Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House is in a pro forma session. The Senate is not in session.

The House

Yesterday

The House was not in session.

Today

The House is in a pro forma session.

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #887, Kathryn Huff, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy; confirmed: 80-11.

Legislative Business

Adopted S.Res.601 – celebrating the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day.
Adopted S.Res.617 – National Teacher Appreciation Week.
Adopted S.Res.618 – recognizing April 30, 2022, as “El Día Del Niños – Celebrating Young Americans.
Adopted S.Res.619 – Public Service Recognition Week.
Adopted S.Res.620 – National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.
Adopted S.Res.621 – honoring the life and legacy of the late Senator Orrin G. Hatch.

Executive Business
Confirmed the following nominations:

DEPARTMENT OF STATE

  1. Executive Calendar #897 – Marc B. Nathanson, of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Norway
  2. Executive Calendar #898 – John N. Nkengasong, of Georgia, to be Ambassador at Large, Coordinator of United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally
  3. Executive Calendar #899 – Caroline Kennedy, of New York, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Commonwealth of Australia
  4. Executive Calendar #900 – MaryKay Loss Carlson, of Arkansas, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of the Philippines
  5. Executive Calendar #901 – Philip S. Goldberg, of the District of Columbia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Ambassador, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Korea

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

The Senate is not in session.

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment
S.4148 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to complete and publish a study and develop a plan relating to the ability of the electric system to meet the electricity demand of new electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI] (Introduced 05/05/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Financial Services
S.4147 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit the Secretary of Labor from constraining the range or type of investments that may be offered to participants and beneficiaries of individual retirement accounts who exercise control over the assets in such accounts.
Sponsor: Sen. Tuberville, Tommy [R-AL] (Introduced 05/05/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.4153 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to enhance the credit for small employer pension plan startup costs.
Sponsor: Sen. Hickenlooper, John W. [D-CO] (Introduced 05/05/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.4154 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide better access to retirement plans through small businesses.
Sponsor: Sen. Hickenlooper, John W. [D-CO] (Introduced 05/05/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.4158 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the small business laws to create certain requirements with respect to the SBIR and STTR program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Padilla, Alex [D-CA] (Introduced 05/05/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Health Care
S.4151 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to prohibit certain acts related to fentanyl, analogues of fentanyl, and counterfeit substances, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 05/05/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.4152 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to reauthorize the Critical Path Public-Private Partnerships.
Sponsor: Sen. Kelly, Mark [D-AZ] (Introduced 05/05/2022) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 05/05/202