Daily Digest

Monday, June 29, 2020

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S3627–S3978

Measures Introduced: Ten bills were introduced, as follows: S. 4091–4100.
Page S3651

Measures Reported:

S. 685, to amend the Inspector General Act of 1978 relative to the powers of the Department of Justice Inspector General.
Page S3651

Measures Passed:

Social Security Act: Senate passed S. 4091, to amend section 1113 of the Social Security Act to provide authority for fiscal year 2020 for increased payments for temporary assistance to United States citizens returned from foreign countries.
Page S3628

Measures Considered:

National Defense Authorization Act--Agreement: Senate began consideration of S. 4049, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2021 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S3630–42

Pending:

Inhofe Amendment No. 2301, in the nature of a substitute.
Page S3642

McConnell (for Portman) Amendment No. 2080 (to Amendment No. 2301), to require an element in annual reports on cyber science and technology activities on work with academic consortia on high priority cybersecurity research activities in Department of Defense capabilities.
Page S3642

During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:

By 89 yeas to 4 nays (Vote No. 128), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
Pages S3641–42

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
Page S3642

Appointments:

Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies: The Chair, on behalf of the Vice President, pursuant to the provisions of S. Con. Res. 38 (116th Congress), appointed the following Senators to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies: Senators McConnell, Blunt, and Klobuchar.
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Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

Christopher P. Vincze, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the United States International Development Finance Corporation for a term of three years.

Routine lists in the Foreign Service.
Pages S3982–83


Messages from the House:
Pages S3650–51


Measures Referred:
Page S3651


Measures Placed on the Calendar:
Page S3651


Measures Read the First Time:
Page S3642


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S3651–56


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:

Additional Statements:

Amendments Submitted:
Pages S3656–S3976


Privileges of the Floor:
Page S3981


Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--128)
Pages S3641–42


Adjournment: Senate convened at 3 p.m. and adjourned at 7:48 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S3642.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

No committee meetings were held.

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House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 18 public bills, H.R. 7397–7414; and 3 resolutions, H.J. Res. 92; and H. Res. 1029–1030 were introduced.
Page H2672


Additional Cosponsors:
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Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:

H. Res. 1028, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2) to authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 116–438).

Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed Representative Cuellar to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Page H2597


Recess: The House recessed at 9:09 a.m. and reconvened at 10 a.m.
Page H2598


Recess: The House recessed at 3:35 p.m. and reconvened at 3:47 p.m.
Page H2663


State Health Care Premium Reduction Act: The House passed H.R. 1425, to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide for a Improve Health Insurance Affordability Fund to provide for certain reinsurance payments to lower premiums in the individual health insurance market, by a yea-and-nay vote of 234 yeas to 179 nays, Roll No. 124.
Pages H2599–H2644, H2664–65

Rejected the Walden 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 yea-and-nay vote of 187 yeas to 223 nays, Roll No. 123.
Pages H2642–44, H2664

Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 116–56, modified by the amendment printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–436, shall be considered as adopted, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Energy and Commerce now printed in the bill.
Page H2599

H. Res. 1017, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 51), (H.R. 1425), (H.R. 5332), (H.R. 7120), (H.R. 7301), and the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 90) was agreed to Thursday, June 25th.

Protecting Your Credit Score Act: The House passed H.R. 5332, to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to ensure that consumer reporting agencies are providing fair and accurate information reporting in consumer reports, by a yea-and-nay vote of 234 yeas to 179 nays, Roll No. 126. Consideration began Friday, June 26th.
Pages H2663–64, H2665–67

Rejected the Riggleman motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Financial Services with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 184 yeas to 228 nays, Roll No. 125.
Pages H2663–64, H2665–66

H. Res. 1017, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 51), (H.R. 1425), (H.R. 5332), (H.R. 7120), (H.R. 7301), and the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 90) was agreed to Thursday, June 25th.

Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020: The House passed H.R. 7301, to prevent evictions, foreclosures, and unsafe housing conditions resulting from the COVID–19 pandemic, by a yea-and-nay vote of 232 yeas to 180 nays, Roll No. 128.
Pages H2644–63, H2667–68

Rejected Huizenga the motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Financial Services with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 191 yeas to 219 nays, Roll No. 127.
Pages H2661–63, H2667

H. Res. 1017, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 51), (H.R. 1425), (H.R. 5332), (H.R. 7120), (H.R. 7301), and the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 90) was agreed to Thursday, June 25th.

Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency relating to ``Community Reinvestment Act Regulations'': The House passed H.J. Res. 90, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency relating to ``Community Reinvestment Act Regulations'', by a yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 179 nays, Roll No. 129. Consideration began Friday, June 26th.
Pages H2668–69

H. Res. 1017, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 51), (H.R. 1425), (H.R. 5332), (H.R. 7120), (H.R. 7301), and the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 90) was agreed to Thursday, June 25th.

Amending section 1113 of the Social Security Act to provide authority for fiscal year 2020 for increased payments for temporary assistance to United States citizens returned from foreign countries: The House agreed to take from the Speaker's table and pass S. 4091, to amend section 1113 of the Social Security Act to provide authority for fiscal year 2020 for increased payments for temporary assistance to United States citizens returned from foreign countries.
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Announcement by the Chair: The Chair announced the Speaker's extension, pursuant to section 1(b)(2) of House Resolution 965 and effective July 5, 2020, of the covered period designated on May 20, 2020.
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Announcement by the Chair: The Chair announced that the Speaker's announced policy of April 7, 2020, will remain in effect through July 31, 2020.
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Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking--Appointment: Read a letter from Representative McCarthy, Minority Leader, in which he appointed the following member to the Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking: Ms. Karen Tandy of Annandale, Virginia.
Pages H2669–70


Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking--Appointment: Read a letter from Representative McCarthy, Minority Leader, in which he appointed the following Member to the Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking: Representative Upton.
Page H2670


Senate Referrals: S. 2472 was held at the desk. S. 2163 was held at the desk. S. 3798 was held at the desk. S. 3377 was held at the desk.
Page H2664


Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page H2664.

Quorum Calls--Votes: Seven yea-and-nay votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H2664, H2665, H2665–66, H2666–67, H2667, H2668, and H2668–69.

Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 8:57 p.m.

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Committee Meetings

THE U.S. PARK POLICE ATTACK ON PEACEFUL PROTESTERS AT LAFAYETTE SQUARE

Committee on Natural Resources: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``The U.S. Park Police Attack on Peaceful Protesters at Lafayette Square''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

INVEST IN AMERICA ACT

Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 2, the ``INVEST in America Act'' [Moving Forward Act]. The Committee granted, by record vote of 8–4, a structured rule providing for consideration of H.R. 2, the ``Moving Forward Act''. The rule provides two hours of general debate on the bill equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. 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 116–54, modified by the amendment printed in Part A of 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. Section 2 of the rule provides that following general debate, it shall be in order for the chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure or his designee to offer an amendment en bloc consisting of the further amendments printed in part B of the Rules Committee Report. The amendment en bloc shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure or their respective designees, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. Section 3 of the rule provides that after consideration of the amendment en bloc described in section 2, it shall be in order for the chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure or his designee to offer an amendment en bloc consisting of the further amendments printed in part C of the Rules Committee report. The amendment en bloc shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure or their respective designees, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. Section 4 of the rule provides that after consideration of the amendment en bloc described in section 3, it shall be in order for the chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure or his designee to offer an amendment en bloc consisting of the further amendments printed in part D of the Rules Committee report. The amendment en bloc shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure or their respective designees, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. Section 5 of the rule provides that after consideration of the amendment en bloc described in section 4, it shall be in order for the chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure or his designee to offer an amendment en bloc consisting of the further amendments printed in part E of the Rules Committee report. The amendment en bloc shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure or their respective designees, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. Section 6 of the rule provides that after consideration of the amendment en bloc described in section 5, it shall be in order for the chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure or his designee to offer an amendment en bloc consisting of the further amendments printed in part F of the Rules Committee report. The amendment en bloc shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure or their respective designees, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. Section 7 of the rule provides that after consideration of the amendment en bloc described in section 6, it shall be in order for the ranking minority member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure or his designee to offer an amendment en bloc consisting of the further amendments printed in part G of the Rules Committee report. The amendment en bloc shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure or their respective designees, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. Section 8 of the rule provides that after consideration of the amendment en bloc described in section 7, each further amendment printed in part H of the Rules Committee report shall be considered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. Section 9 of the rule provides that prior to the offering of an amendment en bloc pursuant to sections 2 through 7, the chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure or his designee may designate amendments that shall not be considered as part of the amendment en bloc. The rule provides that any amendment designated pursuant to section 9 shall be in order after consideration of the further amendments printed in part H if offered by a Member designated in the Rules Committee report, shall be debatable for 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. The rule waives all points of order against amendments en bloc described in sections 2 through 7 and the further amendments described in sections 8 and 9. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from Chairman Waters, Chairman DeFazio, and Representatives Rodney Davis of Illinois, Neal, Estes, Brownley of California, Calvert, Cicilline, Crawford, Cohen, Estes, Costa, Garcia of California, Courtney, Gianforte, González-Colón of Puerto Rico, Garamendi, Graves of Louisiana, Jackson Lee, Grothman, Kevin Hern of Oklahoma, Peters, Perry, Sablan, Walberg, Woodall, and Burgess.

