Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
September 26, 2019
116th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 165, No. 156 — Daily Edition
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[Daily Digest] [Pages D1083-D1085] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] Committee Meetings THE NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM: RESTORING OUR FOREST INFRASTRUCTURE Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry held a hearing entitled ``The National Forest System: Restoring our Forest Infrastructure''. Testimony was heard from Lenise Lago, Associate Chief, U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture. IRS OVERSIGHT: TREASURY INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR TAX ADMINISTRATION Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government held a hearing entitled ``IRS Oversight: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration''. Testimony was heard from J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. MISCLASSIFICATION OF EMPLOYEES: EXAMINING THE COSTS TO WORKERS, BUSINESSES, AND THE ECONOMY Committee on Education and Labor: Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing entitled ``Misclassification of Employees: Examining the Costs to Workers, Businesses, and the Economy''. Testimony was heard from Karl A. Racine, Attorney General, District of Columbia; and public witnesses. MAKING HEALTH CARE MORE AFFORDABLE: LOWERING DRUG PRICES AND INCREASING TRANSPARENCY Committee on Education and Labor: Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing entitled ``Making Health Care More Affordable: Lowering Drug Prices and Increasing Transparency''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change held a markup on H.R. 1603, the ``Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2019''; H.R. 535, the ``PFAS Action Act of 2019''; H.R. 2377, the ``Protect Drinking Water from PFAS Act of 2019''; H.R. 2533, the ``Providing Financial Assistance for Safe Drinking Water Act''; H.R. 2566, a bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to revise the Safer Choice Standard to provide for a Safer Choice label for pots, pans, and cooking utensils that do not contain PFAS, and for other purposes; H.R. 2570, the ``PFAS User Fee Act of 2019''; H.R. 2577, the ``PFAS Right-To-Know Act''; H.R. 2591, the ``PFAS Waste Incineration Ban Act of 2019''; H.R. 2596, the ``Protecting Communities from New PFAS Act''; H.R. 2600, the ``Toxic PFAS Control Act''; H.R. 2605, the ``PROTECT Act of 2019''; H.R. 2608, the ``PFAS Testing Act of 2019''; H.R. 2626, the ``PFAS Accountability Act of 2019''; H.R. 2638, a bill to direct the Administrator of the Environment Protection Agency to issue guidance on minimizing the use of firefighting foam containing PFAS, and for other purposes; and H.R. 2699, the ``Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2019''. H.R. 1603, H.R. 535, H.R. 2377, H.R. 2533, H.R. 2566, H.R. 2570, H.R. 2577, H.R. 2591, H.R. [[Page D1084]] 2596, H.R. 2600, H.R. 2605, H.R. 2608, H.R. 2626, H.R. 2638, and H.R. 2699 were forwarded to the full Committee, without amendment. EXAMINING LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CONSUMERS AND SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS FROM ABUSIVE DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Examining Legislation to Protect Consumers and Small Business Owners from Abusive Debt Collection Practices''. Testimony was heard from Rohit Chopra, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission; and public witnesses. THE FUTURE OF REAL-TIME PAYMENTS Committee on Financial Services: Task Force on Financial Technology held a hearing entitled ``The Future of Real-Time Payments''. Testimony was heard from Esther George, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; and public witnesses. SUSTAINING U.S. PACIFIC INSULAR RELATIONSHIPS Committee on Foreign Affairs: Full Committee; and Full Committee of the House Committee on Natural Resources held a joint hearing entitled ``Sustaining U.S. Pacific Insular Relationships''. Testimony was heard from Randall G. Schriver, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo- Pacific Security Affairs, Department of Defense; Sandra Oudkirk, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State; Nikolao Pula, Director, Office of Insular Affairs, Department of the Interior; David Gootnick, Director of International Affairs and Trade, Government Accountability Office; and public witnesses. U.S. NONPROLIFERATION POLICY AND THE FY 2020 BUDGET Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation held a hearing entitled ``U.S. Nonproliferation Policy and the FY 2020 Budget''. Testimony was heard from Christopher Ford, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Department of State. ENGAGING THE COMMUNITY: PERSPECTIVES ON SCHOOL SECURITY Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery held a hearing entitled ``Engaging the Community: Perspectives on School Security''. Testimony was heard from Jared Maples, Director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness; and public witnesses. OVERSIGHT OF ICE DETENTION FACILITIES: IS DHS DOING ENOUGH? Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Oversight, Management and Accountability held a hearing entitled ``Oversight of ICE Detention Facilities: Is DHS Doing Enough?''