Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House is not in session. The Senate will vote on a nominee to be Assistant Secretary of Energy. 

The House

Yesterday

The House was not in session.

Today

The House is not in session. The House will meet for pro forma sessions with no business conducted on the following dates and times:

Friday, May 7, at 10:00 am

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Barrasso MTI (OCS 5-Year Plan); agreed to: 53-44.
  2. Cruz MTI (Iran); agreed to: 86-12.
  3. Lee MTI (Green Climate Fund); not agreed to: 48-49.
  4. Cotton MTI (Green Climate Fund to DARPA); agreed to: 50-44.
  5. Johnson MTI (Reject Mink Fur Prohibition); agreed to: 59-33.
  6. Sanders MTI (Warrants); not agreed to: 6-87.
  7. Hassan MTI (R&D Tax Credit); agreed to: 90-5.
  8. Lankford MTI (Iran); agreed to: 62-33.
  9. Sanders MTI (NASA); not agreed to: 17-78.
  10. Capito MTI (Climate Emergency Declaration); agreed to: 49-47.
  11. Toomey MTI (Trade, Section 301); agreed to 53-43.
  12. Scott (SC) MTI (Prohibits Co2 Mandate without China); not agreed to: 47-49.

Legislative Business
By voice votes, the Senate agreed to the following motions to instruct:

  1. Paul MTI (Gain of Function Research)
  2. Menendez MTI (USTR IG)
  3. Risch MTI (China)
  4. Kelly MTI (CHIP Investment)
  5. Blackburn MTI (Digital Yuan)
  6. Murkowski MTI (Oceans data)
  7. Sullivan MTI (Critical Minerals)
  8. Rubio MTI (Intel Review)
  9. Scott (FL) MTI (RoI and Claw Back Provisions)
  10. Ernst MTI (SBA)
  11. Cassidy MTI (Mexico)
  12. Warnock MTI (HBCUs)
  13. Daines MTI (Prohibit Rejection of All-of-the-Above Energy Portfolio)
  14. Lujan MTI (National Labs)

Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.4132, to protect a person’s ability to determine whether to continue or end a pregnancy, and to protect a health care provider’s ability to provide abortion services (Blumenthal).

Executive Business
Confirmed the following nomination:

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Exec. Cal. #589 – James D. Rodriguez, of Texas, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training

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 to consider Executive Calendar #887, Kathryn Huff, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy.

At approximately 1:45pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Thursday, May 5th at approx. 1:45pm – roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #887, Kathryn Huff, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy.

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Ensuring Fairness and Transparency in the Market for Prescription Drugs

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment
S.4144 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to establish an energy efficient appliance rebate program to provide rebates for the manufacturing, distribution, and shipment of certain building electrification products, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 05/04/2022) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/04/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Financial Services
S.4145 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend section 13 of the Federal Trade Commission Act to provide equitable relief, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA] (Introduced 05/04/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 05/04/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Health Care
S.4133 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide for phased-in payment of Social Security Disability Insurance payments during the waiting period for individuals with a terminal illness.
Sponsor: Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY] (Introduced 05/04/2022) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/04/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Tax
S.4139 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a tax credit for manufacturers of high-efficiency heat pumps and heat pump water heaters.
Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 05/04/2022) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/04/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Transportation
S.4136 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
An original bill to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Carper, Thomas R. [D-DE] (Introduced 05/04/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 05/04/2022 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 361

S.4137 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Carper, Thomas R. [D-DE] (Introduced 05/04/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 05/04/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Ukraine
S.4134 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to direct the President to submit to Congress a report on United States Government efforts to collect, analyze, and preserve evidence and information related to war crimes and other atrocities committed during the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine since February 24, 2022, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] (Introduced 05/04/2022) Cosponsors: (12)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 05/04/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

S.4143 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit the importation of agricultural products, raw materials, and food from the Russian Federation if the Russian Federation prohibits the importation of such products, materials, and food from the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 05/04/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/04/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.