Daily Digest/Senate; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 155
(Daily Digest - September 25, 2019)

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                                      Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S5673-S5712
Measures Introduced: Seven bills and thirteen resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 2543-2549, and S. Res. 330-342.
  Page S5706
Measures Reported:
  Special Report entitled ``Further Revised Allocation to Subcommittees 
of Budget Totals for Fiscal Year 2020''. (S. Rept. No. 116-121)
  S. 1245, to improve energy performance in Federal buildings, with 
amendments. (S. Rept. No. 116-117)
  S. 1685, to require the Secretary of Energy to establish a program 
for the research, development, and demonstration of commercially viable 
technologies for the capture of carbon dioxide produced during the 
generation of natural gas-generated power, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 116-118)
  S. 1857, to amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to 
improve Federal energy and water performance requirements for Federal 
buildings and establish a Federal Energy Management Program, with 
amendments. (S. Rept. No. 116-119)
  S. 2543, to amend titles XI, XVIII, and XIX of the Social Security 
Act to lower prescription drug prices in the Medicare and Medicaid 
programs, to improve transparency related to pharmaceutical prices and 
transactions, to lower patients' out-of-pocket costs, and to ensure 
accountability to taxpayers. (S. Rept. No. 116-120)
  S. 2099, to redesignate the Sullys Hill National Game Preserve in the 
State of North Dakota as the White Horse Hill National Game Preserve.
  S. 2260, to provide for the improvement of domestic infrastructure in 
order to prevent marine debris, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute.
Page S5705
Measures Passed:
  National Emergency Declaration: Committee on Armed Services was 
discharged from further consideration of S.J. Res. 54, relating to a 
national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019, and 
the resolution was then passed in a roll call vote, 54 yeas to 41 nays 
(Vote No. 302).
  Pages S5674-81
  Federal Election Interference: Senate agreed to S. Res. 330, 
instructing the managers on the part of the Senate on the bill S. 1790 
(116th Congress) to require certain measures to address Federal 
election interference by foreign governments. 
                                               Pages S5681-91, S5691-92
  Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.: By 91 yeas to 4 nays (Vote No. 303), 
Senate agreed to S. Res. 331, instructing the managers on the part of 
the Senate on the bill S. 1790 (116th Congress) to insist upon the 
inclusion of the provisions of S. 2118 (116th Congress) (relating to 
the prohibition of United States persons from dealing in certain 
information and communications technology or services from foreign 
adversaries and requiring the approval of Congress to terminate certain 
export controls in effect with respect to Huawei Technologies Co. 
Ltd.).
  Pages S5681-91, S5691-92
  Survivor Benefit Plan: By a unanimous vote of 94 yeas (Vote No. 304), 
Senate agreed to S. Res. 332, instructing the managers on the part of 
the Senate on the conference on the bill S. 1790 (116th Congress) to 
insist upon the provisions contained in section 630A of the House 
amendment (relating to the repeal of a requirement of reduction of 
Survivor Benefit Plan survivor annuities by amounts of dependency and 
indemnity compensation).
  Pages S5681-91, S5691-93
  Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl: Senate agreed to S. Res. 334, 
instructing the managers on the part of the Senate on the bill S. 1790 
(116th Congress) to insist upon the provisions contained in section 316 
of the Senate bill (relating to a prohibition on the use of 
perfluoroalkyl substances and polyfluoroalkyl substances for land-based 
applications of firefighting foam).
  Pages S5681-91, S5691-93
  Replenishment of Certain Military Construction Funds: By 52 yeas to 
42 nays (Vote No. 306), Senate agreed to S. Res. 335, instructing the 
managers on the part of the Senate on the bill S. 1790 (116th

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Congress) to insist upon the members of the conference to include the 
provisions contained in section 2906 of the Senate bill (relating to 
replenishment of certain military construction funds). 
                                               Pages S5681-91, S5691-94
  Family and Medical Leave: By 55 yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 307), 
Senate agreed to S. Res. 336, instructing the managers on the part of 
the Senate on the bill S. 1790 (116th Congress) to insist upon the 
members of the conference to consider potential commonsense solutions 
regarding family and medical leave, including voluntary compensatory 
time programs and incentives through the tax code. 
                                               Pages S5681-91, S5691-95
Measures Failed:
  Paid Family Leave for Federal Personnel: By 47 yeas to 48 nays (Vote 
No. 305), Senate failed to agree to S. Res. 333, instructing the 
managers on the part of the Senate on the bill S. 1790 (116th Congress) 
to insist upon the provisions contained in subtitle B of title XI of 
the House amendment (relating to paid family leave for Federal 
personnel).
  Pages S5681-91, S5691-93
Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Health Extenders Act of 2019--
Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 
approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, September 26, 2019, Senate begin 
consideration of H.R. 4378, making continuing appropriations for fiscal 
year 2020, that the only amendment in order be Paul Amendment No. 942, 
and the time until 12:15 p.m. be equally divided in the usual form, and 
that at 12:15 p.m., Senate vote on or in relation to Paul Amendment No. 
942, and that following disposition of the amendment, Senate vote on 
passage of the bill, as amended, if amended, with 60 affirmative votes 
required for passage.
  Page S5712
Scalia Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the 
nomination of Eugene Scalia, of Virginia, to be Secretary of Labor. 
                                                  Pages S5674, S5695-96
  Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the 
following action:
  Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to 
consider the nomination.
Page S5674
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 52 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. EX. 309), Senate agreed to the motion 
to close further debate on the nomination.
Pages S5695-96
Hyten Nomination--Cloture: By 73 yeas to 21 nays (Vote No. EX. 308), 
Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination 
of Gen. John E. Hyten for appointment as Vice Chairman of the Joint 
Chiefs of Staff and for appointment in the United States Air Force to 
the grade indicated while assigned to a position of importance and 
responsibility in accordance with title 10, U.S.C., sections 154 and 
601: to be General.
  Page S5695
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that on Thursday, 
September 26, 2019, following disposition of H.R. 4378, Senate resume 
consideration of the nomination, with the time until 1:30 p.m., equally 
divided between the Leaders, or their designees, and that at 1:30 p.m., 
the post-cloture time on the nominations of Gen. John E. Hyten, and 
Eugene Scalia, of Virginia, to be Secretary of Labor, be considered 
expired and Senate vote on confirmation of the nominations in the order 
listed.
Page S5712
Messages from the House:
  Page S5703
Measures Referred:
  Page S5703
Executive Communications:
  Pages S5703-05
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S5705-06
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S5706-08
Additional Statements:
  Pages S5702-03
Amendments Submitted:
  Page S5712
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S5712
Record Votes: Eight record votes were taken today. (Total--309) 
                                Pages S5681, S5692, S5694, S5695, S5696
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:23 p.m., 
until 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2019. (For Senate's program, 
see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
S5712.)