Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet to consider legislation from the Oversight and Accountability Committee. The Senate will meet to consider  IRS Commissioner and U.S. District Judge nominations.    

The HOUSE

Yesterday

H R 140 –
On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 209 – 221 (Roll no. 139).

H R 140 –
On agreeing to the Perry amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 207 – 223 (Roll no. 138).

H R 753 – VA COST SAVINGS Enhancements Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 426 – 0 (Roll no. 137).

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
On agreeing to the resolution Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 103 – 321 (Roll no. 136).

H RES 199 – Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 140) the Protecting Speech from Government Interference Act; consideration of the resolution (H.J. Res. 27) relating to Revised Definition of Waters of the United States; consideration of the bill (S.619) the COVID-19 Origin Act; and for other purposes
On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 217 – 205 (Roll no. 134).

Today

On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 4:00 p.m.

Legislation Pursuant to a Rule: 

Complete consideration of H.R. 140 – 
Protecting Speech from Government Interference Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Comer / Oversight and Accountability Committee)

H.J. Res. 27 
– Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency relating to “Revised Definition of ‘Waters of the United States'” (Closed Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Graves (MO) / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

The SENATE

Yesterday

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; confirmed: 57-35.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #61 Daniel I. Werfel, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue; invoked: 51-44.
  3. Passage of H.J.Res.26, disapproving the action of the District of Columbia Council in approving the Revised Criminal Code Act of 2022; passed: 81-14 and 1 present.

Legislative Business

Passed S.724, Preventing Child Sex Abuse Act

Adopted S.Res.100, Former Senator Broyhill

Began the Rule 14 process to place the following bill on the Legislative Calendar of Business:
S.701, Women’s Health Protection Act of 2023 (Baldwin)

Executive Business

The vote on confirmation of the following nomination will be at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Republican Leader:

  1. 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 Thursday, March 9, 2023.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #61 Daniel I. Werfel, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue, post-cloture.

At approximately 11:30am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Werfel nomination and on confirmation of Executive Calendar #39 James Edward Simmons, Jr., of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California.

At approximately 1:45pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #6 Maria Araújo Kahn, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.

Thursday, March 9th at approx. 11:30am – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #61 Daniel I. Werfel, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #39 James Edward Simmons, Jr., of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California

Thursday, March 9th at approx. 1:45pm – roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #6 Maria Araújo Kahn, of Connecticut, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.

HEARINGS COVERED

House Committee on Financial Services
Subcommittee on Capital Markets
U.S. Public Markets Built for the 21st Century: Exploring Reforms to Make Our Public Markets Attractive for Small and Emerging Companies Raising Capital

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Aviation
FAA Reauthorization: Securing the Future of General Aviation

House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
The Federal Aviation Administration’s Flight Plan: Examining the Agency’s Research and Development Programs and Future Plans

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment

H.R.1435 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Clean Air Act to prevent the elimination of the sale of internal combustion engines.
Sponsor: Joyce, John [Rep.-R-PA-13] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (59)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/08/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1441 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to further develop, finalize, and implement updated regulations for offshore oil and gas pipelines to address long-standing limitations regarding its ability to ensure active pipeline integrity and address safety and environmental risks associated with decommissioning, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Brownley, Julia [Rep.-D-CA-26] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 03/08/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.1443 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit oil and gas preleasing, leasing, and related activities in certain areas of the Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Florida, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Castor, Kathy [Rep.-D-FL-14] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 03/08/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.1449 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 to increase the frequency of lease sales, to require replacement sales, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Fulcher, Russ [Rep.-R-ID-1] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 03/08/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.1457 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require the Secretary of the Interior to take certain actions with respect to certain qualified coal applications, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Hageman, Harriet M. [Rep.-R-WY-At Large] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 03/08/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Financial Services

S.695 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to repeal the provisions of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that impose new information reporting requirements with respect to digital asset transfers.
Sponsor: Cruz, Ted [Sen.-R-TX] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/08/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Health Care

