Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will convene today at 9:00 a.m. and is expected to begin consideration of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2024 (H.R. 4664). The Senate will convene today at 10:00 a.m. The chamber is expected to consider Charlotte A. Burrows to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (PN 786), Brandy R. McMillion to be United States District Judge of the Eastern District of Michigan (PN 813), Monica Ramirez Almadani to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California (PN 165), and Ana de Alba to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit (PN 499).

The HOUSE

Yesterday

H RES 845 – Censuring Representative Rashida Tlaib for promoting false narratives regarding the October 7, 2023, Hamas attack on Israel and for calling for the destruction of the State of Israel
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (Roll no. 622).

On motion to table the measure Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 208 – 213, 1 Present (Roll no. 608).

H R 4820 
On agreeing to the Self amendment (#655) – An amendment numbered 74 printed in Part B of House Report 118-261 to prohibit funds from being used towards implementing, administering, or enforcing the Equity Action Plan of the Department of Housing and Urban Development established pursuant to Executive Order 13985 entitled “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.”; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 621).

On agreeing to the Santos amendment (#654) – An amendment numbered 73 printed in Part B of House Report 118-261 to reduce the salary of Polly Trottenberg, Deputy Secretary of Transportation, to $1; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 620).

On agreeing to the Norman amendment (#647) – An amendment numbered 66 printed in Part B of House Report 118-261 to prohibit funding for the implementation of the rule entitled “Equal Access in Accordance With an Individual’s Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs”; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 619).

On agreeing to the Norman amendment (#645) – An amendment numbered 64 printed in Part B of House Report 118-261 to reduce the salary of Julia Gordon, Assistant Secretary for Housing and the Federal Housing Commissioner, to $1; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 618).

On agreeing to the Norman amendment (#643) – An amendment numbered 62 printed in Part B of House Report 118-261 to reduce the salary of Ann E. Carlson, Acting Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to $1; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 617).

On agreeing to the Massie amendment (#641) – An amendment numbered 60 printed in Part B of House Report 118-261 to prohibit funds from being used to implement Sec. 24220 of the IIJA, which mandates that new vehicles include a kill switch to monitor diver performance and prevent vehicle operation; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 616).

On agreeing to the Massie amendment (#640) – An amendment numbered 59 printed in Part B of House Report 118-261 to prohibit any funds from being used to conduct a competition analysis of mergers; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 615).

On agreeing to the Hageman amendment (#638) – An amendment numbered 57 printed in Part B of House Report 118-261 to prohibit funds made available by this act from being used for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 614).

On agreeing to the Schweikert amendment (#630) – An amendment numbered 47 printed in Part B of House Report 118-261 to reduce by, 57 percent, each amount of discretionary budget authority provided by the bill; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 613).

On agreeing to the Schweikert amendment (#629) – An amendment numbered 46 printed in Part B of House Report 118-261 to reduce total funding to match FY 19 levels; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 612).

On agreeing to the Grothman amendment (#627) – An amendment numbered 37 printed in Part B of House Report 118-261 to increase and decreases funding for the Community Development Fund to promote the identification and removal of barriers to affordable housing production and preservation; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 611).

On agreeing to the Blunt Rochester amendment (#626) – An amendment numbered 36 printed in Part B of House Report 118-261 to increase and decreases funding for the Community Development Fund to promote the identification and removal of barriers to affordable housing production and preservation; Agreed to by recorded vote: (Roll no. 610).

On agreeing to the Davidson amendment (#625) – An amendment numbered 34 printed in Part B of House Report 118-261 to decrease funding for the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS program by $505 million dollars and transfer the savings to Spending Reduction Account; Failed by recorded vote: (Roll no. 609).

On agreeing to the Brecheen amendment (#622) – An amendment numbered 30 printed in Part B of House Report 118-261 to reduce funding for the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity to FY19 levels; Failed by recorded vote: 174 – 252 (Roll no. 607).

On agreeing to the Grothman amendment (#621) – An amendment numbered 29 printed in Part B of House Report 118-261 to increase and decrease funding for the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development to express concern regarding the Diversity Council and the associated race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation-based Affinity or Employee Resource Groups; Agreed to by recorded vote: 213 – 210 (Roll no. 606).

