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Monday, March 1, 2021

Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

    See Résumé of Congressional Activity.
    Senate confirmed the nomination of Miguel A. Cardona, of Connecticut, to be Secretary of Education.

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S907–S963

Measures Introduced: Twenty-eight bills and nine resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 490–517, S. Res. 78–85, and S. Con. Res. 7.
Pages S954–55

Measures Reported:

Special Report entitled ``Activities of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs''. (S. Rept. No. 117–1)
Page S954

Measures Passed:

Notifying the President

of the Election of the Secretary of the Senate: Senate agreed to S. Res. 78, notifying the President of the United States of the election of the Secretary of the Senate.
Page S907


Notifying the House of the Election of the Secretary of the Senate: Senate agreed to S. Res. 79, notifying the House of Representatives of the election of the Secretary of the Senate.
Page S907


Honoring the Life and Legacy of John Robert Lewis: Senate agreed to S. Res. 82, honoring the life and legacy of John Robert Lewis and commending John Robert Lewis for his towering achievements in the nonviolent struggle for civil rights.
Page S921


National FFA Organization: Senate agreed to S. Res. 83, expressing support for the designation of February 20 through February 27, 2021, as ``National FFA Week'', recognizing the important role of the National FFA Organization in developing the next generation of leaders who will change the world, and celebrating 50 years of National FFA Organization Alumni and Supporters.
Page S922


Raimando Nomination--Agreement
: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Gina Marie Raimando, of Rhode Island, to be Secretary of Commerce.
Page S921

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

By 84 yeas to 15 nays (Vote No. EX. 69), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
Page S921

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, March 2, 2021; and that at 2:15 p.m., the cloture time be considered expired and Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination.
Page S963


Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:

By 64 yeas to 33 nays (Vote No. EX. 68), Miguel A. Cardona, of Connecticut, to be Secretary of Education.
Pages S912–21, S963


Messages from the House:
Page S953


Measures Placed on the Calendar:
Page S953


Executive Communications:
Page S953


Petitions and Memorials:
Pages S953–54


Executive Reports of Committees:
Page S954


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S955–56


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S956–63


Additional Statements:
Page S953


Privileges of the Floor:
Page S963


Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--69)
Page S921


Adjournment: Senate convened at 3 p.m. and recessed at 6:51 p.m., until 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S963.)

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Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on the Judiciary: Committee adopted its rules of procedure for the 117th Congress, and ordered favorably reported the nomination of Merrick Brian Garland, of Maryland, to be Attorney General.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 33 public bills, H.R. 8, 1445–1476; and 5 resolutions, H. Res. 176–178, 180–181, were introduced.
Pages H880–82


Additional Cosponsors:

Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:

H. Res. 179, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1) to expand Americans' access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1280) to hold law enforcement accountable for misconduct in court, improve transparency through data collection, and reform police training and policies; and for other purposes (H. Rept. 117–9).
Page H880


Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed Representative Beyer to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Page H863


Recess: The House recessed at 12:01 p.m. and reconvened at 2 p.m.
Page H863


Recess: The House recessed at 2:07 p.m. and reconvened at 7:19 p.m.
Page H964


For the People Act of 2021 and George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021--Rule for Consideration: The House agreed to H. Res. 179, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1) to expand Americans' access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and implement other anti-corruption measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1280) to holdlaw enforcement accountable for misconduct in court, improve transparency through data collection, and reform police training and policies, by a yea-and-nay vote of 218 yeas to 207 nays, Roll No. 51, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 220 yeas to 201 nays, Roll No. 50. Pursuant to section 6(a) of H. Res. 179, H. Res. 176 was adopted. Pursuant to section 6(b) of H. Res. 179, H. Res. 177 was adopted.
Pages H864–72


Senate Referral: S. 422 was held at the desk.

Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appear on page H864.

Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea-and-nay votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H870–71 and H871–72.

Adjournment: The House met at 12 p.m. and adjourned at 10:09 p.m.

