Amendment Text: S.Amdt.2398 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)

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This Amendment appears on page S3312-3314 in the following article from the Congressional Record.

[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 94 (Thursday, June 7, 2018)]
[Pages S3301-S3390]
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                           TEXT OF AMENDMENTS

  SA 2371. Mrs. SHAHEEN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
by her to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal 
year 2019 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, 
and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. ___. BROADBAND AND EMERGING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY 
                   COORDINATOR.

       (a) Findings.--Congress finds the following:
       (1) According to a report by the Federal Communications 
     Commission entitled ``Connecting America: The National 
     Broadband Plan'', dated March 2010, the Commission recommends 
     that--
       (A) ``To fully implement next-generation technology within 
     its operations, the SBA should also appoint a broadband and 
     emerging IT coordinator. This individual would ensure that 
     SBA programs maintain the requisite broadband expertise, 
     tools and training courses to serve small businesses.'';
       (B) ``Congress should consider ways to leverage existing 
     assistance provided through'' entrepreneurial development 
     programs, ``to focus training on advanced IT and broadband 
     applications'';
       (C) ``Congress could also consider ways to support 
     technology training among women entrepreneurs through'' 
     women's business centers;
       (D) ``The training programs should include an entry-level 
     `Broadband 101' course to give small businesses an 
     introduction to how to capitalize on broadband connectivity, 
     as well as more advanced applications for IT staff.''; and
       (E) small and medium enterprise ``IT training should 
     include resources for non-IT staff, such as how to use e-
     commerce tools for sales, streamline finance with online 
     records or leverage knowledge management across an 
     organization.''.
       (2) According to a report by the Broadband Opportunity 
     Council, dated August 20, 2015, the availability of and 
     access to broadband technology enables--
       (A) greater civic participation, by providing tools for 
     open government and streamlining government process;
       (B) changes in how people access educational resources, 
     collaborate in the educational process, conduct research, and 
     continue to learn anytime, anyplace, and at any pace;
       (C) improved healthcare access, treatments, and 
     information;
       (D) new business models that create business efficiencies, 
     drive job creation, and connect manufacturers and store-
     fronts to clients and partners worldwide; and
       (E) bringing communities together and improvements to 
     public safety, creating a greener planet, and make 
     transportation systems more resilient and efficient.
       (3) According to a report entitled ``The State of the App 
     Economy'', dated October 2014--
       (A) ``More than three-quarters of the highest grossing apps 
     are produced by startups and small companies.''; and
       (B) ``Seventy-eight percent of the leading app companies 
     are located outside Silicon Valley.''.
       (4) According to a report entitled, ``Developer Economics 
     Q1 2015: State of the Developer Nation'', dated February 
     2015, ``The emergence of the app industry over the past eight 
     years has grown to a $120 billion economy.''.
       (b) Broadband and Emerging Information Technology 
     Coordinator.--The Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631 et seq.) 
     is amended--
       (1) by redesignating section 47 as section 48; and
       (2) by inserting after section 46 the following:

     ``SEC. 47. BROADBAND AND EMERGING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.

       ``(a) Definitions.--In this section--
       ``(1) the term `Associate Administrator' means the 
     Associate Administrator for the Office of Investment and 
     Innovation; and

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       ``(2) the term `broadband and emerging information 
     technology coordinator' means the employee designated to 
     carry out the broadband and emerging information technology 
     coordination responsibilities of the Administration under 
     subsection (b)(1).
       ``(b) Assignment of Coordinator.--
       ``(1) Assignment of coordinator.--The Associate 
     Administrator shall designate a senior employee of the Office 
     of Investment and Innovation to serve as the broadband and 
     emerging information technology coordinator, who--
       ``(A) shall report to the Associate Administrator;
       ``(B) shall work in coordination with--
       ``(i) the chief information officer, the chief technology 
     officer, and the head of the Office of Technology of the 
     Administration; and
       ``(ii) any other Associate Administrator of the 
     Administration determined appropriate by the Associate 
     Administrator;
       ``(C) has experience developing and implementing 
     telecommunications policy in the private sector or 
     government; and
       ``(D) has demonstrated significant experience in the area 
     of broadband or emerging information technology.
       ``(2) Responsibilities of coordinator.--The broadband and 
     emerging information technology coordinator shall--
       ``(A) coordinate programs of the Administration that assist 
     small business concerns in adopting, making innovations in, 
     and using broadband and other emerging information 
     technologies;
       ``(B) serve as the primary liaison of the Administration to 
     other Federal agencies involved in broadband and emerging 
     information technology policy, including the Department of 
     Commerce, the Department of Agriculture, and the Federal 
     Communications Commission;
       ``(C) identify best practices relating to broadband and 
     emerging information technology that may benefit small 
     business concerns; and
       ``(D) identify and catalog tools and training available 
     through the resource partners of the Administration that 
     assist small business concerns in adopting, making 
     innovations in, and using broadband and emerging 
     technologies.
       ``(3) Travel.--Not more than 20 percent of the hours of 
     service by the broadband and emerging information technology 
     coordinator during any fiscal year shall consist of travel 
     outside the United States to perform official duties.
       ``(c) Broadband and Emerging Technology Training.--
       ``(1) Training.--The Associate Administrator shall provide 
     to employees of the Administration training that--
       ``(A) familiarizes employees of the Administration with 
     broadband and other emerging information technologies;
       ``(B) includes--
       ``(i) instruction on counseling small business concerns 
     regarding adopting, making innovations in, and using 
     broadband and other emerging information technologies; and
       ``(ii) information on programs of the Federal Government 
     that provide assistance to small business concerns relating 
     to broadband and emerging information technologies; and
       ``(C) to maximum extent practicable, uses the tools and 
     training cataloged and identified under subsection (b)(2)(D).
       ``(2) Authorization of appropriations.--There are 
     authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to 
     carry out this subsection.
       ``(d) Reports.--
       ``(1) Biennial report on activities.--Not later than 2 
     years after the date on which the Associate Administrator 
     makes the first designation of an employee under subsection 
     (b), and every 2 years thereafter, the broadband and emerging 
     information technology coordinator shall submit to the 
     Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the 
     Senate and the Committee on Small Business of the House of 
     Representatives a report regarding the programs and 
     activities of the Administration relating to broadband and 
     other emerging information technologies.
       ``(2) Impact of broadband speed and price on small 
     businesses.--
       ``(A) In general.--Subject to appropriations, the Chief 
     Counsel for Advocacy shall conduct a study evaluating the 
     impact of broadband speed and price on small business 
     concerns.
       ``(B) Report.--Not later than 3 years after the date of 
     enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
     Fiscal Year 2019, the Chief Counsel for Advocacy shall submit 
     to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and 
     the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the 
     Senate and the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the 
     Committee on Small Business of the House of Representatives a 
     report on the results of the study under subparagraph (A), 
     including--
       ``(i) a survey of broadband speeds available to small 
     business concerns;
       ``(ii) a survey of the cost of broadband speeds available 
     to small business concerns;
       ``(iii) a survey of the type of broadband technology used 
     by small business concerns; and
       ``(iv) any policy recommendations that may improve the 
     access of small business concerns to comparable broadband 
     services at comparable rates in all regions of the United 
     States.''.
       (c) Entrepreneurial Development.--Section 21(c)(3)(B) of 
     the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648(c)(3)(B)) is amended--
       (1) in the matter preceding clause (i), by inserting 
     ``accessing broadband and other emerging information 
     technology,'' after ``technology transfer,'';
       (2) in clause (ii), by striking ``and'' at the end;
       (3) in clause (iii), by adding ``and'' at the end; and
       (4) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(iv) increasing the competitiveness and productivity of 
     small business concerns by assisting entrepreneurs in 
     accessing broadband and other emerging information 
     technology;''.
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  SA 2372. Mrs. SHAHEEN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
by her to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal 
year 2019 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, 
and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. ___. NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP 
                   SUPPORTS.

       (a) Short Title.--This section may be cited as the 
     ``National Guard and Reserve Entrepreneurship Support Act''.
       (b) Extension of Loan Assistance and Deferral Eligibility 
     to Reservists Beyond Periods of Military Conflict.--
       (1) Small business act amendments.--Section 7 of the Small 
     Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636) is amended--
       (A) in subsection (b)(3)--
       (i) in subparagraph (A)--

       (I) by striking clause (ii);
       (II) by redesignating clause (i) as clause (ii);
       (III) by inserting before clause (ii), as so redesignated, 
     the following:

       ``(i) the term `active service' has the meaning given that 
     term in section 101(d)(3) of title 10, United States Code;''; 
     and

       (IV) in clause (ii), as so redesignated, by adding ``and'' 
     at the end;

       (ii) in subparagraph (B), by striking ``being ordered to 
     active military duty during a period of military conflict'' 
     and inserting ``being ordered to perform active service for a 
     period of more than 30 consecutive days'';
       (iii) in subparagraph (C), by striking ``active duty'' each 
     place it appears and inserting ``active service''; and
       (iv) in subparagraph (G)(ii)(II), by striking ``active 
     duty'' and inserting ``active service''; and
       (B) in subsection (n)--
       (i) in the subsection heading, by striking ``Active Duty'' 
     and inserting ``Active Service'';
       (ii) in paragraph (1)--

       (I) by striking subparagraph (C);
       (II) by redesignating subparagraphs (A) and (B) as 
     subparagraphs (B) and (C), respectively;
       (III) by inserting before subparagraph (B), as so 
     redesignated, the following:

       ``(A) Active service.--The term `active service' has the 
     meaning given that term in section 101(d)(3) of title 10, 
     United States Code.'';

       (IV) in subparagraph (B), as so redesignated, by striking 
     ``ordered to active duty during a period of military 
     conflict'' and inserting ``ordered to perform active service 
     for a period of more than 30 consecutive days''; and
       (V) in subparagraph (D), by striking ``active duty'' each 
     place it appears and inserting ``active service''; and

       (iii) in paragraph (2)(B), by striking ``active duty'' each 
     place it appears and inserting ``active service''.
       (2) Applicability.--The amendments made by paragraph (1)(A) 
     shall apply to an economic injury suffered or likely to be 
     suffered as the result of an essential employee being ordered 
     to perform active service (as defined in section 101(d)(3) of 
     title 10, United States Code) for a period of more than 30 
     consecutive days who is discharged or released from such 
     active service on or after the date of enactment of this Act.
       (3) Semiannual report.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of enactment of this Act, and semiannually thereafter, 
     the President shall submit to the Committee on Small Business 
     and Entrepreneurship and the Committee on Appropriations of 
     the Senate and the Committee on Small Business and the 
     Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives a 
     report on the number of loans made under the Military 
     Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and the 
     dollar volume of those loans. The report shall contain the 
     subsidy rate of the disaster loan program as authorized under 
     section 7(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 636(b)) 
     with the loans made under the Military Reservist Economic 
     Injury Disaster Loan program and without those loans 
     included.
       (4) Technical and conforming amendment.--Section 8(l) of 
     the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637(l)) is amended--
       (A) by striking ``The Administration'' and inserting the 
     following:
       ``(1) In general.--The Administration'';
       (B) by striking ``(as defined in section 7(n)(1))''; and
       (C) by adding at the end the following:

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       ``(2) Definition of period of military conflict.--In this 
     subsection, the term `period of military conflict' means--
       ``(A) a period of war declared by the Congress;
       ``(B) a period of national emergency declared by the 
     Congress or by the President; or
       ``(C) a period of a contingency operation, as defined in 
     section 101(a) of title 10, United States Code.''.
       (c) National Guard and Reserve Deployment Support and 
     Business Training Program.--
       (1) Expansion of small business administration outreach 
     programs.--Section 8(b)(17) of the Small Business Act (15 
     U.S.C. 637(b)(17)) is amended by striking ``and members of a 
     reserve component of the Armed Forces'' and inserting 
     ``members of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, and the 
     spouses of veterans and members of a reserve component of the 
     Armed Forces''.
       (2) Establishment of program.--Section 32 of the Small 
     Business Act (15 U.S.C. 657) is amended by adding at the end 
     the following:
       ``(g) National Guard and Reserve Deployment Support and 
     Business Training.--
       ``(1) In general.--In making grants carried out under 
     section 8(b)(17), the Associate Administrator shall establish 
     a program, to be known as the `National Guard and Reserve 
     Deployment Support and Business Training Program', to provide 
     training, counseling and other assistance to support members 
     of a reserve component of the Armed Forces and their spouses.
       ``(2) Authorities.--In carrying out this subsection, the 
     Associate Administrator may--
       ``(A) modify programs and resources made available under 
     section 8(b)(17) to provide pre-deployment and other 
     information specific to members of a reserve component of the 
     Armed Forces and their spouses;
       ``(B) collaborate with the Chief of the National Guard 
     Bureau or the Chief's designee, State Adjunct Generals or 
     their designees, and other public and private partners; and
       ``(C) provide training, information and other resources to 
     the Chief of the National Guard Bureau or the Chief's 
     designee and State Adjunct Generals or their designees for 
     the purpose of supporting members of a reserve component of 
     the Armed Forces and the spouses of veterans and members of a 
     reserve component of the Armed Forces.''.
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  SA 2373. Mrs. SHAHEEN (for herself, Mrs. Murray, and Ms. Stabenow) 
submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 
submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be 
proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal 
year 2019 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, 
and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title VII, add the following:

     SEC. 729. REPORT ON USE BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OF QUALITY 
                   MEASURES TO ASSESS MATERNAL MORTALITY AND 
                   SERIOUS MORBIDITY.

       (a) In General.--Not later than one year after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the 
     United States shall submit to Congress a report on the use by 
     the Department of Defense of quality measures in assessing 
     maternal mortality and serious morbidity for active duty 
     members of the Armed Forces.
       (b) Elements.--The report required by subsection (a) shall 
     include a comparison between care provided through military 
     treatment facilities and care provided by the Department of 
     Defense through contracts as well as a comparison with 
     quality measurement between care provided by the Department 
     and care provided to civilian populations.
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  SA 2374. Mr. BLUMENTHAL (for himself, Mr. Sanders, Mr. Merkley, Mr. 
Booker, Mr. Markey, Ms. Warren, and Mr. Van Hollen) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. ____. PROHIBITION ON USE OF FUNDS TO CONSTRUCT OR MODIFY 
                   FACILITIES IN THE UNITED STATES TO HOUSE 
                   UNACCOMPANIED ALIEN CHILDREN.

       (a) In General.--No amounts authorized to be appropriated 
     or otherwise made available to the Department of Defense may 
     be used during the period beginning on the date of the 
     enactment of this Act and ending on December 31, 2019, to 
     construct or modify any facility in the United States or in a 
     territory or possession of the United States to house 1 or 
     more unaccompanied alien children for the purpose of 
     detention or imprisonment in the custody or under the control 
     of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland 
     Security, or the Department of Health and Human Services 
     unless expressly authorized by an Act of Congress.
       (b) Unaccompanied Alien Children Defined.--In this section, 
     the term ``unaccompanied alien child'' has the meaning given 
     the term in section 462(g) of the Homeland Security Act of 
     2002 (6 U.S.C. 279(g)).
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  SA 2375. Mr. PERDUE submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle A of title XI, add the following:

     SEC. 1107. CLARIFICATION OF SCOPE OF TEMPORARY DIRECT HIRE 
                   AUTHORITY FOR DOMESTIC DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE 
                   FACILITIES AND THE MAJOR RANGE AND TEST 
                   FACILITIES BASE.

       Section 1125(c) of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2017 (10 U.S.C. 1580 note prec.) is amended 
     by inserting ``plant,'' after ``arsenal,''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2376. Mr. PERDUE submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 
2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place in title XVI, insert the 
     following:

     SEC. __. UNITED STATES CYBER STRATEGY.

       (a) Strategy Required.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than January 1, 2019, the 
     President shall submit to the appropriate congressional 
     committees a comprehensive, interagency national strategy for 
     cyberspace.
       (2) Elements.--The comprehensive, interagency national 
     strategy required by paragraph (1) shall include the 
     following elements:
       (A) A government-wide and accepted glossary of definitions 
     and terms for cyberspace and cyber-related activities.
       (B) Criteria for the types of malicious cyber activities 
     that the United States Government will seek to deter and will 
     respond to.
       (C) Processes, mechanisms, and authorities for attribution 
     of malicious cyber activities.
       (D) Menu of options for deterrence denial and response to 
     malicious cyber activities using the range of national power 
     to conduct.
       (E) Tasks, roles, and responsibilities of the following 
     entities in regards to cyberspace:
       (i) Department of Homeland Security for domestic cyber 
     security concerns and defense of critical infrastructure.
       (ii) Department of Defense for military cyber activities 
     and offensive cyber operations.
       (iii) Department of State for cyber diplomacy and promotion 
     of United States values on fair use of cyberspace and related 
     activities.
       (iv) Any other agency deemed appropriate by the President 
     to be a primary stakeholder for a cyber activity or related 
     policy.
       (F) Specific tasks, roles, and responsibilities of the 
     above entities in regards to specific cyber event scenarios 
     that are determined to impact United States national 
     security, which should include--
       (i) a cyber attack that damages or degrades the use of 
     critical infrastructure within United States territory;
       (ii) a cyber attack that influences economic systems to any 
     degree determined detrimental to national security;
       (iii) a cyber attack targeting United States military 
     abroad that degrades their capability to respond to crises or 
     to conduct military operations; and
       (iv) cyber espionage that steals a significant amount of 
     data deemed to be a threat to United States national 
     security.
       (G) Use of, coordination with, or liaison to international 
     partners, nongovernmental organizations, or commercial 
     entities that support United States policy goals in 
     cyberspace.
       (H) Synchronization processes for the use of interagency 
     tools for cyberspace operations, including the role of the 
     National Security Council in coordinating interagency tools.
       (I) The establishment of a permanent interagency commission 
     to continually implement, study, and revise the cyber 
     strategy for the whole of Government to meet emerging threats 
     and trends.
       (J) The appointment of an individual from within the body 
     established in subclause (I) as the leader for interagency 
     cyber strategy and execution of said strategy.

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       (K) The development of a semiannual or biennial war game 
     involving all Federal agencies to determine best practices 
     for domestic and global responses to cyber events.
       (L) Cyber operations plans for possible cyber events to 
     supplement current operations plans of the unified combatant 
     command.
       (M) Mechanisms for continuous information sharing among 
     Government agencies relating to the range of cyber 
     operations.
       (N) Such other matters as the President considers 
     appropriate.
       (b) Assessment.--Not later than one year after the date of 
     the submission of the strategy required by subsection (a), 
     and annually after that, the President shall submit to the 
     appropriate committees of Congress an assessment of the 
     strategy, including--
       (1) the status of implementation of the strategy;
       (2) notes and minutes from any meeting of the permanent 
     interagency commission;
       (3) brief and results of semiannual or biennial war games 
     prescribed in subsection (a)(2)(J); and
       (4) any changes to the strategy since such submission.
       (c) Form.--The strategy and assessment required by this 
     section shall each be submitted in classified form, but may 
     include a classified annex.
       (d) Appropriate Congressional Committees.--The term 
     ``appropriate congressional committees'' means--
       (1) the congressional defense committees;
       (2) the Committee on Foreign Relations, the Committee on 
     Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Committee 
     on the Judiciary of the Senate; and
       (3) the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on 
     Homeland Security, and the Committee on the Judiciary of the 
     House of Representatives.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2377. Mr. PERDUE submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle G of title XII, add the following:

     SEC. 12__. SENSE OF CONGRESS ON INCREASES IN DEFENSE 
                   CAPABILITIES OF UNITED STATES ALLIES.

       Congress makes the following findings:
       (1) For over six decades, the North Atlantic Treaty 
     Organization (NATO) has been a successful intergovernmental, 
     political, and military alliance.
       (2) The collective defense of the North Atlantic Treaty 
     Organization acts as a deterrent to aggression in which the 
     alliance defends member countries (referred to in this 
     section as ``NATO allies'') against external security 
     threats.
       (3) The North Atlantic Treaty Organization strengthens the 
     security of the United States by using an integrated military 
     coalition.
       (4) While the Federation of Russia has continued to 
     threaten the sovereignty of countries in Europe and exhibit 
     threatening behavior toward the military assets of the United 
     States, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization sends a clear 
     collective message that the alliance will not tolerate 
     provocation by Russia.
       (5) Article 3 of the North Atlantic Treaty states that ``in 
     order more effectively to achieve the objectives of this 
     Treaty, the Parties, separately and jointly, by means of 
     continuous and effective self-help and mutual aid, will 
     maintain and develop their individual and collective capacity 
     to resist armed attack''.
       (6) The first defense-spending target of the North Atlantic 
     Treaty Organization was issued over 40 years ago in the 1977 
     NATO Ministerial Guidance, which set a 3 percent target for 
     growth in defense expenditures to answer the nearly three 
     times larger defense resource allocations of the Soviet 
     Union.
       (7) At the 2002 NATO Prague Summit, NATO allies entered 
     into a nonbinding agreement to raise defense spending to 2 
     percent of the gross domestic product of the member states to 
     meet the goals set forth in the Prague Capabilities 
     Commitment.
       (8) One month before the 2006 NATO Riga Summit, United 
     States ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, 
     Victoria Nuland, called the 2 percent metric the ``unofficial 
     floor'' on defense spending in the North Atlantic Treaty 
     Organization.
       (9) At the 2006 NATO Riga Summit, NATO allies declared ``we 
     encourage nations whose defense spending is declining to halt 
     that decline and to aim to increase defense spending in real 
     terms''.
       (10) In 2008, at the NATO Bucharest Summit, NATO allies 
     reaffirmed their defense spending agreement.
       (11) In 2014, at the NATO Wales Summit, NATO allies 
     officially declared to increase their defense spending to 2 
     percent of their gross domestic product by 2024.
       (12) The Wales Summit Declaration stated, ``Allies 
     currently meeting the NATO guideline to spend a minimum of 2 
     percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on defense will 
     aim to continue to do so. Likewise, Allies spending more than 
     20 percent of their defense budgets on major equipment, 
     including related Research & Development, will continue to do 
     so. Allies whose current proportion of GDP spent on defense 
     is below this level will: halt any decline in defense 
     expenditure; aim to increase defense expenditure in real 
     terms as GDP grows; aim to move towards the 2 percent 
     guideline within a decade with a view to meeting their NATO 
     Capability Targets and filling NATO's capability 
     shortfalls.''.
       (13) The 2016 Warsaw Summit Communique stated, ``Today, 
     five Allies meet the NATO guideline to spend a minimum of 2 
     percent of their Gross Domestic Product on defense. Ten 
     Allies meet the NATO guideline to spend more than 20 percent 
     of their defense budgets on major equipment, including 
     related Research & Development.''.
       (14) As of June 2018, 15 of the 29 NATO allies are expected 
     to reach the goal of spending two percent of gross domestic 
     product on defense by 2024.
       (15) It is the sense of Congress that the President, in 
     furtherance of increased unity, equitable sharing of the 
     common defense burden, and international stability, should--
       (A) encourage all NATO allies to fulfill their commitments 
     to levels and composition of defense expenditures as agreed 
     at the NATO 2014 Wales Summit and NATO 2016 Warsaw Summit;
       (B) call on NATO allies to finance, equip, and train their 
     armed forces to fulfill their national and regional security 
     interests; and
       (C) recognize NATO allies that are meeting their defense 
     spending commitments or otherwise providing adequately for 
     their national and regional security interests.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2378. Mr. PERDUE submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title XII, add the following:

     SEC. 1226. IMPOSITION OF SANCTIONS WITH RESPECT TO CERTAIN 
                   MILITIAS IN IRAQ THAT ARE BACKED BY THE 
                   GOVERNMENT OF IRAN.