On agreeing to the Perry amendment (#620) – An amendment numbered 25 printed in Part B of House Report 118-261 to eliminate funding for grants to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; Failed by recorded vote: 148 – 277 (Roll no. 605).

On agreeing to the Perry amendment (#616) – An amendment numbered 20 printed in Part B of House Report 118-261 to strike National Network Grants; Failed by recorded vote: 125 – 297 (Roll no. 604).

On agreeing to the Escobar amendment (#614) – An amendment numbered 5 printed in Part B of House Report 118-261 to increase and decrease the National Surface Transportation and Innovative Finance Bureau in recognition of the DOT Thriving Communities Program; Failed by recorded vote: 212 – 214 (Roll no. 603).

H RES 847 –  Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4664) making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024, and for other purposes
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 217 – 204 (Roll no. 602).

On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 217 – 204 (Roll no. 601).

Today

The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 2:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 9:15 p.m.

Legislation Considered Pursuant to a Rule:
Begin consideration of H.R. 4664 – Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2024 (Sponsored by Rep. Womack / Appropriations Committee)

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #372 Monica M. Bertagnolli, of Massachusetts, to be Director of the National Institutes of Health; confirmed: 62-36.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #28 Kenly Kiya Kato, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; invoked: 50-47.
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #28 Kenly Kiya Kato, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; confirmed: 51-46.
  4. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #36 Julia E. Kobick, of Massachusetts, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts; invoked: 52-46.
  5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #36 Julia E. Kobick, of Massachusetts, to be United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts; confirmed: 52-46.
  6. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #38 Ramon Ernesto Reyes, Jr., of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York; invoked: 50-46.

Legislative Business
Completed the Rule 14 process to place the following bills on the Legislative Calendar of Business:

  1. H.R.3774 – To impose additional sanctions with respect to the importation or facilitation of the importation of petroleum products from Iran, and for other purposes.
  2. H.R.6126 – making emergency supplemental appropriations to respond to the attacks in Israel for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024, and for other purposes.

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Wednesday, November 8, 2023.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #38 Ramon Ernesto Reyes, Jr., of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, post-cloture.

At approximately 11:30am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Reyes nomination. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #373 Charlotte A. Burrows, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

If cloture is invoked on the nomination, at approximately 2:20pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Burrows nomination. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #310 Brandy R. McMillion, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.

If cloture is invoked on the McMillion nomination, the vote on confirmation of the nomination will occur at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Republican Leader.

Following the McMillion cloture vote, the Senate will resume Legislative session and proceed to the consideration of Calendar #238, S.J.Res.38, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Highway Administration relating to “Waiver of Buy America Requirements for Electric Vehicle Chargers”.

At approximately 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on passage of S.J.Res.38. Following disposition of the joint resolution, the Senate will resume Executive Session and vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #126 Monica Ramirez Almadani, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California.

If cloture is invoked on the nomination, the confirmation vote will occur at approximately 11:30am on Thursday, November 9th.

Cloture has been filed on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #373 Charlotte A. Burrows, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  2. Executive Calendar #310 Brandy R. McMillion, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan
  3. Executive Calendar #126 Monica Ramirez Almadani, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California
  4. Executive Calendar #222 Ana de Alba, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit

Wednesday, November 8th at approx. 11:30am – 2 roll call votes expected:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #38 Ramon Ernesto Reyes, Jr., of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #373 Charlotte A. Burrows, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Wednesday, November 8th at approx. 2:20pm – 2 roll call votes expected:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #373 Charlotte A. Burrows, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #310 Brandy R. McMillion, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan

Wednesday, November 8th at approx. 5:30pm – 2 roll call votes expected:

  1. Passage of Calendar #238, S.J.Res.38, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Highway Administration relating to “Waiver of Buy America Requirements for Electric Vehicle Chargers”.
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #126 Monica Ramirez Almadani, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Finance Committee
Markup “to consider an original bill entitled the Better Mental Health Care, Lower-Cost Drugs, and Extenders Act”

Senate Budget Committee
“Fairness and Fiscal Responsibility: Cracking Down on Wealthy Tax Cheats”

Senate HELP Committee
Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security

“Avoiding a Cautionary Tale: Policy Considerations for Artificial Intelligence in Health Care”

