Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet today at 10:00 a.m. to consider the Taiwan Non-Discrimination Act of 2023 (H.R. 540), the PROTECT Taiwan Act (H.R. 803), the China Exchange Rate Transparency Act of 2023, as amended (H.R. 839), and the No Russian Agriculture Act (H.R. 4768), among others. The Senate will convene today at 10:00 a.m. and will resume consideration Karoline Mehalchick to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (P.N. 816).

The HOUSE

Yesterday

The House successfully established a quorum, with 334 members voting present.

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: 4:00 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
H.R. 540 – Taiwan Non-Discrimination Act of 2023, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kim (CA) / Financial Services Committee)
H.R. 803 – PROTECT Taiwan Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Lucas / Financial Services Committee)
H.R. 839 – China Exchange Rate Transparency Act of 2023, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Meuser / Financial Services Committee)
H.R. 4768 – No Russian Agriculture Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Waters / Financial Services Committee)
H.R. 6370 – OFAC Licensure for Investigators Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Beatty / Financial Services Committee)

Legislation Considered Pursuant to a Rule:
S.J. Res. 38 – A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Highway Administration relating to “Waiver of Buy America Requirements for Electric Vehicle Chargers” (Sponsored by Sen. Rubio / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Vote

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #376 John A. Kazen, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas; confirmed: 83-14.

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

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #311 Karoline Mehalchick, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

At a time to be determined during Wednesday’s session, the cloture motions with respect to Executive Calendar #174 S. Kato Crews, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado, and Executive Calendar #311 Karoline Mehalchick, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania will ripen.

As early as during Wednesday’s session, the Senate may consider the veto message 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)”.

During Tuesday’s session, Senator Schumer filed cloture on Executive Calendar #375 Erika L. McEntarfer, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor, for a term of four years. This cloture motion will ripen during Thursday’s session.

Roll call votes are expected during Wednesday’s session. Senators will be notified when they are scheduled.

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

Financial Services

H.R.6922 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend section 242 of the National Housing Act to provide parity with respect to access to the mortgage insurance for hospitals program for licensed hospitals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Emmer, Tom [Rep.-R-MN-6] (Introduced 01/09/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 01/09/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health Care

H.R.6928 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, to award grants to eligible crisis centers to provide follow-up services to individuals receiving suicide prevention and crisis intervention services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Trone, David J. [Rep.-D-MD-6] (Introduced 01/09/2024) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/09/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Transportation

H.R.6926 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title 18, United States Code, to establish a criminal penalty for interfering with commerce by blocking public roads.
Sponsor: Rouzer, David [Rep.-R-NC-7] (Introduced 01/09/2024) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 01/09/2024 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.