       (a) Imposition of Sanctions.--
       (1) In general.--Beginning on the date that is 90 days 
     after the date of the enactment of this Act, the President 
     shall block and prohibit, pursuant to the International 
     Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), all 
     transactions in all property and interests in property of As-
     Saib Ahl al-Haq, Harakat Hizballah al-Nujaba, and any foreign 
     person that the President determines is an official, agent, 
     or affiliate of, or owned or controlled by, As-Saib Ahl al-
     Haq or Harakat Hizballah al-Nujaba, if such property and 
     interests in property are in the United States, come within 
     the United States, or are or come within the possession or 
     control of a United States person.
       (2) Exception.--The requirement to impose sanctions under 
     paragraph (1) shall not include the requirement or the 
     authority to impose sanctions on the importation of goods (as 
     that term is defined in section 16 of the Export 
     Administration Act of 1979 (50 U.S.C. 4618) (as continued in 
     effect pursuant to the International Emergency Economic 
     Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.))).
       (3) United states person defined.--In this subsection, the 
     term ``United States person'' means--
       (A) a United States citizen or an alien lawfully admitted 
     for permanent residence to the United States; or
       (B) an entity organized under the laws of the United States 
     or of any jurisdiction within the United States, including a 
     foreign branch of such an entity.
       (b) Report Required.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the President shall submit a 
     report that includes a detailed list of entities in which 
     there is a reasonable basis to determine that Iran's Islamic 
     Revolutionary Guard Corps has an ownership interest of not 
     less than 33 percent to--
       (A) the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs 
     and the Committee on Foreign Relations of Senate; and
       (B) the Committee on Financial Services and the Committee 
     on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives.
       (2) Form.--The report required by paragraph (1) shall be 
     submitted in unclassified form but may include a classified 
     annex.
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  SA 2379. Mr. PERDUE submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for

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other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of title XI, add the following:

     SEC. 1126. IMPROVED AUTHORITIES OF SECRETARIES OF MILITARY 
                   DEPARTMENTS TO IMPROVE ACCOUNTABILITY OF SENIOR 
                   EXECUTIVES.

       (a) Authority.--(1) The Secretary of a military department 
     may, as provided in this section, reprimand or suspend, 
     involuntarily reassign, demote, or remove a covered 
     individual from a senior executive position at the military 
     department if the Secretary determines that the misconduct or 
     performance of the covered individual warrants such action.
       (2) If the Secretary so removes such an individual, the 
     Secretary may remove the individual from the civil service 
     (as defined in section 2101 of title 5, United States Code).
       (b) Rights and Procedures.--(1) A covered individual who is 
     the subject of an action under subsection (a) is entitled 
     to--
       (A) advance notice of the action and a file containing all 
     evidence in support of the proposed action;
       (B) be represented by an attorney or other representative 
     of the covered individual's choice; and
       (C) grieve the action in accordance with an internal 
     grievance process that the Secretary of the applicable 
     military department shall establish for purposes of this 
     subsection.
       (2)(A) The aggregate period for notice, response, and 
     decision on an action under subsection (a) may not exceed 15 
     business days.
       (B) The period for the response of a covered individual to 
     a notice under paragraph (1)(A) of an action under subsection 
     (a) shall be 7 business days.
       (C) A decision under this paragraph on an action under 
     subsection (a) shall be issued not later than 15 business 
     days after notice of the action is provided to the covered 
     individual under paragraph (1)(A). The decision shall be in 
     writing, and shall include the specific reasons therefor.
       (3) The Secretary of the applicable military department 
     shall ensure that the grievance process established under 
     paragraph (1)(C) takes fewer than 21 days.
       (4) A decision under paragraph (2) that is not grieved, and 
     a grievance decision under paragraph (3), shall be final and 
     conclusive.
       (5) A covered individual adversely affected by a decision 
     under paragraph (2) that is not grieved, or by a grievance 
     decision under paragraph (3), may obtain judicial review of 
     such decision.
       (6) In any case in which judicial review is sought under 
     paragraph (5), the court shall review the record and may set 
     aside any military department action found to be--
       (A) arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or 
     otherwise not in accordance with a provision of law;
       (B) obtained without procedures required by a provision of 
     law having been followed; or
       (C) unsupported by substantial evidence.
       (c) Relation to Other Provisions of Law.--Section 
     3592(b)(1) of title 5, United States Code, and the procedures 
     under section 7543(b) of such title do not apply to an action 
     under subsection (a).
       (d) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) The term ``covered individual'' means a career 
     appointee (as that term is defined in section 3132(a)(4) of 
     title 5, United States Code).
       (2) The term ``military department'' has the meaning given 
     the term in section 101 of title 10, United States Code.
       (3) The term ``misconduct'' includes neglect of duty, 
     malfeasance, or failure to accept a directed reassignment or 
     to accompany a position in a transfer of function.
       (4) The term ``senior executive position'' means with 
     respect to a career appointee (as that term is defined in 
     section 3132(a) of title 5, United States Code), a Senior 
     Executive Service position (as such term is defined in such 
     section).

     SEC. 1127. IMPROVED AUTHORITIES OF SECRETARIES OF MILITARY 
                   DEPARTMENTS TO IMPROVE ACCOUNTABILITY OF 
                   EMPLOYEES.

       (a) In General.--(1) The Secretary of a military department 
     may remove, demote, or suspend a covered individual who is an 
     employee of a military department if the Secretary determines 
     the performance or misconduct of the covered individual 
     warrants such removal, demotion, or suspension.
       (2) If the Secretary so removes, demotes, or suspends such 
     a covered individual, the Secretary may--
       (A) remove the covered individual from the civil service 
     (as defined in section 2101 of title 5, United States Code);
       (B) demote the covered individual by means of a reduction 
     in grade for which the covered individual is qualified, that 
     the Secretary determines is appropriate, and that reduces the 
     annual rate of pay of the covered individual; or
       (C) suspend the covered individual.
       (b) Pay of Certain Demoted Individuals.--(1) Any covered 
     individual subject to a demotion under subsection (a)(2) 
     shall, beginning on the date of such demotion, receive the 
     annual rate of pay applicable to such grade.
       (2)(A) A covered individual so demoted may not be placed on 
     administrative leave during the period during which an appeal 
     (if any) under this section is ongoing, and may only receive 
     pay if the covered individual reports for duty or is approved 
     to use accrued unused annual, sick, family medical, military, 
     or court leave.
       (B) If a covered individual so demoted does not report for 
     duty or receive approval to use accrued unused leave, such 
     covered individual shall not receive pay or other benefits 
     pursuant to subsection (d)(5).
       (c) Procedure.--(1)(A) The aggregate period for notice, 
     response, and final decision in a removal, demotion, or 
     suspension under this section may not exceed 15 business 
     days.
       (B) The period for the response of a covered individual to 
     a notice of a proposed removal, demotion, or suspension under 
     this section shall be 7 business days.
       (C) Paragraph (3) of subsection (b) of section 7513 of 
     title 5, United States Code, shall apply with respect to a 
     removal, demotion, or suspension under this section.
       (D) The procedures in this subsection shall supersede any 
     collective bargaining agreement to the extent that such 
     agreement is inconsistent with such procedures.
       (2) The Secretary of the applicable military department 
     shall issue a final decision with respect to a removal, 
     demotion, or suspension under this section not later than 15 
     business days after the Secretary provides notice, including 
     a file containing all the evidence in support of the proposed 
     action, to the covered individual of the removal, demotion, 
     or suspension. The decision shall be in writing and shall 
     include the specific reasons therefor.
       (3) The procedures under chapter 43 of title 5, United 
     States Code, shall not apply to a removal, demotion, or 
     suspension under this section.
       (4)(A) Subject to subparagraph (B) and subsection (d), any 
     removal or demotion under this section, and any suspension of 
     more than 14 days under this section, may be appealed to the 
     Merit Systems Protection Board, which shall refer such appeal 
     to an administrative judge pursuant to section 7701(b)(1) of 
     title 5, United States Code.
       (B) An appeal under subparagraph (A) of a removal, 
     demotion, or suspension may only be made if such appeal is 
     made not later than 10 business days after the date of such 
     removal, demotion, or suspension.
       (d) Expedited Review.--(1) Upon receipt of an appeal under 
     subsection (c)(4)(A), the administrative judge shall expedite 
     any such appeal under section 7701(b)(1) of title 5, United 
     States Code, and, in any such case, shall issue a final and 
     complete decision not later than 180 days after the date of 
     the appeal.
       (2)(A) Notwithstanding section 7701(c)(1)(B) of title 5, 
     United States Code, the administrative judge shall uphold the 
     decision of the Secretary of the applicable military 
     department to remove, demote, or suspend an employee under 
     subsection (a) if the decision is supported by substantial 
     evidence.
       (B) Notwithstanding title 5, United States Code, or any 
     other provision of law, if the decision of the Secretary of 
     the applicable military department is supported by 
     substantial evidence, the administrative judge shall not 
     mitigate the penalty prescribed by the Secretary.
       (3)(A) The decision of the administrative judge under 
     paragraph (1) may be appealed to the Merit Systems Protection 
     Board.
       (B) Notwithstanding section 7701(c)(1)(B) of title 5, 
     United States Code, the Merit Systems Protection Board shall 
     uphold the decision of the Secretary to remove, demote, or 
     suspend an employee under subsection (a) if the decision is 
     supported by substantial evidence.
       (C) Notwithstanding title 5, United States Code, or any 
     other provision of law, if the decision of the Secretary of 
     the applicable military department is supported by 
     substantial evidence, the Merit Systems Protection Board 
     shall not mitigate the penalty prescribed by the Secretary.
       (4) In any case in which the administrative judge cannot 
     issue a decision in accordance with the 180-day requirement 
     under paragraph (1), the Merit Systems Protection Board 
     shall, not later than 14 business days after the expiration 
     of the 180-day period, submit to the Committee on Armed 
     Services of the Senate and the Committee on Armed Services of 
     the House of Representatives a report that explains the 
     reasons why a decision was not issued in accordance with such 
     requirement.
       (5) A decision of the Merit Systems Protection Board under 
     paragraph (3) may be appealed to the United States Court of 
     Appeals for the Federal Circuit pursuant to section 7703 of 
     title 5, United States Code, or to any court of appeals of 
     competent jurisdiction pursuant to subsection (b)(1)(B) of 
     such section.
       (6) The Merit Systems Protection Board may not stay any 
     removal or demotion under this section, except as provided in 
     section 1214(b) of title 5, United States Code.
       (7) During the period beginning on the date on which a 
     covered individual appeals a removal from the civil service 
     under subsection (c) and ending on the date that the United 
     States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issues a 
     final decision on such appeal, such covered individual may 
     not receive any pay, awards, bonuses, incentives, allowances, 
     differentials, student loan repayments, special payments, or 
     benefits related to the employment of the individual by the 
     military department.
       (8) To the maximum extent practicable, the Secretary of the 
     applicable military department shall provide to the Merit 
     Systems Protection Board such information and assistance as 
     may be necessary to ensure an appeal under this subsection is 
     expedited.
       (9) If an employee prevails on appeal under this section, 
     the employee shall be entitled

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     to backpay (as provided in section 5596 of title 5, United 
     States Code).
       (10) If an employee who is subject to a collective 
     bargaining agreement chooses to grieve an action taken under 
     this section through a grievance procedure provided under the 
     collective bargaining agreement, the timelines and procedures 
     set forth in subsection (c) and this subsection shall apply.
       (e) Whistleblower Protection.--(1) In the case of a covered 
     individual seeking corrective action (or on behalf of whom 
     corrective action is sought) from the Office of Special 
     Counsel (established by section 1211 of title 5, United 
     States Code) based on an alleged prohibited personnel 
     practice described in section 2302(b) of title 5, United 
     States Code, the Secretary of the applicable military 
     department may not remove, demote, or suspend such covered 
     individual under subsection (a) without the approval of the 
     Special Counsel under section 1214(f) of title 5, United 
     States Code.
       (2) In the case of a covered individual who has made a 
     whistleblower disclosure to the Inspector General of the 
     Department of Defense, the Secretary of the applicable 
     military department may not remove, demote, or suspend such 
     covered individual under subsection (a) until--
       (A) in the case in which the Inspector General of the 
     Department of Defense determines to refer the whistleblower 
     disclosure to an office or other investigative entity, a 
     final decision with respect to the whistleblower disclosure 
     has been made by such office or other investigative entity; 
     or
       (B) in the case in which the Inspector General of the 
     Department of Defense determines not to the refer the 
     whistleblower disclosure under such section, the Inspector 
     General of the Department of Defense makes such 
     determination.
       (f) Termination of Investigations by Office of Special 
     Counsel.--(1) The Special Counsel (established by section 
     1211 of title 5) may terminate an investigation of a 
     prohibited personnel practice alleged by an employee or 
     former employee of a military department after the Special 
     Counsel provides to the employee or former employee a written 
     statement of the reasons for the termination of the 
     investigation.
       (2) Such statement may not be admissible as evidence in any 
     judicial or administrative proceeding without the consent of 
     such employee or former employee.
       (g) Vacancies.--In the case of a covered individual who is 
     removed or demoted under subsection (a), to the maximum 
     extent feasible, the Secretary of the applicable military 
     department shall fill the vacancy arising as a result of such 
     removal or demotion.
       (h) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) The term ``covered individual'' means an individual 
     occupying a position at a military department, but does not 
     include--
       (A) a career appointee (as that term is defined in section 
     3132(a)(4) of title 5, United States Code);
       (B) a Senior Executive Service position (as that term is 
     defined in section 3132(a)(2) of title 5, United States 
     Code);
       (C) an individual who has not completed a probationary or 
     trial period; or
       (D) a political appointee.
       (2) The term ``military department'' has the meaning given 
     the term in section 101 of title 10, United States Code.
       (3) The term ``suspend'' means the placing of an employee, 
     for disciplinary reasons, in a temporary status without 
     duties and pay for a period in excess of 14 days.
       (4) The term ``grade'' has the meaning given such term in 
     section 7511(a) of title 5, United States Code.
       (5) The term ``misconduct'' includes neglect of duty, 
     malfeasance, or failure to accept a directed reassignment or 
     to accompany a position in a transfer of function.
       (6) The term ``political appointee'' means an individual 
     who is--
       (A) employed in a position described under sections 5312 
     through 5316 of title 5, United States Code (relating to the 
     Executive Schedule);
       (B) a limited term appointee, limited emergency appointee, 
     or noncareer appointee in the Senior Executive Service, as 
     defined under paragraphs (5), (6), and (7), respectively, of 
     section 3132(a) of title 5, United States Code; or
       (C) employed in a position of a confidential or policy-
     determining character under schedule C of subpart C of part 
     213 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, or successor 
     regulation.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2380. Mr. PERDUE submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 
2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place in title XVI, insert the 
     following:

     SEC. ___. BRIEFING ON CYBER EDUCATION AND TRAINING.

       (a) Sense of the Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate 
     that--
       (1) traditional approaches to cyber training focused solely 
     on tactics, techniques, and procedures that hackers have used 
     in the past may be inadequate for the challenges facing the 
     cyber workforce of the Department of Defense because they 
     fail to focus on future threats;
       (2) such workforce encounters an information gap when 
     conducting training derived from events that have already 
     occurred rather than training developed for the evolving 
     nature of cyber threats in real time, and cyber 
     certifications such as Security + and CISSP are based on 
     preventing vulnerabilities, exploits, and gaps identified in 
     the past and lose relevance depending on when the courseware 
     was updated;
       (3) bridging the gap in cyber training between curriculum 
     that has been built on legacy data versus training built on 
     current real world cyberattacks is a meaningful area of cyber 
     training research, curriculum development, and instruction 
     delivery that should be addressed; and
       (4) universities and private industry are, and will 
     continue to be, critical partners in the education and 
     training of our future cyber force, and developing 
     partnerships with such universities and industry will be 
     crucial in staying informed of the latest best practices in 
     the cyber domain.
       (b) Briefing Required.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense 
     shall brief the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate and 
     the Committee on Armed Services of the House of 
     Representatives on how the Department of Defense can leverage 
     and partner with universities and industry on cyber education 
     and training.
       (c) Elements.--The briefing required by subsection (a) 
     shall include discussion of the following:
       (1) Current partnerships and ability to expand and leverage 
     such partnerships to improve cyber education and training.
       (2) Existing curriculum relating to cyber education and 
     training and recommendations for changes to ensure relevance 
     of such education and training to future threats.
       (3) Joint development of curriculum, courseware, and 
     research projects.
       (4) Joint use of instructors and of facilities.
       (5) Recommendations for legislative or administrative 
     action to improve cyber education and training partnerships.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2381. Mr. CORKER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1066. CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL BEFORE ADJUSTMENT BY 
                   PRESIDENT OF IMPORTS DETERMINED TO THREATEN TO 
                   IMPAIR NATIONAL SECURITY.

       (a) In General.--Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 
     1962 (19 U.S.C. 1862) is amended--
       (1) in subsection (c)--
       (A) in paragraph (1)--
       (i) by striking subparagraph (B);
       (ii) in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking ``(A) 
     Within'' and inserting ``Within'';
       (iii) by redesignating clauses (i) and (ii) as 
     subparagraphs (A) and (B), respectively; and
       (iv) in subparagraph (B), as redesignated by clause (iii)--

       (I) by striking ``determine'' and inserting ``submit to 
     Congress, not later than 15 days after making that 
     determination, a proposal regarding''; and
       (II) by striking ``must'' and inserting ``should''; and

       (B) by striking paragraphs (2) and (3) and inserting the 
     following:
       ``(2) The President shall submit to Congress for review 
     under subsection (f) a report describing the action proposed 
     to be taken under paragraph (1) and specifying the reasons 
     for such proposal. Such report shall be included in the 
     report published under subsection (e).'';
       (2) by redesignating the second subsection (d) as 
     subsection (e); and
       (3) by striking subsection (f) and inserting the following:
       ``(f) Congressional Approval of Presidential Adjustment of 
     Imports; Joint Resolution of Approval.--
       ``(1) In general.--An action to adjust imports proposed by 
     the President and submitted to Congress under subsection 
     (c)(2) shall have force and effect only upon the enactment of 
     a joint resolution of approval, provided for in paragraph 
     (3), relating to that action.
       ``(2) Period for review by congress.--The period for 
     congressional review of a report required to be submitted 
     under subsection (c)(2) shall be 60 calendar days.
       ``(3) Joint resolutions of approval.--
       ``(A) Joint resolution of approval defined.--In this 
     subsection, the term `joint resolution of approval' means 
     only a joint resolution of either House of Congress--
       ``(i) the title of which is as follows: `A joint resolution 
     approving the proposal of the President to take an action 
     relating to the adjustment of imports entering into the 
     United States in such quantities or under such circumstances 
     as to threaten or impair the national security.'; and

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       ``(ii) the sole matter after the resolving clause of which 
     is the following: `Congress approves of the recommendation of 
     the President to Congress relating to the adjustment of 
     imports to protect the national security as proposed by the 
     President in the report submitted to Congress under section 
     232(c)(2) of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (19 U.S.C. 
     1862(c)(2)) on _____ relating to _____.', with the first 
     blank space being filled with the appropriate date and the 
     second blank space being filled with a short description of 
     the proposed action.
       ``(B) Introduction.--During the period of 60 calendar days 
     provided for under paragraph (2), a joint resolution of 
     approval may be introduced and shall be referred to the 
     appropriate committee.
       ``(C) Floor consideration in house of representatives.--If 
     a committee of the House of Representatives to which a joint 
     resolution of approval has been referred has not reported the 
     joint resolution within 10 calendar days after the date of 
     referral, that committee shall be discharged from further 
     consideration of the joint resolution.
       ``(D) Consideration in the senate.--
       ``(i) Committee referral.--A joint resolution of approval 
     introduced in the Senate shall be referred to the Committee 
     on Finance.
       ``(ii) Reporting and discharge.--If the committee to which 
     a joint resolution of approval was referred has not reported 
     the joint resolution within 10 calendar days after the date 
     of referral of the joint resolution, that committee shall be 
     discharged from further consideration of the joint resolution 
     and the joint resolution shall be placed on the appropriate 
     calendar.
       ``(iii) Proceeding to consideration.--Notwithstanding Rule 
     XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, it is in order at 
     any time after the Committee on Finance reports a joint 
     resolution of approval or has been discharged from 
     consideration of such a joint resolution to move to proceed 
     to the consideration of the joint resolution. The motion to 
     proceed is not debatable. The motion is not subject to a 
     motion to postpone. A motion to reconsider the vote by which 
     the motion is agreed to or disagreed to shall not be in 
     order.
       ``(iv) Rulings of the chair on procedure.--Appeals from the 
     decisions of the Chair relating to the application of the 
     rules of the Senate, as the case may be, to the procedure 
     relating to a joint resolution of approval shall be decided 
     by the Senate without debate.
       ``(E) Rules relating to senate and house of 
     representatives.--
       ``(i) Treatment of senate joint resolution in house.--In 
     the House of Representatives, the following procedures shall 
     apply to a joint resolution of approval received from the 
     Senate (unless the House has already passed a joint 
     resolution relating to the same proposed action):

       ``(I) The joint resolution shall be referred to the 
     Committee on Ways and Means.
       ``(II) If the Committee on Ways and Means has not reported 
     the joint resolution within 2 calendar days after the date of 
     referral, that committee shall be discharged from further 
     consideration of the joint resolution.
       ``(III) Beginning on the third legislative day after each 
     committee to which a joint resolution has been referred 
     reports the joint resolution to the House or has been 
     discharged from further consideration thereof, it shall be in 
     order to move to proceed to consider the joint resolution in 
     the House. All points of order against the motion are waived. 
     Such a motion shall not be in order after the House has 
     disposed of a motion to proceed on the joint resolution. The 
     previous question shall be considered as ordered on the 
     motion to its adoption without intervening motion. The motion 
     shall not be debatable. A motion to reconsider the vote by 
     which the motion is disposed of shall not be in order.
       ``(IV) The joint resolution shall be considered as read. 
     All points of order against the joint resolution and against 
     its consideration are waived. The previous question shall be 
     considered as ordered on the joint resolution to final 
     passage without intervening motion except 2 hours of debate 
     equally divided and controlled by the sponsor of the joint 
     resolution (or a designee) and an opponent. A motion to 
     reconsider the vote on passage of the joint resolution shall 
     not be in order.

