Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
February 4, 2020
116th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 166, No. 23 — Daily Edition
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Tuesday, February 4, 2020
- House and Senate met in Joint Session to receive a State of the Union Address from the President of the United States.
Washington's Farewell Address--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the resolution of the Senate of January 24, 1901, the traditional reading of Washington's Farewell Address take place on Monday, February 24, 2020, following the prayer and pledge; and that Senator Baldwin be recognized to deliver the address.
Message from the President: Senate received the following message from the President of the United States:
Transmitting the report on the State of the Union delivered to a Joint Session of Congress on February 4, 2020; which was ordered to lie on the table. (PM–43)
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
John Leonard Badalamenti, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida.
Thomas T. Cullen, of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Virginia.
Owen McCurdy Cypher, of Michigan, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Michigan for the term of four years.
Kathryn C. Davis, of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years.
Vincent F. DeMarco, of New York, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of New York for the term of four years.
Daniel Z. Epstein, of Texas, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years.
Thomas L. Foster, of Virginia, to be United States Marshal for the Western District of Virginia for the term of four years.
Michael Allen Hagar, of Arkansas, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Arkansas for the term of four years.
Anna M. Manasco, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama.
Stephen P. McGlynn, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois.
Drew B. Tipton, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas.
1 Air Force nomination in the rank of general.
1 Army nomination in the rank of general.
Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy.
Message from the House:
Petitions and Memorials:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 10:27 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S859.)
TRUCKING IN AMERICA
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety concluded a hearing to examine stakeholder perspectives on trucking in America, after receiving testimony from Sergeant John Samis, Delaware State Police, Dover, on behalf of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance; Chris Spear, American Trucking Associations, Washington, D.C.; Lewie Pugh, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Grain Valley, Missouri; Jake Parnell, Cattleman's Livestock Market, Sacramento, California, on behalf of the Livestock Marketing Association; and Dawn King, Truck Safety Coalition, Arlington, Virginia, on behalf of Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways.
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: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 2642, to designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington, and to designate certain rivers in Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park as wild and scenic rivers, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 116–388);
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed Representative Clay to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 12 noon and reconvened at 2 p.m.
Recess: The House recessed at 2:26 p.m. and reconvened at 8:34 p.m.
State of the Union Address: President Donald Trump delivered his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, pursuant to the provisions of H. Con. Res. 86. He was escorted into the House Chamber by a committee comprised of Representatives Hoyer, Clyburn, Luján, Jeffries, Clark (MA), Bustos, Judy Chu (CA), Davids (KS), Haaland, McCarthy, Scalise, Cheney, Emmer, Palmer, Walker, Smith (MO), Brady, and Cole, and Senators McConnell, Thune, Grassley, Barrasso, Ernst, Blunt, Young, Schumer, Durbin, Baldwin, Cardin, Shaheen, and Coons. The President's message was referred to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 116–90).
Quorum Calls--Votes: There were no Yea and Nay votes, and there were no Recorded votes. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 12 noon and adjourned at 10:29 p.m.
No hearings were held.
No joint committee meetings were held.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold hearings to examine athlete safety and the integrity of U.S. Sport, 10 a.m., SH–216.
Committee on Environment and Public Works: to hold an oversight hearing to examine the Fish and Wildlife Service, 10 a.m., SD–406.
Committee on Finance: to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Kipp Kranbuhl, of Ohio, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Sarah C. Arbes, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Jason J. Fichtner, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Social Security Advisory Board, 10 a.m., SD–215.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: to hold hearings to examine the VA MISSION Act, focusing on the implementation of the Community Care Network, 9:30 a.m., SR–418.
Select Committee on Intelligence: to receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters, 10 a.m., SH–219.
Committee on Armed Services, Future of Defense Task Force, hearing entitled ``Supercharging the Innovation Base'', 9 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Military Personnel, hearing entitled ``Exceptional Family Member Program--Are the Military Services Really Taking Care of Family Members?'', 2 p.m., 2212 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces; and Subcommittee on Readiness, joint hearing entitled ``Update on Navy and Marine Corps Readiness in the Pacific in the Aftermath of Recent Mishaps'', 2:30 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.
Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies, hearing entitled ``Oversight Hearing on DOE's Role in Advancing Biomedical Sciences'', 10:30 a.m., 2362–B Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, hearing entitled ``Strengthening Community Recycling Programs: Challenges and Opportunities'', 1 p.m., 2008 Rayburn.
Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services, hearing entitled ``The Future of Work: Protecting Workers' Civil Rights in the Digital Age'', 2 p.m., 2175 Rayburn.
Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy, hearing entitled ``Modernizing the Natural Gas Act to Ensure it Works for Everyone'', 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing entitled ``Vaping in America: E-Cigarette Manufacturers' Impact on Public Health'', 10:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
Committee on Financial Services, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Rent-A-Bank Schemes and New Debt Traps: Assessing Efforts to Evade State Consumer Protections and Interest Rate Caps'', 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance, hearing entitled ``A Future Without Public Housing? Examining the Trump Administration's Efforts to Eliminate Public Housing'', 2 p.m., 2128 Rayburn.
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Unique Challenges Women Face in Global Health'', 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation, hearing entitled ``The Wuhan Coronavirus: Assessing the Outbreak, the Response, and Regional Implications'', 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security, hearing entitled ``The Northern Northern Border: Homeland Security Priorities in the Arctic, Part II'', 10 a.m., 310 Cannon.
Committee on House Administration, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Smithsonian Institution: Opportunities for Growth by Honoring Latino Americans and Asian Pacific Americans'', 10 a.m., 1310 Longworth.
Committee on the Judiciary, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation'', 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, hearing on H.R. 5598, the ``Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act'', 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States, hearing on H.R. 4059, to take certain lands in California into trust for the benefit of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, and for other purposes; H.R. 4495, to authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Indian Health Service, to acquire private land to facilitate access to the Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center in Hemet, California, and for other purposes; H.R. 4888, to amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act, and for other purposes; and H.R. 5153, the ``Indian Buffalo Management Act'', 2 p.m., 1324 Longworth.
Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on Government Operations, hearing entitled ``A Threat to America's Children? The Trump Administration's Proposed Changes to the Poverty Line Calculation'', 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, hearing entitled ``A Threat to America's Children: The Trump Administration's Proposal to Gut Fair Housing Accountability'', 2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
Committee on Rules, Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 2474, the ``Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019''; H.R. 5687, the ``Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief and Puerto Rico Disaster Tax Relief Act, 2020''; and H. Res. 826, expressing disapproval of the Trump administration's harmful actions towards Medicaid, 3 p.m., H–313 Capitol.
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight; and Subcommittee on Energy, joint hearing entitled ``Management and Spending Challenges within the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy'', 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Research and Technology, hearing entitled ``America's Seed Fund: A Review of SBIR and STTR'', 2 p.m., 2318 Rayburn.
Committee on Small Business, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``SBA Management Review: Office of Credit Risk Management'', 11:30 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, hearing entitled ``Tracking Toward Zero: Improving Grade Crossing Safety and Addressing Community Concerns'', 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations; and Women Veterans Task Force, joint hearing entitled ``Examining How the Department of Veterans Affairs Supports Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma'', 10 a.m., HVC–210.
Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``More Cures for More Patients: Overcoming Pharmaceutical Barriers'', 2 p.m., 1100 Longworth.
Committee on the Climate Crisis, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Creating a Climate Resilient America: Overcoming the Health Risks of the Climate Crisis'', 9 a.m., 1300 Longworth.
Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Article One: Fostering a More Deliberative Process in Congress'', 2 p.m., 210 Cannon.
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: to hold hearings to examine the power and purpose of parliamentary diplomacy, focusing on inter-parliamentary initiatives and the United States contribution, 9:30 a.m., 210, Cannon Building.
Program for Wednesday: Senate will continue to sit as a Court of Impeachment to consider the articles of impeachment against President Trump, with votes on or in relation to the articles of impeachment at 4 p.m.
Program for Wednesday: Consideration of measures under suspension of the Rules.
Axne, Cynthia, Iowa, E127
Crawford, Eric A. ``Rick'', Ark., E126
DeFazio, Peter A., Ore., E125
Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E129
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E124
Higgins, Clay, La., E127
Huffman, Jared, Calif., E125
Huizenga, Bill, Mich., E127
Jackson Lee, Sheila, Tex., E123
Kelly, Trent, Miss., E123
Kinzinger, Adam, Ill., E128
Wasserman Schultz, Debbie, Fla., E129