni
o Rear Adm. (lh) William P. Pennington
o Rear Adm. (lh) Curt A. Renshaw
o Rear Adm. (lh) Scott F. Robertson
o Rear Adm. (lh) Milton J. Sands, III
o Rear Adm. (lh) Christopher J. Sweeney
o Rear Adm. (lh) Douglas C. Verissimo
· Executive Calendar #836 – Rear Adm. (lh) John S. Lemmon to be Rear Admiral
· Executive Calendar #837 – to be Rear Admiral:
o Rear Adm. (lh) Nicholas M. Homan
o Rear Adm. (lh) Michael J. Vernazza
· Executive Calendar #838 – Rear Adm. (lh) Thomas J. Moreau to be Rear Admiral

ARMY
· Executive Calendar #839 – Lt. Gen. James J. Mingus to be Lieutenant General
· Executive Calendar #840 – Col. Stephen R. Smith – to be Brigadier General

NAVY
· Executive Calendar #841 – to be Rear Admiral (lower half):
o Capt. Luke A. Frost
o Capt. Mark B. Sucato

And all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Space Force.

The votes on confirmation of the following nominations will occur at times to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Republican Leader:

  1. Executive Calendar #718 Susan Tsui Grundmann, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority
  2. Executive Calendar #717 Cathy Ann Harris, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Merit Systems Protection Board
  3. Executive Calendar #716 Cathy Ann Harris, of Maryland, to be Chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to Calendar #310, H.R.4373, provides FY2022 appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs (legislative vehicle for COVID funding).

At approximately 11:45am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Geraghty nomination (GA District Judge) and confirmation of the Castner nomination (NJ District Judge).

Following disposition of the Castner nomination, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.4373, and at approximately 1:45pm, the Senate will vote on cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill.

Thursday, March 31st at approx. 11:45am – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #680 Sarah Elisabeth Geraghty, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #681 Georgette Castner, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey

Thursday, March 31st at approx. 1:45pm – roll call vote:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #310, H.R.4373, legislative vehicle for COVID funding.

HEARINGS COVERED

House Oversight and Reform
Follow the Money: Tackling Improper Payments

House Science, Space, and Technology
The New Normal: Preparing for and Adapting to the Next Phase of COVID-19

House Agriculture
State of the CFTC

Senate Finance
The President’s 2022 Trade Policy Agenda

House Appropriations
FY 2023 Budget Request for the Department of Health and Human Services

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Cybersecurity
H.R.7296 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To establish the Artificial Intelligence Hygiene Working Group, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lawrence, Brenda L. [D-MI-14] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Oversight and Reform
Latest Action: House – 03/30/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform

H.R.7299 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to obtain an independent cybersecurity assessment of information systems of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Mrvan, Frank J. [D-IN-1] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Action: House – 03/30/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

H.R.7302 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To impose sanctions with respect to designated critical cyber threat actors, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Pfluger, August [R-TX-11] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs; Financial Services; Oversight and Reform; Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 03/30/2022 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Financial Services, Oversight and Reform, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Energy/ Environment
S.3957 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to make certain activities eligible for grants from the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 03/30/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

S.3962 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to establish a comprehensive United States strategy to address the national security threat posed by the People’s Republic of China’s control of nearly 2/3 of the global supply of critical minerals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Lankford, James [R-OK] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 03/30/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

H.R.7283 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to make certain activities eligible for grants from the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-8] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 03/30/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources

H.R.7285 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a minimum number of oil and gas lease sales in certain areas, to prevent delays in oil and gas leasing, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Carl, Jerry L. [R-AL-1] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (17)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 03/30/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.7292 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct all oil and gas lease sales described in the 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Proposed Final Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Graves, Garret [R-LA-6] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (18)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 03/30/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.7293 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Mineral Leasing Act to require the Secretary of the Interior to process applications for a permit to drill, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Herrell, Yvette [R-NM-2] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (20)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 03/30/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources

H.R.7298 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To require the Secretary of the Interior to submit a report on expressions of interest and applications for permits to drill, to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to require the publication of data on expressions of interest and applications for permits to drill, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Moore, Blake D. [R-UT-1] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (20)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 03/30/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources

H.R.7304 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To require the Secretary of the Interior to immediately resume onshore oil and gas lease sales, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Rosendale Sr., Matthew M. [R-MT-At Large] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (19)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 03/30/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources

H.R.7306 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to provide deadlines for the development of five-year oil and gas leasing programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Van Duyne, Beth [R-TX-24] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (16)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 03/30/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Financial Services
S.3954 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Federal Reserve Act to prohibit the Federal reserve banks from offering certain products or services directly to an individual, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 03/30/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

S.3955 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for starter 401(k)s for employers with no retirement plans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/30/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3961 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to permit a registered investment company to omit certain fees from the calculation of acquired fund fees and expenses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Daines, Steve [R-MT] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 03/30/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

S.3965 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide that broker-dealers who provide research services to an investment manager and receive payments from certain accounts is not an investment adviser, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 03/30/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.3966 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Securities Act of 1933 to define secondary offerings of Regulation A tier 2 securities as covered securities for purposes of an exemption from State regulation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 03/30/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

S.3967 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Securities Act of 1933 to preempt State securities law requiring registration for secondary transactions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 03/30/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Health Care
S.3959 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide the Secretary of Health and Human Services with the authority to suspend the right to introduce certain persons or property into the United States in the interest of the public health.
Sponsor: Sen. Hagerty, Bill [R-TN] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 03/30/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3963 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to protect survivors from brain injury by authorizing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to collect data on the prevalence of brain injuries resulting from domestic and sexual violence.
Sponsor: Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 03/30/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

S.3968 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to improve State, local, and Tribal public health security.
Sponsor: Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 03/30/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

H.R.7281 — 117th Congress (2021-2022) To amend the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to repeal the Secretary’s authority to issue emergency temporary standards, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Clyde, Andrew S. [R-GA-9] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (31) Committees: House – Education and Labor Latest Action: House – 03/30/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

H.R.7286 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To establish a commission to assess the total cost spent on relief during the COVID-19 pandemic, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Cawthorn, Madison [R-NC-11] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Oversight and Reform
Latest Action: House – 03/30/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform

H.R.7300 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To prohibit the delivery of opioids by means of the dark web, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Pappas, Chris [D-NH-1] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Judiciary; Energy and Commerce; Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 03/30/2022 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.7301 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To protect survivors from brain injury by authorizing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to collect data on the prevalence of brain injuries resulting from domestic and sexual violence.
Sponsor: Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-9] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/30/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Tax
H.Res.1015 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
Recognizing the importance of stepped-up basis under section 1014 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 in preserving family-owned farms and small businesses.
Sponsor: Rep. Mann, Tracey [R-KS-1] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (73)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/30/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means

H.R.7295 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an advanceable refundable credit for individuals who own or lease certain motor vehicles.
Sponsor: Rep. Horsford, Steven [D-NV-4] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/30/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.7305 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a deduction for attorney fees awarded with respect to certain wildfire damages and to exclude from gross income settlement funds received with respect to such damages.
Sponsor: Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/30/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Transportation
H.R.7282 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend title 49, United States Code, to include a public airport in use by an air reserve station as a primary airport.
Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6] (Introduced 03/30/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 03/30/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.