       ``(ii) Treatment of house joint resolution in senate.--

       ``(I) If, before the passage by the Senate of a joint 
     resolution of approval, the Senate receives an identical 
     joint resolution from the House of Representatives, the 
     following procedures shall apply:

       ``(aa) That joint resolution shall not be referred to a 
     committee.
       ``(bb) With respect to that joint resolution--
       ``(AA) the procedure in the Senate shall be the same as if 
     no joint resolution had been received from the House of 
     Representatives; but
       ``(BB) the vote on passage shall be on the joint resolution 
     from the House of Representatives.

       ``(II) If, following passage of a joint resolution of 
     approval in the Senate, the Senate receives an identical 
     joint resolution from the House of Representatives, that 
     joint resolution shall be placed on the appropriate Senate 
     calendar.
       ``(III) If a joint resolution of approval is received from 
     the House, and no companion joint resolution has been 
     introduced in the Senate, the Senate procedures as described 
     in subparagraph (D) shall apply to the House joint 
     resolution.

       ``(F) Rules of house of representatives and senate.--This 
     paragraph is enacted by Congress--
       ``(i) as an exercise of the rulemaking power of the Senate 
     and the House of Representatives, respectively, and as such 
     is deemed a part of the rules of each House, respectively, 
     and supersedes other rules only to the extent that it is 
     inconsistent with such rules; and
       ``(ii) with full recognition of the constitutional right of 
     either House to change the rules (so far as relating to the 
     procedure of that House) at any time, in the same manner, and 
     to the same extent as in the case of any other rule of that 
     House.''.
       (b) Effective Date.--
       (1) In general.--The amendments made by subsection (a) 
     shall apply to any proposed action covered by subsection (c) 
     of section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (19 U.S.C. 
     1862), as so amended, on or after the date that is two years 
     before the date of the enactment of this Act.
       (2) Timing of certain proposals.--If the President makes a 
     determination described in subsection (c)(1)(A) of such 
     section, as so amended, during the period beginning on the 
     date that is two years before the date of the enactment of 
     this Act and ending on the day before such date of enactment, 
     the submission to Congress of the proposal described in 
     subsection (c)(1)(B) of such section, as so amended, shall be 
     required not later than 15 days after such date of enactment.
       (3) Modification of duty rate amounts.--
       (A) In general.--Any rate of duty modified under section 
     232(c) of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (19 U.S.C. 1862(c)) 
     during the period specified in paragraph (2) shall on the 
     date of the enactment of this Act revert to the rate of duty 
     in effect before such modification.
       (B) Retroactive application for certain liquidations and 
     reliquidations.--
       (i) In general.--Subject to clause (ii), any entry of an 
     article that--

       (I) was made--

       (aa) on or after the date that is two years before the date 
     of the enactment of this Act, and
       (bb) before such date of enactment, and

       (II) to which a lower rate of duty would be applicable due 
     to the application of subparagraph (A),

     shall be liquidated or reliquidated as though such entry 
     occurred on such date of enactment.
       (ii) Requests.--A liquidation or reliquidation may be made 
     under clause (i) with respect to an entry only if a request 
     therefor is filed with U.S. Customs and Border Protection not 
     later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this 
     Act that contains sufficient information to enable U.S. 
     Customs and Border Protection--

       (I) to locate the entry; or
       (II) to reconstruct the entry if it cannot be located.

       (iii) Payment of amounts owed.--Any amounts owed by the 
     United States pursuant to the liquidation or reliquidation of 
     an entry of an article under clause (i) shall be paid, 
     without interest, not later than 90 days after the date of 
     the liquidation or reliquidation (as the case may be).
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2382. Ms. COLLINS (for herself and Mr. King) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle A of title XI, add the following:

     SEC. 1107. RULE OF CONSTRUCTION ON AUTHORITY TO REDUCE THE 
                   SIZE OF THE CIVILIAN WORKFORCE OF THE 
                   DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.

       No provision of this Act or amendment made by this Act may 
     be construed to provide the Secretary of Defense any 
     authority to reduce the size of the civilian workforce of the 
     Department of Defense in a manner not otherwise authorized by 
     section 1597 of title 10, United States Code.
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  SA 2383. Mr. HEINRICH submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       On page 215, line 17, insert before the period at the end 
     the following: ``, that is specifically designed for the 
     professional military education of commissioned officers''.


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  SA 2384. Mr. HEINRICH submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of part I of subtitle C of title XVI, add the 
     following:

     SEC. 1636A. APPOINTMENT OF CYBERSECURITY COORDINATOR.

       (a) Appointment Required.--Not later than 30 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the President shall 
     appoint a Cybersecurity Coordinator within the Executive 
     Office of the President.
       (b) Duties.--The Cybersecurity Coordinator appointed under 
     subsection (a) shall be responsible for--
       (1) developing and coordinating the cybersecurity strategy 
     and policies of the Federal Government; and
       (2) providing oversight and assessment of the 
     implementation of such strategy and policies across the 
     Federal Government.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2385. Mr. HEINRICH (for himself and Mr. Inhofe) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle D of title III, add the following:

     SEC. 340. STARBASE PROGRAM.

       (a) Findings.--Congress makes the following findings:
       (1) The budget of the President for fiscal year 2019 
     requested no funding for the Department of Defense STARBASE 
     program.
       (2) The purpose of the STARBASE program is to improve the 
     knowledge and skills of students in kindergarten through 12th 
     grade in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics 
     (STEM) subjects, to connect them to the military, and to 
     motivate them to explore science, technology, engineering, 
     and mathematics and possible military careers as they 
     continue their education.
       (3) The STARBASE program currently operates at 76 locations 
     in 40 States and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, 
     primarily on military installations.
       (4) To date, nearly 750,000 students have participated in 
     the STARBASE program.
       (5) The STARBASE program is a highly effective program run 
     by dedicated members of the Armed Forces and strengthens the 
     relationships between the military, communities, and local 
     school districts.
       (b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that 
     the STARBASE program should continue to be funded by the 
     Department of Defense.
       (c) Funding.--
       (1) In general.--The amount authorized to be appropriated 
     for fiscal year 2019 for the Department of Defense by section 
     301 is hereby increased by $25,000,000, with the amount of 
     the increase to be available for Operation and Maintenance, 
     Defense-wide, for Civil Military Programs for the STARBASE 
     program.
       (2) Offset.--The amount authorized to be appropriated for 
     fiscal year 2019 for the Department of Defense by section 301 
     is hereby reduced by $25,000,000, with the amount of the 
     reduction to be taken from amounts available for Operation 
     and Maintenance, Navy, for Operating Forces for Enterprise 
     Information (Line 300).
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  SA 2386. Mr. HEINRICH (for himself and Mr. Udall) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle B of title XXXI, add the following:

     SEC. 3119. PLUTONIUM PIT PRODUCTION.

       (a) In General.--The Administrator for Nuclear Security 
     shall continue the design of the facility described in 
     subsection (b) to 90 percent design completion with an 
     independent cost estimate described in subsection (c) before 
     approval of a combined critical decision-2 and critical 
     decision-3 under Department of Energy Order 413.3B (relating 
     to program management and project management for the 
     acquisition of capital assets), or a successor order, in 
     order to ensure the suitability of the facility for plutonium 
     pit production.
       (b) Facility Described.--The facility described in this 
     subsection is a plutonium pit production facility--
       (1) authorized pursuant to section 3114(c)(2) of the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (50 
     U.S.C. 2535 note);
       (2) described in the document entitled the ``Engineering 
     Assessment Report--Pu Pit Production Engineering 
     Assessment'', dated April 13, 2018; and
       (3) capable of producing an additional 31 to 80 pits 
     annually, as required by section 4219 of the Atomic Energy 
     Defense Act (50 U.S.C. 2538a).
       (c) Independent Cost Estimates Described.--An independent 
     cost estimate described in this subsection shall include an 
     evaluation of the suitability of the facility described in 
     subsection (b) for plutonium pit production, including an 
     evaluation of the following:
       (1) Life cycle costs.
       (2) Program acquisition unit costs for pit production.
       (3) Average program unit costs for pit production.
       (4) The costs of start up to full operations capable of 
     producing 31 to 80 pits annually, as required by section 4219 
     of the Atomic Energy Defense Act (50 U.S.C. 2538a).
       (5) A quantitative risk assessment of pit production.
       (d) Report Required.--Combined critical decision-2 and 
     critical decision-3 for the facility described in subsection 
     (b) may not commence until the date that is 30 days after the 
     Administrator submits to the congressional defense committees 
     a report on the independent cost estimate conducted under 
     subsection (c).
       (e) Plan for Oversight of Pit Production.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 90 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Nuclear Weapons Council 
     established under section 179 of title 10, United States 
     Code, shall--
       (A) establish a plan for oversight of current and future 
     plutonium pit production capabilities to meet the 
     requirements of the Department of Defense, including the 
     development of a future plutonium pit production facility; 
     and
       (B) submit the plan to the congressional defense 
     committees.
       (2) Signatures.--The plan required by paragraph (1) shall 
     be signed by all members of the Nuclear Weapons Council.
       (f) Briefing on Plutonium Strategy.--Not later than March 
     1, 2019, the Chairman of the Nuclear Weapons Council and the 
     Administrator for Nuclear Security shall jointly provide to 
     the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House 
     of Representatives, and to any other congressional defense 
     committee upon request, a briefing detailing the 
     implementation plan for the plutonium strategy of the 
     National Nuclear Security Administration, including 
     milestones, accountable personnel for such milestones, and 
     mechanisms for ensuring transparency into the progress of the 
     strategy for the Department of Defense and the congressional 
     defense committees.
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  SA 2387. Ms. WARREN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle B of title VIII, add the following:

     SEC. 823. TRAINING ON CONTRACTOR WORKPLACE SAFETY AND HEALTH 
                   PRACTICES.

       The Secretary of Defense shall develop and implement a 
     training program for Department of Defense contracting 
     officers on contractor workplace safety and health practices. 
     The training shall cover--
       (1) how to review publicly available Occupational Safety 
     and Health Administration (OSHA) databases and identify and 
     evaluate prospective contractors' violations of workplace 
     safety and health regulations during the contract evaluation 
     phase, including whether measures to avoid further violations 
     are warranted;
       (2) how to evaluate and understand prospective contractors' 
     Accident Prevention Programs, as required by section 36.513 
     of the Federal Acquisition Regulation during the contractor 
     evaluation phase;
       (3) how to evaluate workplace safety incidents and 
     violations of workplace safety and heath regulations by the 
     contractor during contract performance; and
       (4) any other information or processes that the Secretary 
     of Defense determines relevant for purposes of evaluating the 
     workplace safety records, plans, and performance of 
     contractors and prospective contractors.
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  SA 2388. Ms. WARREN (for herself and Mrs. Ernst) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr.

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Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title VII, add the following:

     SEC. 729. DOCUMENTATION OF INFORMATION ON BLAST EXPOSURES IN 
                   SERVICE RECORDS OF MILITARY PERSONNEL.

       (a) In General.--In accordance with such guidance as the 
     Secretary of Defense shall issue for purposes of this 
     section, each Secretary of a military department shall 
     include in the military service records of members of the 
     Armed Forces under the jurisdiction of such Secretary 
     appropriate documentation of information on any blasts to 
     which such members are exposed during service in the Armed 
     Forces (whether in combat or training), including the 
     following:
       (1) The month and year of exposure.
       (2) The severity of the exposure, which may include the 
     blast pressure experienced during exposure and other features 
     as determined by the Secretary.
       (3) Whether exposure occurred during combat or training.
       (4) Whether a weapon was the source of the blast, and, if 
     so, the type of weapon.
       (5) Such other information on the exposure as the Secretary 
     of Defense shall specify in the guidance.
       (b) Reports.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than one year after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, and biennially thereafter, the 
     Secretary shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of 
     the Senate and the House of Representatives a report on blast 
     pressure exposure of members of the Armed Forces during--
       (A) with respect to the initial report, the one-year period 
     ending on the date of such report; and
       (B) with respect to each subsequent report, the two-year 
     period ending on the date of such report.
       (2) Information from service records.--Each report 
     submitted under paragraph (1) shall include summary 
     descriptions of the information specified in each paragraph 
     of subsection (a) that was included in the records of such 
     members during the period covered by such report.
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  SA 2389. Ms. WARREN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       In section 1046(a), strike paragraph (4) and all that 
     follows through the end of the subsection and insert the 
     following:
       (4) by redesignating paragraph (5) as paragraph (10); and
       (5) by inserting after paragraph (4) the following new 
     paragraphs:
       ``(5) For each military operation covered by such report, 
     whether or not the Department conducted any form of post-
     operation inquiry (including a battle damage assessment, 
     commander-directed inquiry or investigation, or other form of 
     inquiry), and, if so, the form of such inquiry.
       ``(6) For each combatant command for which such report 
     covers one or more military operations, the remedial actions, 
     if any, taken by the Department after such operations 
     (including the payment of ex gratia payments to victims or 
     their families or the issuance of a formal apology to such 
     families), set forth--
       ``(A) by operation; and
       ``(B) by country in which operations occurred.
       ``(7) The number, if any, of ex gratia payments made during 
     the period covered by such report, set forth--
       ``(A) in aggregate;
       ``(B) by combatant command;
       ``(C) by operation; and
       ``(D) by country in which ex gratia payments were paid.
       ``(8) For the period covered by such report--
       ``(A) an explanation for the discrepancies, if any, between 
     Department post-operation assessments of civilian casualties 
     in connection with military operations covered by such report 
     and credible reports of intergovernmental and non-
     governmental organizations on such casualties, set forth in 
     general and in connection with each military operation 
     covered by such report;
       ``(B) a description of the manner in which the reliability 
     and accuracy of assessments and reports described in 
     subparagraph (A) were assessed, and the standards used in 
     assessing such reliability and accuracy;
       ``(C) a description of the manner in which discrepancies 
     between such assessments and reports were addressed, and the 
     standards used in addressing such discrepancies; and
       ``(D) a description of each case in which such an 
     assessment was updated based on new information.
       ``(9) Any update or modification to a previous report under 
     this section that the Secretary considers appropriate in 
     order to ensure that the information on civilian casualties 
     in connection with United States military operations provided 
     by reports under this section is fully complete and 
     accurate.''.

       At the end of section 1046, add the following:
       (c) Report on Staff and Other Resources for Following 
     Civilian Casualties in Connection With Military Operations.--
     Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall, acting through the 
     official of the Department of Defense whose responsibility is 
     to develop, coordinate, and oversee compliance with the 
     policy of the Department relating to civilian casualties 
     resulting from United States military operations, submit to 
     the congressional defense committees a report setting forth 
     recommendations for mechanisms to provide appropriate staff 
     and other resources for the assessment, investigation, and 
     tracking by the Department of civilian casualties resulting 
     from United States military operations.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2390. Ms. WARREN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle B of title VIII, add the following:

     SEC. 823. COMPLIANCE WITH DFARS RESTRICTIONS ON CONTRACTOR 
                   USE OF MANDATORY ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS.

       (a) Briefing Required.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense 
     shall brief the congressional defense committees on steps the 
     Department of Defense has taken to ensure compliance with the 
     provisions of subpart 222.74 of the Defense Federal 
     Acquisition Regulation Supplement, which provides 
     restrictions on the use of mandatory arbitration agreements.
       (b) Elements.--The briefing required under subsection (a) 
     shall include--
       (1) a description of steps taken to ensure that the 
     Department does not award contracts in excess of $1,000,000 
     to contractors that require as a condition of employment that 
     employees enter an agreement to resolve certain claims and 
     torts through arbitration; and
       (2) a description of the extent to which the Secretary of 
     Defense has waived the requirements of subpart 222.74.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2391. Mr. RISCH (for himself and Mrs. Gillibrand) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 5515, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which 
was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. ___. PILOT EXTENSIONS AND REPORTING COMPLIANCE; PILOT 
                   PROGRAM.

       Section 9 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 638) is 
     amended--
       (1) in subsection (cc), by striking ``2017'' and inserting 
     ``2019'';
       (2) in subsection (gg)(7), by striking ``2017'' and 
     inserting ``2019'';
       (3) in subsection (jj)(7), by striking ``2017'' and 
     inserting ``2019'';
       (4) in subsection (mm)--
       (A) in paragraph (1)--
       (i) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking 
     ``2017'' and inserting ``2019'';
       (ii) in subparagraph (I), by striking ``and'' at the end;
       (iii) in subparagraph (J), by striking the period at the 
     end and inserting ``; and''; and
       (iv) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(K) funding for improvements that increase commonality 
     across data systems, reduce redundancy, and improve data 
     oversight and accuracy.''; and
       (B) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(7) SBIR and sttr programs; fast program.--
       ``(A) Definition.--In this paragraph, the term `covered 
     Federal agency' means a Federal agency that--
       ``(i) is required to conduct an SBIR program; and
       ``(ii) elects to use the funds allocated to the SBIR 
     program of the Federal agency for the purposes described in 
     paragraph (1).
       ``(B) Requirement.--Each covered Federal agency shall 
     transfer an amount equal to 15 percent of the funds that are 
     used for the purposes described in paragraph (1) to the 
     Administration--

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       ``(i) for the Regional SBIR State Collaborative Initiative 
     Pilot Program established under subsection (tt);
       ``(ii) for the Federal and State Technology Partnership 
     Program established under section 34; and
       ``(iii) to support the Office of the Administration that 
     administers the SBIR program and the STTR program, subject to 
     agreement from other agencies about how the funds will be 
     used, in carrying out those programs and the programs 
     described in clauses (i) and (ii).
       ``(8) Pilot program.--
       ``(A) In general.--Of amounts provided to the 
     Administration under paragraph (7), not less than $5,000,000 
     shall be used to provide awards under the Regional SBIR State 
     Collaborative Initiative Pilot Program established under 
     subsection (tt) for each fiscal year in which the program is 
     in effect.
       ``(B) Disbursement flexibility.--The Administration may use 
     any unused funds made available under subparagraph (A) as of 
     April 1 of each fiscal year for awards to carry out clauses 
     (ii) and (iii) of paragraph (7)(B) after providing written 
     notice to--
       ``(i) the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship 
     and the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate; and
       ``(ii) the Committee on Small Business and the Committee on 
     Appropriations of the House of Representatives.''; and
       (5) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(tt) Regional SBIR State Collaborative Initiative Pilot 
     Program.--
       ``(1) Definitions.--In this subsection--
       ``(A) the term `eligible entity' means--
       ``(i) a research institution; and
       ``(ii) a small business concern;
       ``(B) the term `eligible State' means--
       ``(i) a State that the Administrator determines is in the 
     bottom half of States, based on the average number of annual 
     SBIR program awards made to companies in the State for the 
     preceding 3 years for which the Administration has applicable 
     data; and
       ``(ii) an EPSCoR State that--

