Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
July 31, 2020
116th Congress (2019 - 2020), 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 166, No. 136 — Daily Edition
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Friday, July 31, 2020
The Senate was not in session and stands adjourned until 3 p.m., on Monday, August 3, 2020.
No committee meetings were held.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: There were no reports filed today.
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed Representative DeGette to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
In the matter of Representative David Schweikert: The House agreed to H. Res. 1074, in the matter of Representative David Schweikert.
Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2021: The House passed H.R. 7617, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021, by a yea-and-nay vote of 217 yeas to 197 nays, Roll No. 178. Consideration began yesterday, July 30th.
Rejected the Aderholt motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 197 yeas to 219 nays, Roll No. 177.
Allen amendment (No. 219 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–461) that was debated on July 30th that sought to reduce funds made available in Division F (LHHS) by 5 percent (by a yea-and-nay vote of 123 yeas to 292 nays, Roll No. 176).
Agreed that the Clerk be authorized to make technical corrections and conforming changes to the bill.
Moment of Silence: The House observed a moment of silence in remembrance of the over 150,000 Americans who have passed away a result of the COVID–19 virus.
Announcement by the Chair: The Chair announces that the Speaker's announced policy of April 7, 2020, will remain in effect during any covered period designated pursuant to House Resolution 965.
Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 1:35 p.m.
The Urgent Need for a National Plan to Contain the Coronavirus
Committee on Oversight and Reform: Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis held a hearing entitled ``The Urgent Need for a National Plan to Contain the Coronavirus''. Testimony was heard from the following Department of Health and Human Services officials: Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health; Admiral Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health; and Robert R. Redfield, M.D., Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee held a markup on the H.R. 7856, the ``Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021''; and Authorizing all Members of the House of Representatives to review, at a time to be determined by the Committee, the Classified Annex to the Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. H.R. 7856 was ordered reported, without amendment. Authorization for members to review the Classified Annex to the Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Year 2021 was approved, as amended. Part of this meeting was closed.
Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress: Full Committee held a business meeting to consider recommendations to Improve Continuity of Government and Congressional Operations. Recommendations to Improve Continuity of Government and Congressional Operations passed.
No joint committee meetings were held.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation, hearing entitled ``An Update on the Rohingya Crisis'', 2 p.m., Webex.
Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on Government Operations, hearing entitled ``FITARA 10.0'', 2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn and Webex.
Program for Monday: Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Mark Wesley Menezes, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Energy, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.
Program for Tuesday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 11 a.m.
Brooks, Susan W., Ind., E717
Butterfield, G.K., N.C., E714
Cunningham, Joe, S.C., E712
Fleischmann, Charles J. ``Chuck'', Tenn., E711
Hartzler, Vicky, Mo., E717
Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E713
Jordan, Jim, Ohio, E712
King, Steve, Iowa, E713
Larson, John B., Conn., E711
Lofgren, Zoe, Calif., E711
Lowenthal, Alan S., Calif., E711
McAdams, Ben, Utah, E714
Mullin, Markwayne, Okla., E715
Palazzo, Steven M., Miss., E718
Reschenthaler, Guy, Pa., E715
Roybal-Allard, Lucille, Calif., E719
Schneider, Bradley Scott, Ill., E715
Schrier, Kim, Wash., E718
Scott, Robert C. ``Bobby'', Va., E712
Soto, Darren, Fla., E713
Trone, David J., Md., E711
Wasserman Schultz, Debbie, Fla., E712
Waters, Maxine, Calif., E715