Daily Digest

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action



The Senate was not in session and stands adjourned until 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Committee Meetings



No committee meetings were held.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 13 public bills, H.R. 5971–5983; and 2 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 92; and H. Res. 867, were introduced.
Pages H1224–25


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages H1225–26


Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:

Supplemental Report on H.R. 1140, to enhance the security operations of the Transportation Security Administration and stability of the transportation security workforce by applying the personnel system under title 5, United States Code, to employees of the Transportation Security Administration who provide screening of all passengers and property, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 116–398, Part 2); and

H. Res. 866, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2339) to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the sale and marketing of tobacco products, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 116–409).
Page H1224


Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed Representative Casten (IL) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Page H1193


Recess: The House recessed at 10:18 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Page H1195


Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Emmett Till Antilynching Act: H.R. 35, amended, to amend section 249 of title 18, United States Code, to specify lynching as a hate crime act, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 71;
Pages H1197–H1203, H1211–12

Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To amend title 18, United States Code, to specify lynching as a deprivation of civil rights, and for other purposes.'';
Page H1212


Northern Mariana Islands Residents Relief Act: H.R. 560, amended, 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'';
Pages H1203–04


Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Reauthorization Act: H.R. 2427, amended, to amend the Chesapeake Bay Initiative Act of 1998 to reauthorize the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network;
Page H1204


Authorizing the Every Word We Utter Monument to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs: H.R. 473, amended, to authorize the Every Word We Utter Monument to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs;
Pages H1204–06


Amending the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail: H.R. 2490, amended, to amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 402 yeas to 10 nays, Roll No. 73;
Pages H1206–07, H1212–13


Amending the Nutria Eradication and Control Act of 2003 to include California in the program: H.R. 3399, amended, to amend the Nutria Eradication and Control Act of 2003 to include California in the program; and
Pages H1208–10


Yucca House National Monument Expansion Act: H.R. 1492, amended, to update the map of, and modify the maximum acreage available for inclusion in, the Yucca House National Monument.
Pages H1210–11


Suspension--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure. Consideration began Tuesday, February 25th.
G.I. and Veterans Education Empowerment Act: H.R. 4852, to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make available to veterans certain additional information about postsecondary educational institutions, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 412 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 72.
Page H1212


Permission to File Report: Agreed by unanimous consent that the Committee on Homeland Security be authorized to file a supplemental report on H.R. 1140, to enhance the security operations of the Transportation Security Administration and stability of the transportation security workforce by applying the personnel system under title 5, United States Code, to employees of the Transportation Security Administration who provide screening of all passengers and property.
Page H1213


Suspension--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
Gold Star Families National Monument Extension Act: H.R. 2819, amended, to extend the authority for the establishment of a commemorative work in honor of Gold Star Families.
Pages H1207–08


Recess: The House recessed at 4:42 p.m. and reconvened at 6:45 p.m.
Page H1223


Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H1211–12, H1212, and H1212–13. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:46 p.m.

Committee Meetings

INNOVATIVE WOOD PRODUCTS: PROMOTING RURAL ECONOMIES AND HEALTHY FORESTS

Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry held a hearing entitled ``Innovative Wood Products: Promoting Rural Economies and Healthy Forests''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

APPROPRIATIONS--DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a budget hearing on the Department of Health and Human Services. Testimony was heard from Alex M. Azar, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

APPROPRIATIONS--DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on the Department of Homeland Security held a budget hearing on the Department of Homeland Security. Testimony was heard from Chad F. Wolf, Acting Secretary, Department of Homeland Security.

APPROPRIATIONS--JUDICIARY DEPARTMENT

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government held a budget hearing on the Judiciary Department. Testimony was heard from James C. Duff, Director, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; and John W. Lungstrum, Chair, Judicial Conference Committee on the Budget.

MEMBER DAY

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on the Department of Homeland Security held a hearing entitled ``Member Day''. Testimony was heard from Representatives Chu of California, Correa, Cunningham, Escobar, Fulcher, González-Colón of Puerto Rico, Graves of Louisiana, Hill, Jackson Lee, Perry, Plaskett, Suozzi, Torres Small of New Mexico, and Visclosky.

THE FISCAL YEAR 2021 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET REQUEST FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Committee on Armed Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``The Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of Defense''. Testimony was heard from Mark T. Esper, Secretary, Department of Defense; and General Mark A. Milley, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

ASLEEP AT THE SWITCH: HOW THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FAILED TO OVERSEE THE BLACK LUNG DISABILITY TRUST FUND

Committee on Education and Labor: Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing entitled ``Asleep at the Switch: How the Department of Labor Failed to Oversee the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund''. Testimony was heard from Cindy Brown Barnes, Director, Education, Workforce and Income Security, Government Accountability Office; and Julia Hearthway, Director, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, Department of Labor.

