Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will consider legislation from the Committees on Judiciary, Financial Services, Oversight and Reform, Ways and Means, Transportation and Infrastructure, Natural Resources, Education and Labor, and Veterans’ Affairs. The Senate will consider a nomination for the Russian ambassadorship and continue to negotiate the omnibus.      

The HOUSE

Yesterday

The House was in a pro forma session.  

Today

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.  

Members are advised that the vote series on Wednesday is expected to be longer and later than usual 

One Minute Speeches 

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) S. 2333 – Equal Pay for Team USA Act of 2022 (Sponsored by Sen. Maria Cantwell / Judiciary Committee)
2) S. 5168 – Energy Security and Lightering Independence Act of 2022 (Sponsored by Sen. Alex Padilla / Judiciary Committee)
3) S. 4926 – Respect for Child Survivors Act (Sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn / Judiciary Committee)
4) S. 450 – Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2021 (Sponsored by Sen. Richard Burr / Financial Services Committee)
5) S. 4411– A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5302 Galveston Road in Houston, Texas, as the “Vanessa Guillen Post Office Building” (Sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz / Oversight and Reform Committee)
6) S. 2834– Dr. Joanne Smith Memorial Rehabilitation Innovation Centers Act (Sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin / Ways and Means Committee)
7) Senate Amendment to H.R. 1917  – Hazard Eligibility and Local Projects Act (Sponsored by Rep. Lizzie Fletcher / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
8) S. 3168 – A bill to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to modify the enforceability date for certain provisions, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Sen. Mark Kelly / Natural Resources Committee)
9) S. 3308 – Colorado River Indian Tribes Water Resiliency Act of 2022 (Sponsored by Sen. Mark Kelly / Natural Resources Committee)
10) S. 3773 – A bill to authorize the leases of up to 99 years for land held in trust for the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation (Sponsored by Sen. Maria Cantwell / Natural Resources Committee)
11) S. 4104 – Hualapai Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2022 (Sponsored by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema / Natural Resources Committee)
12) S. 5066– Don Young Recognition Act (Sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski / Natural Resources Committee)
13) S. 5087 – A bill to amend the Not Invisible Act of 2019 to extend, and provide additional support for, the activities of the Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice Joint Commission on Reducing Violent Crime Against Indians, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski / Natural Resources Committee)
14) S. 989 – Native American Language Resource Center Act of 2022 (Sponsored by Sen. Brian Schatz / Education and Labor Committee)
15) S. 1402 – Durbin Feeling Native American Languages Act of 2021 (Sponsored by Sen. Brian Schatz / Education and Labor Committee)
16) S. 5016 – To designate the medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs located in Anchorage, Alaska, as the “Colonel Mary Louise Rasmuson Campus of the Alaska VA Healthcare System,” and for other purposes (Sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

Additional Legislative Items Are Possible

Special Order Speeches

The SENATE

Yesterday

 Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #972, R. Russell Rumbaugh, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy; confirmed: 80-10.
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1194, Robert Harley Shriver III, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Personnel Management; confirmed: 57-35.
  3. Motion to proceed to the Message accompanying H.R.2617, the legislative vehicle for the Omnibus; agreed to: 75-20.

Legislative Business
Passed the following bills:
S.5087, Not Invisible w/Schatz sub amdt
H.R.785, Private relief bill
S.5323, State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act
S.3773, Chehalis
H.R.7939, Student Veteran Emergency Relief Act w/Moran sub amdt
H.R.3285, 21st Century President Act
S.1294, Protecting American IP Act w/Van Hollen sub amdt
S.3946 Abolish Human Trafficking Reauthorization Act w/Cornyn sub amdt
S.4859 Project Safe Neighborhoods Reauthorization Act of 2022 with Durbin-Cornyn amendment
Calendar #384, S.1324 – Civilian Cybersecurity Reserve Act
H.R. 5961, Technical amendments to US Code
S.5328, Terminal Lakes Assistance
S.5329, Food Donation Improvement Act
S.3949 Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act w/Grassley sub amdt
S. 4120 Childhood Cancer STAR Reauthorization w/Reed sub amdt
Calendar #499, S.1942 National Heritage Areas, w/committee-reported sub amdt
S.3519, Butterfield Overland National Historic Trail Designation Act w/Boozman sub amdt

Executive Business
Confirmed the following nominations:

CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
Exec. Cal. #701 – Kathy K. Im, of Illinois, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 2024

SECURITIES INVESTOR PROTECTION CORPORATION
Exec. Cal. #1253 – Alan J. Patricof, of New York, to be a Director of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation for a term expiring December 31, 2022
Exec. Cal. #1254 – Alan J. Patricof, of New York, to be a Director of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation for a term expiring December 31, 2025

DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Exec. Cal. #1256 – Cynthia Dyer, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking, with the rank of Ambassador at Large
Exec. Cal. #1265 – Lucy Tamlyn, of Rhode Island, 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 Democratic Republic of the Congo

CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
Exec. Cal. #1280 – Rubydee Calvert, of Wyoming, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 2028

SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD
Exec. Cal. #1283 – Robert E. Primus, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board for a term expiring December 31, 2027

CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
Exec. Cal. #1284 – Diane Susan Kaplan, of Alaska, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 2026

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Exec. Cal. #1235 – Gene Rodrigues, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability)

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 #780, Agnes Schaefer, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army.
  3. Executive Calendar #781, Franklin R. Parker, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy.