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Joint Meetings



No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR TUESDAY,

JUNE 30, 2020

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold hearings to examine the digitization of money and payments, 10 a.m., WEBEX.

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety, to hold hearings to examine safety on our roads, focusing on an overview of traffic safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant programs, 2:30 p.m., SR–253.

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: to hold hearings to examine the impacts of the COVID–19 pandemic in the territories, 2:30 p.m., SD–366.

Committee on Finance: to hold hearings to examine 2020 filing season and IRS COVID–19 recovery, 10:15 a.m., SD–215.

Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness, to hold hearings to examine censorship as a non-tariff barrier to trade, 2:30 p.m., SD–215.

Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine COVID–19 and United States international pandemic preparedness, prevention, and response, focusing on additional perspectives, 10 a.m., VTC.

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold hearings to examine COVID–19, focusing on an update on progress toward safely getting back to work and back to school, 10 a.m., SD–G50.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Derek Kan, of California, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, 2:30 p.m., VTC.

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Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings to examine the Judicial Conference's recommendation for more judgeships, 2:30 p.m., SD–106.

Select Committee on Intelligence: to receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SVC–217.

House

Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``High Anxiety and Stress: Legislation to Improve Mental Health During Crisis'', 11 a.m., Webex.

Committee on Financial Services, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Treasury Department's and Federal Reserve's Pandemic Response'', 12:30 p.m., CVC–200 and Webex.

Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation, hearing entitled ``China's Maritime Ambitions'', 3 p.m., 2172 Rayburn and Webex.

Joint Meetings

Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies--2020: organizational business meeting to designate the Chairman, designation of the 2021 Inaugural site, approval of the 2021 Inaugural budget, and designation of official staff representatives, 11 a.m., S–207, Capitol.

CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM AHEAD

Week of June 30 through July 3, 2020

Senate Chamber

On Tuesday, Senate will continue consideration of S. 4049, National Defense Authorization Act.

During the balance of the week, Senate may consider any cleared legislative and executive business.

Senate Committees

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Committee on Appropriations: July 2, Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies, to hold hearings to examine Operation Warp Speed, focusing on researching, manufacturing, and distributing a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine, 10 a.m., SD–106.

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: June 30, to hold hearings to examine the digitization of money and payments, 10 a.m., WEBEX.

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: June 30, Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety, to hold hearings to examine safety on our roads, focusing on an overview of traffic safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grant programs, 2:30 p.m., SR–253.

July 1, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine exploring a compensation framework for intercollegiate athletes, 10 a.m., SR–253.

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: June 30, to hold hearings to examine the impacts of the COVID–19 pandemic in the territories, 2:30 p.m., SD–366.

Committee on Environment and Public Works: July 1, business meeting to consider the nominations of Katherine A. Crytzer, to be Inspector General, and Beth Harwell and Brian Noland, both to be a Member of the Board of Directors, all of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and 27 General Services Administration resolutions, 9:45 a.m., SD–106.

July 1, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine infrastructure development opportunities to drive economic recovery and resiliency, 10 a.m., SD–106.

Committee on Finance: June 30, to hold hearings to examine 2020 filing season and IRS COVID–19 recovery, 10:15 a.m., SD–215.

June 30, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness, to hold hearings to examine censorship as a non-tariff barrier to trade, 2:30 p.m., SD–215.

