Saturday, July 25, 2020

House Floor Schedule

From the floor colloquy:
Madam Speaker, I will say that on Monday, the House will meet at 9 a.m. for morning-hour debate and 10 a.m. for legislative business, with votes expected to occur, Madam Speaker, approximately 12 p.m.

On Tuesday, the House will not be in session as we pay respect to Congressman John Lewis while he lies in state.

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 9 a.m. for morning-hour debate and 10 a.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 9 a.m. for morning-hour debate and 10 a.m. for legislative business. Members are advised that votes on Thursday will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. I know that all Members would like to attend the funeral on Thursday of our brother and great Member and great American John Lewis, however, COVID–19 makes a small-group-only possible. And we will be returning, which is why votes will be delayed until the 6:30 hour.

On Friday, the House will meet at 9 a.m. for legislative business. Members are advised that last votes could occur later than 3 p.m.

We got out earlier today, and I want to congratulate our floor director, Shuwanza Goff, who got us a schedule that is working very, very well.

The suspension bills will be announced by the close of business today.

The House will consider two childcare bills.

H.R. 7027 would create a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund within the existing Child Care and Development Block Grant. This would immediately address the problems childcare providers are having in staying open and covering their increased operating costs with limited revenue during this pandemic.

The House will also consider H.R. 7327, Child Care for Economic Recovery Act. This bill would expand the availability of childcare by providing tax relief to families, providers, and employees, significantly increasing funds for the Child Care Entitlement to States programs, providing funds to improve childcare safety and infrastructure and ensure dependent care for essential workers during the pandemic and recognizing all childcare workers are essential.

These two bills are obviously a response to the extraordinary challenge to childcare providers and those who need childcare services.

In addition, Madam Speaker, the House will consider H.R. 7617, the Defense, Commerce, Justice, Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Homeland Security, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations bill.

With that, we will have passed most—almost 97 percent, maybe 98 percent, of the spending requirements of the Nation for the year to come.

Members are advised that additional legislative items are possible, which we will be discussing with the minority as well.

Lastly, Members are further advised that conversations are ongoing regarding additional coronavirus relief legislation.

Members should keep their schedules flexible for the week of August 3. Let me remind Members that are listening, and on the floor, the week of August 3 was scheduled to be a week where we would begin the August work period. However, the Senate is not beginning its August work period until August 8. It is very likely, therefore, that we may not reach an agreement on COVID–19 until that week.

I want to tell all Members that it is the intention of the Speaker and myself not to go on a work period until such time as we have passed legislation, hopefully, in a bipartisan way, and sent it to the President and the President signs it, which will help the American people, American businesses, and our country meet the ever-growing, quickly metastasizing crisis that we are confronting.

Further information regarding the timing of a coronavirus relief bill will be announced as soon as possible.

I would simply add that I will make a determination, along with discussions with others, including the minority, next week at some point in time as to exactly how we should schedule. I think it will depend upon where we are in the negotiations and how quickly we can reach an agreement on COVID–19 legislation.


MONDAY, JULY 27TH
On Monday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for morning hour and 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected at 11:30 a.m.


Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 2420 – National Museum of the American Latino Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jos Serrano / Committee on House Administration)

2) S. 2163 – Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act (Sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio / Judiciary Committee)


TUESDAY, JULY 28TH
On Tuesday, the House will not be in session as we pay respect to Congressman John Lewis while he lies in state. No votes are expected in the House.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 29TH AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for morning hour and 10:00 a.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for morning hour and 10:00 a.m. for legislative business.

On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes could occur later than 3:00 p.m.


H.R. 7027 – Child Care Is Essential Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro / Appropriations Committee / Education and Labor Committee)

H.R. 7327 – Child Care for Economic Recovery Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Nita Lowey / Appropriations Committee / Ways and Means Committee)


Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 4686 – Samis Law, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

2) H.R. 7575 – Water Resources Development Act of 2020, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)


H.R. 7617Defense, Commerce, Justice, Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Homeland Security, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2021 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Nita Lowey / Appropriations Committee)

Additional Legislative Items Are Possible


Text of Bills for the Week of July 27, 2020

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