June 18, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 113 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
Daily Digest Section (PDF)
Thursday, June 18, 2020
S. 1069, to require the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to establish a constituent-driven program to provide a digital information platform capable of efficiently integrating coastal data with decision-support tools, training, and best practices and to support collection of priority coastal geospatial data to inform and improve local, State, regional, and Federal capacities to manage the coastal region. (S. Rept. No. 116–234)
Commemorating Otto Frederick Warmbier: Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 623, commemorating Otto Frederick Warmbier and condemning the North Korean regime for their continued human rights abuses, and the resolution was then agreed to.
Women Veterans Appreciation Day: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 616, designating June 12, 2020, as ``Women Veterans Appreciation Day'', and the resolution was then agreed to.
American Eagle Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 630, designating June 20, 2020, as ``American Eagle Day'' and celebrating the recovery and restoration of the bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States.
Honoring the life of David Dorn: Senate agreed to S. Res. 631, honoring the life and service of David Dorn and expressing condolences to the family of David Dorn.
Removal of Injunction of Secrecy: The injunction of secrecy was removed from the following treaties:
Extradition Treaty with the Republic of Croatia (Treaty Doc. No. 116–2);
Convention on the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Relating to International Civil Aviation (Treaty Doc. No. 116–3); and
Protocol Supplementary to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft (Treaty Doc. No. 116–4).
The treaties were transmitted to the Senate today, considered as having been read for the first time, and referred, with accompanying papers, to the Committee on Foreign Relations and ordered to be printed.
A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Thursday, June 18, 2020, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, June 22, 2020.
Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senate resume consideration of the nomination at approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, June 22, 2020.
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
Sethuraman Panchanathan, of Arizona, to be Director of the National Science Foundation for a term of six years.
William Zollars, of Kansas, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2022.
Vincent F. DeMarco, of New York, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of New York for the term of four years.
Donald Lee Moak, of Florida, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2022.
Peter M. McCoy, Jr., of South Carolina, to be United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina for the term of four years.
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Caroline A. Crenshaw, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for a term expiring June 5, 2024.
Bradley D. Hansell, of Virginia, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.
Kyle Hauptman, of Maine, to be a Member of the National Credit Union Administration Board for a term expiring August 2, 2025.
Cynthia Kierscht, of Minnesota, to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
Geeta Pasi, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
James P. Arguelles, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California.
Fred Joseph Federici III, of New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico.
Brenda M. Saiz, of New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico.
Petitions and Memorials:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--123)
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 4:03 p.m., until 3 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2020. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S3111.)
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Lieutenant General Daniel R. Hokanson, ARNG, to be general and Chief of the National Guard Bureau, who was introduced by Senator Wyden, and General Gustave F. Perna, USA, for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Chief Operating Officer, Project Warp Speed, who was introduced by Senator Jones, both of the Department of Defense, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine COVID–19 and international pandemic preparedness, prevention, and response, including, S. 3829, to advance the global health security and diplomacy objectives of the United States, improve coordination among the relevant Federal departments and agencies implementing United States foreign assistance for global health security, and more effectively enable partner countries to strengthen and sustain resilient health systems and supply chains with the resources, capacity, and personnel required to prevent, detect, mitigate, and respond to infectious disease threats before they become pandemics, after receiving testimony from James Richardson, Director of Foreign Assistance, Department of State; Chris Milligan, Counselor, United States Agency for International Development; and Garrett Grigsby, Director, Office of Global Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
Announcement by the Speaker: The Speaker announced that, without objection, notwithstanding section 3 of House Resolution 981, further consideration of the veto message and the joint resolution, House Joint Resolution 76, is postponed until the legislative day of June 26, 2020, and on that legislative day, the House shall proceed to the constitutional question of reconsideration and dispose of such question without intervening motion.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H2401.
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 10 a.m. and adjourned at 10:03 a.m.
CLIMBING AGAIN: STAKEHOLDER VIEWS ON RESUMING AIR TRAVEL IN THE COVID–19 ERA
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security held a hearing entitled ``Climbing Again: Stakeholder Views on Resuming Air Travel in the COVID–19 Era''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a hearing on H.R. 244, the ``Advancing Conservation and Education Act''; H.R. 1267, the ``B–47 Ridge Designation Act''; H.R. 2611, the ``Public Lands Telecommunications Act''; H.R. 3682, the ``Land Grand and Acequia Traditional Use Recognition and Consultation Act''; H.R. 5040, the ``Aerial Incursion Repercussion (AIR) Safety Act of 2019''; H.R. 7045, to require the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a study on lands that could be included in a National Forest in Hawai'i, and for other purposes; and H.R. 7099, to provide for the conveyance of a small parcel of Coconino National Forest Land in the State of Arizona. Testimony was heard from Robert K. Masuda, First Deputy, Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources; and public witnesses.
THE UNEMPLOYMENT PANDEMIC: ADDRESSING AMERICA'S JOBS CRISIS
Committee on Oversight and Reform: Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis held a hearing entitled ``The Unemployment Pandemic: Addressing America's Jobs Crisis''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
TAX RELIEF TO SUPPORT WORKERS AND FAMILIES DURING THE COVID–19 RECESSION
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures held a hearing entitled ``Tax Relief to Support Workers and Families during the COVID–19 Recession''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
EMERGING TRENDS IN ONLINE FOREIGN INFLUENCE OPERATIONS: SOCIAL MEDIA, COVID–19, AND ELECTION SECURITY
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Emerging Trends in Online Foreign Influence Operations: Social Media, COVID–19, and Election Security''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
No joint committee meetings were held.
S. 3744, to condemn gross human rights violations of ethnic Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, and calling for an end to arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment of these communities inside and outside China. Signed on June 17, 2020. (Public Law 116–145)
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, June 19, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, hearing entitled ``Repurposing Therapeutic Drugs for COVID–19: Research Challenges and Opportunities'', 1:30 p.m., Webex.
Committee on Armed Services, June 22, Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities, markup on H.R. 6395, the ``National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021'', 11 a.m., 2118 Rayburn and Webex.
June 22, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, markup on H.R. 6395, the ``National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021'', 1 p.m., 2118 Rayburn and Webex.
Committee on Education and Labor, June 22, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Inequities Exposed: How COVID–19 Widened Racial Inequities in Education, Health, and the Workforce'', 12 p.m., Webex.
Program for Monday: Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Cory T. Wilson, of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.
Program for Monday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 11 a.m.
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Bonamici, Suzanne, Ore., E547
Dingell, Debbie, Mich., E546
Harder, Josh, Calif., E549
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E548
Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E545
Norcross, Donald, N.J., E552
Panetta, Jimmy, Calif., E550
Pence, Greg, Ind., E551
Pressley, Ayanna, Mass., E553
Scott, David, Ga., E547
Thompson, Mike, Calif., E548
Torres, Norma J., Calif., E546
Westerman, Bruce, Ark., E550