Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider the BURMA Act and the Ukraine Invasion War Crimes Deterrence Act. The Senate will continue consideration of Ketanji Brown Jackson for the Supreme Court.  

The House

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 6387 – School and Daycare Protection Act, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE
2) H.R. 5633 – Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Transparency Act, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE
3) H.R. 1540 – REPORT Act, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE
4) H.R. 4209 – DHS Illicit Cross-Border Tunnel Defense Act, as amended – PASSED BY VOICE
5) H.R. 4476 – DHS Trade and Economic Security Council Act of 2021, as amended – PASSED 348 – 75
6) H.R. 5689 – Resilient AMERICA Act, as amended – PASSED 383 – 41
7) H.R. 5641 – SPEED Recovery Act, as amended – PASSED 414 – 11
8) H.Res. 831 – Calling on the United States Government to uphold the founding democratic principles of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and establish a Center for Democratic Resilience within the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, as amended – PASSED 362 – 63

Postponed Suspension Votes:
1) H.R. 1218 – Data Mapping to Save Moms’ Lives Act, as amended – PASSED 409 – 11
2) H.R. 2501 – Spectrum Coordination Act, as amended – PASSED 418 – 6

Today

“One Minutes” (15 per side)

Suspensions (2 bills)
H.R. 5497 – BURMA Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Meeks – Foreign Affairs)
H.R. 7276 – Ukraine Invasion War Crimes Deterrence and Accountability Act, as amended (Rep. McCaul – Foreign Affairs)
H.Res. __ – Rule Providing for the Consideration of H.R. 3807 – Relief for Restaurants and other Hard Hit Small Businesses Act of 2022 (Rep. Blumenauer – Small Business)

H.Res. __ – Resolution Recommending That The House Of Representatives Find Peter K. Navarro and Daniel Scavino, Jr., In Contempt Of Congress For Refusal To Comply With Subpoenas Duly Issued By The Select Committee To Investigate The January 6th Attack On The United States Capitol (Rep. Thompson (MS) – Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol) (Subject to a Rule)

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to discharge the nomination of Julia Ruth Gordon, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, from the Banking Committee; discharged: 50-50, with the Vice President voting in the affirmative.
  2. Motion to proceed to Executive Session in order to consider Executive Calendar #860 Ketanji Brown Jackson to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from the Committee on the Judiciary; agreed to: 53-47.
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #310, H.R.4373, legislative vehicle for COVID funding; not invoked: 47-52.

Legislative Business
Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.4008 – Small Business COVID Relief Act of 2022.
Passed Calendar #277, S.2123 – Pray Safe Act.
Passed H.R.5681 – Shadow Wolves Enhancement Act.

Executive Business
The Senate confirmed the following:

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
· Executive Calendar #659 – Katherine Vidal, of California, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

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 proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #860, Ketanji Brown Jackson, to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

At 11:45am, the Senate will execute the previous order with respect to Executive Calendar #783, James C. O’Brien, of Nebraska, to be Head of the Office of Sanctions Coordination, with the rank of Ambassador, and vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Additional roll call votes are possible during Wednesday’s session.

Cloture has been filed on the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson. Absent an agreement, the cloture vote would occur one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday.

Wednesday, April 6th at 11:45am – 1 roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #783 James C. O’Brien, of Nebraska, to be Head of the Office of Sanctions Coordination, with the rank of Ambassador

HEARINGS COVERED

House Education and Labor
Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

House Financial Services
The Annual Testimony of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of the International Financial System

House Transportation and Infrastructure
National Transportation Safety Board Reauthorization

House Homeland Security
Mobilizing our Cyber Defenses: Maturing Public-Private Partnerships to Secure U.S. Critical Infrastructure

House Appropriations
U.S. International Assistance to Combat Narcotics Trafficking

Senate Armed Services
To receive testimony on suicide prevention and related behavioral health interventions in the Department of Defense

