June 3, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 103 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
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Wednesday, June 3, 2020
H.R. 192, to establish an interagency program to assist countries in North and West Africa to improve immediate and long-term capabilities to counter terrorist threats, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
S. Res. 148, supporting efforts by the Government of Colombia to pursue peace and regional stability, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and with an amended preamble.
S. Res. 392, recognizing the importance of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative to the relationship between the United States and the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and to advancing the policy of the United States in the Indo-Pacific region, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and with an amended preamble.
S. Res. 406, recognizing that for 50 years, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its ten members, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, have worked with the United States toward stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia, and expressing the sense of the Senate that the United States will continue to remain a strong, reliable, and active partner in the ASEAN region, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and with an amended preamble.
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, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and with an amended preamble.
S. Res. 502, recognizing the 75th anniversary of the amphibious landing on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima during World War II and the raisings of the flag of the United States on Mount Suribachi.
S. Res. 511, supporting the role of the United States in helping save the lives of children and protecting the health of people in developing countries with vaccines and immunization through GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and with an amended preamble.
S. Res. 523, recognizing the 199th anniversary of the independence of Greece and celebrating democracy in Greece and the United States.
S. Res. 525, expressing the sense of the Senate that the United States should continue to support the people of Nicaragua in their peaceful efforts to promote the restoration of democracy and the defense of human rights, and use the tools under United States law to increase political and economic pressure on the government of Daniel Ortega, with amendments and with an amended preamble.
S. Res. 533, supporting the goals of International Women's Day, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and with an amended preamble.
S. Res. 542, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp during World War II, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and with an amended preamble.
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.
S. 238, to amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to monitor and combat anti-Semitism globally, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
S. 712, to provide assistance for United States citizens and nationals taken hostage or unlawfully or wrongfully detained abroad, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
S. 3176, to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 to make improvements to certain defense and security assistance provisions and to authorize the appropriations of funds to Israel, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act: Senate passed H.R. 7010, to amend the Small Business Act and the CARES Act to modify certain provisions related to the forgiveness of loans under the paycheck protection program, to allow recipients of loan forgiveness under the paycheck protection program to defer payroll taxes.
National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls: Senate agreed to S. Res. 606, designating May 5, 2020, as the ``National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls''.
Pack Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Michael Pack, of Maryland, to be Chief Executive Officer of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, ripen at 11:40 a.m., on Thursday, June 4, 2020, with 20 minutes of debate under the control of Senator Menendez prior to the vote; that if cloture is invoked on the nomination, the post-cloture time expire at 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, June 4, 2020.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, June 4, 2020, Senate resume consideration of the nomination.
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
By 78 yeas to 17 nays (Vote No. EX. 109), James H. Anderson, of Virginia, to be a Deputy Under Secretary of Defense.
During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
By 74 yeas to 18 nays (Vote No. EX. 108), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
By 52 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. EX. 111), Drew B. Tipton, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.
During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
By 53 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. EX. 110), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:08 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2020. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S2700.)
Committee on the Budget: Committee concluded a hearing examine the nomination of Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget, after the nominee testified and answered questions in his own behalf.
COVID–19, TRANSPORTATION, AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the state of transportation and critical infrastructure, focusing on the impact of the COVID–19 pandemic, after receiving testimony from John Bozzella, Alliance for Automotive Innovation, Randy Guillot, American Trucking Associations, Ian N. Jefferies, Association of American Railroads, Alex Oehler, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, and Larry I. Willis, Transportation Trades Department, AFL–CIO, all of Washington, D.C.
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Donald Lee Moak, of Florida, and William Zollars, of Kansas, both to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service, and Mark A. Robbins, Carl Ezekiel Ross, and Elizabeth J. Shapiro, each to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Keith E. Sonderling, of Florida, Andrea R. Lucas, of Virginia, and Jocelyn Samuels, of Maryland, each to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Marvin Kaplan, of Kansas, and Lauren McGarity McFerran, of the District of Columbia, both to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board, Sethuraman Panchanathan, of Arizona, to be Director of the National Science Foundation, Julie Elizabeth Hocker, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor, and Richard Giacolone, of Virginia, to be Federal Mediation and Conciliation Director.
CROSSFIRE HURRICANE INVESTIGATION
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded an oversight hearing to examine the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, after receiving testimony from Rod J. Rosenstein, former Deputy Attorney General, Department of Justice.