. Testimony was heard from Diana Shaw, Assistant Inspector General, Special Reviews and Evaluations, Office of the Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security; Tae Johnson, ERO Assistant Director for Custody Management, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security; and public witnesses. THE EXPANSION AND TROUBLING USE OF ICE DETENTION Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship held a hearing entitled ``The Expansion and Troubling Use of ICE Detention''. Testimony was heard from Charles A. Jenkins, Sheriff, Frederick County, Maryland; and public witnesses. COMMUNITY RESPONSES TO GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR CITIES Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security held a hearing entitled ``Community Responses to Gun Violence in our Cities''. Testimony was heard from Representatives Clay and Kelly of Illinois; Reggie Moore, Director, Injury and Violence Prevention, Office of Violence Prevention, Milwaukee Department of Health, Wisconsin; and public witnesses. THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY IN THE 21ST CENTURY: ENSURING THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT OF ACCESS TO THE COURTS Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a hearing entitled ``The Federal Judiciary in the 21st Century: Ensuring the Public's Right of Access to the Courts''. Testimony was heard from Audrey G. Fleissig, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Missouri; Richard W. Story, U.S. District Judge, Northern District of Georgia; and public witnesses. THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR'S FAILURE TO COOPERATE WITH CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT REQUESTS Committee on Natural Resources: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``The Department of the Interior's Failure to Cooperate with Congressional Oversight Requests''. Testimony was heard from Daniel Jorjani, [[Page D1085]] Principal Deputy Solicitor, Department of the Interior. UNDERSTANDING, FORECASTING, AND COMMUNICATING EXTREME WEATHER IN A CHANGING CLIMATE Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Understanding, Forecasting, and Communicating Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. ONLINE IMPOSTERS AND DISINFORMATION Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight held a hearing entitled ``Online Imposters and Disinformation''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. SBA MANAGEMENT REVIEW: SMALL BUSINESS INVESTMENT COMPANY PROGRAM Committee on Small Business: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``SBA Management Review: Small Business Investment Company Program''. Testimony was heard from Joseph Shepard, Associate Administrator, Office of Investment and Innovation, Small Business Administration; and public witnesses. A WORK IN PROGRESS: IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FAA REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2018 Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Aviation held a hearing entitled ``A Work in Progress: Implementation of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018''. Testimony was heard from Daniel K. Elwell, Deputy Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration; Joel Szabat, Acting Undersecretary for Policy, Department of Transportation; Lirio Liu, Executive Director, Office of Rulemaking, Federal Aviation Administration; and public witnesses. THE FUTURE OF VA SCHEDULING: IMPLEMENTING A COMMERCIAL OFF THE SHELF SCHEDULING SOLUTION AT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Technology Modernization held a hearing entitled ``The Future of VA Scheduling: Implementing a Commercial Off the Shelf Scheduling Solution at the Department of Veterans Affairs''. Testimony was heard from Dominic Cussatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Information and Technology, Department of Veterans Affairs; Larry Reinkemeyer, Assistant Inspector General for Audits and Evaluations, Office of the Inspector General, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses. THE PUBLIC HEALTH CONSEQUENCES AND COSTS OF GUN VIOLENCE Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing entitled ``The Public Health Consequences and Costs of Gun Violence''. Testimony was heard from Representatives Danny K. Davis of Illinois, McBath, and Mike Thompson of California; Jennifer Longdon, Representative, District 24, House of Representatives, Arizona; and public witnesses. WHISTLEBLOWER DISCLOSURE Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Whistleblower Disclosure''. Testimony was heard from Joseph Maguire, Acting Director of National Intelligence, Office of the Director of National Intelligence. SOLVING THE CLIMATE CRISIS: REDUCING INDUSTRIAL EMISSIONS THROUGH U.S. INNOVATION Select Committee on the Climate Crisis: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Solving the Climate Crisis: Reducing Industrial Emissions Through U.S. Innovation''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. PROMOTING CIVILITY AND BUILDING A MORE COLLABORATIVE CONGRESS Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Promoting Civility and Building a More Collaborative Congress''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. Joint Meetings No joint committee meetings were held.