Daily Digest

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S2839–S2899

Measures Introduced: Ten bills and one resolution were introduced, as follows: S. 3928–3937, and S. Res. 613.
Page S2878

Measures Reported:

S. 2638, to amend title 49, United State Code, to require small hub airports to construct areas for nursing mothers. (S. Rept. No. 116–232)
Page S2878

Measures Passed:

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.
Pages S2859–61


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.
Page S2898


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.
Pages S2898–99

Measures Considered:

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

Pending:

McConnell (for Gardner) Amendment No. 1617, in the nature of a substitute.
Page S2852

McConnell Amendment No. 1626 (to Amendment No. 1617), to change the enactment date.
Page S2852

McConnell Amendment No. 1627 (to Amendment No. 1626), of a perfecting nature.
Page S2852

McConnell Amendment No. 1628 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 1617), to change the enactment date.
Pages S2852–53

McConnell Amendment No. 1629 (to Amendment No. 1628), of a perfecting nature.
Page S2853

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.
Page S2853

McConnell Amendment No. 1631 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 1630), of a perfecting nature.
Page S2853

McConnell Amendment No. 1632 (to Amendment No. 1631), of a perfecting nature.
Page S2853

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.
Page S2852

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).
Page S2853

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.
Page S2852

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, June 11, 2020.
Page S2899


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.
Page S2853

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.
Page S2853

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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.
Page S2853


Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:

A routine list in the Foreign Service.
Pages S2872–73


Executive Communications:
Pages S2876–77


Petitions and Memorials:
Pages S2877–78


Executive Reports of Committees:
Page S2878


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S2878–79


Additional Statements:
Pages S2874–76


Amendments Submitted:
Pages S2880–97


Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Pages S2897–98


Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--116)
Page S2852


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 Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported an original bill entitled, ``National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021''.

BUSINESS MEETING

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

Chamber Action



The House was not in session today. The House is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2020.

Committee Meetings

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.

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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.

Joint Meetings



No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

JUNE 11, 2020

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

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.

House

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.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

10 a.m., Thursday, June 11

Senate Chamber

Program for Thursday: Senate will continue consideration of H.R. 1957, Taxpayer First Act (the legislative vehicle for the Great American Outdoors Act).

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

9 a.m., Thursday, June 11

House Chamber

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



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