May 28, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 100 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
Daily Digest Section (PDF)
Thursday, May 28, 2020
The Senate met at 11:00:08 a.m. in pro forma session, and adjourned at 11:00:43 a.m. until 3 p.m., on Monday, June 1, 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 Carson (IN) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2020: 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;
Major Medical Facility Authorization Act of 2020: S. 3414, to authorize major medical facility projects for the Department of Veterans Affairs for fiscal year 2020;
Amending title 38, United States Code, to modify the limitation on pay for certain high-level employees and officers of the Department of Veterans Affairs: S. 3084, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to modify the limitation on pay for certain high-level employees and officers of the Department of Veterans Affairs; and
Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020: H.R. 7010, amended, to amend the Small Business Act and the CARES Act to modify certain provisions related to the forgiveness of loans under the paycheck protection program, to allow recipients of loan forgiveness under the paycheck protection program to defer payroll taxes, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 417 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 114.
Pages H2332–38, H2339–40
Suspensions: The House failed to agree to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
Small Business Transparency and Reporting for the Underbanked and Taxpayers at Home Act: H.R. 6782, amended, to require the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to submit a report on recipients of assistance under the paycheck protection program and the economic injury disaster loan program, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 269 yeas to 147 nays, Roll No. 113.
Pages H2330–32, H2338–39
Moment of Silence: The House observed a moment of silence in remembrance of the over 100,000 Americans who have passed away from the COVID–19 virus.
USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020: The House agreed to the Nadler motion to disagree to the Senate amendments and request a conference with the Senate on H.R. 6172, to require the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to submit a report on recipients of assistance under the paycheck protection program and the economic injury disaster loan program, by a yea-and-nay vote of 284 yeas to 122 nays, Roll No. 115.
The Chair appointed the following conferees: Representatives Nadler, Schiff, Lofgren, Jordan, and Nunes.
Moment of Silence: The House observed a moment of silence in memory of the Honorable Sam Johnson of Texas.
Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 4:37 p.m.
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS--RESPONSE TO COVID–19
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing entitled ``Department of Veterans Affairs--Response to COVID–19''. Testimony was heard from the following Department of Veterans Affairs officials: Paul Lawrence, Under Secretary for Benefits; Jennifer MacDonald, Chief Consultant to the Deputy Under Secretary for Health; Jon Rychalski, Assistant Secretary for Management and Chief Financial Officer; and Robert Wilkie, Secretary.
EXAMINING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S ACTIONS TO PROTECT WORKERS FROM COVID–19
Committee on Education and Labor: Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing entitled ``Examining the Federal Government's Actions to Protect Workers from COVID–19''. Testimony was heard from Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Department of Labor; and John Howard, M.D., Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services.
No joint committee meetings were held.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, hearing entitled ``The Status of the U.S. Maritime Supply Chain During the COVID–19 Pandemic'', 1 p.m., Webex.
Program for Monday: Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Drew B. Tipton, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.
At 5:30 p.m., Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of John Leonard Badalamenti, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida, post-cloture, and vote on confirmation of the nomination.
Program for Monday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 9 a.m.
Chabot, Steve, Ohio, E495
Courtney, Joe, Conn., E498
Cox, TJ, Calif., E495
Flores, Bill, Tex., E498
González-Colón, Jenniffer, Puerto Rico, E495
Gosar, Paul, Ariz., E502
Hagedorn, Jim, Minn., E501
Hern, Kevin, Okla., E499
Jackson Lee, Sheila, Tex., E502
Johnson, Dusty, S. Dak., E499
Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E496
Joyce, John, Pa., E497
Kaptur, Marcy, Ohio, E496
Lewis, John, Ga., E495
Meng, Grace, N.Y., E497
Reed, Tom, N.Y., E502
Ruiz, Raul, Calif., E499
Ryan, Tim, Ohio, E501
Schakowsky, Janice D., Ill., E496
Shimkus, John, Ill., E500
Smith, Adam, Wash., E498
Zeldin, Lee M., N.Y., E500