SEC
Open Meeting

House Oversight and Reform
Markup

House Budget
Department of Health and Human Services FY 2023 Budget

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Cybersecurity
S.4000 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the establishment of cybersecurity information sharing agreements between the Department of Homeland Security and Congress, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH] (Introduced 04/05/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 04/05/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Energy / Environment
S.3998 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to clarify the inability of the President to declare national emergencies under the National Emergencies Act, major disasters or emergencies under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, and public health emergencies under the Public Health Service Act on the premise of climate change, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] (Introduced 04/05/2022) Cosponsors: (11)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 04/05/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

H.R.7404 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To clarify the authority of the President to declare certain national emergencies under the National Emergencies Act, certain major disasters or emergencies under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, or public health emergencies under the Public Health Service Act on the premise of climate change, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McKinley, David B. [R-WV-1] (Introduced 04/05/2022) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 04/05/2022 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.7397 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To restart oil and gas leasing and permitting on Federal land, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Burgess, Michael C. [R-TX-26] (Introduced 04/05/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Natural Resources; Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 04/05/2022 Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker,

H.R.7403 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To require the Secretary of Energy to carry out a program to operate a uranium reserve consisting of uranium produced and converted in the United States and a program to ensure the availability of uranium produced, converted, and enriched in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Latta, Robert E. [R-OH-5] (Introduced 04/05/2022) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Armed Services
Latest Action: House – 04/05/2022 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Financial Services
S.4002 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to require the collection of small business loan data related to LGBTQ-owned businesses.
Sponsor: Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY] (Introduced 04/05/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 04/05/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.4004 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to alter requirements associated with small business loan data collection, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Boozman, John [R-AR] (Introduced 04/05/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 04/05/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

H.R.7407 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To require the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to award Restaurant Revitalization Grants to certain eligible applicants, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Roy, Chip [R-TX-21] (Introduced 04/05/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Small Business; Appropriations
Latest Action: House – 04/05/2022 Referred to the Committee on Small Business, and in addition to the Committee on Appropriations, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.7408 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To require the Securities and Exchange Commission to update the Commissions’ guidance on economic analysis in rulemakings, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Steil, Bryan [R-WI-1] (Introduced 04/05/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 04/05/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health Care
S.3991 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a demonstration program to test providing preferential treatment under the Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP programs for certain drugs and biologicals manufactured in the United States.
Sponsor: Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN] (Introduced 04/05/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 04/05/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.4003 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide for training on alternatives to use of force, de-escalation, and mental and behavioral health and suicidal crises.
Sponsor: Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] (Introduced 04/05/2022) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 04/05/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.4008 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide COVID relief for restaurants, gyms, minor league sports teams, border businesses, live venue service providers, exclave businesses, and providers of transportation services.
Sponsor: Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] (Introduced 04/05/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Latest Action: Senate – 04/05/2022 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

H.R.7400 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a demonstration program to test providing preferential treatment under the Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP programs for certain drugs and biologicals manufactured in the United States.
Sponsor: Rep. Craig, Angie [D-MN-2] (Introduced 04/05/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 04/05/2022 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.7410 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for credits against tax for domestic medical and drug manufacturing and advanced medical manufacturing equipment.
Sponsor: Rep. Wenstrup, Brad R. [R-OH-2] (Introduced 04/05/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 04/05/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Tax
S.3992 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the deduction for certain expenses of elementary and secondary school teachers.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 04/05/2022) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 04/05/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3993 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow penalty-free withdrawals from retirement plans for domestic abuse victims.
Sponsor: Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV] (Introduced 04/05/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 04/05/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3995 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to provide for permanent duty-free treatment on imports of basketballs.
Sponsor: Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY] (Introduced 04/05/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 04/05/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.7395 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the deduction for certain expenses of elementary and secondary school teachers.
Sponsor: Rep. Brown, Anthony G. [D-MD-4] (Introduced 04/05/2022) Cosponsors: (18)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 04/05/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.7401 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a program to populate downloadable tax forms with taxpayer return information.
Sponsor: Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11] (Introduced 04/05/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 04/05/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Ukraine
S.4001 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the Secretary of State to use the voice, vote, and influence of the United States to suspend participation of the Russian Federation in certain international organizations.
Sponsor: Sen. Ernst, Joni [R-IA] (Introduced 04/05/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 04/05/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.