Daily Digest

Monday, June 8, 2020

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S2747–S2769

Measures Introduced: Twelve bills and three resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 3905–3916, and S. Res. 609–611.
Pages S2762–63

Measures Reported:

S. 3905, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2021 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Intelligence Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System.
Page S2762

Measures Considered:

Taxpayer First Act--Cloture: Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 1957, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modernize and improve the Internal Revenue Service.
Pages S2748–61

During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:

By 80 yeas to 17 nays (Vote No. 114), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
Page S2759

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, June 9, 2020; and that all time during adjournment, Leader remarks, recess and executive session count post-cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
Page S2769


House Messages:
Department of Veterans Affairs Pay: Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to S. 3084, to amend title 38, United States Code, to modify the limitation on pay for certain high-level employees and officers of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Page S2769


Brown Jr. Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, at 2:15 p.m., on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination of General Charles Q. Brown Jr., to be Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, and to be General, Department of Defense, with no intervening action or debate.
Page S2769


Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

5 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.

2 Army nominations in the rank of general.

Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, and Navy.
Page S2769


Messages from the House:
Page S2762


Enrolled Bills Presented:
Page S2762


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S2763–64


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Page S2764


Additional Statements:
Pages S2761–62


Amendments Submitted:
Pages S2765–69


Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Page S2769


Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--114)
Page S2759


Adjournment: Senate convened at 3 p.m. and adjourned at 7:01 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S2769.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support approved for full committee consideration those provisions which fall under the subcommittee's jurisdiction of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021.

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BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Strategic Forces approved for full committee consideration those provisions which fall under the subcommittee's jurisdiction of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 26 public bills, H.R. 7120–7145; 1 private bill, H.R. 7146; and 1 resolution, H. Con. Res. 101, were introduced.
Pages H2375–77


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages H2377–78


Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:

H.R. 1380, to amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to clarify provisions enacted by the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, to further the conservation of certain wildlife species, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 116–430).
Page H2375


Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed Representative Raskin to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Page H2373


Committee Ranking: The House agreed to H. Res. 995, ranking a Member on a certain standing committee of the House of Representatives.
Page H2373


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 9:04 a.m.

Committee Meetings



No hearings were held.

Joint Meetings



No joint committee meetings were held.

NEW PUBLIC LAWS

(For last listing of Public Laws, see
Daily Digest, p. D459)

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. Signed on June 5, 2020. (Public Law 116–142)

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR TUESDAY,

JUNE 9, 2020

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, closed business meeting to markup those provisions which fall under the subcommittee's jurisdiction of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021, 9:30 a.m., SR–232A.

Subcommittee on Airland, closed business meeting to markup those provisions which fall under the subcommittee's jurisdiction of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021, 11 a.m., SR–232A.

Subcommittee on Personnel, business meeting to markup those provisions which fall under the subcommittee's jurisdiction of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021, 2 p.m., SD–G50.

Subcommittee on SeaPower, closed business meeting to markup those provisions which fall under the subcommittee's jurisdiction of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021, 3:30 p.m., SR–232A.

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, closed business meeting to markup those provisions which fall under the subcommittee's jurisdiction of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021, 5:30 p.m., SR–232A.

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold an oversight hearing to examine housing regulators, 10 a.m., SD–G50.

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: business meeting to consider the nomination of Mark Wesley Menezes, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Energy; to be immediately followed by a hearing to examine wildfire management in the midst of the COVID–19 pandemic, 10 a.m., SD–366.

Committee on Finance: to hold hearings to examine unemployment insurance during COVID–19, focusing on The CARES Act and the roles of unemployment insurance during the pandemic, 2:30 p.m., SD–106.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: to hold hearings to examine the Federal government's procurement and distribution strategies in response to the COVID–19 pandemic, 10 a.m., SD–562/VTC.

Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings to examine COVID–19 fraud, focusing on law enforcement's response to those exploiting the pandemic, 10 a.m., SD–106.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: to hold hearings to examine building a more resilient VA supply chain, 3 p.m., SD–430.

House
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Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, hearing entitled ``Pollution and Pandemics: COVID–19's Disproportionate Impact on Environmental Justice Communities'', 12 p.m., Webex.

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``On the Front Lines: The Impacts of COVID–19 on Transportation Workers'', 1 p.m., 2167 Rayburn.

Joint Meetings

Joint Economic Committee: to hold hearings to examine supporting charitable giving during the COVID–19 crisis, 2:30 p.m., SR–301.

CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM AHEAD

Week of June 9 through June 12, 2020

Senate Chamber

On Tuesday, Senate will continue consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 1957, Taxpayer First Act (legislative vehicle for the Great American Outdoors Act), post-cloture.

At 2:15 p.m., Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination of General Charles Q. Brown Jr., to be Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, and to be General, Department of Defense.

During the balance of the week, Senate may consider any cleared legislative and executive business.

Senate Committees

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Committee on Armed Services: June 9, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, closed business meeting to markup those provisions which fall under the subcommittee's jurisdiction of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021, 9:30 a.m., SR–232A.

