Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet today at 11:00 a.m. The chamber is expected to continue consideration of the new Speaker of the House. No member received the required number of votes for Speaker yesterday. The Senate will convene today at 10:30 a.m. to consider a joint resolution (S.J.Res. 32) providing congressional disapproval for a rule submitted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau relating to the “Small Business Lending Under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (Regulation B).”

The HOUSE

Yesterday

Roll Call #521 – Election of the Speaker. Mr. Jordan 200, Mr. Jeffries 212, Mr. Scalise 7, Mr. McCarthy 6, Mr. Zeldin 3, Mr. Garcia, Mike 1, Mr. Emmer 1, Mr. Cole 1, and Mr. Massie 1 (Roll no. 521).

Today

The House will meet today at 11:00 a.m. The chamber is expected to continue consideration of the new Speaker.

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #309, Jennifer L. Hall, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the District of Delaware; confirmed: 67-29.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #297, Julia Kathleen Munley, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; invoked: 52-43.
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #297, Julia Kathleen Munley, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; confirmed: 52-45.
  4. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #53, Karla Ann Gilbride, of Maryland, to be General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term of four years; invoked: 50-47.
  5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #53, Karla Ann Gilbride, of Maryland, to be General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term of four years; confirmed: 50-46.

Legislative Business

Adopted the following resolutions:
S.Res.409 – Bipawtisan Howl-o-ween Dog Pawrade
S.Res.410 – National Loggers Day
S.Res.411 – 118th Congress Majority Committee Assignments

Executive Business

Confirmed by voice vote Executive Calendar #209 – Ana A. Escrogima, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Sultanate of Oman

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Cal. #228, S.J.Res.32, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to “Small Business Lending Under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (Regulation B)”.

At 12:00 p.m., the joint resolution will be read a third time, and the Senate will vote on passage of the joint resolution without intervening action or debate.

This evening Senator Schumer asked that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Majority Leader, no later than October 26th, 2023, it be in order for Senator Marshall or his designee to move to proceed to the consideration of Cal. #229, S.J.Res.42. Further, that if the motion is agreed to, there be 10 hours of debate equally divided between the proponents and opponents of the Joint Resolution. Further, upon the use or yielding back of that time, the Joint resolution be read a third time, and the Senate vote on passage of the Joint Resolution. Finally, that all other provisions under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, remain in effect except the 60 session day clock.

Wednesday October 18th at approx. 12:00 p.m. – 1 roll call vote:

  1. Passage of S.J.Res. 32, A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to “Small Business Lending Under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (Regulation B)” (Kennedy)

HEARINGS COVERED

SEC Open Meeting

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
“Running on Empty: The Highway Trust Fund”

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
“Examining the Implications of Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency for Clean Water Protections of Wetlands and Streams”

Senate Commerce Committee
“Executive Session: Nominations”

FDA/CTII Meeting
“Mitigating Clinical Study Disruptions During Disasters and Public Health Emergencies”

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee
“Nomination of Monica Bertagnolli to be Director of the National Institutes of Health”

Senate Finance Committee
“Medicare Advantage Annual Enrollment: Cracking Down on Deceptive Practices and Improving Senior Experiences”

House Oversight Committee
Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic
“Strengthening Biosafety and Biosecurity Standards: Protecting Against Future Pandemics”

House Natural Resources Committee
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
“Examining the Biden Administration’s Unprecedented Obstruction of the BOEM Offshore Leasing Program”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, & Critical Materials
“Exposing EPA Efforts to Limit Chemicals Needed for Life-Saving Medical Devices and Other Essential Products”

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment

S.3053 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to prohibit the importation of crude oil, petroleum, petroleum products, and liquefied natural gas from Venezuela and Iran.
Sponsor: Rubio, Marco [Sen.-R-FL] (Introduced 10/17/2023) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 10/17/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3055 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to update the modeling used for lifecycle greenhouse gas assessments for approved fuel pathways under the Renewable Fuel Standard, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Thune, John [Sen.-R-SD] (Introduced 10/17/2023) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 10/17/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.3062 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to provide for the removal of small-diameter trees in fire hazard areas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: King, Angus S., Jr. [Sen.-I-ME] (Introduced 10/17/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 10/17/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.3063 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to require the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a grant program to address forestry workforce development needs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: King, Angus S., Jr. [Sen.-I-ME] (Introduced 10/17/2023) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Action: Senate – 10/17/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

H.R.5964 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To reduce methane emissions from flaring and venting natural gas during oil and natural gas production activities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Curtis, John R. [Rep.-R-UT-3] (Introduced 10/17/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action: 10/17/2023 Introduced in House.

