Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House is not in session. The Senate will convene at noon and will recess shortly after with no further roll call votes expected for the year.

The HOUSE

Yesterday

The House was not in session.

Today

The House is not in session.

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #430 Christopher Charles Fonzone, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Attorney General; invoked: 49-18.
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #430 Christopher Charles Fonzone, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Attorney General; confirmed: 50-17.
  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; invoked: 52-14.
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #444 Sara E. Hill, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma; confirmed: 52-14.
  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; confirmed: 49-15.

Legislative Business
Passed the following bills:
H.R.1722, Grande Ronde Reservation Act Amendment of 2023
H.R.2839, to amend Siletz Reservation Act
Cal.#263, S.484, Combating Human Rights Abuses Act w/Peters sub amdt
S.1478, National Medal of Honor Highway
H.R.6503, Airport and Airway Extension Act

Adopted the following resolution:
S.Res.423, Iowa Women’s Basketball w/Ernst amdt

The Senate received the veto message from the President with respect to S.J.Res.32, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to “Small Business Lending Under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (Regulation B)”. At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in concurrence with the Republican Leader, prior to January 31, 2024, there will be up to two hours for debate equally divided prior to a vote on passage of the joint resolution, the objections of the President to the contrary notwithstanding.

Executive Business
Confirmed the following nominations:
Exec. Cal. #445 – John David Russell, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma

AIR FORCE
Exec. Cal. #188 – Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider to be General
Exec. Cal. #198 – Gen. Kenneth S. Wilsbach to be General
NAVY
Exec. Cal. #202 – Vice Adm. William J. Houston to be Admiral
ARMY
Exec. Cal. #236 – to be General
Lt. Gen. Gregory M. Guillot
AIR FORCE
Exec. Cal. #262 – to be General
Lt. Gen. Timothy D. Haugh
ARMY
Exec. Cal. #288 – to be General
Lt. Gen. James J. Mingus
SPACE FORCE
Exec. Cal. #292 – to be General
Lt. Gen. Michael A. Guetlein
SPACE FORCE
Exec. Cal.#328 – to be General
Lt. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting
NAVY
Exec. Cal.#335 – to be Admiral
Vice Adm. James W. Kilby
AIR FORCE
Exec. Cal.#338 – to be General
Lt. Gen. James C. Slife
NAVY
Exec. Cal. #416 – to be Admiral
Vice Adm. Stephen T. Koehler
NAVY
Exec. Cal.#449 – to be Rear Admiral (lower half)
Capt. Eric J. Anduze
Exec. Cal.#450 – to be Vice Admiral
Rear Adm. John B. Skillman
ARMY
Exec. Cal.#451 – to be Brigadier General
Col. Erik A. Fessenden
Exec. Cal.#452 – to be Lieutenant General
Maj. Gen. Christopher C. LaNeve
AIR FORCE

And all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Space Force.

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 12:00 noon on Wednesday, December 20, 2023.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will recess subject to the Call of the Chair.

There will be no further roll call votes this year. The next roll call vote is expected at 5:30pm on Monday, January 8, 2024.

The following pending cloture motions will ripen at 5:30pm on Monday, January 8, 2024:

  1. Executive Calendar #117 Jose Javier Rodriguez, of Florida, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor
  2. Executive Calendar #142 Joseph Goffman, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
  3. Executive Calendar #174 S. Kato Crews, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado
  4. Executive Calendar #311 Karoline Mehalchick, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  5. Executive Calendar #376 John A. Kazen, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment

H.R.6849 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To prohibit the establishment of a Civilian Climate Corps, American Climate Corps, or any similar program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Crenshaw, Dan [Rep.-R-TX-2] (Introduced 12/19/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

H.R.6854 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish 2 grant programs to sustain populations of species of migratory waterfowl through the deployment of tools and practices that complement habitat conservation.
Sponsor: Fischbach, Michelle [Rep.-R-MN-7] (Introduced 12/19/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.6862 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the FAST Act to include certain mineral production activities as a covered project, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Lamborn, Doug [Rep.-R-CO-5] (Introduced 12/19/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.6867 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To create an Office of Conservation Innovation within the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Sponsor: Nunn, Zachary [Rep.-R-IA-3] (Introduced 12/19/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.6871 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require the Secretary of Transportation, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy, to establish a grant program to demonstrate the performance and reliability of heavy-duty fuel cell vehicles that use hydrogen as a fuel source, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Porter, Katie [Rep.-D-CA-47] (Introduced 12/19/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

H.R.6872 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require the Secretary of Energy to establish a grant program to support hydrogen-fueled equipment at ports and to conduct a study with the Secretary of Transportation and the Secretary of Homeland Security on the feasibility and safety of using hydrogen-derived fuels, including ammonia, as a shipping fuel.
Sponsor: Porter, Katie [Rep.-D-CA-47] (Introduced 12/19/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2023 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.6877 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend section 1242 of the Food Security Act of 1985 to enhance and update conservation practice standards, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Spanberger, Abigail Davis [Rep.-D-VA-7] (Introduced 12/19/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.6878 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Clean Air Act to exempt nonroad engines and vehicles that are used for agricultural purposes from the emission standards of that Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Spartz, Victoria [Rep.-R-IN-5] (Introduced 12/19/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Financial Services

H.R.6853 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 to require the Congressional Budget Office to provide to Congress information on payments from the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund and the Disability Insurance Trust Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Feenstra, Randy [Rep.-R-IA-4] (Introduced 12/19/2023) Cosponsors: (21)
Committees: House – Budget
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2023 Referred to the House Committee on the Budget.

H.R.6870 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to clarify creditor’s rights and remedies with respect to the consideration of immigration status with respect to the extension of credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Ogles, Andrew [Rep.-R-TN-5] (Introduced 12/19/2023) Cosponsors: (12)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health Care

S.3557 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to prepare a report that outlines a plan for completing a review of approved opioid analgesic drugs that considers the public health effects of such opioid drugs.
Sponsor: Murphy, Christopher [Sen.-D-CT] (Introduced 12/19/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 12/19/2023 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.6855 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To ensure timely bills for patients.
Sponsor: Gallagher, Mike [Rep.-R-WI-8] (Introduced 12/19/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6856 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To reform prescription drug pricing and reduce out-of-pocket costs by ensuring consumers benefit from negotiated rebates.
Sponsor: Gallagher, Mike [Rep.-R-WI-8] (Introduced 12/19/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6857 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modernize health savings accounts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Gallagher, Mike [Rep.-R-WI-8] (Introduced 12/19/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6860 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to clarify and preserve the breadth of the protections under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act.
Sponsor: Kelly, Mike [Rep.-R-PA-16] (Introduced 12/19/2023) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2023 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Sanctions and Trade

H.R.6865 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To provide for additional sanctions and other measures relating to Iran, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Lee, Barbara [Rep.-D-CA-12] (Introduced 12/19/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs; Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2023 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Tax

H.R.6858 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Social Security Act to limit the recovery of overpayments under titles II and XVI to a ten-year period.
Sponsor: Gallego, Ruben [Rep.-D-AZ-3] (Introduced 12/19/2023) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.6861 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a refundable credit against tax for wildfire mitigation expenditures.
Sponsor: Kiley, Kevin [Rep.-R-CA-3] (Introduced 12/19/2023) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2023 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Transportation

H.R.6850 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To improve technology and address human factors in aviation safety, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: DeSaulnier, Mark [Rep.-D-CA-10] (Introduced 12/19/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure; Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: House – 12/19/2023 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.