Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet today at 12:00 p.m. The chamber is expected to continue consideration of a new Speaker of the House. The Senate will convene today at 10:00 a.m. and will consider the Minibus Appropriations bill (H.R. 4366) and the confirmation of Jessica Looman to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (Executive Calendar #116).

The HOUSE

Yesterday

The House met yesterday with no legislative business.

Today

The House will meet today at 12:00 p.m. The chamber is expected to continue consideration of a new Speaker of the House.

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #364 – Michael G. Whitaker, of Vermont, to be Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration for the term of five years; invoked: 94-0.
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #364 – Michael G. Whitaker, of Vermont, to be Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration for the term of five years; confirmed: 98-0.
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #116 – Jessica Looman, of Minnesota, to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor; invoked: 51-47.

Legislative Business
By voice vote, passed Cal.#68, S.1170 Project Safe Childhood

Adopted the following resolutions:
S.Res.397, World Food Day
S.Res.425, Public Radio Music Day
S.Res.426, National Bison Day

During Tuesday’s Session the Senate reached an agreement to complete consideration of Calendar #198, H.R.4366, Minibus Appropriations. At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate will resume consideration of Cal. #198H.R.4366. During the consideration of Cal. #198H.R.4366, Murray-Collins substitute amendment #1092 will be considered an Appropriations Committee amendment for purposes of Rule XVI, with no other Rule XVI points of order waived by this agreement. H.R.4366H.R.4368, as reported in the House of Representatives on June 27, 2023, and H.R.4820, as reported in the House of Representatives on July 24, 2023, will serve as the basis for defense of germaneness under Rule XVI for any floor amendments. It will be in order for floor amendments to amend the substitute in more than one place.

Upon disposition of the amendments, the Senate will vote on adoption of substitute amendment #1092, as amended, with a 60 affirmative vote threshold required for adoption. The bill, as amended, will be read a third time, and the Senate will vote on passage of the bill, as amended, with a 60 vote affirmative threshold required for passage.

Upon disposition of the bill, the Committee on Appropriations will be discharged from further consideration, and the Senate will proceed to the immediate consideration of H.R.662, the Scott (FL)-Rubio substitute amendment at the Desk be considered and agreed to, the bill, as amended, be read a third time, and the Senate will vote on passage of the bill, as amended, with a 60 affirmative vote threshold required for passage, without intervening action or debate.

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

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Calendar #198, H.R.4366, Minibus Appropriations. During Tuesday’s session the Senate reached an agreement (full text in wrap up) for the consideration of Calendar #198, H.R.4366, Minibus Appropriations.

At 11:30am, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #116, Jessica Looman, of Minnesota, to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor. All post-cloture time will be considered expired, and the Senate will then vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Wednesday October 25th, at 11:30am – at least 1 roll call vote expected:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #116 – Jessica Looman, of Minnesota, to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor

Additional roll call votes with respect to H.R. 4366, Minibus Appropriations are expected during Wednesday’s session.

HEARINGS COVERED

House Financial Services Committee
Subcommittee on Digital Assets, Financial Technology, and Inclusion
“Modernizing Financial Services Through Innovation and Competition”

House Ways and Means Committee
“Educational Freedom and Opportunity for American Families, Students, and Workers”

Senate HELP Committee
“Business Meeting to Consider the Nominations of Monica M. Bertagnolli, of Massachusetts, to be Director of the National Institutes of Health.”

House Financial Services Committee
Subcommittee on National Security, Illicit Finance, and International Financial Institutions
“How America and Its Allies Can Stop Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran from Evading Sanctions and Financing Terror”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
Subcommittee on Health

“Supporting Access to Long-Term Services and Supports: An Examination of the Impacts of Proposed Regulations on Workforce and Access to Care”

House Foreign Affairs Committee
Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere

“The U.S.-Honduras Bilateral Relationship: Analyzing the Socialist Government of President Xiomara Castro de Zelaya”

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Cybersecurity

S.3114 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to develop and deploy firewall circumvention tools for the people of Hong Kong after the People’s Republic of China violated its agreement under the Joint Declaration, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Lankford, James [Sen.-R-OK] (Introduced 10/24/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 10/24/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

S.3119 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from reclassifying broadband Internet access service as a telecommunications service and from imposing certain regulations on providers of such service.
Sponsor: Lee, Mike [Sen.-R-UT] (Introduced 10/24/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 10/24/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

H.R.6035 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To criminalize stalking using an unauthorized geotracking device.
Sponsor: Sykes, Emilia Strong [Rep.-D-OH-13] (Introduced 10/24/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Latest Action: 10/24/2023 Introduced in House.

