Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet today at 10:00 a.m. and is expected to consider the No Russian Agriculture Act (H.R. 4768) and the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2023 (H.R. 788). The Senate will convene today at 10:00 a.m. and is expected to resume consideration of Erika L. McEntarfer to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics at the Department of Labor for a term of four years (P.N. 837).

The HOUSE

Yesterday

H. RES. 947 – Providing for consideration of (H.R. 788) Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act; (H.J. Res. 98) congressional disapproval of the rule relating to Standard for Determining Joint Employer Status; (S.J. Res. 38) congressional disapproval of the rule relating to Waiver of Buy America Requirements for Electric Vehicle Chargers

On agreeing to the resolution Failed by recorded vote: 203 – 216 (Roll no. 3).
Republican Votes: YEA 203; NAY 13; 0
Democrat Votes: YEA 0; NAY 203; 0

On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 213 – 200 (Roll no. 2).
Republican Votes: YEA 213; NAY 0; 0
Democrat Votes: YEA 0; NAY 200; 0

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: 4:10 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
H.R. 4768 – No Russian Agriculture Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Waters / Financial Services Committee)

Possible Legislation Considered Pursuant to a Rule:
H.R. 788 – Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2023 (Sponsored by Rep. Gooden / Judiciary Committee)
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 Votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #174 S. Kato Crews, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado; invoked: 51-47.
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #174 S. Kato Crews, of Colorado, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado; confirmed: 51-48.
  3. Passage of 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: not passed: 54-45.

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.

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2024.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of 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.

At 11:45 a.m. the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the McEntarfer nomination. If cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time will be considered expired at 1:45 p.m. and the Senate will vote on confirmation.

During Wednesday’s session the cloture petition with respect to Executive Calendar #311 Karoline Mehalchick, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania was withdrawn.

Thursday, January 11th at approx. 11:45 a.m. – 1 roll call vote:

  1. Motion to invoke 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

Thursday, January 11th at approx. 1:45 p.m. – 1 roll call vote expected:

  1. Confirmation of 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

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
“Hearing to Examine Federal Electric Vehicle Incentives Including the Federal Government’s Role in Fostering Reliable and Resilient Electric Vehicle Supply Chains”

House Homeland Security Committee
Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Accountability

“Exploitation and Enforcement Part II: Improving Enforcement in Countering Uyghur Forced Labor

House Education and the Workforce Committee
Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions

“Lowering Costs and Increasing Access to Health Care With Employer-Driven Innovation.”

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Cybersecurity

H.R.6936 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require Federal agencies to use the Artificial Intelligence Risk Management Framework developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology with respect to the use of artificial intelligence.
Sponsor: Lieu, Ted [Rep.-D-CA-36] (Introduced 01/10/2024) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Oversight and Accountability; Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: House – 01/10/2024 Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Accountability, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Financial Services

H.R.6933 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To provide the National Credit Union Administration Board flexibility to increase Federal credit union loan maturities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Fitzgerald, Scott [Rep.-R-WI-5] (Introduced 01/10/2024) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 01/10/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.6944 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a catastrophic property loss reinsurance program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Schiff, Adam B. [Rep.-D-CA-30] (Introduced 01/10/2024) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 01/10/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.6948 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To authorize affordable housing construction as an eligible activity under the Community Development Block Grant Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Waters, Maxine [Rep.-D-CA-43] (Introduced 01/10/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 01/10/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health Care

S.3573 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to increase data transparency for supplemental benefits under Medicare Advantage.
Sponsor: Warner, Mark R. [Sen.-D-VA] (Introduced 01/10/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 01/10/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3575 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to give a preference, with respect to project grants for preventive health services, for States that allow all trained individuals to carry and administer epinephrine, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Braun, Mike [Sen.-R-IN] (Introduced 01/10/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 01/10/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Tax

H.R.6938 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reinstate the deduction for personal casualty losses as in effect prior to the enactment of Public Law 115-97 (commonly referred to as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”).
Sponsor: Raskin, Jamie [Rep.-D-MD-8] (Introduced 01/10/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 01/10/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.