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for the consideration of Executive Calendar #1271, Lynne M. Tracy, of Ohio, 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 Russian Federation.

At approximately 11:30am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Tracy nomination.

Discussions are ongoing about completing Omnibus Appropriations. Additional roll call votes are expected during Wednesday’s session.

Amendments pending to the House Message re: H.R.2617, vehicle for Omnibus appropriations:
Amendment #6552 (substitute)
Amendment #6571 (date change)
Amendment #6572 (date change)
Amendment #6573 (date change)
Amendment #6574 (date change)

Wednesday December 21st at approx. 11:30am – roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #1271, Lynne M. Tracy, of Ohio, 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 Russian Federation.

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment
S.5305 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to prohibit drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
Sponsor: Merkley, Jeff [Sen.-D-OR] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 12/20/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

H.R.9618 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to make certain activities eligible for grants from the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cartwright, Matt [Rep.-D-PA-8] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.9633 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To authorize Arizona Tribes to enter into lease or exchange agreements and storage agreements relating to their decreed water entitlements as a long-term source of water supply, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: O’Halleran, Tom [Rep.-D-AZ-1] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Financial Services
S.5313 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to require the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to establish an excess urban heat mitigation grant program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Brown, Sherrod [Sen.-D-OH] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 12/20/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

H.R.9614 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920, to reduce the minimum blood quantum for successor lessees and applicants on the Application Waiting List, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Kahele, Kaiali’i [Rep.-D-HI-2] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.9620 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To support reparations for victims of human rights violations associated with projects financed by international financial institutions.
Sponsor: Garcia, Jesus G. “Chuy” [Rep.-D-IL-4] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health Care
S.5310 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to ensure that mental and behavioral health education and training grants awarded under section 756(a)(4) of the Public Health Service Act may be used for training to increase skills and capacity to meet the needs of children and adolescents who have experienced trauma.
Sponsor: Rosen, Jacky [Sen.-D-NV] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/20/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.5314 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to improve the operation of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.
Sponsor: Young, Todd [Sen.-R-IN] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/20/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.5322 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to authorize the collection of supplemental payments to increase congressional investments in medical research, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Warren, Elizabeth [Sen.-D-MA] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/20/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.5323 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill amend title VI of the Social Security Act to allow States and local governments to use coronavirus relief funds provided under the American Rescue Plan Act for infrastructure projects, improve the Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund, provide Tribal governments with more time to use Coronavirus Relief Fund payments, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cornyn, John [Sen.-R-TX] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Latest Action: Senate – 12/20/2022 Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

S.5325 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop best practices for the establishment and use of behavioral intervention teams at schools, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cornyn, John [Sen.-R-TX] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/20/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.5327 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to establish the National Task Force on the Response of the United States to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Sponsor: Feinstein, Dianne [Sen.-D-CA] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/20/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.9638 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage of ALS-related services under the Medicare program for individuals diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Schakowsky, Janice D. [Rep.-D-IL-9] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2022 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Sanctions and Trade
S.5306 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Tibetan Policy Act of 2002 to modify certain provisions of that Act.
Sponsor: Merkley, Jeff [Sen.-D-OR] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 12/20/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

S.5317 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to promote democracy in Venezuela, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Risch, James E. [Sen.-R-ID] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 12/20/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Tax
S.5302 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the limitations on contributions to health savings accounts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Paul, Rand [Sen.-R-KY] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/20/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.5303 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to allow health marketplace pools to be deemed an employer under section 3(5) of such Act for purposes of offering a group health plan or group health insurance coverage, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Paul, Rand [Sen.-R-KY] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/20/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.5311 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to reform the resources available to the Internal Revenue Service, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Portman, Rob [Sen.-R-OH] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 12/20/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

S.5320 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to suspend the collection of income taxes and related interest and penalties from United States nationals who are unlawfully or wrongfully detained abroad and to reimburse such nationals for any penalties paid during such a detention.
Sponsor: Coons, Christopher A. [Sen.-D-DE] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/20/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.9629 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a tax on employers whose employees receive certain Federal benefits.
Sponsor: Khanna, Ro [Rep.-D-CA-17] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Education and Labor
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2022 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Education and Labor, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Transportation
S.5312 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to direct the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to enter into appropriate arrangements with the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to provide for a report on the health impacts of air traffic noise and pollution, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Warren, Elizabeth [Sen.-D-MA] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 12/20/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.5324 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
A bill to amend the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 to extend the existing aviation workforce development programs and provide grants to develop aviation manufacturing and supplier workforce, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Kelly, Mark [Sen.-D-AZ] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 12/20/2022 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

H.R.9625 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To amend title 49, United States Code, to establish an Aviation Security Checkpoint Technology Fund in the Department of Homeland Security to fund investments in aviation security checkpoint technology, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Katko, John [Rep.-R-NY-24] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Homeland Security
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

H.R.9637 — 117th Congress (2021-2022)
To direct the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to take certain actions to prohibit air carriers from reducing the size of passenger seats on aircraft, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Porter, Katie [Rep.-D-CA-45] (Introduced 12/20/2022) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 12/20/2022 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.