Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
November 13, 2019
116th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 165, No. 181 — Daily Edition
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Government Publishing Office Technical Fix: Senate passed S. 2851, to amend section 442 of title 18, United States Code, to exempt certain interests in mutual funds, unit investment trusts, employee benefit plans, and retirement plans from conflict of interest limitations for the Government Publishing Office.
During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
By 51 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. EX
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, November 14, 2019, with the post-cloture time on the nomination expiring at 1:45 p.m.
Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
By 54 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. EX. 354), Chad F. Wolf, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans, Department of Homeland Security.
Nomination Received: Senate received the following nomination:
Elaine A. McCusker, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller).
Nomination Withdrawn: Senate received notification of withdrawal of the following nomination:
Doug Manchester, of California, to be Ambassador to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, which was sent to the Senate on January 16, 2019.
Messages from the House:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:40 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2019. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S6573.)
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:
S. 10, to require the Inter-Agency Task Force on Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia to develop a plan for reducing, mitigating, and controlling harmful algal blooms and hypoxia in South Florida;
S. 481, to encourage States to require the installation of residential carbon monoxide detectors in homes, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
S. 999, to provide for Federal coordination of activities supporting sustainable chemistry, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
S. 1069, to require the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to establish a constituent-driven program to provide a digital information platform capable of efficiently integrating coastal data with decision-support tools, training, and best practices and to support collection of priority coastal geospatial data to inform and improve local, State, regional, and Federal capacities to manage the coastal region;
S. 1640, to require compliant flame mitigation devices to be used on portable fuel containers for flammable liquid fuels, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
S. 1982, to improve efforts to combat marine debris, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
S. 2330, to amend the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act to provide for congressional oversight of the board of directors of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and to protect amateur athletes from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
S. 2346, to improve the Fishery Resource Disaster Relief program of the National Marine Fisheries Service, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
S. 2429, to reauthorize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 and to establish the United States Coral Reef Task Force, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
S. 2453, to assist in the conservation of the North Atlantic right whale by supporting and providing financial resources for North Atlantic right whale conservation programs and projects of persons with expertise required for the conservation of North Atlantic right whales, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
S. 2472, to redesignate the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center at Plum Brook Station, Ohio, as the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center at the Neil A. Armstrong Test Facility;
S. 2525, to require the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology to conduct a study of personal protective equipment worn by firefighters to determine the prevalence and concentration of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
S. 2535, to require the Secretary of Commerce to conduct an assessment and analysis relating to the decline in the business formation rate in the United States, with an amendment;
S. 2597, to require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to make certain operational models available to the public, with an amendment;
S. 2693, to improve oversight by the Federal Communications Commission of the wireless and broadcast emergency alert systems;
S. 2775, to improve the cyber workforce of the United States, with an amendment;
S. 2782, to improve provisions of law relating to sexual harassment and assault prevention at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration;
S. 2800, to authorize programs of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
S. 2805, to improve transit-oriented development financing, with an amendment;
H.R. 3153, to direct the Director of the National Science Foundation to support research on opioid addiction, an original bill entitled, ``Marine Mammal Research and Response Act of 2019'', with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
The nominations of Ian Paul Steff, of Indiana, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, Michael Graham, of Kansas, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term expiring December 31, 2020, and to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term expiring December 31, 2025, Carl Whitney Bentzel, of Maryland, to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner, Theodore Rokita, of Indiana, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors; and
A routine list in the Coast Guard.
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a hearing to examine preserving and expanding clean, reliable nuclear power, focusing on United States commercial nuclear reactor performance trends and safety initiatives, after receiving testimony from Peter B. Lyons, former Commissioner, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Golden, Colorado; Robert F. Willard, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, Atlanta, Georgia; and Edwin Lyman, Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington, D.C.
MIGRATION AT THE SOUTHERN BORDER
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine unprecedented migration at the United States southern border, focusing on the year in review, after receiving testimony from Mark Morgan, Acting Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, Acting Director, Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Derek Benner, Acting Deputy Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, all of the Department of Homeland Security; and James McHenry, Director, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Department of Justice.