Committee Meetings

FOR THE PEOPLE ACT OF 2021; GEORGE FLOYD JUSTICE IN POLICING ACT OF 2021

Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 1, the ``For the People Act of 2021''; and H.R. 1280, the ``George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021''. The Committee granted, by record vote of 7–4, a rule providing for consideration of H.R. 1, the ``For the People Act of 2021'', and H.R. 1280, the ``George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021''. The rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1, the ``For the People Act of 2021'', under a structured rule. The rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on House Administration or their designees. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule provides that the amendment printed in part A of the Rules Committee report shall be considered as adopted and the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended. The rule provides that following debate, each further amendment printed in part B of the Rules Committee report not earlier considered as part of amendments en bloc pursuant to section 3 shall be considered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, may be withdrawn by the proponent at any time before the question is put thereon, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. Section 3 of the rule provides that at any time after debate the chair of the Committee on House Administration or her designee may offer amendments en bloc consisting of further amendments printed in part B of the Rules Committee report not earlier disposed of. Amendments en bloc shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on House Administration or their designees, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. The rule waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the Rules Committee report or amendments en bloc described in section 3 of the resolution. The rule provides one motion to recommit. The rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1280, the ``George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021'', under a closed rule. The rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary or their designees. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule provides that the bill shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against provisions in the bill. The rule provides one motion to recommit. The rule provides that House Resolution 176 and House Resolution 177 are hereby adopted. Testimony was heard from Chairman Lofgren, and Representatives Rodney Davis of Illinois, Jackson Lee, Biggs, Stauber, Lesko, Bourdeaux, Armstrong, Jones, Comer, Sarbanes, Grothman, Smucker, Spartz, Westerman, and Burgess.

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Joint Meetings



No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR TUESDAY,

MARCH 2, 2021

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine global security challenges and strategy, 9:30 a.m., SD–G50.

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Gary Gensler, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Rohit Chopra, of the District of Columbia, to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, 10 a.m., WEBEX.

Committee on the Budget: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Shalanda D. Young, of Louisiana, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, 11 a.m., SD–608.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: to hold hearings to examine the Government Accountability Office's 2021 High Risk List, focusing on addressing waste, fraud, and abuse, 2:30 p.m., SD–342/WEBEX.

Select Committee on Intelligence: closed business meeting to consider pending intelligence matters; to be immediately followed by a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SVC–217.

House

Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, hearing entitled ``Health and Safety Protections for Meatpacking, Poultry, and Agricultural Workers'', 10 a.m., Webex.

Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, budget hearing on Open World, 10 a.m., Webex.

Subcommittee on Defense, hearing entitled ``U.S. Military Service Academies Overview'', 10:30 a.m., Webex.

Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, budget hearing on the Congressional Budget Office, 2 p.m., Webex.

Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``The Future of Telehealth: How COVID–19 is Changing the Delivery of Virtual Care'', 10:30 a.m., Webex.

Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights, hearing entitled ``Elections in Africa'', 11 a.m., Webex.

Committee on Oversight and Reform, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``The 2021 GAO High-Risk List: Blueprint for a Safer, Stronger, More Effective America'', 10:30 a.m., 2154 Rayburn and Webex.

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation, hearing entitled ``COVID–19's Effects on U.S. Aviation and the Flight Path to Recovery'', 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM AHEAD

Week of March 2 through March 5, 2021

Senate Chamber
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On Tuesday, Senate will continue consideration of the nomination of Gina Marie Raimando, of Rhode Island, to be Secretary of Commerce, post-cloture, with a vote on confirmation thereon at 2:15 p.m. Following which, Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Cecilia Elena Rouse, of New Jersey, to be Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors.

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: March 2, to hold hearings to examine global security challenges and strategy, 9:30 a.m., SD–G50.

March 4, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Colin Hackett Kahl, of California, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, 9:30 a.m., SD–106.

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: March 2, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Gary Gensler, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Rohit Chopra, of the District of Columbia, to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, 10 a.m., WEBEX.

March 4, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine how the financial system hurts workers and widens the racial wealth gap, 10:15 a.m., WEBEX.

