Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House is not in session. The Senate will convene today at 11:00 a.m. to resume consideration of Christopher Charles Fonzone to be an Assistant Attorney General (PN 981). The chamber may also consider Sara E. Hill to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma (PN 1103) and Elizabeth H. Richard to be Coordinator for Counterterrorism, with the rank and status of Ambassador at Large (PN 36).

The HOUSE

Yesterday

The House was not in session.

Today

The House is not in session.

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #415, Martin O’Malley, of Maryland, to be Commissioner of Social Security; confirmed: 50-11.

Legislative Business
Passed the following bills:
Cal. #64S.310 – Disaster Contract Improvement Act
Cal. #65S.679 – GAO Database Modernization Act
Cal. #175S.950 – Duck Valley Water Rights
Cal. #194S.2073 – Eliminate Useless Reports Act of 2023
Cal.#259, S.1416 NOAA Weather Modernization Act
Cal.#260, S.1414 National Weather Service Improvement Act
Cal. #264S.2685 – Reuse Excess Property Act
S.3427 – Overtime Pay for Protective Services Act of 2023

Adopted the following resolutions:
S.Res.512, Lung Cancer Awareness Month
S.Res.513, Wright Bro thers Day
S.Res.514, FSU Women’s Soccer

Completed the Rule 14 process to place the following bill on the Legislative Calendar of Business:
H.R.1147 Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act

Executive Business
Confirmed the following nominations by voice vote:
UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Exec. Cal. #407 – Paul K. Martin, of Maryland, to be Inspector General, United States Agency for International Development

NATIONAL FOUNDATION ON THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES
Exec. Cal. #433 – David K. Sing, of Hawaii, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2026

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #430 Christopher Charles Fonzone, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Attorney General.

The Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m. to allow for weekly caucus meetings.

At approximately 2:15 p.m. the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Fonzone nomination. If cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time will be deemed expired and the Senate will immediately vote on confirmation of the nomination, followed by the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #444 Sara E. Hill, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma. If cloture is invoked on the Hill nomination, the post-cloture time will be deemed expired and the Senate will vote immediately on confirmation of the nomination.

Upon disposition of the Fonzone and Hill nominations, 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.

Cloture has been filed on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #430 Christopher Charles Fonzone, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Attorney General
  2. Executive Calendar #444 Sara E. Hill, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma
  3. Executive Calendar #445 John David Russell, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma
  4. Executive Calendar #117 Jose Javier Rodriguez, of Florida, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor
  5. Executive Calendar #142 Joseph Goffman, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Tuesday, December 19th at approx. 2:15pm – 5 roll call votes expected:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #430 Christopher Charles Fonzone, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Attorney General
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #430 Christopher Charles Fonzone, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Attorney General
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #444 Sara E. Hill, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #444 Sara E. Hill, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma
  5. 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

HEARINGS COVERED

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
December 2023 Open Meeting

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Financial Services

S.3554 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Financial Stability Act of 2010 to provide the Financial Stability Oversight Council with duties regarding artificial intelligence in the financial sector, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Warner, Mark R. [Sen.-D-VA] (Introduced 12/18/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 12/18/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.