COVID–19 AND SMALL BUSINESS
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Committee concluded a hearing to examine COVID–19's impact on small business, focusing on perspectives from Main Street, including S. 3782, to modify the amount authorized for commitments for 7(a) loans, S. 996, to modify the microloan program of the Small Business Administration, S. 3814, to establish a loan program for businesses affected by COVID–19 and to extend the loan forgiveness period for paycheck protection program loans made to the hardest hit businesses, and S. 3548, to provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, after receiving testimony from Joseph Shamess, Flags of Valor, Ashburn, Virginia; Connie Evans, Association for Enterprise Opportunity, and Michael Strain, American Enterprise Institute, both of Washington, D.C.; and Nicholas Rudolph, Maryland Capital Enterprises, Inc., Salisbury.
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS BUDGET
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2021, advance appropriations requests for fiscal year 2022, and fiscal year 2020 enacted CARES Act supplemental appropriations for the Department of Veterans Affairs, after receiving testimony from Robert L. Wilkie, Secretary, Richard Stone, Executive in Charge of the Veterans Health Administration, Paul Lawrence, Under Secretary for Benefits, and Jon Rychalski, Assistant Secretary for Management and Chief Financial Officer, all of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee ordered favorably reported an original bill entitled, ``Intelligence Authorization Act of 2021''.
House of Representatives
The House was not in session today. The House is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2020.
ADDRESSING THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF COVID–19: VIEWS FROM TWO FORMER CBO DIRECTORS
Committee on the Budget: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Addressing the Economic Impacts of COVID–19: Views from Two Former CBO Directors''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
PROMOTING INCLUSIVE LENDING DURING THE PANDEMIC: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND MINORITY DEPOSITORY INSTITUTIONS
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions held a hearing entitled ``Promoting Inclusive Lending During the Pandemic: Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO VOTE DURING THE COVID–19 PANDEMIC
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held a hearing entitled ``Protecting the Right to Vote During the COVID–19 Pandemic''. Testimony was heard from Jocelyn Benson, Secretary of State, Michigan; and public witnesses.
MISSION READINESS: VA'S PREPAREDNESS FOR NATURAL DISASTERS DURING A PANDEMIC
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled ``Mission Readiness: VA's Preparedness for Natural Disasters During a Pandemic''. Testimony was heard from Daniel Sitterly, Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration/Operations, Security, and Preparedness, Department of Veterans Affairs.
No joint committee meetings were held.
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold hearings to examine the crisis in Hong Kong, focusing on a review of United States policy tools, 11 a.m., WEBEX.
Committee on Environment and Public Works: to hold hearings to examine infrastructure, focusing on the road to recovery, 10 a.m., SD–G50.
Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine the nominations of J. Steven Dowd, of Florida, to be United States Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Richard M. Mills, Jr., of Texas, to be the Deputy Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador and the Deputy Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations, and to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations, during his tenure of service as Deputy Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, and Joseph Manso, of New York, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as United States Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, both of the Department of State, Jason Myung-lk Chung, of Virginia, to be United States Director of the Asian Development Bank, with the rank of Ambassador, Jenny A. McGee, of Texas, to be an Associate Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, and other pending nominations, 10 a.m., VTC.
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold hearings to examine COVID–19, focusing on going back to college safely, 10 a.m., SD–430.
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: business meeting to consider a motion to authorize the Chairman to issue subpoenas for records and testimony to U.S. Government agencies and to individuals relating to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation, the DOJ Inspector General's review of that investigation, and the ``unmasking'' of U.S. persons affiliated with the Trump campaign, transition teams, and Trump Administration, as described in Schedule A, 10 a.m., SR–325.
Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider S. 685, to amend the Inspector General Act of 1978 relative to the powers of the Department of Justice Inspector General, the nominations of Justin Reed Walker, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, and Cory T. Wilson, of Mississippi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit, and an authorization for subpoenas relating to the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, 10 a.m., SD–106.
Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, hearing entitled ``COVID–19 Response'', 11 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, hearing entitled, ``Future Force Structure Requirements for the United States Navy'', 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.
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.
Program for Thursday: Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Michael Pack, of Maryland, to be Chief Executive Officer of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, with a vote on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 11:40 a.m. If cloture is invoked, Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination at 1:30 p.m.
Program for Thursday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 10 a.m.