July 9, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 114 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
Daily Digest Section (PDF)
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
- See Résumé of Congressional Activity.
S. Res. 198, condemning Brunei's dramatic human rights backsliding, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and with an amended preamble.
S. 1173, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the Emergency Medical Services for Children program.
S. 1199, to amend the Public Health Service Act to revise and extend the poison center network program, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
S. Con. Res. 10, recognizing that Chinese telecommunications companies such as Huawei and ZTE pose serious threats to the national security of the United States and its allies, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and with an amended preamble.
Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 239, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition of Christa McAuliffe, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
Thune (for Shaheen) Amendment No. 907, relating to date changes.
Encouraging a Swift Transfer of Power in the Republic of the Sudan: Senate agreed to S. Res. 188, encouraging a swift transfer of power by the military to a civilian-led political authority in the Republic of the Sudan, after withdrawing the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute and the committee reported amendment to the preamble, and agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto:
Thune (for Cruz/Durbin) Amendment No. 908, in the nature of a substitute.
Thune (for Cruz/Durbin) Amendment No. 909, to amend the preamble.
Wetherell II Nomination--Cloture: By 82 yeas to 16 nays (Vote No. EX
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, Senate resume consideration of the nomination, post-cloture.
Leichty Nomination--Cloture: By 87 yeas to 11 nays (Vote No. EX
Ranjan Nomination--Cloture: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of J. Nicholas Ranjan, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
By 83 yeas to 15 nays (Vote No. EX. 194), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
Nominations--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, Senate vote on confirmation of the following nominations in the order listed: T. Kent Wetherell II, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida, J. Nicholas Ranjan, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and Damon Ray Leichty, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana; that at 4:30 p.m., Senate vote on the pending motions to invoke cloture on the nominations of Robert L. King, of Kentucky, to be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, and John P. Pallasch, of Kentucky, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor, and that if cloture is invoked, the votes on confirmation of the nominations occur at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Democratic Leader on Thursday, July 11, 2019; and that the motion to invoke cloture with respect to the nomination of Peter C. Wright, of Michigan, to be Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste, Environmental Protection Agency, ripen following disposition of the nomination of John P. Pallasch.
Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
By 53 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. EX. 191), Daniel Aaron Bress, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
Measures Read the First Time:
Petitions and Memorials:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Record Votes: Four record votes were taken today. (Total--194)
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:07 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S4740.)
USSOUTHCOM NATIONAL DEFENSE STRATEGY IMPLEMENTATION
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities concluded a hearing to examine implementation of the National Defense Strategy in the United States Southern Command area of responsibility, after receiving testimony from Admiral Craig S. Faller, USN, Commander, United States Southern Command, Department of Defense.
NASA EXPLORATION PLANS
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Aviation and Space concluded a hearing to examine National Aeronautics and Space Administration exploration plans, focusing on where we have been and where we are going, after receiving testimony from Eugene F. Kranz, former Apollo Flight Director, Houston, Texas; Christine M. Darden, formerly of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia; Mary Lynne Dittmar, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, and Eric Stallmer, Commercial Spaceflight Federation, both of Washington, D.C.; and Homer Hickam, Rocket Boys, Huntsville, Alabama.
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Energy concluded a hearing to examine S. 1602, to amend the United States Energy Storage Competitiveness Act of 2007 to establish a research, development, and demonstration program for grid-scale energy storage systems, S. 1593, to require the Secretary of Energy to establish an energy storage research program, a demonstration program, and a technical assistance and grant program, S. 1183, to establish an energy storage and microgrid grant and technical assistance program, S. 1741, to direct the Secretary of Energy to establish a program to advance energy storage deployment by reducing the cost of energy storage through research, development, and demonstration, S. 2048, to require the Secretary of Energy to establish a demonstration initiative focused on the development of long-duration energy storage technologies, including a joint program to be established in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, S. 1685, to require the Secretary of Energy to establish a program for the research, development, and demonstration of commercially viable technologies for the capture of carbon dioxide produced during the generation of natural gas-generated power, S. 143, to authorize the Department of Energy to conduct collaborative research with the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to improve healthcare services for veterans in the United States, S. 983, to amend the Energy Conservation and Production Act to reauthorize the weatherization assistance program, S. 1857, to amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to improve Federal energy and water performance requirements for Federal buildings and establish a Federal Energy Management Program, S. 1064, to require the Secretary of Energy to conduct a study on the national security implications of building ethane and other natural-gas-liquids-related petrochemical infrastructure in the United States, and H.R. 1138, to reauthorize the West Valley demonstration project, after receiving testimony from Senators Collins and Klobuchar; and Bruce J. Walker, Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity, and Shawn Bennett, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Gas, Office of Fossil Energy, both of the Department of Energy.
