Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet today at 10:00 a.m. and is expected to consider the No Funds for Iranian Terrorism Act (H.R. 5961) and the Protecting our Communities from Failure to Secure the Border Act of 2023 (H.R. 5283). The chamber may consider legislation to expel Representative George Santos (H.Res. 878) and impeach Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas (H.Res. __). The Senate will convene today at 10:00 a.m. The chamber is expected to consider Shanlyn A.S. Park to be United States District Judge for the District of Hawaii (PN 1053) as well as Irma Carillo Ramirez to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit (PN 500).

The HOUSE

Yesterday

H RES 891 – Providing for consideration of (H.R. 5283) Protecting our Communities from Failure to Secure the Border Act; (H.R. 5961) No Funds for Iranian Terrorism Act; (S.J. Res. 32) providing for congressional disapproval, relating to “Small Business Lending Under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (Regulation B)”
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 212 – 205, 1 Present (Roll no. 679).

On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 213 – 205, 1 Present (Roll no. 678).

Today

The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 3:45 p.m.

Legislation Considered Pursuant to a Rule:
H.R. 5961 – No Funds for Iranian Terrorism Act (Sponsored by Rep. McCaul / Foreign Affairs Committee)

Complete consideration of H.R. 5283 – Protecting our Communities from Failure to Secure the Border Act of 2023 (Sponsored by Rep. Malliotakis / Natural Resources Committee)

Legislation that may be considered:
H. Res. 878 – Providing for the expulsion of Representative George Santos from the United States House of Representatives (Sponsored by Rep. Guest / Ethics Committee)

H. Res. __ – Impeaching Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, for high crimes and misdemeanors (Sponsored by Rep. Greene (GA) / Homeland Security Committee)

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #379 Micah W.J. Smith, of Hawaii, to be United States District Judge for the District of Hawaii; invoked: 57-42.
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #379 Micah W.J. Smith, of Hawaii, to be United States District Judge for the District of Hawaii; confirmed: 57-41.
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #378 Jamel Semper, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey; invoked: 54-44.
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #378 Jamel Semper, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey; confirmed: 54-44.
  5. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #377 Shanlyn A.S. Park, of Hawaii, to be United States District Judge for the District of Hawaii; invoked: 53-44.

Legislative Business
Passed the following bills:
Cal. #176S.1278, Rosa Parks Federal Building
S.2644, American Law Enforcement SAVER Act

Adopted S.Res. 479 Homeless Children and Youth Awareness Month

Executive Business
Confirmed the following nominations by voice vote:
Exec. Cal. #143 – Ann Marie Yastishock, of Pennsylvania, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Solomon Islands and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Vanuatu

Exec. Cal. #220 – Heather Roach Variava, of Iowa, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

Exec. Cal. #272 – Vernelle Trim FitzPatrick, of Virginia, 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 Gabonese Republic.

Exec. Cal. #274 – Kara C. McDonald, of Virginia, 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 Republic of Lithuania.

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, November 30, 2023.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #377 Shanlyn A.S. Park, of Hawaii, to be United States District Judge for the District of Hawaii, post-cloture.

At approximately 11:30am, the post-cloture time will considered expired and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Park nomination.

At approximately 1:45pm the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #223 Irma Carrillo Ramirez, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.

Thursday, November 30th at approx. 11:30am – 1 roll call vote expected:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #377 Shanlyn A.S. Park, of Hawaii, to be United States District Judge for the District of Hawaii

Thursday, November 30th at approx. 1:45pm – 1 roll call vote expected:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #223 Irma Carrillo Ramirez, of Texas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit

HEARINGS COVERED

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Subcommittee on Aviation

“Turbulence Ahead: Consequences of Delaying a Long-Term FAA Bill”

Senate Agriculture Committee
“Nomination Hearing” – Summer K. Mersinger

Senate Banking Committee
“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress”

House Oversight Committee
Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Energy Policy, and Regulatory Affairs

“Digging Deeper: Ensuring Safety and Security in the Critical Mineral Supply Chain”

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Cybersecurity

S.3361 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to prohibit the use of facial recognition technology in airports, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Merkley, Jeff [Sen.-D-OR] (Introduced 11/29/2023) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 11/29/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Energy/ Environment

S.3358 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to authorize livestock producers and their employees to take black vultures to prevent death, injury, or destruction to livestock, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Mullin, Markwayne [Sen.-R-OK] (Introduced 11/29/2023) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 11/29/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

H.R.6492 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
EXPLORE Act
Sponsor: Westerman, Bruce [Rep.-R-AR-4] (Introduced 11/29/2023) Cosponsors: (19)
Committees: House – Natural Resources; Agriculture; Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Action: House – 11/29/2023 Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, and Veterans’ Affairs.

