Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider legislation from the Ways and Means; Transportation and Infrastructure; Veterans’ Affairs; and Oversight and Reform Committees. The Senate will consider circuit court judge nominations.            

The HOUSE

Yesterday

Summary of Business for LEGISLATIVE DAY OF SEPTEMBER 13, 2022
H R 1066 – Wildfire Recovery Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): (Roll no. 423).

H R 5315 – Drone Infrastructure Inspection Grant Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): (Roll no. 422).

S 4785 – To extend by 19 days the authorization for the special assessment for the Domestic Trafficking Victims’ Fund
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): (Roll no. 421).

Today

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 1:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

One Minute Speeches

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 3173 – Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2021 (Sponsored by Rep. Suzan DelBene / Ways and Means Committee)
Postponed Suspension Votes:
1) H.R. 884 – National Aviation Preparedness Act of 2022, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Rick Larsen / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
2) H.R. 5774 – Expediting Disaster Recovery Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Garret Graves / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
3) H.R. 1468 – Securities and Exchange Commission Real Estate Leasing Authority Revocation Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
4) S. 2293 – CREW Act (Sponsored by Sen. Gary Peters / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
5) S. 4205 – PAW Act (Sponsored by Sen. Gary Peters / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
6) S. 442 – BRIGHT Act (Sponsored by Sen. Gary Peters / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
7) H.R. 7939 – Student Veteran Emergency Relief Act of 2022, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Levin / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
8) H.R. 7846 – Veterans’ Compensation Cost of Living Adjustment Act of 2022 (Sponsored by Rep. Elaine Luria / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
9) H.R. 7735 – Improving Access to the VA Home Loan Benefit Act of 2022, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Bost / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
10) H.R. 5916 – Wounded Warrior Access Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Pete Aguilar / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
11) H.R. 8260 – Faster Payments to Veterans Survivors’ Act of 2022, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Pappas / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
12) H.R. 5865 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4110 Bluebonnet Drive in Stafford, Texas, as the “Leonard Scarcella Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Rep. Al Green / Oversight and Reform Committee)

Begin Consideration of H.R. 2988 – Whistleblower Protection Improvement Act of 2021 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney / Oversight and Reform Committee)
The Rule provides for one hour of debate, makes in order the following amendments, and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc:

Rep. Jake Auchincloss Amendment
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment
Rep. Katie Porter Amendment
Rep. Abigail Spanberger Amendment

Begin Consideration of H.R. 8326– Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney / Oversight and Reform Committee)
The Rule provides for one hour of debate, makes in order the following amendments, and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc:

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment
Rep. Jody Hice Amendment
Rep. Ed Case Amendment

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1033 Arianna J. Freeman, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit; confirmed: 47-50.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #1033 Lara E. Montecalvo, of Rhode Island, to be United States Circuit Judge for the First Circuit; invoked: 51-45.

Legislative Business
Adopted the following resolutions:
S.Res.759, Bill Russell
S.Res.760, Patriot Week
S.Res.761, Gold Star Families Remembrance Week
S.Res.762, Queen Elizabeth II

Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.4822 – To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to provide for additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, Super PACs and other entities, and for other purposes (Whitehouse).

Executive Business
Confirmed the following nominations:
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Exec. Cal. #921 – Bruce I. Turner, of Colorado, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as U.S. Representative to the Conference on Disarmament

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Exec. Cal. #1101 – E. Martin Estrada, of California, to be United States Attorney for the Central District of California for the term of four years
Exec. Cal. #1102 – Gregory J. Haanstad, of Wisconsin, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin for the term of four years

COAST GUARD
Exec. Cal. #1040 – Miriam L. Lafferty to be Rear Admiral
Exec. Cal. #1042 – Rear Adm. Miriam L. Lafferty to be Rear Admiral (Upper Half)

The votes on confirmation of the following nominations will occur at a time 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 #1096, David P. Pekoske, to be Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration.

Today

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #1033 Lara E. Montecalvo, of Rhode Island, to be United States Circuit Judge for the First Circuit, post-cloture.

At approximately 11:30am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Montecalvo nomination. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #1032 Sarah A. L. Merriam, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.

An additional roll call vote is possible during Wednesday’s session of confirmation of the Pekoske nomination (Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration). Another message will be sent if that vote is scheduled.

