Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet today to consider appropriations for the Department of Defense (H.R. 4365). The Senate will convene today to consider the appointment of Gen. Eric M. Smith to be Commandant of the Marine Corps. The Senate will also consider the appointment of Gen. Randy A. George to be Chief of Staff of the Army.

The HOUSE

Yesterday

H R 1530 – Veterans Benefits Improvement Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 423 – 0 (Roll no. 401).

H R 2670 – National Defense Authorization Act
On motion that the House instruct conferees Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 205 – 214 (Roll no. 400).

Today

The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:30 a.m. Last votes expected: 4:00 p.m.

Legislation Considered Pursuant to a Rule:
Begin consideration of H.R. 4365 – Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024, and for other purposes. (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Calvert / Appropriations Committee)

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to suspend Rule XVI with respect to Murray substitute amendment #1092 (MilCon VA/Ag/THUD); not invoked: 49-48.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #282 – Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; invoked: 89-8.
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #282 – Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; confirmed: 83-11.
  4. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #281 – Gen. Randy A. George to be Chief of Staff of the Army; invoked: 92-1.

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am on Thursday, September 21, 2023.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #281 Gen. Randy A. George to be Chief of Staff of the Army, post-cloture.

At approximately 11:30am the post-cloture time will be considered expired and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the George nomination. Following disposition of the George nomination the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #249 Gen. Eric M. Smith to be Commandant of the Marine Corps.

If cloture is invoked, at approximately 1:45pm all post-cloture time will be considered expired and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Smith nomination.

Thursday September 21st at approx. 11:30am – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #281 – Gen. Randy A. George to be Chief of Staff of the Army
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #249 – Gen. Eric M. Smith to be Commandant of the Marine Corps

Thursday September 21st at approx. 1:45pm if cloture is invoked – 1 roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #249 – Gen. Eric M. Smith to be Commandant of the Marine Corps

HEARINGS COVERED

SEC Investor Advisory Committee Meeting

Senate HELP Committee
Markup of S. 1573, S. 2415, S. 1624, S._, Bipartisan Primary Care and Health Workforce Act

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Cybersecurity

S.2871 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to advance Federal Government innovation through the implementation and use of multi-cloud computing software technology, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Daines, Steve [Sen.-R-MT] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 09/20/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

H.R.5586 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To protect national security against the threats posed by deepfake technology and to provide legal recourse to victims of harmful deepfakes.
Sponsor: Clarke, Yvette D. [Rep.-D-NY-9] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Judiciary; Energy and Commerce; Homeland Security
Latest Action: House – 09/20/2023 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Homeland Security.

Energy/ Environment

S.2855 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to modernize and streamline the permitting process for broadband infrastructure on Federal land, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Barrasso, John [Sen.-R-WY] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 09/20/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.2862 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Food for Peace Act to restore the original intent of commodity transfers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Braun, Mike [Sen.-R-IN] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 09/20/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

S.2867 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to address the forest health crisis on the National Forest System and public lands, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Barrasso, John [Sen.-R-WY] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 09/20/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.2870 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to allow certain activities to be conducted with respect to sturgeon held in captivity or in a controlled environment in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Scott, Rick [Sen.-R-FL] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 09/20/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

H.R.5583 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To establish an advisory panel to study the development of a climate-friendly certification for agricultural products, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Brownley, Julia [Rep.-D-CA-26] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 09/20/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.5599 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To establish the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a cabinet-level independent agency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Moskowitz, Jared [Rep.-D-FL-23] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure; Homeland Security
Latest Action: House – 09/20/2023 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security.

H.R.5606 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the emission of any greenhouse gas in any quantity from any new electric utility steam generating unit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Schakowsky, Janice D. [Rep.-D-IL-9] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (22)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Natural Resources; Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 09/20/2023 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Natural Resources, and Foreign Affairs

Financial Services

S.2860 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to create protections for financial institutions that provide financial services to State-sanctioned marijuana businesses and service providers for such businesses, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Merkley, Jeff [Sen.-D-OR] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (12)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 09/20/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban

H.R.5602 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Federal Reserve Act to require the Chairman of the Board to address interest rate risk when appearing at semi-annual hearings before the Congress.
Sponsor: Ogles, Andrew [Rep.-R-TN-5] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 09/20/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health Care

S.2872 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to defer student loan payments for survivors of sex-based harassment.
Sponsor: Fetterman, John [Sen.-D-PA] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 09/20/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.5588 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide for deferment on the repayment of loans for borrowers who are victims of sex-based harassment, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Dean, Madeleine [Rep.-D-PA-4] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House – 09/20/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

S.2874 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to provide fresh produce to individuals facing food and nutrition insecurity, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Brown, Sherrod [Sen.-D-OH] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Action: Senate – 09/20/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

H.R.5589 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To provide fresh produce to individuals facing food and nutrition insecurity, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: DeLauro, Rosa L. [Rep.-D-CT-3] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 09/20/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.5581 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Social Security Act to authorize grants for demonstration projects to support mothers and families during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period by increasing access to short-term child care, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: McClellan, Jennifer L. [Rep.-D-VA-4] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 09/20/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5584 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide clarification with respect to the liability of third party payers for medical assistance paid under the Medicaid program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Burgess, Michael C. [Rep.-R-TX-26] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 09/20/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5592 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To prohibit the use of Federal funds from preventing a State from implementing their own laws with respect to psilocybin.
Sponsor: Garcia, Robert [Rep.-D-CA-42] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 09/20/2023 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, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee.

H.R.5598 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act to reauthorize a youth prevention and recovery initiative.
Sponsor: Lee, Susie [Rep.-D-NV-3] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House – 09/20/2023 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

H.R.5608 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To allow individuals to elect to receive contributions to a health savings account in lieu of reduced cost-sharing under health insurance obtained through a health insurance Exchange.
Sponsor: Steube, W. Gregory [Rep.-R-FL-17] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 09/20/2023 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5611 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for permanent payments for telehealth services furnished by Federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Thompson, Glenn [Rep.-R-PA-15] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 09/20/2023 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Sanctions and Trade

H.R.5593 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Trade Act of 1974 to exempt from the Generalized System of Preferences certain tire articles, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Higgins, Brian [Rep.-D-NY-26] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 09/20/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5613 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require a review of whether individuals or entities subject to the imposition of certain sanctions through inclusion on certain sanctions lists should also be subject to the imposition of other sanctions and included on other sanctions lists.
Sponsor: Waltz, Michael [Rep.-R-FL-6] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs; Armed Services
Latest Action: House – 09/20/2023 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services.

Ukraine

H.Con.Res.66 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
Expressing the sense of Congress in support of a coordinated and effective international response to the crisis in Ukraine and in support of the use of reparations paid by Russia for Ukrainian recovery and reconstruction efforts while ensuring that, to the extent possible, the burden of funding Ukraine’s reconstruction does not fall on United States taxpayers.
Sponsor: Nunn, Zachary [Rep.-R-IA-3] (Introduced 09/20/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 09/20/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.