Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet today at 2:00 pm for legislative business. The Senate will convene today at 10:00 am to resume consideration of Krissa Lanham to be US District Judge for the District of Arizona (PN1460). The chamber is also expected to consider Angela Martinez to be US District Judge for the District of Arizona (PN1462).

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. 5527 – Modernizing Government Technology Reform Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mace / Oversight and Accountability Committee)
 
H.R. 5887 – Government Service Delivery Improvement Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Khanna / Oversight and Accountability Committee)
 
H.R. 3019 – Federal Prison Oversight Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. McBath / Oversight and Accountability Committee)
 
H.R. 807 – Working Dog Commemorative Coin Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. McHenry / Financial Services Committee)
 
H.R. 1097 – Everett Alvarez, Jr. Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2023 (Sponsored by Rep. Panetta / Financial Services Committee)
 
H.R. 3317 – Rolling Stock Protection Act (Sponsored by Rep. Crawford / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
 
H.R. 6317 – To require the Administrator of the General Services Administration to submit a report describing a process for seeking public comment about proposed changes to mandatory design standards for public buildings, and for other purposes (Sponsored by Rep. Titus / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
 
H.R. 5754 – To designate the United States courthouse located at 350 W. 1st Street, Los Angeles, California, as the “Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez United States Courthouse”., as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Gomez / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

H.R. 5799 – James R. Dominguez Memorial Act of 2023 (Sponsored by Rep. Tony Gonzales / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
 
H.R. 6248 – Think Differently Transportation Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Molinaro / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
 
H.R. 5863 – Federal Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2023, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Steube / Ways and Means Committee)

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

  1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #460 Seth Robert Aframe, of New Hampshire, to be United States Circuit Judge for the First Circuit; confirmed: 49-40.

Legislative Business
Completed the Rule 14 process to place S.4361, Border Act of 2024, on the Legislative Calendar of Business
Began the Rule 14 process to place H.R.8369, Israel Security Assistance Support Act, on the Legislative Calendar of Business.

At a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Republican Leader, no later than May 24, 2024, if S.J.Res.58 is discharged from the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, it will be in order for Senator Cruz or his designee to move to proceed to the consideration of S.J.Res.58. If the motion is agreed to, there will be up to 10 hours of debate equally divided between the proponents and opponents. Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will vote on passage of the joint resolution.
–          S.J.Res.58, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Energy relating to “Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Furnaces”.

Today

The Senate will convene at 10:00 am.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of Executive Calendar #599, Krissa Lanham, to be US District Judge for the District of Arizona.
 
At approximately 11:30am, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Lanham nomination.
 
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 Lanham nomination. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #600, Angela Martinez, to be US District Judge for the District of Arizona.
 
During Tuesday’s session, we expect to execute the order with respect to S.J.Res.58 (Consumer furnaces CRA) and that there will be a roll call vote on passage of the joint resolution. Another message will be sent as more information about timing is available.
 
If cloture is invoked on the Martinez nomination, the vote on confirmation of the nomination is expected during Wednesday’s session.

During Monday’s session, Senator Schumer filed cloture on the following nominations:
1.  Executive Calendar #571 Dena M. Coggins, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California
2.  Executive Calendar #552 Melissa Griffin Dalton, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of the Air Force

Tuesday, May 21st at approx. 11:30am –  roll call vote:
1.  Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #599, Krissa Lanham, to be US District Judge for the District of Arizona.

Tuesday, May 21st at approx. 2:15pm – 2 roll call votes expected:
1.  Confirmation of Executive Calendar #599, Krissa Lanham, to be US District Judge for the District of Arizona.
2.  Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #600, Angela Martinez, to be US District Judge for the District of Arizona.

Tuesday, May 21st at TBD – roll call vote expected:
1.  Passage of S.J.Res.58, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Energy relating to “Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Furnaces”.

HEARINGS COVERED

Senate Energy and Natural Resources
“Hearing to examine the opportunities, risks, and challenges associated with growth in demand for electric power in the United States”

Senate Finance
“Child savings accounts and other tax-advantaged accounts benefiting American children”

Senate Judiciary
“Hearing to examine competition in the prescription drug market, focusing on ensuring affordable and accessible medications”

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight and Ports
“Examining the Roadway Safety Crisis and Highlighting Community Solutions”

Senate Finance
Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
“Examining Trade Enforcement and Entry of Merchandise at U.S. Ports”

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment

S.4367 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Carper, Thomas R. [Sen.-D-DE] (Introduced 05/20/2024) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 05/20/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Sanctions and Trade

S.4369 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to require the Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center to develop a strategy and conduct outreach to United States industry, including shipping companies, port operators, and logistics firms, on the risks of smartport technology of the People’s Republic of China and other related risks, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Casey, Robert P., Jr. [Sen.-D-PA] (Introduced 05/20/2024) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Intelligence (Select)
Latest Action: Senate – 05/20/2024 Read twice and referred to the Select Committee on Intelligence.

Tax

S.4368 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require, as a condition of receiving Federal Medicaid funding, that States do not prohibit in vitro fertilization (IVF) services, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cruz, Ted [Sen.-R-TX] (Introduced 05/20/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/20/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.