Energy/ Environment

S.3115 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the National Quantum Initiative Act to require the Secretary of Energy to conduct research on how quantum information science, technology, and engineering can enhance the resilience and security of the electric grid, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cornyn, John [Sen.-R-TX] (Introduced 10/24/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 10/24/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

H.R.6024 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 to extend the increased transfer authority for a certain study on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances contamination in drinking water, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Dean, Madeleine [Rep.-D-PA-4] (Introduced 10/24/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Latest Action: 10/24/2023 Introduced in House.

H.R.6029 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To provide Medicaid assistance to individuals and families affected by a disaster or emergency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Panetta, Jimmy [Rep.-D-CA-19] (Introduced 10/24/2023) Cosponsors: (6)
Latest Action: 10/24/2023 Introduced in House.

Financial Services

H.R.6025 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to eliminate the repatriation loan program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Dingell, Debbie [Rep.-D-MI-6] (Introduced 10/24/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Latest Action: 10/24/2023 Introduced in House.

H.R.6027 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to revise the definition of a facility.
Sponsor: Loudermilk, Barry [Rep.-R-GA-11] (Introduced 10/24/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Latest Action: 10/24/2023 Introduced in House.

Health Care

S.3106 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to reauthorize certain programs under the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cassidy, Bill [Sen.-R-LA] (Introduced 10/24/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 10/24/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3108 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for a Reducing Youth Use of E-Cigarettes Initiative.
Sponsor: Blumenthal, Richard [Sen.-D-CT] (Introduced 10/24/2023) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 10/24/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3109 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to require the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Commissioner of Social Security to review and simplify the processes, procedures, forms, and communications for family caregivers to assist individuals in establishing eligibility for, enrolling in, and maintaining and utilizing coverage and benefits under the Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and Social Security programs respectively, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Markey, Edward J. [Sen.-D-MA] (Introduced 10/24/2023) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 10/24/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3118 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to provide for an emergency increase in Federal funding to State Medicaid programs for expenditures on home and community-based services.
Sponsor: Casey, Robert P., Jr. [Sen.-D-PA] (Introduced 10/24/2023) Cosponsors: (20)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 10/24/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3120 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to provide Medicaid assistance to individuals and families affected by a disaster or emergency, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Casey, Robert P., Jr. [Sen.-D-PA] (Introduced 10/24/2023) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 10/24/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.6020 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to eliminate consideration of the income of organ recipients in providing reimbursement of expenses to donating individuals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Obernolte, Jay [Rep.-R-CA-23] (Introduced 10/24/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Latest Action: 10/24/2023 Introduced in House.

H.R.6023 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the retroactive payment of benefits for veterans with covered mental health conditions based on military sexual trauma, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Carbajal, Salud O. [Rep.-D-CA-24] (Introduced 10/24/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Latest Action: 10/24/2023 Introduced in House.

H.R.6033 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a task force to improve access to health care information technology for non-English speakers.
Sponsor: Steel, Michelle [Rep.-R-CA-45] (Introduced 10/24/2023) Cosponsors: (14)
Latest Action: 10/24/2023 Introduced in House.

H.R.6038 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for a Reducing Youth Use of E-Cigarettes Initiative.
Sponsor: Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [Rep.-D-FL-25] (Introduced 10/24/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Latest Action: 10/24/2023 Introduced in House.

Sanctions and Trade

S.3110 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to support United States policy toward Taiwan.
Sponsor: Rubio, Marco [Sen.-R-FL] (Introduced 10/24/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 10/24/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.