Thursday, January 9, 2020 
House Meets at… Votes Predicted at…
10:00 a.m. Morning Hour
12:00 p.m. Legislative Business
Fifteen “One Minutes” Per Side
First Votes: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Last Votes: 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

 

ANY ANTICIPATED MEMBER ABSENCES FOR VOTES TODAY SHOULD BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY TO THE OFFICE OF THE MAJORITY WHIP AT 6-3210.

Floor Schedule and Procedure:

Under a Rule (1 bill):

H.Con.Res. 83Directing 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 (Rep. Slotkin – Foreign Affairs)

Click here for a fact sheet on H.Con.Res. 83.

The Rule provides for two hours of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. It would execute a manager’s amendment striking text from the findings.

Postponed Suspension (1 vote)

  1. H.R. 5078 – Prison to Proprietorship, as amended (Rep. Velazquez – Small Business)

This bill amends the Small Business Act to direct the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) and Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) to provide entrepreneurship training to federal prisoners.

Begin 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 yesterday, provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order 22 amendments.  A full list of amendments can be found here and below:

Woodall/DeSaulnier Amendment
Amends Section 18 to ensure the FAA and State and local building code inspectors and fire marshals are consulted in the development of guidance for first responders. This will result in a broader collaborative dialogue that includes the risks posed by the use of foam suppression systems in aviation hangars.
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.
Shimkus Amendment
Replaces section 5, which requires adoption of a drinking water standard for some PFAS, to eliminate the requirement to protect vulnerable populations and a requirement to issue drinking water health advisories for additional PFAS.
Hudson Amendment #4
Directs the EPA to investigate methods to prevent contamination by GenX, a group of 10 PFAS, of surface waters, including source waters used for drinking water purposes.
Hudson Amendment #5
Emphasizes that communities impacted by contamination of the chemicals known as GenX are eligible for grants under this section.
Balderson Amendment
Prevents implementation of the underlying bill until after the EPA Administrator certifies that its own PFAS Action Plan is completed.
Delgado Amendment
Makes it illegal for an industrial facility to introduce PFAS into a sewage treatment system without first disclosing information about that substance.
Pingree Amendment
Expands EPA’s Safer Choice Program to include carpets, rugs, clothing, and upholstered furniture that do not contain PFAS.
Kildee Amendment
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.
Lawrence Amendment
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
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 Amendment
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.
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.
Plaskett Amendment
Makes U.S. territories eligible for Safe Drinking Water Act funding recently enacted on the NDAA to address emerging contaminants including PFAS.
Brindisi Amendment
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.
Kim Amendment
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
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. The report shall include recommendations for congressional actions that the Administrator determines appropriate to assist efforts to reduce exposure to PFAS by firefighters and other first responders.
Axne Amendment
Authorizes the PFAS Infrastructure Grant Program for an additional three years.
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.

**Following last votes on Thursday, the House will begin consideration of H.R. 535.  The House will vote on amendments, motion to recommit, and final passage on Friday.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”

Mahatma Gandhi