Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will convene today at 6:30 p.m. The Senate will convene today at 10:00 a.m. and is expected to resume consideration of John Kazen to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas (P.N. 1020).

The HOUSE

Yesterday

The House was not in session.

Today

The House will convene for the start of the Second Session of the 118th Congress with a recorded vote on the quorum call at 6:30 p.m.Establishing a Quorum in the House of Representatives for the Second Session of the 118th Congress

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Vote

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #376 John A. Kazen, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas; agreed to: 73-15.

Legislative Business
At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Republican Leader, no later than January 31, 2024, if S.J.Res.50 is discharged from the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, it is in order for Senator Tillis or his designee to move to proceed to the consideration of S.J.Res.50. If the motion is agreed to, there will be up to 10 hours of debate equally divided between the proponents and opponents of the Joint Resolution. Upon the use or yielding back of that time, the Joint resolution be read a third time, and the Senate vote on passage of the Joint Resolution. All other provisions under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, remain in effect except the 60 session day clock.

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.

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #376, John A. Kazen, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, post-cloture.

At approx. 11:45am the post-cloture time will be deemed expired and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Kazen nomination. Upon disposition of the Kazen nomination, the Senate will recess from 12:30-2:15pm to allow for weekly caucus meetings.

Tuesday, January 9th at approx. 11:45am – 1 roll call vote expected:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #376 John A. Kazen, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas

Cloture has been filed on the following nominations:

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

HEARINGS COVERED

House Financial Services Committee
Subcommittee on Capital Markets
“Examining the DOL Fiduciary Rule: Implications for Retirement Savings and Access.”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Minerals
“Protecting Clean American Energy Production and Jobs by Stopping EPA’s Overreach.”

Senate Budget Committee
“Investing in the Future: Safeguarding Municipal Bonds from Climate Risk”

Senate Judiciary Committee
Subcommittee Privacy, Technology, and the Law
“Oversight of AI: The Future of Journalism”

House Financial Services Committee
Subcommittee on Digital Assets, Financial Technology, and Inclusion
“Regulatory Whiplash: Examining the Impact of FSOC’s Ever-Changing Designation Framework on Innovation”

Center for Devices & Radiological Health
“Medical Device Sterilization Town Hall: Overview and Ethylene Oxide Focus”

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Sanctions and Trade

H.R.6909 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To ensure that goods made using or containing cobalt refined in the People’s Republic of China do not enter the United States market under the presumption that the cobalt is extracted or processed with the use of child and forced labor in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Sponsor: Smith, Christopher H. [Rep.-R-NJ-4] (Introduced 12/29/2023) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Foreign Affairs; Oversight and Accountability
Latest Action: House – 12/29/2023 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committees on Foreign Affairs, and Oversight and Accountability

Transportation

S.3559 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to repeal programs relating to funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Ernst, Joni [Sen.-R-IA] (Introduced 01/08/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 01/08/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.