Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet today at 10:00 a.m. The Senate will convene today at 10:00 a.m. and will resume consideration of 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 chamber will also consider Ronald Keohane to be Assistant Secretary of Defense (PN 1213).

The HOUSE

Yesterday

H R 4984 – D.C. Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium Campus Revitalization Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 348 – 55 (Roll no. 56).

H R 6544 – Atomic Energy Advancement Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 365 – 36, 1 Present (Roll no. 55).

Today

The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 1:30 p.m.
 
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
H.R. 7454 – Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2024 (Sponsored by Rep. Graves (MO) / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
 
H.R. 7463 – Extension of Continuing Appropriations and Other Matters Act, 2024 (Sponsored by Rep. Granger / Appropriations Committee)
 
Postponed Suspension:
H.R. 7102 – Native American Entrepreneurial Opportunity Act (Sponsored by Rep. Davids / Small Business Committee)

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes
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; invoked: 54-43.
2.  Confirmation of Executive Calendar #472 Julie Simone Sneed, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida; confirmed: 54-44.
3.  Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #469 Melissa Damian, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida; invoked: 77-20.
4.  Confirmation of Executive Calendar #469 Melissa Damian, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida; confirmed: 77-20.
5.  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; invoked: 52-42.

Legislative Business
Adopted S.Res.568, Public Schools Week
 
Executive Business
Confirmed the following nominations:

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Exec. Cal. #516 – Aprille Joy Ericsson, of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense
 
NAVY
Exec. Cal.#520 – to be Admiral
Adm. Samuel J. Paparo, Jr.
 
AIR FORCE
Exec. Cal. #521 – to be Major General
Brig. Gen. Frank L. Bradfield, III
Brig. Gen. Howard T. Clark, III
Brig. Gen. Robert W. Claude
Brig. Gen. Melissa A. Coburn
Brig. Gen. William D. Murphy
Brig. Gen. Dana N. Nelson
Brig. Gen. David A. Piffarerio
Brig. Gen. Regina A. Sabric
Brig. Gen. Mark V. Slominski
 
ARMY
Exec. Cal. #522 –  to be Brigadier General
Col. James D. Burk
Col. Andrew L. Landers
Col. Bill A. Soliz
Col. Yolonda R. Summons
Exec. Cal. #523 – to be Brigadier General
Col. Craig M. Hunter
Exec. Cal. #524 – to be Brigadier General
Col. Michael K Moreni
Exec. Cal. #525 – to be Brigadier General
Col. Vivek Kshetrapal
Exec. Cal. #526 – to be Brigadier General
Col. Carlos E. Gorbea
 
MARINE CORPS
Exec. Cal. #527 –  to be Brigadier General
Col. Nick I. Brown
Col. Shannon M. Brown
Col. Tamara L. Campbell
Col. James W. Lively
Col. Samuel L. Meyer
Col. Michael R. Nakonieczny
Col. Douglas C. Sanders
Col. Matthew W. Tracy
 
With the exception of Col. Ralph J. Rizzo, Jr, and all nominations on the secretary’s desk in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy.

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of 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, post-cloture.
 
At approximately 11:30am, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Rollinson nomination. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on passage of 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”, the objections of the President to the contrary notwithstanding.
 
Following disposition of the veto message, the Senate will resume Executive Session to proceed to the consideration of Executive Calendar #518, Ronald Keohane, to be Assistant Secretary of Defense.
 
During Thursday’s session, the Senate is expected to vote in relation to a Paul motion to discharge S.J.Res.60, providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed foreign military sale to the Government of Turkiye of certain defense articles and services, and H.J.Res.98, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to “Standard for Determining Joint Employer Status”.
 
Discussions continue on a path to expeditiously consider a Continuing Resolution.
 
Additional roll call votes are expected during Thursday’s session.
 
Thursday, February 29th at approx. 11:30am – 2 roll call votes:
1.      Confirmation of 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
2.      Passage of 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”, the objections of the President to the contrary notwithstanding.

HEARINGS COVERED

House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Health
“Legislative Proposals to Support Patients with Rare Diseases.”

House Homeland Security
Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security
“Port Cybersecurity: The Insidious Threat to U.S. Maritime Ports.”

House Financial Services
“Markup of H.R. 6864, H.R. 7280, H.R. 5535, H.R. 802, H.R. 7156, H.R. 7437, H.J.Res. 109, H.R. 7440, H.R. 7428, the Wildfire Insurance Coverage Study Act of 2023, H.R. 4206, H.R. 4116”

House Oversight and Accountability
Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Government Innovation
“Made in China: Is GSA Complying with Purchasing Restrictions.”

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment

S.3826 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Clean Air Act to revise the treatment of certain resilience actions and natural disasters, to limit the issuance of new standards for criteria pollutants, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cassidy, Bill [Sen.-R-LA] (Introduced 02/28/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

S.3828 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to prohibit the export of liquefied natural gas and petroleum products to certain countries.
Sponsor: Merkley, Jeff [Sen.-D-OR] (Introduced 02/28/2024) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.3829 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to address actions for applications to export liquefied natural gas, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Barrasso, John [Sen.-R-WY] (Introduced 02/28/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Financial Services

S.3821 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the payment method for oxygen and oxygen related equipment, supplies, and services, to increase beneficiary access to oxygen and oxygen related equipment, supplies, and services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cassidy, Bill [Sen.-R-LA] (Introduced 02/28/2024) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Health Care

H.R.7464 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for access standards with respect to the provision by the Department of Veterans Affairs of hospital care, medical services, or extended care services that are applicable to certain veterans with mental disorders.
Sponsor: Yakym, Rudy [Rep.-R-IN-2] (Introduced 02/28/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Action: House – 02/28/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

S.3821 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the payment method for oxygen and oxygen related equipment, supplies, and services, to increase beneficiary access to oxygen and oxygen related equipment, supplies, and services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cassidy, Bill [Sen.-R-LA] (Introduced 02/28/2024) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Sanctions and Trade

S.3831 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to increase duties imposed with respect to autos imported into the United States that originate in the People’s Republic of China, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Hawley, Josh [Sen.-R-MO] (Introduced 02/28/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Tax

H.R.7465 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to index dependant care assistance programs to inflation.
Sponsor: Bice, Stephanie I. [Rep.-R-OK-5] (Introduced 02/28/2024) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 02/28/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Transportation

S.3823 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat spaceports like airports for purposes of exempt facility bond rules.
Sponsor: Rubio, Marco [Sen.-R-FL] (Introduced 02/28/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 02/28/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.7470 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat spaceports like airports for purposes of exempt facility bond rules.
Sponsor: Dunn, Neal P. [Rep.-R-FL-2] (Introduced 02/28/2024) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 02/28/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.