H.R.6494 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title 49, United States Code, to provide enhanced safety in pipeline transportation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Graves, Sam [Rep.-R-MO-6] (Introduced 11/29/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 11/29/2023 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6509 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title 49, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Transportation to establish a confidential voluntary information-sharing system to encourage the sharing of pipeline safety data, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Molinaro, Marcus J. [Rep.-R-NY-19] (Introduced 11/29/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 11/29/2023 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6496 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require the Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to apply the final rule relating to valve installation and minimum rupture detection standards to Type A gas gathering lines, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Carbajal, Salud O. [Rep.-D-CA-24] (Introduced 11/29/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 11/29/2023 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6497 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act to improve that Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Ciscomani, Juan [Rep.-R-AZ-6] (Introduced 11/29/2023) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 11/29/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.6508 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that flexible fuel vehicles may use certain gram per mile carbon dioxide values for purposes of determining fleet average carbon dioxide standards for certain vehicles.
Sponsor: Miller-Meeks, Mariannette [Rep.-R-IA-1] (Introduced 11/29/2023) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 11/29/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Financial Services

H.R.6498 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a minimum tax on certain wealthy taxpayers that takes into account unrealized gains.
Sponsor: Cohen, Steve [Rep.-D-TN-9] (Introduced 11/29/2023) Cosponsors: (60)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 11/29/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6502 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To prohibit representatives of the United States from voting at the International Monetary Fund for any Special Drawing Rights allocations, quota increases, or policy modifications that would benefit certain countries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Franklin, C. Scott [Rep.-R-FL-18] (Introduced 11/29/2023) Cosponsors: (15)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 11/29/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Sanctions and Trade

S.3359 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to authorize the seizure and forfeiture of assets of Russian kleptocrats, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Whitehouse, Sheldon [Sen.-D-RI] (Introduced 11/29/2023) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Judiciary
Latest Action: Senate – 11/29/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

S.3362 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require additional information in disclosures of foreign gifts and contracts from foreign sources, restrict contracts with certain foreign entities and foreign countries of concern, require certain staff and faculty to report foreign gifts and contracts, and require disclosure of certain foreign investments within endowments.
Sponsor: Tillis, Thomas [Sen.-R-NC] (Introduced 11/29/2023) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 11/29/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.6504 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To prohibit actions to carry out the Department of Commerce’s pause in the issuance of new export licenses for certain exports under the Commerce Control List.
Sponsor: Green, Mark E. [Rep.-R-TN-7] (Introduced 11/29/2023) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 11/29/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

H.R.6505 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Fentanyl Sanctions Act to strengthen the imposition of sanctions under that Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: James, John [Rep.-R-MI-10] (Introduced 11/29/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services; Foreign Affairs; Judiciary; Oversight and Accountability
Latest Action: House – 11/29/2023 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Foreign Affairs, the Judiciary, and Oversight and Accountability.

H.R.6511 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To prohibit the United States from soliciting or accepting funds from United States citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States as a condition of their repatriation from Israel and other nations during the period of evacuation, as a result of the Hamas terrorist attacks, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Wilson, Frederica S. [Rep.-D-FL-24] (Introduced 11/29/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 11/29/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Transportation

H.R.6503 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title 49, United States Code, to extend authorizations for the airport improvement program, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Graves, Sam [Rep.-R-MO-6] (Introduced 11/29/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure; Ways and Means; Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: House – 11/29/2023 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Science, Space, and Technology.

H.R.6510 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To direct the Secretary of Transportation to study certain composite material pipelines, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Molinaro, Marcus J. [Rep.-R-NY-19] (Introduced 11/29/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 11/29/2023 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.