Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
January 9, 2020
116th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 166, No. 5 — Daily Edition
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Thursday, January 9, 2020
Report to accompany S. 876, to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the Secretary of Energy to establish a program to prepare veterans for careers in the energy industry, including the solar, wind, cybersecurity, and other low-carbon emissions sectors or zero-emissions sectors of the energy industry. (S. Rept. No. 116–201)
Report to accompany S. 2368, to amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to support licensing and relicensing of certain nuclear facilities and nuclear energy research, demonstration, and development. (S. Rept. No. 116–203)
United States Public Health Service Modernization Act: Senate passed S. 2629, to amend the Public Health Service Act with respect to the Public Health Service Corps, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Congressman Lester Wolff Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge: Committee on Environment and Public Works was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 263, to rename the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge as the Congressman Lester Wolff Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and the bill was then passed.
Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents: Senate passed S.J. Res. 65, providing for the reappointment of John Fahey as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents: Senate passed S.J. Res. 66, providing for the appointment of Denise O'Leary as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents: Senate passed S.J. Res. 67, providing for the reappointment of Risa Lavizzo-Mourey as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
America's Conservation Enhancement Act: Senate passed H.R. 925, to improve protections for wildlife, after agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto:
McConnell (for Barrasso) Amendment No. 1276, in the nature of a substitute.
McConnell (for Barrasso) Amendment No. 1277, to amend the title.
Save Our Seas 2.0 Act: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration of S. 1982, to improve efforts to combat marine debris, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
McConnell (for Sullivan) Amendment No. 1278, in the nature of a substitute.
A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Thursday, January 9, 2020, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020.
Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, January 13, 2020, Senate resume consideration of the nomination; and that the motion to invoke cloture filed during the session of Thursday, January 9, 2020, ripen at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, January 13, 2020.
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
By 50 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. EX. 10), Paul J. Ray, of Tennessee, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget.
During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
By 50 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. EX. 9), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
Cynthia L. Attwood, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission for a term expiring April 27, 2025.
Amanda Wood Laihow, of Maine, to be a Member of Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission for the remainder of a term expiring April 27, 2023.
Crosby Kemper III, of Missouri, to be Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services for a term of four years.
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California.
Stanley Blumenfeld, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California.
Grace Karaffa Obermann, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years.
Mark C. Scarsi, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California.
Stephen Sidney Schwartz, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years.
Scott J. Laurer, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims for the term of fifteen years.
J. David Patterson, of Tennessee, to be Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.
109 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
3 Army nominations in the rank of general.
11 Marine Corps nominations in the rank of general.
Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Foreign Service, and Marine Corps.
Messages from the House:
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
Petitions and Memorials:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 5:36 p.m., until 3 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S149.)
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
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
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, with an amendment (H. Rept. 116–372).
Recess: The House recessed at 11:01 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 83, directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran, by a yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 194 nays, Roll No. 7.
H. Res. 781, the rule providing for consideration of the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 83) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 226 yeas to 193 nays, Roll No. 6, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 227 yeas to 191 nays, Roll No. 5.
Suspension--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure. Consideration began Wednesday, January 8th.
Prison to Proprietorship Act: H.R. 5078, amended, to amend the Small Business Act to provide re-entry entrepreneurship counseling and training services for incarcerated individuals, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 370 yeas to 41 nays, Roll No. 8.
PFAS Action Act: The House considered 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. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, January 10th.
Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 116–45, modified by the amendment printed in part A of H. Rept. 116–366, shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Energy and Commerce now printed in the bill.
Woodall amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–366) that amends Section 18 to ensure the FAA and State and local building code inspectors and fire marshals are at the guidance-making table;
Hudson amendment (No. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–366) that directs the EPA to investigate methods to prevent contamination by GenX of surface waters, including source waters used for drinking water purposes;
Delgado amendment (No. 7 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–366) that makes it illegal for an industrial facility to introduce PFAS into a sewage treatment system without first disclosing information about that substance;
Pingree amendment (No. 8 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–366) that expands EPA's Safer Choice Program to include carpets, rugs, clothing, and upholstered furniture that do not contain PFAS;
Kildee amendment (No. 9 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–366) that creates a tool on EPA's website to help people understand testing results for their well water and connect them to local health and government resources and authorizes $1 million to be appropriated for fiscal year 2021 to carry this out;
Tonko amendment (No. 10 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–366) that requires the EPA to make publicly available on its website, the results of a determination under subsection 2(b) no later than 60 days after such determination is made;
Rice (NY) amendment (No. 11 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–366) that increases authorization of appropriations for the PFAS Infrastructure Grant Program by 25 percent and designates the increase for reimbursing affected community water systems that have previously implemented eligible treatment technologies;
Brown (MD) amendment (No. 12 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–366) that requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a national risk-communication strategy to inform the public about the hazards of PFAS substances;
Plaskett amendment (No. 14 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–366) that makes U.S. territories eligible for additional Safe Drinking Water Act funding to address emerging contaminants including PFAS;
Brindisi amendment (No. 15 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–366) that requires the EPA, within 180 days, to issue a final rule listing PFOS and PFOA as hazardous air pollutants under the Clean Air Act, while ensuring that EPA has access to the needed science before making regulatory decisions on other PFAS chemicals, to harmonize with other Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act provisions in the bill;
Brindisi amendment (No. 16 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–366) that requires the EPA Administrator to offer for public comment those technologies deemed as effective at removing detectable amounts of PFAS from drinking water;
Golden amendment (No. 17 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–366) that directs the EPA Administrator, in consultation with the U.S. Fire Administration, to submit an annual report to Congress on the effectiveness of the guidance required under Section 18 of the bill; and
Burgess amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–366) that seeks to strike Section 2, which directs the EPA to designate PFAS as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act;
Balderson amendment (No. 6 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–366) that seeks to prevent implementation of the underlying bill until after the EPA Administrator certifies that its own PFAS Action Plan is completed; and
Pappas amendment (No. 13 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–366) that seeks to require 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.