H.R.5971 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require the Secretary of Agriculture to direct a study on soil health of Federal lands, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Neguse, Joe [Rep.-D-CO-2] (Introduced 10/17/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action: 10/17/2023 Introduced in House.

Financial Services

S.3050 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to require a report on artificial intelligence regulation in the financial services industry, to establish artificial intelligence bug bounty programs, to require a vulnerability analysis study for artificial intelligence-enabled military applications, and to require a report on data sharing and coordination, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rounds, Mike [Sen.-R-SD] (Introduced 10/17/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Armed Services
Latest Action: Senate – 10/17/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

H.R.5966 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Commodity Exchange Act with respect to reporting digital commodity transactions.
Sponsor: Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [Rep.-D-VA-8] (Introduced 10/17/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action: 10/17/2023 Introduced in House.

Health Care

S.3048 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to prohibit an employer from recovering any health care premium paid by the employer for an employee if the employee fails to return to work due to the birth of a child, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Vance, J. D. [Sen.-R-OH] (Introduced 10/17/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 10/17/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3059 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish provider directory requirements, and to provide accountability for provider director accuracy, under Medicare Advantage.
Sponsor: Bennet, Michael F. [Sen.-D-CO] (Introduced 10/17/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 10/17/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3060 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to establish a Youth Mental Health Research Initiative in the National Institutes of Health for purposes of encouraging collaborative research to improve youth mental health.
Sponsor: Klobuchar, Amy [Sen.-D-MN] (Introduced 10/17/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 10/17/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.5975 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To authorize grants to implement school-community partnerships for preventing substance use and misuse among youth.
Sponsor: Sánchez, Linda T. [Rep.-D-CA-38] (Introduced 10/17/2023) Cosponsors: (10)
Latest Action: 10/17/2023 Introduced in House.

H.R.5976 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To establish a Youth Mental Health Research Initiative in the National Institutes of Health for purposes of encouraging collaborative research to improve youth mental health.
Sponsor: Watson Coleman, Bonnie [Rep.-D-NJ-12] (Introduced 10/17/2023) Cosponsors: (24)
Latest Action: 10/17/2023 Introduced in House.

Sanctions and Trade

S.3049 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to freeze $6,000,000,000 of Iranian funds held in Qatar, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Scott, Tim [Sen.-R-SC] (Introduced 10/17/2023) Cosponsors: (26)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 10/17/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.3057 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to prohibit allocations of Special Drawing Rights at the International Monetary Fund for perpetrators of genocide and state sponsors of terrorism without congressional authorization.
Sponsor: Kennedy, John [Sen.-R-LA] (Introduced 10/17/2023) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 10/17/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

S.3061 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to revoke the waiver determination submitted to Congress on September 11, 2023, with respect to certain sanctions imposed with respect to Iran.
Sponsor: Marshall, Roger [Sen.-R-KS] (Introduced 10/17/2023) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 10/17/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.3064 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to limit funding to the United Nations until the Islamic Republic of Iran has been expelled and investigated for violations of the Genocide Convention, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Blackburn, Marsha [Sen.-R-TN] (Introduced 10/17/2023) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 10/17/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Transportation

S.3047 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to award payments to employees of Air America who provided support to the United States from 1950 to 1976, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rubio, Marco [Sen.-R-FL] (Introduced 10/17/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Intelligence (Select)
Latest Action: Senate – 10/17/2023 Read twice and referred to the Select Committee on Intelligence.

H.R.5969 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to revise certain regulations to permit certain children to accompany their parents or legal guardians through Global Entry airport lanes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Luttrell, Morgan [Rep.-R-TX-8] (Introduced 10/17/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action: 10/17/2023 Introduced in House.