Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will convene to begin consideration on legislation from the Foreign Affairs Committee. The Senate will convene to consider the nominations of Daniel Werfel for Commissioner of the IRS and Patrice H. Kunesh for Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans.    

The HOUSE

Yesterday

H.R. 1123 – Understanding Cybersecurity of Mobile Networks Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 393 – 22 (Roll no. 133).

H.R. 1226 – Wounded Warrior Access Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 422 – 0 (Roll no. 132).

Today

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:30 p.m.

Legislation that may be Considered:
H. Con. Res. 21 – Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove the United States Armed Forces from Syria (Sponsored by Rep. Gaetz / Foreign Affairs Committee)

Legislation Pursuant to a Rule:
Begin consideration of H.R. 140 – Protecting Speech from Government Interference Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Comer / Oversight and Accountability Committee)

The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:

  1. Clyde (GA)
  2. Comer (KY)
  3. Bishop (NC)
  4. Foxx (NC)
  5. Good (VA)
  6. Jackson Lee (TX)
  7. Ogles (TN)
  8. Ogles (TN)
  9. Rose (TN)
  10. Rose (TN)

Postponed Suspension Vote:
H.R. 753  – VA COST SAVINGS Enhancements Act (Sponsored by Rep. Bost / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)

The SENATE

Yesterday

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; confirmed: 59-37.
  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; invoked: 57-39.
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #42 Andrew G. Schopler, of California, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California; confirmed: 56-39.
  4. 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; invoked: 58-37.
  5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #43 Arun Subramanian, of New York, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York; confirmed: 59-37.
  6. 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; invoked: 62-34.

No additional Legislative Business

Executive Business
The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Executive Calendar #58 – Kate E. Brubacher, of Kansas, to be United States Attorney for the District of Kansas for the term of four years
Executive Calendar #59 – Ismail J. Ramsey, of California, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of California for the term of four years

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #45 Patrice H. Kunesh, of Minnesota, to be Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans, Department of Health and Human Services, post-cloture.

At approximately 10:45am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Kunesh nomination and on cloture on the Werfel nomination (IRS). If cloture is invoked, the confirmation vote is expected to occur upon disposition of H.J.Res.26, disapproving the action of the District of Columbia Council in approving the Revised Criminal Code Act of 2022.

Following the cloture vote on the Werfel nomination, the Senate will resume Legislative Session and Senator Hagerty or his designee will be recognized to make a motion to discharge the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs from further consideration of H.J.Res.26. If the motion is made, all time on the motion will be considered yielded back and the Senate will vote on the motion to discharge. If the motion is agreed to, Senator Hagerty or his designee will be recognized to make a motion to proceed. Both the motion to discharge and the motion to proceed are expected to be voice votes.

Roll call votes on passage of the joint resolution and on confirmation of the Werfel nomination are expected Wednesday evening, at approximately 5:15pm.

Wednesday, March 8th at approx. 10:45am – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #45 Patrice H. Kunesh, of Minnesota, to be Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans, Department of Health and Human Services
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #61 Daniel I. Werfel, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue

Wednesday, March 8th at approx. 5:15pm – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Passage of H.J.Res.26, disapproving the action of the District of Columbia Council in approving the Revised Criminal Code Act of 2022
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #61 Daniel I. Werfel, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue

HEARINGS COVERED

House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic
Investigating the Origins of COVID-19

Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee
“Oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission”

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
Pipeline Safety: Reviewing Implementation of the PIPES Act of 2020 and Examining Future Safety Needs.

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation
“Implementation and Oversight of the Aircraft, Certification, Safety, and Accountability Act

House Committee on the Judiciary
Intellectual Property and Strategic Competition with China: Part I

House Committee on Oversight and Accountability
Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Government Innovation
“Advances in AI: Are We Ready For a Tech Revolution?”