Committee on Foreign Relations: June 30, to hold hearings to examine COVID–19 and United States international pandemic preparedness, prevention, and response, focusing on additional perspectives, 10 a.m., VTC.

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: June 30, to hold hearings to examine COVID–19, focusing on an update on progress toward safely getting back to work and back to school, 10 a.m., SD–G50.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: June 30, to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Derek Kan, of California, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, 2:30 p.m., VTC.

Committee on Indian Affairs: July 1, to hold an oversight hearing to examine the response and mitigation to the COVID–19 pandemic in Native communities, including S. 3650, to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to deem employees of urban Indian organizations as part of the Public Health Service for certain purposes, 2:30 p.m., SD–562.

Committee on the Judiciary: June 30, to hold hearings to examine the Judicial Conference's recommendation for more judgeships, 2:30 p.m., SD–106.

July 2, Full Committee, business meeting to consider S. 3398, to establish a National Commission on Online Child Sexual Exploitation Prevention, and the nominations of John W. Holcomb, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, Brett H. Ludwig, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, R. Shireen Matthews, and Todd Wallace Robinson, both to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of California, and Christy Criswell Wiegand, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 10 a.m., SR–325.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: July 1, to hold hearings to examine recruitment, retention and building a resilient veterans health care workforce, 3 p.m., SD–106.

Select Committee on Intelligence: June 30, to receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SVC–217.

July 1, Full Committee, closed business meeting to consider pending intelligence matters; to be immediately followed by a closed hearing to examine certain intelligence matters, 2 p.m., SVC–217.

House Committees
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Committee on Armed Services, July 1, Full Committee, markup on Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth and Webex.

Committee on Foreign Affairs, July 1, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``The End of One Country, Two Systems?: Implications of Beijing's National Security Law in Hong Kong'', 9:30 a.m., 2172 Rayburn and Webex.

July 1, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade, hearing entitled ``The Trump Administration's Response to COVID–19 in Latin America and the Caribbean'', 1 p.m., 2172 Rayburn and Webex.

July 2, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Why did the Trump Administration Fire the State Department Inspector General?'', 2172 Rayburn and Webex.

Committee on Oversight and Reform, July 2, Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, hearing entitled ``The Administration's Efforts to Procure, Stockpile, and Distribute Critical Supplies'', 9 a.m., 2154 Rayburn and Webex.

Committee on Small Business, July 1, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: Status Update from the Administration'', 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn and Webex.

July 2, Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access, hearing entitled ``Supply Chain Resiliency'', 9 a.m., 2118 Rayburn and Webex.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs, July 1, Subcommittee on Health; and Women Veterans Task Force, joint hearing entitled ``Veterans' Access to Reproductive Healthcare'', 10 a.m., HVC–210 and Webex.

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, July 1, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``U.S.-China Relations and its Impact on National Security and Intelligence in a Post-COVID World'', 12 p.m., Webex.

Joint Meetings

Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies--2020: June 30, organizational business meeting to designate the Chairman, designation of the 2021 Inaugural site, approval of the 2021 Inaugural budget, and designation of official staff representatives, 11 a.m., S–207, Capitol.

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: July 2, to hold hearings to examine human rights at home, focusing on implications for United States leadership, 11 a.m., WEBEX.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

10 a.m., Tuesday, June 30

Senate Chamber

Program for Tuesday: Senate will continue consideration of S. 4049, National Defense Authorization Act.

(Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for their respective party conferences.)

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

9 a.m., Tuesday, June 30

House Chamber

Program for Tuesday: Consideration of H.R. 2--Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act (Subject to a Rule).


Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Abraham, Ralph Lee, La., E584

Axne, Cynthia, Iowa, E583

Beatty, Joyce, Ohio, E586

Brooks, Susan W., Ind., E584

Curtis, John R., Utah, E586

Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E585

Foxx, Virginia, N.C., E584

Gallagher, Mike, Wisc., E584, E586

García, Jesús G. ``Chuy'', Ill., E585

Higgins, Brian, N.Y., E584

Jackson Lee, Sheila, Tex., E586

Kennedy, Joseph P., III, Mass., E584

LaHood, Darin, Ill., E584

Malinoowski, Tom, N.J., E585

Moolenaar, John R., Mich., E585

Mullin, Markwayne, Okla., E586

Pelosi, Nancy, Calif., E583

Rouda, Harley, Calif. E583

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