June 9, Subcommittee on Airland, closed business meeting to markup those provisions which fall under the subcommittee's jurisdiction of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021, 11 a.m., SR–232A.

June 9, Subcommittee on Personnel, business meeting to markup those provisions which fall under the subcommittee's jurisdiction of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021, 2 p.m., SD–G50.

June 9, Subcommittee on SeaPower, closed business meeting to markup those provisions which fall under the subcommittee's jurisdiction of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021, 3:30 p.m., SR–232A.

June 9, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, closed business meeting to markup those provisions which fall under the subcommittee's jurisdiction of the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021, 5:30 p.m., SR–232A.

June 10, Full Committee, closed business meeting to markup the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021, 9:30 a.m., SD–106.

June 11, Full Committee, closed business meeting to continue to markup the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021, 9:30 a.m., SD–106.

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: June 9, to hold an oversight hearing to examine housing regulators, 10 a.m., SD–G50.

Committee on the Budget: June 11, business meeting to consider the nomination of Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget, 11:45 a.m., SR–301.

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: June 9, business meeting to consider the nomination of Mark Wesley Menezes, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Energy; to be immediately followed by a hearing to examine wildfire management in the midst of the COVID–19 pandemic, 10 a.m., SD–366.

Committee on Finance: June 9, to hold hearings to examine unemployment insurance during COVID–19, focusing on The CARES Act and the roles of unemployment insurance during the pandemic, 2:30 p.m., SD–106.

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: June 10, to hold hearings to examine COVID–19, focusing on going back to school safely, 10 a.m., SD–430.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: June 9, to hold hearings to examine the Federal government's procurement and distribution strategies in response to the COVID–19 pandemic, 10 a.m., SD–562/VTC.

June 10, Full Committee, business meeting to consider 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, Mark A. Robbins, Carl Ezekiel Ross, and Elizabeth J. Shapiro, all to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Catherine Bird, of Texas, to be General Counsel of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, and John Chase Johnson, of Oklahoma, to be Inspector General, Federal Communications Commission, 9 a.m., SR–325.

Committee on the Judiciary: June 9, to hold hearings to examine COVID–19 fraud, focusing on law enforcement's response to those exploiting the pandemic, 10 a.m., SD–106.

June 10, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of John W. Holcomb, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, Brett H. Ludwig, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, R. Shireen Matthews, and Todd Wallace Robinson, both to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of California, and Christy Criswell Wiegand, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 10 a.m., SD–226.

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June 11, Full Committee, 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.

Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: June 10, to hold hearings to examine implementation of Title I of the CARES Act, 10 a.m., SR–301.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: June 9, to hold hearings to examine building a more resilient VA supply chain, 3 p.m., SD–430.

Special Committee on Aging: June 11, to hold hearings to examine combating social isolation and loneliness during the COVID–19 pandemic, 9:30 a.m., SR–253.

House Committees

Committee on Appropriations, June 11, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, hearing entitled ``Indian Health Service Covid-19 Response'', 1 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.

Committee on Armed Services, June 10, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Department of Defense COVID–19 Response to Defense Industrial Base Challenges'', 2 p.m., 1100 Longworth and Webex.

Committee on Financial Services, June 10, Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance, hearing entitled ``The Rent Is Still Due: America's Renters, COVID–19, and an Unprecedented Eviction Crisis'', 12 p.m., Webex.

June 11, 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, June 11, 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 the Judiciary, June 10, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Oversight Hearing on Policing Practices and Law Enforcement Accountability'', 10 a.m., CVC–200.

Committee on Natural Resources, June 11, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``PROMESA Implementation during the Coronavirus Pandemic'', 3:30 p.m., Webex.

Committee on Oversight and Reform, June 10, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``No Worker Left Behind: Supporting Essential Workers'', 12 p.m., Webex.

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, June 12, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``The Role of AFG and SAFER Grants in COVID–19 Response'', 12:30 p.m., Webex.

Committee on Small Business, June 10, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: A View from Main Street'', 1 p.m., Webex.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs, June 11, Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``Assessing VA's Response to the COVID–19 Pandemic: 90 Days Later'', 2 p.m., Webex.

Joint Meetings

Joint Economic Committee: June 9, to hold hearings to examine supporting charitable giving during the COVID–19 crisis, 2:30 p.m., SR–301.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

10 a.m., Tuesday, June 9

Senate Chamber

Program for Tuesday: Senate will continue consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 1957, Taxpayer First Act (legislative vehicle for the Great American Outdoors Act), post-cloture.

At 2:15 p.m., Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination of General Charles Q. Brown Jr., to be Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, and to be General, Department of Defense.

(Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for their respective party conferences.)

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.









Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Bucshon, Larry, Ind., E522

Cleaver, Emanuel, Mo., E522

Dingell, Debbie, Mich., E521

Gosar, Paul, Ariz., E521

Hill, J. French, Ark., E521

Larson, John B., Conn., E521

Olson, Pete, Tex., E521

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