US House set to vote on infrastructure bill on September 27 – Ballotpedia News
Our weekly Federal News Digest highlights updates on the Infrastructure Bill and COVID-19 Booster Injections. Read all about it in this week’s edition of the Federal Tap.
The congress is in session
The House and Senate sit next week. Click here to see the full schedule for the first session of the 117th Congress.
SCOTUS is out of session
The Supreme Court will not hear oral argument next week. To find out about the 2021-2022 mandate, click here.
Where was the president last week?
On Monday, Biden participated in a bilateral meeting with United Nations Secretary-General AntÃ³nio Guterres in New York, New York.
On Tuesday, Biden delivered remarks to the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, New York. He also participated in bilateral meetings with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in New York, New York and Washington, DC, respectively.
Wednesday and Thursday, Biden stayed in Washington, DC
On Friday, Biden hosted the first in-person Quad Leaders Summit with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide in Washington, DC
- 83 vacancies in the federal judiciary
- 23 pending applications
- 34 future federal judge positions
Future judicial posts under Article III
According to the latest US court vacancy data, there were a total of 32 vacancies advertised for Article III judge positions. The first vacancy announcement took place on December 1, 2020, when Judge Paul K. Holmes of the US District Court for the Western District of Arkansas announced he would assume senior status on November 10, 2021. The most recent date September 20, 2021, when U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Judge Lucy Koh announced her retirement due to her elevation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Thirteen effective dates for vacancies have not been determined because judges have not announced when they will leave the bench. The next vacancies will take place on September 30, 2021, when Judge R. Brooke Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado assumes senior executive status and Judge Beverly Martin retires from the Court of US call for the 11th circuit.
For historical comparison, the week of September 13-19, 2020, there were 74 federal judicial vacancies and three upcoming vacancies reported by U.S. courts.
U.S. Supreme Court releases December pleadings schedule
The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) released the December 2021-2022 term of argument on September 20, providing for nine cases for oral argument. The tribunal will hear nine hours of oral argument between November 29 and December 8.
Click on the links below to learn more about the cases:
On September 8, the court announced that it would hear oral argument in person for the first time since March 4, 2020, for its hearings in October, November and December.
To date, the court has granted review in 34 cases during the next term. Four cases have not yet been scheduled for oral argument. Two cases were rejected after being accepted.
US Senate confirms candidates for federal circuit and district courts
The US Senate this week confirmed three of President Biden (D) ‘s federal judicial candidates. Veronica Rossman was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit on September 20 by a vote of 50-42. Margaret Strickland was confirmed in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico on September 21 by a 52-45 vote. Florence Pan was confirmed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on September 23 by a vote of 68-30.
The 10th Circuit is one of 13 US Courts of Appeal, the intermediate appellate courts of the Federal Courts of the United States. The District of New Mexico and the District of Columbia are two of the country’s 94 general courts.
When the confirmed candidates receive their judicial commission and take the judicial oath, their respective jurisdictions will have:
To date, 14 of Biden’s appointees have been confirmed since January 2021. For historical comparison since 1981, the following list shows when the last six presidents had 13 confirmed Article III judicial candidates. by the Senate:
- President Donald Trump (right) – November 16, 2017
- President Barack Obama (R) – January 20, 2010
- President George W. Bush (right) – November 6, 2001
- President Bill Clinton (D) – November 20, 1993
- President George HW Bush (right) – November 22, 1989
- President Ronald Reagan (right) – October 21, 1981
U.S. House expected to vote on infrastructure bill on September 27
On September 27, the US House is expected to vote on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The bipartisan Senate bill would allocate $ 550 billion in new spending on transportation, water and power infrastructure, and pollution control, in addition to regular annual spending on infrastructure projects.
Progressive Democrats have urged party leaders to prioritize the $ 3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill, which operates through Congress on a dual track with the infrastructure bill. Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said on September 21, 2021 that she and members of her caucus would vote against the infrastructure bill if the budget reconciliation bill was not adopted first.
