Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. today. The Senate will convene today at 10:00 a.m. and is expected to resume consideration of the RELIEVE Act (H.R. 815), a legislative vehicle for supplemental appropriations. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is expected to make a motion to discharge a joint resolution from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that would remove U.S. Armed Forces from Syria (S.J.Res. 51). If successful, the legislation may face a vote on the floor today at approximately 11:30 a.m. The chamber will also vote on the confirmation of Elizabeth H. Richard to be Coordinator for Counterterrorism, with the rank and status of Ambassador at Large (PN 36).

The HOUSE

Yesterday

H. RES. 914 – Censuring Representative Jamaal Bowman
On motion to table the measure Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 201 – 216, 1 Present (Roll no. 704).

H.R. 4468 – Choice in Automobile Retail Sales Act
On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 221 – 197 (Roll no. 703).

On motion to recommit Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 201 – 214 (Roll no. 702).

H.R. 5933 – DETERRENT Act
On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 246 – 170 (Roll no. 701).

On agreeing to the Scott (VA) amendment (#833) – An amendment numbered 8 printed in Part B of House Report 118-298 to strike and replace the bill language with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; Failed by recorded vote: 202 – 213 (Roll no. 700).

On agreeing to the Ogles amendment (#831) – An amendment numbered 6 printed in Part B of House Report 118-298 to reduce the threshold value at which gifts must be reported from $50,000 to $1; Failed by recorded vote: 94 – 320 (Roll no. 699).

On agreeing to the Molinaro amendment (#830) – An amendment numbered 5 printed in Part B of House Report 118-298 to add a requirement that foreign entities disclose any ties to designated foreign terrorist organizations, which includes Hamas; Agreed to by recorded vote: 372 – 39 (Roll no. 698).

Today

The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:15 a.m.

Legislation Considered Pursuant to a Rule:
H.J. Res. 88 – Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to Improving Income Driven Repayment for the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program and the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program (Sponsored by Rep. McClain / Education and the Workforce Committee)

Legislation that may be considered
H. Res. 914 – Censuring Representative Jamaal Bowman (Sponsored by Rep. McClain / Ethics Committee)

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #317 Nathalie Rayes, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia; invoked: 53-47.
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #317 Nathalie Rayes, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia; confirmed: 53-47.
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #30 H.R. 815, legislative vehicle for supplemental appropriations; not invoked: 49-51.

Legislative Business
Passed S. 3250 – A bill to provide remote access to court proceedings for victims of the 1988 Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, with Cornyn Amdt

Adopted the following resolutions:
S.Res.445, Israel Trade Resolution
S.Res.487 American Battle Monuments Commission
S.Res.488 Recognizing Jobs for America’s Graduates
S.Res.489 Wreaths Across America
S.Res.490 Naval Air Base Pensacola

Executive Business
At a time to be determined, the Senate will vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #144 Elizabeth H. Richard, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be Coordinator for Counterterrorism, with the rank and status of Ambassador at Large.

Confirmed the following nominations by voice vote:

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Executive Calendar #206 – Dante Quintin Allen, of California, to be Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education

INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING ADVISORY BOARD
PN 802  Jamie Fly, of Virginia, to be a Member of the International Broadcasting Advisory Board for a term expiring January 1, 2027. (New Position)Broadcasting Advisory Board for a term expiring January 1, 2027. (New Position)
Executive Calendar #159 – Kathleen Cunningham Matthews, of Maryland, to be a Member of the International Broadcasting Advisory Board for a term expiring January 1, 2027
Executive Calendar #160 – Jeffrey Gedmin, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the International Broadcasting Advisory Board for a term expiring January 1, 2025
Executive Calendar #161 – Kenneth M. Jarin, of Pennsylvania, to be Chair of the International Broadcasting Advisory Board.
Executive Calendar #162 – Kenneth M. Jarin, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the International Broadcasting Advisory Board for a term expiring January 1, 2027
Executive Calendar #163 – Luis Manuel Botello, of Maryland, to be a Member of the International Broadcasting Advisory Board for a term expiring January 1, 2025
Executive Calendar #164 – Michelle Mai Selesky Giuda, of Virginia, to be a Member of the International Broadcasting Advisory Board for a term expiring January 1, 2027

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Thursday, December 7, 2023.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to Calendar #30, H.R. 815, the legislative vehicle for supplemental appropriations.

Senator Paul is expected to make a motion to discharge S.J.Res. 51 from the Committee on Foreign Relations tomorrow morning, if he does the Senate will vote on the motion at approx. 11:30am.

Senators should expect a second vote at 11:30am, either on confirmation of Executive Calendar #144 Elizabeth H. Richard, to be Coordinator for Counterterrorism, or on the non-debatable motion to proceed to NDAA Conference Report.

The cloture motion with respect to Executive Calendar #352 Richard E.N. Federico, of Kansas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit will ripen at 1:45pm tomorrow and the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture.