YOUTH ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE USE
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the response to lung illnesses and rising youth electronic cigarette use, after receiving testimony from Mitch Zeller, Director, Center for Tobacco Products, Food and Drug Administration, and Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, both of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Stanley Blumenfeld, and Mark C. Scarsi, both to be a United States District Judge for the Central District of California, Grace Karaffa Obermann, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years, and Stephen A. Vaden, of Tennessee, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 925, to extend the authorization of appropriations for allocation to carry out approved wetlands conservation projects under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act through fiscal year 2024 (H. Rept. 116–284);
H.R. 1446, to require the United States Postal Service to continue selling the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp until all remaining stamps are sold, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 116–285, Part 1);
H. Res. 695, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4863) to promote the competitiveness of the United States, to reform and reauthorize the United States Export Finance Agency, and for other purposes; and for other purposes (H. Rept. 116–289).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed Representative Cuellar to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 10:38 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Ms. Verna Teller, Southern Tiwa, Pueblo of Isleta, New Mexico.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Foundation of the Federal Bar Association Charter Amendments Act of 2019: H.R. 1663, to amend title 36, United States Code, to revise the Federal charter for the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association;
Reauthorizing Security for Supreme Court Justices Act of 2019: H.R. 4258, to authorize the Marshal of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court Police to protect the Justices, employees, and official guests of the Supreme Court outside of the Supreme Court grounds;
Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Act of 2019: H.R. 3537, to amend the Small Business Act to codify the Boots to Business Program, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 424 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 612;
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Patriotic Employer Protection Act of 2019: H.R. 3661, amended, to support entrepreneurs serving in the National Guard and Reserve;
Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act: H.R. 499, to amend the Small Business Act to clarify the treatment of certain surviving spouses under the definition of small business concern owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 423 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 613;
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Successful Entrepreneurship for Reservists and Veterans Act: H.R. 3734, amended, to require the Comptroller General of the United States to report on access to credit for small business concerns owned and controlled by covered individuals, to require the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to report on the veterans interagency task force, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 421 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 614;
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Verification Alignment and Service-disabled Business Adjustment Act: H.R. 1615, amended, to transfer the responsibility of verifying small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans or service-disabled veterans to the Small Business Administration; and
Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019: H.R. 1773, amended, to award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the women in the United States who joined the workforce during World War II, providing the aircraft, vehicles, weaponry, ammunition and other material to win the war, that were referred to as ``Rosie the Riveter'', in recognition of their contributions to the United States and the inspiration they have provided to ensuing generations.
Directing the Clerk of the House to make a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 2423: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 72, directing the Clerk of the House to make a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 2423.
Recess: The House recessed at 2:05 p.m. and reconvened at 4:29 p.m.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H8811.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:04 p.m.
F–35 PROGRAM UPDATE: SUSTAINMENT, PRODUCTION, AND AFFORDABILITY CHALLENGES
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness; and Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces held a joint hearing entitled ``F–35 Program Update: Sustainment, Production, and Affordability Challenges''. Testimony was heard from Ellen M. Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense; Robert F. Behler, Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense; Lieutenant General Eric Fick, Program Executive Officer, F–35 Lightening II Joint Program Office; Diana Maurer, Director, Defense Capabilities and Management, Government Accountability Office; and public witnesses.
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a markup on H.R. 2339, the ``Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019''; H.R. 4995, the ``Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act of 2019''; H.R. 4996, the ``Helping Medicaid Offer Maternity Services Act of 2019''; and H.R. 2387, the ``STOP GAMES Act of 2019''. H.R. 2339 and H.R. 4996 were forwarded to the full Committee, as amended. H.R. 4995 and H.R. 2387 were forwarded to the full Committee, without amendment.
HOW AMERICA LEADS ABROAD: AN EXAMINATION OF MULTILATERAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTIONS
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy held a hearing entitled ``How America Leads Abroad: An Examination of Multilateral Development Institutions''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee began a markup on H.R. 2445, the ``Self-Employed Mortgage Act''; H.R. 3490, the ``Small Business Lending Fairness Act''; H.R. 3948, the ``Debt Collection Practices Harmonization Act''; H.R. 4403, the ``Stop Debt Collection Abuse Act''; H.R. 5021, the ``Ending Debt Collection Harassment Act of 2019''; H.R. 2398, to amend the United States Housing Act of 1937 and title 38, United States Code, to expand eligibility for the HUD–VASH program, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit annual reports to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and House of Representatives regarding homeless veterans, and for other purposes; H.R. 5003, the ``Fair Debt Collection Practices for Servicemembers Act''; H.R. 5001, the ``Non-Judicial Foreclosure Debt Collection Clarification Act''; and H.R. 5013, the ``Small Business Fair Debt Collection Protection Act''.
DEMOCRACY AND THE NATO ALLIANCE: UPHOLDING OUR SHARED DEMOCRATIC VALUES
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment held a hearing entitled ``Democracy and the NATO Alliance: Upholding our Shared Democratic Values''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
ONLINE PLATFORMS AND MARKET POWER, PART 4: PERSPECTIVES OF THE ANTITRUST AGENCIES
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law held a hearing entitled ``Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 4: Perspectives of the Antitrust Agencies''. Testimony was heard from Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice; and Joseph Simons, Chairman, Federal Trade Commission.
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States held a hearing on H.R. 4957, the ``Native American Child Protection Act''. Testimony was heard from Spike Bighorn, Deputy Bureau Director, Office of Indian Services, Department of the Interior; Rear Admiral Brandon L. Taylor, Chief of Staff, Indian Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services; and public witnesses.
