Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 156
(Daily Digest - September 26, 2019)

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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.

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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 
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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.