June 23, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 115 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
Daily Digest Section (PDF)
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
S. 4049, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2021 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 621, designating June 15, 2020, as ``World Elder Abuse Awareness Day'', and the resolution was then agreed to.
A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020; that the time until 11:30 a.m. be equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees; and that notwithstanding Rule XXII, the post-cloture time on the nomination expire at 11:30 a.m.
Petitions and Memorials:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 5:38 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S3160.)
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded an oversight hearing to examine the Export-Import Bank of the United States, after receiving testimony from Kimberly A. Reed, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Export-Import Bank of the United States.
IMPROVING PUBLIC SERVICE
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management concluded a hearing to examine improving public service, focusing on a review of recommendations made by the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, after receiving testimony from former Representative Joseph J. Heck, Chairman, and Shawn Skelly, Commissioner, both of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service.
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded a hearing to examine COVID–19, focusing on lessons learned to prepare for the next pandemic, after receiving testimony from former Senator Bill Frist; former Utah Governor Michael O. Leavitt, Salt Lake City; Joneigh S. Khaldun, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Lansing; and Julie L. Gerberding, Merck and Co., Inc., Kentilworth, New Jersey.
FOREIGN SOVEREIGN IMMUNITIES ACT AND CORONAVIRUS
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, focusing on coronavirus and addressing China's culpability, after receiving testimony from Lynn Fitch, Mississippi Attorney General, Jackson; Russell A. Miller, Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia; and Chimene Keitner, University of California Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco.
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session to receive a briefing on certain intelligence matters from officials of the intelligence community.
House of Representatives
The House was not in session today. The House is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
MEMBER DAY TESTIMONY FOR FY21 APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Member Day Testimony for FY21 Appropriations''. Testimony was heard from Representatives Balderson, Barragán, Casten of Illinois, Finkenauer, González-Colón of Puerto Rico, Griffith, Kevin Hern of Oklahoma, Keller, Sherman, Titus, Wilson of South Carolina, and Yoho.
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces held a markup on H.R. 6395, the ``National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021''. H.R. 6395 was forwarded to the full Committee, without amendment.
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a markup on H.R. 6395, the ``National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021''. H.R. 6395 was forwarded to the full Committee, without amendment.
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness held a markup on H.R. 6395, the ``National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021''. H.R. 6395 was forwarded to the full Committee, without amendment.
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces held a markup on H.R. 6395, the ``National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021''. H.R. 6395 was forwarded to the full Committee, as amended.
HEALTH AND WEALTH INEQUALITY IN AMERICA: HOW COVID–19 MAKES CLEAR THE NEED FOR CHANGE
Committee on the Budget: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Health and Wealth Inequality in America: How COVID–19 Makes Clear the Need for Change''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S RESPONSE TO THE COVID–19 PANDEMIC
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Trump Administration's Response to the COVID–19 Pandemic''. Testimony was heard from the following Department of Health and Human Services officials: Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health; Admiral Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health; Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration; and Robert R. Redfield, M.D., Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
R&D TO SUPPORT HEALTHY AIR TRAVEL IN THE COVID–19 ERA AND BEYOND
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held a hearing entitled ``R&D to Support Healthy Air Travel in the COVID–19 Era and Beyond''. Testimony was heard from Heather Krause, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, Government Accountability Office; and public witnesses.
VA TELEHEALTH DURING THE COVID–19 PANDEMIC: EXPANSION AND IMPACT
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Technology Modernization; and Subcommittee on Health held a joint hearing entitled ``VA Telehealth During the COVID–19 Pandemic: Expansion and Impact''. Testimony was heard from Jennifer MacDonald, M.D., Chief Consultant to the Deputy Undersecretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses.
THE CHILD CARE CRISIS AND THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support held a hearing entitled ``The Child Care Crisis and the Coronavirus Pandemic''. Testimony was heard from Jennifer Sullivan, Secretary, Family and Social Services Administration, Indiana; and public witnesses.
No joint committee meetings were held.
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: business meeting to consider original legislation entitled, ``United States Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020''; to be immediately followed by a hearing to examine S. 3894, to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to develop a program to reduce barriers to entry for farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners in certain private markets, 10 a.m., SDG–50.
Committee on the Budget: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Derek Kan, of California, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, 2:30 p.m., SR–301.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold an oversight hearing to examine the Federal Communications Commission, 10 a.m., SR–253.
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: to hold hearings to examine the impact of COVID–19 on mineral supply chains, focusing on the role of those supply chains in economic and national security, and challenges and opportunities to rebuild America's supply chains, 9:30 a.m., SD–366.
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: to hold hearings to examine the role of the strategic national stockpile in pandemic response, 10 a.m., VTC.
Committee on Indian Affairs: to hold hearings to examine S. 2165, to enhance protections of Native American tangible cultural heritage, S. 2716, to amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act, S. 2912, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to take certain land located in Pinal County, Arizona, into trust for the benefit of the Gila River Indian Community, S. 3019, to protect access to water for all Montanans, S. 3044, to amend the American's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 to expand the Indian reservation drinking water program, S. 3099, to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium located in Sitka, Alaska, and S. 3100, to convey land in Anchorage, Alaska, to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, 2:30 p.m., SD–562.
Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings to examine the nominations of David W. Dugan and Stephen P. McGlynn, both to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois, Hala Y. Jarbou, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Michigan, Iain D. Johnston and Franklin Ulyses Valderrama, both to to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, and Roderick C. Young, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, 10 a.m., SD–226.
Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Peter Michael Thomson, of Louisiana, to be Inspector General, Central Intelligence Agency, 10 a.m., SR–325.
Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology; and Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, joint hearing entitled ``A Country in Crisis: How Disinformation Online is Dividing the Nation'', 11:30 a.m., Webex.
Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, hearing entitled ``Examining the Threat from ISIS and Al Qaeda'', 11 a.m., Webex.
Committee on the Judiciary, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Department of Justice: Political Interference and Threats to Prosecutorial Independence'', 12 p.m., CVC–200 and Webex.
Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, business meeting on Request for a Department of Homeland Security Departmental Report on the Beneficiary of H.R. 7146, ``For the relief of Victoria Galindo Lopez'', 5 p.m., CVC–200 and Webex.
Committee on Rules, Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 7120, the ``George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020''; H.R. 1425, the ``State Health Care Premium Reduction Act'' [Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act]; H.R. 51, the ``Washington, D.C. Admission Act''; H.R. 5332, the ``Protecting Your Credit Score Act of 2019''; and H.J. Res. 90, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency relating to ``Community Reinvestment Act Regulations'', 11 a.m., Webex.
Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure, hearing entitled ``An Overview of the Dynamic Between the Defense Production Act and Small Contractors'', 1 p.m., Webex.
Program for Wednesday: Senate will continue consideration of the nomination of Cory T. Wilson, of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit, and vote on confirmation of the nomination at 11:30 a.m.
Following disposition of the nomination of Cory T. Wilson, Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 3985, JUSTICE Act.
Program for Wednesday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 2 p.m.