Committee on the Budget: March 2, to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Shalanda D. Young, of Louisiana, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, 11 a.m., SD–608.

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: March 3, to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Polly Ellen Trottenberg, of New York, to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation, 10 a.m., SR–253.

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: March 4, business meeting to consider subcommittee assignments for the 117th Congress, and the nomination of Debra Anne Haaland, of New Mexico, to be Secretary of the Interior; to be immediately followed by a hearing to examine the nomination of David Turk, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of Energy, 10 a.m., SD–366.

Committee on Environment and Public Works: March 3, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Brenda Mallory, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Council on Environmental Quality, and Janet Garvin McCabe, of Indiana, to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, 10 a.m., SD–562.

Committee on Finance: March 3, business meeting to consider the nominations of Xavier Becerra, of California, to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, Katherine C. Tai, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, and Adewale O. Adeyemo, of California, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, 10 a.m., SH–216.

Committee on Foreign Relations: March 3, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Wendy Ruth Sherman, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary, and Brian P. McKeon, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources, both of the Department of State, 10 a.m., SD–106/VTC.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: March 2, to hold hearings to examine the Government Accountability Office's 2021 High Risk List, focusing on addressing waste, fraud, and abuse, 2:30 p.m., SD–342/WEBEX.

March 3, Full Committee, with the Committee on Rules and Administration, to hold a joint hearing to examine the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, 10 a.m., SD–G50/WEBEX.

March 4, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Shalanda D. Young, of Louisiana, to be Deputy Director, and Jason Scott Miller, of Maryland, to be Deputy Director for Management, both of the Office of Management and Budget, 10:15 a.m., SD–342/WEBEX.

Committee on Rules and Administration: March 3, with the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, to hold a joint hearing to examine the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, 10 a.m., SD–G50/WEBEX.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: March 3, to hold hearings with the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs to examine the legislative presentation of veterans services organizations, 10 a.m., WEBEX.

March 4, Full Committee, to continue hearings with the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs to examine the legislative presentation of veterans services organizations, 10 a.m., WEBEX.

Select Committee on Intelligence: March 2, closed business meeting to consider pending intelligence matters; to be immediately followed by a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SVC–217.

House Committees

Committee on Appropriations, March 3, Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, budget hearing on the U.S. Capitol Police, 10 a.m., Webex.

March 3, Subcommittee on Legislative Branch budget hearing on the Library of Congress, 12 p.m., Webex.

March 4, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, hearing entitled ``FDA's Foreign Drug Inspections Program'', 10 a.m., Webex.

March 4, Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, budget hearing on the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights, 10 a.m., Webex.

March 5, Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, hearing entitled ``Status of Department of Veterans Affairs Infrastructure'', 10:30 a.m., Webex.

Committee on Foreign Affairs, March 3, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, Migration and International Economic Policy, hearing entitled ``A Way Forward for Venezuela: The Humanitarian, Diplomatic, and National Security Challenges Facing the Biden Administration'', 10 a.m., Webex.

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Committee on Natural Resources, March 4, Full Committee, hearing on legislation on Insular Area Climate Change Act, 12 p.m., Webex.

Committee on Ways and Means, March 4, Subcommittee on Trade, hearing entitled ``Reauthorizing Trade Adjustment Assistance: Opportunities for Equitable Access and Modernization'', 10 a.m., Webex.

Joint Meetings

Joint Hearing: March 3, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, to hold hearings with the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs to examine the legislative presentation of veterans services organizations, 10 a.m., WEBEX.

March 4, Full Committee, to continue hearings with the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs to examine the legislative presentation of veterans services organizations, 10 a.m., WEBEX.March 1, 2021* These figures include all measures reported, even if there was no accompanyingreport. No written reports have been filed in the Senate, 8 reports have been filed in the House.

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Résumé of Congressional Activity

FIRST SESSION OF THE ONE HUNDRED SEVENTEENTH CONGRESS

The first table gives a comprehensive résumé of all legislative business transacted by the Senate and House.

