May 12, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 89 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
Daily Digest Section (PDF)
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
USA Freedom Reauthorization Act--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 10 a.m., on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Senate begin consideration of H.R. 6172, to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to prohibit the production of certain business records, under the order of March 16, 2020; provided further, that at 12 noon, Senate vote on or in relation to the McConnell side-by-side amendment to the Daines amendment, if offered; and that following the disposition of the McConnell amendment, Senate vote on or in relation to the Daines amendment.
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
By 61 yeas 32 nays (Vote No. EX. 86), Brian D. Montgomery, of Texas, to be Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
By 62 yeas 31 nays (Vote No. EX. 88), Troy D. Edgar, of California, to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Homeland Security.
During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
By 62 yeas to 31 nays (Vote No. EX. 87), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10:30 a.m. and adjourned at 6:39 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S2385.)
FINANCIAL REGULATORS OVERSIGHT
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded an oversight hearing to examine financial regulators, including S. 3560, to amend the Truth in Lending Act to extend the consumer credit protections provided to members of the Armed Forces and their dependents under title 10, United States Code, to all consumers, after receiving testimony from Randal K. Quarles, Vice Chair for Supervision, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Joseph M. Otting, Comptroller of the Currency, Department of the Treasury; Jelena McWilliams, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; and Rodney E. Hood, Chairman, National Credit Union Administration.
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Brian D. Miller, of Virginia, to be Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery, Department of the Treasury, and Dana T. Wade, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded a hearing to examine COVID–19, focusing on safely getting back to work and back to school, after receiving testimony from Anthony S. Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Robert R. Redfield, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Admiral Brett P. Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health, and Stephen M. Hahn, Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Food and Drug Administration, all of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine liability during the COVID–19 pandemic, after receiving testimony from Kevin Smartt, Kwik Chek Food Stores Inc., Spicewood, Texas; Anthony Perrone, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Rebecca Dixon, National Employment Law Project, and David Vladeck, Georgetown University Law Center, all of Washington, D.C.; Larry Leroy Tyner, Jr., Texas Christian University, Fort Worth; and Helen Hill, Explore Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: There were no reports filed today.
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed Representative Trone to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Commission on International Religious Freedom--Reappointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's reappointment of the following individuals on the part of the House to the Commission on International Religious Freedom for a term effective May 14, 2020, and ending May 14, 2022: Ms. Anurima Bhargava of Chicago, Illinois, and Dr. James W. Carr of Searcy, Arkansas.
Senate Referral: S. 249 was held at the desk.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on page 1989.
Quorum Calls--Votes: There were no Yea and Nay votes, and there were no Recorded votes. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 12 noon and adjourned at 12:03 p.m.
No hearings were held.
No joint committee meetings were held.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold hearings to examine the state of broadband amid the COVID–19 pandemic, 10 a.m., SD–G50.
Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Natalie E. Brown, of Nebraska, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda, Sandra E. Clark, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to Burkina Faso, William Ellison Grayson, of California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia, Henry T. Wooster, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, all of the Department of State, and Ramsey Coats Day, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, 2:30 p.m., VTC.
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: to hold hearings to examine evolving the United States Cybersecurity strategy and posture, focusing on reviewing the Cyberspace Solarium Commission Report, 9:30 a.m., WEBEX.
Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters, 2 p.m., SVC–217.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Wednesday: Senate will begin consideration of H.R. 6172, USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act.
At 12 noon, Senate will vote on or in relation to the McConnell or designee side-by-side amendment to the Daines-Wyden amendment (re: Sec. 215 Web Browser/Search History Data Collection Prohibition), and in relation to Daines-Wyden amendment.
At approximately 4 p.m., Senate is expected to vote on or in relation to the McConnell or designee side-by-side amendment, if offered, to the Lee-Leahy amendment (re: Amicus Reform and Exculpatory Evidence), and in relation to the Lee-Leahy amendment.
Program for Wednesday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 9:30 a.m.
Axne, Cynthia, Iowa, E438
Burgess, Michael C., Tex., E439
Calvert, Ken, Calif., E440
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E442
Hill, J. French, Ark., E438
Langevin, James R., R.I., E441
Levin, Mike, Calif., E437
Olson, Pete, Tex., E439
Perlmutter, Ed, Colo., E439
Webster, Daniel, Fla., E442