Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet today at 10:00 a.m. The Senate will convene today at 10:30 a.m. and will resume consideration of Harry Coker Jr. to be National Cyber Director (PN 876). At 2:30 p.m. The chamber is expected to vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the conference report to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024 (H.R. 2670).

The HOUSE

Yesterday

H.R. 3315 – National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Extension Act of 2023
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.

S. 2747 – A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to extend the Administrative Fine Program for certain reporting violations.
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.

H.R. 2839 – To amend the Siletz Reservation Act to address the hunting, fishing, trapping, and animal gathering rights of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and for other purposes.
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.

H.R. 5473 – Promoting Resilient Buildings Act of 2023
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

H.R. 6503 – Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2023, Part II
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 376 – 15 (Roll no. 709).

H.R. 3224 – Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Extension Act of 2023
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 394 – 0 (Roll no. 707).

H.R. 1042 – Prohibiting Russian Uranium Imports Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

H.R. 5378 – Lower Costs, More Transparency Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 320 – 71, 1 Present (Roll no. 708).

S. 2787 – 5G Sale Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.

H.R. 3226 – PREEMIE Reauthorization Act of 2023
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

H.R. 3224 – Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Extension Act of 2023
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 394 – 0 (Roll no. 707).

Today

The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Pursuant to a Rule:
H.R. 357 – Ensuring Accountability in Agency Rulemaking Act (Sponsored by Rep. Cline / Judiciary Committee)

Postponed Suspensions:
S. 788 – Duck Stamp Modernization Act (Sponsored by Sen. Boozman / Natural Resources Committee)

H.R. 5119  – Protect Small Business and Prevent Illicit Financial Activity Act, as amended (Sponsored Rep. Nunn / Financial Services Committee)

H.R. 5524– Foreign Affiliates Sharing Pilot Program Extension Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Garcia (TX) / Financial Services Committee)

H.R. 4531 – Support for Patients and Communities Reauthorization Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Guthrie / Energy & Commerce Committee)

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #352 Richard E.N. Federico, of Kansas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit; confirmed: 61-29.

No additional Legislative Business

Executive Business
At times to be determined, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the following nominations:

  1. 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.
  2. Executive Calendar #415, Martin O’Malley, of Maryland, to be Commissioner of Social Security.

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #410 Harry Coker, Jr., of Kansas, to be National Cyber Director. At approx. 11:45am the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Coker nomination.

The Senate will then recess until 2:15pm to allow for weekly caucus meetings.

If cloture is invoked on the Coker nomination, all post-cloture time will be considered expired at approx. 2:15pm and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination. Following the vote there will be up to 15 minute for debate. During this time there could be procedural votes with respect to the NDAA conference report. The Senate is then expected to vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the conference report to accompany H.R.2670, the National Defense Authorization Act.

During Monday’s session cloture was filed on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #304 – Jerry Edwards, Jr., of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana
  2. Executive Calendar #305 – Brandon S. Long, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Tuesday, December 12th at approx. 11:45am – 1 roll call vote:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #410 Harry Coker, Jr., of Kansas, to be National Cyber Director

If cloture is invoked, Tuesday, December 12th at approx. 2:15pm – roll call votes expected:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #410 Harry Coker, Jr., of Kansas, to be National Cyber Director
    TBD Procedural Vote(s)
    Motion to invoke cloture on Conference report to accompany H.R.2670, the National Defense Authorization Act

HEARINGS COVERED

House Select Committee on the CCP
“Select Committee Unveils Econ and Tech Recommendations in Business Meeting”

House Financial Services Committee
Subcommittee on National Security, Illicit Finance, and International Financial Institutions

“Restricting Rogue-State Revenue: Strengthening Energy Sanctions on Russia, Iran, and Venezuela”

House Homeland Security Committee
Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection

“Considering DHS’ and CISA’s Role in Securing Artificial Intelligence”

Senate HELP Committee
Markup

House Education and the Workforce Committee
Markup – H.R. 6585

House Financial Services Committee
Subcommittee on Capital Markets

“Examining the Agenda of Regulators, SROs, and Standards-Setters for Accounting, Auditing”

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment

H.R.6707 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To repeal the requirements of the Foreign Dredge Act of 1906 with respect to dredging and dredged material.
Sponsor: Moylan, James C. [Del.-R-GU-At Large] (Introduced 12/11/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.6708 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, to propose a new nationwide permit under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act for dredging projects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Moylan, James C. [Del.-R-GU-At Large] (Introduced 12/11/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.6709 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To eliminate certain requirements with respect to dredging and dredged material, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Moylan, James C. [Del.-R-GU-At Large] (Introduced 12/11/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.6712 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004 to provide recovery payments to seasonal and perishable crop growers who experienced low prices caused by imports, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Ruiz, Raul [Rep.-D-CA-25] (Introduced 12/11/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

Financial Services

S.3458 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to clarify the application of the in-office ancillary services exception to the physician self-referral prohibition for drugs furnished under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sinema, Kyrsten [Sen.-I-AZ] (Introduced 12/11/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/11/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3459 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow an above-the-line deduction for attorney fees and costs in connection with consumer claim awards.
Sponsor: Cortez Masto, Catherine [Sen.-D-NV] (Introduced 12/11/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/11/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.6699 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow an above-the-line deduction for attorney fees and costs in connection with consumer claim awards.
Sponsor: Horsford, Steven [Rep.-D-NV-4] (Introduced 12/11/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6692 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to establish the position of the Assistant Director and Student Loan Borrower Advocate of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, to establish the Office for Students and Young Consumers of the Bureau, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Bonamici, Suzanne [Rep.-D-OR-1] (Introduced 12/11/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce; Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2023 Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.6695 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To authorize private parties to compel the Securities and Exchange Commission to seek sanctions by filing civil actions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Davidson, Warren [Rep.-R-OH-8] (Introduced 12/11/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health Care

S.3462 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue draft guidance to address non-addictive analgesics for chronic pain.
Sponsor: Marshall, Roger [Sen.-R-KS] (Introduced 12/11/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/11/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.6693 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to authorize the coverage of additional lung cancer screening tests under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Buchanan, Vern [Rep.-R-FL-16] (Introduced 12/11/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2023 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6705 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to treat certain tests for tuberculosis as breakthrough devices eligible for expedited development and priority review, to require certain establishments that perform donor screening or testing to screen or test for active and latent tuberculosis, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Moolenaar, John R. [Rep.-R-MI-2] (Introduced 12/11/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6716 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to provide for a special enrollment period for pregnant women, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Watson Coleman, Bonnie [Rep.-D-NJ-12] (Introduced 12/11/2023) Cosponsors: (25)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Education and the Workforce; Oversight and Accountability
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2023 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and the Workforce, and Oversight and Accountability.

Tax

H.R.6702 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a nonrefundable credit for elementary and secondary school supply expenses.
Sponsor: Lawler, Michael [Rep.-R-NY-17] (Introduced 12/11/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6703 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a nonrefundable credit for certain organized sport equipment expenses.
Sponsor: Lawler, Michael [Rep.-R-NY-17] (Introduced 12/11/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/11/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.