Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet today at 2:00 p.m. The Senate will convene today at 10:00 a.m. and will resume consideration of Julie Simone Sneed to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida (PN 1256), Melissa Damian to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida (PN 1243), and Marjorie Rollinson to be Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and an Assistant General Counsel in the Department of the Treasury (PN 1217).

The HOUSE

Yesterday

The House was not in session.

Today

The House will meet at noon for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 6:30 p.m.
 
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
H.R. 6544
 – Atomic Energy Advancement Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Duncan / Energy and Commerce Committee)
H.R. 4984 – D.C. Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium Campus Revitalization Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Comer / Oversight and Accountability Committee)
H.R. 3511 – Service-Disabled Veteran Opportunities in Small Business Act (Sponsored by Rep. LaLota / Small Business Committee)
H.R. 4669 – DOE and SBA Research Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. LaLota / Small Business Committee)
H.R. 7105 – WOSB Certification and Opportunity Expansion Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Velazquez / Small Business Committee)
H.R. 5265 – SBA Rural Performance Report Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Alford / Small Business Committee)
H.R. 6591 – Encouraging Success Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ellzey / Small Business Committee)
H.R. 5426 – To require the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to provide a link to resources for submitting reports on suspected fraud relating to certain COVID-19 loans (Sponsored by Rep. Van Duyne / Small Business Committee)
H.R. 7128 – The WOSB Integrity Act of 2024 (Sponsored by Rep. Maloy / Small Business Committee)
H.R. 7102 – Native American Entrepreneurial Opportunity Act (Sponsored by Rep. Davids / Small Business Committee)

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #468 Jacqueline Becerra, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida; confirmed: 56-40.
  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; invoked: 64-33.
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #470 David Seymour Leibowitz, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida; confirmed: 64-33.
  4. 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; invoked: 51-46.
  5. 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; confirmed: 49-47.

Legislative Business
Passed the following bills:
Cal.#313, S.3412 – Reuben E. Lawson Federal Building Act of 2023
Cal.#315, S.3577 – Virginia Smith Federal Building
Cal.#314, S.3570 – Irene M. Keeley United States Courthouse
 
Adopted S.Res.496, National Cholesterol Education Month

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 nomination by voice vote
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Executive Calendar #515 – Cara L. Abercrombie, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of Executive Calendar #472 Julie Simone Sneed, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida.

At approximately 11:30am the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Sneed nomination.
 
If cloture is invoked, at approximately 2:15pm the post-cloture time will considered expired and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Sneed nomination, followed by the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #469 Melissa Damian, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.
 
If cloture is invoked on the Damian nomination, all post-cloture time will be considered expired at approx. 5:30pm and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination followed by the motion to invoke cloture on 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

Cloture has been filed on the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #472 Julie Simone Sneed, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida
  2. Executive Calendar #469 Melissa Damian, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida
  3. 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

Wednesday, February 28th at approx. 11:30am – 1 roll call vote:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #472 Julie Simone Sneed, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida

Wednesday, February 28th at approx. 2:15pm – 2 roll call votes expected:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #472 Julie Simone Sneed, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #469 Melissa Damian, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida

Wednesday, February 28th at approx. 5:30pm – 2 roll call votes expected:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #469 Melissa Damian, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on 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

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
“Oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”

Senate Armed Services
“To Receive Testimony on Evolving Workforce Dynamics and the Challenges for Defense Acquisition and Industrial Base Personnel.”

Senate Environment and Public Works
“Water Resources Development Act 2024: USACE Water Infrastructure Projects, Programs, and Priorities.”

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
“Taking a Serious Look at the Retirement Crisis in America: What Can We Do to Expand Defined Benefit Pension Plans for Workers?”

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment

S.3818 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to include fuel for ocean-going vessels as additional renewable fuel for which credits may be generated under the renewable fuel program.
Sponsor: Ricketts, Pete [Sen.-R-NE] (Introduced 02/27/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 02/27/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Financial Services

S.3815 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to promulgate rules with respect to the electronic delivery of certain required disclosures, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Tillis, Thomas [Sen.-R-NC] (Introduced 02/27/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 02/27/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.3816 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for lifelong learning accounts, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Klobuchar, Amy [Sen.-D-MN] (Introduced 02/27/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/27/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Health Care

S.3805 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to prohibit health plans from imposing fees on health care providers for electronic funds transfers and health care payment and remittance advice transactions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cassidy, Bill [Sen.-R-LA] (Introduced 02/27/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/27/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Sanctions and Trade

S.3810 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to prohibit conflict of interests among consulting firms that simultaneously contract with the Government of the People’s Republic of China and the United States Government, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Hawley, Josh [Sen.-R-MO] (Introduced 02/27/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 02/27/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.