Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
February 8, 2019
116th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 165, No. 25 — Daily Edition
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Friday, February 8, 2019
The Senate was not in session and stands adjourned until 3 p.m., on Monday, February 11, 2019.
No committee meetings were held.
House of Representatives
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 29 public bills, H.R. 1070, 1108–1135; 1 private bill, H.R. 1136; and 9 resolutions, H.J. Res. 44; H. Con. Res. 15–16; and H. Res. 113–118, were introduced.
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
Veterans' Access to Child Care Act: The House passed H.R. 840, to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide child care assistance to veterans receiving certain medical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, by a recorded vote of 400 ayes to 9 noes, Roll No. 75. Consideration began February 7th.
Rejected the Barr motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 200 ayes to 214 noes, Roll No. 74.
Sherrill amendment (No. 12 printed in H. Rept. 116–6) that require the Secretary to provide public notification on VA.gov to ensure veterans are aware of the expanded, cost-free child care services with-in this Act, and to perform outreach to inform eligible veterans;
Moore amendment (No. 13 printed in H. Rept. 116–6) that require annual reports on participation in this program and biannual reports on any other child care related barriers that remain for veterans seeking care at VA medical facilities;
Kuster (NH) amendment (No. 14 printed in H. Rept. 116–6) that require the Secretary to establish criteria for furnishing child care assistance to eligible veterans that accounts for unusual or excessive access burdens, such as excessive driving distance, geographic challenges, and other environmental factors;
Delgado amendment (No. 16 printed in H. Rept. 116–6) that include under definitions in the Health Care Services, Emergency Mental Health Care Services, which provide immediate assistance to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis;
Golden amendment (No. 17 printed in H. Rept. 116–6) that expands the scope of services under which a veteran would qualify for free child care to include health care services provided as part of readjustment counseling;
Golden amendment (No. 18 printed in H. Rept. 116–6) that directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit a report to Congress regarding the accessibility and effectiveness of the program for eligible individuals who reside in rural and highly rural areas;
Sherrill amendment (No. 20 printed in H. Rept. 116–6) that amends the bill to specifically include Military Sexual Trauma counseling and care services under section 1720D of title 38 in the definition of `covered health care services';
Sherrill amendment (No. 19 printed in H. Rept. 116–6) that states that child care providers may not provide child care under the bill if they employ an individual who has been convicted of a sex crime, an offense involving a child victim, a violent crime, a drug felony, or other offense the Secretary deems appropriate (by a recorded vote of 401 ayes to 19 noes, Roll No. 73).
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Bergman amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 116–6) that was debated on February 7th that sought to prohibit the VA from constructing new structures to be used as childcare centers (by a recorded vote of 172 ayes to 246 noes, Roll No. 72).
Agreed that in the engrossment of the bill, the Clerk be authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, spelling, and cross-references, and to make such other technical and conforming changes as may be necessary to reflect the actions of the House in amending the bill, including the changes placed at the desk.
Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 12 noon on Monday, February 11th for Morning Hour debate.
Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress--Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the following Members to the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress: Representatives Graves (GA), Woodall, Brooks (IN), Rodney Davis (IL), Newhouse, and Timmons.
Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 1:11 p.m.
OVERSIGHT OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice''. Testimony was heard from Matthew Whitaker, Acting Attorney General, Department of Justice.
No joint committee meetings were held.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
Committee on Rules, Full Committee, hearing on H.J. Res. 37, directing the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress, 5 p.m., H–313 Capitol.
Program for Monday: Senate will resume consideration of S. 47, Natural Resources Management Act, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the bill at 5:30 p.m. The filing deadline for first-degree amendments to the bill is at 4 p.m.
Program for Monday: To be announced.
Bilirakis, Gus M., Fla., E155
Bost, Mike, Ill., E153
Burgess, Michael C., Tex., E154
Bustos, Cheri, Ill., E155
Cleaver, Emanuel, Mo., E151
Connolly, Gerald E., Va., E152
Flores, Bill, Tex., E152
Gooden, Lance, Tex., E151
Gosar, Paul, Ariz., E151
Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E153
Perry, Scott, Pa., E153
Raja, Krishnamoorthi, Ill., E152
Reed, Tom, N.Y., E154