Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider the Preventing a Patronage System Act, the Whistleblower Protection Improvement Act, and the Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act. The Senate will consider circuit court judge and TSA nominations.              

The HOUSE

Yesterday

Summary of Business for LEGISLATIVE DAY OF SEPTEMBER 14, 2022

S 442 – BRIGHT Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 347 – 78 (Roll no. 430).

S 2293 – CREW Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 387 – 38 (Roll no. 429).

H R 5774 – Expediting Disaster Recovery Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 406 – 20 (Roll no. 428).

H R 884 – National Aviation Preparedness Plan Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 293 – 133 (Roll no. 427).

MOTION
On motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass Certain Bills Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 397 – 29 (Roll no. 426).

H RES 1339 – Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 302) Preventing a Patronage System Act; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2988) Whistleblower Protection Improvement Act; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 8326) Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 219 – 209 (Roll no. 425).

H RES 1339 – Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 302) Preventing a Patronage System Act; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2988) Whistleblower Protection Improvement Act; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 8326) Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act
On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 213 – 206 (Roll no. 424).

Today

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

One Minute Speeches

H.R. 302 – Preventing a Patronage System Act of 2021 (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Gerry Connolly / Oversight and Reform Committee)
The Rule provides for one hour of debate and makes in order the following amendment:

Rep. Jody Hice Amendment

Complete Consideration of H.R. 2988 – Whistleblower Protection Improvement Act of 2021 (Sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney / Oversight and Reform Committee)
The Rule provides for no further debate.

Postponed Amendment Vote:
En Bloc #1

Complete Consideration of H.R. 8326 – Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act (Sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney / Oversight and Reform Committee)
The Rule provides for no further debate.

Postponed Amendment Votes:
En Bloc #1
Rep. Jody Hice Amendment

Special Order Speeches

The SENATE

Yesterday

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; confirmed: 52-47.
  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; invoked: 52-47.

Legislative Business
Passed Calendar #465, S.4057– Strategic EV Management Act
Passed Calendar #346, S.533 – Guidance Clarity Act.
Passed S.4235 – Controlled Substances Act
Passed H.R.7500 – FY 22 Veterans Affairs Major Medical Facility Authorization Act.
Adopted S.Res.764 – National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

Executive Business
Confirmed the following nominations: Calendar #’s 1137 (Travis LeBlanc), 1138 (Richard DiZinno) and 1108 (Shefali Duggal).

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.

Today

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #1032, Sarah A. L. Merriam, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.

At approximately 11:30am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Merriam nomination. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #1096, David P. Pekoske, to be Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration.

At approximately 1:45pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Pekoske nomination.

Thursday, September 15th at 11:30am – 1 roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1032 Sarah A. L. Merriam, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.

Thursday, September 15th at 1:45pm – 1 roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1096, David P. Pekoske, to be Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration

HEARINGS COVERED 

House Oversight and Reform
Fueling the Climate Crisis: Examining Big Oil’s Prices, Profits, and Pledges

House Agriculture
A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Broadband

House Transportation and Infrastructure
Recovery Update: Status of FEMA Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands 5 Years After Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Oversight of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

House Committee on Homeland Security
Building on our Baseline: Securing Industrial Control Systems Against Cyberattacks

Senate Agriculture
Legislative Hearing to Review S. 4760, the Digital Commodities Consumer Protection Act

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Energy/ Environment
S.4850 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend Public Law 117-169 to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from using funds for methane monitoring to be used to monitor emissions of methane from livestock, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Thune, John [Sen.-R-SD] (Introduced 09/14/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 09/14/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Financial Services
S.4852 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to permanently authorize the SBIR and STTR programs.
Sponsor: Shaheen, Jeanne [Sen.-D-NH] (Introduced 09/14/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Latest Action: Senate – 09/14/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Health Care
S.4844 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to support and stabilize the existing nursing workforce, establish programs to increase the number of nurses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Merkley, Jeff [Sen.-D-OR] (Introduced 09/14/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 09/14/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.8817 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to support and stabilize the existing nursing workforce, establish programs to increase the number of nurses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Blunt Rochester, Lisa [Rep.-D-DE-At Large] (Introduced 09/14/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 09/14/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.8820 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit governmental discrimination against certain health care providers with certain objections to abortion.
Sponsor: Carter, Earl L. “Buddy” [Rep.-R-GA-1] (Introduced 09/14/2022) Cosponsors: (25)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 09/14/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.8828 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To address potential conflicts of interest among entities serving as Food and Drug Administration contractors, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Kuster, Ann M. [Rep.-D-NH-2] (Introduced 09/14/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 09/14/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.8829 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to treat certain menstrual products as misbranded if their labeling does not list each component of the product, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Meng, Grace [Rep.-D-NY-6] (Introduced 09/14/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 09/14/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Ukraine
S.4848 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to provide for the designation of the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism.
Sponsor: Graham, Lindsey [Sen.-R-SC] (Introduced 09/14/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 09/14/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.