Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
March 23, 2020
116th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 166, No. 57 — Daily Edition
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Monday, March 23, 2020
Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act--Agreement: Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 748, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health coverage.
During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
The motion to proceed to the motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on Sunday, March 22, 2020 was agreed to.
The motion to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on Sunday, March 22, 2020 was agreed to.
By 49 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 78), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate upon reconsideration rejected the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
Mindy Brashears, of Texas, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety.
Katherine Andrea Lemos, of California, to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board for a term of five years.
Katherine Andrea Lemos, of California, to be Chairperson of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board for a term of five years.
James E. McPherson, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of the Army.
Matthew P. Donovan, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.
15 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--78)
Adjournment: Senate convened at 12 noon and adjourned at 9:17 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S1972.)
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 Trone to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Rev. Michael Wilker, Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Washington, DC.
Recess: The House recessed at 11:33 a.m. and reconvened at 8:15 p.m.
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 11:30 a.m. and adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
No hearings were held.
No joint committee meetings were held.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
No hearings are scheduled.
On Tuesday, Senate will continue consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 748, Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act (The legislative vehicle for COVID III).
During the balance of the week, Senate may consider any cleared legislative and executive business.
Committee on Armed Services: March 26, to hold hearings to examine the posture of the Department of the Army in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2021 and the Future Years Defense Program, 9:30 a.m., Room to be announced.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Tuesday: Senate will continue consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 748, Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act (The legislative vehicle for COVID III).
Program for Tuesday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 12 noon.
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