Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet today at noon. The Senate will convene today at 10:00 a.m. The chamber is expected to consider the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2024 (H.R. 4366).

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. First votes expected: 6:30 p.m. Last votes expected: TBD

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

H. Res. 559 – Declaring it is the policy of the United States that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable (Sponsored by Rep. McCaul / Foreign Affairs Committee)

H.R. 340 – Hamas International Financing Prevent Action, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mast / Foreign Affairs Committee)

H.R. 3774 – SHIP Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lawler / Foreign Affairs Committee)

H. Res. 599 – Urging the European Union to designate Hizballah in its entirety as a terrorist organization (Sponsored by Rep. Schneider / Foreign Affairs Committee)

H.R. 3266 – Peace and Tolerance in Palestinian Education Act (Sponsored by Rep. Sherman / Foreign Affairs Committee)

H. Res. 798 – Condemning the support of Hamas, Hezbollah, and other terrorist organizations at institutions of higher education, which may lead to the creation of a hostile environment for Jewish students, faculty, and staff, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Owens / Education and the Workforce Committee)

Legislation Considered Pursuant to a Rule:

H.R. 4364 – Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2024 (Sponsored by Rep. Amodei / Appropriations Committee)

Legislation that may be considered:
H. Res. 773  – Providing for the expulsion of Representative George Santos from the House of Representatives (Sponsored by Rep. D’Esposito / Ethics Committee)

H. Res. 807 – Censuring Representative Rashida Tlaib for antisemitic activity, sympathizing with terrorist organizations, and leading an insurrection at the United States Capitol Complex (Sponsored by Rep. Greene (GA) / Ethics Committee)

H. Res. 610 – Censuring Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (Sponsored by Rep. Balint / Ethics Committee)

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #306 Matthew James Maddox, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland; confirmed: 55-42.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #370 Jacob J. Lew, of New York, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the State of Israel; invoked: 53-44.
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #370 Jacob J. Lew, of New York, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the State of Israel; confirmed: 53-43.
  4. Hawley amendment #1200 (majority vote); agreed to: 61-36.
  5. Cruz amendment #1296 (majority vote); not agreed to: 47-49.
  6. Budd amendment #1243 (majority vote); not agreed to 45-50.

Legislative Business
By voice vote, agreed to the following amendments:

  1. Blackburn-Warner amendment #1349 – In the nature of a substitute.
  2. Ernst amendment #1177 – To require reporting regarding telework by employees of agencies funded under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024.

Passed Cal.#206, S.447, ORBITS w/Hickenlooper substitute amendment
Passed Cal.#209, S.1648, Launch Communications Act
Adopted S.Res.442 Country Music Month
Adopted S.Res.443 Farm to School Month

Completed the Rule 14 process to place S. 3168 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.

With respect to Cal. #198H.R.4366, Minibus Appropriations, the only remaining amendments in order to the Murray-Collins substitute amendment #1092 are the following amendments, if offered:

  1. Cramer #1241 (60 vote threshold)
  2. Paul #1217 (60 vote threshold)
  3. Paul #1347 (60 vote threshold)
  4. Cruz #1249 (60 vote threshold)
  5. 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 Wednesday, November 1, 2023.

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

At approximately 11:30am, the Senate is expected to vote on Paul amendment #1217 and Paul amendment #1347.

Cloture has been filed on the on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #334 Adm. Lisa M. Franchetti, to be Chief of Naval Operations
  2. Executive Calendar #329 Gen. David W. Allvin, to be Chief of Staff, US Air Force
  3. Executive Calendar #333 Lt. Gen. Christopher J. Mahoney, to be Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps

Unless an agreement is reached, these cloture motions will ripen one hour after the Senate convenes on Thursday.

Additional roll call votes are expected during Wednesday’s session to complete action on Minibus appropriations. The full remainder of the agreement is below in this email under Legislative Business.

Wednesday, November 1st at approx. 11:30am – 2 roll call votes expected:

  1. Paul amendment #1217 (re: Audit the Fed) (60 vote threshold)
  2. Paul amendment #1347 (re: cuts and IRS rescission) (60 vote threshold)

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Small Business Committee
“The Great Outdoors: Small Businesses and America’s Outdoor Recreation Economy”

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment

S.3170 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to prescribe judicial review requirements for certain projects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cassidy, Bill [Sen.-R-LA] (Introduced 10/31/2023) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 10/31/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Financial Services

S.3173 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit contributions and donations by publicly traded corporations.
Sponsor: Hawley, Josh [Sen.-R-MO] (Introduced 10/31/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Rules and Administration
Latest Action: Senate – 10/31/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.

Health Care

S.3171 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to promote healthy eating and physical activity among children.
Sponsor: Booker, Cory A. [Sen.-D-NJ] (Introduced 10/31/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 10/31/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3172 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include certain over-the-counter dietary supplement products and foods for special dietary uses as qualified medical expenses.
Sponsor: Cramer, Kevin [Sen.-R-ND] (Introduced 10/31/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 10/31/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Sanctions and Trade

S.3174 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to prohibit aid that will benefit Hamas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Ricketts, Pete [Sen.-R-NE] (Introduced 10/31/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 10/31/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.