The second table accounts for all nominations submitted to the Senate by the President for Senate confirmation.

    DATA ON LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY

January 3 through February 28, 2020

SenateHouseTotal

Days in session

3026
. .

Time in session

147 hrs., 06110 hrs, 1
. .

Congressional Record:

Pages of proceedings

906861
. .

Extensions of Remarks

. .182
. .

Public bills enacted into law

41
. .

Private bills enacted into law

. .. .
. .

Bills in conference

. .. .
. .

Measures passed, total

3958
97

Senate bills

2. .
. .

House bills

116
. .

Senate joint resolutions

. .. .
. .

House joint resolutions

. .. .
. .

Senate concurrent resolutions

33
. .

House concurrent resolutions

13
. .

Simple resolutions

3236
. .

Measures reported, total

*19*8
27

Senate bills

1. .
. .

House bills

. .1
. .

Senate joint resolutions

. .. .
. .

House joint resolutions

. .. .
. .

Senate concurrent resolutions

. .. .
. .

House concurrent resolutions

. .. .
. .

Simple resolutions

187
. .

Special reports

. .. .
. .

Conference reports

. .. .
. .

Measures pending on calendar

4. .
. .

Measures introduced, total

5711,652
2,223

Bills

4791,428
. .

Joint resolutions

928
. .

Concurrent resolutions

621
. .

Simple resolutions

77175
. .

Quorum calls

21
. .

Yea-and-nay votes

6748
. .

Recorded votes

. .. .
. .

Bills vetoed

. .. .
. .

Vetoes overridden

. .. .
. .

    DISPOSITION OF EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS

January 3 through February 28, 2020

Civilian nominees, totaling 90, disposed of as follows:

Confirmed

12

Unconfirmed

45

Withdrawn

33

Other Civilian nominees, totaling 1, disposed of as follows:

Unconfirmed

1

Air Force nominees, totaling 1,664, disposed of as follows:

Confirmed

48

Unconfirmed

1,616

Army nominees, totaling 2,454, disposed of as follows:

Confirmed

118

Unconfirmed

2,336

Navy nominees, totaling 124, disposed of as follows:

Confirmed

1

Unconfirmed

123

Marine Corps nominees, totaling 437, disposed of as follows:

Confirmed

69

Unconfirmed

368

Space Force nominees, totaling 984, disposed of as follows:

Confirmed

1

Unconfirmed

983

Summary

Total nominees carried over from the First Session

0

Total nominees received this Session

5,754

Total confirmed

249

Total unconfirmed

5,472

Total withdrawn

33

Total returned to the White House

0
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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 2

Senate Chamber

Program for Tuesday: Senate will continue consideration of the nomination of Gina Marie Raimando, of Rhode Island, to be Secretary of Commerce, post-cloture, with a vote on confirmation thereon at 2:15 p.m. Following which, Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Cecilia Elena Rouse, of New Jersey, to be Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors.

(Senate will recess following the remarks of Senator Cruz until 2:15 p.m. for their respective party conferences.)

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

9 a.m., Tuesday, March 2

House Chamber

Program for Tuesday: Consideration of H.R. 1--For the People Act of 2021. Consideration of H.R. 1280--George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021.








Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Banks, Jim, Ind., E185

Bost, Mike, Ill., E183

Clyburn, James E., S.C., E187

Cole, Tom, Okla., E184

Davis, Danny K., Ill., E187

Garamendi, John, Calif., E184

Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E188

Joyce, John, Pa., E184

Kinzinger, Adam, Ill., E183, E185

Meng, Grace, N.Y., E187

Mooney, Alexander X., W.Va., E186

Moore, Gwen, Wisc., E185

Newhouse, Dan, Wash., E187

Norton, Eleanor Holmes, The District of Columbia, E183

Pallone, Frank, Jr., N.J., E186

Pappas, Chris, N.H., E186

Pence, Greg, Ind., E185

Spartz, Victoria, Ind., E186

Thompson, Bennie G., Miss., E184

Westerman, Bruce, Ark., E183, E186

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