Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. The Senate will convene today at 10:00 a.m. and will resume consideration of Judith E. Pipe to be an Associate Judge of the D.C. Superior Court (PN 1354) and Stephanie Sanders Sullivan to be Representative to the African Union, with the rank and status of Ambassador (PN 1343).

The HOUSE

Yesterday

H R 8282 – Illegitimate Court Counteraction Act
On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 247 – 155, 2 Present (Roll no. 242).

H R 8580 – Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2025
On agreeing to the Self amendment – An amendment numbered 42 printed in Part B of House Report 118-535 to prohibit funds to modify or remove any display of the Department of Veterans Affairs that bears the mission statement “To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise ‘to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan’ by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.”; Agreed to by recorded vote: 206 – 200 (Roll no. 241).

On agreeing to the Mast amendment – An amendment numbered 28 printed in Part B of House Report 118-535 to ensure veterans can participate in state-approved medical marijuana programs. The amendment removes the current directive that prevents VA Medical Facility staff from recommending, making referrals, or completing forms and registering Veterans for participation in state-approved marijuana programs; Agreed to by recorded vote: 290 – 116 (Roll no. 240).

On agreeing to the Greene (GA) amendment – An amendment numbered 16 printed in Part B of House Report 118-535 to strike funding for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program; Failed by recorded vote: 46 – 354 (Roll no. 239).

On agreeing to the Crane amendment – An amendment numbered 10 printed in Part B of House Report 118-535 to prohibit the VA from using funds to submit a beneficiary’s name to the NICS list based on VA’s appointment of a fiduciary; Agreed to by recorded vote: 211 – 193 (Roll no. 238).

On agreeing to the Bost amendment – An amendment numbered 8 printed in Part B of House Report 118-535 to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to apply the same access standards for Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MHRRTP) as for primary care, specialty care, and non-institutional extended care services; Agreed to by recorded vote: 207 – 195 (Roll no. 237).

H RES 1269 – Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 8580) making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2025, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 8282) Illegitimate Court Counteraction Act
On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 208 – 195 (Roll no. 236).

On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 205 – 193 (Roll no. 235).

Today

The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 10:00 a.m.
 
Legislation Considered Pursuant to a Rule:
Complete consideration of H.R. 8580 – Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2025 (Sponsored by Rep. Carter (TX) / Appropriations Committee)

The SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes
1.   Confirmation of Executive Calendar #647 Christopher T. Hanson, of Michigan, to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; confirmed: 81-17.
2.   Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #507 Tanya Monique Jones Bosier, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the D.C. Superior Court; invoked: 57-41.
3.   Confirmation of Executive Calendar #507 Tanya Monique Jones Bosier, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the D.C. Superior Court; confirmed: 57-41.
4.   Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #511 Judith E. Pipe, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the D.C. Superior Court; invoked: 56-42.

Legislative Business
Passed S.3237 – Patriot Bill of Rights w/Tillis substitute amendment
 
Adopted the following resolutions:
Cal. #378, S.Res.385 Evan Gershkovich
S.Res.719 Seersucker Suit Day/Month 
S.Res.720 Trine University Men’s Basketball 
S.Res.721 Grace College Lancers Women’s Basketball 
S.Res.722  D-Day Anniversary 
S.Res.723 Universal Design for Learning Anniversary 
S.Res.724 National Brain Tumor Awareness Month
Agreed to Cal. #380, S.Con.Res.18 – Marc Fogel

Completed the Rule 14 process to place the following bills on the Legislative Calendar of Business:
1.  S.4445, Right to IVF Act (Duckworth)
2.  H.R.192, to prohibit individuals who are not citizens of the United States from voting in elections in the District of Columbia and to repeal the Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2022.

Began the Rule 14 process to place the following bill on the Legislative Calendar of Business:
1.  S.4447, Allowing Greater Access to Safe and Effective Contraception Act (Ernst)

Today

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of Executive Calendar #511 Judith E. Pipe, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the D.C. Superior Court, post-cloture.

At approximately 12:00 noon, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Pipe nomination. Following disposition of the nomination, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #590 Stephanie Sanders Sullivan, of Maryland, to be Representative to the African Union, with the rank and status of Ambassador.

If cloture is invoked on the Sullivan nomination, the confirmation vote will occur at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Republican Leader.

At approximately 3:45pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #400, S.4381, Right to Contraception Act.

Senators are encouraged to vote in a timely manner to prevent delays.

