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 Jacqueline Becerra to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida (PN 1240). The chamber is also expected to consider David Seymour Leibowitz to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida (PN 1249) and Hampton Y. Dellinger to be Special Counsel, Office of Special Counsel, for the term of five years (PN 1233).

The HOUSE

Yesterday

The House held a pro forma session with no legislative business.

Today

The House is not in session.

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes 
1.      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #468 Jacqueline Becerra, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida; invoked: 56-38. 
  
Legislative Business 
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” 
  
Executive Business 
Confirmed the following nominations: 
COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION 
Exec. Cal.#441 – Summer K. Mersinger, of South Dakota, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for a term expiring April 13, 2028. (Reappointment) 
  
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 
Exec. Cal.#442 – Basil Ivanhoe Gooden, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #468 Jacqueline Becerra, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, post-cloture. 
  
At approximately 11:00am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Becerra nomination. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #470 David Seymour Leibowitz, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida. 
  
Following the cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.  
  
If cloture is invoked, at approximately 2:15pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Leibowitz nomination. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #455 Hampton Y. Dellinger, of North Carolina, to be Special Counsel, Office of Special Counsel, for the term of five years. 
  
If cloture is invoked, at approximately 5:45pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Dellinger nomination.  

Cloture has been filed on the following nominations: 
1.   Executive Calendar #468 Jacqueline Becerra, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida 
2.   Executive Calendar #470 David Seymour Leibowitz, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida 
3.   Executive Calendar #455 Hampton Y. Dellinger, of North Carolina, to be Special Counsel, Office of Special Counsel, for the term of five years 
4.   Executive Calendar #472 Julie Simone Sneed, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida 
5.   Executive Calendar #469 Melissa Damian, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida 
6.   Executive Calendar #514 Marjorie Rollinson, of Virginia, to be Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and an Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury 

Tuesday, February 27th at approx. 11:00am – 2 roll call votes expected: 
1.  Confirmation of Executive Calendar #468 Jacqueline Becerra, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida 
2.  Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #470 David Seymour Leibowitz, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida 

Tuesday, February 27th at approx. 2:15pm – 2 roll call votes expected: 
1.  Confirmation of Executive Calendar #470 David Seymour Leibowitz, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida 
2.  Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #455 Hampton Y. Dellinger, of North Carolina, to be Special Counsel, Office of Special Counsel, for the term of five years 

Tuesday, February 27th at approx. 5:45pm – expected roll call vote: 
1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #455 Hampton Y. Dellinger, of North Carolina, to be Special Counsel, Office of Special Counsel, for the term of five years 

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Nomination of Julie Su

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment

S.3802 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to make additional Federal public land available for selection under the Alaska Native Vietnam era veterans land allotment program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Murkowski, Lisa [Sen.-R-AK] (Introduced 02/26/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 02/26/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
 
H.R.7459 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act to treat the District of Columbia the same as a State for purposes of such Acts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Norton, Eleanor Holmes [Del.-D-DC-At Large] (Introduced 02/26/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 02/26/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Financial Services

S.3801 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Federal Reserve Act to prohibit the Federal Reserve banks from offering certain products or services directly to an individual, to prohibit the use of central bank digital currency for monetary policy, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cruz, Ted [Sen.-R-TX] (Introduced 02/26/2024) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 02/26/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
 
H.R.7462 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study regarding insurance coverage for damages from wildfires, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Waters, Maxine [Rep.-D-CA-43] (Introduced 02/26/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 02/26/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

Tax

H.R.7458 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish the Made in the USA tax credit.
Sponsor: Khanna, Ro [Rep.-D-CA-17] (Introduced 02/26/2024) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 02/26/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Transportation

H.R.7454 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title 49, United States Code, to extend authorizations for the airport improvement program, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Graves, Sam [Rep.-R-MO-6] (Introduced 02/26/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure; Ways and Means; Science, Space, and Technology; Judiciary; Homeland Security
Latest Action: House – 02/26/2024 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, Science, Space, and Technology, the Judiciary, and Homeland Security.