According to The hill, nine Democrats said they would vote against the infrastructure bill. Five House Republicans have publicly indicated they will support him: Representatives Don Bacon (Neb.), Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Adam Kinzinger (Illinois), Tom Reed (NY) and Fred Upton (Michigan).
Democrats hold a majority of 220-212 in the United States House.
Redistricting Roundup: Redistricting Proposals Rejected In Nebraska, Court Challenges Should Be Enacted In Ohio
Here’s a recap of this week’s notable redistribution news from Nebraska, Oregon and Wisconsin:
Nebraska: On September 20, the Nebraska Senate voted 27-18 to end debate on its proposed legislative map of the state, which fell short of the 33 votes needed to move the measure to a full vote. It comes after the unicameral state legislature voted 29-17 in favor of ending debate on a congressional map on September 17, which also fell short of the 33 âyesâ votes needed to move the proposal forward.
The Lincoln Journal-Star reported on September 21 that Senate Speaker Mike Hilgers (right) said he could adjourn the special Legislative Redistribution session, which is expected to end by September 30, without passing new maps . Hilgers said if new maps are not approved this month, the legislature will undertake to redraw the boundaries of Congress and legislative districts during the Senate regular session in January, which could force the state to delay primary elections next year.
Oregon: Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (D) announced the creation of two special legislative committees to review congressional and state legislative maps during the first day of the special redistribution session of the Legislative Assembly on September 20. Kotek appointed two Democrats and a Republican to the special House committee. on Congressional Redistribution, and four Democrats and four Republicans on the Special House Committee on State Legislative Redistribution. Previously, only one committee â the Special House Committee on Redistribution â was responsible for reviewing both legislative and congressional maps.
In addition, the Oregon Senate approved legislative and congressional redistribution proposals for the Senate from Sept. 18-11 on Sept. 20, depending on the party. All 18 Democratic lawmakers voted to approve the cards, and 10 Republicans and one independent lawmaker voted against.
Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4-3 Sept. 22 to hear a redistribution case filed by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty asking the court to set a timeline for the legislature and Governor Tony Evers (D) for s ‘hear about new cards and draw the cards themselves if they are unable to. The majority opinion of the state Supreme Court said that the state district card lawsuits should be heard in state rather than federal courts, stating: âThis court has long considered the challenges of redistribution as an appropriate subject for the exercise by the court of its original jurisdiction.
On September 21, a three-judge panel from the Federal District Court called on all parties to a lawsuit associated with the state’s redistribution process to submit a draft timetable to complete a trial by the end of January so that district maps can be finalized by March 1. 2022. The lawsuit was filed by a group of plaintiffs on August 13 and asks the court to set a deadline for lawmakers to redraw district maps. The lawsuit also asks the court to step in and draw cards if the deadline is not met. The panel’s opinion said: “If history is any guide, to say the least, there is at least a substantial likelihood that the divided government in the state of Wisconsin will struggle, as it did in the past, to draw their own maps. “
Federal law requires a three-judge panel to hear constitutional challenges to congressional or state legislative redistribution plans. The panel judges are Court of Appeal Judge Amy St. Eve and District Court Judges James Peterson and Edmond Chang. St. Eve was appointed to the Seventh Court of Appeal by Donald Trump (R) and Chang and Peterson were appointed by Barack Obama (D).
CDC panel splits from FDA on COVID-19 booster injections
On Thursday, September 23, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) external vaccine advisory committee voted to recommend booster shots of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to several groups of Americans. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said people 65 and older should be boosted, as well as immunocompromised people 50 to 64 years old. The panel also voted to give reminders to people as young as 18 on a case-by-case basis.
The panel’s vote follows a similar recommendation Wednesday from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, in this case, the FDA voted to allow booster shots not only for the elderly and immunocompromised, but also for frontline workers, including healthcare workers and teachers. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted against giving booster shots to frontline workers.
CDC director Rochelle Walensky will need to approve the panel’s recommendation for it to take effect.
Neither agency has decided whether people who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines will need a booster.