       ``(I) is a State described in clause (i); or
       ``(II) is--

       ``(aa) not a State described in clause (i); and
       ``(bb) invited to participate in a regional collaborative;
       ``(C) the term `EPSCoR State' means a State that 
     participates in the Established Program to Stimulate 
     Competitive Research of the National Science Foundation, as 
     established under section 113 of the National Science 
     Foundation Authorization Act of 1988 (42 U.S.C. 1862g);
       ``(D) the term `FAST program' means the Federal and State 
     Technology Partnership Program established under section 34;
       ``(E) the term `pilot program' means the Regional SBIR 
     State Collaborative Initiative Pilot Program established 
     under paragraph (2);
       ``(F) the term `regional collaborative' means a 
     collaborative consisting of eligible entities that are 
     located in not less than 3 eligible States; and
       ``(G) the term `State' means any State of the United 
     States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto 
     Rico, and any territory or possession of the United States.
       ``(2) Establishment.--The Administrator shall establish a 
     pilot program, to be known as the Regional SBIR State 
     Collaborative Initiative Pilot Program, under which the 
     Administrator shall provide awards to regional collaboratives 
     to address the needs of small business concerns in order to--
       ``(A) be more competitive in the proposal and selection 
     process for awards under the SBIR program and the STTR 
     program; and
       ``(B) increase technology transfer and commercialization.
       ``(3) Goals.--The goals of the pilot program are--
       ``(A) to create regional collaboratives that allow eligible 
     entities to work cooperatively to leverage resources to 
     address the needs of small business concerns;
       ``(B) to grow SBIR program and STTR program cooperative 
     research and development and commercialization through 
     increased awards under those programs;
       ``(C) to increase the participation of States that have 
     historically received a lower level of awards under the SBIR 
     program and the STTR program;
       ``(D) to utilize the strengths and advantages of regional 
     collaboratives to better leverage resources, best practices, 
     and economies of scale in a region for the purpose of 
     increasing awards and increasing the commercialization of the 
     SBIR program and STTR projects;
       ``(E) to increase the competitiveness of the SBIR program 
     and the STTR program;
       ``(F) to identify sources of outside funding for applicants 
     for an award under the SBIR program or the STTR program, 
     including venture capitalists, angel investor groups, private 
     industry, crowd funding, and special loan programs; and
       ``(G) to offer increased one-on-one engagements with 
     companies and entrepreneurs for SBIR program and STTR program 
     education, assistance, and successful outcomes.
       ``(4) Application.--
       ``(A) In general.--A regional collaborative that desires to 
     participate in the pilot program shall submit to the 
     Administrator an application at such time, in such manner, 
     and containing such information as the Administrator may 
     require.
       ``(B) Inclusion of lead eligible entities and 
     coordinator.--A regional collaborative shall include in an 
     application submitted under subparagraph (A)--
       ``(i) the name of each lead eligible entity from each 
     eligible State in the regional collaborative, as designated 
     under paragraph (5)(A); and
       ``(ii) the name of the coordinator for the regional 
     collaborative, as designated under paragraph (6).
       ``(C) Avoidance of duplication.--A regional collaborative 
     shall include in an application submitted under subparagraph 
     (A) an explanation regarding how the activities of the 
     regional collaborative under the pilot program would differ 
     from other State and Federal outreach activities in each 
     eligible State in the regional collaborative.
       ``(5) Lead eligible entity.--
       ``(A) In general.--Each eligible State in a regional 
     collaborative shall designate 1 eligible entity located in 
     the eligible State to serve as the lead eligible entity for 
     the eligible State.
       ``(B) Authorization by governor.--Each lead eligible entity 
     designated under subparagraph (A) shall be authorized to act 
     as the lead eligible entity by the Governor of the applicable 
     eligible State.
       ``(C) Responsibilities.--Each lead eligible entity 
     designated under subparagraph (A) shall be responsible for 
     administering the activities and program initiatives 
     described in paragraph (7) in the applicable eligible State.
       ``(6) Regional collaborative coordinator.--Each regional 
     collaborative shall designate a coordinator from amongst the 
     eligible entities located in the eligible States in the 
     regional collaborative, who shall serve as the interface 
     between the regional collaborative and the Administration 
     with respect to measuring cross-State collaboration and 
     program effectiveness and documenting best practices.
       ``(7) Use of funds.--Each regional collaborative that is 
     provided an award under the pilot program may, in each 
     eligible State in which an eligible entity of the regional 
     collaborative is located--
       ``(A) establish an initiative under which first-time 
     applicants for an award under the SBIR program or the STTR 
     program are reviewed by experienced, national experts in the 
     United States, as determined by the lead eligible entity 
     designated under paragraph (5)(A);
       ``(B) engage national mentors on a frequent basis to work 
     directly with applicants for an award under the SBIR program 
     or the STTR program, particularly during Phase II, to assist 
     with the process of preparing and submitting a proposal;
       ``(C) create and make available an online mechanism to 
     serve as a resource for applicants for an award under the 
     SBIR program or the STTR program to identify and connect with 
     Federal labs, prime government contractor companies, other 
     industry partners, and regional industry cluster 
     organizations;
       ``(D) conduct focused and concentrated outreach efforts to 
     increase participation in the SBIR program and the STTR 
     program by small business concerns owned and controlled by 
     women, small business concerns owned and controlled by 
     veterans, small business concerns owned and controlled by 
     socially and economically disadvantaged individuals (as 
     defined in section 8(d)(3)(C)), and historically Black 
     colleges and universities;
       ``(E) administer a structured program of training and 
     technical assistance--
       ``(i) to prepare applicants for an award under the SBIR 
     program or the STTR program--

       ``(I) to compete more effectively for Phase I and Phase II 
     awards; and
       ``(II) to develop and implement a successful 
     commercialization plan;

       ``(ii) to assist eligible States focusing on transition and 
     commercialization to win Phase III awards from public and 
     private partners;
       ``(iii) to create more competitive proposals to increase 
     awards from all Federal sources, with a focus on awards under 
     the SBIR program and the STTR program; and
       ``(iv) to assist first-time applicants by providing small 
     grants for proof of concept research; and
       ``(F) assist applicants for an award under the SBIR program 
     or the STTR program to identify sources of outside funding, 
     including venture capitalists, angel investor groups, private 
     industry, crowd funding, and special loan programs.
       ``(8) Award amount.--
       ``(A) In general.--The Administrator shall provide an award 
     to each eligible State in which an eligible entity of a 
     regional collaborative is located in an amount that is not 
     more than $300,000 to carry out the activities described in 
     paragraph (7).
       ``(B) Limitation.--
       ``(i) In general.--An eligible State may not receive an 
     award under both the FAST program and the pilot program for 
     the same year.
       ``(ii) Rule of construction.--Nothing in clause (i) may be 
     construed to prevent an eligible State from applying for an 
     award under the FAST program and the pilot program for the 
     same year.
       ``(9) Duration of award.--An award provided under the pilot 
     program--
       ``(A) shall be for a period of not more than 1 year; and
       ``(B) may be renewed by the Administrator for 1 additional 
     year if the Administrator provides only 1 such renewal with 
     respect to that award.
       ``(10) Termination.--The pilot program shall terminate on 
     September 30, 2019, except that an entity that receives a 1-
     year renewal

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     under paragraph (9)(B) before that date may continue to use 
     the amounts with respect to that renewal at any time during 
     that 1-year period.
       ``(11) Report.--Not later than March 30, 2019, the 
     Administrator shall submit to the Committee on Small Business 
     and Entrepreneurship of the Senate and the Committee on Small 
     Business of the House of Representatives a report on the 
     pilot program, which shall include--
       ``(A) details regarding the recipient of each award 
     provided under the pilot program, including the amount of 
     each award, the number of small business concerns that 
     received assistance from the award amounts, and the manner in 
     which the award was used to meet the goals described in 
     paragraph (3);
       ``(B) to the extent practicable, an assessment of the best 
     practices of the pilot program, including an analysis of how 
     the pilot program compares to the FAST program and a single-
     State approach; and
       ``(C) recommendations regarding whether any aspect of the 
     pilot program should be extended or made permanent.
       ``(uu) Outstanding Reports and Evaluations.--
       ``(1) In general.--Not later than March 30, 2019, the 
     Administrator shall submit to the Committee on Small Business 
     and Entrepreneurship of the Senate, the Committee on Small 
     Business of the House of Representatives, and the Committee 
     on Science, Space, and Technology of the House of 
     Representatives--
       ``(A) each report, evaluation, or analysis, as applicable, 
     described in subsection (b)(7), (g)(9), (o)(10), (y)(6)(C), 
     (gg)(6), (jj)(6), and (mm)(6); and
       ``(B) metrics regarding, and an evaluation of, the 
     authority provided to the National Institutes of Health, the 
     Department of Defense, and the Department of Education under 
     subsection (cc).
       ``(2) Information required.--Not later than December 31, 
     2018, the head of each agency that is responsible for 
     carrying out a provision described in subparagraph (A) or (B) 
     of paragraph (1) shall submit to the Administrator any 
     information that is necessary for the Administrator to carry 
     out the responsibilities of the Administrator under that 
     paragraph.''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2392. Mr. HELLER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place in title X, insert the following:

     SEC. ___. COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES REVIEW OF 
                   EFFECT OF OTHER-THAN-HONORABLE DISCHARGES ON 
                   VETERAN EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES.

       (a) Review Required.--Not later than one year after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of 
     the United States shall, in consultation with the Secretary 
     of Defense, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and the 
     Secretary of Labor, complete a review of the effect of 
     discharges and releases from service in the active military, 
     naval, or air service under conditions other than honorable 
     on employment outcomes for veterans who were so discharged or 
     released.
       (b) Elements.--The review required by subsection (a) shall 
     include the following:
       (1) An assessment of the effect of a discharge or release 
     described in subsection (a) on a veteran's employment 
     outcomes.
       (2) Development of recommendations for legislative or 
     administrative action to reduce the negative effect of such a 
     discharge or release on employment outcomes, including 
     potential educational campaigns.
       (3) An assessment of agency outreach or other relevant 
     efforts to inform veterans of their ability to seek a change 
     to their character of discharge through a discharge review 
     board.
       (4) An assessment of the progress of the Secretary of 
     Defense in implementing the recommendations of the 
     Comptroller General published in the Government 
     Accountability Office report GAO-17-260 in May of 2017 on 
     actions needed to ensure post-traumatic stress disorder and 
     traumatic brain injury are considered in misconduct 
     separations.
       (5) A review and development of recommended areas for 
     improvement in the implementation by the Department of 
     Defense of its August 25, 2017, clarifying guidance to 
     Military Discharge Review Boards and Board for Correction of 
     Military/Naval Records related to mental health conditions, 
     sexual assault, or sexual harassment. Such review shall 
     include identifying statistics on the number of upgrades and 
     discharge reliefs requested and granted and the average 
     timeframe for review of such requests.
       (c) Report.--Not later than 90 days after the date on which 
     the Comptroller General completes the review required by 
     subsection (a), the Comptroller General shall submit to 
     Congress a report on the results of the review.
       (d) Definitions.--In this section, the terms ``active 
     military, naval, or air service'', ``discharge or release'', 
     and ``veteran'' have the meaning given such terms in section 
     101 of title 38, United States Code.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2393. Mr. HELLER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 
2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. ___. REVIEW OF TAP FOR WOMEN.

       The Secretary of Defense shall conduct a comprehensive 
     review of the Transition Assistance Program to ensure that it 
     addresses the unique challenges and needs of women as they 
     transfer from the Armed Forces to civilian life.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2394. Mr. HELLER (for himself and Mr. Tester) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title VI, add the following:

     SEC. 622. ELIGIBILITY FOR PAYMENT OF BOTH RETIRED PAY AND 
                   VETERANS' DISABILITY COMPENSATION FOR CERTAIN 
                   MILITARY RETIREES WITH COMPENSABLE SERVICE-
                   CONNECTED DISABILITIES.

       (a) Extension of Concurrent Receipt Authority to Retirees 
     With Service-Connected Disabilities Rated Less Than 50 
     Percent.--Section 1414 of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by striking paragraph (2) of subsection (a).
       (b) Clerical Amendments.--
       (1) The heading of section 1414 of such title is amended to 
     read as follows:

     ``Sec. 1414. Members eligible for retired pay who are also 
       eligible for veterans' disability compensation: concurrent 
       payment of retired pay and disability compensation''.

       (2) The item relating to such section in the table of 
     sections at the beginning of chapter 71 of such title is 
     amended to read as follows:

``1414. Members eligible for retired pay who are also eligible for 
              veterans' disability compensation: concurrent payment of 
              retired pay and disability compensation.''.

       (c) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section 
     shall take effect on January 1, 2019, and shall apply to 
     payments for months beginning on or after that date.

     SEC. 623. COORDINATION OF SERVICE ELIGIBILITY FOR COMBAT-
                   RELATED SPECIAL COMPENSATION AND CONCURRENT 
                   RECEIPT.

       (a) Amendments To Standardize Similar Provisions.--
       (1) Qualified retirees.--Subsection (a) of section 1414 of 
     title 10, United States Code, as amended by section 622(a), 
     is further amended--
       (A) by striking ``a member or'' and all that follows 
     through ``retiree')'' and inserting ``a qualified retiree''; 
     and
       (B) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(2) Qualified retirees.--For purposes of this section, a 
     qualified retiree, with respect to any month, is a member or 
     former member of the uniformed services who--
       ``(A) is entitled to retired pay (other than by reason of 
     section 12731b of this title); and
       ``(B) is also entitled for that month to veterans' 
     disability compensation.''.
       (2) Disability retirees.--Paragraph (2) of subsection (b) 
     of section 1414 of such title is amended to read as follows:
       ``(2) Special rule for retirees with fewer than 20 years of 
     service.--The retired pay of a qualified retiree who is 
     retired under chapter 61 of this title with fewer than 20 
     years of creditable service is subject to reduction by the 
     lesser of--
       ``(A) the amount of the reduction under sections 5304 and 
     5305 of title 38; or
       ``(B) the amount (if any) by which the amount of the 
     member's retired pay under such chapter exceeds the amount 
     equal to 2\1/2\ percent of the member's years of creditable 
     service multiplied by the member's retired pay base under 
     section 1406(b)(1) or 1407 of this title, whichever is 
     applicable to the member.''.
       (b) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section 
     shall take effect on January 1, 2019, and shall apply to 
     payments for months beginning on or after that date.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2395. Mr. HELLER (for himself and Mr. Tester) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations

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for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on 
the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title VI, add the following:

     SEC. 622. STANDARDIZATION OF APPLICABILITY OF SPECIAL RULES 
                   FOR CHAPTER 61 DISABILITY RETIREES IN 
                   CONNECTION WITH CONCURRENT RECEIPT OF RETIRED 
                   PAY AND VETERANS' DISABILITY COMPENSATION.

       (a) In General.--Paragraph (2) of section 1414(b) of title 
     10, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
       ``(2) Disability retirees with less than 20 years of 
     service.--
       ``(A) In general.--Subject to subparagraph (B), the retired 
     pay of a qualified retiree who is retired under chapter 61 of 
     this title with fewer than 20 years of creditable service is 
     subject to reduction by the lesser of--
       ``(i) the amount of the reduction under sections 5304 and 
     5305 of title 38; or
       ``(ii) the amount (if any) by which the amount of the 
     member's retired pay under such chapter exceeds the amount 
     equal to the retired pay percentage (determined for the 
     member under section 1409(b) of this title) of the member's 
     years of creditable service multiplied by the member's 
     retired pay base under section 1406(b)(1) or 1407 of this 
     title, whichever is applicable to the member.
       ``(B) Phased-in applicability.--Subparagraph (A) shall 
     apply to qualified retirees as follows:
       ``(i) In the case of qualified retirees with a disability 
     rated as 100 percent, or who are compensated at an equivalent 
     rate due to individual unemployability, for months beginning 
     on or after October 1, 2018.
       ``(ii) In the case of qualified retirees with a disability 
     rated at least 90 percent but less than 100 percent, for 
     months beginning on or after October 1, 2019.
       ``(iii) In the case of qualified retirees with a disability 
     rated at least 80 percent but less than 90 percent, for 
     months beginning on or after October 1, 2020.
       ``(iv) In the case of qualified retirees with a disability 
     rated at least 70 percent but less than 80 percent, for 
     months beginning on or after October 1, 2021.
       ``(v) In the case of qualified retirees with a disability 
     rated at least 60 percent but less than 70 percent, for 
     months beginning on or after October 1, 2022.
       ``(vi) In the case of qualified retirees with a disability 
     rated at least 50 percent but less than 60 percent, for 
     months beginning on or after October 1, 2023.''.
       (b) Effective Date.--The amendment made by subsection (a) 
     shall take effect on October 1, 2018.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2396. Mr. HELLER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title V, add the following:

     SEC. 537. IMPROVEMENT OF CERTAIN LEAVE FOR MEMBERS OF THE 
                   ARMED FORCES IN CONNECTION WITH CHILDBIRTH.

       (a) In General.--Subsection (i) of section 701 of title 10, 
     United States Code, is amended--
       (1) by striking paragraph (5); and
       (2) by redesignating paragraphs (6) through (10) as 
     paragraphs (5) through (9), respectively.
       (b) Conforming Amendments.--Subsection (j)(4) of such 
     section is amended--
       (1) by striking ``paragraphs (6) through (10)'' and 
     inserting ``paragraphs (5) through (9)''; and
       (2) by striking ``paragraph (9)(B)'' and inserting 
     ``paragraph (8)(B)''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2397. Mr. HELLER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title VII, add the following:

     SEC. 7__. EXPOSURE TO OPEN BURN PITS AND TOXIC AIRBORNE 
                   CHEMICALS AS PART OF PERIODIC HEALTH 
                   ASSESSMENTS AND OTHER PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS.

       (a) Periodic Health Assessment.--The Secretary of Defense 
     shall ensure that any periodic health assessment provided to 
     members of the Armed Forces includes an evaluation of whether 
     the member has been--
       (1) based or stationed at a location where an open burn pit 
     was used; or
       (2) exposed to toxic airborne chemicals, including any 
     information recorded as part of the Airborne Hazards and Open 
     Burn Pit Registry.
       (b) Separation History and Physical Examinations.--Section 
     1145(a)(5) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by 
     adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
       ``(C) The Secretary concerned shall ensure that each 
     physical examination of a member under subparagraph (A) 
     includes an assessment of whether the member was--
       ``(i) based or stationed at a location where an open burn 
     pit, as defined in subsection (c) of section 201 of the 
     Dignified Burial and Other Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act 
     of 2012 (Public Law 112-260; 38 U.S.C. 527 note), was used; 
     or
       ``(ii) exposed to toxic airborne chemicals, including any 
     information recorded as part of the registry established by 
     the Secretary of Veterans Affairs under such section 201.''.
       (c) Deployment Assessments.--Section 1074f(b)(2) of title 
     10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the 
     following new subparagraph:
       ``(D) An assessment of whether the member was--
       ``(i) based or stationed at a location where an open burn 
     pit, as defined in subsection (c) of section 201 of the 
     Dignified Burial and Other Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act 
     of 2012 (Public Law 112-260; 38 U.S.C. 527 note), was used; 
     or
       ``(ii) exposed to toxic airborne chemicals, including any 
     information recorded as part of the registry established by 
     the Secretary of Veterans Affairs under such section 201.''.
       (d) Sharing of Information.--
       (1) DOD-VA.--The Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of 
     Veterans Affairs shall jointly enter into a memorandum of 
     understanding providing for the sharing by the Department of 
     Defense with the Department of Veterans Affairs of the 
     results of covered evaluations regarding the exposure by a 
     member of the Armed Forces to toxic airborne chemicals.
       (2) Registry.--If a covered evaluation of a member of the 
     Armed Forces establishes that the member was based or 
     stationed at a location where an open burn pit was used, or 
     the member was exposed to toxic airborne chemicals, the 
     member shall be enrolled in the Airborne Hazards and Open 
     Burn Pit Registry, unless the member elects to not so enroll.
       (e) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) The term ``Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit 
     Registry'' means the registry established by the Secretary of 
     Veterans Affairs under section 201 of the Dignified Burial 
     and Other Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2012 (Public 
     Law 112-260; 38 U.S.C. 527 note).
       (2) The term ``covered evaluation'' means--
       (A) a periodic health assessment conducted in accordance 
     with subsection (a);
       (B) a separation history and physical examination conducted 
     under section 1145(a)(5) of title 10, United States Code, as 
     amended by this section; and
       (C) a deployment assessment conducted under section 
     1074f(b)(2) of such title, as amended by this section.
       (3) The term ``open burn pit'' has the meaning given that 
     term in section 201(c) of the Dignified Burial and Other 
     Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-
     260; 38 U.S.C. 527 note).
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2398. Mr. HELLER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle E of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 10____. NATIONAL STRATEGIC AND CRITICAL MINERALS 
                   PRODUCTION.

