Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
January 10, 2020
116th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 166, No. 6 — Daily Edition
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Friday, January 10, 2020
The Senate was not in session and stands adjourned until 3 p.m., on Monday, January 13, 2020.
No committee meetings were held.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 560, to amend section 6 of the Joint Resolution entitled ``A Joint Resolution to approve the Covenant To Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Political Union with the United States of America, and for other purposes'', with an amendment (H. Rept. 116–373, Part 1);
H.R. 4737, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Under Secretary for Science and Technology of the Department of Homeland Security to research and evaluate existing Federal research regarding approaches to mitigate climate change on homeland security to identify areas for further research within the Department, research and develop approaches to mitigate the consequences of climate change on homeland security, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 116–375).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed Representative Cicilline to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Rabbi Barry H. Block, Congregation Bnai Israel, Little Rock, Arkansas.
PFAS Action Act: The House passed H.R. 535, to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to designate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, by a yea-and-nay vote of 247 yeas to 159 nays, Roll No. 13. Consideration began yesterday, January 9th.
Rejected the Rodgers (WA) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Energy and Commerce with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 187 ayes to 219 noes, Roll No. 12.
Malinowksi amendment (No. 20 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–366), as modified, that adds stain resistant, water resistant, and grease resistant coatings that are not subject to requirements under section 409 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to the list of products eligible for a voluntary label indicating an absence of PFAS;
Slotkin amendment (No. 22 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–366) that requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in consultation with other relevant government agencies, to report to Congress on efforts to identify viable alternatives to firefighting foam and other related equipment containing PFAS; and
Pappas amendment (No. 13 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–366) that was debated on January 9th that requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to review and develop effluent standards, pretreatment standards, and water quality criteria for PFAS under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (by a recorded vote of 242 ayes to 168 noes, Roll No. 11).
Burgess amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–366) that was debated on January 9th that sought to strike Section 2, which directs the EPA to designate PFAS as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (by a recorded vote of 161 ayes to 247 noes, Roll No. 9); and
Balderson amendment (No. 6 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–366) that was debated on January 9th that sought to prevent implementation of the underlying bill until after the EPA Administrator certifies that its own PFAS Action Plan is completed (by a recorded vote of 170 ayes to 239 noes, Roll No. 10).
Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 12 noon on Monday, January 13th for Morning Hour debate.
Presidential Message: Read a message from the President wherein he notified Congress that he had issued an Executive Order with respect to Iran that takes additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957 of March 15, 1995--referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Financial Services and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 116–94).
Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 1:28 p.m.
No hearings were held.
No joint committee meetings were held.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
Committee on Rules, Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 1230, the ``Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act''; and H.J. Res. 76, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to ``Borrower Defense Institutional Accountability'', 5 p.m., H–313 Capitol.
Program for Monday: Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Peter Gaynor, of Rhode Island, to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture thereon at 5:30 p.m.
Program for Monday: To be announced.
Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., Ga., E23
Brooks, Susan W., Ind., E25
Clyburn, James E., S.C., E23
Flores, Bill, Tex., E24
Graves, Garret, La., E26
Griffith, H. Morgan, Va., E24
Marchant, Kenny, Tex., E26
Velázquez, Nydia M., N.Y., E24
Wagner, Ann, Mo., E25