Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet today at 10:00 a.m. and is expected to consider the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024 (H.R. 7024). The Senate will convene today at 10:00 a.m. and is expected to resume consideration of Karoline Mehalchick to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (PN 816), Kirk Edward Sherriff to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California (PN 1255), and Joseph Goffman to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (PN 119). 

The HOUSE

Yesterday

H.R. 5585 – Agent Raul Gonzalez Officer Safety Act; On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 271 – 154 (Roll no. 25).

H.R. 5585 -On agreeing to the Crockett amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 201 – 224 (Roll no. 24).

H.RES. 980 – Providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 5585) Agent Raul Gonzalez Officer Safety Act; (H.R. 6678) Consequences for Social Security Fraud Act; (H.R. 6679) No Immigration Benefits for Hamas Terrorists Act; and (H.R. 6976) Protect Our Communities from DUIs ActOn agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 216 – 210 (Roll no. 23).

H.RES. 980 – Providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 5585) Agent Raul Gonzalez Officer Safety Act; (H.R. 6678) Consequences for Social Security Fraud Act; (H.R. 6679) No Immigration Benefits for Hamas Terrorists Act; and (H.R. 6976) Protect Our Communities from DUIs ActOn ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 216 – 210 (Roll no. 22).

Today

The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. First votes expected: 4:00 p.m. Last votes expected: 8:00 p.m.

Legislation Considered Pursuant to a Rule:
H.R. 6678
 – Consequences for Social Security Fraud Act (Sponsored by Rep. McClintock / Judiciary Committee)

H.R. 6679 – No Immigration Benefits for Hamas Terrorists Act (Sponsored by Rep. McClintock / Judiciary Committee)

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
H.R. 7024
 – Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Smith (MO) / Ways and Means Committee)

Possible Postponed Suspension:
H.R. 2754 
– To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2395 East Del Mar Boulevard in Laredo, Texas, as the ‘Lance Corporal David Lee Espinoza, Lance Corporal Juan Rodrigo Rodriguez & Sergeant Roberto Arizola Jr. Post Office Building’ (Sponsored by Rep. Cuellar / Oversight and Accountability Committee)

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #459 Joshua Paul Kolar, of Indiana, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit; confirmed: 66-25.

Legislative Business

Adopted S.Res.535 Help America Vote Day

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.

–          S.J.Res. 50 – A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to “Cybersecurity Risk Management, Strategy, Governance, and Incident Disclosure”

The Senate has received the veto message on S.J.Res.38. 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

The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2024.

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 approximately 11:30 a.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #471 Kirk Edward Sherriff, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Mehalchick nomination.

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

If cloture is invoked, at approximately 2:15 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Mehalchick nomination. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #142 Joseph Goffman, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

If cloture is invoked, at approximately 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Goffman nomination.

Additional roll call votes are possible in relation to S.J.Res.50 and the veto override with respect to S.J.Res.38. The previous orders with respect to those items can be found in the Legislative Business portion of this message.

Cloture has been filed on the following nominations:
1.      Executive Calendar #311 Karoline Mehalchick, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
2.      Executive Calendar #142 Joseph Goffman, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
3.      Executive Calendar #477 Lisa W. Wang, of the District of Columbia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade
4.      Executive Calendar #476 Joseph Albert Laroski, Jr., of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade

Wednesday, January 31st at approx. 11:30 a.m. – 2 roll call votes expected:
1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #471 Kirk Edward Sherriff, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California
2.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #311 Karoline Mehalchick, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, January 31st at approx. 2:15 p.m. – 2 roll call votes expected:
1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #311 Karoline Mehalchick, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
2.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #142 Joseph Goffman, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Wednesday, January 31st at approx. 5:30 p.m. – at least 1 roll call vote expected:
1.      Confirmation of Executive Calendar #142 Joseph Goffman, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development
“Artificial Intelligence and Housing: Exploring Promise and Peril.”

House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Health
“Health Care Spending in the United States: Unsustainable for Patients, Employers, and Taxpayers.”

Senate Judiciary
“Big Tech and the Online Child Sexual Exploitation Crisis.”

House Select Committee on the CCP
“The CCP Cyber Threat to the American Homeland and National Security.”

SAMHSA and CFRI
“Medicaid Coverage of Medications to Reverse Opioid Overdose and Treat Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders.”

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment

H.R.7146 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to provide grants to covered entities to develop, modify, or implement climate adaptation and climate mitigation proposals on agricultural land, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Schrier, Kim [Rep.-D-WA-8] (Introduced 01/30/2024) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 01/30/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

Financial Services

H.R.7131 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act of 1978 to establish an additional reporting requirement, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Bacon, Don [Rep.-R-NE-2] (Introduced 01/30/2024) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House – Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 01/30/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.7143 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require the heads of certain agencies to withdraw a proposed rule relating to capital requirements applicable to large banking organizations and banking organizations with significant trading activity, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Ogles, Andrew [Rep.-R-TN-5] (Introduced 01/30/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 01/30/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Health Care

S.3679 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to reauthorize the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Kaine, Tim [Sen.-D-VA] (Introduced 01/30/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 01/30/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3685 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to permit leave for bone marrow or blood stem cell donation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Casey, Robert P., Jr. [Sen.-D-PA] (Introduced 01/30/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 01/30/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.7142 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure appropriate access to non-opioid pain management drugs under part D of the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Miller-Meeks, Mariannette [Rep.-R-IA-1] (Introduced 01/30/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 01/30/2024 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.7147 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to establish a pilot program for testing the use of a predictive risk-scoring algorithm to provide oversight of payments for durable medical equipment and clinical diagnostic laboratory tests under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Schweikert, David [Rep.-R-AZ-1] (Introduced 01/30/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 01/30/2024 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.7148 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for eligibility for coverage of home health services under the Medicare Program on the basis of a need for occupational therapy.
Sponsor: Smucker, Lloyd [Rep.-R-PA-11] (Introduced 01/30/2024) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/30/2024 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.7149 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to require the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to test a model to improve access to specialty health services for certain Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.
Sponsor: Steel, Michelle [Rep.-R-CA-45] (Introduced 01/30/2024) Cosponsors: (10)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 01/30/2024 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.7153 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To reauthorize the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Wild, Susan [Rep.-D-PA-7] (Introduced 01/30/2024) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/30/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.7140 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Public Health Service Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage to disclose the percentage of in-network participation for certain provider types, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Horsford, Steven [Rep.-D-NV-4] (Introduced 01/30/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House – 01/30/2024 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Education and the Workforce.

Sanctions and Trade

S.3694 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the taking, importation, exportation, and breeding of certain cetaceans for public display, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Wyden, Ron [Sen.-D-OR] (Introduced 01/30/2024) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 01/30/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

H.R.7145 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the taking, importation, exportation, and breeding of certain cetaceans for public display, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Schiff, Adam B. [Rep.-D-CA-30] (Introduced 01/30/2024) Cosponsors: (24)
Committees: House – Natural Resources; Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 01/30/2024 Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture.

H.J.Res.108 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
Providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed foreign military sale to the Republic of Kosovo of certain defense articles and services.
Sponsor: Tenney, Claudia [Rep.-R-NY-24] (Introduced 01/30/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 01/30/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

H.R.7151 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 to provide for expedited consideration of proposals for additions to, removals from, or other modifications with respect to entities on the Entity List, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Wagner, Ann [Rep.-R-MO-2] (Introduced 01/30/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 01/30/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Tax

S.3680 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to enhance the paid family and medical leave credit, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Fischer, Deb [Sen.-R-NE] (Introduced 01/30/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 01/30/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.7138 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XVI of the Social Security Act to update eligibility for the supplemental security income program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Grijalva, Raúl M. [Rep.-D-AZ-7] (Introduced 01/30/2024) Cosponsors: (36)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 01/30/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.