Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House is not in session. The Senate will convene today at 9:00 a.m. for a pro forma session with no legislative business.

The HOUSE

Yesterday

The House met yesterday at 10:00 a.m. with no legislative business.

Today

The House is not in session.

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to proceed to Cal. #211, H.R.3935, to amend title 49, USC, to reauthorize and improve the Federal Aviation Administration and other civil aviation programs; agreed to: 81-10.

Legislative Business
Passed the following bills and joint resolutions:
· S.3249 – Captain Elwin Shopteese VA Clinic
· S.3285 – Charlie Dowd VA Clinic
· H.R. 593 – John Gibson, Dan James, William Sapp, and Frankie Smiley VA Clinic
· H.Con.Res.89 – Use of Emancipation Hall for Holocaust remembrance
· S.Con.Res.34 – Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
· S.Con.Res.35  – Use of Rotunda for Inaugural Ceremonies
Adopted the following resolutions:
· S.Res.652 Second Chance Month
· S.Res.671  Small Business Week
· S.Res.672  Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
· S.Res.674 Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls
· S.Res.675  National Minority Health Month
· S.Res.673 Sen David Hampton Pryor

Executive Business
Confirmed the following nominations:
Cal. #’s 381, 612 through 619, 624 through 629, 631 through 633, 634 excepting Col. Catherine V. Barrington, and 635 through 646, and all nominations on the Secretary’s Desk in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, Space Force, and Foreign Service excepting PN 587

UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE
Exec. Cal. #423 – John Joseph Sullivan, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace for a term of four years

DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Exec. Cal. #207 – Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath, of Texas, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Peru

DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Exec. Cal. #271 – Cynthia Kierscht, of Minnesota, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Djibouti.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Exec. Cal. #484 – Joann M. Lockard, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Burkina Faso.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Exec. Cal.#519 – Cardell Kenneth Richardson, Sr., of Virginia, to be Inspector General, Department of State

INTERNATIONAL JOINT COMMISSION, UNITED STATES AND CANADA
Exec. Cal. #485 – Robert David Gioia, of New York, to be a Commissioner on the part of the United States on the International Joint Commission, United States and Canada

DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Exec. Cal. #577 – Laura Stone, of Utah, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Exec. Cal. #580 – Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir, of Connecticut, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Indonesia.
Exec. Cal. #583 – Jennifer M. Adams, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Cabo Verde.
Exec. Cal. #584 – Arthur W. Brown, of Pennsylvania, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Ecuador.
Exec. Cal. #586 – Richard Mills, Jr., of Georgia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Exec. Cal. #587 – Lisa Peterson, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Burundi.
Exec. Cal. #588 – Richard H. Riley IV, of California, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federal Republic of Somalia.
Exec. Cal. #589 – Elizabeth Rood, of Pennsylvania, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Turkmenistan.
Exec. Cal. #591 – Mark Toner, of Pennsylvania, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Liberia.
Exec. Cal. #592 – Pamela M. Tremont, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Zimbabwe.

Today

The Senate will convene today at 9:00 a.m. for a pro forma session with no legislative business.

HEARINGS COVERED

House Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security
“The Fiscal Year 2025 Department of Energy Budget”

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment

H.R.8230 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To streamline the permitting process for communications infrastructure on National Forest System lands.
Sponsor: Johnson, Dusty [Rep.-R-SD-At Large] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Natural Resources; Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 05/02/2024 Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture.

S.4242 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to extend the authorization of the Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Hickenlooper, John W. [Sen.-D-CO] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 05/02/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.4245 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 to reauthorize certain United States Geological Survey water data enhancement programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Lummis, Cynthia M. [Sen.-R-WY] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 05/02/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.4251 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to establish a payment program for unexpected loss of markets and revenues to timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses due to major disasters, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Collins, Susan M. [Sen.-R-ME] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Action: Senate – 05/02/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

S.4252 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Agricultural Act of 2014 to establish additional payments for unborn livestock under the livestock indemnity payment program.
Sponsor: Cruz, Ted [Sen.-R-TX] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Action: Senate – 05/02/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

H.R.8229 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Agricultural Act of 2014 to establish additional payments for unborn livestock under the livestock indemnity payment program.
Sponsor: Jackson, Ronny [Rep.-R-TX-13] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Agriculture
Latest Action: House – 05/02/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.

