June 11, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 108 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
Daily Digest Section (PDF)
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Honoring Pulse nightclub victims: Senate agreed to S. Res. 614, honoring the memory of the victims of the heinous attack at the Pulse nightclub on June 12, 2016.
Activist Jose Daniel Ferrer: Senate agreed to S. Res. 454, calling for the immediate release of Cuban democracy activist Jose Daniel Ferrer and commending the efforts of Jose Daniel Ferrer to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms in Cuba, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Greece Independence 199th Anniversary: Senate agreed to S. Res. 523, recognizing the 199th anniversary of the independence of Greece and celebrating democracy in Greece and the United States.
Commending Department of State Career Professionals: Senate agreed to S. Res. 567, commending career professionals at the Department of State for their extensive efforts to repatriate United States citizens and legal permanent residents during the COVID–19 pandemic.
Taxpayer First Act--Agreement: Senate continued 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 amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S2903–10, S2911–21, S2922–28
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 unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 12:01 a.m., on Friday, June 12, 2020.
Nomination Received: Senate received the following nomination:
Anthony J. Tata, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
Messages from the House:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 9 p.m., until 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 12, 2020. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S2948.)
Committee on the Budget: Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported an authorization for subpoenas relating to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, and the nomination of Cory T. Wilson, of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
SOCIAL ISOLATION AND LONELINESS DURING COVID–19
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine combating social isolation and loneliness during the COVID–19 pandemic, after receiving testimony from Carla Perissinotto, the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco; Peter Reed, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno; Betsy Sawyer-Manter, SeniorsPlus, Lewiston, Maine; and Najja Orr, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
House of Representatives
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
H.R. 3250, to require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the sites associated with the life and legacy of the noted American philanthropist and business executive Julius Rosenwald, with a special focus on the Rosenwald Schools, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 116–431).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed Representative Brown (MD) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Independent Mexico Labor Expert Board--Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the following individuals on the part of the House to the Independent Mexico Labor Expert Board for a term of 6 years: Ms. Catherine Feingold of Takoma Park, Maryland, and Mr. Frederick Gibson Ross of Berkeley, California.
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 9 a.m. and adjourned at 9:03 a.m.
INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE COVID–19 RESPONSE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies held a hearing entitled ``Indian Health Service Covid–19 Response''. Testimony was heard from Rear Admiral Michael D. Weahkee, Director, Indian Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services; and public witnesses.
INCLUSIVE BANKING DURING A PANDEMIC: USING FEDACCOUNTS AND DIGITAL TOOLS TO IMPROVE DELIVERY OF STIMULUS PAYMENTS
Committee on Financial Services: Task Force on Financial Technology held a hearing entitled ``Inclusive Banking During a Pandemic: Using FedAccounts and Digital Tools to Improve Delivery of Stimulus Payments''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
THE IMPACT OF COVID–19 ON VOTING RIGHTS AND ELECTION ADMINISTRATION: ENSURING SAFE AND FAIR ELECTIONS
Committee on House Administration: Subcommittee on Elections held a hearing entitled ``The Impact of COVID–19 on Voting Rights and Election Administration: Ensuring Safe and Fair Elections''. Testimony was heard from Representatives Kaptur and Moore; R. Kyle Ardoin, Secretary of State, Louisiana; John H. Merrill, Secretary of State, Alabama; and public witnesses.
PROMESA IMPLEMENTATION DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
Committee on Natural Resources: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``PROMESA Implementation during the Coronavirus Pandemic''. Testimony was heard from Natalie Jaresko, Executive Director, Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico; and Omar Marrero, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority.
ASSESSING VA'S RESPONSE TO THE COVID–19 PANDEMIC: 90 DAYS LATER
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Assessing VA's Response to the COVID–19 Pandemic: 90 Days Later''. Testimony was heard from Richard Stone, Executive in Charge, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs.
No joint committee meetings were held.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``The Role of AFG and SAFER Grants in COVID–19 Response'', 12:30 p.m., Webex.
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: to receive a briefing on George Floyd, focusing on a time for transformation at home and abroad, 10 a.m., WEBEX.
Program for Friday: Senate will continue consideration of H.R. 1957, Taxpayer First Act (the legislative vehicle for the Great American Outdoors Act), and vote on the motion to invoke cloture on McConnell (for Gardner) Amendment No. 1617, in the nature of a substitute, at approximately 1:01 a.m.
Program for Monday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 3 p.m.
Barr, Andy, Ky., E529
Case, Ed, Hawaii, E529
Collins, Doug, Ga., E531
Craig, Angie, Minn., E530
Gianforte, Greg, Mont., E530
Green, Al, Tex., E527
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E532
Hill, J. French, Ark., E532
Hudson, Richard, N.C., E527
McEachin, A. Donald, Va., E528
Nunes, Devin, Calif., E528
Young, Don, Alaska, E530