ROADS TO RUIN: EXAMINING THE IMPACTS OF REMOVING NATIONAL FOREST ROADLESS PROTECTIONS
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands held a hearing entitled ``Roads to Ruin: Examining the Impacts of Removing National Forest Roadless Protections''. Testimony was heard from Christopher French, Deputy Chief, National Forest System, U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture; Kyle Moselle, Associate Director, Office of Project Management and Permitting, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Anchorage, Alaska; and public witnesses.
UNITED STATES EXPORT FINANCE AGENCY ACT OF 2019
Committee on Rules: Full Committee concluded a hearing on H.R. 4863, the ``United States Export Finance Agency Act of 2019''. The Committee granted, by record vote of 9–3, a structured rule providing for consideration of H.R. 4863, the ``United States Export Finance Agency Act of 2019''. The rule provides one hour of general debate on the bill equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Financial Services. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule provides that an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 116–36 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 makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution. Each such amendment may be offered 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, 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 report. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. The rule amends House Resolution 6 to extend the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress until the conclusion of the One Hundred Sixteenth Congress. The rule provides that House Resolution 661 and House Resolution 693 are hereby adopted. The rule provides that a motion to discharge House Concurrent Resolution 70 shall be in order on November 21, 2019, if offered by Representative Gabbard, with 20 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled by Representative Gabbard and an opponent. The rule provides that the provisions of section 7 of the War Powers Resolution shall not apply during the remainder of the One Hundred Sixteenth Congress to House Concurrent Resolution 70.
STRENGTHENING TRANSPARENCY OR SILENCING SCIENCE? THE FUTURE OF SCIENCE IN EPA RULEMAKING
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Strengthening Transparency or Silencing Science? The Future of Science in EPA Rulemaking''. Testimony was heard from Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Protection Agency; and public witnesses.
KEEPING OUR SIGHTS ON MARS PART 2: STRUCTURING A MOON-MARS PROGRAM FOR SUCCESS
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held a hearing entitled ``Keeping Our Sights on Mars Part 2: Structuring a Moon-Mars Program for Success''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
UPSKILLING THE MEDICAL WORKFORCE: OPPORTUNITIES IN HEALTH INNOVATION
Committee on Small Business: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Upskilling the Medical Workforce: Opportunities in Health Innovation''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
AMTRAK NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing entitled ``Amtrak Now and Into the Future''. Testimony was heard from Nancy Nathanson, Representative, State Legislature, Oregon; Stacey Mortensen, Executive Director, San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority, Stockton, California; and public witnesses.
REVIEW OF SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION CURRENT FACILITIES AND FUTURE SPACE NEEDS
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a hearing entitled ``Review of Smithsonian Institution Current Facilities and Future Space Needs''. Testimony was heard from Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution.
HIJACKING OUR HEROES: EXPLOITING VETERANS THROUGH DISINFORMATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Hijacking our Heroes: Exploiting Veterans through Disinformation on Social Media''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY: AMBASSADOR WILLIAM B. TAYLOR AND MR. GEORGE KENT
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Impeachment Inquiry: Ambassador William B. Taylor and Mr. George Kent''. Testimony was heard from William B. Taylor, Chargé d'Affaires Ad Interim, Ukraine, Department of State; and George Kent, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, Department of State.
THE ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
Joint Economic Committee: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the economic outlook, after receiving testimony from Jerome H. Powell, Chair, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Dan R. Brouillette, of Texas, to be Secretary of Energy, 10:30 a.m., SD–366.
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Peter Gaynor, of Rhode Island, to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, 9:30 a.m., SD–342.
Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider the nominations of Patrick J. Bumatay, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, Lawrence VanDyke, of Nevada, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, Philip M. Halpern, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, Bernard Maurice Jones II, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma, and Barbara Bailey Jongbloed, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut, 10 a.m., SD–226.
Committee on Rules and Administration: to hold an oversight hearing to examine the Smithsonian Institution; to be immediately followed by a hearing to examine the nomination of Hugh Nathanial Halpern, of Virginia, to be Director of the Government Publishing Office, 10 a.m., SR–301.
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: to hold hearings to examine noncompete agreements and American workers, 10 a.m., SR–428A.
Select Committee on Intelligence: to receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters, 2 p.m., SH–219.
Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, hearing entitled ``Safeguarding American Agriculture from Wild, Invasive, and Non-Native Species'', 10 a.m., 1300 Longworth.
Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, hearing entitled ``Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection's Failures at VA'', 10 a.m., 2362–A Rayburn.
Committee on the Budget, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``The Economic Outlook: The View from the Federal Reserve'', 10 a.m., 210 Cannon.
Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, markup on H.R. 3851, the ``Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2019''; and H.R. 4779, to extend the Undertaking Spam, Spyware, And Fraud Enforcement With Enforcers beyond Borders Act of 2006, and for other purposes, 9:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, hearing entitled H.R. 4229, the ``Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act''; H.R. 4227, the ``Mapping Accuracy Promotes Services Act''; H.R. 5000, the ``Studying How to Harness Airwave Resources Efficiently Act of 2019''; H.R. 4998, the ``Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act''; H.R. 4461, the ``Network Security Information Sharing Act of 2019''; H.R. 2881, the ``Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2019''; H.R. 4500, the ``Promoting United States Wireless Leadership Act of 2019''; H. Res. 575, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that all stakeholders in the deployment of 5G communications infrastructure should carefully consider and adhere to the recommendation of ``The Prague Proposals''; and H.R. 5035, the ``Television Viewer Protection Act'', 11:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
Committee on Financial Services, Full Committee, continue markup on H.R. 2445, the ``Self-Employed Mortgage Act''; H.R. 3490, the ``Small Business Lending Fairness Act''; H.R. 3948, the ``Debt Collection Practices Harmonization Act''; H.R. 4403, the ``Stop Debt Collection Abuse Act''; H.R. 5021, the ``Ending Debt Collection Harassment Act of 2019''; H.R. 2398, to amend the United States Housing Act of 1937 and title 38, United States Code, to expand eligibility for the HUD–VASH program, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit annual reports to the Committees on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate and House of Representatives regarding homeless veterans, and for other purposes; H.R. 5003, the ``Fair Debt Collection Practices for Servicemembers Act''; H.R. 5001, the ``Non-Judicial Foreclosure Debt Collection Clarification Act''; and H.R. 5013, the ``Small Business Fair Debt Collection Protection Act'', 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, hearing entitled ``The U.S. Policy in the Sahel Region'', 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, hearing entitled ``The Administration of Bail by State and Federal Courts: A Call for Reform'', 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, hearing entitled ``Examining the Use of ``Snap'' Removals to Circumvent the Forum Defendant Rule'', 2 p.m., 2141 Rayburn.
Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, hearing on H.R. 4248, the ``Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act Amendments of 2019'', 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife, hearing entitled ``Oversight of NOAA's Report on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing'', 2 p.m., 1324 Longworth.
Committee on Oversight and Reform, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Examining State Efforts to Undermine Access to Reproductive Health Care'', 2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 4979, the ``Rural STEM Education Act''; H.R. 4704, the ``Advancing Research to Prevent Suicide Act''; and H.R. 4990, the ``Election Technology Research Act'', 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Energy, hearing entitled ``Water and Geothermal Power: Unearthing the Next Wave of Energy Innovation'', 2 p.m., 2318 Rayburn.
Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship, hearing entitled ``Assessing the Government's Role in Serving Rural American Small Businesses (Part One)'', 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
Full Committee, hearing entitled ``A Fair Playing Field? Investigating Big Tech's Impact on Small Business'', 1 p.m., 2360 Rayburn.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, hearing entitled ``Commercial and Passenger Vessel Safety: Challenges and Opportunities'', 2 p.m., 2167 Rayburn.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Technology Modernization, hearing entitled ``Cybersecurity Challenges and Cyber Risk Management at the Department of Veterans Affairs'', 10 a.m., HVC–210.
Committee on Ways and Means, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Caring for Aging Americans'', 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth.
Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Member Day'', 1:30 p.m., 1300 Longworth.
Program for Thursday: Senate will continue consideration of the nomination of Steven J. Menashi, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, post-cloture, and vote on confirmation of the nomination at 1:45 p.m.
Program for Thursday: Consideration of H.R. 4863--United States Export Finance Agency Act of 2019 (Subject to a Rule).
Bishop, Dan, N.C., E1437
Bonamici, Suzanne, Ore., E1431
Cleaver, Emanuel, Mo., E1432
Collins, Doug, Ga., E1436
Crow, Jason, Col., E1431
Davis, Danny K., Ill., E1436
Gonzalez, Vicente, Tex., E1433
Hill, J. French, Ark., E1433
Huffman, Jared, Calif., E1432
Hurd, Will, Tex., E1432
Kelly, Mike, Pa., E1433
Kelly, Trent, Miss., E1432
Langevin, James R., R.I., E1435
Luetkemeyer, Blaine, Mo., E1433
McAdams, Ben, Utah, E1434
Norton, Eleanor Holmes, The District of Columbia, E1434
Pallone, Frank, Jr., N.J., E1435
Pocan, Mark, Wisc., E1435
Smith, Christopher H., N.J., E1436
Smucker, Lloyd, Pa., E1437
Thornberry, Mac, Tex., E1434
Visclosky, Peter J., Ind., E1431