Daily Digest

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Daily Digest


Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S3073–S3111

Measures Introduced: Twenty-four bills and five resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 3994–4017, and S. Res. 628–632.
Pages S3101–02

Measures Reported:

S. 1069, to require the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to establish a constituent-driven program to provide a digital information platform capable of efficiently integrating coastal data with decision-support tools, training, and best practices and to support collection of priority coastal geospatial data to inform and improve local, State, regional, and Federal capacities to manage the coastal region. (S. Rept. No. 116–234)
Page S3100

Measures Passed:

Commemorating Otto Frederick Warmbier: Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 623, commemorating Otto Frederick Warmbier and condemning the North Korean regime for their continued human rights abuses, and the resolution was then agreed to.
Pages S3091–92

Women Veterans Appreciation Day: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 616, designating June 12, 2020, as ``Women Veterans Appreciation Day'', and the resolution was then agreed to.
Page S3110

American Eagle Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 630, designating June 20, 2020, as ``American Eagle Day'' and celebrating the recovery and restoration of the bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States.
Page S3110

Honoring the life of David Dorn: Senate agreed to S. Res. 631, honoring the life and service of David Dorn and expressing condolences to the family of David Dorn.
Pages S3110–11

Removal of Injunction of Secrecy: The injunction of secrecy was removed from the following treaties:

Extradition Treaty with the Republic of Croatia (Treaty Doc. No. 116–2);

Convention on the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Relating to International Civil Aviation (Treaty Doc. No. 116–3); and

Protocol Supplementary to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft (Treaty Doc. No. 116–4).

The treaties were transmitted to the Senate today, considered as having been read for the first time, and referred, with accompanying papers, to the Committee on Foreign Relations and ordered to be printed.
Pages S3109–10

Wilson Nomination--Cloture
: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Cory T. Wilson, of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit.
Page S3094

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, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Thursday, June 18, 2020, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, June 22, 2020.
Page S3094

Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
Page S3094

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
Page S3094

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senate resume consideration of the nomination at approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, June 22, 2020.
Page S3111

Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:

By 51 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. EX. 123), Justin Reed Walker, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Pages S3075–91, S3092–94

Sethuraman Panchanathan, of Arizona, to be Director of the National Science Foundation for a term of six years.


William Zollars, of Kansas, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2022.

Vincent F. DeMarco, of New York, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of New York for the term of four years.

Donald Lee Moak, of Florida, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2022.

Peter M. McCoy, Jr., of South Carolina, to be United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina for the term of four years.
Pages S3108–09

Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

Caroline A. Crenshaw, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for a term expiring June 5, 2024.

Bradley D. Hansell, of Virginia, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.

Kyle Hauptman, of Maine, to be a Member of the National Credit Union Administration Board for a term expiring August 2, 2025.

Cynthia Kierscht, of Minnesota, to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

Geeta Pasi, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

James P. Arguelles, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California.

Fred Joseph Federici III, of New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico.

Brenda M. Saiz, of New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico.
Page S3111

Measures Placed on the Calendar:
Pages S3074, S3099

Executive Communications:
Pages S3099–S3100

Petitions and Memorials:
Page S3100

Additional Cosponsors:
Page S3102

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S3102–08

Additional Statements:
Page S3099

Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Page S3108

Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--123)
Page S3094

Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 4:03 p.m., until 3 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2020. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S3111.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)


Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Lieutenant General Daniel R. Hokanson, ARNG, to be general and Chief of the National Guard Bureau, who was introduced by Senator Wyden, and General Gustave F. Perna, USA, for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Chief Operating Officer, Project Warp Speed, who was introduced by Senator Jones, both of the Department of Defense, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.


Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine COVID–19 and international pandemic preparedness, prevention, and response, including, S. 3829, to advance the global health security and diplomacy objectives of the United States, improve coordination among the relevant Federal departments and agencies implementing United States foreign assistance for global health security, and more effectively enable partner countries to strengthen and sustain resilient health systems and supply chains with the resources, capacity, and personnel required to prevent, detect, mitigate, and respond to infectious disease threats before they become pandemics, after receiving testimony from James Richardson, Director of Foreign Assistance, Department of State; Chris Milligan, Counselor, United States Agency for International Development; and Garrett Grigsby, Director, Office of Global Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services.


