Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider legislation from the committees on Veterans’ Affairs, Judiciary, Oversight and Reform, and Transportation and Infrastructure. The Senate will consider Assistant Secretary of State and multiple circuit court nominations.

The House

Yesterday

Summary of Business for LEGISLATIVE DAY OF MAY 17, 2022

H. RES 1119 – Providing for consideration of H.R. 6531, H.R. 7309, and S. 2938, and for other purposes

On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 220 – 199 (Roll no. 187).

H. RES 1119 – Providing for consideration of H.R. 6531, H.R. 7309, and S. 2938, and for other purposes

On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 221 – 195 (Roll no. 186).

Today

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 11:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 3:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Last votes expected: 8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

One Minute Speeches

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 5738 – Lactation Spaces for Veteran Moms Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Elaine Luria / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
2) H.R. 7335 – MST Claims Coordination Act (Sponsored by Rep. Elaine Luria / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
3) H.R. 6961 – Dignity for MST Survivors Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Frank Mrvan / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
4) H.R. 6064 – To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to seek to enter into an agreement with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a review of examinations, furnished by the Secretary, to individuals who submit claims to the Secretary for compensation under chapter 11 of title 38, United States Code, for mental and physical conditions linked to military sexual trauma (Sponsored by Rep. Troy Nehls / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
5) H.R. 2724 – VA Peer Support Enhancement for MST Survivors Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Antonio Delgado / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
6) S. 4089 – Veterans Rapid Restraining Assistance Program Restoration and Recovery Act of 2022 (Sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
7) S. 2533 – Making Advances in Mammography and Medical Options for Veterans Act (Sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
8) S. 2102 – Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas SERVICE Act (Sponsored by Sen. John Boozman / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
9) H.R. 6052 – Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General Training Act of 2021 (Sponsored by Rep. Lauren Underwood / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
10) H.R. 6943 – Public Safety Officer Support Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David Trone / Judiciary Committee)
11) H.R. 2992 – TBI and PTSD Law Enforcement Training Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Pascrell / Judiciary Committee)
12) H.Res. 125 – Condemning rising antisemitism (Sponsored by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz / Judiciary Committee)
13) H.R. 7791 – Access to Baby Formula Act of 2022 (Sponsored by Rep. Jahana Hayes / Education and Labor Committee)

Complete Consideration of H.R. 6531 – Targeting Resources to Communities in Need Act of 2022 (Sponsored by Rep. James Clyburn / Oversight and Reform Committee)

Complete 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 (Sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

H.R. 350 – Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2022 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Bradley Schneider / Judiciary Committee)

H.R. 7790 – Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro / Appropriations Committee)

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to proceed to Calendar #368, H.R. 7691, a bill to provide aid to Ukraine; agreed to: 88-11.
  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; invoked: 51-47.
  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; invoked: 51-46.
  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; invoked: 51-45.

Legislative Business

Adopted the following resolutions:

S.Res.605 – Second Chance Month
S.Res.639 – Ames Laboratory 75th anniversary
S.Res.640 – Latinos in STEM
S.Res.641 – National Public Works Week
S.Res.642 – DIPG Pediatric Brain Cancer Awareness Day

Executive Business

Confirmed the following nominations by voice vote:

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Exec. Cal. #907 – S. Lane Tucker, of Alaska, to be United States Attorney for the District of Alaska for the term of four years
Exec. Cal. #916 – Rachelle L. Crowe, of Illinois, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois for the term of four years
Exec. Cal. #917 – Jesse A. Laslovich, of Montana, to be United States Attorney for the District of Montana for the term of four years
Exec. Cal. #918 – Alexander M.M. Uballez, of New Mexico, to be United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico for the term of four years

INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

Exec. Cal. #846 – Maria Fabiana Jorge, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Alternate Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank

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.

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #847, Barbara A. Leaf, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs).

At approximately 11:45am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #798, Jennifer Louise Rochon, of New York, to be US District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Leaf nomination.

Following the Leaf cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:00pm to allow for the Democratic caucus meeting.

If cloture is invoked on the Leaf nomination, at approximately 2:45pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Leaf nomination. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #687 Elizabeth Schoff Watson, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor.

If cloture is invoked on the Watson nomination, at approximately 6:00pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Watson nomination. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Thompson, Sykes, and Loman nominations.

During Tuesday’s session, Senator Schumer filed cloture on the following items:

  1. Calendar #368, H.R. 7691, a bill to provide aid to Ukraine.
  2. Motion to proceed to Calendar #344, S.4008, Small Business COVID Relief Act of 2022.
  3. Executive Calendar #855, Stephanie Dawkins Davis, of Michigan, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

These motions will ripen on Thursday.