       (a) Findings.--Congress finds that--
       (1) in accordance with Executive Order 13806 (82 Fed. Reg. 
     34597 (July 26, 2017)), while a healthy manufacturing and 
     defense industrial base and resilient supply chains are 
     essential to the economic strength and national security of 
     the United States, modern supply chains are often long and 
     the ability of the United States to manufacture or obtain 
     goods critical to the national security of the United States 
     could be hampered by an inability to obtain various essential 
     components that may not be directly related to national 
     security;
       (2) in accordance with Executive Order 13817 (82 Fed. Reg. 
     60835 (December 26, 2017)), the United States is heavily 
     reliant on imports of certain mineral commodities that are 
     vital to the security and economic prosperity of the United 
     States;
       (3) the dependency of the United States on foreign sources 
     of certain mineral commodities creates a strategic 
     vulnerability for the economy and the military to adverse 
     foreign government actions, natural disasters, and other 
     events that could disrupt the supply of key minerals;

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       (4) increased private-sector domestic exploration, 
     production, recycling, and reprocessing of critical minerals 
     and support for efforts to identify more commonly available 
     technological alternatives to critical minerals would--
       (A) reduce the dependence of the United States on imports 
     of critical minerals;
       (B) preserve the leadership of the United States in 
     technological innovation;
       (C) support job creation;
       (D) improve the national security and balance of trade of 
     the United States; and
       (E) enhance the technological superiority and readiness of 
     the Armed Forces, which are among the most significant 
     consumers of critical minerals in the United States;
       (5) the industrialization of developing nations has driven 
     demand for nonfuel minerals necessary for telecommunications, 
     military technologies, healthcare technologies, and 
     conventional and renewable energy technologies;
       (6) the availability of minerals and mineral materials are 
     essential for economic growth, national security, 
     technological innovation, and the manufacturing and 
     agricultural supply chain;
       (7) minerals and mineral materials are critical components 
     of every transportation, water, telecommunications, and 
     energy infrastructure project necessary to modernize the 
     crumbling infrastructure of the United States;
       (8) the exploration, production, processing, use, and 
     recycling of minerals contribute significantly to the 
     economic well-being, security, and general welfare of the 
     United States; and
       (9) the United States has vast mineral resources but is 
     becoming increasingly dependent on foreign sources of mineral 
     resources, as demonstrated by the fact that--
       (A) 25 years ago, the United States was dependent on 
     foreign sources for 45 nonfuel mineral materials, of which--
       (i) 8 were imported by the United States to fulfill 100 
     percent of the requirements of the United States for those 
     nonfuel mineral materials; and
       (ii) 19 were imported by the United States to fulfill 
     greater than 50 percent of the requirements of the United 
     States for those nonfuel mineral materials;
       (B) by 2015 the import dependence of the United States for 
     nonfuel mineral materials increased from dependence on the 
     import of 45 nonfuel mineral materials to dependence on the 
     import of 47 nonfuel mineral materials, of which--
       (i) 19 were imported by the United States to fulfill 100 
     percent of the requirements of the United States for those 
     nonfuel mineral materials; and
       (ii) 22 were imported by the United States to fulfill 
     greater than 50 percent of the requirements of the United 
     States for those nonfuel mineral materials;
       (C) according to the Department of Energy, the United 
     States imports greater than 50 percent of the 41 metals and 
     minerals key to clean energy applications;
       (D) the United States share of worldwide mineral 
     exploration dollars was 7 percent in 2015, down from 19 
     percent in the early 1990s;
       (E) the 2014 Ranking of Countries for Mining Investment, 
     which ranks 25 major mining countries, found that 7- to 10-
     year permitting delays are the most significant risk to 
     mining projects in the United States; and
       (F) in late 2016, the Government Accountability Office 
     found that--
       (i) ``the Federal government's approach to addressing 
     critical materials supply issues has not been consistent with 
     selected key practices for interagency collaboration, such as 
     ensuring that agencies' roles and responsibilities are 
     clearly defined''; and
       (ii) ``the Federal critical materials approach faces other 
     limitations, including data limitations and a focus on only a 
     subset of critical materials, a limited focus on domestic 
     production of critical materials, and limited engagement with 
     industry''.
       (b) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) Agency.--The term ``agency'' means--
       (A) any agency, department, or other unit of Federal, 
     State, local, or tribal government; or
       (B) an Alaska Native Corporation.
       (2) Alaska native corporation.--The term ``Alaska Native 
     Corporation'' has the meaning given the term ``Native 
     Corporation'' in section 3 of the Alaska Native Claims 
     Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1602).
       (3) Lead agency.--The term ``lead agency'' means the agency 
     with primary responsibility for issuing a mineral exploration 
     or mine permit for a project.
       (4) Mineral exploration or mine permit.--The term ``mineral 
     exploration or mine permit'' includes--
       (A) an authorization of the Bureau of Land Management or 
     the Forest Service, as applicable, for premining activities 
     that requires an environmental impact statement or similar 
     analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
     (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.);
       (B) a plan of operations issued by--
       (i) the Bureau of Land Management under subpart 3809 of 
     part 3800 of title 43, Code of Federal Regulations (or 
     successor regulations); or
       (ii) the Forest Service under subpart A of part 228 of 
     title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (or successor 
     regulations); and
       (C) a permit issued under an authority described in section 
     3503.13 of title 43, Code of Federal regulations (or 
     successor regulations).
       (5) Project.--The term ``project'' means a project for 
     which the issuance of a permit is required to conduct 
     activities for, relating to, or incidental to mineral 
     exploration, mining, beneficiation, processing, or 
     reclamation activities--
       (A) on a mining claim, millsite claim, or tunnel site claim 
     for any locatable mineral; or
       (B) in conjunction with any Federal mineral (other than 
     coal and oil shale) that is leased under--
       (i) the Mineral Leasing Act for Acquired Lands (30 U.S.C. 
     351 et seq.); or
       (ii) section 402 of Reorganization Plan Numbered 3 of 1946 
     (5 U.S.C. App.).
       (c) Improving Development of Strategic and Critical 
     Minerals.--
       (1) Definition of strategic and critical minerals.--In this 
     subsection, the term ``strategic and critical minerals'' 
     means minerals that are necessary--
       (A) for the national defense and national security 
     requirements, including supply chain resiliency;
       (B) for the energy infrastructure of the United States, 
     including--
       (i) pipelines;
       (ii) refining capacity;
       (iii) electrical power generation and transmission; and
       (iv) renewable energy production;
       (C) for community resiliency, coastal restoration, and 
     ecological sustainability for the coastal United States;
       (D) to support domestic manufacturing, agriculture, 
     housing, telecommunications, healthcare, and transportation 
     infrastructure; or
       (E) for the economic security of, and balance of trade in, 
     the United States.
       (2) Consideration of certain domestic mines as 
     infrastructure projects.--A domestic mine that, as determined 
     by the lead agency, will provide strategic and critical 
     minerals shall be considered to be an infrastructure project, 
     as described in Executive Order 13807 (82 Fed. Reg. 40463 
     (August 24, 2017)).
       (d) Responsibilities of the Lead Agency.--
       (1) In general.--The lead agency shall appoint a project 
     lead within the lead agency, who shall coordinate and consult 
     with cooperating agencies and any other agencies involved in 
     the permitting process, project proponents, and contractors 
     to ensure that cooperating agencies and other agencies 
     involved in the permitting process, project proponents, and 
     contractors--
       (A) minimize delays;
       (B) set and adhere to timelines and schedules for 
     completion of the permitting process;
       (C) set clear permitting goals; and
       (D) track progress against those goals.
       (2) Determination under nepa.--
       (A) In general.--To the extent that the National 
     Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) 
     applies to the issuance of any mineral exploration or mine 
     permit, the requirements of that Act shall be considered to 
     have been procedurally and substantively satisfied if the 
     lead agency determines that any State or Federal agency 
     acting under State or Federal law has addressed or will 
     address the following factors:
       (i) The environmental impact of the action to be conducted 
     under the permit.
       (ii) Possible adverse environmental effects of actions 
     under the permit.
       (iii) Possible alternatives to issuance of the permit.
       (iv) The relationship between long- and short-term uses of 
     the local environment and the maintenance and enhancement of 
     long-term productivity.
       (v) Any irreversible and irretrievable commitment of 
     resources that would be involved in the proposed action.
       (vi) That public participation will occur during the 
     decisionmaking process for authorizing actions under the 
     permit.
       (B) Written requirement.--In making a determination under 
     subparagraph (A), not later than 90 days after receipt of an 
     application for the permit, the lead agency, in a written 
     record of decision, shall--
       (i) explain the rationale used in reaching the 
     determination;
       (ii) state the facts in the record that are the basis for 
     the determination; and
       (iii) show that the facts in the record could allow a 
     reasonable person to reach the same determination as the lead 
     agency did.
       (3) Coordination on permitting process.--
       (A) In general.--The lead agency shall enhance government 
     coordination for the permitting process by--
       (i) avoiding duplicative reviews;
       (ii) minimizing paperwork; and
       (iii) engaging other agencies and stakeholders early in the 
     process.
       (B) Considerations.--In carrying out subparagraph (A), the 
     lead agency shall consider--
       (i) deferring to, and relying on, baseline data, analyses, 
     and reviews performed by State agencies with jurisdiction 
     over the proposed project; and
       (ii) to the maximum extent practicable, conducting any 
     consultations or reviews concurrently rather than 
     sequentially if the concurrent consultation or review would 
     expedite the process.
       (C) Memorandum of agency agreement.--If requested at any 
     time by a State or local planning agency, the lead agency, in 
     consultation with other Federal agencies with relevant 
     jurisdiction in the environmental review process, may 
     establish memoranda of agreement with the project sponsor, 
     State

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     and local governments, and other appropriate entities to 
     accomplish the coordination activities described in this 
     paragraph.
       (4) Schedule for permitting process.--
       (A) In general.--For any project for which the lead agency 
     cannot make the determination described in paragraph (2), at 
     the request of a project proponent, the lead agency, 
     cooperating agencies, and any other agencies involved with 
     the mineral exploration or mine permitting process shall 
     enter into an agreement with the project proponent that sets 
     time limits for each part of the permitting process, 
     including--
       (i) the decision on whether to prepare an environmental 
     impact statement or similar analysis required under the 
     National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
     seq.);
       (ii) a determination of the scope of any environmental 
     impact statement or similar analysis required under the 
     National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
     seq.);
       (iii) the scope of, and schedule for, the baseline studies 
     required to prepare an environmental impact statement or 
     similar analysis required under the National Environmental 
     Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.);
       (iv) preparation of any draft environmental impact 
     statement or similar analysis required under the National 
     Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.);
       (v) preparation of a final environmental impact statement 
     or similar analysis required under the National Environmental 
     Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.);
       (vi) any consultations required under applicable law;
       (vii) submission and review of any comments required under 
     applicable law;
       (viii) publication of any public notices required under 
     applicable law; and
       (ix) any final or interim decisions.
       (B) Time limit for permitting process.--Except if extended 
     by mutual agreement of the project proponent and the lead 
     agency, the time period for the total review process 
     described in subparagraph (A) shall not exceed 30 months.
       (5) Limitation on addressing public comments.--The lead 
     agency shall not be required to address any agency or public 
     comments that were not submitted--
       (A) during a public comment period or consultation period 
     provided during the permitting process; or
       (B) as otherwise required by law.
       (6) Financial assurance.--The lead agency shall determine 
     the amount of financial assurance required for reclamation of 
     a mineral exploration or mining site, on the condition that 
     the financial assurance shall cover the estimated cost if the 
     lead agency were to contract with a third party to reclaim 
     the operations according to the reclamation plan, including 
     construction and maintenance costs for any treatment 
     facilities necessary to meet Federal, State, or tribal 
     environmental standards.
       (7) Projects within national forests.--With respect to 
     projects on National Forest System land, the lead agency 
     shall--
       (A) exempt from the requirements of part 294 of title 36, 
     Code of Federal Regulations (or successor regulations)--
       (i) all areas of identified mineral resources in land use 
     designations, other than nondevelopment land use 
     designations, in existence on the date of enactment of this 
     Act; and
       (ii) all additional routes and areas that the lead agency 
     determines necessary to facilitate the construction, 
     operation, maintenance, and restoration of an area described 
     in clause (i); and
       (B) continue to apply the exemptions described in 
     subparagraph (A) after the date on which approval of the 
     minerals plan of operations described in subsection 
     (b)(4)(B)(ii) for the National Forest System land.
       (8) Application to existing permit applications.--
       (A) In general.--This subsection applies to a mineral 
     exploration or mine permit for which an application was 
     submitted before the date of enactment of this Act if the 
     applicant for the permit submits a written request to the 
     lead agency for the permit.
       (B) Implementation.--The lead agency shall begin 
     implementing this subsection with respect to an application 
     described in subparagraph (A) not later than 30 days after 
     the date on which the lead agency receives the written 
     request for the permit.
       (e) Federal Register Process for Mineral Exploration and 
     Mining Projects.--
       (1) Departmental review.--Absent any extraordinary 
     circumstances, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior 
     or the Secretary of Agriculture, as applicable, and except as 
     otherwise required by law, the Secretary of the Interior or 
     the Secretary of Agriculture, as applicable, shall ensure 
     that each Federal Register notice associated with the 
     issuance of a mineral exploration or mine permit and required 
     by law shall be--
       (A) subject to any required reviews within the Department 
     of the Interior or the Department of Agriculture, as 
     applicable; and
       (B) published in final form in the Federal Register not 
     later than 45 days after the date of initial preparation of 
     the notice.
       (2) Preparation.--The preparation of any Federal Register 
     notice described in paragraph (1) shall be delegated to the 
     organizational level within the lead agency.
       (3) Transmission.--All Federal Register notices described 
     in paragraph (1) regarding official document availability, 
     announcements of meetings, or notices of intent to undertake 
     an action shall originate in, and be transmitted to the 
     Federal Register from, the office in which, as applicable--
       (A) the documents or meetings are held; or
       (B) the activity is initiated.
       (f) Secretarial Order Not Affected.--This section shall not 
     apply to any mineral described in Secretarial Order 3324, 
     issued by the Secretary of the Interior on December 3, 2012, 
     in any area to which the order applies.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2399. Mr. HELLER (for himself, Mrs. Shaheen, and Mr. Crapo) 
submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 
submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be 
proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal 
year 2019 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, 
and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the end of division A, add the following:

          TITLE XVIII--MISSING ARMED FORCES PERSONNEL RECORDS

     SEC. 1801. SHORT TITLE.

       This title may be cited as the ``Bring Our Heroes Home 
     Act''.

     SEC. 1802. FINDINGS, DECLARATIONS, AND PURPOSES.

       (a) Findings and Declarations.--Congress finds and declares 
     the following:
       (1) A vast number of records relating to Missing Armed 
     Forces Personnel have not been identified, located, or 
     transferred to the National Archives for review and 
     declassification. Only in the rarest cases is there any 
     legitimate need for continued protection of records 
     pertaining to Missing Armed Forces Personnel who have been 
     missing for decades.
       (2) There has been insufficient priority placed on 
     identifying, locating, transferring, reviewing, or 
     declassifying records relating to Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel.
       (3) Mandates for declassification set forth in multiple 
     Executive orders have been broadly written, loosely 
     interpreted, and often ignored by Federal Government 
     officials in possession and control of records related to 
     Missing Armed Forces Personnel.
       (4) No individual or entity has been tasked with oversight 
     of the identification, collection, review, and 
     declassification of records related to Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel.
       (5) The interest, desire, workforce, and funding of Federal 
     agencies to assemble, review, and declassify records relating 
     to Missing Armed Forces Personnel have been lacking.
       (6) All records of the Federal Government relating to 
     Missing Armed Forces Personnel should be preserved for 
     historical and governmental purposes.
       (7) All records of the Federal Government relating Missing 
     Armed Forces Personnel should carry a presumption of 
     immediate disclosure, and all such records should be 
     disclosed under this title to enable the fullest possible 
     accounting for Missing Armed Forces Personnel.
       (8) Legislation is necessary to create an enforceable, 
     independent, and accountable process for the public 
     disclosure of records relating to Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel.
       (9) Legislation is necessary because section 552 of title 
     5, United States Code (commonly known as the Freedom of 
     Information Act), as implemented by the executive branch of 
     the Federal Government, has prevented the timely public 
     disclosure of records relating to Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel.
       (b) Purposes.--The purposes of this title are--
       (1) to provide for the creation of the Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel Records Collection at the National Archives; and
       (2) to require the expeditious public transmission to the 
     Archivist and public disclosure of Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel records.

     SEC. 1803. DEFINITIONS.

       In this title:
       (1) Archivist.--The term ``Archivist'' means Archivist of 
     the United States.
       (2) Collection.--The term ``Collection'' means the Missing 
     Armed Forces Personnel Records Collection established under 
     section 1804(a).
       (3) Executive agency.--The term ``Executive agency''--
       (A) means an agency, as defined in section 552(f) of title 
     5, United States Code; and
       (B) includes any Executive department, military department, 
     Government corporation, Government controlled corporation, or 
     other establishment in the executive branch of the Federal 
     Government, including the Executive Office of the President, 
     any branch of the Armed Forces, and any independent 
     regulatory agency.
       (4) Executive branch missing armed forces personnel 
     record.--The term ``executive branch Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record'' means a Missing Armed Forces Personnel 
     record of an Executive agency, or information contained in 
     such a Missing Armed Forces Personnel record obtained or 
     developed solely within the executive branch of the Federal 
     Government.
       (5) Government office.--The term ``Government office'' 
     means a department or agency within the executive branch of 
     the

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     Federal Government, the Library of Congress, and the National 
     Archives.
       (6) Identification aid.--The term ``identification aid'' 
     means the standard form prepared under section 1805(d)(1)(A).
       (7) Missing armed forces personnel.--The term ``Missing 
     Armed Forces Personnel'' means one or more ``missing 
     persons'' as defined in section 1513 of title 10, United 
     States Code.
       (8) Missing armed forces personnel record.--The term 
     ``Missing Armed Forces Personnel record'' means a record that 
     relates, directly or indirectly, to the loss, fate, or status 
     of Missing Armed Forces Personnel that was created or made 
     available for use by, obtained by, or otherwise came into the 
     custody, possession, or control of--
       (A) any Government office;
       (B) any Presidential library; or
       (C) any of the Armed Forces.
       (9) National archives.--The term ``National Archives''--
       (A) means the National Archives and Records Administration; 
     and
       (B) includes--
       (i) any component of the National Archives and Records 
     Administration; and
       (ii) a Presidential archival depository established under 
     section 2112 of title 44, United States Code.
       (10) Official investigation.--The term ``official 
     investigation'' means a review, briefing, or hearing relating 
     to Missing Armed Forces Personnel conducted by a Presidential 
     commission, committee of Congress, or agency, regardless of 
     whether it is conducted independently, at the request of any 
     Presidential commission or committee of Congress, or at the 
     request of any official of the Federal Government.
       (11) Originating body.--The term ``originating body'' means 
     the Government office that created a record or particular 
     information within a record.
       (12) Public interest.--The term ``public interest'' means 
     the compelling interest in the prompt public disclosure of 
     Missing Armed Forces Personnel records for historical and 
     governmental purposes and for the purpose of fully informing 
     the people of the United States, most importantly families of 
     Missing Armed Forces Personnel, about the fate of the Missing 
     Armed Forces Personnel and the process by which the Federal 
     Government has sought to account for them.
       (13) Record.--The term ``record'' includes a book, paper, 
     map, photograph, sound or video recording, machine readable 
     material, computerized, digitized, or electronic information, 
     regardless of the medium on which it is stored, and other 
     documentary material, regardless of its physical form or 
     characteristics.
       (14) Review board.--The term ``Review Board'' means the 
     Missing Armed Forces Personnel Records Review Board 
     established under section 1807.
       (15) Third agency.--The term ``third agency'' means a 
     Government office that originated a Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record that is in the custody, possession, or 
     control of another Government office whose review and 
     authorization is required before a record can be designated 
     for disclosure.

     SEC. 1804. MISSING ARMED FORCES PERSONNEL RECORDS COLLECTION 
                   AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES.

       (a) Establishment of Collection.--Not later than 60 days 
     after the date of enactment of this Act, the National 
     Archives shall commence establishment of a collection of 
     records to be known as the Missing Armed Forces Personnel 
     Records Collection.
       (b) Regulations.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
     enactment of this Act, the Review Board shall promulgate 
     rules to establish guidelines and processes for the 
     maintenance of the Collection.
       (2) Requirements.--The rules required to be promulgated 
     under paragraph (1) shall include guidelines and processes 
     for--
       (A) transmission of records for inclusion in the 
     Collection;
       (B) disclosure of records contained in the Collection;
       (C) fees for copying of records contained in the 
     Collection; and
       (D) availability and security of records contained in the 
     Collection.

     SEC. 1805. REVIEW, IDENTIFICATION, TRANSMISSION TO THE 
                   NATIONAL ARCHIVES, AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF 
                   MISSING ARMED FORCES PERSONNEL RECORDS BY 
                   GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

       (a) In General.--
       (1) Preparation.--As soon as practicable after the date of 
     enactment of this Act, and sufficiently in advance of the 
     deadlines established under this title, each Government 
     office shall--
       (A) identify, locate, and organize any Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel records in the custody, possession, or control of 
     the Government office; and
       (B) prepare for transmission to the Archivist any Missing 
     Armed Forces Personnel records that have not previously been 
     transmitted to the Archivist by the Government office.
       (2) Certification.--Each Government office shall submit to 
     the Archivist, under penalty of perjury, a certification 
     indicating--
       (A) whether the Government office has conducted a thorough 
     search for all Missing Armed Forces Personnel records in the 
     custody, possession, or control of the Government office; and
       (B) whether any Missing Armed Forces Personnel record has 
     been withheld by the office, other than in accordance with 
     this title.
       (3) Preservation.--No Missing Armed Forces Personnel record 
     shall be destroyed, altered, or mutilated in any way.
       (4) Effect of previous disclosure.--A Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record made available or disclosed to the public 
     before the date of enactment of this Act may not be withheld, 
     redacted, postponed for public disclosure, or reclassified.
       (5) Non-federal records.--Except for the exclusion of names 
     or identities in accordance with section 1806, a Missing 
     Armed Forces Personnel record created by an individual or 
     entity that is not part of the Federal Government may not be 
     withheld, redacted, postponed for public disclosure, or 
     reclassified.
       (6) Withheld records.--For any Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record that is withheld by a Government office from 
     the Archivist or the Review Board, the head of the Government 
     office shall submit an unclassified report to the Review 
     Board and each appropriate committee of the Senate and the 
     House of Representatives explaining the decision to withhold 
     the record.
       (b) Custody of Missing Armed Forces Personnel Records 
     Pending Review.--During the period during which a Missing 
     Armed Forces Personnel record is being reviewed by a 
     Government office and any review activity by the Review Board 
     relating to the Missing Armed Forces Personnel record is 
     pending, the Government office shall retain custody of the 
     Missing Armed Forces Personnel record for purposes of 
     preservation, security, and efficiency, unless--
       (1) the Review Board requires the physical transfer of the 
     Missing Armed Forces Personnel record for purposes of 
     conducting an independent and impartial review; or
       (2) transfer is necessary for an administrative hearing or 
     other Review Board function.
       (c) Review.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
     enactment of this Act, each Government office shall, in 
     accordance with the rules promulgated under paragraph (2)--
       (A) identify, locate, review, and organize each Missing 
     Armed Forces Personnel record in the custody, possession, or 
     control of the Government office for transmission to the 
     Archivist and disclosure to the public or, if needed, review 
     by the Review Board; and
       (B) identify and review for public disclosure each Missing 
     Armed Services Personnel record previously transferred to the 
     National Archives that remains classified in whole or in 
     part.
       (2) Requirement.--The Review Board shall promulgate rules 
     for the disclosure of relevant records by Government offices 
     under paragraph (1).
       (3) Presidential archival depositories.--The Director of 
     each Presidential archival depository established under 
     section 2112 of title 44, United States Code, shall--
       (A) have as a priority the expedited review for public 
     disclosure of Missing Armed Forces Personnel records in the 
     custody, possession, or control of the depository; and
       (B) make Missing Armed Forces Personnel records available 
     to the Review Board as required under this title.
       (4) National archives records.--Not later than 60 days 
     after the date of enactment of this Act, the Archivist 
     shall--
       (A) locate and identify all Missing Armed Forces Personnel 
     records in the custody, possession, or control of the 
     National Archives that remain classified, in whole or in 
     part;
       (B) notify a Government office if the Archivist locates and 
     identifies a record of the Government office under 
     subparagraph (A); and
       (C) make each Missing Armed Forces Personnel record located 
     and identified under subparagraph (A) available for review by 
     the originating body.
       (d) Identification Aids.--
       (1) Preparation.--
       (A) In general.--Not later than 45 days after the date of 
     enactment of this Act, the Archivist, in consultation with 
     the appropriate Government offices, shall prepare and make 
     available to all Government offices a standard form for 
     collecting information relating to each Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record subject to review under this title.
       (B) Compatibility.--The Archivist shall prepare and make 
     available identification aids in a manner that results in a 
     uniform and compatible system of electronic records for use 
     by Government offices.
       (2) Use.--Upon completion of an identification aid, a 
     Government office shall--
       (A) attach a printed copy to the record to which the 
     identification aid relates;
       (B) transmit to the Review Board a printed copy of the 
     identification aid; and
       (C) attach a printed copy to each Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record described in the identification aid when the 
     Missing Armed Forces Personnel record is transmitted to the 
     Archivist.
       (3) Records already public.--A Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record that is in the custody, possession, or 
     control of the National Archives on the date of enactment of 
     this Act, and that has been publicly available in its 
     entirety without redaction--
       (A) shall be made available in the Collection without any 
     additional review by the Review Board or another Government 
     office under this title; and
       (B) shall not be required to have an identification aid, 
     unless required by the Archivist.
       (e) Transmission to the National Archives.--Each Government 
     office shall--

