Friday, May 15, 2020
House Meets at… Votes Predicted at…
9:00 a.m. Legislative Business
No “One Minutes”
First Votes: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Last Votes: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

ANY ANTICIPATED MEMBER ABSENCES FOR VOTES TODAY SHOULD BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY TO THE OFFICE OF THE MAJORITY WHIP AT 6-3210.

Floor Schedule and Procedure:

Under a Rule (2 bills):

H.Res. 965Authorizing remote voting by proxy in the House of Representatives and providing for official remote committee proceedings during a public health emergency due to a novel coronavirus, and for other purposes (Rep. McGovern – Rules)

This resolution temporarily implements remote voting by proxy on the floor, authorizes official remote committee proceedings during the pandemic emergency, and tasks the House Administration Committee with studying and then certifying when there is operable and secure technology to facilitate remote voting in the House.

Click here for the text of the resolution.

Click here for a Dear Colleague from Chairman McGovern, including answers to common questions.

H.R. 6800The Heroes Act (Rep. Lowey – Appropriations)

This bold legislation that meets the unprecedented challenge of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Heroes Act meets the challenge facing our essential workers by providing nearly $1 trillion to state, local, territorial, and tribal governments who employ Americans providing vital services, by establishing a Heroes’ Fund to provide hazard pay to workers who have risked their lives doing their jobs during the pandemic, and by requiring an OSHA standard for worker safety.

The Heroes Act meets the public health challenge by providing $75 billion for coronavirus testing, contact tracing, and isolation measures, ensuring coronavirus treatment is free, supporting health care providers, and preserving health coverage for the unemployed and uninsured.

The Heroes Act meets the economic challenge by providing additional direct payments, protecting jobs through an enhanced employee retention tax credit, strengthening the Paycheck Protection Program, and extending robust unemployment benefits.

Click here for the text of the bill.

Click here for a one-pager.

Click here for a section-by-section summary.

Click here for a resource on the state and local relief provisions.

**Members are advised that Republican procedural votes are possible before 10:00 a.m.  

**For the health of all the Members and staff and to limit the number of people on the House Floor, Members are asked to stay in their offices except for during their confirmed speaking time during debate.  Additionally, Members are asked to come to the Floor only during their voting group’s window and to return to their offices until their voting group is called for the next vote.  Members are encouraged to use the voting machines while voting and not vote by card in the House well.  During the vote series, the Majority Whip’s office will notify Members when each group should proceed to the Floor to vote.

Members are advised that the House may recess throughout the day in order to allow for cleaning of the House Chamber to occur.

The following times are for the first vote on the Previous Question.  All times are approximations.  Members will be given notice from the Whip’s office about when their group should come to the floor for votes.

Group 1: Rep. Abraham to Rep. Cohen (10:00 – 10:10 a.m.)
Group 2: Rep. Cole to Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (10:10 – 10:20 a.m.)
Group 3: Rep. Gooden to Rep. Lamb (10:20 – 10:30 a.m.)
Group 4: Rep. Lamborn to Rep. Palazzo (10:30 – 10:40 a.m.)
Group 5: Rep. Pallone to Rep. Smucker (10:40 – 10:50 a.m.)
Group 6: Rep. Soto to Rep. Zeldin; Additional time, if needed (10:50 – 11:00 a.m.)

              

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.