Consensus Calendar: Representative Stivers presented to the clerk a motion to place on the Consensus Calendar the bill H.R. 4305, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program on dog training therapy, it having accumulated 290 cosponsors.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H78.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 10 p.m.
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy held a markup on H.R. 2906, the ``Clean Commute for Kids Act of 2019''; H.R. 3361, the ``Reliable Investment in Vital Energy Reauthorization Act''; H.R. 3079, the ``Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2019''; H.R. 5518, a bill to require the Secretary of Energy to carry out a Clean Cities Coalition Program, and for other purposes; H.R. 5542, a bill to require the Secretary of Energy to establish a grant program for States to provide incentives to natural gas distribution systems; H.R. 5541, a bill to amend the Energy Policy Act of 1992 to reauthorize programs to assist consenting Indian tribes in meeting energy education, planning, and management needs, and for other purposes; H.R. 5527, the ``21st Century Power Grid Act''; H.R. 1426, the ``Timely Review of Infrastructure Act''; and H.R. 5545, the ``NO EXHAUST Act of 2020''. H.R. 2906, H.R. 3361, H.R. 3079, H.R. 5518, H.R. 5542, H.R. 5541, H.R. 5527, H.R. 1426, and H.R. 5545 were ordered reported, without amendment.
UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF DHS PREPAREDNESS GRANTS: PERSPECTIVES FROM THE FIELD
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery held a hearing entitled ``Understanding the Importance of DHS Preparedness Grants: Perspectives from the Field''. Testimony was heard from W. Greg Kierce, Director, Jersey City Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, New Jersey; Michael A. Sprayberry, Director, North Carolina Emergency Management, North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency; John J. Miller, Deputy Commissioner, Intelligence and Counterterrorism, New York City Police Department; and a public witness.
2020 ELECTION SECURITY-PERSPECTIVES FROM VOTING SYSTEM VENDORS AND EXPERTS
Committee on House Administration: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``2020 Election Security-Perspectives from Voting System Vendors and Experts''. Testimony was heard from Mike Gianasi, County Clerk and Recorder, Christian County, Taylorville, Illinois; Donald Palmer, Commissioner, Election Assistance Commission, Silver Spring, Maryland; and public witnesses.
REACHING HARD-TO-COUNT COMMUNITIES IN THE 2020 CENSUS
Committee on Oversight and Reform: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Reaching Hard-to-Count Communities in the 2020 Census''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 5260, the ``Promoting Research and Observations of Space Weather to Improve the Forecasting of Tomorrow Act''. H.R. 5260 was ordered reported, as amended.
FARMING IN THE 21ST CENTURY: THE IMPACTS OF AGRICULTURE TECHNOLOGY IN RURAL AMERICA
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development held a hearing entitled ``Farming in the 21st Century: The Impacts of Agriculture Technology in Rural America''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
PROPOSALS FOR A WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2020
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held a hearing entitled ``Proposals for a Water Resources Development Act of 2020''. Testimony was heard from Rickey Dale James, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army--Civil Works; and Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite, Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
REVIEWING THE AVAILABILITY OF RESOURCES TO ADDRESS VETERAN HUNGER
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing entitled ``Reviewing the Availability of Resources to Address Veteran Hunger''. Testimony was heard from Thomas O'Toole, Senior Medical Advisor, Providence VA Medical Center, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; Christine Going, Co-Chairperson, Veterans Heath Affairs Ensuring Veterans Food Security Workgroup, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; Pamilyn Miller, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture; and public witnesses.
No joint committee meetings were held.
H.R. 1424, to amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure the Secretary of Veterans Affairs permits the display of Fallen Soldier Displays in national cemeteries. Signed on January 7, 2020. (Public Law 116–106)
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
No hearings are scheduled.
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 Friday: Complete consideration of H.R. 535--PFAS Action Act.
Axne, Cynthia, Iowa, E18
Bucshon, Larry, Ind., E21
Cisneros, Gilbert Ray, Jr., Calif., E17
Cohen, Steve, Tenn., E20
Costa, Jim, Calif., E21
Gosar, Paul, Ariz., E22
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E20
Katko, John, N.Y., E22
McGovern, James P., Mass., E20
Neguse, Joe, Colo., E17
Pallone, Frank, Jr., N.J., E20
Pelosi, Nancy, Calif., E17
Perlmutter, Ed, Colo., E19
Perry, Scott, Pa., E22
Scalise, Steve, La., E18
Scott, David, Ga., E18
Torres, Norma J., Calif., E22
Velázquez, Nydia M., N.Y., E22
Wittman, Robert J., Va., E21