Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider multiple bills related to small business and natural resources. The Senate will continue consideration of Federal Reserve Board members, a Federal Trade Commissioner nomination, and Assistant Secretaries of HUD and Labor.

The House

Yesterday

The House was in a pro forma session. 

Today

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

One Minute Speeches

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 6445 – Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2022 (Sponsored by Rep. Jared Golden / Small Business Committee)

2) H.R. 6441 – Women’s Business Centers Improvement Act of 2022 (Sponsored by Rep. Sharice Davids / Small Business Committee)

3) H.R. 6450 – SCORE for Small Business Act of 2022 (Sponsored by Rep. Young Kim / Small Business Committee)

4) H.R. 4877 – One Stop Shop for Small Business Compliance Act of 2021 (Sponsored by Rep. Antonio Delgado / Small Business Committee)

5) H.R. 6454 – Small Business Advocacy Improvements Act of 2022 (Sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer / Small Business Committee)

6) S. 270 – Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Park Expansion and Redesignation Act (Sponsored by Sen. Chris Coons / Natural Resources Committee)

7) H.R. 2793 – Highlands Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2022, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney / Natural Resources Committee)

8) H.R. 3525 – Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of Asia Pacific American History and Culture Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Grace Meng / Natural Resources Committee)

9) H.R. 5973 – Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 2022, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Debbie Dingell / Natural Resources Committee)

10) H.R. 6023 – Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2021, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Costa / Natural Resources Committee)

11) H.R. 6201 – National Liberty Memorial Preservation Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman / Natural Resources Committee)

12) H.R. 6651 – Alaska Salmon Research Task Force Act (Sponsored by Rep. Don Young / Natural Resources Committee)

13) S. 497 – American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act (Sponsored by Sen. Dan Sullivan / Natural Resources Committee)

14) H.R. 441 – Don Young Alaska Native Health Care Land Transfers Act of 2022, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Don Young / Natural Resources Committee)

Special Order Speeches

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #808 Lael Brainard, of the District of Columbia, to be Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; invoked: 54-40.

No Legislative Business

Executive Business
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 #808 Lael Brainard, of the District of Columbia, to be Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, post-cloture.

The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

At approximately 2:15pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Brainard nomination. Unless an agreement is reached, following disposition of the nomination, the Senate would immediately vote on cloture on the Cook nomination (Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System). We hope to have this cloture vote later Tuesday afternoon.

Additional roll call votes are expected during Tuesday’s session in relation to the pending nominations. As early as Tuesday’s session, the Senate may consider S.J.Res.41, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services relating to “Ensuring Access to Equitable, Affordable, Client-Centered, Quality Family Planning Services.”

Senators will be notified as additional votes are scheduled.

Cloture has been filed on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #808 Lael Brainard, of the District of Columbia, to be Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  2. Executive Calendar #844 Lisa DeNell Cook, of Michigan, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  3. Executive Calendar #848 Alvaro M. Bedoya, of Maryland, to be a Federal Trade Commissioner
  4. Executive Calendar #800 Sherilyn Peace Garnett, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California
  5. Executive Calendar #865 Julia Ruth Gordon, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  6. Executive Calendar #670 Lisa M. Gomez, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor

Tuesday, April 26th at approx. 2:15pm – at least one roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #808 Lael Brainard, of the District of Columbia, to be Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate HELP
FDA User Agreements: Advancing Medical Product Regulation and Innovation for the Benefit of Patients, FDA Center Directors

Senate Foreign Relations
Review of the FY 2023 State Department Budget Request

House Veterans’ Affairs
Examining Plans for the Continuation of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Electronic Health Record Modernization Program

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Cybersecurity
H.R.7569 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To direct the Secretary of Energy to establish a program to provide financial assistance to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers pursuing certain courses of study relating to cybersecurity and energy infrastructure.
Sponsor: Rep. Ross, Deborah K. [D-NC-2] (Introduced 04/25/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: House – 04/25/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Energy/ Environment
S.4077 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to reauthorize programs of the Economic Development Administration, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV] (Introduced 04/25/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 04/25/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

S.4078 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the Office of Management and Budget, the General Services Administration, and the Council on Environmental Quality to develop short-term and long-term strategies to reduce the cost of transportation fuels for consumers in the United States through Federal conservation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV] (Introduced 04/25/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 04/25/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Financial Services
H.R.7571 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To direct the Administer of the Small Business Administration to consider certain applications under certain EIDL COVID-19 relief programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] (Introduced 04/25/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Small Business
Latest Action: House – 04/25/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Small Business.

Ukraine
S.4079 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury from engaging in transactions involving the exchange of Special Drawing Rights issued by the International Monetary Fund that are held by the Russian Federation or Belarus.
Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Rick [R-FL] (Introduced 04/25/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 04/25/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations