Daily Digest

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Daily Digest


    Senate passed H.R. 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act.


Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S1781–S1815

Measures Introduced: Nineteen bills and two resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 3515–3533, and S. Res. 546–547.
Pages S1805–06

Measures Passed:

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:
Pages S1790–96


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.)
Pages S1790–91

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.
Page S1815

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.
Page S1815

Messages from the House:
Page S1804

Executive Communications:
Pages S1804–05

Petitions and Memorials:
Page S1805

Additional Cosponsors:
Page S1806

Amendments Submitted:
Pages S1807–15

Record Votes: Four record votes were taken today. (Total--76)
Pages S1791, S1795–96

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.)


Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

No committee meetings were held.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action

The House was not in session today. The House is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Committee Meetings

No hearings were held.

Joint Meetings

No joint committee meetings were held.


MARCH 19, 2020

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


No meetings/hearings scheduled.


No hearings are scheduled.


Next Meeting of the

12 noon, Thursday, March 19

Senate Chamber

Program for Thursday: Senate will be in a period of morning business.

Next Meeting of the

9 a.m., Thursday, March 19

House Chamber

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