As a result of cloture being filed on H.R.7691, the filing deadline for first degree amendments to the bill is 1:00pm on Wednesday. The second degree amendment filing deadline is one hour prior to the cloture vote if cloture is invoked. During Tuesday’s session, Senator Schumer filled the amendment tree with technical/date change amendments.

Wednesday, May 18th at approx. 11:45am – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #798, Jennifer Louise Rochon, of New York, to be US District Judge for the Southern District of New York.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #847, Barbara A. Leaf, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs).

Wednesday, May 18th at approx. 2:45pm – 2 roll call votes expected:

  1. If cloture is invoked, Confirmation of Executive Calendar #847, Barbara A. Leaf, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs).
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #687 Elizabeth Schoff Watson, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor.

Wednesday, May 18th at approx. 6:00pm – 4 roll call votes expected:

  1. If cloture is invoked, Confirmation of Executive Calendar #687 Elizabeth Schoff Watson, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor.
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #802, Trina L. Thompson, of California, to be US District Judge for the Northern District of California.
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #799, Sunshine Suzanne Sykes, of California, to be US District Judge for the Central District of California.
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #777 Christopher Joseph Lowman, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense

HEARINGS COVERED

House Energy and Commerce
Health Care Markup

House Appropriations
Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request for the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission

House Appropriations
Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request for the Internal Revenue Service

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment
S.4228 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to immediately resume oil and gas lease sales, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY] (Introduced 05/17/2022) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 05/17/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.4229 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to empower States to manage the development and production of oil and gas on available Federal land, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY] (Introduced 05/17/2022) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 05/17/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.4231 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to support water infrastructure in Reclamation States, and other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] (Introduced 05/17/2022) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 05/17/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.4236 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide for a national water data framework, to provide for the water security of the Rio Grande Basin, to reauthorize irrigation infrastructure grants, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM] (Introduced 05/17/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 05/17/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

H.R.7792 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To provide for a national water data framework, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Stansbury, Melanie Ann [D-NM-1] (Introduced 05/17/2022) Cosponsors: (13)
Committees: House – Natural Resources; Transportation and Infrastructure; Agriculture; Energy and Commerce; Science, Space, and Technology; Armed Services
Latest Action: House – 05/17/2022 Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, Science, Space, and Technology, and Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.7793 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To provide for the water security of the Rio Grande Basin, to reauthorize irrigation infrastructure grants, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Stansbury, Melanie Ann [D-NM-1] (Introduced 05/17/2022) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 05/17/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.7800 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To ensure transparent and competitive transportation fuel markets in order to protect consumers from unwarranted price increases.
Sponsor: Rep. Levin, Mike [D-CA-49] (Introduced 05/17/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 05/17/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

H.R.7801 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to allow the Secretary of Commerce to establish a Coastal and Estuarine Resilience and Restoration Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Levin, Mike [D-CA-49] (Introduced 05/17/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 05/17/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Health Care
S.4234 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to make improvements to the redistribution of residency slots under the Medicare program after a hospital closes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV] (Introduced 05/17/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/17/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

S.4235 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to fix a technical error in the definitions.
Sponsor: Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 05/17/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 05/17/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.7798 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend title IV of the Public Health Service Act to prohibit sale or transactions relating to human fetal tissue.
Sponsor: Rep. Franklin, C. Scott [R-FL-15] (Introduced 05/17/2022) Cosponsors: (25)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 05/17/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.7799 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To regulate the posting of personal information of government officials on the internet, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Hill, J. French [R-AR-2] (Introduced 05/17/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Oversight and Reform; House Administration; Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 05/17/2022 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Reform, House Administration, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.7803 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to remove the exclusion from medical assistance under the Medicaid program of items and services for patients in an institution for mental diseases, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12] (Introduced 05/17/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 05/17/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Tax
H.R.7795 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the deduction for qualified business income, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Biggs, Andy [R-AZ-5] (Introduced 05/17/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 05/17/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.7808 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To suspend duties and other restrictions on the importation of infant formula to address the shortage of infant formula in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Stewart, Chris [R-UT-2] (Introduced 05/17/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Education and Labor
Latest Action: House – 05/17/2022 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Transportation
S.4233 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A to bill amend the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to provide for critical maintenance and repair of certain Bureau of Reclamation reserved or transferred works, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY] (Introduced 05/17/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 05/17/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.