Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
January 14, 2020
116th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 166, No. 8 — Daily Edition
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
75th Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising: Senate agreed to S. Res. 375, recognizing the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy: Senate agreed to S. Res. 260, recognizing the importance of sustained United States leadership to accelerating global progress against maternal and child malnutrition and supporting the commitment of the United States Agency for International Development to reducing global malnutrition through the Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the amendment to the title.
Indo-Pacific Cooperation Act: Senate passed S. 2547, to state the policy of the United States with respect to the expansion of cooperation with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region and Europe regarding the People's Republic of China, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
McConnell (for Romney) Amendment No. 1282, to modify a finding relating to the defense strategy of the United States.
Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
Messages from the House:
Measures Read the First Time:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--12)
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:50 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S200.)
Committee on the Budget: Committee ordered favorably reported H.R. 5430, to implement the Agreement between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada attached as an Annex to the Protocol Replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee ordered favorably reported H.R. 5430, to implement the Agreement between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada attached as an Annex to the Protocol Replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session to consider pending intelligence matters.
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: There were no reports filed today.
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 10:23 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Whole Number of the House: The Speaker announced to the House that, in light of the resignation of the gentleman from California, Mr. Hunter, the whole number of the House is 430.
Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act and 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''--Rule for Consideration: The House agreed to H. Res. 790, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1230) to amend the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 and other laws to clarify appropriate standards for Federal employment discrimination and retaliation claims, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the joint resolution (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'', by a yea-and-nay vote of 216 yeas to 200 nays, Roll No. 17, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 226 yeas to 191 nays, Roll No. 16.
Board of the Federal Judicial Center Foundation--Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the following individuals on the part of the House to the Board of the Federal Judicial Center Foundation for a term of 5 years: Ms. Elizabeth J. Cabraser of Sebastopol, California, and Mr. Peter A. Kraus of Dallas, Texas.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H216.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 4:13 p.m.
Committee on Education and Labor: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 2694, the ``Pregnant Workers Fairness Act''; and H.R. 5191, the ``Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act of 2019''. H.R. 2694 and H.R. 5191 were ordered reported, as amended.
A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY: STATE EFFORTS TO CURB THE OPIOID CRISIS
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled ``A Public Health Emergency: State Efforts to Curb the Opioid Crisis''. Testimony was heard from Nicole Alexander-Scott, M.D., Director, Rhode Island Department of Health; Monica Bharel, M.D., Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health; Kody Kinsley, Deputy Secretary, Behavioral Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services; Christina Mullins, Commissioner, Bureau for Behavioral Health, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources; and Jennifer Smith, Secretary, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, Pennsylvania.
PROMOTING AMERICAN INNOVATION AND JOBS: LEGISLATION TO PHASE DOWN HYDROFLUOROCARBONS
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change held a hearing entitled ``Promoting American Innovation and Jobs: Legislation to Phase Down Hydrofluorocarbons''. Testimony was heard from Cynthia Newberg, Director, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Office of Air and Radiation, Environmental Protection Agency; and public witnesses.
ON THE BRINK OF HOMELESSNESS: HOW THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS AND THE GENTRIFICATION OF AMERICA IS LEAVING FAMILIES VULNERABLE
Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``On the Brink of Homelessness: How the Affordable Housing Crisis and the Gentrification of America Is Leaving Families Vulnerable''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
THE COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT ACT: REVIEWING WHO WINS AND WHO LOSES WITH COMPTROLLER OTTING'S PROPOSAL
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions held a hearing entitled ``The Community Reinvestment Act: Reviewing Who Wins and Who Loses with Comptroller Otting's Proposal''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
FROM SANCTIONS TO THE SOLEIMANI STRIKE TO ESCALATION: EVALUATING THE ADMINISTRATION'S IRAN POLICY
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``From Sanctions to the Soleimani Strike to Escalation: Evaluating the Administration's Iran Policy''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
ASSESSING THE ADEQUACY OF DHS EFFORTS TO PREVENT CHILD DEATHS IN CUSTODY
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations held a hearing entitled ``Assessing the Adequacy of DHS Efforts to Prevent Child Deaths in Custody''. Testimony was heard from Brian Hastings, Chief, Law Enforcement Operations, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security; and Alex Eastman, M.D., Senior Medical Officer--Operations, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office, Department of Homeland Security.
SEVENTEEN YEARS LATER: WHY IS MORALE AT DHS STILL LOW?
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Oversight, Management, and Accountability held a hearing entitled ``Seventeen Years Later: Why is Morale at DHS Still Low?''. Testimony was heard from Angela Bailey, Chief Human Capital Officer, Department of Homeland Security; Chris Currie, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Team, Government Accountability Office; and a public witness.
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife held a hearing on H.R. 1834, the ``Defending Our National Marine Sanctuaries from Damaging Chemicals Act of 2019''; H.R. 2236, the ``Forage Fish Conservation Act''; H.R. 4679, the ``Climate-Ready Fisheries Act of 2019''; H.R. 4723, the ``Fish Act of 2019''; H.R. 5126, the ``Direct Enhancement of Snapper Conservation and the Economy through Novel Devices Act of 2019''; and H.R. 5548, the ``Fishery Failures: Urgently Needed Disaster Declarations Act''. Testimony was heard from Representatives Rooney of Florida, Dingell, and Huffman; Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet, U.S. Navy (Ret.), Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, Deputy NOAA Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and public witnesses.
