Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet to consider legislation from the Foreign Affairs Committee. The Senate will meet to consider the nomination of Gordon P. Gallagher for Colorado U.S. District Judge and to resume consideration of S.316, to repeal the authorizations for use of military force against Iraq.

The HOUSE

Yesterday

The House was not in session.

Today

On Wednesday, 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. 1093 – To direct the Secretary of State to submit to Congress a report on implementation of the advanced capabilities pillar of the trilateral security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States (Sponsored by Rep. McCaul / Foreign Affairs Committee)

H.R. 1159 – To amend the Taiwan Assurance Act of 2020 to require periodic reviews and updated reports relating to the Department of State’s Taiwan Guidelines (Sponsored by Rep. Wagner / Foreign Affairs Committee)

H.R. 406  – Providing Appropriate Recognition and Treatment Needed to Enhance Relations with ASEAN Act (Sponsored by Rep. Castro / Foreign Affairs Committee)

H. Con. Res. 25 – Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for a ceremony as part of the commemoration of the days of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust (Sponsored by Rep. Kustoff / House Administration Committee)

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Adoption of the motion to proceed to Calendar #25 S.316, to repeal the authorizations for use of military force against Iraq; agreed to: 67-28.

Legislative Business
Passed Calendar #24, S.30 – Fiscal Year 2023 Veterans Affairs Major Medical Facility Authorization Act

Adopted S.Res.116, DVT and Pulmonary Embolism Awareness Month

Completed the Rule 14 process to place the following bills on the Legislative Calendar of Business:

  1. 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
  2. H.R. 815 – RELIEVE Act
  3. S.870 – Fire Grants and Safety Act (Peters)

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 #18 Laura Taylor-Kale, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am on Wednesday, March 22, 2023.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #40 Gordon P. Gallagher, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado.

At approximately 12:00 noon, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Gallagher nomination.

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

At 2:15pm, the Senate will resume consideration of Calendar #25 S.316, to repeal the authorizations for use of military force against Iraq.

Discussions are ongoing with respect to consideration of amendments to S.316. Additional roll call votes are possible during Wednesday’s session.

Amendments pending to S.316:
Schumer amendment #15 (date change)

Wednesday, March 22nd at approx. 12:00 noon – roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #40 Gordon P. Gallagher, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado.

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Taxpayers Paid Billions For It: So Why Would Moderna Consider Quadrupling the Price of the COVID Vaccine?

Senate Commerce – Markup
PBM Transparency Act

Senate Budget Committee
Risky Business: How Climate Change is Changing Insurance Markets

Senate Finance Committee
The President’s Fiscal Year 2024 Health and Human Services Budget

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
Drug Shortage Health and National Security Risks: Underlying Causes and Needed Reforms

Senate Appropriations
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
A Review of the President’s FY 2024 Funding Request and Budget Justification for the Department of Health and Human Services

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Cybersecurity

S.884 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to establish a Government-wide approach to improving digital identity, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sinema, Kyrsten [Sen.-I-AZ] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

S.885 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to establish a Civilian Cybersecurity Reserve in the Department of Homeland Security as a pilot project to address the cybersecurity needs of the United States with respect to national security, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rosen, Jacky [Sen.-D-NV] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

S.903 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to require the Secretary of the Army to carry out a pilot project to establish a Civilian Cybersecurity Reserve, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rosen, Jacky [Sen.-D-NV] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Armed Services
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

Energy/ Environment

S.879 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to provide greater output, price stability, and regulatory certainty with respect to domestic energy production in the United States and exports, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cruz, Ted [Sen.-R-TX] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

H.R.1670 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Agricultural Credit Act of 1978 with respect to pre-agreement costs of emergency watershed protection measures, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Curtis, John R. [Rep.-R-UT-3] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 03/21/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.1673 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To advance environmental justice by addressing cumulative impacts and underenforcement, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: DeGette, Diana [Rep.-D-CO-1] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 03/21/2023 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker,

Financial Services

S.898 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prohibit audits based on Merchant Category Codes.
Sponsor: Thune, John [Sen.-R-SD] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.1679 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To prohibit stock trading and ownership by Members of Congress and spouses of Members of Congress, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Jayapal, Pramila [Rep.-D-WA-7] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (11)
Committees: House – Financial Services; Agriculture; House Administration; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/21/2023 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, House Administration, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Health Care