House of Representatives

Chamber Action

Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 53 public bills, H.R. 7232–7284; and 4 resolutions, H. Res. 1008–1011 were introduced.
Pages H2403–06

Additional Cosponsors:
Pages H2407–08

Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:

H.R. 4091, to amend the America COMPETES Act to reauthorize the ARPA–E program, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 116–432); and

H.R. 5803, to provide for the admission of the State of Washington, D.C. into the Union, with an amendment (H. Rept. 116–433, Part 1).
Page H2403

Announcement by the Speaker: The Speaker announced that, without objection, notwithstanding section 3 of House Resolution 981, further consideration of the veto message and the joint resolution, House Joint Resolution 76, is postponed until the legislative day of June 26, 2020, and on that legislative day, the House shall proceed to the constitutional question of reconsideration and dispose of such question without intervening motion.
Page H2401

Senate Referrals: S. 712 was held at the desk. S. 3731 was held at the desk.
Page H2401

Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H2401.

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 10 a.m. and adjourned at 10:03 a.m.

Committee Meetings


Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security held a hearing entitled ``Climbing Again: Stakeholder Views on Resuming Air Travel in the COVID–19 Era''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.


Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a hearing on H.R. 244, the ``Advancing Conservation and Education Act''; H.R. 1267, the ``B–47 Ridge Designation Act''; H.R. 2611, the ``Public Lands Telecommunications Act''; H.R. 3682, the ``Land Grand and Acequia Traditional Use Recognition and Consultation Act''; H.R. 5040, the ``Aerial Incursion Repercussion (AIR) Safety Act of 2019''; H.R. 7045, to require the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a study on lands that could be included in a National Forest in Hawai'i, and for other purposes; and H.R. 7099, to provide for the conveyance of a small parcel of Coconino National Forest Land in the State of Arizona. Testimony was heard from Robert K. Masuda, First Deputy, Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources; and public witnesses.


Committee on Oversight and Reform: Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis held a hearing entitled ``The Unemployment Pandemic: Addressing America's Jobs Crisis''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.


Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Full Committee concluded a markup on H.R. 2, the ``INVEST in America Act''. H.R. 2 was ordered reported, as amended.


Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures held a hearing entitled ``Tax Relief to Support Workers and Families during the COVID–19 Recession''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.


Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Emerging Trends in Online Foreign Influence Operations: Social Media, COVID–19, and Election Security''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

Joint Meetings

No joint committee meetings were held.


(For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D505)

S. 3744, to condemn gross human rights violations of ethnic Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, and calling for an end to arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment of these communities inside and outside China. Signed on June 17, 2020. (Public Law 116–145)


JUNE 19, 2020

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


No meetings/hearings scheduled.


Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, June 19, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, hearing entitled ``Repurposing Therapeutic Drugs for COVID–19: Research Challenges and Opportunities'', 1:30 p.m., Webex.

Committee on Armed Services, June 22, Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities, markup on H.R. 6395, the ``National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021'', 11 a.m., 2118 Rayburn and Webex.

June 22, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, markup on H.R. 6395, the ``National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021'', 1 p.m., 2118 Rayburn and Webex.

Committee on Education and Labor, June 22, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Inequities Exposed: How COVID–19 Widened Racial Inequities in Education, Health, and the Workforce'', 12 p.m., Webex.


Next Meeting of the

3 p.m., Monday, June 22

Senate Chamber

Program for Monday: Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Cory T. Wilson, of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.

Next Meeting of the

11 a.m., Monday, June 22

House Chamber

Program for Monday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 11 a.m.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue


Axne, Cynthia, Iowa, E545, E548, E551, E554

Blumenauer, Earl, Ore., E547

Bonamici, Suzanne, Ore., E547

DeLauro, Rosa L., Conn., E546, E550, E553

Dingell, Debbie, Mich., E546

Gianforte, Greg, Mont., E547, E552

Harder, Josh, Calif., E549

Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E548

Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E545

McCollum, Betty, Minn., E549, E553

Norcross, Donald, N.J., E552

Panetta, Jimmy, Calif., E550

Pence, Greg, Ind., E551

Pressley, Ayanna, Mass., E553

Scott, David, Ga., E547

Soto, Darren, Fla., E545, E548, E549, E549, E550, E551, E552, E552, E553, E554

Thompson, Mike, Calif., E548

Torres, Norma J., Calif., E546

Westerman, Bruce, Ark., E550