Daily Digest

Monday, March 16, 2020

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S1747–S1763

Measures Introduced: Three bills and one resolution were introduced, as follows: S. 3501–3503, and S. Res. 544.
Page S1761

Measures Passed:

FISA Extension: Senate passed S. 3501, to provide a 77-day extension of certain authorities for foreign intelligence and international terrorism investigations.
Page S1761


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

Measures Considered:

USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act--Agreement:
Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 6172, to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to prohibit the production of certain business records.
Pages S1748–53

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was reached providing that the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, be withdrawn.
Page S1753

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.
Page S1753


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)
Page S1760


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.

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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.
Pages S1762–63


Messages from the House:
Page S1760


Enrolled Bills Presented:
Page S1760–61


Additional Cosponsors:
Page S1761


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Page S1761


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.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

No committee meetings were held.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 1 resolution, H. Res. 904, was introduced.
Page H1707


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages H1707–08


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.
Page H1697


Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Dan C. Cummins, Capitol Worship, Washington, DC.
Page H1697


Recess: The House recessed at 11:02 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Page H1697


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.
Page H1697


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.
Page H1697


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.
Page H1697


Recess: The House recessed at 12:01 p.m. and reconvened at 8:06 p.m.
Page H1697


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.
Pages H1698–H1707


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.

Committee Meetings



No hearings were held.

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Joint Meetings



No joint committee meetings were held.

NEW PUBLIC LAWS

(For last listing of Public Laws, see
Daily Digest, p. D250)

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)

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR TUESDAY,

MARCH 17, 2020

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

No meetings/hearings scheduled.

House



No hearings are scheduled.

CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM AHEAD

Week of March 17 through March 20, 2020

Senate Chamber

During the balance of the week, Senate may consider any cleared legislative and executive business.

Senate Committees

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

No meetings/hearings scheduled.

House Committees

No hearings are scheduled.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

10 a.m., Tuesday, March 17

Senate Chamber

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.)

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

9 a.m., Thursday, March 19

House Chamber

Program for Thursday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 9 a.m.



Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Brownley, Julia, Calif., E321

Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E321

Grijalva, Raúl M., Ariz., E321

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