Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House is not in session. The Senate will convene today at 10:00 a.m. and is expected to consider Christopher Koos to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for five years (PN 15), Anthony Rosaria Coscia to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for five years (PN 14), and Joel Matthew Szabat to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for five years (PN 13).

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 #358 Christopher Koos, of Illinois, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for a term of five years; invoked: 82-7.

Legislative Business
Began the Rule 14 process to place the following bill on the Legislative Calendar of Business:

  1. H.R.6914 – Pregnant Students’ Rights Act

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.

If the Senate receives a veto message on S.J.Res.38, it will be considered as having been read and be printed in the Record and spread in full upon the Journal. Notwithstanding Rule 22, the veto message will be considered 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 2 hours for debate equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees. Then, the Senate will vote on passage of the joint resolution, the objections of the President to the contrary notwithstanding.
S.J.Res.38 – 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”.

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #358 – Christopher Koos, of Illinois, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for a term of five years, post-cloture.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Koos nomination. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #357 Anthony Rosario Coscia, of New Jersey, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for a term of five years.

Following the cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15 p.m. for the weekly caucus meetings.

If cloture is invoked, at approximately 2:15 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Coscia nomination. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #356 Joel Matthew Szabat, of Maryland, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for a term of five years.

If cloture is invoked, at approximately 6:00 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Szabat nomination.

Cloture has been filed on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #357 Anthony Rosario Coscia, of New Jersey, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for a term of five years
  2. Executive Calendar #356 Joel Matthew Szabat, of Maryland, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for a term of five years
  3. Executive Calendar #467 Jacquelyn D. Austin, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina
  4. Executive Calendar #474 Cristal C. Brisco, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana
  5. Executive Calendar #475 Gretchen S. Lund, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana

Tuesday, January 23rd at approx. 11:30 a.m. – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #358 Christopher Koos, of Illinois, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for a term of five years
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #357 Anthony Rosario Coscia, of New Jersey, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for a term of five years

Tuesday, January 23rd at approx. 2:15 p.m. – 2 roll call votes expected:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #357 Anthony Rosario Coscia, of New Jersey, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for a term of five years
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #356 Joel Matthew Szabat, of Maryland, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for a term of five years

Tuesday, January 23rd at approx. 6:00 p.m. – expected roll call vote:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #356 Joel Matthew Szabat, of Maryland, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for a term of five years

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight
“Improving Export Controls Enforcement.”

Senate Judiciary
Subcommittee on Intellectual Property
The Patent Eligibility Restoration Act – Restoring Clarity, Certainty, and Predictability to the U.S. Patent System

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Cybersecurity

S.3635 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to improve the President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competitions.
Sponsor: Peters, Gary C. [Sen.-D-MI] (Introduced 01/22/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 01/22/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

H.R.7062 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to periodically assess cybersecurity threats to, and vulnerabilities in, the agriculture and food critical infrastructure sector and to provide recommendations to enhance their security and resilience, to require the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct an annual cross-sector simulation exercise relating to a food-related emergency or disruption, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Finstad, Brad [Rep.-R-MN-1] (Introduced 01/22/2024) Cosponsors: (13)
Committees: House – Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 01/22/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

Energy/ Environment

H.R.7073 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To improve public-private partnerships and increase Federal research, development, and demonstration related to the evolution of next generation pipeline systems, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Weber, Randy K., Sr. [Rep.-R-TX-14] (Introduced 01/22/2024) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: House – 01/22/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

S.3633 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to allow the District of Columbia to receive Federal funding under such Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Carper, Thomas R. [Sen.-D-DE] (Introduced 01/22/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 01/22/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

H.R.7061 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To provide loans and other financial assistance to small businesses affected by the wildfires on Maui, and for other purpose.
Sponsor: Case, Ed [Rep.-D-HI-1] (Introduced 01/22/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Small Business; Ways and Means; Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 01/22/2024 Referred to the Committee on Small Business, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Financial Services.

H.R.7064 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to include the provision of tree nuts (including shelled tree nuts) under the seniors farmers’ market nutrition program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Moore, Barry [Rep.-R-AL-2] (Introduced 01/22/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 01/22/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.7065 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To include water supply and water conservation as a primary mission of the Corps of Engineers in planning, designing, constructing, modifying, operating, and maintaining water resources development projects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Napolitano, Grace F. [Rep.-D-CA-31] (Introduced 01/22/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 01/22/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R.7067 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to allow the District of Columbia to receive Federal funding under such Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Norton, Eleanor Holmes [Del.-D-DC-At Large] (Introduced 01/22/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 01/22/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Health Care

H.R.7059 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize a grant program to increase capacity for providing abortion services and other sexual and reproductive health care, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Caraveo, Yadira [Rep.-D-CO-8] (Introduced 01/22/2024) Cosponsors: (63)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/22/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.7063 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To prohibit Federal funds from being made available to any pregnancy center that diverts people from accessing comprehensive and timely medical care from licensed medical professionals.
Sponsor: Landsman, Greg [Rep.-D-OH-1] (Introduced 01/22/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/22/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.7068 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for the scheduling of tianeptine as a schedule III substance, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Panetta, Jimmy [Rep.-D-CA-19] (Introduced 01/22/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 01/22/2024 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker.

H.R.7069 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 to expand permissible uses of assistance to firefighters grant funds relating to behavioral and mental health, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Salinas, Andrea [Rep.-D-OR-6] (Introduced 01/22/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: House – 01/22/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Transportation

H.R.7070 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To direct the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to conduct a review of the criteria for evaluating the cost-effectiveness of certain mitigation projects, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Stanton, Greg [Rep.-D-AZ-4] (Introduced 01/22/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 01/22/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.