Friday, January 10, 2020 
House Meets at… Votes Predicted at…
9:00 a.m. Legislative Business
Five “One Minutes” Per Side
First/Last Votes: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 

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Floor Schedule and Procedure:

Under a Rule (1 bill):

Complete Consideration of H.R. 535 – PFAS Action Act of 2019 (Rep. Dingell – Energy and Commerce)

This bill is comprehensive legislation to regulate PFAS chemicals, clean up contamination, and protect public health.

Click here for a fact sheet from the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Click here for a section by section summary from the Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Rule, which was adopted on Wednesday, provides for no further debate and made in order 22 amendments.  A full list of amendments can be found here.

As of last night, the House has completed general and amendment debate through Axne Amendment #18.  Today, the House will resume amendment debate, beginning with Tlaib Amendment #19.

Amendments to be Considered Today:

Tlaib Amendment
Adds the term “disproportionately exposed communities” to “disadvantaged communities.” Disproportionately exposed communities are defined as those in which climate change, pollution, or environmental destruction have exacerbated systemic racial, regional, social, environmental, and economic injustices by disproportionately affecting indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, or youth.
Malinowski Amendment
Adds stain resistant, water resistant, and grease resistant coatings that are not subject to requirements under section 409 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to the list of products eligible for a voluntary label indicating an absence of PFAS.
Levin (MI) Amendment
Requires within 5 years a study of EPA actions under CERCLA to clean up PFAS contamination sites.
Slotkin Amendment
Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in consultation with other relevant government agencies, to report to Congress on efforts to identify viable alternatives to firefighting foam and other related equipment containing PFAS.

Postponed Amendment Votes (3 votes):

Burgess Amendment
Strikes Section 2, which requires cleanup of PFAS contaminated sites under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, better known as Superfund.
Balderson Amendment
Prevents implementation of the underlying bill until after the EPA Administrator certifies that its own PFAS Action Plan is completed.
Pappas Amendment
Requires 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. Authorizes $100,000,000 in federal grants for each of the fiscal years 2021 through 2025, to publicly owned treatment works to implement pretreatment standards.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

Eleanor Roosevelt