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment

H.R.6253 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To authorize the Secretary of Energy to make awards to cover regulatory costs relating to licensing certain first-of-a-kind advanced nuclear reactors.
Sponsor: Curtis, John R. [Rep.-R-UT-3] (Introduced 11/07/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 11/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6265 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To direct the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to update the mission statement of the Commission to ensure licensing and regulation is efficient and is in alignment with the policies stated in the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Duncan, Jeff [Rep.-R-SC-3] (Introduced 11/07/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 11/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6268 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To enable timely licensing reviews for nuclear reactor facilities at brownfield sites and retired fossil fuel sites, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Guthrie, Brett [Rep.-R-KY-2] (Introduced 11/07/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 11/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6271 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend certain agricultural laws with respect to the definition of biofuels and sustainable aviation fuel, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Miller, Max L. [Rep.-R-OH-7] (Introduced 11/07/2023) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House – Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 11/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.6272 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 with respect to the issuance of quality control guidance issued by the Secretary of Agriculture.
Sponsor: Moore, Barry [Rep.-R-AL-2] (Introduced 11/07/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 11/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

Financial Services

S.3242 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to revise the shareholder threshold for registration under that Act for issuers that receive support through certain Federal universal service support mechanisms, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Baldwin, Tammy [Sen.-D-WI] (Introduced 11/07/2023) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 11/07/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Health Care

S.3233 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reduce the occurrence of diabetes in Medicare beneficiaries by extending coverage under Medicare for medical nutrition therapy services to such beneficiaries with pre-diabetes or with risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes.
Sponsor: Peters, Gary C. [Sen.-D-MI] (Introduced 11/07/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 11/07/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3236 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide Medicare coverage of ambulance services that do not include transportation.
Sponsor: Welch, Peter [Sen.-D-VT] (Introduced 11/07/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 11/07/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.6257 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide Medicare coverage of ambulance services that do not include transportation.
Sponsor: Balint, Becca [Rep.-D-VT-At Large] (Introduced 11/07/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 11/07/2023 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6258 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to disqualify any State that discriminates against parents or guardians who oppose medical, surgical, pharmacological, psychological treatment, or clothing and social changes related to affirming the subjective claims of gender identity expressed by any minor if such claimed identity is inconsistent with such minor’s biological sex from receiving funding under such Act.
Sponsor: Banks, Jim [Rep.-R-IN-3] (Introduced 11/07/2023) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House – 11/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

S.3244 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 to extend funding outreach and assistance for low-income programs.
Sponsor: Warner, Mark R. [Sen.-D-VA] (Introduced 11/07/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 11/07/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3245 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct surveys of non-retail pharmacy drug prices, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Warner, Mark R. [Sen.-D-VA] (Introduced 11/07/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 11/07/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.6270 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to authorize the establishment of, and provide support for, State-based universal health care systems that provide comprehensive health benefits to State residents, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Khanna, Ro [Rep.-D-CA-17] (Introduced 11/07/2023) Cosponsors: (26)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Armed Services; Oversight and Accountability; Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House – 11/07/2023 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Armed Services, Oversight and Accountability, and Education and the Workforce.

H.R.6275 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To prohibit brand name drug manufacturers from compensating generic drug manufacturers to delay the entry of a generic drug into the market, and to prohibit biological product manufacturers from compensating biosimilar and interchangeable product manufacturers to delay entry of biosimilar and interchangeable products, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Perez, Marie Gluesenkamp [Rep.-D-WA-3] (Introduced 11/07/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 11/07/2023 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.6279 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow certain wearable devices to be purchased using health savings accounts and other spending arrangements and reimbursement accounts.
Sponsor: Steel, Michelle [Rep.-R-CA-45] (Introduced 11/07/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 11/07/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Sanctions and Trade

S.3235 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to require a strategy to counter the role of the People’s Republic of China in evasion of sanctions imposed by the United States with respect to Iran, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Risch, James E. [Sen.-R-ID] (Introduced 11/07/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 11/07/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Tax

S.3243 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude all military retirement and related benefits from Federal income tax.
Sponsor: Ricketts, Pete [Sen.-R-NE] (Introduced 11/07/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 11/07/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Transportation

S.3246 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to provide for consideration of all modes of transportation and all road users in certain highway and transit programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Fetterman, John [Sen.-D-PA] (Introduced 11/07/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 11/07/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.