IN THE DARK: LACK OF TRANSPARENCY IN THE LIVE EVENT TICKETING INDUSTRY

Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled ``In the Dark: Lack of Transparency in the Live Event Ticketing Industry''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

THE FISCAL YEAR 2021 HHS BUDGET AND OVERSIGHT OF THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled ``The Fiscal Year 2021 HHS Budget and Oversight of the Coronavirus Outbreak''. Testimony was heard from the following Department of Health and Human Services officials: Alex Azar, Secretary; Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., Director, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health; Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Food and Drug Administration; Robert Kadlec, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; and Robert R. Redfield, M.D., Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CONFRONTING THE RISE IN ANTI-SEMITIC DOMESTIC TERRORISM, PART II

Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism held a hearing entitled ``Confronting the Rise in Anti-Semitic Domestic Terrorism, Part II''. Testimony was heard from Elizabeth Neumann, Assistant Secretary, Threat Prevention and Security Policy, Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans, Department of Homeland Security; Brian Harrell, Assistant Director, Infrastructure Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of Homeland Security; and Jill Sanborn, Assistant Director, Counterterrorism Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURES

Committee on Natural Resources: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 5435, the ``American Public Lands and Waters Climate Solution Act of 2019''; and H.R. 5859, the ``Trillion Trees Act''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

DESTROYING SACRED SITES AND ERASING TRIBAL CULTURE: THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S CONSTRUCTION OF THE BORDER WALL

Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States held a hearing entitled ``Destroying Sacred Sites and Erasing Tribal Culture: The Trump Administration's Construction of the Border Wall''. Testimony was heard from Anna Maria Ortiz, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, Government Accountability Office; Scott Cameron, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget, Department of the Interior; and public witnesses.

VOTER SUPPRESSION IN MINORITY COMMUNITIES: LEARNING FROM THE PAST TO PROTECT OUR FUTURE

Committee on Oversight and Reform: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Voter Suppression in Minority Communities: Learning from the Past to Protect Our Future''. Testimony was heard from Representative Lewis and public witnesses.

REVERSING THE YOUTH TOBACCO EPIDEMIC ACT OF 2019

Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 2339, the ``Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019'' [Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2020]. The Committee granted, by record vote of 6–3, a closed rule providing for consideration of H.R. 2339, the ``Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019''. The rule provides 90 minutes of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule provides that an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 116–51, modified by the amendment printed in the Rules Committee report, shall be considered as adopted and the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended. Finally, the rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from Chairman Pallone, and Representatives Walden, Suozzi, Ferguson, Burgess, and Griffith.

A DISCUSSION WITH SBA ADMINISTRATOR JOVITA CARRANZA: CURRENT ISSUES AND THE FY2021 BUDGET

Committee on Small Business: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``A Discussion with SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza: Current Issues and the FY2021 Budget''. Testimony was heard from Jovita Carranza, Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Full Committee held a markup on amending Committee rules; approving revised membership and leadership of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management; Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Views and Estimates of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; H. Con. Res. 90, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition; H.R. 4470, to rename the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation; H.R. 5756, the ``Resiliency Enhancement Act of 2020''; H.R. 2914, the ``Housing Survivors of Major Disasters Act of 2019''; H.R. 5912, the ``Expedited Delivery of Airport Infrastructure Act of 2020''; H.R. 5953, the ``Preventing Disaster Revictimization Act''; and General Service Administration's Capital Investment and Leasing Program Resolutions. The Revised Rules of the Committee, Committee Views and Estimates on the President's Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2021, and General Services Administration Capital Investment and Leasing Program Resolutions were adopted. The Updated Subcommittee Roster was agreed to. H.R. 2914 and H.R. 5953 were ordered reported, as amended. H.R. 4470, H.R. 5756, H.R. 5912, and H. Con. Res. 90 were ordered reported, without amendment.

U.S.-CHINA TRADE AND COMPETITION

Committee on Ways and Means: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``U.S.-China Trade and Competition''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

Joint Meetings

DAV LEGISLATIVE PRESENTATION

Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Committee concluded a joint hearing with the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs to examine the legislative presentation of the Wounded Warrior Project, Blinded Veterans Association, National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs, Jewish War Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and American Veterans, after receiving testimony from Lieutenant General Michael S. Linnington (Ret.), Wounded Warrior Project, Thomas A. Zampieri, Blinded Veterans Association, John Hilgert, National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs, Harvey Weiner, Jewish War Veterans, John Rowan, Vietnam Veterans of America, Felix Garcia III, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and Jan Brown, American Veterans.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

FEBRUARY 27, 2020

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

No meetings/hearings scheduled.

House

Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on the Department of Homeland Security, budget hearing on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 9:30 a.m., 2008 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, budget hearing on the Department of Education, 10 a.m., 2358–C Rayburn.

Subcommittee on the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, budget hearing on the Department of Transportation, 10:30 a.m., 2358–A Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, oversight hearing on the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, 11 a.m., 2362–A Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Defense, hearing entitled ``U.S. European Command (EUCOM)'', 11 a.m., H–140 Capitol. This hearing is closed.

Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, budget hearing on the U.S. Forest Service, 1 p.m., 2008 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, budget hearing on the Library of Congress, 1 p.m., 2359 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, hearing entitled ``Oversight of VA's Electronic Health Record Modernization Implementation'', 1 p.m., 2358–C Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies, budget hearing on the Department of Energy, 2 p.m., 2362–B Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, budget hearing on the Government Accountability Office, 2 p.m., 2359 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, hearing entitled ``Members Day'', 2 p.m., HT–2 Capitol.

Subcommittee on Defense, hearing entitled ``World-Wide Threat'', 3 p.m., H–405 Capitol. This hearing is closed.

Committee on Armed Services, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``The Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Budget Request for the Department of the Navy'', 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, hearing entitled ``Strategic Forces Posture Hearing'', 2:30 p.m., 2212 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, hearing entitled ``Air Force Projection Forces Aviation Programs and Capabilities Related to the 2021 President's Budget Request'', 3:30 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.

Committee on the Budget, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Budget Priorities: Members' Day'', 10 a.m., 210 Cannon.

Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, hearing entitled ``The Fiscal Year 2021 EPA Budget'', 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, hearing entitled ``Strengthening Communications Networks to Help Americans in Crisis'', 10:30 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.

Committee on Financial Services, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 149, the ``Housing Fairness Act of 2020''; H.R. 4351, the ``Yes In My Backyard Act''; H.R. 5187, the ``Housing Is Infrastructure Act''; H.R. 5929, the ``Shareholder Political Transparency Act''; H.R. 5930, the ``Workforce Investment Disclosure Act''; H.R. 5931, the ``Improving FHA Support for Small Dollar Mortgages Act of 2020''; and H.R. 5932, the ``Ensuring Chinese Debt Transparency Act'', 9:30 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.

Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation, hearing entitled ``Coronavirus Disease 2019: The U.S. and International Response'', 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.

Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations, hearing entitled ``Examining the Effect of the Border Wall on Private and Tribal Landowners'', 11 a.m., 310 Cannon.

Subcommittee on Oversight, Management, and Accountability, hearing entitled ``Building a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce to Meet the Homeland Security Mission'', 2 p.m., 310 Cannon.

Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, hearing entitled ``Returning Citizens: Challenges and Opportunities for Reentry'', 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, business meeting on the Request for a Department of Homeland Security Departmental Report on the Beneficiaries of H.R. 4225, 2 p.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, hearing entitled ``The Current State of the U.S. Refugee Program'', 2:15 p.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, hearing on H.R. 3651, to facilitate the use of certain lands in Nebraska for public outdoor recreational opportunities, and for other purposes; H.R. 3681, the ``Green Spaces, Green Vehicles Act of 2019''; H.R. 4236, the ``Reducing Waste in National Parks Act''; and H.R. 4512, the ``Outdoors for All Act'', 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing entitled ``Sexual Harassment at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration'', 2 p.m., 1324 Longworth.

Committee on Oversight and Reform, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``The Administration's Religious Liberty Assault on LGBT Rights'', 9 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on National Security, hearing entitled ``Karshi-Khanabad: Hazardous Exposures and Effects on U.S. Servicemembers'', 12:30 p.m., 2247 Rayburn.

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``A Review of the Administration's Federal Research and Development Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2021'', 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Environment; and Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, joint hearing entitled ``An Examination of Federal Flood Maps in a Changing Climate'', 2 p.m., 2318 Rayburn.

Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure, hearing entitled ``Moving America's Infrastructure Forward'', 1 p.m., 2360 Rayburn.

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, hearing entitled ``Proposals for a Water Resources Development Act of 2020: Members' Day Hearing'', 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2021'', 10 a.m., HVC–210.

Committee on Ways and Means, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Budget With Health and Human Services Secretary Azar'', 9:30 a.m., 1100 Longworth.

Next Meeting of the
SENATE

9:30 a.m., Thursday, February 27

Senate Chamber

Program for Thursday: Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Travis Greaves, of the District of Columbia, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court, and vote on confirmation of the nomination at 1:45 p.m.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

10 a.m., Thursday, February 27

House Chamber

Program for Thursday: Consideration of H.R. 2339--Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act (Subject to a Rule).


Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Chabot, Steve, Ohio, E220

Cohen, Steve, Tenn., E219

Collins, Doug, Ga., E218

Foster, Bill, Ill., E217

Foxx, Virginia, N.C., E216

Gosar, Paul, Ariz., E218

Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E217

Hudson, Richard, N.C., E215, E216

LaHood, Darin, Ill., E220

Lipinski, Daniel, Ill., E216, E218

McBath, Lucy, Ga., E219

Neal, Richard E., Mass., E216

Olson, Pete, Tex., E215, E217, E219, E220

Reed, Tom, N.Y., E219

Sewell, Terri A., Ala., E215

Soto, Darren, Fla., E215

Stivers, Steve, Ohio, E217

Wittman, Robert J., Va., E218

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