THE PATH TO A CARBON-FREE MARITIME INDUSTRY: INVESTMENTS AND INNOVATION
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing entitled ``The Path to a Carbon-Free Maritime Industry: Investments and Innovation''. Testimony was heard from Joshua Berger, Governor's Maritime Sector Lead, Washington Department of Commerce; and public witnesses.
MAKING HUD–VASH WORK FOR ALL VETERAN COMMUNITIES
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing entitled ``Making HUD–VASH Work for all Veteran Communities''. Testimony was heard from Keith Harris, National Director of Clinical Operations, Veterans Affairs Homeless Program Office, Department of Veterans Affairs; Hunter Kurtz, Assistant Secretary of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development; and public witnesses.
ARTICLE ONE: RESTORING CAPACITY AND EQUIPPING CONGRESS TO BETTER SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Article One: Restoring Capacity and Equipping Congress to Better Serve the American People''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
No joint committee meetings were held.
Committee on Appropriations: business meeting to markup H.R. 5430, to implement the Agreement between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada attached as an Annex to the Protocol Replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement, 10:15 a.m., SD–106.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: business meeting to consider H.R. 5430, to implement the Agreement between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada attached as an Annex to the Protocol Replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement; to be immediately followed by a hearing to examine industries of the future, 10 a.m., SH–216.
Committee on Environment and Public Works: to hold hearings to examine an update on implementation of the Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act, 10 a.m., SD–406.
Committee on Foreign Relations: business meeting to consider H.R. 5430, to implement the Agreement between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada attached as an Annex to the Protocol Replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement, the nominations of Todd C. Chapman, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil, John Hennessey-Niland, of Illinois, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Palau, Dorothy Shea, of North Carolina, to be Ambassador to the Lebanese Republic, and Donald Wright, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania, all of the Department of State, and other pending calendar business, 9:30 a.m., S–116, Capitol.
Full Committee, to receive a closed briefing on United States-Iran policy and authorities for the use of force, 10 a.m., SVC–217.
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: business meeting to consider H.R. 5430, to implement the Agreement between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada attached as an Annex to the Protocol Replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement, 10 a.m., SD–430.
Committee on Armed Services, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``DOD's Role in Competing with China'', 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.
Committee on the Budget, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Why Federal Investments Matter: Stability from Congress to State Capitals'', 10 a.m., 210 Cannon.
Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``Cannabis Policies for the New Decade'', 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, hearing entitled ``Lifting Voices: Legislation to Promote Media Marketplace Diversity'', 10:30 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.
Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy, hearing entitled ``A Persistent and Evolving Threat: An Examination of the Financing of Domestic Terrorism and Extremism'', 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets, hearing entitled ``Overseeing the Standard Setters: An Examination of the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board'', 2 p.m., 2128 Rayburn.
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``U.S. Lessons Learned in Afghanistan'', 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade, hearing entitled ``Strengthening Security and the Rule of Law in Mexico'', 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Committee on Homeland Security, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``U.S.-Iran Tensions: Implications for Homeland Security'', 10 a.m., 310 Cannon.
Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, hearing entitled ``Confronting the Rise in Anti-Semitic Domestic Terrorism'', 2 p.m., 310 Cannon.
Committee on Natural Resources, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 306, the ``Kettle Creek Battlefield Study Act''; H.R. 496, the ``Sinkhole Mapping Act of 2019''; H.R. 895, the ``Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act''; H.R. 1702, the ``Free Veterans from Fees Act''; H.R. 2640, the ``Buffalo Tract Protection Act''; H.R. 3068, the ``Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act''; H.R. 3160, the ``Blackwater Trading Post Land Transfer Act''; H.R. 3465, the ``Fallen Journalists Memorial Act of 2019''; H.R. 4248, the ``Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act Amendments of 2019''; and H.R. 5552, the ``Migratory Bird Protection Act of 2020'', 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
Committee on Oversight and Reform, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Facial Recognition Technology (Part III): Ensuring Commercial Transparency and Accuracy'', 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``An Update on the Climate Crisis: From Science to Solutions'', 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Energy, hearing entitled ``The Department of Energy's Office of Science: Exploring the Next Frontiers in Energy Research and Scientific Discovery'', 2 p.m., 2318 Rayburn.
Committee on Small Business, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Enhancing Patent Diversity for America's Innovators'', 11:30 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation, hearing entitled ``Oversight of Working Conditions for Airline Ground Workers'', 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn
Program for Wednesday: Senate will be in a period of morning business.
Program for Wednesday: Consideration of H.R. 1230--Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act.
Axne, Cynthia, Iowa, E33
Cisneros, Gilbert Ray, Jr., Calif., E36
Crist, Charlie, Fla., E36
Fulcher, Russ, Idaho, E35
Gonzalez, Anthony, Ohio, E35
Grijalva, Raúl M., Ariz., E34
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E33
Rutherford, John H., Fla., E35
San Nicolas, Michael F.Q., Guam , E34
Scott, Robert C. ``Bobby'', Va., E37
Shalala, Donna E., Fla., E33
Sherman, Brad, Calif., E36
Shimkus, John, Ill., E34
Wittman, Robert J., Va., E35