PROTECTING INNOCENCE IN A DIGITAL WORLD
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine protecting innocence in a digital world, after receiving testimony from Duffie Stone, National District Attorneys Association, Bluffton, South Carolina; Angela J. Campbell, Georgetown Law, and Stephen Balkam, Family Online Safety Institute, both of Washington, D.C.; Christopher McKenna, Protect Young Eyes, Caledonia, Michigan; and John F. Clark, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Alexandria, Virginia.
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the intelligence community.
Committee recessed subject to the call.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 2368, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to expand support for police officer family services, stress reduction, and suicide prevention, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 116–140);
H.R. 1569, 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 (H. Rept. 116–142); and
H. Res. 476, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2500) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2020 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules (H. Rept. 116–143).
Pages H5293, H5301
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed Representative Clay to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Resignation from the House Republican Conference: Read a letter from Representative Cheney wherein she announced that Representative Amash resigned from the House Republican Conference.
Committee Election Vacated: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she announced that Representative Amash's election to the Committee on Oversight and Reform has been vacated effective July 9, 2019.
Recess: The House recessed at 2:06 p.m. and reconvened at 4:31 p.m.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Protect Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act of 2019: H.R. 1988, amended, to clarify seasoning requirements for certain refinanced mortgage loans;
Amending the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 to amend the definition of whistleblower: H.R. 2515, amended, to amend the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 to amend the definition of whistleblower, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas to 12 nays, Roll No. 431;
Pages H5276–78, H5287–88
Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To amend the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 to amend the definition of whistleblower, to extend the anti-retaliation protections provided to whistleblowers, and for other purposes'';
Housing Financial Literacy Act of 2019: H.R. 2162, amended, to require the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to discount FHA single-family mortgage insurance premium payments for first-time homebuyers who complete a financial literacy housing counseling program;
Emphasizing the importance of grassroots investor protection and the investor education missions of State and Federal securities regulators, calling on the Securities and Exchange Commission to collaborate with State securities regulators in the protection of investors: H. Res. 456, emphasizing the importance of grassroots investor protection and the investor education missions of State and Federal securities regulators, calling on the Securities and Exchange Commission to collaborate with State securities regulators in the protection of investors;
Improving Investment Research for Small and Emerging Issuers Act: H.R. 2919, to require the Securities and Exchange Commission to carry out a study to evaluate the issues affecting the provision of and reliance upon investment research into small issuers;
Expanding Investment in Small Businesses Act of 2019: H.R. 3050, amended, to require the Securities and Exchange Commission to carry out a study of the 10 per centum threshold limitation applicable to the definition of a diversified company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 417 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 432; and
Pages H5283–85, H5288
Expanding Access to Capital for Rural Job Creators Act: H.R. 2409, to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to expand access to capital for rural-area small businesses, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 413 yeas to 7 nays, Roll No. 433.
Pages H5285–87, H5288–89
Recess: The House recessed at 6:17 p.m. and reconvened at 6:30 p.m.
Protecting Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act of 2019: The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass S. 1749, to clarify seasoning requirements for certain refinanced mortgage loans.
Recess: The House recessed at 8:03 p.m. and reconvened at 11:48 p.m.
Adjournment: The House met at 2 p.m. and adjourned at 11:49 p.m.