House Committee on Financial Services
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
Holding the Biden Administration Accountable for Wasteful Spending and Regulatory Overreach

Senate Judiciary Committee
Privacy, Technology, and the Law Subcommittee
Platform Accountability: Gonzalez and Reform

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Cybersecurity

H.R.1412 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To establish the Foundation for Digital Equity, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Matsui, Doris O. [Rep.-D-CA-7] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce

Energy/ Environment

S.678 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Sherman Act to make oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal.
Sponsor: Grassley, Chuck [Sen.-R-IA] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 03/07/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Financial Services

H.R.1379 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To permit a registered investment company to omit certain fees from the calculation of Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sherman, Brad [Rep.-D-CA-32] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services

H.R.1382 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To change the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection into an independent agency named the Consumer Financial Empowerment Agency, to transition the Agency to the regular appropriations process, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Barr, Andy [Rep.-R-KY-6] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (19)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1392 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program through December 31, 2024.
Sponsor: Davidson, Warren [Rep.-R-OH-8] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1393 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to define currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Dean, Madeleine [Rep.-D-PA-4] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

S.691 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to deter foreign financial institutions from providing banking services for the benefit of foreign terrorist organizations and from facilitating or promoting payments for acts of terrorism.
Sponsor: Cotton, Tom [Sen.-R-AR] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (17)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 03/07/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

H.R.1408 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To deter foreign financial institutions from providing banking services for the benefit of foreign terrorist organizations and from facilitating or promoting payments for acts of terrorism.
Sponsor: Lamborn, Doug [Rep.-R-CO-5] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (13)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1409 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to revise the membership requirements for the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Luetkemeyer, Blaine [Rep.-R-MO-3] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1410 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to make the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection an independent Consumer Financial Protection Commission, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Luetkemeyer, Blaine [Rep.-R-MO-3] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.1414 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to clarify the definition of broker, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: McHenry, Patrick T. [Rep.-R-NC-10] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Health Care

S.669 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to expand access to psychological and behavioral services.
Sponsor: Brown, Sherrod [Sen.-D-OH] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/07/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.689 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to define currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Booker, Cory A. [Sen.-D-NJ] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 03/07/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.1385 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to improve health care coverage under vision and dental plans, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Carter, Earl L. “Buddy” [Rep.-R-GA-1] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1406 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permanently extend certain in-home cardiopulmonary rehabilitation flexibilities established in response to COVID-19, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Joyce, John [Rep.-R-PA-13] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 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.1418 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to reauthorize user fee programs relating to new animal drugs and generic new animal drugs.
Sponsor: Pence, Greg [Rep.-R-IN-6] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1421 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the limitation of the exclusion for dependent care assistance programs.
Sponsor: Schrier, Kim [Rep.-D-WA-8] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1422 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to improve oral health care and dental benefits under the Medicaid program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Simpson, Michael K. [Rep.-R-ID-2] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1423 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, to award grants to States, territories, political subdivisions of States and territories, Tribal governments, and consortia of Tribal governments to establish an unarmed mobile crisis response program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Smith, Adam [Rep.-D-WA-9] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1425 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require any convention, agreement, or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response reached by the World Health Assembly to be subject to Senate ratification.
Sponsor: Tiffany, Thomas P. [Rep.-R-WI-7] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (14)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Sanctions and Trade

S.684 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to prohibit the acquisition and ownership of agricultural land by certain foreign entities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Hawley, Josh [Sen.-R-MO] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Action: Senate – 03/07/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

S.686 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to authorize the Secretary of Commerce to review and prohibit certain transactions between persons in the United States and foreign adversaries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Warner, Mark R. [Sen.-D-VA] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (12)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 03/07/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

H.R.1398 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To establish the CCP Initiative program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Gooden, Lance [Rep.-R-TX-5] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Tax

S.692 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to require the Social Security Administration to make changes to the social security terminology used in the rules, regulation, guidance, or other materials of the Administration.
Sponsor: Cassidy, Bill [Sen.-R-LA] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/07/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.1384 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the income cap for and make permanent the mortgage insurance premium deduction.
Sponsor: Buchanan, Vern [Rep.-R-FL-16] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1416 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Inspector General Act of 1978), to establish a Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board Inspector General, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Norton, Eleanor Holmes [Del.-D-DC-At Large] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Oversight and Accountability
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability.

H.R.1433 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To suspend the provision of security assistance to the Philippines until the Government of the Philippines has made certain reforms to the military and police forces, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Wild, Susan [Rep.-D-PA-7] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs; Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker.

Transportation

S.690 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to direct the Federal Communications Commission to evaluate and consider the impact of the telecommunications network equipment supply chain on the deployment of universal service, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Hickenlooper, John W. [Sen.-D-CO] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 03/07/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

H.R.1389 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To provide the Secretary of Energy with the authority to enter into contracts and cooperative agreements to improve the resilience of defense critical electric infrastructure and reduce the vulnerability of critical defense facilities to the disruption of the supply of electric energy to those facilities.
Sponsor: Crow, Jason [Rep.-D-CO-6] (Introduced 03/07/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.