Thursday, December 7th at approx. 11:30am – 2 roll call votes expected:

  1. Motion to discharge S.J.Res.51 – A joint resolution directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in Syria that have not been authorized by Congress, from the Committee on Foreign Relations (Paul)
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #144 Elizabeth H. Richard, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be Coordinator for Counterterrorism, with the rank and status of Ambassador at Large.
    or Motion to proceed to NDAA Conference Report

Thursday, December 7th at approx. 1:45pm – 1 roll call vote:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #352 Richard E.N. Federico, of Kansas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Armed Services Committee
Subcommittee on Personnel

“To examine the status of Department of Defense recruiting efforts and plans for fiscal year 2024”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
Communications and Technology Subcommittee

“Oversight and Reauthorization of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration”

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment

S.J.Res.52 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency entitled “Finding That Lead Emissions From Aircraft Engines That Operate on Leaded Fuel Cause or Contribute to Air Pollution That May Reasonably Be Anticipated To Endanger Public Health and Welfare”.
Sponsor: Murkowski, Lisa [Sen.-R-AK] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 12/06/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.3416 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to establish the Climate Change Advisory Commission to develop recommendations, frameworks, and guidelines for projects to respond to the impacts of climate change, to issue Federal obligations, the proceeds of which shall be used to fund projects that aid in adaptation to climate change, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Durbin, Richard J. [Sen.-D-IL] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/06/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3418 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 to modify the authorization of appropriations for the Las Vegas Wash program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cortez Masto, Catherine [Sen.-D-NV] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 12/06/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.3420 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 to provide for a set-aside for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers for grants to support urban agriculture and innovative production, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [Sen.-D-NY] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Action: Senate – 12/06/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

H.R.6621 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To provide technical assistance for geographically underserved and distressed areas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Davis, Donald G. [Rep.-D-NC-1] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 12/06/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.6641 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to establish a working waterfronts Task Force and working waterfronts grant and loan programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Pingree, Chellie [Rep.-D-ME-1] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 12/06/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Financial Services

H.R.6623 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to allow for the registration of venture exchanges, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Emmer, Tom [Rep.-R-MN-6] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/06/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.6647 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To strengthen the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Sponsor: Thanedar, Shri [Rep.-D-MI-13] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/06/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.6650 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a credit for investment in Community Development Financial Institutions.
Sponsor: Thanedar, Shri [Rep.-D-MI-13] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/06/2023 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services.

Health Care

S.3424 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to reauthorize the program for strengthening communities of recovery for individuals with substance use disorders.
Sponsor: Lujan, Ben Ray [Sen.-D-NM] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/06/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.6635 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services from treating pregnancy as an illness for purposes of approving abortion drugs.
Sponsor: Miller, Mary E. [Rep.-R-IL-15] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/06/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6636 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To ensure that women seeking an abortion are notified, before giving informed consent to receive an abortion, of the medical risks associated with the abortion procedure and the major developmental characteristics of the unborn child.
Sponsor: Miller, Mary E. [Rep.-R-IL-15] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/06/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6637 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To prohibit regulations implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act from applying to abortion or the coverage of abortion or abortion-related services.
Sponsor: Miller, Mary E. [Rep.-R-IL-15] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce; House Administration
Latest Action: House – 12/06/2023 Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on House Administration.

.R.6644 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title IV of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 to provide for the timely payment of black lung benefits pending liability determinations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rogers, Harold [Rep.-R-KY-5] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/06/2023 Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Sanctions and Trade

S.3417 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to prohibit the importation of seafood and aquaculture products from the People’s Republic of China.
Sponsor: Cotton, Tom [Sen.-R-AR] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/06/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3422 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to create a carbon border adjustment based on carbon intensity, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Whitehouse, Sheldon [Sen.-D-RI] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/06/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.6622 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to create a carbon border adjustment based on carbon intensity, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: DelBene, Suzan K. [Rep.-D-WA-1] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/06/2023 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.3425 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to authorize the Secretary of Commerce to establish a Resilient Communities Program to provide communities impacted by trade with grants for economic development, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Baldwin, Tammy [Sen.-D-WI] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 12/06/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

H.R.6614 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 relating to licensing transparency.
Sponsor: Jackson, Ronny [Rep.-R-TX-13] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 12/06/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

H.R.6625 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To direct the Secretary of Defense to submit a report about the effects on national security of the surveillance conducted by the People’s Republic of China via the high-altitude surveillance balloon shot down in the airspace of the United States in February 2023, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Fry, Russell [Rep.-R-SC-7] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (15)
Committees: House – Armed Services
Latest Action: House – 12/06/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.

Tax

H.R.6646 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the order in which the business credits are taken into account by corporations.
Sponsor: Steube, W. Gregory [Rep.-R-FL-17] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/06/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Transportation

S.3413 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to reinstate pilots fired or forced to resign because of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Sponsor: Marshall, Roger [Sen.-R-KS] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 12/06/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

H.R.6627 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To reinstate pilots fired or forced to resign because of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Sponsor: Greene, Marjorie Taylor [Rep.-R-GA-14] (Introduced 12/06/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 12/06/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.