Senate to Consider More Biden Nominees & PPP Extension While House Starts Spring Recess
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by This Week in Congress | 3.25.21
What’s happening in Congress?
- The Senate is set to continue its work in confirming members of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet and potentially take up legislation to extend the lending window for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
- Meanwhile, the House starts a three-week recess from floor work, although committees will meet this week.
- The Senate starts its week Monday with a confirmation vote on the nomination of Marty Walsh to be Secretary of Labor.
- Its schedule for the rest of the week is yet to be announced, although Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) took procedural steps to allow consideration of several nominations and a bipartisan, House-passed bill to extend the PPP lending period for small businesses, which closes at the end of March under current law.
- This is expected to be the Senate’s final work week until after the recess for Easter and Passover, after which senators will return during the week of April 12th.
- Committees will hold hearings on policies to prevent gun violence, the impact of U.S. international tax policy on American workers, and raising taxes on wealthy Americans,
- The House will not be in session for floor business this week or for the two weeks after that. Committees will hold hybrid hearings this week before members take the next two weeks off in observance of Easter and Passover. The House’s next floor votes are expected to occur on Tuesday, April 13th.
- Committees will hold hearings on transportation infrastructure, statehood for the District of Columbia, presidential war powers and Congress’s role, and extremism in the armed forces.
Check below throughout the week to see the vote results and updates to the schedule.
Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.
Monday after 5:30pm
- Confirmation of Marty Walsh as Secretary of Labor Confirmed 68-29.
Tuesday after 11am
- Cloture motion on the nomination of Shalanda Young to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget Invoked 62-38.
- Confirmation of Shalanda Young as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget Confirmed 63-37.
- Cloture motion on the nomination of Vivek Murthy to be Surgeon General of the Public Health Service for a term of 4 years and Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service Invoked 57-43.
- Confirmation of Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General of the Public Health Service for a term of 4 years and Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service Confirmed 57-43.
Wednesday after 11:30am
- Cloture motion on the nomination of Rachel Levine to be Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services Invoked 52-48.
- Confirmation of Rachel Levine as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services Confirmed 52-48.
- Cloture motion on the nomination of David Turk to be Deputy Secretary of Energy Invoked 98-2.
- Confirmation of David Turk as Deputy Secretary of Energy Confirmed 98-2.
- Cloture motion on the motion to proceed to H.R. 1799: PPP Extension Act of 2021 Invoked 96-4.
Thursday after 11am
- Kennedy (LA) Amendment to H.R. 1799: PPP Extension Act of 2021 Not adopted 48-52.
- Rubio (FL) Amendment (#1405) to H.R. 1799: PPP Extension Act of 2021 Not adopted 48-52.
- Motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to H.R. 1799: PPP Extension Act of 2021 Waived 64-36.
- H.R. 1799: PPP Extension Act of 2021 Passed 92-7.
- Scott (FL) Amendment (#1411) to H.R. 1868: To prevent across-the-board spending cuts Not adopted 47-50.
- Shaheen (NH) & Collins (ME) Substitute Amendment (#1410) to H.R. 1868: To prevent across-the-board spending cuts Adopted by voice vote.
- H.R. 1868: To prevent across-the-board spending cuts, as amended. Passed 90-2.
- Confirmation of Adewale Adeyemo to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Adopted by voice vote.
- No votes are expected. The House is scheduled to return for floor business on Tuesday, April 13th.
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