Daily Digest

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S273–S410

Measures Introduced: Thirty-one bills and eight resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 187–217, S.J. Res. 6, and S. Res. 26–32.
Pages S317–19

Measures Passed:

Senate Procedure: Senate agreed to S. Res. 27, relative to Senate procedure in the 117th Congress.
Page S303


Majority Party's Membership: Senate agreed to S. Res. 28, to constitute the majority party's membership on certain committees for the One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, or until their successors are chosen.
Page S303


Secretary of the Senate: Senate agreed to S. Res. 29, electing Sonceria Ann Berry as Secretary of the Senate.
Page S303


Secretary, Sergeant at Arms, and Doorkeeper Staff: Senate agreed to S. Res. 30, to amend S. Res. 458 of the Ninety-eighth Congress, as amended.
Pages S303–04


Minority Party's Membership: Senate agreed to S. Res. 32, to constitute the minority party's membership on certain committees for the One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, or until their successors are chosen.
Page S409

Measures Considered:

Congressional Budget Resolution--Agreement: Senate continued consideration of S. Con. Res. 5, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2021 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2022 through 2030.
Pages S273–S303, S304–14

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the concurrent resolution at approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, February 4, 2021; and that the time from 2 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., be equally divided between Senators Graham and Sanders, and that following their remarks, all time on the concurrent resolution be considered expired.
Page S409


Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

Gary Gensler, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 5, 2021.

Gary Gensler, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for a term expiring June 5, 2026.

William Joseph Burns, of Maryland, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Pages S409–10


Messages from the House:
Page S315


Measures Placed on the Calendar:
Page S315


Executive Communications:
Pages S315–17


Executive Reports of Committees:
Page S317


Additional Cosponsors:
Page S319


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S319–23


Additional Statements:
Pages S314–15


Amendments Submitted:
Pages S323–S409


Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Page S409


Adjournment: Senate convened at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 7:38 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2021. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S409.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of Gina Marie Raimondo, of Rhode Island, to be Secretary of Commerce.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of Jennifer Mulhern Granholm, of Michigan, to be Secretary of Energy.

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CLIMATE CHANGE

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a hearing to examine data and analysis by the United States' and world's leading authorities on global climate trends from energy related sectors, focusing on where and how progress has been made in addressing climate change, after receiving testimony from Fatih Birol, International Energy Agency, Paris, France; Angel Hsu, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Mark P. Mills, Manhattan Institute, Chevy Chase, Maryland; Richard G. Newell, Resources for the Future, Washington, D.C.; and Scott W. Tinker, University of Texas, Austin.

NOMINATION

Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Michael Stanley Regan, of North Carolina, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senators Tillis and Burr, testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

NOMINATION

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Miguel A. Cardona, of Connecticut, to be Secretary of Education, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senators Blumenthal and Murphy, testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

NOMINATION

Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Isabella Casillas Guzman, of California, to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senator Padilla, testified and answered questions in her own behalf.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 45 public bills, H.R. 740–784; 1 private bill, H.R. 785; and 4 resolutions, H.J. Res. 23; and H. Res. 92–94, were introduced.
Pages H322–24


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages H325–26


Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:

H. Res. 91, providing for consideration of the Resolution (H. Res. 72) removing a certain Member from certain standing committees of the House of Representatives (H. Rept. 117–4).
Page H322


Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed Representative Panetta to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Page H283


Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2021 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2022 through 2030: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 11, Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2021 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2022 through 2030, by a yea-and-nay vote of 218 yeas to 212 nays, Roll No. 21.
Pages H284–H314



H. Res. 85, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 447) and the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 11) was agreed to yesterday, February 2nd.

Committee Elections: The House agreed to H. Res. 92, electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.
Page H314


Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H284.

Quorum Calls--Votes: One yea-and-nay vote developed during the proceedings of today and appears on page H313.

Adjournment: The House met at 1 p.m. and adjourned at 7:09 p.m.

Committee Meetings

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

Committee on Armed Services: Full Committee held an organizational meeting. The Committee adopted its rules for the 117th Congress, security procedures, and staff, without amendment.

