Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2022. The Senate will consider the Ukraine Aid legislation and multiple circuit court nominations.

The House

Yesterday

DHS Roles and Responsibilities in Cyber Space Act PASSED 313-105

Nonprofit Security Grant Program Improvement Act of 2022 PASSED 288-129

President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition Act PASSED 386-31

Today

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. and recess immediately. At approximately 11:00 a.m., the House will reconvene for the purpose of receiving, in a Joint Meeting, His Excellency Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic.

Members are advised to be on the House Floor and seated no later than 10:30 a.m. for the Joint Meeting.

At the conclusion of the Joint Meeting, the House will recess subject to the call of the Chair in order to clear the Chamber.

H.R. 7309 – Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2022 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bobby Scott / Education and Labor Committee)

The Rule provides for one hour of debate, makes in order the following amendments, and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc:

A full list of the 39 amendments made in order can be found HERE

Begin Consideration of H.R. 6531 – Targeting Resources to Communities in Need Act of 2022 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. James Clyburn / Oversight and Reform Committee)

Begin Consideration of S. 2938 – A bill to designate the United States Courthouse and Federal Building located at 111 North Adams Street in Tallahassee, Florida, as the “Joseph Woodrow Hatchett United States Courthouse and Federal Building”, and for other purposes (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

Postponed Suspension Votes:

1) S. 2520 – State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act of 2021 (Sponsored by Sen. Gary Peters / Homeland Security Committee)
2) H.R. 6873 – Bombing Prevention Act of 2022, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Malinowski / Homeland Security Committee)
3) H.R. 6871 – DHS Acquisition Reform Act (Sponsored by Rep. Jake LaTurner / Homeland Security Committee)
4) H.R. 6868 – Cybersecurity Grants for Schools Act of 2022, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Andrew Garbarino / Homeland Security Committee)
5) S. 3527 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to transfer the name of property of the Department of Veterans Affairs designated by law to other property of the Department (Sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
6) S. 1760 – To designate the community-based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs planned to be built in Oahu, Hawaii, as the “Daniel Kahikina Akaka Department of Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinic” (Sponsored by Sen. Mazie Hirono / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
7) S. 2514 – To rename the Provo Veterans Center in Orem, Utah, as the “Col. Gail S. Halvorsen ‘Candy Bomber’ Veterans Center” (Sponsored by Sen. Mike Lee / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
8) H.R. 7500 – Fiscal Year 2022 Veterans Affairs Major Medical Facility Authorization Act (Sponsored by Rep. Colin Allred / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
9) H.R. 5754 – Patient Advocate Tracker Act (Sponsored by Rep. Lisa McClain / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
10) H.R. 6604 – Veterans Eligibility to Transfer School (VETS) Credit Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Vern Buchanan / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
11) S. 2687 – Strengthening Oversight for Veterans Act of 2021 (Sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
12) H.R. 7375 – To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to update the payment system of the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow for electronic fund transfer of educational assistance, administered by the Secretary, to a foreign institution of higher education (Sponsored by Rep. Mikie Sherrill / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
13) H.R. 6376 – Student Veteran Work Study Modernization Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Cindy Axne / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
14) H.R. 7153 – Department of Veterans Affairs Principles of Benefits Automation Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Bost / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

Special Order Speeches

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #368, H.R. 7691, a bill to provide aid to Ukraine; invoked: 81-11.

Legislative Business

Passed S.1596 with Rounds-Shaheen amendment – Greatest Generation Commemorative Coin Act.

Passed Calendar #351, H.R.4426 – Homeland Security for Children Act.

Adopted the following resolutions:

· S.Res.633 – Silver Star Service
· S.Res.634 – Foster Care Month
· S.Res.635 – ALS Awareness

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 #717 Cathy Ann Harris, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Merit Systems Protection Board
  2. Executive Calendar #716 Cathy Ann Harris, of Maryland, to be Chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board
  3. Executive Calendar #777 Christopher Joseph Lowman, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense

Today

As a reminder, the Senate will begin gathering in the Senate Chamber at 10:35am and depart at 10:40am to proceed as a body to the Hall of the House for the address to a Joint Meeting of Congress by His Excellency Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic.

At 2:30pm, following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to Calendar #368, H.R.7691, a bill to provide aid to Ukraine, post-cloture.

At 4:00pm, all post cloture time will expire and the Senate will vote on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill. Following that vote the Senate will vote on the motions to invoke cloture on the Rochon, Thompson, and Sykes nominations. If cloture is invoked on the nominations, all post-cloture time will expire and the Senate will vote on confirmation at a time to be determined.

Following the cloture vote on the Sykes nomination, the Senate will resume legislative session and the consideration of Calendar #368, H.R.7691.

Cloture has been filed on the following:

  1. Motion to proceed to Calendar #368, H.R. 7691, a bill to provide aid to Ukraine
  2. Executive Calendar #798, Jennifer Louise Rochon, of New York, to be US District Judge for the Southern District of New York.
  3. Executive Calendar #802, Trina L. Thompson, of California, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of California.
  4. Executive Calendar #799, Sunshine Suzanne Sykes, of California, to be US District Judge for the Central District of California.
  5. Executive Calendar #847 Barbara A. Leaf, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs) [ripens Wednesday]
  6. Executive Calendar #687 Elizabeth Schoff Watson, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor [ripens Wednesday]

Tuesday, May 17th at 4:00pm – 4 roll call votes:

  1. Motion to proceed to Calendar #368, H.R. 7691, a bill to provide aid to Ukraine
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #798, Jennifer Louise Rochon, of New York, to be US District Judge for the Southern District of New York.
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #802, Trina L. Thompson, of California, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of California.
  4. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #799, Sunshine Suzanne Sykes, of California, to be US District Judge for the Central District of California.

HEARINGS COVERED

House Homeland Security
Creating a More Resilient Nation: Stakeholder Perspectives

Senate Appropriations
A Review of the President’s FY 2023 Funding Request and Budget Justification for the National Institutes of Health

House Education and Labor
Markup

House Foreign Affairs
The FY23 Budget Request: USAID’s Foreign Policy and International Development Priorities

House Appropriations
State, Foreign Operation Subcommittee – FY 2023 Member Day

House Judiciary
Reviving Competition, Part 6: Rebuilding America’s Economic Leadership and Combatting Corporate Profiteering

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Cybersecurity
H.R.7777 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to establish an industrial control systems cybersecurity training initiative, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Swalwell, Eric [D-CA-15] (Introduced 05/16/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Homeland Security
Latest Action: House – 05/16/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

H.R.7785 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to recognize digital skills and digital literacy as critical adult education and literacy objectives, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6] (Introduced 05/16/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Education and Labor
Latest Action: House – 05/16/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

Energy/ Environment
S.4227 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to streamline the oil and gas permitting process and to recognize fee ownership for certain oil and gas drilling or spacing units, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND] (Introduced 05/16/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 05/16/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

H.R.7776 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
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: Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] (Introduced 05/16/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 05/16/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Health Care
H.R.7780 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
Mental Health Matters Act
Sponsor: Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11] (Introduced 05/16/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Education and Labor
Latest Action: House – 05/16/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

H.R.7784 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act to improve trauma support services and mental health care for children and youth in educational settings, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Hayes, Jahana [D-CT-5] (Introduced 05/16/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Education and Labor
Latest Action: House – 05/16/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.

Ukraine
S.4224 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the expenditure of an equal amount on border security as on the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative and to confiscate Russian assets and make such assets available for border security, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 05/16/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 05/16/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.