Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider legislation from the Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees. The Senate will consider multiple circuit court judge nominations.

The House

Yesterday

S 497 – American Fisheries Advisory Committee Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 404 – 11 (Roll no. 126).

Today

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

One Minute Speeches

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 5796 – Patents for Humanity Act of 2021, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries / Judiciary Committee)
2) S. 3059 – Courthouse Ethics and Transparency Act (Sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn / Judiciary Committee)
3) H.Res. 336 – Calling on the Government of the Russian Federation to provide evidence or to release United States citizen Paul Whelan, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Haley Stevens / Foreign Affairs Committee)
4) H.R. 7314 – AXIS Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Andy Barr / Foreign Affairs Committee)
5) H.R. 7372 – Protecting Semiconductor Supply Chain Materials from Authoritarians Act (Sponsored by Rep. Dina Titus / Foreign Affairs Committee)
6) H.R. 496 – Ukraine Religious Freedom Support Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Wilson / Foreign Affairs Committee)
7) H.R. 6930 – Asset Seizure for Ukraine Reconstruction Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Malinowski / Foreign Affairs Committee)
8) H.R. 923 – Georgia Support Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Gerry Connolly / Foreign Affairs Committee)
9) H.Res. 833 – Expressing Support for Moldova’s democracy, independence, and territorial integrity and strengthening United States and Moldova relations, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David Price / Foreign Affairs Committee)
10) H.R. 3344 – Transatlantic Telecommunications Security Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Marcy Kaptur / Foreign Affairs Committee)
11) H.R. 7311 – Countering Malign Russian Activities in Africa Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Gregory Meeks / Foreign Affairs Committee)
12) H.R. 4133 – Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Authorization Act (Sponsored by Rep. Adriano Espaillat / Foreign Affairs Committee)
13) H.R. 6089 – Stop Iranian Drones Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul / Foreign Affairs Committee)
14) H.R. 4693 – Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act of 2021 (Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul / Foreign Affairs Committee)
15) S. 812 – To direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to regain observer status for Taiwan in the World Health Organization, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Sen. Robert Menendez / Foreign Affairs Committee)

Special Order Speeches

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  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; confirmed: 52-43.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #844 Lisa DeNell Cook, of Michigan, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; not invoked: 47-51.

Legislative Business
Passed S.4089 – Veterans Rapid Restraining Assistance Program Restoration and Recovery Act.

Adopted S.Res.585 – honoring the life, achievements, and legacy of the Honorable Madeleine K. Albright.

Adopted S.Res.595 – designating the week of April 18 through April 24, 2022, as “National Osteopathic Medicine Week”.

Agreed to H.Con.Res.74 – use of the Capitol grounds.

Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.4088, To prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services from lessening the stringency of, and to prohibit the Secretary of Homeland Security from ceasing or lessening implementation of, the COVID–19 border health provisions through the end of the COVID–19 pandemic, and for other purposes (Cruz).

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

By unanimous consent, the cloture motion with respect to Executive Calendar #670 Lisa M. Gomez, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor, was withdrawn.

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #800, Sherilyn Peace Garnett, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California.

At approximately 3:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Garnett nomination. If cloture is invoked, there will be up to 2 hours of debate followed by a vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Absent an agreement, upon disposition of the Garnett nomination, the cloture motion with respect to the Gordon nomination (HUD) would ripen and the Senate would vote on the motion to invoke cloture.

The Senate is also expected to 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.”

Cloture motions are currently pending on the following:

  1. Executive Calendar #800, Sherilyn Peace Garnett, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; and
  2. Executive Calendar #865 Julia Ruth Gordon, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Wednesday, April 27th at 3:30pm – 1 roll call vote:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #800 Sherilyn Peace Garnett, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California

Wednesday, April 27th after up to 2 hours of debate – at least 1 roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #800, Sherilyn Peace Garnett, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California

Additional roll call votes are expected.