S.701 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to protect a person’s ability to determine whether to continue or end a pregnancy, and to protect a health care provider’s ability to provide abortion services.
Sponsor: Baldwin, Tammy [Sen.-D-WI] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (48)
Latest Action: Senate – 03/08/2023 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

S.703 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to make improvements to the redistribution of residency slots under the Medicare program after a hospital closes.
Sponsor: Rosen, Jacky [Sen.-D-NV] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/08/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.704 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide for interest-free deferment on student loans for borrowers serving in a medical or dental internship or residency program.
Sponsor: Rosen, Jacky [Sen.-D-NV] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 03/08/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.705 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize a loan repayment program to encourage specialty medicine physicians to serve in rural communities experiencing a shortage of specialty medicine physicians, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rosen, Jacky [Sen.-D-NV] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 03/08/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.708 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to improve outcomes for Medicaid beneficiaries with major depressive disorder or other mental health conditions.
Sponsor: Brown, Sherrod [Sen.-D-OH] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/08/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.710 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to prohibit an employer from terminating the coverage of an employee under a group health plan while the employer is engaged in a lock-out or while the employee is engaged in a lawful strike, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Brown, Sherrod [Sen.-D-OH] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (12)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 03/08/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.1458 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of prescription digital therapeutics under such titles, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Hern, Kevin [Rep.-R-OK-1] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/08/2023 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.1447 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To prohibit an employer from terminating the coverage of an employee under a group health plan while the employer is engaged in a lock-out or while the employee is engaged in a lawful strike, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Deluzio, Christopher R. [Rep.-D-PA-17] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House – 03/08/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

S.712 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to identify and address barriers to coverage of remote physiologic devices under State Medicaid programs to improve maternal and child health outcomes for pregnant and postpartum women.
Sponsor: Cassidy, Bill [Sen.-R-LA] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/08/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.723 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of prescription digital therapeutics under such titles, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Shaheen, Jeanne [Sen.-D-NH] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/08/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.1466 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit research with human fetal tissue obtained pursuant to an abortion, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: McClain, Lisa C. [Rep.-R-MI-9] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (18)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/08/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1475 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop and nationally disseminate accurate, relevant, and accessible resources to promote understanding about sensitivities regarding adoption in the health care industry, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Smucker, Lloyd [Rep.-R-PA-11] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House – 03/08/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Sanctions and Trade

H.R.1448 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Defense Production Act of 1950 to prohibit investment by foreign adversaries in United States real estate suitable for renewable energy or renewable fuels production, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Feenstra, Randy [Rep.-R-IA-4] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Financial Services; Foreign Affairs; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/08/2023 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Foreign Affairs, and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.1471 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To provide for the imposition of sanctions with respect to foreign countries that are in violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Omar, Ilhan [Rep.-D-MN-5] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs; Judiciary; Intelligence (Permanent Select); Homeland Security
Latest Action: House – 03/08/2023 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, Intelligence (Permanent Select), and Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Tax

S.722 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit certain expenses associated with obtaining or maintaining recognized postsecondary credentials to be treated as qualified higher education expenses for purposes of 529 accounts.
Sponsor: Klobuchar, Amy [Sen.-D-MN] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/08/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.1476 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To provide for the collection and sharing of information, including tax return information, for purposes of criminal investigations with respect to loans under the Paycheck Protection Program.
Sponsor: Timmons, William R. IV [Rep.-R-SC-4] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Small Business
Latest Action: House – 03/08/2023 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Small Business, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

H.R.1467 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To adjust the amount of monthly old-age, survivors, and disability insurance payments under title II of the Social Security Act based on locality-based comparability payment rates.
Sponsor: Meng, Grace [Rep.-D-NY-6] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/08/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1468 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand and improve the earned income tax credit.
Sponsor: Moore, Gwen [Rep.-D-WI-4] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (14)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/08/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1476 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To provide for the collection and sharing of information, including tax return information, for purposes of criminal investigations with respect to loans under the Paycheck Protection Program.
Sponsor: Timmons, William R. IV [Rep.-R-SC-4] (Introduced 03/08/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Small Business
Latest Action: House – 03/08/2023 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Small Business, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker.