Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet today at 9:00 a.m. The Senate will convene today at 11:00 a.m. and is expected to resume consideration of Lisa W. Wang to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade (PN 1257) and Joseph Albert Laroski, Jr. to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade (PN 1247).

The HOUSE

Yesterday

H.R. 7024 – Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 357 – 70 (Roll no. 30).

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”
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 420 – 0, 2 Present (Roll no. 29).

H.R. 6679 – No Immigration Benefits for Hamas Terrorists Act
On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 422 – 2, 1 Present (Roll no. 28).

H.R. 6678 – Consequences for Social Security Fraud Act
On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 272 – 155 (Roll no. 27).

H.R. 6678 –
On agreeing to the D’Esposito amendment; Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 267 – 158 (Roll no. 26).

Today

The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 9:50 a.m.
 
Legislation Considered Pursuant to a Rule:
H.R. 6976 – Protect Our Communities from DUIs Act (Sponsored by Rep. Moore (AL) / Judiciary Committee)

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #471 Kirk Edward Sherriff, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California; confirmed: 54-45.
  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; invoked: 50-49.
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #311 Karoline Mehalchick, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania; confirmed: 50-49.
  4. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #142 Joseph Goffman, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; invoked: 50-49.
  5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #142 Joseph Goffman, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; confirmed: 50-49.

Legislative Business
Passed H.R.1568 – Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act

Adopted the following resolutions:
S.Res.538 – Blue Mountain Christian University 150 Years
S.Res.539 – National Catholic Schools Week
 
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 February 29, 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 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2024.
 
Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #477 Lisa W. Wang, of the District of Columbia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade.
 
At approximately 11:30 a.m. the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Wang nomination, followed by the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #476 Joseph Albert Laroski, Jr., of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade.
 
If cloture is invoked on the Wang nomination, the post-cloture time will be considered expired and the Senate will vote on confirmation at approx. 1:45 p.m..  If cloture is invoked on the Laroski nomination, confirmation will occur at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Republican Leader.

Thursday, February 1st, at approx. 11:30 a.m. – 2 roll call votes:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #477 Lisa W. Wang, of the District of Columbia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #476 Joseph Albert Laroski, Jr., of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade

Thursday, February 1st, at approx. 1:45 p.m. – 1 roll call vote expected:

  1. Confirmation of 1. Executive Calendar #477 Lisa W. Wang, of the District of Columbia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade

HEARINGS COVERED

House Oversight and Accountability
Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic
“Overseeing the Department of Health and Human Services’ Compliance with Congress.”

House Financial Services
Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Monetary Policy
“Rules Without Analysis: Federal Banking Proposals Under the Biden Administration.”

Senate Budget
“A Blueprint for Prosperity: Expanding Housing Affordability.”

House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Minerals
“Ensuring the Cybersecurity of America’s Drinking Water Systems.”

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment

H.R.7176 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To repeal restrictions on the export and import of natural gas.
Sponsor: Pfluger, August [Rep.-R-TX-11] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/31/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.3704 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Natural Gas Act to allow the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve or deny applications for the siting, construction, expansion, or operation of facilities to export or import natural gas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Scott, Tim [Sen.-R-SC] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (17)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 01/31/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

H.R.7157 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to ensure fair enforcement of such Act.
Sponsor: Duarte, John S. [Rep.-R-CA-13] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 01/31/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.7163 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 to establish the Climate Scientific Research Advisory Committee and the Rural Climate Alliance Network, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Brownley, Julia [Rep.-D-CA-26] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 01/31/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

H.R.7171 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to require a certain efficiency level for certain distribution transformers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Kelly, Mike [Rep.-R-PA-16] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/31/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.7172 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To direct the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to promulgate regulations prohibiting the issuance of certain certificates and licenses without a finding that a certain system or facility can safely operate with spent nuclear fuel for a period of at least 100 years, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Levin, Mike [Rep.-D-CA-49] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/31/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.7178 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 to permit certain grant funds to be used for assisting regional economies with limiting industrial consumptive water use, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Titus, Dina [Rep.-D-NV-1] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure; Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 01/31/2024 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services

Financial Services

S.3703 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to clarify that an issuer may exclude a shareholder proposal pursuant to section 240.14a-8(i) of title 17, Code of Federal Regulations, without regard to whether that proposal relates to a significant social policy issue.
Sponsor: Hagerty, Bill [Sen.-R-TN] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 01/31/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

S.3709 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Securities Act of 1933 to add additional investment thresholds for an individual to qualify as an accredited investor, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Budd, Ted [Sen.-R-NC] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 01/31/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.3710 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Securities Act of 1933 with respect to small company capital formation, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Budd, Ted [Sen.-R-NC] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 01/31/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.3715 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to prohibit mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Merkley, Jeff [Sen.-D-OR] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 01/31/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

H.R.7168 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to prohibit mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Foster, Bill [Rep.-D-IL-11] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 01/31/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.3716 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to create children’s lifetime savings accounts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Casey, Robert P., Jr. [Sen.-D-PA] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 01/31/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.7162 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To create children’s lifetime savings accounts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [Rep.-D-VA-8] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/31/2024 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.7167 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To increase the role of the financial industry in combating human trafficking.
Sponsor: Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [Rep.-R-PA-1] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services; Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 01/31/2024 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Health Care

S.3700 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to permit nurse practitioners and physician assistants to furnish necessary services, appliances, and supplies to individuals receiving medical benefits for illnesses.
Sponsor: Hickenlooper, John W. [Sen.-D-CO] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 01/31/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3701 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to establish education partnership programs between public schools and public health agencies to prevent the misuse and overdose of synthetic opioids by youth, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Hassan, Margaret Wood [Sen.-D-NH] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 01/31/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3713 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to prohibit the Federal Government from conducting, funding, approving, or otherwise supporting any research involving human fetal tissue that is obtained pursuant to an induced abortion, and to prohibit the solicitation or knowing acquisition, receipt, or acceptance of a donation of such tissue.
Sponsor: Hyde-Smith, Cindy [Sen.-R-MS] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (15)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 01/31/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.7161 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require States to report information on Medicaid payments to abortion providers.
Sponsor: Banks, Jim [Rep.-R-IN-3] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/31/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.7164 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To advance population research for chronic pain.
Sponsor: Caraveo, Yadira [Rep.-D-CO-8] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 01/31/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.7174 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to equalize the negotiation period between small-molecule and biologic candidates under the Drug Price Negotiation Program.
Sponsor: McCormick, Richard [Rep.-R-GA-6] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (43)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 01/31/2024 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Tax

S.3702 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a nonrefundable credit for working family caregivers.
Sponsor: Bennet, Michael F. [Sen.-D-CO] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 01/31/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.7165 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a tax credit for working family caregivers.
Sponsor: Carey, Mike [Rep.-R-OH-15] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 01/31/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.3711 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to provide tax relief with respect to certain wildfire relief payments.
Sponsor: Padilla, Alex [Sen.-D-CA] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 01/31/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.7160 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the limitation on the amount certain married individuals can deduct for State and local taxes.
Sponsor: Lawler, Michael [Rep.-R-NY-17] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 01/31/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.7169 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the public reporting of certain contributions received by charitable organizations from foreign governments and foreign political parties.
Sponsor: Gooden, Lance [Rep.-R-TX-5] (Introduced 01/31/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 01/31/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.