Wednesday, September 14th at 11:30am – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1033 Lara E. Montecalvo, of Rhode Island, to be United States Circuit Judge for the First Circuit.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #1032 Sarah A. L. Merriam, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.

HEARINGS COVERED 

Senate HELP
Stopping the Spread of Monkeypox: Examining the Federal Response

House Financial Services
When Banks Leave: The Impacts of De-Risking on the Caribbean and Strategies for Ensuring Financial Access

House Natural Resources
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Hearing: The Role of Public Relations Firms in Preventing Action on Climate Change

BGOV Webinar
“Senate Races to Watch”

Ways and Means
The Future of U.S.-Taiwan Trade

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Cybersecurity
H.R.8806 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To enhance the cybersecurity of the Healthcare and Public Health Sector.
Sponsor: Crow, Jason [Rep.-D-CO-6] (Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Homeland Security
Latest Action: House – 09/13/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

Energy/ Environment
S.4826 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 to modify the definition of the term “at-risk community”.
Sponsor: Feinstein, Dianne [Sen.-D-CA] (Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Action: Senate – 09/13/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

H.R.8802 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To require the Secretary of the Interior and the Chief of the Forest Service to align management of public lands and waters with the President’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Grijalva, Raúl M. [Rep.-D-AZ-3] (Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House – Natural Resources; Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 09/13/2022 Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Financial Services
S.4831 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Federal Reserve Act to limit the ability of Federal Reserve banks to issue central bank digital currency.
Sponsor: Lee, Mike [Sen.-R-UT] (Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 09/13/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.4836 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to allow COVID-19 relief funds to be used for disaster assistance, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Paul, Rand [Sen.-R-KY] (Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 09/13/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

H.R.8808 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To acquire cobalt refining capacity in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Donalds, Byron [Rep.-R-FL-19] (Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 09/13/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health Care
S.4827 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a national sepsis data trust, and to fund State-based pilots and programs to establish interoperable State-based sepsis data trusts.
Sponsor: Cassidy, Bill [Sen.-R-LA] (Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 09/13/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.4839 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to reauthorize and expand a grant program for State and Tribal response to opioid and stimulant use and misuse, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Baldwin, Tammy [Sen.-D-WI] (Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 09/13/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.4840 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to protect pain-capable unborn children, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Graham, Lindsey [Sen.-R-SC] (Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 09/13/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.8800 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to extend certain increases in payments for physicians services under the Medicare program through 2023.
Sponsor: Bera, Ami [Rep.-D-CA-7] (Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 09/13/2022 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.8805 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act with respect to nursing facility requirements, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Connolly, Gerald E. [Rep.-D-VA-11] (Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 09/13/2022 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.8809 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To provide an individual with an eligible medical condition access to an employee restroom facilities of a retail establishment under certain conditions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Norton, Eleanor Holmes [Del.-D-DC-At Large](Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 09/13/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.8812 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act and the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to increase access to services provided by advanced practice registered nurses under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Roybal-Allard, Lucille [Rep.-D-CA-40] (Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 09/13/2022 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.8814 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend title 18, United States Code, to protect pain-capable unborn children, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Smith, Christopher H. [Rep.-R-NJ-4] (Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (84)
Committees: House – Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 09/13/2022 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.8815 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Public Health Service Act, to establish within the Office of Minority Health, the position of Outreach Coordinator, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Smith, Adam [Rep.-D-WA-9] (Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 09/13/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Sanctions and Trade
S.4824 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide for proper oversight of North Korea policy, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Menendez, Robert [Sen.-D-NJ] (Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 09/13/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

S.4843 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to permit visiting dignitaries and service members from Taiwan to display the flag of the Republic of China.
Sponsor: Cruz, Ted [Sen.-R-TX] (Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 09/13/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

H.R.8813 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To direct the United States Government to support extending the mandate of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Venezuela which is set to expire in September 2022.
Sponsor: Sires, Albio [Rep.-D-NJ-8] (Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (11)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 09/13/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Tax
S.4832 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to temporarily prohibit the hiring of additional Internal Revenue Service employees until a certain level of taxpayer services have improved, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Thune, John [Sen.-R-SD] (Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 09/13/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.4838 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to increase the rate for allowances based on mileage for beneficiary travel, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Moran, Jerry [Sen.-R-KS] (Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: Senate – Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 09/13/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Transportation
S.4825 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to criminalize the intentional obstruction of roadways on the Interstate System.
Sponsor: Rubio, Marco [Sen.-R-FL] (Introduced 09/13/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 09/13/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.