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Commerce
Department of Commerce Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Priorities

House Energy and Commerce
The Fiscal Year 2023 HHS Budget

Senate Appropriations
Review of the Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of State

Joint Economic Committee
Building on a Strong Foundation: Investments Today for a More Competitive Tomorrow

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Cybersecurity
H.R.7578 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To require the Secretary of Commerce to submit a report to Congress on data servicing operations owned by Chinese entities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Gooden, Lance [R-TX-5] (Introduced 04/26/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 04/26/2022 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Energy/ Environment
S.4083 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to modify the requirements applicable to locatable minerals on public domain land, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM] (Introduced 04/26/2022) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 04/26/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.4084 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to support the lab-embedded entrepreneurship program under the Department of Energy, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM] (Introduced 04/26/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 04/26/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

H.R.7580 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To modify the requirements applicable to locatable minerals on public domain lands, consistent with the principles of self-initiation of mining claims, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Grijalva, Raúl M. [D-AZ-3] (Introduced 04/26/2022) Cosponsors: (11)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 04/26/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources

H.R.7584 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to end the investment tax credit for offshore wind facilities in the inland navigable waters of the United States.
Sponsor: Rep. Jacobs, Chris [R-NY-27] (Introduced 04/26/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 04/26/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means

Financial Services
S.4087 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require pension plans that offer participants and beneficiaries the option of receiving lifetime annuity payments as lump sum payments, to meet certain notice and disclosure requirements.
Sponsor: Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA] (Introduced 04/26/2022) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 04/26/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.7593 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To direct the Secretary of Commerce to establish a clearinghouse to assist economic development activities in capacity-constrained communities.
Sponsor: Rep. Tonko, Paul [D-NY-20] (Introduced 04/26/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure; Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 04/26/2022 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Health Care
S.4088 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services from lessening the stringency of, and to prohibit the Secretary of Homeland Security from ceasing or lessening implementation of, the COVID-19 border health provisions through the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 04/26/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action: Senate – 04/26/2022 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

S.4090 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to improve transparency and availability of information regarding dietary supplements by amending the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require manufacturers of dietary supplements to list dietary supplements with the Food and Drug Administration.
Sponsor: Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL] (Introduced 04/26/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 04/26/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.7573 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
Telehealth Extension and Evaluation Act
Sponsor: Rep. Axne, Cynthia [D-IA-3] (Introduced 04/26/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 04/26/2022 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.7577 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
CDC Tribal Public Health Security and Preparedness Act
Sponsor: Rep. Gallego, Ruben [D-AZ-7] (Introduced 04/26/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 04/26/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.7585 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To improve the health of minority individuals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2] (Introduced 04/26/2022) Cosponsors: (58)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Agriculture; Oversight and Reform; Ways and Means; Education and Labor; Judiciary; Budget; Veterans’ Affairs; Natural Resources; Armed Services; Homeland Security; Financial Services; Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 04/26/2022 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, Oversight and Reform, Ways and Means, Education and Labor, the Judiciary, the Budget, Veterans’ Affairs, Natural Resources, Armed Services, Homeland Security; Financial Services; Transportation and Infrastructure

H.R.7586 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend title III of the Public Health Service Act to provide for suspension of entries and imports from designated countries to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and import into the United States of certain controlled substances.
Sponsor: Rep. Lesko, Debbie [R-AZ-8] (Introduced 04/26/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 04/26/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.7589 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend title 38, United States Code, to prohibit the imposition or collection of copayments for certain mental health outpatient care visits of veterans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41] (Introduced 04/26/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Action: House – 04/26/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Transportation
H.R.7576 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
Securing Semiconductor Supply Chains Act of 2022
Sponsor: Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18] (Introduced 04/26/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 04/26/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.7590 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To reauthorize and improve the programs authorized by the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1] (Introduced 04/26/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure; Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 04/26/2022 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker