Committee to Hold Business Meeting on Contempt Votes for Barr and Ross on Census, Bipartisan Good-Government Bills

Jun 11, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (June 11, 2019)— On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, the Committee on Oversight and Reform will hold a business meeting to vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for withholding documents relating to the Census and to consider legislation that will improve government and ensure coverage for federal employees during government shutdowns.


WHERE: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building


WHEN: Wednesday, June 12, 2019


TIME: 10:00 a.m.


The business meeting will broadcast here.


Due to limited seating, credentialed media must RSVP to their respective Press Gallery no later than 5:00 p.m. today.  An RSVP does not guarantee a seat, but the Committee will do its best to accommodate as many organizations as possible.  Only one media representative per outlet will be allowed in the room.  Gallery contact information is below:


House Radio/TV Gallery:                   202-225-5214

House Periodical Gallery:     202-225-2941

House Daily Press Gallery:   202-225-3945

Photographer Gallery:              202-224-6548




Census Contempt Resolution


This resolution would recommend that the House of Representatives find Attorney General William P. Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. in contempt of Congress and that the Speaker of the House shall certify the Report of the Committee to the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia for further action. The resolution also finds that Chairman Elijah E. Cummings should seek to enforce subpoenas authorized by the Committee and duly issued by the Chairman relating to the 2020 Census by all necessary means, including by seeking authority from the House of Representatives through a vote of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group pursuant to clause 8(b) of rule II, and H. Res. 430, to file civil actions in the appropriate United States district courts.


H.R. 391 (Lynch), White House Ethics Transparency Act of 2019


This legislation would require any official who issues a waiver or authorization under President Trump’s Executive Order on ethics to provide a copy of the waiver to the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) within 30 days and publish the waiver or authorization on the White House or agency website.  The legislation also would require OGE to publish any such waivers or authorizations received on its website. The legislation also would require officials to provide written disclosures for any waivers issued on or after January 20, 2017.


H.R. 2003 (Cummings, Connolly, Meadows), Ensuring FEHBP Coverage During Shutdowns Act


This legislation would ensure that federal employees and their families continue to receive health insurance coverage during a lapse in appropriations in the event of a qualifying life event, such as the birth or adoption of a child.


H.R. 2004 (Cummings, Connolly, Meadows), Ensuring FEDVIP And FLTCIP Coverage During Shutdowns Act


This legislation would ensure that employees’ dental and vision benefits and their long-term care insurance coverage would continue during any lapse in appropriations.  It would require the Director of the Office of Personnel Management to prescribe regulations requiring premiums that accrued during a shutdown to be paid from the back pay made available to employees or members after the shutdown.


H.R. 2530 (Cummings and Connolly), Interim Stay Authority to Protect Whistleblowers Act


This legislation would provide temporary authority to Merit Systems Protection Board’s general counsel to issue stays in personnel actions brought by agencies against whistleblowers. The general counsel’s authority would expire once one Board member is nominated and confirmed by the Senate.


H.R. 1668 (Connolly, Hill, Kelly, Khanna, Meadows, Rouda), Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019


This legislation would require the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop guidelines for managing cybersecurity risks of Internet of Things (IoT) devices by June 30, 2020. The bill would require the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issue standards for implementing those guidelines by December 31, 2020. The bill also would require similar guidelines from NIST and standards from OMB on reporting, coordinating, and publishing security vulnerabilities of IoT devices.


H.R. 2978 (Cummings, Connolly, Meadows), National Historical Publications and Records Commission Reauthorization Act


This legislation would reauthorize the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


The Committee will also consider several postal naming bills.






116th Congress