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       (1) not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of 
     this Act, transmit to the Archivist, and make available to 
     the public, all Missing Armed Forces Personnel records in the 
     custody, possession or control of the Government office that 
     may be publicly disclosed under the standards under this 
     title, including those that are publicly available on the 
     date of enactment of this Act, without any redaction, 
     adjustment, or withholding; and
       (2) transmit to the Archivist upon approval for 
     postponement by the Review Board or upon completion of other 
     action authorized by this title, all Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel records the public disclosure of which has been 
     postponed, in whole or in part, under the standards under 
     this title, to become part of the protected Collection.
       (f) Custody of Postponed Missing Armed Services Personnel 
     Records.--A Missing Armed Forces Personnel record the public 
     disclosure of which has been postponed under the standards 
     under this title shall, pending transmission to the 
     Archivist, be held for reasons of security and preservation 
     by the originating body until such time as an information 
     security program has been established at the National 
     Archives.
       (g) Periodic Review of Postponed Missing Armed Services 
     Personnel Records.--
       (1) In general.--All Missing Armed Forces Personnel 
     records, or information within a Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record, the public disclosure of which has been 
     postponed under the standards under this title shall be 
     reviewed periodically by the originating body and by the 
     Archivist consistent with the recommendations of the Review 
     Board under section 1809(c)(3)(B).
       (2) Contents.--
       (A) In general.--A periodic review of a Missing Armed 
     Forces Personnel record, or information within a Missing 
     Armed Forces Personnel record, by the originating body shall 
     address the public disclosure of the Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record under the standards under this title.
       (B) Continued postponement.--If an originating body 
     conducting a periodic review of a Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record, or information within a Missing Armed 
     Forces Personnel record, the public disclosure of which has 
     been postponed under the standards under this title 
     determines that continued postponement is required, the 
     originating body shall provide to the Archivist and publish 
     in the Federal Register an unclassified written description 
     of the reason for the continued postponement.
       (C) Scope.--The periodic review of postponed Missing Armed 
     Forces Personnel records, or information within a Missing 
     Armed Forces Personnel record, shall serve the purpose stated 
     in section 1802(b)(2), to provide expeditious public 
     disclosure of Missing Armed Forces Personnel records, to the 
     fullest extent possible, subject only to the grounds for 
     postponement of disclosure under section 1806.
       (D) Disclosure absent certification by president.--Not 
     later than 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act, 
     all Missing Armed Forces Personnel records, and information 
     within a Missing Armed Forces Personnel record, shall be 
     publicly disclosed in full, and available in the Collection, 
     unless the President submits to the Archivist a certification 
     that--
       (i) continued postponement is necessary because of an 
     identifiable harm to the military defense, intelligence 
     operations, or conduct of foreign relations; and
       (ii) the identifiable harm is of such gravity that it 
     outweighs the public interest in disclosure.
       (h) Fees for Copying.--An Executive agency--
       (1) shall charge a fee for copying Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel records; and
       (2) may grant a waiver of such a fee in a manner in 
     accordance with the standards established by the head of the 
     Executive agency for purposes of section 552(a)(4) of title 
     5, United States Code.

     SEC. 1806. GROUNDS FOR POSTPONEMENT OF PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF 
                   RECORDS.

       Disclosure to the public of a Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record or particular information in a Missing Armed 
     Forces Personnel record may be postponed subject to the 
     limitations under this title if there is clear and convincing 
     evidence that--
       (1) the threat to the military defense, intelligence 
     operations, or conduct of foreign relations of the United 
     States posed by the public disclosure of the Missing Armed 
     Forces Personnel record or information is of such gravity 
     that it outweighs the public interest, and such public 
     disclosure would reveal--
       (A) an intelligence agent whose identity requires continued 
     protection;
       (B) an intelligence source or method--
       (i) which is in use, or reasonably expected to be used, by 
     the Federal Government;
       (ii) which has not been officially disclosed; and
       (iii) the disclosure of which would interfere with the 
     conduct of intelligence activities; or
       (C) any other matter relating to the current military 
     defense, intelligence operations, or conduct of foreign 
     relations of the United States, the disclosure of which would 
     demonstrably impair the national security of the United 
     States;
       (2) the public disclosure of the Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record would reveal the name or identity of a 
     living person who provided confidential information to the 
     United States and would pose a substantial risk of harm to 
     that person; or
       (3) the public disclosure of the Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record could reasonably be expected to constitute 
     an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, and that 
     invasion of privacy is so substantial that it outweighs the 
     public interest.

     SEC. 1807. ESTABLISHMENT AND POWERS OF THE MISSING ARMED 
                   FORCES PERSONNEL RECORDS REVIEW BOARD.

       (a) Establishment.--There is established as an independent 
     establishment in the executive branch a board to be known as 
     the Missing Armed Forces Personnel Records Review Board.
       (b) Membership.--
       (1) Appointments.--The President shall appoint, by and with 
     the advice and consent of the Senate, 5 individuals to serve 
     as a member of the Review Board to ensure and facilitate the 
     review, transmission to the Archivist, and public disclosure 
     of Missing Armed Forces Personnel records.
       (2) Qualifications.--The President shall appoint 
     individuals to serve as members of the Review Board--
       (A) without regard to political affiliation;
       (B) who are citizens of the United States of integrity and 
     impartiality;
       (C) who have high national professional reputation in their 
     fields who are capable of exercising the independent and 
     objective judgment necessary to the fulfillment of their role 
     in ensuring and facilitating the identification, location, 
     review, transmission to the Archivist, and public disclosure 
     of Missing Armed Forces Personnel records;
       (D) who possess an appreciation of the value of Missing 
     Armed Forces Personnel records to scholars, the Federal 
     Government, and the public, particularly families of Missing 
     Armed Forces Personnel;
       (E) not less than one professional historian; and
       (F) not less than one attorney.
       (3) Deadlines.--
       (A) In general.--Not later than 30 days after the date of 
     enactment of this Act, the President shall submit nominations 
     for all members of the Review Board.
       (B) Confirmation rejected.--If the Senate votes not to 
     confirm a nomination to serve as a member of the Review 
     Board, not later than 90 days after the date of the vote the 
     President shall submit the nomination of an additional 
     individual to serve as a member of the Review Board.
       (4) Consultation.--The President shall make nominations to 
     the Review Board after considering individuals recommended by 
     the American Historical Association, the Organization of 
     American Historians, the Society of American Archivists, the 
     American Bar Association, veterans' organizations, and 
     organizations representing families of Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel.
       (c) Security Clearances.--The appropriate departments, 
     agencies, and elements of the executive branch of the Federal 
     Government shall cooperate to ensure that an application by 
     an individual nominated to be a member of the Review Board, 
     seeking security clearances necessary to carry out the duties 
     of the Review Board, is expeditiously reviewed and granted or 
     denied.
       (d) Confirmation.--
       (1) Hearings.--Not later 30 days on which the Senate is in 
     session after the date on which not less than 3 individuals 
     have been nominated to serve as members of the Review Board, 
     the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs 
     of the Senate shall hold confirmation hearings on the 
     nominations.
       (2) Committee vote.--Not later than 14 days on which the 
     Senate is in session after the date on which the Committee on 
     Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs holds a 
     confirmation hearing on the nomination of an individual to 
     serve as a member of the Review Board, the committee shall 
     vote on the nomination and report the results to the full 
     Senate immediately.
       (3) Senate vote.--Not later than 14 days on which the 
     Senate is in session after the date on which the Committee on 
     Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs reports the 
     results of a vote on a nomination of an individual to serve 
     as a member of the Review Board, the Senate shall vote on the 
     confirmation of the nominee.
       (e) Vacancy.--Not later than 60 days after the date on 
     which a vacancy on the Review Board occurs, the vacancy shall 
     be filled in the same manner as specified for original 
     appointment.
       (f) Chairperson.--The members of the Review Board shall 
     elect a member as Chairperson at the initial meeting of the 
     Review Board.
       (g) Removal of Review Board Member.--
       (1) In general.--A member of the Review Board shall not be 
     removed from office, other than--
       (A) by impeachment by Congress; or
       (B) by the action of the President for inefficiency, 
     neglect of duty, malfeasance in office, physical disability, 
     mental incapacity, or any other condition that substantially 
     impairs the performance of the member's duties.
       (2) Judicial review.--
       (A) In general.--A member of the Review Board removed from 
     office may obtain judicial review of the removal in a civil 
     action commenced in the United States District Court for the 
     District of Columbia.
       (B) Relief.--The member may be reinstated or granted other 
     appropriate relief by order of the court.
       (h) Compensation of Members.--
       (1) Basic pay.--A member of the Review Board shall be 
     compensated at a rate equal

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     to the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay 
     prescribed for level IV of the Executive Schedule under 
     section 5315 of title 5, United States Code, for each day 
     (including travel time) during which the member is engaged in 
     the performance of the duties of the Review Board.
       (2) Travel expenses.--A member of the Review Board shall be 
     allowed reasonable travel expenses, including per diem in 
     lieu of subsistence, at rates for employees of agencies under 
     subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code, 
     while away from the member's home or regular place of 
     business in the performance of services for the Review Board.
       (i) Duties of the Review Board.--
       (1) In general.--The Review Board shall consider and render 
     a decision on a determination by a Government office to seek 
     to postpone the disclosure of a Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record, in whole or in part.
       (2) Records.--In carrying out paragraph (1), the Review 
     Board shall consider and render a decision regarding--
       (A) whether a record constitutes a Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record; and
       (B) whether a Missing Armed Forces Personnel record, or 
     particular information in a Missing Armed Forces Personnel 
     record, qualifies for postponement of disclosure under this 
     title.
       (j) Powers.--The Review Board shall have the authority to 
     act in a manner prescribed under this title, including 
     authority to--
       (1) direct Government offices to create identification aids 
     and organize Missing Armed Forces Personnel records;
       (2) direct Government offices to transmit to the Archivist 
     Missing Armed Forces Personnel records as required under this 
     title, including segregable portions of Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel records and substitutes and summaries of Missing 
     Armed Forces Personnel records that can be publicly disclosed 
     to the fullest extent;
       (3) obtain access to Missing Armed Forces Personnel records 
     that have been identified and organized by a Government 
     office;
       (4) direct a Government office to make available to the 
     Review Board, and if necessary investigate the facts 
     surrounding, additional information, records, or testimony 
     from individuals, which the Review Board has reason to 
     believe is required to fulfill its functions and 
     responsibilities under this title;
       (5) hold such hearings, sit and act at such times and 
     places, take such testimony, receive such evidence, and 
     administer such oaths as the Review Board considers advisable 
     to carry out its responsibilities under this title;
       (6) hold individuals in contempt for failure to comply with 
     directives and mandates issued by the Review Board under this 
     title, which shall not include the authority to imprison or 
     fine any individual;
       (7) require any Government office to account in writing for 
     the destruction of any records relating to the loss, fate, or 
     status of Missing Armed Forces Personnel; and
       (8) receive information from the public regarding the 
     identification and public disclosure of Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel records.
       (k) Witness Immunity.--The Review Board shall be considered 
     to be an agency of the United States for purposes of section 
     6001 of title 18, United States Code.
       (l) Oversight.--
       (1) In general.--The Committee on Homeland Security and 
     Governmental Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on 
     Oversight and Government Reform of the House of 
     Representatives shall have--
       (A) continuing oversight jurisdiction with respect to the 
     official conduct of the Review Board and the disposition of 
     postponed records after termination of the Review Board; and
       (B) upon request, access to any records held or created by 
     the Review Board.
       (2) Duty of review board.--The Review Board shall have the 
     duty to cooperate with the exercise of oversight jurisdiction 
     under paragraph (1).
       (m) Support Services.--The Administrator of the General 
     Services Administration shall provide administrative services 
     for the Review Board on a reimbursable basis.
       (n) Interpretive Regulations.--The Review Board may issue 
     interpretive regulations.
       (o) Termination and Winding Up.--
       (1) In general.--Two years after the date of enactment of 
     this Act, the Review Board shall, by majority vote, determine 
     whether all Government offices have complied with the 
     obligations, mandates, and directives under this title.
       (2) Termination date.--The Review Board shall terminate on 
     the date that is 4 years after the date of enactment of this 
     Act.
       (3) Report.--Before the termination of the Review Board 
     under paragraph (2), the Review Board shall submit to 
     Congress reports, including a complete and accurate 
     accounting of expenditures during its existence, and shall 
     complete all other reporting requirements under this title.
       (4) Records.--Upon termination of the Review Board, the 
     Review Board shall transfer all records of the Review Board 
     to the Archivist for inclusion in the Collection, and no 
     record of the Review Board shall be destroyed.

     SEC. 1808. MISSING ARMED FORCES PERSONNEL RECORDS REVIEW 
                   BOARD PERSONNEL.

       (a) Executive Director.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 45 days after the initial 
     meeting of the Review Board, the Review Board shall appoint 
     an individual to the position of Executive Director.
       (2) Qualifications.--The individual appointed as Executive 
     Director of the Review Board--
       (A) shall be a citizen of the United States of integrity 
     and impartiality;
       (B) shall be appointed without regard to political 
     affiliation; and
       (C) shall not have any conflict of interest with the 
     mission of the Review Board.
       (3) Security clearance.--
       (A) Limit on appointment.--The Review Board shall not 
     appoint an individual as Executive Director until after the 
     date on which the individual qualifies for the necessary 
     security clearance.
       (B) Expedited provision.--The appropriate departments, 
     agencies, and elements of the executive branch of the Federal 
     Government shall cooperate to ensure that an application by 
     an individual nominated to be Executive Director, seeking 
     security clearances necessary to carry out the duties of the 
     Executive Director, is expeditiously reviewed and granted or 
     denied.
       (4) Duties.--The Executive Director shall--
       (A) serve as principal liaison to Government offices;
       (B) be responsible for the administration and coordination 
     of the review of records by the Review Board;
       (C) be responsible for the administration of all official 
     activities conducted by the Review Board; and
       (D) not have the authority to decide or determine whether 
     any record should be disclosed to the public or postponed for 
     disclosure.
       (5) Removal.--The Executive Director may be removed by a 
     majority vote of the Review Board.
       (b) Staff.--
       (1) In general.--The Review Board may, in accordance with 
     the civil service laws, but without regard to civil service 
     law and regulation for competitive service as defined in 
     subchapter 1, chapter 33 of title 5, United States Code, 
     appoint and terminate additional employees as are necessary 
     to enable the Review Board and the Executive Director to 
     perform their duties under this title.
       (2) Qualifications.--An individual appointed to a position 
     as an employee of the Review Board--
       (A) shall be a citizen of the United States of integrity 
     and impartiality; and
       (B) shall not have had any previous involvement with any 
     official investigation or inquiry relating to the loss, fate, 
     or status of Missing Armed Forces Personnel.
       (3) Security clearance.--
       (A) Limit on appointment.--The Review Board shall not 
     appoint an individual as an employee of the Review Board 
     until after the date on which the individual qualifies for 
     the necessary security clearance.
       (B) Expedited provision.--The appropriate departments, 
     agencies, and elements of the executive branch of the Federal 
     Government shall cooperate to ensure that an application by 
     an individual who is a candidate for a position with the 
     Review Board, seeking security clearances necessary to carry 
     out the duties of the position, is expeditiously reviewed and 
     granted or denied.
       (c) Compensation.--The Review Board shall fix the 
     compensation of the Executive Director and other employees of 
     the Review Board without regard to chapter 51 and subchapter 
     III of chapter 53 of title 5, United States Code, relating to 
     classification of positions and General Schedule pay rates, 
     except that the rate of pay for the Executive Director and 
     other employees may not exceed the rate payable for level V 
     of the Executive Schedule under section 5316 of title 5, 
     United States Code.
       (d) Advisory Committees.--
       (1) In general.--The Review Board may create one or more 
     advisory committees to assist in fulfilling the 
     responsibilities of the Review Board under this title.
       (2) Applicability of faca.--Any advisory committee created 
     by the Review Board shall be subject to the Federal Advisory 
     Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.).

     SEC. 1809. REVIEW OF RECORDS BY THE MISSING ARMED FORCES 
                   PERSONNEL RECORDS REVIEW BOARD.

       (a) Custody of Records Reviewed by Review Board.--Pending 
     the outcome of the review activity of the Review Board, a 
     Government office shall retain a Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record in the custody, possession or control of the 
     Government office for purposes of preservation, security, and 
     efficiency, unless--
       (1) the Review Board requires the physical transfer of 
     records for reasons of conducting an independent and 
     impartial review; or
       (2) such transfer is necessary for an administrative 
     hearing or other official function of the Review Board.
       (b) Startup Requirements.--The Review Board shall--
       (1) not later than 90 days after the date on which all 
     members are appointed, publish a schedule for review of all 
     Missing Armed Forces Personnel records in the Federal 
     Register; and
       (2) not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of 
     this Act, begin reviewing of Missing Armed Forces Personnel 
     records under this title.
       (c) Determination of the Review Board.--
       (1) In general.--The Review Board shall direct that all 
     records that relate, directly or indirectly, to the loss, 
     fate, or status of Missing Armed Forces Personnel be 
     transmitted to the Archivist and disclosed to the

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     public in the Collection in the absence of clear and 
     convincing evidence that--
       (A) the record is not a Missing Armed Forces Personnel 
     record; or
       (B) the Missing Armed Forces Personnel record, or 
     particular information within the Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record, qualifies for postponement of public 
     disclosure under this title.
       (2) Postponement.--In approving postponement of public 
     disclosure of a Missing Armed Forces Personnel record, or 
     information within a Missing Armed Forces Personnel record, 
     the Review Board shall seek to--
       (A) provide for the disclosure of segregable parts, 
     substitutes, or summaries of the Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record; and
       (B) determine, in consultation with the originating body 
     and consistent with the standards for postponement under this 
     title, which of the following alternative forms of disclosure 
     shall be made by the originating body:
       (i) Any reasonably segregable particular information in a 
     Missing Armed Forces Personnel record.
       (ii) A substitute record for that information which is 
     postponed.
       (iii) A summary of a Missing Armed Forces Personnel record.
       (3) Reporting.--With respect to a Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record, or information within a Missing Armed 
     Forces Personnel record, the public disclosure of which is 
     postponed under this title, or for which only substitutions 
     or summaries have been disclosed to the public, the Review 
     Board shall create and transmit to the Archivist a report 
     containing--
       (A) a description of actions by the Review Board, the 
     originating body, or any Government office (including a 
     justification of any such action to postpone disclosure of 
     any record or part of any record) and of any official 
     proceedings conducted by the Review Board; and
       (B) a statement, based on a review of the proceedings and 
     in conformity with the decisions reflected therein, 
     designating a recommended specified time at which, or a 
     specified occurrence following which, the material may be 
     appropriately disclosed to the public under this title, which 
     the Review Board shall disclose to the public with notice 
     thereof, reasonably calculated to make interested members of 
     the public aware of the existence of the statement.
       (4) Actions after determination.--
       (A) In general.--Not later than 14 days after the date of a 
     determination by the Review Board that a Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record shall be publicly disclosed in the 
     Collection or postponed for disclosure and held in the 
     protected Collection, the Review Board shall notify the head 
     of the originating body of the determination and publish a 
     copy of the determination in the Federal Register.
       (B) Oversight notice.--Simultaneous with notice under 
     subparagraph (A), the Review Board shall provide notice of a 
     determination concerning the public disclosure or 
     postponement of disclosure of a Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record, or information contained within a Missing 
     Armed Forces Personnel record, which shall include a written 
     unclassified justification for public disclosure or 
     postponement of disclosure, including an explanation of the 
     application of any standards in section 1806 to the 
     President, to the Committee on Homeland Security and 
     Governmental Affairs of the Senate, and the Committee on 
     Oversight and Government Reform of the House of 
     Representatives
       (5) Referral after termination.--A Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel record that is identified, located, or otherwise 
     discovered after the date on which the Review Board 
     terminates shall be referred to the Committee on Armed 
     Services of the Senate and the Committee on Armed Services of 
     the House of Representatives for review, ongoing oversight 
     and, as warranted, referral for possible enforcement action 
     relating to a violation of this title.
       (d) Notice to Public.--Every 30 days, beginning on the date 
     that is 60 days after the date on which the Review Board 
     first approves the postponement of disclosure of a Missing 
     Armed Forces Personnel record, the Review Board shall publish 
     in the Federal Register a notice that summarizes the 
     postponements approved by the Review Board, including a 
     description of the subject, originating body, length or other 
     physical description, and each ground for postponement that 
     is relied upon.
       (e) Reports by the Review Board.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 1 year after the date of 
     enactment of this Act, and every year thereafter until the 
     Review Board terminates, the Review Board shall submit a 
     report regarding the activities of the Review Board to--
       (A) the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the 
     House of Representatives;
       (B) the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental 
     Affairs of the Senate;
       (C) the President;
       (D) the Archivist; and
       (E) the head of any Government office the records of which 
     have been the subject of Review Board activity.
       (2) Contents.--Each report under paragraph (1) shall 
     include the following information:
       (A) A financial report of the expenses for all official 
     activities and requirements of the Review Board and its 
     employees.
       (B) The progress made on review, transmission to the 
     Archivist, and public disclosure of Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel records.
       (C) The estimated time and volume of Missing Armed Forces 
     Personnel records involved in the completion of the duties of 
     the Review Board under this title.
       (D) Any special problems, including requests and the level 
     of cooperation of Government offices, with regard to the 
     ability of the Review Board to carry out its duties under 
     this title.
       (E) A record of review activities, including a record of 
     postponement decisions by the Review Board or other related 
     actions authorized under this title, and a record of the 
     volume of records reviewed and postponed.
       (F) Suggestions and requests to Congress for additional 
     legislative authority needs.
       (G) An appendix containing copies of reports relating to 
     postponed records submitted to the Archivist under subsection 
     (c)(3) since the end of the period covered by the most recent 
     report under paragraph (1).
       (3) Termination notice.--Not later than 90 days before the 
     Review Board expects to complete the work of the Review Board 
     under this title, the Review Board shall provide written 
     notice to Congress of the intent of the Review Board to 
     terminate operations at a specified date.

     SEC. 1810. DISCLOSURE OF OTHER MATERIALS AND ADDITIONAL 
                   STUDY.

       (a) Materials Under Seal of Court.--
       (1) In general.--The Review Board may request the Attorney 
     General to petition any court of the United States or of a 
     foreign country to release any information relevant to the 
     loss, fate, or status of Missing Armed Forces Personnel that 
     is held under seal of the court.
       (2) Grand jury information.--
       (A) In general.--The Review Board may request the Attorney 
     General to petition any court of the United States to release 
     any information relevant to loss, fate, or status of Missing 
     Armed Forces Personnel that is held under the injunction of 
     secrecy of a grand jury.
       (B) Treatment.--A request for disclosure of Missing Armed 
     Forces Personnel materials under this title shall be deemed 
     to constitute a showing of particularized need under rule 6 
     of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
       (b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that--
       (1) the Attorney General should assist the Review Board in 
     good faith to unseal any records that the Review Board 
     determines to be relevant and held under seal by a court or 
     under the injunction of secrecy of a grand jury;
       (2) the Secretary of State should--
       (A) contact the governments of the Russian Federation, the 
     People's Republic of China, and the Democratic People's 
     Republic of Korea to seek the disclosure of all records in 
     their respective custody, possession, or control relevant to 
     the loss, fate, or status of Missing Armed Forces Personnel; 
     and
       (B) contact any other foreign government that may hold 
     information relevant to the loss, fate, or status of Missing 
     Armed Forces Personnel, and seek disclosure of such 
     information; and
       (3) all agencies should cooperate in full with the Review 
     Board to seek the disclosure of all information relevant to 
     the loss, fate, or status of Missing Armed Forces Personnel 
     consistent with the public interest.

     SEC. 1811. RULES OF CONSTRUCTION.

       (a) Precedence Over Other Law.--When this title requires 
     transmission of a record to the Archivist or public 
     disclosure, it shall take precedence over any other law 
     (except section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986), 
     judicial decision construing such law, or common law doctrine 
     that would otherwise prohibit such transmission or 
     disclosure, with the exception of deeds governing access to 
     or transfer or release of gifts and donations of records to 
     the United States Government.
       (b) Freedom of Information Act.--Nothing in this title 
     shall be construed to eliminate or limit any right to file 
     requests with any Executive agency or seek judicial review of 
     the decisions under section 552 of title 5, United States 
     Code.
       (c) Judicial Review.--Nothing in this title shall be 
     construed to preclude judicial review under chapter 7 of 
     title 5, United States Code, of final actions taken or 
     required to be taken under this title.
       (d) Existing Authority.--Nothing in this title revokes or 
     limits the existing authority of the President, any Executive 
     agency, the Senate, or the House of Representatives, or any 
     other entity of the Government to publicly disclose records 
     in its custody, possession, or control.
       (e) Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives.--To 
     the extent that any provision of this title establishes a 
     procedure to be followed in the Senate or the House of 
     Representatives, such provision is adopted--
       (1) as an exercise of the rulemaking power of the Senate 
     and House of Representatives, respectively, and is deemed to 
     be part of the rules of each House, respectively, but 
     applicable only with respect to the procedure to be followed 
     in that House, and it supersedes other rules only to the 
     extent that it is inconsistent with such rules; and
       (2) with full recognition of the constitutional right of 
     either House to change the rules (so far as they relate to 
     the procedure of that House) at any time, in the same manner, 
     and to the same extent as in the case of any other rule of 
     that House.

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     SEC. 1812. TERMINATION OF EFFECT.

       (a) Provisions Pertaining to the Review Board.--The 
     provisions of this title that pertain to the appointment and 
     operation of the Review Board shall cease to be effective 
     when the Review Board and the terms of its members have 
     terminated under section 1807(o).
       (b) Other Provisions.--The remaining provisions of this 
     title shall continue in effect until such time as the 
     Archivist certifies to the President and Congress that all 
     Missing Armed Forces Personnel records have been made 
     available to the public in accordance with this title.

     SEC. 1813. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

       (a) In General.--There are authorized to be appropriated 
     such sums as are necessary to carry out this title, to remain 
     available until expended.
       (b) Interim Funding.--Until such time as funds are 
     appropriated pursuant to subsection (a), the President may 
     use such sums as are available for discretionary use to carry 
     out this title.

     SEC. 1814. SEVERABILITY.

       If any provision of this title, or the application thereof 
     to any person or circumstance, is held invalid, the remainder 
     of this title and the application of that provision to other 
     persons not similarly situated or to other circumstances 
     shall not be affected by the invalidation.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2400. Mrs. ERNST submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1066. PRESIDENTIAL ALLOWANCE MODERNIZATION.

       (a) Short Title.--This section may be cited as the 
     ``Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2018''.
       (b) Amendments.--
       (1) Former presidents.--The first section of the Act 
     entitled ``An Act to provide retirement, clerical assistants, 
     and free mailing privileges to former Presidents of the 
     United States, and for other purposes'', approved August 25, 
     1958 (commonly known as the ``Former Presidents Act of 
     1958'') (3 U.S.C. 102 note), is amended--
       (A) by redesignating subsections (f) and (g) as subsections 
     (h) and (i), respectively;
       (B) by striking the matter preceding subsection (e) and 
     inserting the following:
       ``(a) Annuities and Allowances.--
       ``(1) Annuity.--Each former President shall be entitled to 
     receive from the United States an annuity, subject to 
     subsections (b) and (c)--
       ``(A) at the rate of $200,000 per year; and
       ``(B) which shall commence on the day after the date on 
     which an individual becomes a former President.
       ``(2) Allowance.--The General Services Administration is 
     authorized to provide each former President a monetary 
     allowance, subject to appropriations and subsections (b), 
     (c), and (d), at the rate of--
       ``(A) $500,000 per year for 5 years beginning on the day 
     after the last day of the period described in the first 
     sentence of section 5 of the Presidential Transition Act of 
     1963 (3 U.S.C. 102 note);
       ``(B) $350,000 per year for the 5 years following the 5-
     year period under subparagraph (A); and
       ``(C) $250,000 per year thereafter.
       ``(b) Duration; Frequency.--
       ``(1) In general.--The annuity and monetary allowance under 
     subsection (a) shall--
       ``(A) terminate on the date that is 30 days after the date 
     on which the former President dies; and
       ``(B) be payable by the Secretary of the Treasury on a 
     monthly basis.
       ``(2) Appointive or elective positions.--The annuity and 
     monetary allowance under subsection (a) shall not be payable 
     for any period during which a former President holds an 
     appointive or elective position in or under the Federal 
     Government to which is attached a rate of pay other than a 
     nominal rate.
       ``(c) Cost-of-Living Increases.--Effective December 1 of 
     each year, each annuity and monetary allowance under 
     subsection (a) that commenced before that date shall be 
     increased by the same percentage by which benefit amounts 
     under title II of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 401 et 
     seq.) are increased, effective as of that date, as a result 
     of a determination under section 215(i) of that Act (42 
     U.S.C. 415(i)).
       ``(d) Limitation on Monetary Allowance.--
       ``(1) In general.--Notwithstanding any other provision of 
     this section, the monetary allowance payable under subsection 
     (a)(2) to a former President for any 12-month period--
       ``(A) except as provided in subparagraph (B), may not 
     exceed the amount by which--
       ``(i) the monetary allowance that (but for this subsection) 
     would otherwise be so payable for the 12-month period, 
     exceeds (if at all)
       ``(ii) the applicable reduction amount for the 12-month 
     period; and
       ``(B) shall not be less than the amount determined under 
     paragraph (4).
       ``(2) Definition.--
       ``(A) In general.--For purposes of paragraph (1), the term 
     `applicable reduction amount' means, with respect to any 
     former President and in connection with any 12-month period, 
     the amount by which--
       ``(i) the earned income (as defined in section 32(c)(2) of 
     the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) of the former President 
     for the most recent taxable year for which a tax return is 
     available, exceeds (if at all)
       ``(ii) $400,000, subject to subparagraph (C).
       ``(B) Joint returns.--In the case of a joint return, 
     subparagraph (A)(i) shall be applied by taking into account 
     both the amounts properly allocable to the former President 
     and the amounts properly allocable to the spouse of the 
     former President.
       ``(C) Cost-of-living increases.--The dollar amount 
     specified in subparagraph (A)(ii) shall be adjusted at the 
     same time that, and by the same percentage by which, the 
     monetary allowance of the former President is increased under 
     subsection (c) (disregarding this subsection).
       ``(3) Disclosure requirement.--
       ``(A) Definitions.--In this paragraph--
       ``(i) the terms `return' and `return information' have the 
     meanings given those terms in section 6103(b) of the Internal 
     Revenue Code of 1986; and
       ``(ii) the term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the 
     Treasury or the Secretary of the Treasury's delegate.
       ``(B) Requirement.--A former President may not receive a 
     monetary allowance under subsection (a)(2) unless the former 
     President discloses to the Secretary, upon the request of the 
     Secretary, any return or return information of the former 
     President or spouse of the former President that the 
     Secretary determines is necessary for purposes of calculating 
     the applicable reduction amount under paragraph (2) of this 
     subsection.
       ``(C) Confidentiality.--Except as provided in section 6103 
     of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and notwithstanding any 
     other provision of law, the Secretary may not, with respect 
     to a return or return information disclosed to the Secretary 
     under subparagraph (B)--
       ``(i) disclose the return or return information to any 
     entity or person; or
       ``(ii) use the return or return information for any purpose 
     other than to calculate the applicable reduction amount under 
     paragraph (2).
       ``(4) Increased costs due to security needs.--With respect 
     to the monetary allowance that would be payable to a former 
     President under subsection (a)(2) for any 12-month period but 
     for the limitation under paragraph (1) of this subsection, 
     the Administrator of General Services, in coordination with 
     the Director of the United States Secret Service, shall 
     determine the amount of the monetary allowance that is needed 
     to pay the increased cost of doing business that is 
     attributable to the security needs of the former 
     President.'';
       (C) by inserting after subsection (e) the following:
       ``(f) Office Staff.--
       ``(1) In general.--The Administrator of General Services 
     shall, without regard to the civil service and classification 
     laws, provide for each former President an office staff of 
     not more than 13 individuals, at the request of the former 
     President, on a reimbursable basis.
       ``(2) Compensation.--The annual rate of compensation 
     payable to any individual under paragraph (1) shall not 
     exceed the highest annual rate of basic pay for positions at 
     level II of the Executive Schedule under section 5313 of 
     title 5, United States Code.
       ``(3) Selection; responsibility.--An individual employed 
     under this subsection--
       ``(A) shall be selected by the former President; and
       ``(B) shall be responsible only to the former President for 
     the performance of duties.
       ``(g) Office Space and Related Furnishings and Equipment.--
       ``(1) Office space.--The Administrator of General Services 
     (referred to in this subsection as the `Administrator') 
     shall, at the request of a former President, on a 
     reimbursable basis provide for the former President suitable 
     office space, as determined by the Administrator, at a place 
     within the United States specified by the former President.
       ``(2) Furnishings and equipment.--
       ``(A) Reimbursable.--The Administrator may, at the request 
     of a former President, provide the former President with 
     suitable office furnishings and equipment on a reimbursable 
     basis.
       ``(B) Without reimbursement.--
       ``(i) Grandfathered former presidents.--In the case of any 
     individual who is a former President on the date of enactment 
     of the Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2018, the 
     former President may retain without reimbursement any 
     furniture and equipment in the possession of the former 
     President.
       ``(ii) Presidential transition act.--A former President may 
     retain without reimbursement any furniture or equipment 
     acquired under section 5 of the Presidential Transition Act 
     of 1963 (3 U.S.C. 102 note).
       ``(iii) Excess furniture and equipment.--The Administrator 
     may provide excess furniture and equipment to the office of a 
     former President at no cost other than necessary 
     transportation costs.''; and
       (D) by adding at the end the following:

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       ``(j) Applicability.--Subsections (f), (g) (other than 
     paragraph (2)(B)(i) of that subsection), and (i) shall apply 
     with respect to a former President on and after the day after 
     the last day of the period described in the first sentence of 
     section 5 of the Presidential Transition Act of 1963 (3 
     U.S.C. 102 note).''.
       (2) Surviving spouses of former presidents.--
       (A) Increase in amount of monetary allowance.--Subsection 
     (e) of the first section of the Former Presidents Act of 1958 
     is amended--
       (i) in the first sentence, by striking ``$20,000 per 
     annum,'' and inserting ``$100,000 per year (subject to 
     paragraph (4)),''; and
       (ii) in the second sentence--

       (I) in paragraph (2), by striking ``and'' at the end;
       (II) in paragraph (3)--

       (aa) by striking ``or the government of the District of 
     Columbia''; and
       (bb) by striking the period and inserting ``; and''; and

       (III) by inserting after paragraph (3) the following:

       ``(4) shall, after its commencement date, be increased at 
     the same time that, and by the same percentage by which, 
     annuities of former Presidents are increased under subsection 
     (c).''.
       (B) Coverage of widower of a former president.--Subsection 
     (e) of the first section of the Former Presidents Act of 
     1958, as amended by subparagraph (A), is amended--
       (i) by striking ``widow'' each place it appears and 
     inserting ``widow or widower''; and
       (ii) by striking ``she'' and inserting ``she or he''.
       (3) Subsection headings.--The first section of the Former 
     Presidents Act of 1958 is amended--
       (A) in subsection (e), by inserting after the subsection 
     enumerator the following: ``Widows and Widowers.--'';
       (B) in subsection (h) (as redesignated by paragraph 
     (1)(A)), by inserting after the subsection enumerator the 
     following: ``Definition.--''; and
       (C) in subsection (i) (as redesignated by paragraph 
     (1)(A)), by inserting after the subsection enumerator the 
     following: ``Authorization of Appropriations.--''.
       (4) Conforming amendments.--
       (A) Title 5.--Subpart G of part III of title 5, United 
     States Code, is amended--
       (i) in section 8101(1)(E), by striking ``1(b)'' and 
     inserting ``1(f)'';
       (ii) in section 8331(1)(I), by striking ``1(b)'' and 
     inserting ``1(f)'';
       (iii) in section 8701(a)(9), by striking ``1(b)'' and 
     inserting ``1(f)''; and
       (iv) in section 8901(1)(H) by striking ``1(b)'' and 
     inserting ``1(f)''.
       (B) Presidential transition act of 1963.--Section 5 of the 
     Presidential Transition Act of 1963 (3 U.S.C. 102 note) is 
     amended by striking the last sentence.
       (c) Rule of Construction.--Nothing in this section or an 
     amendment made by this section shall be construed to affect--
       (1) any provision of law relating to the security or 
     protection of a former President or a member of the family of 
     a former President;
       (2) funding, under the Former Presidents Act of 1958 or any 
     other law, to carry out any provision of law described in 
     paragraph (1); or
       (3) funding for any office space lease in effect on the day 
     before the date of enactment of this Act under subsection (c) 
     of the first section of the Former Presidents Act of 1958 (as 
     in effect on the day before the date of enactment of this 
     Act) until the expiration date contained in the lease, if the 
     lease was submitted to the Committee on Oversight and 
     Government Reform of the House of Representatives on April 
     12, 2017.
       (d) Transition Rules.--
       (1) Former presidents.--In the case of any individual who 
     is a former President on the date of enactment of this Act, 
     the amendments made by section subsection (b)(1) shall be 
     applied as if the commencement date referred in subsections 
     (a)(1)(B) and (a)(2)(A) of the first section of the Former 
     Presidents Act of 1958, as amended by subsection (b)(1), 
     coincided with the date that is 180 days after the date of 
     enactment of this Act.
       (2) Widows.--In the case of any individual who is the widow 
     of a former President on the date of enactment of this Act, 
     the amendments made by subsection (a)(2)(A) shall be applied 
     as if the commencement date referred to in subsection (e)(1) 
     of the first section of the Former Presidents Act of 1958, as 
     amended by subsection (b)(2)(A), coincided with the date that 
     is 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act.
       (e) Applicability.--For a former President receiving a 
     monetary allowance under the Former Presidents Act of 1958 on 
     the day before the date of enactment of this Act, the 
     limitation under subsection (d)(1) of the first section of 
     that Act, as amended by subsection (b)(1), shall apply to the 
     monetary allowance of the former President, except to the 
     extent that the application of the limitation would prevent 
     the former President from being able to pay the cost of a 
     lease or other contract that is in effect on the day before 
     the date of enactment of this Act and under which the former 
     President makes payments using the monetary allowance, as 
     determined by the Administrator of General Services.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2401. Mr. GARDNER (for himself and Mr. Coons) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle I of title VIII, add the following:

     SEC. 896. IMPROVEMENTS TO TECHNICAL AND BUSINESS ASSISTANCE.

       (a) In General.--Section 9(q) of the Small Business Act (15 
     U.S.C. 638(q)) is amended--
       (1) in the subsection heading, by inserting ``and 
     Business'' after ``Technical'';
       (2) in paragraph (1)--
       (A) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A)--
       (i) by striking ``a vendor selected under paragraph (2)'' 
     and inserting ``1 or more vendors selected under paragraph 
     (2)(A)'';
       (ii) by inserting ``and business'' before ``assistance 
     services''; and
       (iii) by inserting ``assistance with product sales, 
     intellectual property protections, market research, market 
     validation, and development of regulatory plans and 
     manufacturing plans,'' after ``technologies,''; and
       (B) in subparagraph (D), by inserting ``, including 
     intellectual property protections'' before the period at the 
     end;
       (3) in paragraph (2)--
       (A) by striking ``Each agency may select a vendor to assist 
     small business concerns to meet'' and inserting the 
     following:
       ``(A) In general.--Each agency may select 1 or more vendors 
     from which small business concerns may obtain assistance in 
     meeting''; and
       (B) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(B) Selection by small business concern.--A small 
     business concern may, by contract or otherwise, select 1 or 
     more vendors to assist the small business concern in meeting 
     the goals listed in paragraph (1).'';
       (4) in paragraph (3)--
       (A) in the paragraph heading, by inserting ``or business'' 
     after ``technical'';
       (B) by inserting ``(A)'' after ``paragraph (2)'' each place 
     it appears;
       (C) in subparagraph (B)--
       (i) by striking ``$5,000 per year'' each place it appears 
     and inserting ``$50,000 with respect to each award''; and
       (ii) in clause (ii), by striking ``which shall be in 
     addition to the amount of the recipient's award'' and 
     inserting ``which shall be included as part of the 
     recipient's award'';
       (D) in subparagraph (C)--
       (i) by inserting ``or business'' after ``technical'';
       (ii) by striking ``the vendor'' and inserting ``a vendor''; 
     and
       (iii) by adding at the end the following: ``Business-
     related services aimed at improving the commercialization 
     success of a small business concern may be obtained from an 
     entity, such as a public or private organization or an agency 
     of or other entity established or funded by a State that 
     facilitates or accelerates the commercialization of 
     technologies or assists in the creation and growth of private 
     enterprises that are commercializing technology.'';
       (E) in subparagraph (D)--
       (i) by inserting ``or business'' after ``technical'' each 
     place it appears; and
       (ii) in clause (i), by striking ``the vendor'' and 
     inserting ``1 or more vendors''; and
       (F) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(E) Multiple award recipients.--The Administrator shall 
     establish a limit on the amount of technical and business 
     assistance services that may be received or purchased under 
     subparagraph (B) by small business concerns with respect to 
     multiple Phase II SBIR or STTR awards for a fiscal year.''; 
     and
       (5) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(4) Annual reporting.--
       ``(A) In general.--A small business concern that receives 
     technical or business assistance from a vendor under this 
     subsection during a fiscal year shall submit to the Federal 
     agency contracting with the vendor a description of the 
     technical or business assistance provided and the benefits 
     and results of the technical or business assistance provided.
       ``(B) Use of existing reporting mechanism.--The information 
     required under subparagraph (A) shall be collected by a 
     Federal agency as part of a report required to be submitted 
     by small business concerns engaged in SBIR or STTR projects 
     of the Federal agency for which the requirement was in effect 
     on the date of enactment of this paragraph.''.
       (b) Review.--Not later than the end of fiscal year 2019, 
     the Administrator of the Small Business Administration 
     shall--
       (1) conduct a survey of vendors providing technical or 
     business assistance under section 9(q) of the Small Business 
     Act (15 U.S.C. 638(q)), as amended by subsection (a), and 
     small business concerns receiving the technical or business 
     assistance; and
       (2) submit to the Committee on Small Business and 
     Entrepreneurship of the Senate and the Committee on Small 
     Business of the House of Representatives a report reviewing 
     the efficacy of the provision of the technical or business 
     assistance.
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amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1066. COMPTROLLER GENERAL STUDY ON AVAILABILITY OF LONG-
                   TERM CARE OPTIONS FOR VETERANS FROM DEPARTMENT 
                   OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.