S.880 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to require MedPAC and MACPAC to biennially conduct a coordinated review and analysis of Medicare and Medicaid policy with respect to dually eligible beneficiaries, and to jointly submit recommendations for policy changes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cassidy, Bill [Sen.-R-LA] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.892 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage under the Medicare program for FDA-approved qualifying colorectal cancer screening blood-based tests, to increase participation in colorectal cancer screening in under-screened communities of color, to offset the COVID-19 pandemic driven declines in colorectal cancer screening, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Heinrich, Martin [Sen.-D-NM] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.894 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to collect and disseminate information on concussion and traumatic brain injury among public safety officers.
Sponsor: Cornyn, John [Sen.-R-TX] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.895 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to provide for further comprehensive research at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke on unruptured intracranial aneurysms.
Sponsor: Blumenthal, Richard [Sen.-D-CT] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.899 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to prohibit the Federal Government from mandating vaccination against COVID-19 for interstate travel.
Sponsor: Lee, Mike [Sen.-R-UT] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.901 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Animal Health Protection Act to improve the prevention of the spread of animal diseases, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Braun, Mike [Sen.-R-IN] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

S.904 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to establish a demonstration project to improve outpatient clinical care for individuals with sickle cell disease.
Sponsor: Booker, Cory A. [Sen.-D-NJ] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.1672 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to establish a demonstration project to improve outpatient clinical care for individuals with sickle cell disease.
Sponsor: Davis, Danny K. [Rep.-D-IL-7] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/21/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1671 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To allow additional individuals to enroll in standalone dental plans offered through Federal Exchanges.
Sponsor: Curtis, John R. [Rep.-R-UT-3] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/21/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1683 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to make certain changes with respect to the approval of abbreviated applications for the approval of new animal drugs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Mace, Nancy [Rep.-R-SC-1] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/21/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.1689 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To authorize the Secretary of Education, in coordination with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to award grants to eligible entities to support the mental and behavioral health of elementary and secondary school students, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Spanberger, Abigail Davis [Rep.-D-VA-7] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/21/2023 Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Sanctions and Trade

S.906 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to withdraw normal trade relations treatment from products of the People’s Republic of China, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Hawley, Josh [Sen.-R-MO] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.1676 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To allow expensing of amounts paid to move business property from China to the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Green, Mark E. [Rep.-R-TN-7] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/21/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.1684 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require the Secretary of State to submit an annual report to Congress regarding the ties between criminal gangs and political and economic elites in Haiti and impose sanctions on political and economic elites involved in such criminal activities.
Sponsor: Meeks, Gregory W. [Rep.-D-NY-5] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs; Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 03/21/2023 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

Tax

S.882 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to clarify the use of certain taxes and revenues.
Sponsor: Warnock, Raphael G. [Sen.-D-GA] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

H.R.1688 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To provide an emergency cost-of-living increase for social security beneficiaries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Smith, Christopher H. [Rep.-R-NJ-4] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House – 03/21/2023 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker

Transportation

S.876 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to establish a 90-day limit to file a petition for judicial review of a permit, license, or approval for a highway or public transportation project, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cruz, Ted [Sen.-R-TX] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.877 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the FAST Act to improve the Federal permitting process, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cruz, Ted [Sen.-R-TX] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

S.888 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to add definitions for the terms “common carrier” and “personal operator”, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Lee, Mike [Sen.-R-UT] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.890 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to improve the program providing for private screening companies to conduct security screening at airports, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Lee, Mike [Sen.-R-UT] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.891 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to require the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to give preferential consideration to individuals who have successfully completed air traffic controller training when hiring air traffic control specialists, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Lee, Mike [Sen.-R-UT] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.893 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to raise the retirement age for pilots engaged in commercial aviation operations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Graham, Lindsey [Sen.-R-SC] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.896 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to authorize Counter-UAS activities on and off commercial service airport property, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Lee, Mike [Sen.-R-UT] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.901 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Animal Health Protection Act to improve the prevention of the spread of animal diseases, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Braun, Mike [Sen.-R-IN] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

S.905 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to prescribe zoning authority with respect to commercial unmanned aircraft systems and to preserve State, local, and Tribal authorities and private property with respect to unmanned aircraft systems, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Lee, Mike [Sen.-R-UT] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 03/21/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

H.R.1668 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title 23, United States Code, with respect to the highway safety improvement program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Blumenauer, Earl [Rep.-D-OR-3] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 03/21/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.1669 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title 38, United States Code, to make permanent the high technology pilot program of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Ciscomani, Juan [Rep.-R-AZ-6] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Action: House – 03/21/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

H.R.1677 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act to provide for an incumbent informing capability, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Guthrie, Brett [Rep.-R-KY-2] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/21/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Ukraine

H.R.1680 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To provide for security in the Black Sea region, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Keating, William R. [Rep.-D-MA-9] (Introduced 03/21/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 03/21/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.