Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
March 18, 2020
116th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 166, No. 52 — Daily Edition
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Wednesday, March 18, 2020
- Senate passed H.R. 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: By 90 yeas to 8 nays (Vote No. 76), Senate passed H.R. 6201, making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, 60 Senators having voted in the affirmative, and after taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
By 3 yeas to 95 nays (Vote No. 73), Paul Amendment No. 1556, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require a social security number for purposes of the child tax credit, to provide the President the authority to transfer funds as necessary, and to terminate United States military operations and reconstruction activities in Afghanistan. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
By 47 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 74), Murray/Gillibrand Amendment No. 1559, to provide Americans with paid sick time and paid leave so that they can address their own health needs and the health needs of their families. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
Pages S1792–93, S1795
By 50 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 75), Johnson Amendment No. 1558, to strike Federally mandated sick pay and paid family leave and replace it with financial support provided through State administered unemployment insurance systems and funds. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
Pages S1793–95, S1795–96
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Rick A. Dearborn, of Oklahoma, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for a term of five years.
Michael P. O'Rielly, of New York, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission for a term of five years from July 1, 2019.
Carlos Trujillo, of Florida, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation for a term expiring September 20, 2024.
Brett P. Giroir, of Texas, to be Representative of the United States on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization.
Carlos Trujillo, of Florida, to be Assistant Secretary of State (Western Hemisphere Affairs).
Kenneth R. Weinstein, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to Japan.
Aditya Bamzai, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for a term expiring January 29, 2026.
Hala Y. Jarbou, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Michigan.
Nomination Withdrawn: Senate received notification of withdrawal of the following nomination:
David Carey Woll, Jr., of Connecticut, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, which was sent to the Senate on August 1, 2019.
Messages from the House:
Petitions and Memorials:
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 5:59 p.m., until 12 noon on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S1815.)
No committee meetings were held.
House of Representatives
The House was not in session today. The House is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020.
No hearings were held.
No joint committee meetings were held.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Thursday: Senate will be in a period of morning business.
Program for Thursday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 9 a.m.