June 10, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 107 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
CONFUCIUS Act: Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further consideration of S. 939, to establish limitations regarding Confucius Institutes, and the bill was then passed.
Stop Senior Scams Act: Senate passed S. 149, to establish a Senior Scams Prevention Advisory Council, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act: Committee on Veterans' Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 3637, to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to extend lease protections for servicemembers under stop movement orders in response to a local, national, or global emergency, and the bill was then passed.
Taxpayer First Act--Agreement: Senate began consideration of H.R. 1957, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modernize and improve the Internal Revenue Service, taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S2841–52, S2852–53, S2861–72
McConnell (for Gardner) Amendment No. 1617, in the nature of a substitute.
McConnell Amendment No. 1626 (to Amendment No. 1617), to change the enactment date.
McConnell Amendment No. 1627 (to Amendment No. 1626), of a perfecting nature.
McConnell Amendment No. 1628 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 1617), to change the enactment date.
McConnell Amendment No. 1629 (to Amendment No. 1628), of a perfecting nature.
McConnell motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 1630, to change the enactment date.
McConnell Amendment No. 1631 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 1630), of a perfecting nature.
McConnell Amendment No. 1632 (to Amendment No. 1631), of a perfecting nature.
A motion was entered to close further debate on McConnell (for Gardner) Amendment No. 1617 (listed above), and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Friday, June 12, 2020.
A motion was entered to close further debate on the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of McConnell (for Gardner) Amendment No. 1617 (listed above).
During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
By 79 yeas to 18 nays (Vote No. 116), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, June 11, 2020.
Walker Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Justin Reed Walker, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.
A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of H.R. 1957, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modernize and improve the Internal Revenue Service.
Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
A routine list in the Foreign Service.
Petitions and Memorials:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--116)
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:35 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2020. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S2899.)
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported an original bill entitled, ``National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021''.
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Donald Lee Moak, of Florida, and William Zollars, of Kansas, both to be a Governor, United States Postal Service, Craig Edward Leen, of the District of Columbia, to be Inspector General, Office of Personnel Management, and Catherine Bird, of Texas, to be General Counsel of the Federal Labor Relations Authority.
COVID–19 AND SCHOOL SAFETY
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded a hearing to examine COVID–19, focusing on going back to school safely, after receiving testimony from Penny Schwinn, Tennessee Commissioner of Education, Nashville; Matthew L. Blomstedt, Nebraska Commissioner of Education, Lincoln; Susana Cordova, Denver Public Schools Superintendent, Denver, Colorado; and John B. King, Jr., Education Trust, Washington, D.C.
TITLE I OF THE CARES ACT
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Committee concluded a hearing to examine implementation of Title I of the CARES Act, including S. 3865, to provide for the treatment of certain criminal violations under the paycheck protection program, after receiving testimony from Steven T. Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury; and Jovita Carranza, Administrator, Small Business Administration.
House of Representatives
The House was not in session today. The House is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2020.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE COVID–19 RESPONSE TO DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE CHALLENGES
Committee on Armed Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Department of Defense COVID–19 Response to Defense Industrial Base Challenges''. Testimony was heard from Ellen Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Department of Defense.
THE RENT IS STILL DUE: AMERICA'S RENTERS, COVID–19, AND AN UNPRECEDENTED EVICTION CRISIS
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance held a hearing entitled ``The Rent Is Still Due: America's Renters, COVID–19, and an Unprecedented Eviction Crisis''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT HEARING ON POLICING PRACTICES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY
Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Oversight Hearing on Policing Practices and Law Enforcement Accountability''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
NO WORKER LEFT BEHIND: SUPPORTING ESSENTIAL WORKERS
Committee on Oversight and Reform: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``No Worker Left Behind: Supporting Essential Workers''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
THE ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN PROGRAM: A VIEW FROM MAIN STREET
Committee on Small Business: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: A View from Main Street''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
No joint committee meetings were held.
Committee on the Budget: business meeting to consider the nomination of Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget, 12:30 p.m., SR–301.
Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider authorization for subpoenas relating to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, S. 685, to amend the Inspector General Act of 1978 relative to the powers of the Department of Justice Inspector General, and the nomination of Cory T. Wilson, of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit, 10 a.m., SD–G50.
Special Committee on Aging: to hold hearings to examine combating social isolation and loneliness during the COVID–19 pandemic, 9:30 a.m., SR–253.
Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, hearing entitled ``Indian Health Service COVID–19 Response'', 1 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.
Committee on Financial Services, Task Force on Financial Technology, hearing entitled ``Inclusive Banking During a Pandemic: Using FedAccounts and Digital Tools to Improve Delivery of Stimulus Payments'', 12 p.m., Webex.
Committee on House Administration, Subcommittee on Elections, hearing entitled ``The Impact of COVID–19 on Voting Rights and Election Administration: Ensuring Safe and Fair Elections'', 1 p.m., Webex.
Committee on Natural Resources, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``PROMESA Implementation during the Coronavirus Pandemic'', 3:30 p.m., Webex.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Assessing VA's Response to the COVID–19 Pandemic: 90 Days Later'', 2 p.m., HVC–210 and Webex.
Program for Thursday: Senate will continue consideration of H.R. 1957, Taxpayer First Act (the legislative vehicle for the Great American Outdoors Act).
Program for Thursday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 9 a.m.