ROAD TO RECOVERY: RAMPING UP COVID–19 VACCINES, TESTING, AND MEDICAL SUPPLY CHAIN

Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled ``Road to Recovery: Ramping Up COVID–19 Vaccines, Testing, and Medical Supply Chain''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

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ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee held an organizational meeting. The Committee adopted its rules for the 117th Congress. Subcommittee membership was approved.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

Committee on Foreign Affairs: Full Committee held an organizational meeting. The Committee adopted its rules for the 117th Congress

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

Committee on Homeland Security: Full Committee held an organizational meeting. The Committee adopted its rules for the 117th Congress

REMOVING A CERTAIN MEMBER FROM CERTAIN STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H. Res. 72, removing a certain Member from certain standing committees of the House of Representatives. The Committee granted, by nonrecord vote, a closed rule providing for consideration of H. Res. 72, Removing a certain Member from certain standing committees of the House of Representatives. The rule provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ethics. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the resolution. The rule provides that the resolution shall be considered as read. Testimony was heard from Chairman Deutch, and Representatives Walorski, Wasserman Schultz, and Babin.

Joint Meetings



No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

FEBRUARY 4, 2021

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Armed Services: to receive a closed briefing on the Army response to the findings and recommendations of the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee's assessment of the Fort Hood command climate and culture, 9:30 a.m., SD–G50.

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: business meeting to consider the nominations of Marcia Louise Fudge, of Ohio, to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Cecilia Elena Rouse, of New Jersey, to be Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, 2 p.m., SD–G50.

Committee on Foreign Relations: business meeting to consider the nominations of Linda Thomas-Greenfield, of Louisiana, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of the Ambassador, and the 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 her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, 10 a.m., SR–325.

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Martin Joseph Walsh, of Massachusetts, to be Secretary of Labor, 10 a.m., SD–430.

House

Committee on Appropriations, Full Committee, organizational meeting, 1 p.m., Webex.

Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, hearing entitled ``Safeguarding American Consumers: Fighting Fraud and Scams During the Pandemic'', 12 p.m., Webex.

Committee on Financial Services, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``More than a Shot in the Arm: The Need for Additional COVID–19 Stimulus'', 10 a.m., Webex.

Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy, hearing entitled ``Supporting Small and Minority-Owned Businesses Through the Pandemic'', 3 p.m., Webex.

Committee on Homeland Security, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Examining the Domestic Terrorism Threat in the Wake of the Attack on the U.S. Capitol'', 10 a.m., Webex.

Committee on the Judiciary, Full Committee, organizational meeting, 2 p.m., 2141 Rayburn and Webex.

Committee on Oversight and Reform, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Accountability and Lessons Learned from the Trump Administration's Child Separation Policy'', 10 a.m., Webex.

Committee on Small Business, Full Committee, organizational meeting, 9:30 a.m., 2360 Rayburn and Webex.

Full Committee, hearing entitled ``State of the Small Business Economy in the Era of COVID–19'', 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn and Webex.

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Full Committee, organizational meeting and hearing entitled ``Protecting Transportation Workers and Passengers from COVID: Gaps in Safety, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps'', 11 a.m., 2167 Rayburn and Webex.

Committee on Ways and Means, Full Committee, organizational meeting, 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth and Webex.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

10 a.m., Thursday, February 4

Senate Chamber

Program for Thursday: Senate will continue consideration of S. Con. Res. 5, Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2021, and vote on or in relation to amendments.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

10 a.m., Thursday, February 4

House Chamber

Program for Thursday: Consideration of H. Res. 72--Removing a certain Member from certain standing committees of the House of Representatives (Subject to a Rule).

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., Ga., E98

Burgess, Michael C., Tex., E96, E101

Courtney, Joe, Conn., E96, E100

Crenshaw, Dan, Tex., E95

Davis, Danny K., Ill., E100

DeFazio, Peter A., Ore., E99

Jackson Lee, Sheila, Tex., E97

Kaptur, Marcy, Ohio, E98

Latta, Robert E., Ohio, E96

Meng, Grace, N.Y., E99

Norton, Eleanor Holmes, The District of Columbia, E95, E100

Rice, Tom, S.C., E95

Scalise, Steve, La., E97

Taylor, Van, Tex., E98

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