Congressional Record Summary

Thursday, March 7, 2019

  • On Thursday, the Senate began consideration of the following three nominations:
    • Paul B. Matey, of New Jersey, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.
    • Neomi J. Rao, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.
    • William Beach, of Kansas, to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor.
  • The Senate passed the following two measures:
    • S. 725, to change the address of the postal facility designated in honor of Captain Humayun Khan. 
    • S. Res. 101, supporting the goals of International Women's Day. 
  • The Senate confirmed the following nominations:
    • By 52 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 39), Eric E. Murphy, of Ohio, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
    • By 67 yeas to 30 nays (Vote No. 40), John Fleming, of Louisiana, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development.
  • The Judiciary Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Joseph F. Bianco, of New York, and Michael H. Park, of New York, both to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, Greg Girard Guidry, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Michael T. Liburdi, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, and Peter D. Welte, to be United States District Judge for the District of North Dakota.
  • Sen. Leahy cosponsored the following four measures:
    • S. 707, a bill to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to include in the Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices a section on reproductive rights, and for other purposes.
    • S. 712, a bill to provide assistance for United States citizens and nationals taken hostage or unlawfully or wrongfully detained abroad, and for other purposes.
    • S. 716, a bill to impose sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act to combat corruption, money laundering, and impunity in Guatemala, and for other purposes.
    • S. 719, a bill to reform the use of solitary confinement and other forms of restrictive housing in the Bureau of Prisons, and for other purposes.
  • The following eight measures were introduced and referred to the Judiciary Committee:
    • S. 693, a bill to amend title 36, United States Code, to require that the POW/MIA flag be displayed on all days that the flag of the United States is displayed on certain Federal property.
    • S. 697, a bill to reform sentencing, prisons, re-entry of prisoners, and law enforcement practices, and for other purposes.
    • S. 719, a bill to reform the use of solitary confinement and other forms of restrictive housing in the Bureau of Prisons, and for other purposes.
      • Sen. Leahy is a cosponsor of this measure.
    • S. 722, a bill to increase the number of judgeships for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and certain district courts of the United States, and for other purposes.
    • S. 723, a bill to establish a Commission on Structural Alternatives for the Federal Courts of Appeals.
    • S. 724, a bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to establish additional registration requirements for prescribers of opioids, and for other purposes.
    • S. 730, a bill to prevent gun trafficking.
    • S. 732, a bill to amend the PROTECT Act to expand the national AMBER Alert system to territories of the United States, and for other purposes.
  • Sen. Sanders cosponsored the following six measures:
    • S. 705, a bill to prohibit the use of funds to take any action that would constitute a violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty for the duration of the six-month withdrawal period from the INF Treaty, and for other purposes.
    • S. 711, a bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to expand eligibility for mental health services from the Department of Veterans Affairs to include members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.
    • S. 717, a bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to prohibit the manufacture, processing, and distribution in commerce of asbestos and asbestos-containing mixtures and articles, and for other purposes.
    • S. 728, a bill to direct the Joint Committee on the Library to obtain a statue of Shirley Chisholm for placement in the United States Capitol.
    • S. Res. 99, a resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that Congress should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and is not subject to privatization.
    • S. Res. 100, a resolution recognizing the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States.
  • Rep. Welch introduced the following measure:
    • H.R. 1633, a bill to improve the productivity and energy efficiency of the manufacturing sector by directing the Secretary of Energy, in coordination with the National Academies and other appropriate Federal agencies, to develop a national smart manufacturing plan and to provide assistance to small- and medium-sized manufacturers in implementing smart manufacturing programs, and for other purposes.
  • Rep. Welch cosponsored the following four measures:
    • H.R. 1581, a bill to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to include in the Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices a section on reproductive rights, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 1595, a bill to create protections for depository institutions that provide financial services to cannabis-related legitimate businesses and service providers for such businesses, and for other purposes.
    • H.R. 1597, a bill to designate the same individual serving as the Chief Nurse Officer of the Public Health Service as the National Nurse for Public Health.
    • H.R. 1627, a bill to direct the Attorney General to submit to Congress investigative materials in the event of certain pardons granted by the President, and for other purposes.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

  • On Wednesday, the Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Eric E. Murphy, of Ohio, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
    • During consideration of this nomination today, the Senate also took the following action:
      • By 53 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 38), the Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • The Senate confirmed the following nomination:
  • The Judiciary Committee concluded an oversight hearing to examine Customs and Border Protection's response to the smuggling of persons at the southern border, after receiving testimony from Kevin K. McAleenan, Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security; Michael J. Fisher, Advanced Technology Systems Company, McLean, Virginia; Julie M. Linton, American Academy of Pediatrics, Washington, D.C.; and Timothy Ballard, Operation Undergound Railroad, Anaheim, California.
  • Sen. Leahy gave a floor statement on blue slips.
  • Sen. Leahy cosponsored the following five measures:
    • S. 237, a bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit nurse practitioners and physician assistants to satisfy the documentation requirement under the Medicare program for coverage of certain shoes for individuals with diabetes.
    • S. 668. A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to waive coinsurance under Medicare for colorectal cancer screening tests, regardless of whether therapeutic intervention is required during the screening.
      • Sen. Sanders is a cosponsor of this measure.
    • S. 679. A bill to exempt from the calculation of monthly income certain benefit paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.
    • S. 682. A bill to restore the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order and its net neutrality protections.
      • Sen. Sanders is a cosponsor of this measure.
    • S. 690. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make the child tax credit fully refundable, establish an increased child tax credit for young children, and for other purposes.
      • Sen. Sanders is a cosponsor of this measure.
  • The following three measures were introduced and referred to the Judiciary Committee:
    • S.679, a bill to exempt from the calculation of monthly income certain benefit paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.
      • Sen. Leahy is a cosponsor of this measure.
    • S.685, a bill to amend the Inspector General Act of 1978 relative to the powers of the Department of Justice Inspector General.
    • S.688, a bill to amend title 28, United States Code, to add Flagstaff and Yuma to the list of locations in which court shall be held in the judicial district for the State of Arizona.
  • Sen. Sanders cosponsored the following five measures:
    • S. 668, a bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to waive coinsurance under Medicare for colorectal cancer screening tests, regardless of whether therapeutic intervention is required during the screening.
      • Sen. Leahy cosponsored the following measure.
    • S. 677, a bill to amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide for the participation of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in the supplemental nutrition assistance program, and for other purposes.
    • S. 682, a bill to restore the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order and its net neutrality protections.
      • Sen. Leahy is a cosponsor of this measure.
    • S. 690, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make the child tax credit fully refundable, establish an increased child tax credit for young children, and for other purposes.
      • Sen. Leahy is a cosponsor of this measure.
    • S. Res. 94, a resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the Department of Justice should protect individuals with pre-existing medical conditions by defending the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148; 124 Stat. 119) in Texas v. United States, No. 4:18-cv-00167-O (N.D. Tex.), in which the plaintiffs seek to invalidate protections for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions.
      • Sen. Leahy is a cosponsor of this measure.
  • Rep. Welch cosponsored the following three measures:
    • H.R. 1108, the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2019.
    • H.R. 1560, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make the child tax credit fully refundable, establish an increased child tax credit for young children, and for other purposes
    • H.R. 1571, a bill to establish State-Federal partnerships to provide students the opportunity to attain higher education at in-State public institutions of higher education without debt, to provide Federal Pell Grant eligibility to DREAMer students, to repeal suspension of eligibility under the Higher Education Act of 1965 for drug-related offenses, and for other purposes.