Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House is not in session. The Senate will vote on the confirmation of the Director General of Foreign Service and vote on cloture of the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act. 

The House

Yesterday

The House was not in session.

Today

The House is not in session. The House will meet for a pro forma session on Friday, May 27.

The Senate

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #857 Evelyn Padin, of New Jersey, to be US District Judge for the District of New Jersey; confirmed: 51-43.
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #915 Charlotte Sweeney, of Colorado, to be US District Judge for the District of Colorado; confirmed: 48-46.
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #806 Sandra Thompson, of Maryland, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency; invoked: 48-46.
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #806 Sandra Thompson, of Maryland, to be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency; confirmed: 49-46.
  5. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #651 Henry Christopher Frey, of North Carolina, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; invoked: 51-43.
  6. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #651 Henry Christopher Frey, of North Carolina, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; confirmed: 51-43.
  7. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #670 Lisa Gomez, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor; invoked: 47-46.
  8. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #652 Chavonda Jacobs-Young, of Georgia, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics; invoked: 89-3.
  9. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #669 Amy Loyd, of New Mexico, to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education; invoked: 54-40.
  10. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #717 Cathy Ann Harris, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Merit Systems Protection Board; confirmed: 48-46.

Legislative Business

Passed the following post office naming bills, en bloc:

  1. Calendar #185 – H.R.767, Benjamin A. Gilman Post Office Building
  2. Calendar #186 – H.R.1170, Tuskegee Airman Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Friend Memorial Post Office Building
  3. Calendar #187 – H.R.1444, Patsy Cline Post Office
  4. Calendar #189 – S.2932, Captain Robert C. Harmon and Private John R. Peirson Post Office Building
  5. Calendar #325 – S.3825, Ron Wright Post Office Building
  6. Calendar #326 – S.3826, Gary James Fletcher Post Office Building
  7. Calendar #328 – H.R. 735, Arturo L. Ibleto Post Office Building
  8. Calendar #329 – H.R. 1298, Technical Sergeant Marshal Roberts Post Office Building
  9. Calendar #330 – H.R.2324, D. Edwina Stephens Post Office
  10. Calendar #332 – H.R.3579, Jeremy L. Ridlen Post Office
  11. Calendar #333 – H.R.3613, Corporal Jeffrey Robert Standfest Post Office Building
  12. Calendar #334 – H.R. 4168, Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Jackson French Post Office

Adopted S.Res.134 with Lee substitute amendment to the resolution, and amendments to the preamble and the title – US/UK Free Trade Agreement.

Executive Business

Confirmed by voice vote Executive Calendar #923, Jane Hartley, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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 #716 Cathy Ann Harris, of Maryland, to be Chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board
  2. Executive Calendar #801 Nina Morrison, of New York, to be US District Judge for the Eastern District of New York
  3. Executive Calendar #670 Lisa Gomez, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor
  4. Executive Calendar #652 Chavonda Jacobs-Young, of Georgia, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics
  5. Executive Calendar #669 Amy Loyd, of New Mexico, to be Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education
  6. Executive Calendar #792 Kenneth Wainstein, to be Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security
  7. Executive Calendar #675 Todd Harper, of Virginia, to be a Member of the National Credit Union Administration
  8. Executive Calendar #728 Samuel Bagenstos, of Michigan, to be General Counsel of the Department of Health and Human Services
  9. Executive Calendar #856 Robert Steven Huie, of California, to be US District Judge for the Southern District of California
  10. Executive Calendar #772 Shalanda Baker, of Texas, to be Director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact, Department of Energy

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of the motion to proceed to Calendar #371, H.R.350, Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act. At 11:30am, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.350.

If cloture is not invoked, the Senate will immediately vote on passage of Calendar #396, S.J.Res.46, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security relating to “Procedures for Credible Fear Screening and Consideration of Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and CAT Protection Claims by Asylum Officers”.

Following disposition of the joint resolution, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #461, Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat, to be Director General of the Foreign Service. At 1:45pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Bernicat nomination.

Thursday, May 26th at 11:30am – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #371, H.R.350, Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act
  2. Passage of S.J.Res.46, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security relating to “Procedures for Credible Fear Screening and Consideration of Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and CAT Protection Claims by Asylum Officers”.

Thursday, May 26th at 1:45pm – 1 roll call vote:

Confirmation of Executive Calendar #461 – Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat, to be Director General of the Foreign Service

HEARINGS COVERED

House Financial Services
Digital Assets and the Future of Finance: Examining the Benefits and Risks of a U.S. Central Bank Digital Currency

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Cybersecurity
S.4309 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to promote competition and reduce consumer switching costs in the provision of online communications services.
Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] (Introduced 05/25/2022) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 05/25/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Financial Services
S.4310 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to allow employers to offer pension-linked emergency savings accounts for financial emergencies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 05/25/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/25/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.4313 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit the use of the digital currency payment system operated by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR] (Introduced 05/25/2022) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 05/25/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Health Care
S.4301 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to reauthorize and improve the block grants for prevention and treatment of substance abuse.
Sponsor: Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH] (Introduced 05/25/2022) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 05/25/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.4302 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require prompt reports of marketing status by holders of approved applications for biological products, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA] (Introduced 05/25/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 05/25/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.4303 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide for a period of exclusivity for first interchangeable biological products.
Sponsor: Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA] (Introduced 05/25/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 05/25/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.4305 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to limit the authority of the World Health Organization on the United States and to oppose amendments to the WHO Constitution that have not been approved by Congress.
Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Rick [R-FL] (Introduced 05/25/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 05/25/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

S.4306 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to support behavioral health integration into primary care practices, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Smith, Tina [D-MN] (Introduced 05/25/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 05/25/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.4307 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to expand the ability of renal dialysis facilities to serve as originating sites for telehealth services under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen. Warner, Mark R. [D-VA] (Introduced 05/25/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/25/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.4312 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the direct payment requirement on the exclusion from gross income of distributions from governmental plans for health and long-term care insurance.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 05/25/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/25/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.