Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House is not in session. The Senate will vote on treaties proposed by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK).  

The HOUSE

Yesterday

The House was in a pro forma session. 

Today

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

Friday, August 5th at 3:00pm 

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1068, Elizabeth Wilson Hanes, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia; confirmed: 59-37.
  2. Paul motion to concur with amendment #5184; not agreed to: 7-90.
  3. Toomey motion to concur with amendment #5186; not agreed to: 47-48.
  4. Blackburn motion to concur with amendment #5185; not agreed to: 48-47.
  5. Motion to concur in the House amendment to S.3373, PACT Act; agreed to: 86-11.

Legislative Business
Passed H.R.5313 – Reese’s Law.
Passed S.734 with Cornyn-Hassan amendment – Jenna Quinn Law.
Adopted S.Res.738 – National Anti-Counterfeiting and Consumer Education Awareness Month.
Adopted S.Res.739 – Printing SAC History.

Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business H.R.5376, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of S. Con. Res. 14.

Executive Business
Confirmed the following nominations:

NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
· Executive Calendar #1098 – Annie Caputo, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the term of five years expiring June 30, 2026
· Executive Calendar #1099 – Bradley R. Crowell, of Nevada, to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the term of five years expiring June 30, 2027

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 #922, Constance J. Milstein, of New York, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Malta.

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of Morning Business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

At 1:30pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Calendar #5, treaty document 117-3. The treaties will be considered as having advanced through the various parliamentary stages up to and including the presentation of the resolution of advice and consent to ratification. There will be 3 hours for debate, equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees, on the treaties and resolution of advice and consent to ratification. The only amendments in order to the resolution of advice and consent to ratification are the following:

  1. Sullivan #5192 (re: spending benchmark)
  2. Paul #5191 (re: declaration of war)

Following debate, the Senate will vote in relation to the amendments in the order listed. Upon disposition of the amendments, any committee conditions, declarations, or reservations will be agreed to as applicable, and the Senate will vote on the resolution of advice and consent to ratification, as amended, if amended, with no intervening action or debate.

Wednesday, August 3rd at approx. 4:30pm – up to 3 roll call votes:

  1. Sullivan amendment #5192 (re: spending benchmark) (possible voice vote)
  2. Paul amendment #5191 (re: declaration of war)
  3. Adoption of the resolution of ratification with respect to Calendar Number 5 treaty document 117-3 (NATO).

HEARINGS COVERED 

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Business Meeting

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Cybersecurity
S.4701 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide cybersecurity support for small business concerns through the small business development center program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Latest Action: Senate – 08/02/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

S.4713 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to authorize the Federal Communications Commission to specify additional sources from which a radio station licensee must obtain information to enable the licensee to announce that a foreign governmental entity has paid for a broadcast.
Sponsor: Sen. Schatz, Brian [D-HI] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 08/02/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Energy/ Environment
S.4710 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to include phosphate and potash on the final list of critical minerals of the Department of the Interior.
Sponsor: Sen. Tillis, Thom [R-NC] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 08/02/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.4711 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to amend regulations relating to exemptions for engines and equipment for purposes of national security, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Tillis, Thom [R-NC] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 08/02/2022 Read the second time and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.4733 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to provide for certain reforms to the process relating to applications for permits to drill and the eligibility requirements for prospective bidders in lease sales, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 08/02/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

H.R.8646 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To assign a resident inspector to certain commercial nuclear power plants to conduct inspections of decommissioning activities and spent nuclear fuel transfer activities.
Sponsor: Rep. Levin, Mike [D-CA-49] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 08/02/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Financial Services
S.4737 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to collect and make publicly available data on properties receiving an allocation of credit under the low-income housing tax credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Warnock, Raphael G. [D-GA] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 08/02/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

H.R.8639 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To make supplemental appropriations to carry out the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for fiscal year 2022.
Sponsor: Rep. Golden, Jared F. [D-ME-2] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Appropriations; Budget
Latest Action: House – 08/02/2022 Referred to the Committee on Appropriations, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Health Care
S.4700 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for limitations on copayments for contraception furnished by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (19)
Committees: Senate – Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 08/02/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

S.4708 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage for wigs as durable medical equipment under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 08/02/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.4712 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to clarify coverage of occupational therapy under the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Sponsor: Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 08/02/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.4723 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to ensure the right to provide reproductive health care services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (27)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 08/02/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.4738 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to protect the privacy of personally-identifiable health data, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 08/02/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.4739 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to allow additional individuals to enroll in standalone dental plans offered through Federal Exchanges.
Sponsor: Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 08/02/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.4747 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to expand the availability of mental, emotional, and behavioral health services under the Medicaid program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 08/02/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.4748 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide for national uniformity for reproductive health products.
Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 08/02/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.8637 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide for training on alternatives to use of force, de-escalation, and mental and behavioral health and suicidal crises.
Sponsor: Rep. Bass, Karen [D-CA-37] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 08/02/2022 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.8641 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on incentives under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic for the development of orphan drugs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Gottheimer, Josh [D-NJ-5] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 08/02/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.8650 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To ensure the right to provide reproductive health care services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Schrier, Kim [D-WA-8] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 08/02/2022 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Tax
S.4722 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish qualified down payment savings programs.
Sponsor: Sen. Warnock, Raphael G. [D-GA] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 08/02/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.4728 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow for a credit against tax for rent paid on the personal residence of the taxpayer.
Sponsor: Sen. Warnock, Raphael G. [D-GA] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 08/02/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Transportation
S.4727 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill establish a grant program to incentivize the energy resilience of air carrier airports to acquire or install solar photovoltaic panels, battery storage systems, microgrids, and related electric infrastructure for on-site renewable energy generation and storage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Padilla, Alex [D-CA] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 08/02/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.4736 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to enhance United States’ standing as an Arctic nation by facilitating greater maritime accessibility, strong trading partners, and reliable infrastructure.
Sponsor: Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 08/02/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

H.R.8640 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To require the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to establish procedures for conducting maintenance and repair projects at ports of entry at which the Office of Field Operations conducts certain enforcement activities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Gonzales, Tony [R-TX-23] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Homeland Security; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 08/02/2022 Referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.8649 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To create a fair market in freight rail and to reauthorize the Surface Transportation Board, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 08/02/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Ukraine
S.4731 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to respond to the looming global food crisis precipitated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Sponsor: Sen. Risch, James E. [R-ID] (Introduced 08/02/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 08/02/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.