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 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

Passed, 50-47: Passage of S.J.Res.55, Sullivan NEPA Permitting Reform CRA. 

Confirmed, 67-29: Executive Calendar #1100 Roopali H. Desai to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #967 Nasser H. Paydar to be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #994 David Applegate to be Director of the United States Geological Survey. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1094 Susie Feliz to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1095 Donald R. Cravins to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Minority Business Development. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1126 Kathryn Wheelbarger to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace for a term of four years. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1128 Jonathan Wingate Burks to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace for a term of four years. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #891 Edward Gabriel to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace for a term of four years. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #892 Nathalie Rayes to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace for a term of four years. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #893 Mary Green Swig to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace for a term of four years. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1114 Yohannes Abraham to be Representative of the United States of America to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1123 Shirley Sachi Sagawa to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a term expiring October 6, 2024. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1069 Carlos Felipe Uriarte to be an Assistant Attorney General. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1070 Carlton W. Reeves to be Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1072 Laura E. Mate to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission for a term expiring October 31, 2027. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1073 Claire McCusker Murray to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission for a term expiring October 31, 2025. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1074 Luis Felipe Restrepo to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission for a term expiring October 31, 2025. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1075 Claria Horn Boom to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission for a term expiring October 31, 2023. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1076 John Gleeson to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission for a term expiring October 31, 2023. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1077 Candice C. Wong to be a Member of the United States Sentencing Commission for a term expiring October 31, 2027. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #984 Michael C. Gonzales 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 Zambia. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1052 Timmy T. Davis a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the State of Qatar. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1061 Dean R. Thompson 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 Nepal. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1062 Richard Lee Buangan 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 Mongolia. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1064 Marie C. Damour 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 Fiji/Kiribati/ Nauru/Tonga/Tuvalu. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1111 Robert F. Godec a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Thailand. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1115 Jonathan Henick 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 Uzbekistan. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1116 Angela Price Aggeler 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 North Macedonia. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1117 Gautam A. Rana a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Slovak Republic. 

Confirmed by voice vote: Executive Calendar #1118 Daniel N. Rosenblum a Career Member of the Senior Executive Service, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Kazakhstan. 

Today

The Senate is not in session. The Senate will next convene on Saturday, August 6. The schedule for Saturday is below.

Noon
The Senate will resume consideration of the motion to discharge from the Committee on Environment and Public Works PN1555, David M. Uhlmann, of Michigan, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

12:30 p.m.
The Senate will VOTE on the motion to discharge.
Further VOTES are expected on Saturday.

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Cybersecurity
S.4767 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to close the digital divide, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS] (Introduced 08/04/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 08/04/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Energy/ Environment
S.4768 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to tax excess profits of large oil and gas companies, to impose a tax on the repurchase of stock by large oil and gas companies, to end the use of the LIFO method of accounting by large oil and gas trades or businesses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] (Introduced 08/04/2022) Cosponsors: (13)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 08/04/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.4771 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 1992 to provide for direct loans to Indian tribes and tribal energy development organizations for energy development, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cortez Masto, Catherine [D-NV] (Introduced 08/04/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 08/04/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.4774 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to modify the ethanol waiver for Reid vapor pressure limitations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY] (Introduced 08/04/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 08/04/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.4776 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to transfer funds for Energy Efficiency Improvements and Renewable Energy Improvements at Public School Facilities to the Attorney General to award grants to States to promote safety and security in schools.
Sponsor: Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD] (Introduced 08/04/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 08/04/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Health Care
S.4770 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit any employee or contractor of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the Department of Health and Human Services from transporting any alien across State lines for the purpose of procuring an abortion for such alien.
Sponsor: Sen. Marshall, Roger [R-KS] (Introduced 08/04/2022) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 08/04/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.4778 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require limitations on research on potential pandemic pathogens of concern.
Sponsor: Sen. Marshall, Roger [R-KS] (Introduced 08/04/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 08/04/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.4782 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to combat the fentanyl crisis.
Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Rick [R-FL] (Introduced 08/04/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 08/04/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Transportation
S.4769 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize and modernize the registered traveler program of the Transportation Security Administration, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rosen, Jacky [D-NV] (Introduced 08/04/2022) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 08/04/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.4780 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the definition of marine highway transportation to include the carriage by a documented vessel of cargo that is bulk, liquid, or loose cargo loaded in tanks, holds, hoppers, or on deck.
Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 08/04/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 08/04/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.4781 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the designation of certain airports as ports of entry.
Sponsor: Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX] (Introduced 08/04/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 08/04/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.