Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
March 16, 2020
116th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 166, No. 50 — Daily Edition
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Monday, March 16, 2020
FISA Extension: Senate passed S. 3501, to provide a 77-day extension of certain authorities for foreign intelligence and international terrorism investigations.
Coronavirus School Closure GI Fix: Senate passed S. 3503, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to treat certain programs of education converted to distance learning by reason of emergencies and health-related situations in the same manner as programs of education pursued at educational institutions.
Pages S1761, S1762
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, be withdrawn.
A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Democratic Leader, Senate begin consideration of the bill; that there be 10 hours of debate, equally divided between the proponents and opponents of the bill with an hour of debate under the control of the sponsors of each amendment, or their designees, and with Senators Leahy and Wyden controlling one hour each; that the only amendments in order be three amendments to be proposed by the following Senators or their designees: Senator Lee on Amicus Reforms and Exculpatory Evidence; Senator Paul on Rights of Americans; Senator Daines on Sec. 215 Web Browsers/Search History Data Collection Prohibition; and three side by side amendments to be proposed by Senator McConnell, or his designee, on the same topics, with all amendments, and the bill, subject to a 60 affirmative vote threshold for passage; and that upon the use or yielding back of that time, and upon disposition of the amendments in the order listed, Senate vote on passage of the bill, as amended, if amended, with no intervening action or debate.
Message from the President: Senate received the following message from the President of the United States:
Transmitting, pursuant to the National Emergencies Act, a report relative to the issuance of a Proclamation declaring a national emergency with respect to the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID–19) that invokes section 1135 of the Social Security Act, to allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to exercise authority under that section to temporarily waive or modify certain requirements of the Medicare, Medicaid, and State Children's Health Insurance programs and of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule throughout the duration of the public health emergency, received during adjournment of the Senate on March 13, 2020; which was referred to the Committee on Finance. (PM–53)
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Rodney K. Brown, of California, to be a Member of the Farm Credit Administration Board, Farm Credit Administration, for a term expiring October 13, 2024.
James H. Anderson, of Virginia, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.
Nancy B. Beck, of New York, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2018.
Nancy B. Beck, of New York, to be Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Robert Joseph Kruckemeyer, of Texas, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2022.
Richard Giacolone, of Virginia, to be Federal Mediation and Conciliation Director.
Marvin Kaplan, of Kansas, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring August 27, 2025.
Andrea R. Lucas, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 2025.
Lauren McGarity McFerran, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring December 16, 2024.
Jocelyn Samuels, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 2021.
Keith E. Sonderling, of Florida, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 2024.
1 Navy nomination in the rank of admiral.
Routine lists in the Army, Foreign Service, and Navy.
Messages from the House:
Enrolled Bills Presented:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Adjournment: Senate convened at 3 p.m. and adjourned at 7:19 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S1762.)
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 Raskin to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Dan C. Cummins, Capitol Worship, Washington, DC.
Recess: The House recessed at 11:02 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
British-American Interparliamentary Group--Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the following Members on the part of the House to the British-American Interparliamentary Group: Representatives Meeks, DelBene, Kilmer, Gomez, and Crow.
Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group--Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the following Members on the part of the House to the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group: Representatives Meeks, Peterson, DeFazio, Larsen (WA), DelBene, and Morelle.
President's Export Council--Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the following Members on the part of the House to the President's Export Council: Representatives Larson (CT), DelBene, and Gomez.
Recess: The House recessed at 12:01 p.m. and reconvened at 8:06 p.m.
Directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make corrections in the engrossment of H.R. 6201: The House agreed to H. Res. 904, directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make corrections in the engrossment of H.R. 6201.
Senate Referral: S. 3501 was held at the desk.
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appear on page H1707.
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 11 a.m. and adjourned at 8:12 p.m.
No hearings were held.
No joint committee meetings were held.
H.R. 4998, to prohibit certain Federal subsidies from being used to purchase communications equipment or services posing national security risks, to provide for the establishment of a reimbursement program for the replacement of communications equipment or services posing such risks. Signed on March 12, 2020. (Public Law 116–124)
H.R. 5671, to award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the United States Merchant Mariners of World War II, in recognition of their dedicated and vital service during World War II. Signed on March 13, 2020. (Public Law 116–125)
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
No hearings are scheduled.
During the balance of the week, Senate may consider any cleared legislative and executive business.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Tuesday: Senate will be in a period of morning business.
(Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for their respective party conferences.)
Program for Thursday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 9 a.m.
Brownley, Julia, Calif., E321
Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E321
Grijalva, Raúl M., Ariz., E321