Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet today at 10:00 a.m. to consider the Protecting American Energy Production Act (H.R. 1121) and the Restoring American Energy Dominance Act (H.R. 6009). The Senate will convene today at 10:00 a.m. and will consider Edward Sunyol Kiel to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey (PN 1245) and Eumi K. Lee to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California (PN 1248).

The HOUSE

Yesterday

H RES 149 – Condemning the illegal abduction of children from Ukraine to the Russian Federation
On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 390 – 9 (Roll no. 88).

H R 4723 – Upholding the Dayton Peace Agreement Through Sanctions Act
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 365 – 30 (Roll no. 87).

Today

The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30 p.m.
 
Legislation Considered Pursuant to a Rule:
H.R. 1121 
– Protecting American Energy Production Act (Sponsored by Rep. Duncan / Natural Resources Committee)
 
H.R. 6009 
– Restoring American Energy Dominance Act (Sponsored by Rep. Boebert / Natural Resources Committee)
 
Postponed Suspensions:
H.R. 7520 – Protecting Americans’ Data from Foreign Adversaries Act of 2024, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Pallone / Energy and Commerce Committee)
 
H.R. 1836 – Ocean Shipping Reform Implementation Act of 2023, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Johnson (SD) / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #461 Nicole G. Berner, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit; confirmed: 50-47.

Legislative Business
Adopted the following resolutions by voice vote:
S.Res. 595, Americorps
S.Res.596, Girl Scouts of America
S.Res.597, Recognizing the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States
 
Executive Business
At times to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Republican Leader, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the following nominations:

  1. Executive Calendar #532 Leon Schydlower, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas
  2. Executive Calendar #533 Ernest Gonzalez, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session for the consideration of Executive Calendar #465, Edward Sunyol Kiel, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey.

At approximately 12:00pm the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Kiel nomination. Following the vote the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for weekly caucus meetings.

If cloture is invoked on the Kiel nomination, the post-cloture time will be considered expired at 2:15pm and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination, followed by the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #463, Eumi K. Lee, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California.

If cloture is invoked on the Lee nomination, all post-cloture time will be considered expired at 5:15pm and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination.

Wednesday, March 20th at approximately 12:00pm – 1 roll call vote:

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #465 – Edward Sunyol Kiel, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey

Wednesday, March 20th at approximately 2:15pm – 2 roll call votes expected:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #465 – Edward Sunyol Kiel, of New Jersey, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey
  2. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #463 – Eumi K. Lee, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California

Wednesday, March 20th at approximately 5:15pm – 1 roll call vote expected:

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #463 – Eumi K. Lee, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of California

HEARINGS COVERED

House Appropriations
Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
“Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Request for the Department of Health and Human Services.”

House Appropriations
Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies
“Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Request for the Department of Energy.”

House Energy and Commerce
“Markup of H.R. 2706, H.R. 4646, H.R. 6160, H.R. 7224, H.R. 6829, H.R. 7406, H.R. 5074, and H.R. 5526.”

House Financial Services
Subcommittee on Capital Markets
“SEC Overreach: Examining the Need for Reform.”

House Financial Services
Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance
“The Characteristics and Challenges of Today’s Homebuyers.”

Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance
“March 20 Meeting.”

House Ways and Means
“Hearing with Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra.”

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Cybersecurity

S.3975 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to require companies to receive consent from consumers to having their data used to train an artificial intelligence system.
Sponsor: Welch, Peter [Sen.-D-VT] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 03/19/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Energy/ Environment

H.R.7722 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To establish the Integrated Blue Economy and Blue Energy Technologies Program, and a Blue Economy Center of Excellence, to support research and development of blue energy technologies.
Sponsor: Kilmer, Derek [Rep.-D-WA-6] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: House – 03/19/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

H.R.7728 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To repeal section 115 of the Clean Air Act.
Sponsor: Perry, Scott [Rep.-R-PA-10] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/19/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Financial Services

S.3972 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 to require the Congressional Budget Office to provide to Congress information on payments from the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund and the Disability Insurance Trust Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cassidy, Bill [Sen.-R-LA] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Budget
Latest Action: Senate – 03/19/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Budget.

S.3974 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title II of the Social Security Act to require the Commissioner of Social Security to use the Consumer Price Index for Elderly Consumers for purposes of determining cost-of-living adjustments under titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Casey, Robert P., Jr. [Sen.-D-PA] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/19/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3976 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reinstate the deduction for personal casualty losses as in effect prior to the enactment of Public Law 115-97 (commonly referred to as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”).
Sponsor: Baldwin, Tammy [Sen.-D-WI] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/19/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Health Care

S.3967 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to make permanent certain telehealth flexibilities under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Scott, Tim [Sen.-R-SC] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/19/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.7711 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to make permanent certain telehealth flexibilities under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Dingell, Debbie [Rep.-D-MI-6] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/19/2024 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.7716 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for enforcement of standards for reasonable and relevant contract terms and conditions and essential retail pharmacy protections under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Gallego, Ruben [Rep.-D-AZ-3] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/19/2024 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.7717 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to enhance pharmacy benefit manager transparency requirements.
Sponsor: Gallego, Ruben [Rep.-D-AZ-3] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/19/2024 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.7718 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to assure pharmacy access and choice for Medicare beneficiaries.
Sponsor: Gallego, Ruben [Rep.-D-AZ-3] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 03/19/2024 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.7720 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To permit the Byrne JAG grant to be used for the purchase of fentanyl testing kits and opioid reversal agents.
Sponsor: Kean, Thomas H. [Rep.-R-NJ-7] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 03/19/2024 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

H.R.7714 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to make grants to States to increase awareness and education for colorectal cancer and improve early detection of colorectal cancer in young individuals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Caraveo, Yadira [Rep.-D-CO-8] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/19/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.3968 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide community-based training opportunities for medical students in rural areas and medically under-served communities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Wicker, Roger F. [Sen.-R-MS] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 03/19/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.3977 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to protect beneficiaries with limb loss and other orthopedic conditions by providing access to appropriate, safe, effective, patient-centered orthotic and prosthetic care; to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse with respect to orthotics and prosthetics, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Warner, Mark R. [Sen.-D-VA] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 03/19/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.3979 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to make permanent and codify the pilot program for use of contract physicians for disability examinations, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Moran, Jerry [Sen.-R-KS] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 03/19/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

S.3981 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to carry out a program of research, training, and investigation related to Down syndrome, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Hickenlooper, John W. [Sen.-D-CO] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 03/19/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.7725 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to prohibit graduate medical schools from receiving Federal financial assistance if such schools adopt certain policies and requirements relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Sponsor: Murphy, Gregory F. [Rep.-R-NC-3] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (35)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House – 03/19/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

H.R.7730 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require a GAO study on the sale of illicit drugs online, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Spanberger, Abigail Davis [Rep.-D-VA-7] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 03/19/2024 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Sanctions and Trade

S.3973 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to impose sanctions with respect to foreign persons that knowingly engage in political warfare on behalf of a foreign government or political party and to require a determination regarding the United Front Work Department of the Chinese Communist Party, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cotton, Tom [Sen.-R-AR] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 03/19/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

H.R.7715 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To authorize additional funding for Food and Drug Administration monitoring and prevention of illicit nicotine products at ports of entry, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Gallego, Ruben [Rep.-D-AZ-3] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 03/19/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Transportation

S.3966 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to streamline the application of regulations relating to commercial space launch and reentry requirements and licensing of private remote sensing space systems, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cornyn, John [Sen.-R-TX] (Introduced 03/19/2024) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 03/19/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.