Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet today at 10:00 a.m. The chamber voted yesterday to confirm Mike Johnson of Louisiana to be Speaker of the House. The Senate will convene today at 10:00 a.m. to consider Minibus Appropriations (H.R. 4366), legislation to remove U.S. Armed Forces from Niger (S.J. Res. 44), and a joint resolution to nullify policy updates issued by the Food and Nutrition Service related to discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation (S.J. Res. 42).

The HOUSE

Yesterday

H RES 771 – Standing with Israel as it defends itself against the barbaric war launched by Hamas and other terrorists
On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 412 – 10, 6 Present (Roll no. 528).

Roll call 527 – Election of the Speaker. Mr. Johnson (LA) 220 and Mr. Jeffries 209 (Roll no. 527). Mr. Johnson (LA) was elected Speaker.

Today

The House will meet today at 10:00 a.m.

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #116 Jessica Looman, of Minnesota, to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor; confirmed: 51-46.
  2. Vance Amdt #1210 to Murray-Collins Amdt #1092 Minibus Appropriations; agreed to: 59-38.
  3. Rubio Amdt #1237 to Murray-Collins Amdt #1092 Minibus Appropriations; not agreed to: 47-51.
  4. Kennedy Amdt #1354 to Murray-Collins Amdt #1092 Minibus Appropriations: agreed to: 53-45.
  5. Lankford #1232 to Murray-Collins Amdt #1092 Minibus Appropriations (60 vote threshold); not agreed: 56-42.

Legislative Business
By voice vote, the Senate adopted the following amendments to H.R.4366 Minibus appropriations, en bloc:

  1. Moran #1250 – To prohibit the use of funds appropriated by division A to change rates for reimbursement for transportation via a special mode of transportation under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and to reduce certain amounts available to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  2. Daines #1185 – To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress an earned value analysis of the Veterans Electronic Health Record system of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  3. Sullivan #1216 – To prioritize the use of funds for certain telehealth services and mental health programs for veterans.
  4. Sullivan #1221 – To prohibit the use of funds to procure seafood from China for use in school meals.
  5. Peters-Cornyn #1283 – To provide funding for the emergency and transitional pet shelter and housing assistance grant program.
  6. Rosen #1117 – To make amounts available to the Veterans Health Administration to sustain and increase telehealth capacity and associated programmatic efforts.
  7. Schatz #1120 – To extend the period of availability for fiscal year 2021 national infrastructure investments.
  8. Booker-Tuberville #1175 – To increase funding for rural decentralized water systems.
  9. Tillis-Welch #1264 – To require a review regarding veterans who engaged in toxic exposure risk activities while serving in Kosovo.
  10. Reed #1202 – To appropriate amounts for shellfish research, with an offset.
  11. Britt #1270 – To provide appropriations for certain research using plant genomics, with an offset.
  12. Kelly-Tillis #1116 – To require medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs to share certain data with State cancer registries.
  13. Hirono-Moran #1113 – To provide funding for competitive grants for construction of agricultural research facilities and related activities, with an offset.
  14. Warnock –Cornyn #1351 – To require the Secretary of Transportation to report on the Federal Aviation Administration’s workforce development programs.
  15. Smith-Ricketts #1134 – To require the submission of a report on improving staffing at the Farm Service Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service at the county level.
  16. Rosen-Crapo #1220 – To provide funding for the suppression and control of Mormon crickets in western States.
  17. Cardin #1277 – To provide funding for invasive catfish control.
  18. Padilla #1140 – To improve housing assistance for veterans experiencing homelessness.
  19. Shaheen #1131 – To require a report on the use of third-party contractors to conduct medical disability examinations of veterans.
  20. Klobuchar-Moran #1203 – To make funds available for the aeronautical information management program.
  21. Kelly #1133 – To require a report relating to rural community facilities direct loan applicants.
  22. Padilla #1139 – To provide for the development of emergency evacuation route planning guidelines and best practices.
  23. Ossoff-Braun #1255 – To provide funds for the Office of Women’s Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs to expand access of women veterans to mammography initiatives and equipment.
  24. Merkley-Crapo #1352 – To increase the set-aside for multi-benefit projects under the watershed and flood prevention operations program.
  25.  Stabenow #1115 – To provide funding for the Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Program.

Adopted the following resolutions:
S.Res.428, Nebraska Women’s Volleyball
S.Res.430, Early Childhood Literacy Awareness Day
S.Res.431, National Women’s Small Business Month
S.Res.432, Anniversary of Tree of Life synagogue attack

Began the Rule 14 process to place S.3135, making emergency supplemental appropriations for assistance for the situation in Israel for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024, on the Legislative Calendar of Business.

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.

The only remaining amendments in order to the Murray-Collins substitute amendment #1092 are the following amendments, if offered:

  1. amendment #1092
  2. Braun #1182
  3. Hawley #1200
  4. Cruz #1296
  5. Blackburn #1349
  6. Budd #1243
  7. Cramer #1241 (60 vote threshold)
  8. Paul #1217 (60 vote threshold)
  9. Paul #1347 (60 vote threshold)
  10. Cruz #1249 (60 vote threshold)
  11. Lee #1121 (60 vote threshold)

At times to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate will vote on the amendments. Floor updates will be sent as each vote series is locked in with respect to amendments in the list.

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 #1357 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.

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, October 26, 2023.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Calendar #198, H.R.4366, Minibus Appropriations.

Senator Paul is expected to make a motion to discharge S.J.Res.44, directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Niger that have not been authorized by Congress, from the Foreign Relations Committee.

