Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet today at 10:00 a.m. The Senate will convene today at 10:00 a.m. to resume consideration of the conference report on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024 (H.R. 2670).

The HOUSE

Yesterday

H R 357  – Ensuring Accountability in Agency Rulemaking Act
On passage Passed by recorded vote: 218 – 203 (Roll no. 717).

On motion to recommit Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 206 – 211 (Roll no. 716).

H R 4531  – Support for Patients and Communities Reauthorization Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 386 – 37 (Roll no. 715).

H R 5524  – Foreign Affiliates Sharing Pilot Program Extension Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 396 – 28 (Roll no. 714).

H R 5119  – Protect Small Business and Prevent Illicit Financial Activity Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 420 – 1 (Roll no. 713).

S 788  – Duck Stamp Modernization Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 403 – 20 (Roll no. 712).

H RES 922 – Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1147) Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 357) Ensuring Accountability in Agency Rulemaking Act, and for other purposes; and for other purposes.
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 215 – 207 (Roll no. 711).

On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 216 – 205 (Roll no. 710).

Today

The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 5:00 p.m.

Legislation Considered Pursuant to a Rule:
H.R. 1147 – Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act of 2023 (Sponsored by Rep. Thompson (PA) / Education & the Workforce Committee)

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
H. Res. __– Condemning antisemitism on University campuses and the testimony of University Presidents in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce (Sponsored by Rep. Stefanik / Education and the Workforce Committee)
H.R. 2365  – Dr. Emmanuel Bilirakis and Honorable Jennifer Wexton National Plan to End Parkinson’s Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bilirakis / Energy and Commerce Committee)

Legislation that may be considered:
H. Res. 918 – Directing certain committees to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the existing House of Representatives inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its Constitutional power to impeach Joseph Biden, President of the United States of America, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Armstrong / Rules Committee)

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #410 Harry Coker, Jr., of Kansas, to be National Cyber Director; invoked: 59-40.
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #410 Harry Coker, Jr., of Kansas, to be National Cyber Director; confirmed: 59-40.
  3. Ernst motion to table re: NDAA conference; not agreed to: 47-53.
  4. Hawley motion to table re: NDAA conference; not agreed to: 26-73.
  5. Motion to invoke cloture on Conference report to accompany H.R.2670, the National Defense Authorization Act; invoked: 85-15.

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 the conference report to accompany H.R.2670, the National Defense Authorization Act, post-cloture. All time during adjournment, recess, morning business, and Leader remarks will count post-cloture. Discussions are ongoing to complete action on the NDAA conference report.

Cloture has been 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

Roll call votes are expected during Wednesday’s session.

HEARINGS COVERED

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Leveraging Agency Expertise To Foster American AI Leadership And Innovation”

Senate Judiciary Committee
Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights

“The New Invisible Hand? The Impact of Algorithms on Competition and Consumer Rights”

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment

S.3471 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to require the Secretary of Agriculture to publish a report on the fertilizer industry, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Grassley, Chuck [Sen.-R-IA] (Introduced 12/12/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Action: Senate – 12/12/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

H.R.6718 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To authorize, direct, expedite, and facilitate a land exchange in California, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: McCarthy, Kevin [Rep.-R-CA-20] (Introduced 12/12/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 12/12/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Financial Services

H.R.6726 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Securities Act of 1933 to require the accounting principles standard setting body to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act and the Government in the Sunshine Act, to require the head of such body to testify annually before Congress, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Luetkemeyer, Blaine [Rep.-R-MO-3] (Introduced 12/12/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/12/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health Care

S.3464 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to support endemic fungal disease research, incentivize fungal vaccine development, discover new antifungal therapies and diagnostics, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Kelly, Mark [Sen.-D-AZ] (Introduced 12/12/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/12/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.6731 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To support endemic fungal disease research, incentivize fungal vaccine development, discover new antifungal therapies and diagnostics, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Schweikert, David [Rep.-R-AZ-1] (Introduced 12/12/2023) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/12/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6732 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to clarify parameters for model testing and add accountability to model expansion under the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Smith, Adrian [Rep.-R-NE-3] (Introduced 12/12/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Rules
Latest Action: House – 12/12/2023 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Rules.

Sanctions and Trade

S.3476 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to monitor United States investments in entities that are controlled by foreign adversaries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rubio, Marco [Sen.-R-FL] (Introduced 12/12/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 12/12/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

H.R.6733 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To monitor United States investments in entities that are controlled by foreign adversaries, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Stefanik, Elise M. [Rep.-R-NY-21] (Introduced 12/12/2023) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Financial Services; Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 12/12/2023 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Tax

S.3465 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to apply a 6 percent excise tax on large endowments of certain private colleges and universities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cotton, Tom [Sen.-R-AR] (Introduced 12/12/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 12/12/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.6721 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow for a credit against tax for rent paid on the personal residence of the taxpayer.
Sponsor: Davis, Danny K. [Rep.-D-IL-7] (Introduced 12/12/2023) Cosponsors: (20)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/12/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Transportation

S.3473 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to extend the prohibition on providing airport improvement grant funds to certain entities that have violated intellectual property rights of United States entities.
Sponsor: Cornyn, John [Sen.-R-TX] (Introduced 12/12/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 12/12/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.3475 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to allow the Secretary of Transportation to designate an authorized operator of the commercial driver’s license information system, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Peters, Gary C. [Sen.-D-MI] (Introduced 12/12/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 12/12/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

H.R.6729 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To permit the use of NATO and major non-NATO ally dredge ships in the United States.
Sponsor: Moylan, James C. [Del.-R-GU-At Large] (Introduced 12/12/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 12/12/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

S.3467 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to require a certain percentage of natural gas and crude oil exports be transported on United States-built and United States-flag vessels, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Wicker, Roger F. [Sen.-R-MS] (Introduced 12/12/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 12/12/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

H.R.6724 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require a certain percentage of natural gas and crude oil exports be transported on United States-built and United States-flag vessels, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Garamendi, John [Rep.-D-CA-8] (Introduced 12/12/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 12/12/2023 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.