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2020
Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 2500, the ``National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020''. The Committee granted, by record vote of 8–4, a structured rule providing for consideration of H.R. 2500, the ``National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020''. The rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Armed 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 116–19, modified by the amendment printed in part A of the report, 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 further amendments printed in part B of the report and amendments en bloc described in section 3 of the resolution. Each amendment in part B 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, may be withdrawn by the proponent at any time before action thereon, 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 further amendments printed in part B of the report or amendments en bloc described in section 3 of the resolution. The rule provides that the chair of the Committee on Armed Services or his designee may offer amendments en bloc consisting of amendments printed in part B of the report not earlier disposed of. Amendments en bloc shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Armed Services or their designees, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. The rule provides that at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill, as amended, to the House with such further amendments as may have been adopted. The question of such amendments' adoption shall be put to the House en gros and without division of the question. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. The rule provides that clause 7(a)(1) of rule XV shall not apply with respect to H.R. 553. Finally, the rule provides that it shall be in order at any time on the legislative day of July 11, 2019, or July 12, 2019, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules, as though under clause 1 of rule XV, relating to the bill (H.R. 1327) to extend authorization for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 through fiscal year 2090, and for other purposes. Testimony was heard from Chairman Smith of Washington, and Representatives Thornberry, Garamendi, Armstrong, Bacon, Barr, Bishop of Utah, Dunn, Gallagher, Hartzler, Lesko, Mast, Olson, Pence, Smith of New Jersey, Shimkus, Stauber, Yoho, Stivers, Wilson of South Carolina, and Wenstrup.
No joint committee meetings were held.
Committee on Armed Services: business meeting to consider pending military nominations, 10 a.m., SR–222.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: business meeting to consider S. 149, to establish a Senior Scams Prevention Advisory Council, S. 153, to promote veteran involvement in STEM education, computer science, and scientific research, S. 384, to require the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, to help facilitate the adoption of composite technology in infrastructure in the United States, S. 553, to direct the Secretary of Commerce to establish a working group to recommend to Congress a definition of blockchain technology, S. 1148, to amend title 49, United States Code, to require the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to give preferential consideration to individuals who have successfully completed air traffic controller training and veterans when hiring air traffic control specialists, S. 1342, to require the Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere to update periodically the environmental sensitivity index products of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for each coastal area of the Great Lakes, S. 1427, to amend the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act to improve the Network for Manufacturing Innovation Program, S. 1601, to direct the Secretary of Transportation to issue a rule requiring all new passenger motor vehicles to be equipped with a child safety alert system, S. 1611, to ensure appropriate prioritization, spectrum planning, and interagency coordination to support the Internet of Things, S. 1694, to require any Federal agency that issues licenses to conduct activities in outer space to include in the requirements for such licenses an agreement relating to the preservation and protection of the Apollo 11 landing site, S. 1881, to provide PreCheck to certain severely injured or disabled veterans, and the nominations of Stephen M. Dickson, of Georgia, to be Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, Michelle A. Schultz, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board, and a routine list in the Coast Guard, 10 a.m., SH–216.
Committee on Environment and Public Works: to hold hearings to examine investing in America's surface transportation infrastructure, focusing on the need for a multi-year reauthorization bill, 10 a.m., SD–406.
Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine defense cooperation, focusing on the use of emergency authorities under the Arms Export Control Act, 10:15 a.m., SD–419.
Special Committee on Aging: to hold hearings to examine how the special diabetes program is changing the lives of Americans with Type 1 diabetes, 9:30 a.m., SD–106.
Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, hearing entitled ``United States Efforts to Counter Russian Disinformation and Malign Influence'', 10 a.m., 2362–A Rayburn.
Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, markup on H.R. 2211, the ``STURDY Act''; H.R. 3172, the ``Safe Sleep Act of 2019''; H.R. 3170, the ``Safe Cribs Act of 2019''; H.R. 1618, the ``Nicholas and Zachary Burt Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2019''; H.R. 806, the ``Portable Fuel Container Safety Act of 2019''; and H.R. 2647, the ``SOFFA'', 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
Committee on Financial Services, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy'', 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets, hearing entitled ``Building a Sustainable and Competitive Economy: An Examination of Proposals to Improve Environmental, Social, and Governance Disclosures'', 2 p.m., 2128 Rayburn.
Committee on Homeland Security, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``About Face: Examining the Department of Homeland Security's Use of Facial Recognition and Other Biometric Technologies'', 10 a.m., 310 Cannon.
Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, hearing entitled ``Marijuana Laws in America: Racial Justice and the Need for Reform'', 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, hearing on H.R. 252, the ``Pershing County Economic Development and Conservation Act''; H.R. 1475, the ``LOTTERY Act''; H.R. 2199, the ``Central Coast Heritage Protection Act''; H.R. 2215, the ``San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act''; H.R. 2250, the ``Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act''; H.R. 2546, the ``Colorado Wilderness Act of 2019''; and H.R. 2642, the ``Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act'', 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
Committee on Oversight and Reform, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``The Trump Administration's Attack on the ACA: Reversal in Court Case Threatens Health Care for Millions of Americans'', 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, hearing entitled ``Kids in Cages: Inhumane Treatment at the Border'', 2:30 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, hearing entitled ``A Review of NASA's Plans for the International Space Station and Future Activities in Low Earth Orbit'', 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Energy, markup on H.R. 3597, the ``Solar Energy Research and Development Act of 2019''; H.R. 3607, the ``Fossil Energy Research and Development Act of 2019''; and H.R. 3609, the ``Wind Energy Research and Development Act of 2019'', 2 p.m., 2318 Rayburn.
Committee on Small Business, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Continuing to Serve: From Military to Entrepreneur'', 11:30 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Water Resources Development Acts: Status of Implementation and Assessing the Future Needs'', 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, hearing entitled ``Economic Well-being of Women Veterans'', 10 a.m., HVC–210.
Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``The Cost of Caring'', 2 p.m., HVC–210.
Committee on Ways and Means, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 397, the ``Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act of 2019'', 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth.July 9, 2019* These figures include all measures reported, even if there was no accompanying report. A total of 53 written reports have been filed in the Senate, 135 reports have been filed in the House.
Résumé of Congressional Activity
FIRST SESSION OF THE ONE HUNDRED SIXTEENTH CONGRESS
The first table gives a comprehensive résumé of all legislative business transacted by the Senate and House.
The second table accounts for all nominations submitted to the Senate by the President for Senate confirmation.
- DATA ON LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY
January 3 through June 30, 2019
Days in session
Time in session
533 hrs., 9438 hrs., 39
Pages of proceedings
Extensions of Remarks
Public bills enacted into law
Private bills enacted into law
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Bills in conference
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Measures passed, total
Senate joint resolutions
House joint resolutions
Senate concurrent resolutions
House concurrent resolutions
Measures reported, total
Senate joint resolutions
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House joint resolutions
Senate concurrent resolutions
House concurrent resolutions
Measures pending on calendar
Measures introduced, total
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- DISPOSITION OF EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS
January 3 through June 30, 2019
Civilian nominations, totaling 410, disposed of as follows:
Other Civilian nominations, totaling 697, disposed of as follows:
Air Force nominations, totaling 1,843, disposed of as follows:
Army nominations, totaling 4,952, disposed of as follows:
Navy nominations, totaling 1,827, disposed of as follows:
Marine Corps nominations, totaling 1,416, disposed of as follows:
Program for Wednesday: Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of T. Kent Wetherell II, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida, post-cloture, and vote on confirmation of the nominations of T. Kent Wetherell II, J. Nicholas Ranjan, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and Damon Ray Leichty, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana, at 11 a.m.
At 4:30 p.m., Senate will vote on the motions to invoke cloture on the nominations of Robert L. King, of Kentucky, to be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education, and John P. Pallasch, of Kentucky, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor.
Program for Wednesday: Consideration of H.R. 2500--National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (Subject to a Rule). Consideration of measures under suspension of the Rules.
Correa, J. Luis, Calif., E881
Costa, Jim, Calif., E882
Crow, Jason, Col., E877
Graves, Sam, Mo., E880
Hudson, Richard, N.C., E883
Huizenga, Bill, Mich., E879
Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E883
Joyce, John, Pa., E879
Kelly, Mike, Pa., E881
Levin, Mike, Calif., E882
Perlmutter, Ed, Colo., E881
Ryan, Tim, Ohio, E880
Sablan, Gregorio Kilili Camacho, Northern Mariana Islands, E882
Wenstrup, Brad R., Ohio, E880
Wittman, Robert J., Va., E879