Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
October 22, 2020
116th Congress (2019 - 2020), 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 166, No. 181 — Daily Edition
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Thursday, October 22, 2020
Motion to Proceed to Legislative Session: By 45 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. EX. 210), Senate did not agree to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session in order to proceed to the consideration of S. Res. 409, requesting information on Turkey's human rights practices in Syria pursuant to section 502B(c) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.
Point of Order: By 53 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. EX. 212), Senate sustained the ruling of the Chair. Subsequently, Schumer motion to appeal the ruling of the Chair that the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, of Indiana, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, should not be placed on the Executive Calendar because it was reported in violation of the rules of the Senate Judiciary committee, was rejected and the decision of the Chair stands as the judgment of the Senate.
Motion to Recess: By 53 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. EX. 214), Senate agreed to the McConnell motion to recess.
By 67 yeas to 30 nays (Vote No. EX. 213), Michael Jay Newman, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio.
During consideration of this nomination today, Senate took the following action:
By 66 yeas to 31 nays (Vote No. EX. 211), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Recess: Senate convened at 12 noon and recessed at 5:22 p.m., until 12 noon on Friday, October 23, 2020, after agreeing to the motion to recess. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S6406.)
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Amy Coney Barrett, of Indiana, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Benjamin Joel Beaton, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky, Kristi Haskins Johnson, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi, Taylor B. McNeel, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi, Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida, and Thompson Michael Dietz, of New Jersey, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims.
House of Representatives
The House was not in session today. The House is scheduled to meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 23, 2020.
No hearings were held.
No joint committee meetings were held.
S.743, to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the soldiers of the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), commonly known as ``Merrill's Marauders'', in recognition of their bravery and outstanding service in the jungles of Burma during World War II. Signed on October 17, 2020. (Public Law 116–170)
S.785, to improve mental health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Signed on October 17, 2020. (Public Law 116–171)
S. 2661, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to designate 9–8–8 as the universal telephone number for the purpose of the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system operating through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and through the Veterans Crisis Line. Signed on October 17, 2020. (Public Law 116–172)
H.R. 4779, to extend the Undertaking Spam, Spyware, And Fraud Enforcement With Enforcers beyond Borders Act of 2006. Signed on October 20, 2020. (Public Law 116–173)
S.294, to establish a business incubators program within the Department of the Interior to promote economic development in Indian reservation communities. Signed on October 20, 2020. (Public Law 116–174)
S.832, to nullify the Supplemental Treaty Between the United States of America and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of Indians of Middle Oregon, concluded on November 15, 1865. Signed on October 20, 2020. (Public Law 116–175)
H.R. 1812, to amend title 38, United States Code, to furnish Vet Center readjustment counseling and related mental health services to certain individuals. Signed on October 20, 2020. (Public Law 116–176)
H.R. 2372, to direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an assessment of all memoranda of understanding and memoranda of agreement between Under Secretary of Health and non-Department of Veterans Affairs entities relating to suicide prevention and mental health services. Signed on October 20, 2020. (Public Law 116–177)
H.R. 6168, to increase, effective as of December 1, 2020, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans. Signed on October 20, 2020. (Public Law 116–178)
S.1321, to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit interference with voting systems under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Signed October 20, 2020. (Public Law 116–179)
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Friday: Senators should expect procedural roll call votes in relation to the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, of Indiana, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Program for Friday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 11:30 a.m.