Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House is not in session. The Senate will convene today at 10:00 a.m. and will resume consideration of Jacquelyn D. Austin to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina (PN 1130), Cristal C. Brisco to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana (PN 1242), and Gretchen S. Lund to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana (PN 1250).  

The HOUSE

Yesterday

The House was not in session. 

Today

The House is not in session. 

The SENATE

Yesterday

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; confirmed: 91-7. 
  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; invoked: 79-19. 
  3. 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; confirmed: 79-18. 
  4. 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; confirmed: 96-1.   

Legislative Business 
Passed S. 3646 – Rural Housing Site Loans Term Extension   
Agreed to S.Con.Res.26 – 2027 Women’s World Cup   
Adopted S.Res.528 – Stalking Awareness Month 
  
Completed the Rule 14 process to place the following bill on the Legislative Calendar of Business: 

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 #467 Jacquelyn D. Austin, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina. 
  
At 11:30 a.m. the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Austin nomination, followed by a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #474 Cristal C. Brisco, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana. 
  
If cloture is invoked on either nomination, all post-cloture time will be considered expired at 2:15 p.m. and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nominations in the order in which cloture was invoked. 
  
Following disposition of the Brisco nomination, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #475 Gretchen S. Lund, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana.  At 6:15 p.m. the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Lund nomination. 

Cloture has been filed on the following nominations: 
Executive Calendar #467 Jacquelyn D. Austin, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina 
Executive Calendar #474 Cristal C. Brisco, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana 
Executive Calendar #475 Gretchen S. Lund, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana 
Executive Calendar #471 Kirk Edward Sherriff, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California 
Executive Calendar #459 Joshua Paul Kolar, of Indiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit 

Wednesday, January 24th at approx. 11:30 a.m. – 2 roll call votes: 
Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #467 Jacquelyn D. Austin, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina 
Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #474 Cristal C. Brisco, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana 

Wednesday, January 24th at approx. 2:15 p.m. – 2 roll call votes expected: 
Confirmation of Executive Calendar #467 Jacquelyn D. Austin, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina 
Confirmation of Executive Calendar #474 Cristal C. Brisco, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana 

Wednesday, January 24th at approx. 6:15 p.m. – 1 roll call vote expected: 
Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #475 Gretchen S. Lund, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana 

HEARINGS COVERED 

Senate Rules and Administration
“The Use of Artificial Intelligence at the Library of Congress, Government Publishing Office, and Smithsonian Institution.”

Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism
“AI in Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions.”

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED 

Energy/ Environment

S.3637 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 with respect to the definition of biofuels and sustainable aviation fuel, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Moran, Jerry [Sen.-R-KS] (Introduced 01/23/2024) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Action: Senate – 01/23/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

S.3642 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to direct the Secretary of Energy and the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to conduct collaborative research to advance weather models in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Lujan, Ben Ray [Sen.-D-NM] (Introduced 01/23/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 01/23/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.3646 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Housing Act of 1949 to extend the term of rural housing site loans and clarify the permissible uses of such loans.
Sponsor: Moran, Jerry [Sen.-R-KS] (Introduced 01/23/2024) Cosponsors: (2)
Latest Action: Senate – 01/23/2024 Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent.

Financial Services

S.3644 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to reauthorize the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cortez Masto, Catherine [Sen.-D-NV] (Introduced 01/23/2024) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 01/23/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Health Care

S.3638 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to allow health plan policyholders to obtain information about controlled substances prescribed to adult children enrolled in such plan.
Sponsor: Vance, J. D. [Sen.-R-OH] (Introduced 01/23/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 01/23/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3641 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to establish a pilot program for evidence-based perinatal mental health prevention for pregnant and postpartum members of the Armed Forces and dependents, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Shaheen, Jeanne [Sen.-D-NH] (Introduced 01/23/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Armed Services
Latest Action: Senate – 01/23/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.