Wednesday, June 5th at approx. 12:00 noon – 2 roll call votes expected:
1.  Confirmation of Executive Calendar #511 Judith E. Pipe, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the D.C. Superior Court
2.  Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #590 Stephanie Sanders Sullivan, of Maryland, to be Representative to the African Union, with the rank and status of Ambassador

Wednesday, June 5th at approx. 3:45pm – roll call vote:
1.  Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to Calendar #400, S.4381, Right to Contraception Act

HEARINGS COVERED

House Appropriations Committee
Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
“Fiscal Year 2025 Financial Services and General Government Bill”

House Financial Services
Subcommittee on Digital Assets, Financial Technology, and Inclusion
“Next Generation Infrastructure: How Tokenization of Real-World Assets Will Facilitate Efficient Markets”

Senate Budget Committee
“Riskier Business: How Climate is Already Challenging Insurance Markets”

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
“Oversight and Budget of the Federal Highway Administration”

Senate Finance Committee
“Revitalizing and Renewing GSP, AGOA, and Other Trade Preference Programs”

Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee
“Streamlining the Federal Cybersecurity Regulatory Process: The Path to Harmonization”

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Energy/ Environment

S.4449 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate certain river segments in the State of Oregon as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Wyden, Ron [Sen.-D-OR] (Introduced 06/04/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 06/04/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.4451 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to enter into an agreement with the National Academy of Sciences to carry out a study on reservation systems for Federal land.
Sponsor: Padilla, Alex [Sen.-D-CA] (Introduced 06/04/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 06/04/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.4454 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to provide for the establishment of an Operational Flexibility Grazing Management Program on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Barrasso, John [Sen.-R-WY] (Introduced 06/04/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 06/04/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.4457 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to provide for conservation and economic development in the State of Nevada, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cortez Masto, Catherine [Sen.-D-NV] (Introduced 06/04/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 06/04/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S.4458 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to reauthorize the Reclamation Rural Water Supply Act of 2006, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rounds, Mike [Sen.-R-SD] (Introduced 06/04/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Energy and Natural Resources
Latest Action: Senate – 06/04/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

H.R.8603 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish a pilot program for a Federal and State multi-entity pass accepted by one or more Federal land management agencies and one or more State land management agencies, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Collins, Mike [Rep.-R-GA-10] (Introduced 06/04/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 06/04/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.8614 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To authorize the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to carry out a study to examine the potential relationship between increased health risks and living in proximity to sites that have been or are being mined for surface coal deposits, and the potential human health effects of surface coal mining operations in Central Appalachia, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: McGarvey, Morgan [Rep.-D-KY-3] (Introduced 06/04/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 06/04/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.8618 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To require the Environmental Protection Agency to assess the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with forest biomass combustion for electricity when developing relevant rules and regulations and to carry out a study on the impacts of the forest biomass industry, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Thompson, Bennie G. [Rep.-D-MS-2] (Introduced 06/04/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 06/04/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Financial Services

S.4455 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to prohibit consumer reporting agencies from furnishing consumer reports containing adverse items of information about a consumer that resulted from that consumer being unlawfully or wrongfully detained abroad or held hostage abroad.
Sponsor: Coons, Christopher A. [Sen.-D-DE] (Introduced 06/04/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 06/04/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

H.R.8604 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To reduce regulatory barriers to housing, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Blunt Rochester, Lisa [Rep.-D-DE-At Large] (Introduced 06/04/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services; Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 06/04/2024 Referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.

Health Care

S.4447 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to allow women greater access to safe and effective oral contraceptive drugs intended for routine use, and to direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study on Federal funding of contraceptive methods.
Sponsor: Ernst, Joni [Sen.-R-IA] (Introduced 06/04/2024) Cosponsors: (9)
Latest Action: Senate – 06/04/2024 Introduced in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.

S.J.Res.91 — 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 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services relating to “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Minimum Staffing Standards for Long-Term Care Facilities and Medicaid Institutional Payment Transparency Reporting”.
Sponsor: Lankford, James [Sen.-R-OK] (Introduced 06/04/2024) Cosponsors: (30)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 06/04/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Tax

H.R.8619 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for S corporation reform, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Wenstrup, Brad R. [Rep.-R-OH-2] (Introduced 06/04/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 06/04/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.8605 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the rules governing the State administration of self-employment assistance programs.
Sponsor: Carey, Mike [Rep.-R-OH-15] (Introduced 06/04/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 06/04/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Transportation and Infrastructure

S.4446 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
A bill to amend the National Construction Safety Team Act to enable the National Institute of Standards and Technology to investigate structures other than buildings to inform the development of engineering standards, best practices, and building codes related to such structures, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Cornyn, John [Sen.-R-TX] (Introduced 06/04/2024) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 06/04/2024 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

H.R.8608 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend title 49, United States Code, to prohibit access by certain individuals to certain areas of airports, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Gimenez, Carlos A. [Rep.-R-FL-28] (Introduced 06/04/2024) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Homeland Security
Latest Action: House – 06/04/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.

H.R.8610 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To reauthorize and reform counter-unmanned aircraft system authorities, to improve transparency, security, safety, and accountability related to such authorities, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Green, Mark E. [Rep.-R-TN-7] (Introduced 06/04/2024) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure; Judiciary; Homeland Security
Latest Action: House – 06/04/2024 Referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, and Homeland Security.

H.R.8616 — 118th Congress (2023-2024)
To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to require the President to establish a disaster deductible for each State to offset the amount provided to such State in response to a major disaster, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Perry, Scott [Rep.-R-PA-10] (Introduced 06/04/2024) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 06/04/2024 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.