Financial Services

S.4248 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to require the Financial Literacy and Education Commission to carry out a study on the impact of language barriers to financial health, to require the website and toll-free telephone number of the Commission to be provided in the most commonly spoken languages in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Butler, Laphonza R. [Sen.-D-CA] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 05/02/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.4257 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from allowing IRS personnel to use a personal device, including a mobile device, to access, process, transmit, or store taxpayer information.
Sponsor: Thune, John [Sen.-R-SD] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/02/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.4261 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to direct the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to award grants to provide financial assistance to certain educators to make down payments on certain homes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Heinrich, Martin [Sen.-D-NM] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 05/02/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

H.R.8226 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require the Comptroller General of the United States to carry out a study regarding major rules issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Sponsor: Garbarino, Andrew R. [Rep.-R-NY-2] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 05/02/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.8228 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to transfer the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Huizenga, Bill [Rep.-R-MI-4] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 05/02/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.8239 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To improve the consideration by the Securities and Exchange Commission of the costs and benefits of regulations and orders of the Commission.
Sponsor: Wagner, Ann [Rep.-R-MO-2] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 05/02/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.8240 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require a GAO audit of the information technology infrastructure of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commission’s handling of data.
Sponsor: Wagner, Ann [Rep.-R-MO-2] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 05/02/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.8241 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission to semiannually testify before Congress with regard to the activities of the Commission.
Sponsor: Wagner, Ann [Rep.-R-MO-2] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 05/02/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.4261 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to direct the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to award grants to provide financial assistance to certain educators to make down payments on certain homes, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Heinrich, Martin [Sen.-D-NM] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 05/02/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Health Care

S.J.Res.76 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to “Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance and Independent, Noncoordinated Excepted Benefits Coverage”.
Sponsor: Braun, Mike [Sen.-R-IN] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 05/02/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.4238 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title III of the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, to award grants to eligible entities to carry out construction or modernization projects designed to strengthen and increase capacity within the specialized pediatric health care infrastructure, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Padilla, Alex [Sen.-D-CA] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 05/02/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.4246 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to improve menopause care and mid-life women’s health, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Murray, Patty [Sen.-D-WA] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (16)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 05/02/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

H.R.8223 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To improve menopause care and mid-life women’s health, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Blunt Rochester, Lisa [Rep.-D-DE-At Large] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 05/02/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.8227 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to remove in-person requirements under Medicare for mental health services furnished through telehealth and telecommunications technology.
Sponsor: Hern, Kevin [Rep.-R-OK-1] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 05/02/2024 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.8235 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to modify the distribution of certain additional graduate medical education positions under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Murphy, Gregory F. [Rep.-R-NC-3] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 05/02/2024 Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Sanctions and Trade

S.4241 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to appropriately consider Taiwan for enhanced defense industrial base cooperation activities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rosen, Jacky [Sen.-D-NV] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 05/02/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

S.4253 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to ensure that United States diplomats and officials of the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission are able to advance efforts seeking compliance by the United Mexican States with the 1944 Treaty on Utilization of Waters of the Colorado and Tijuana Rivers and of the Rio Grande.
Sponsor: Cruz, Ted [Sen.-R-TX] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 05/02/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Tax

S.4237 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the credit for new clean vehicles, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Barrasso, John [Sen.-R-WY] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (18)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/02/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.R.8225 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require income from the first year of an apprenticeship to be disregarded in determining eligibility for assistance under the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families.
Sponsor: DelBene, Suzan K. [Rep.-D-WA-1] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 05/02/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Transportation

S.4254 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to limit the closure or consolidation of any United States Postal Service processing and distribution center in States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Tester, Jon [Sen.-D-MT] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 05/02/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Ukraine

H.R.8237 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require a report relating to the provision of certain information in connection with the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the resulting conflict, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sherrill, Mikie [Rep.-D-NJ-11] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs; Armed Services; Intelligence (Permanent Select)
Latest Action: House – 05/02/2024 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committees on Armed Services, and Intelligence (Permanent Select).

H.R.8238 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require the Secretary of Defense to appropriately consider Taiwan for enhanced defense industrial base cooperation activities.
Sponsor: Steel, Michelle [Rep.-R-CA-45] (Introduced 05/02/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs; Armed Services
Latest Action: House – 05/02/2024 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services.