At approximately 11:30am, the Senate is expected to vote on the Paul motion to discharge S.J.Res.44. If the motion is not agreed to, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.4366 Minibus appropriations and vote on Braun amendment #1182 (re: earmarks).

Following disposition of the Braun amendment, the Senate will move to the consideration of Calendar #229, S.J.Res.42, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Food and Nutrition Service relating to “Application of Bostock v. Clayton County to Program Discrimination Complaint Processing-Policy Update”.

There will be up to 30 minutes of debate equally divided. Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will vote on passage of the joint resolution.

Thursday, October 26th at approx. 11:30am – 2 roll call votes expected:

  1. Motion to discharge S.J.Res.44, Niger War Powers resolution
  2. Braun amendment #1182 (re: earmarks) to H.R.4366 Minibus appropriations

Thursday, October 26th around 1:45pm depending on debate time – roll call vote:

  1. Passage of Calendar #229, S.J.Res.42, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Food and Nutrition Service relating to “Application of Bostock v. Clayton County to Program Discrimination Complaint Processing-Policy Update”.

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
“Examine Federal Offshore Energy Strategy and Policies”

Senate Special Committee on Aging
“Hearings to Examine Access to Therapies for People with Rare, Progressive, and Serious Diseases.”

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment

S.3122 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to provide for the denial of certain applications for solar or wind energy development projects right-of-way applications.
Sponsor: Risch, James E. [Sen.-R-ID] (Introduced 10/25/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 10/25/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.3123 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to provide for the standardization, consolidation, and publication of data relating to public outdoor recreational use of Federal waterways among Federal land and water management agencies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Barrasso, John [Sen.-R-WY] (Introduced 10/25/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 10/25/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.3127 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act to reduce the production and use of certain single-use plastic products and packaging, to improve the responsibility of producers in the design, collection, reuse, recycling, and disposal of consumer products and packaging, to prevent pollution from consumer products and packaging from entering into animal and human food chains and waterways, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Merkley, Jeff [Sen.-D-OR] (Introduced 10/25/2023) Cosponsors: (11)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 10/25/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

H.R.6053 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act to reduce the production and use of certain single-use plastic products and packaging, to improve the responsibility of producers in the design, collection, reuse, recycling, and disposal of consumer products and packaging, to prevent pollution from consumer products and packaging from entering into animal and human food chains and waterways, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Huffman, Jared [Rep.-D-CA-2] (Introduced 10/25/2023) Cosponsors: (45)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Transportation and Infrastructure; Foreign Affairs; Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2023 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Foreign Affairs, and Agriculture.

H.R.6064 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to provide for the denial of certain applications for solar or wind energy development projects right-of-way applications.
Sponsor: Simpson, Michael K. [Rep.-R-ID-2] (Introduced 10/25/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Natural Resources; Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2023 Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture.

Financial Services

H.R.6065 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To establish the American Worker Retirement Plan, improve the financial security of working Americans by facilitating the accumulation of wealth, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Smucker, Lloyd [Rep.-R-PA-11] (Introduced 10/25/2023) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2023 Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Health Care

S.3130 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to improve the recruitment and retention of employees in the Indian Health Service, restore accountability in the Indian Health Service, improve health services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Barrasso, John [Sen.-R-WY] (Introduced 10/25/2023) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Indian Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 10/25/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

S.3131 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to expand and clarify the exclusion for orphan drugs under the Drug Price Negotiation Program.
Sponsor: Barrasso, John [Sen.-R-WY] (Introduced 10/25/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 10/25/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.6040 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To prohibit the use of Federal funds for gender transition in minors.
Sponsor: Boebert, Lauren [Rep.-R-CO-3] (Introduced 10/25/2023) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

H.R.6045 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study and submit a report on the efficacy of Federal drug surveillance systems, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Caraveo, Yadira [Rep.-D-CO-8] (Introduced 10/25/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Sanctions and Trade

S.3135 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill making emergency supplemental appropriations for assistance for the situation in Israel for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Marshall, Roger [Sen.-R-KS] (Introduced 10/25/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Latest Action: Senate – 10/25/2023 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

H.R.6046 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To designate Ansarallah as a foreign terrorist organization and impose certain sanctions on Ansarallah, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Clyde, Andrew S. [Rep.-R-GA-9] (Introduced 10/25/2023) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House – Judiciary; Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2023 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 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.

H.R.6051 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require the Secretary of the Treasury to report on financial institutions’ involvement with officials of the Iranian Government, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Hill, J. French [Rep.-R-AR-2] (Introduced 10/25/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services; Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2023 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

H.R.6060 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To prohibit any United States assistance from being made available for programs, projects, or activities located in Palestinian-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria or Gaza, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Ogles, Andrew [Rep.-R-TN-5] (Introduced 10/25/2023) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

H.R.6066 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To prohibit funding to international organizations that provide resources or other support to foreign terrorist organizations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Tenney, Claudia [Rep.-R-NY-24] (Introduced 10/25/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Tax

H.R.6050 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit kindergarten through grade 12 educational expenses to be paid from a 529 account.
Sponsor: Hern, Kevin [Rep.-R-OK-1] (Introduced 10/25/2023) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6063 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Social Security Act to provide that an individual engaged in a labor dispute may receive unemployment benefits.
Sponsor: Schiff, Adam B. [Rep.-D-CA-30] (Introduced 10/25/2023) Cosponsors: (41)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Transportation

H.R.6049 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To award payments to employees of Air America who provided support to the United States from 1950 to 1976, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Grothman, Glenn [Rep.-R-WI-6] (Introduced 10/25/2023) Cosponsors: (30)
Committees: House – Intelligence (Permanent Select)
Latest Action: House – 10/25/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select).