Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet to consider legislation from the Veterans Affairs Committee. The Senate will meet to consider nominations.        

The HOUSE

Yesterday

The House was not in session.

Today

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

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

H.R. 502  – To amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs repays members of the Armed Forces for certain contributions made by such members towards Post-9/11 Educational Assistance, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Banks / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

H.R. 815 – RELIEVE Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Rodgers / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

H.R. 753  – VA COST SAVINGS Enhancements Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bost / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

H.R. 1226 – Wounded Warrior Access Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Aguilar / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

H.R. 1123 – Understanding Cybersecurity of Mobile Networking, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Eshoo / Energy and Commerce Committee)

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #31 Robert Stewart Ballou, of Virginia, to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Virginia; invoked: 59-35.

Legislative Business
Completed the Rule 14 process to place the following bill on the Calendar of Business:
H.R.347, Reduce Exacerbated Inflation Negatively Impacting the Nation Act

Executive Business
The votes on confirmation of the following nominations will be at times to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Republican Leader:

  1. Executive Calendar #6 Maria Araújo Kahn, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit
  2. Executive Calendar #39 James Edward Simmons, Jr., of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California
  3. Executive Calendar #40 Gordon P. Gallagher, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #31 Robert Stewart Ballou, of Virginia, to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Virginia, post-cloture.

At approximately 11:30am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Ballou nomination and on cloture on the Schopler nomination (CA District Judge).

Following the cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

At approximately 2:15pm, if cloture is invoked, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Schopler nomination and cloture on the Subramanian nomination (NY District Judge).

At approximately 4:30pm, if cloture is invoked, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Subramanian nomination and cloture on the Kunesh nomination (Native Americans, HHS).

Cloture has been filed on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #42 Andrew G. Schopler, of California, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California
  2. Executive Calendar #43 Arun Subramanian, of New York, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York
  3. Executive Calendar #45 Patrice H. Kunesh, of Minnesota, to be Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans, Department of Health and Human Services
  4. Executive Calendar #61 Daniel I. Werfel, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue

Tuesday, March 7th at approx. 11:30am – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #31 Robert Stewart Ballou, of Virginia, to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Virginia
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #42 Andrew G. Schopler, of California, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California

Tuesday, March 7th at approx. 2:15pm – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #42 Andrew G. Schopler, of California, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #43 Arun Subramanian, of New York, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York

Tuesday, March 7th at approx. 4:30pm – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #43 Arun Subramanian, of New York, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #45 Patrice H. Kunesh, of Minnesota, to be Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans, Department of Health and Human Services

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Appropriations
Defense Subcommittee
Briefing on the Defense Department Health Program

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
Subcommittee on Technology Modernization
Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA)

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment

S.661 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to require an interagency study on the environmental and energy impacts of crypto-asset mining, to assess crypto-asset mining compliance with the Clean Air Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Markey, Edward J. [Sen.-D-MA] (Introduced 03/06/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 03/06/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Health Care

S.655 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit high deductible health plans to provide chronic disease prevention services to plan enrollees prior to satisfying their plan deductible.
Sponsor: Thune, John [Sen.-R-SD] (Introduced 03/06/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/06/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.663 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title II of the Social Security Act to eliminate the waiting periods for disability insurance benefits and Medicare coverage for individuals with metastatic breast cancer, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Murphy, Christopher [Sen.-D-CT] (Introduced 03/06/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/06/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.665 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to provide incentives to physicians to practice in rural and medically underserved communities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Klobuchar, Amy [Sen.-D-MN] (Introduced 03/06/2023) Cosponsors: (18)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 03/06/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Tax

S.664 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to ensure that Social Security beneficiaries receive regular statements from the Social Security Administration, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cassidy, Bill [Sen.-R-LA] (Introduced 03/06/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/06/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.