       (a) In General.--The Comptroller General of the United 
     States shall conduct a study on the availability of long-term 
     care options from the Department of Veterans Affairs for 
     veterans with combat-related disabilities, including veterans 
     who served in the Armed Forces after September 11, 2001.
       (b) Elements.--The study required by subsection (a) shall--
       (1) determine the potential demand for long-term care by 
     veterans eligible for health care from the Department;
       (2) determine the capacity of the Department for providing 
     all four levels of long-term care, which are independent 
     living, assisted living, nursing home care, and memory care;
       (3) identify the number of veterans with combat-related 
     disabilities who require a personal care assistant and which 
     facilities of the Department provide this service; and
       (4) examine the value of long-term care benefits provided 
     by the Department, including personal care assistant 
     services, to identify the potential elements of a pilot 
     program that affords aging veterans the choice of receiving 
     long-term care benefits at nonprofit continuing care 
     retirement communities.
       (c) Report.--Not later than January 1, 2020, the 
     Comptroller General shall submit to the Committee on Armed 
     Services and the Committee on Veterans' Affairs of the Senate 
     and the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on 
     Veterans' Affairs of the House of Representatives a report on 
     the study conducted under this section.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2403. Mr. INHOFE submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1006. REGULATORY RELIEF FOR BANKS DURING DISASTERS.

       (a) Definitions.--In this section--
       (1) the terms ``depository institution'' and ``State'' have 
     the meanings given those terms in section 3 of the Federal 
     Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. 1813); and
       (2) the term ``major disaster'' has the meaning given the 
     term in section 102 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief 
     and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122).
       (b) Requirement.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 15 days after the date on 
     which a designated point of contact within the Federal 
     Deposit Insurance Corporation receives notice from the 
     President or the Governor of a State that the President has 
     declared a major disaster under section 401 of the Robert T. 
     Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 
     U.S.C. 5170) or the Governor has declared a state of disaster 
     for all or part of that State, as applicable, the Federal 
     Deposit Insurance Corporation shall issue guidance to 
     depository institutions located in the area for which the 
     President declared the major disaster or the Governor 
     declared a state of disaster, as applicable, for reducing 
     regulatory burdens for borrowers and communities in order to 
     facilitate recovery from the disaster.
       (2) Contents.--The guidance issued under paragraph (1) 
     shall include instructions from the Federal Deposit Insurance 
     Corporation consistent with existing flexibility for a major 
     disaster declared under section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford 
     Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 
     5170).
       (c) Additional Guidance.--Not later than 180 days of the 
     date of enactment of this Act, the Office of the Comptroller 
     of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal 
     Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 
     and the National Credit Union Administration shall jointly 
     issue guidance for depository institutions affected by a 
     state of disaster that is comparable to the guidance issued 
     by those entities in December 2017 entitled ``Interagency 
     Supervisory Examiner Guidance for Institutions Affected by a 
     Major Disaster''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2404. Mr. INHOFE submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle D of title III, add the following:

     SEC. 340. REDESIGNATION OF THE UTAH TEST AND TRAINING RANGE 
                   AS THE ORRIN G. HATCH UTAH TEST AND TRAINING 
                   RANGE.

       (a) Redesignation.--The Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR) 
     located in northwestern Utah and eastern Nevada is hereby 
     redesignated as the ``Orrin G. Hatch Utah Test and Training 
     Range'', effective as of January 3, 2019.
       (b) Reference.--Any reference in any law, regulation, 
     document, record, map, electronic format, or other paper of 
     the United States to the Utah Test and Training Range shall 
     be deemed to be a reference to the ``Orrin G. Hatch Utah Test 
     and Training Range''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2405. Mr. GARDNER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       In section 891, amend subsection (b) to read as follows:
       (b) Prohibition on Use or Procurement.--The Secretary of 
     Defense may not--
       (1) procure or obtain or extend or renew or continue to 
     participate in a contract to procure or obtain or continue to 
     use any equipment, system, or service that uses covered 
     telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or 
     essential component of any system, or as critical technology 
     as part of any system; or
       (2) enter into a contract (or extend or renew or continue 
     to participate in a contract) with an entity that uses any 
     equipment, system, or service that uses covered 
     telecommunications equipment or services as a substantial or 
     essential component of any system, or as critical technology 
     as part of any system.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2406. Mr. SULLIVAN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle B of title III, add the following:

     SEC. 3___. CRITERIA FOR PREPARATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT 
                   STATEMENTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS.

       Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 
     1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332) is amended--
       (1) by indenting subparagraphs (A) through (C) 
     appropriately;
       (2) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking 
     ``this Act, and (2) all'' and inserting the following: ``this 
     Act; and
       ``(2) all'';
       (3) by striking the section designation and all that 
     follows through ``possible: (1) the'' in the matter preceding 
     paragraph (2) and inserting the following:

     ``SEC. 102. COOPERATION OF AGENCIES; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT 
                   STATEMENTS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS.

       ``(a) In General.--Congress authorizes and requires that, 
     to the maximum extent practicable--
       ``(1) the'';
       (4) in paragraph (2) of subsection (a) (as so designated)--
       (A) in subparagraph (C)--
       (i) in the matter preceding clause (i), by inserting 
     ``subject to subsection (b),'' before ``include'';
       (ii) in each of clauses (i) through (iii), by striking the 
     comma at the end and inserting a semicolon;
       (iii) in clause (iv), by striking ``, and'' at the end and 
     inserting ``; and''; and
       (iv) in clause (v), by striking the period at the end and 
     inserting a semicolon; and
       (B) in the undesignated matter following subparagraph (C)--
       (i) in the second sentence--

       (I) by striking ``agency review processes;'' and inserting 
     ``agency review processes.''; and
       (II) by striking ``Copies of such statements'' and 
     inserting the following:

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       ``(2) Publication.--A copy of each statement under 
     subsection (a)(2)(C)''; and
       (ii) in the first sentence, by striking ``Prior to making 
     any detailed statement'' and inserting the following:
       ``(b) Requirements for Environmental Impact Statements.--
       ``(1) In general.--Before preparing an environmental impact 
     statement under subsection (a)(2)(C)'';
       (5) in subsection (b) (as so redesignated)--
       (A) in paragraph (2) (as redesignated by paragraph 
     (4)(B)(i)(II))--
       (i) by moving subparagraphs (E) through (I) so as to appear 
     after clause (v) of subparagraph (C) of subsection (a)(2) (as 
     amended by paragraph (4)(A)), redesignating the subparagraphs 
     as subparagraphs (D) through (H), respectively, and indenting 
     the subparagraphs appropriately; and
       (ii) in subparagraph (D)--

       (I) in the matter preceding clause (i), by striking ``if:'' 
     and inserting ``if--'';
       (II) in each of clauses (i) and (ii), by striking the comma 
     at the end and inserting a semicolon;
       (III) in clause (iii), by striking ``, and'' at the end and 
     inserting ``; and''; and
       (IV) by striking ``(D) Any detailed statement required 
     under subparagraph (C)'' and inserting the following:

       ``(3) Treatment of certain statements.--
       ``(A) In general.--An environmental impact statement 
     required under subsection (a)(2)(C)'';
       (B) in the undesignated matter following clause (iv) of 
     paragraph (3)(A) (as so redesignated), by striking ``The 
     procedures in this subparagraph shall not relieve the Federal 
     official of his responsibilities for the scope, objectivity, 
     and content of the entire statement or of any other 
     responsibility under this Act; and further, this subparagraph 
     does not affect'' and inserting the following:
       ``(B) Effect of paragraph.--Nothing in this paragraph--
       ``(i) relieves a Federal official of--

       ``(I) any responsibility for the scope, objectivity, or 
     content of an environmental impact statement; or
       ``(II) any other responsibility under this Act; or

       ``(ii) affects''; and
       (C) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(4) Deadline for preparation.--
       ``(A) In general.--The head of a Federal agency shall--
       ``(i) complete each draft environmental impact statement 
     required under subsection (a)(2)(C) by not later than 1 year 
     after the date on which the head publishes in the Federal 
     Register a notice of the intent to prepare the environmental 
     impact statement; and
       ``(ii) issue a final environmental impact statement and 
     associated record of decision by not later than 2 years after 
     the date on which the head publishes in the Federal Register 
     the notice of intent referred to in clause (i).
       ``(B) Failure to meet deadline.--If the head of a Federal 
     agency fails to meet an applicable deadline under 
     subparagraph (A) with respect to an environmental impact 
     statement and associated record of decision, the head shall--
       ``(i) not later than 10 days after the applicable deadline, 
     publish on a public website maintained by the agency the 
     reasons for the failure; and
       ``(ii) complete the environmental impact statement and 
     associated record of decision by not later than the date that 
     is 1 year after the applicable deadline.
       ``(5) Length.--
       ``(A) In general.--Subject to subparagraph (B), the text of 
     a final environmental impact statement required under 
     subsection (a)(2)(C) shall not exceed--
       ``(i) 150 pages; or
       ``(ii) for a proposal of unusual scope or complexity, 300 
     pages.
       ``(B) Treatment of appendices.--The page limitation 
     established under subparagraph (A) shall not include any 
     appendices.
       ``(6) Errata sheets.--If the head of a Federal agency 
     modifies a final environmental impact statement required 
     under subsection (a)(2)(C) in response to any comment that is 
     minor and confined to factual corrections or explanations of 
     why the comments do not warrant additional agency response, 
     the agency head may attach to the environmental impact 
     statement appropriate errata sheets, subject to the 
     conditions that the errata sheets shall--
       ``(A) cite the sources, authorities, or reasons that 
     support the position of the agency; and
       ``(B) if appropriate, indicate the circumstances that would 
     trigger agency reappraisal or further response.
       ``(7) Single document.--In preparing an environmental 
     impact statement under subsection (a)(2)(C), the head of a 
     Federal agency shall, to the maximum extent practicable, 
     develop a single document that consists of the final 
     environmental impact statement and an associated record of 
     decision, unless--
       ``(A) the final environmental impact statement makes a 
     substantial change to the proposed action that is relevant to 
     an applicable environmental or safety concern; or
       ``(B) there exists a significant new circumstance or 
     information relevant to an applicable environmental concern 
     that relates to the proposed action or an impact of the 
     proposed action.''; and
       (6) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(c) Environmental Assessments.--Not later than 180 days 
     after the date of enactment of this subsection, the head of 
     each Federal agency shall--
       ``(1) establish, with respect to the preparation of 
     environmental assessments and related findings of no 
     significant impact by the agency, a time limit of not more 
     than 180 days; and
       ``(2) apply that time limit to each environmental 
     assessment and finding of no significant impact prepared by 
     the agency.
       ``(d) ROD and FONSI Review.--It shall be an affirmative 
     defense to any action challenging the sufficiency of an 
     environmental review conducted under this Act that the 
     applicable Federal agency made a good faith effort to produce 
     a sufficient record of decision or finding of no significant 
     impact in accordance with each applicable deadline 
     established under this section, using the resources available 
     to the Federal agency at the time.''.
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  SA 2407. Mr. SULLIVAN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle E of title XII, add the following:

     SEC. ____. QUADRILATERAL DIALOGUE AND TRILATERAL FRAMEWORK.

       (a) Findings.--Congress makes the following findings:
       (1) The 2017 National Security Strategy of the United 
     States declares the following:
       (A) ``We welcome India's emergence as a leading global 
     power and stronger strategic and defense partner.''.
       (B) ``We will seek to increase quadrilateral cooperation 
     with Japan, Australia, and India.''.
       (C) ``We will expand our defense and security cooperation 
     with India, a Major Defense Partner of the United States, and 
     support India's growing relationships throughout the 
     region.''.
       (2) At an October 2017 hearing of the Committee on Armed 
     Services of the Senate, with respect to the political and 
     security situation in Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense James 
     Mattis discussed the role of India and stated the following:
       (A) ``It's a strategic convergence, a generational 
     opportunity between the two largest democracies in the world 
     to work together, based on those shared interests of peace, 
     of prosperity, of stability in the region, and India is 
     coming into its own.''.
       (B) ``[India's] going to be a global player, as Prime 
     Minister Modi takes them forward economically to a much 
     higher level of living for his people, to a bigger role in 
     the world, and that role, from our perspective, is a wholly 
     positive one right now.''.
       (C) ``And I think we are natural partners, India and the 
     United States, and we recognize each other's sovereignty. We 
     have respect for each other. But we also see the opportunity 
     we're presented with right now.''.
       (3) In September 2017, General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of 
     the Joint Chiefs of Staff stated the following:
       (A) ``With regard to India, the President called on India 
     to invest more in development projects in Afghanistan, and 
     India appears eager to do more beyond the roughly 
     $3,000,000,000 in development assistance it has provided 
     since 2001.''.
       (B) ``From the military dimension, I believe India has the 
     capacity to provide additional training and equipment to 
     build capacity of the Afghan National Defense and Security 
     Forces.''.
       (C) ``The U.S.-India military relationship is strong and 
     getting stronger, and our two countries cooperate through 
     complex exercises such as MALABAR in the Bay of Bengal as 
     well as robust engagement through defense trade and 
     technology cooperation.''.
       (D) ``A long term strategic security relationship with 
     India is critical to ensuring freedom of navigation in the 
     Indian Ocean, and the United States and India should continue 
     to expand cooperation in areas of mutual interest like 
     maritime security.''.
       (E) ``We should also continue to strengthen our defense 
     relationship by pursuing opportunities to co-develop and co-
     produce defense technology under the U.S.-India Defense 
     Technology and Trade Initiative.''.
       (4) In March 2018, Admiral Harry Harris, Commander of 
     United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), stated the 
     following:
       (A) ``The U.S.-India strategic partnership continues to 
     advance at a historic pace and has the potential to be the 
     most consequential bilateral relationship of the 21st 
     century.''.
       (B) ``The United States and India maintain a broad-based 
     strategic partnership that is underpinned by shared 
     democratic values, interests, and strong people-to-people 
     ties, and I expect 2018 to be a significant and eventful year 
     in United States-India relations.''.
       (C) ``The United States and India are natural partners on a 
     range of political, economic, and security issues, and with a 
     mutual desire for global stability and support for the rules-
     based international order, the United States and India have 
     an increasing

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     convergence of interests, including maritime security and 
     domain awareness, counter-piracy, counterterrorism, 
     humanitarian assistance, and coordinated responses to natural 
     disasters and transnational threats.''.
       (D) ``India will be among the United States's most 
     significant partners in the years to come due to its growing 
     influence and expanding military.''.
       (E) ``As a new generation of political leaders emerge, 
     India has shown that it is more open to strengthening 
     security ties with the United States and adjusting its 
     historic policy of non-alignment to address common strategic 
     interests.''.
       (F) ``The United States seeks an enduring, regular, 
     routine, and institutionalized strategic partnership with 
     India, and USPACOM identifies a security relationship with 
     India as a major command line-of-effort.''.
       (G) ``Over the past year, United States and Indian 
     militaries participated together in three major exercises, 
     executed more than 50 other military exchanges, and 
     operationalized the 2016 Logistics Exchange Memorandum of 
     Agreement (LEMOA).''.
       (5) In February 2017, General John Nicholson, Commander of 
     the United States Forces in Afghanistan, stated, ``With over 
     $2,000,000,000 development aid executed since 2002, and 
     another $1,000,000,000 pledged in 2016, India's significant 
     investments in Afghan infrastructure, engineering, training, 
     and humanitarian issues will help develop Afghan human 
     capital and long-term stability.''.
       (b) Quadrilateral Dialogue.--
       (1) In general.--To enhance defense cooperation among the 
     United States, Australia, India, and Japan, the Secretary of 
     Defense, as part of a larger whole-of-government effort, may 
     initiate a quadrilateral dialogue among representatives of 
     the Governments of the United States, Australia, India, and 
     Japan to develop a mission statement that reflects areas of 
     common security interests including--
       (A) a values-based and rules-based regional order;
       (B) the importance of freedom of navigation and maritime 
     security; and
       (C) the acceptance of internationally recognized borders.
       (2) Designation of official.--To enhance defense 
     cooperation among the United States, Australia, India, and 
     Japan, the Secretary may designate an official of the 
     executive branch--
       (A) to formulate a regional framework to address potential 
     areas of military collaboration including--
       (i) maritime security and domain awareness;
       (ii) combined logistics;
       (iii) multilateral training and exercise opportunities;
       (iv) enhances interoperability of capabilities;
       (v) combating terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of 
     mass destruction;
       (vi) cyber defense;
       (vii) cooperative weapons development and production; and
       (viii) developing a strategy to pool or share capabilities;
       (B) to identify opportunities to conduct bilateral, 
     trilateral, or quadrilateral joint maritime patrols;
       (C) to bolster maritime presence and military capacity 
     building among the United States, Australia, India, and Japan 
     (commonly referred to as ``Quad-centered'') in the Indian 
     Ocean for greater maritime domain awareness;
       (D) to identify opportunities for--
       (i) joint intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance 
     operations; and
       (ii) intelligence sharing;
       (E) to seek additional opportunities for major military 
     exercises and military exchanges;
       (F) to establish a combined joint task force for low-
     intensity operations in the Indo-Pacific region, such as 
     counter piracy and humanitarian and disaster relief, that--
       (i) is inclusive of the navy of the each of the United 
     States, Australia, India, and Japan;
       (ii) establishes clear norms; and
       (iii) improve lines of communication; and
       (G) to engage with other allies and partners, international 
     frameworks, and other countries as the Secretary considers 
     appropriate.
       (c) Trilateral Framework.--
       (1) Designation of official.--To enhance defense 
     cooperation among the United States, Afghanistan, and India 
     and to promote mutual priorities for security assistance in 
     Afghanistan, the Secretary may, subject to paragraph (2), 
     designate an official of the executive branch--
       (A) to initiate a trilateral framework among 
     representatives of the Governments of the United States, 
     Afghanistan, and India--
       (i) to identify means of improving the coordination and 
     delivery of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief 
     capabilities to Afghanistan by the militaries of the United 
     States, Afghanistan, and India to improve joint military 
     response to current and anticipated humanitarian needs in 
     Afghanistan; and
       (ii) to identify gaps in the capabilities of the 
     Afghanistan security forces and determine means of addressing 
     such gaps; and
       (B) to advocate for necessary capabilities, especially 
     capabilities for meeting critical, short-term needs 
     identified by the commander of United States Armed Forces 
     participating in Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan.
       (2) Position of designated official.--The official 
     designated under paragraph (1) shall be an official in a 
     position with responsibility for security assistance and 
     defense cooperation.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2408. Mr. SULLIVAN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of section 322, add the following:
       (6) An analysis of potential partnerships with State, 
     local, tribal, and private entities to maximize training 
     potential and to utilize local expertise.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2409. Mr. SULLIVAN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
by him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal 
year 2019 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, 
and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the appropriate place in title XII, insert the 
     following:

     SEC. 12__. MEASURES TO IMPROVE DEFENSE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN 
                   INDIA AND THE UNITED STATES.

       (a) Delay of Imposition of Certain Sanctions Relating to 
     the Russian Federation for Defense Cooperation With United 
     States.--Section 231(c) of the Countering Russian Influence 
     in Europe and Eurasia Act of 2017 (22 U.S.C. 9525(c)) is 
     amended--
       (1) by striking ``The President'' and inserting the 
     following:
       ``(1) In general.--The President'';
       (2) by striking ``that the person'' and inserting the 
     following: ``that--
       ``(A) the person'';
       (3) by striking the period at the end and inserting ``; 
     or''; and
       (4) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(B) except as provided in paragraph (2), the government 
     with primary jurisdiction over the person is substantially 
     improving that government's defense cooperation with the 
     United States.
       ``(2) Exception for state sponsors of terrorism.--The 
     President may not delay the imposition of sanctions under 
     paragraph (1)(B) with respect to a person if the government 
     with primary jurisdiction over that person has been 
     determined by the Secretary of State to be a government that 
     has repeatedly provided support for acts of international 
     terrorism for purposes of--
       ``(A) section 6(j)(1)(A) of the Export Administration Act 
     of 1979 (50 U.S.C. 4605(j)(1)(A)) (as continued in effect 
     pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act 
     (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.));
       ``(B) section 620A(a) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 
     (22 U.S.C. 2371(a));
       ``(C) section 40(d) of the Arms Export Control Act (22 
     U.S.C. 2780(d)); or
       ``(D) any other provision of law.''.
       (b) Sense of Congress on License Exception Strategic Trade 
     Authorization for India.--It is the sense of Congress that 
     the United States should expeditiously grant India status 
     under the License Exception Strategic Trade Authorization 
     under section 740.20 of title 15, Code of Federal 
     Regulations, commensurate with the status of India as a major 
     defense partner of the United States.
       (c) Sense of Congress on Strengthening Defense Partnership 
     With India.--It is the sense of Congress that the United 
     States should strengthen and enhance its major defense 
     partnership with India and work toward the mutual security 
     objectives of India and the United States.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2410. Mr. NELSON submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of title VI, add the following:

          Subtitle E--Military Lending Act and Related Matters

     SEC. 641. SHORT TITLE.

       This subtitle may be cited as the ``Military Lending 
     Improvement Act of 2018''.

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     SEC. 642. EXPANSION AND IMPROVEMENT OF CONSUMER CREDIT 
                   PROTECTIONS FOR MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES.

       (a) Extension of Applicability to Individuals Recently 
     Discharged or Released From the Armed Forces.--Paragraph (1) 
     of subsection (i) of section 987 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended to read as follows:
       ``(1) Covered member.--The term `covered member' means the 
     following:
       ``(A) A member of the armed forces who is--
       ``(i) on active duty under a call or order that does not 
     specify a period of 30 days or less; or
       ``(ii) on active Guard and Reserve duty.
       ``(B) An individual who was separated, discharged, or 
     released from duty described in subparagraph (A), but only 
     during the 365-day period beginning on the date of 
     separation, discharge, or release.''.
       (b) Decease in Maximum Authorized Annual Percentage Rate on 
     Credit.--
       (1) Decrease in rate.--Subsection (b) of such section is 
     amended by striking ``36 percent'' and inserting ``24 
     percent''.
       (2) Effective date.--The amendment made by paragraph (1) 
     shall take effect on the date that is 180 days after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act, and shall apply with respect to 
     consumer credit extended on or after such effective date.
       (c) Prohibition on Creditor Use of Auto Tracking or Kill 
     Switches.--Subsection (e) of such section is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (6), by striking ``or'' at the end;
       (2) in paragraph (7), by striking the period at the end and 
     inserting ``; or''; and
       (3) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(8) the creditor demands, as a condition for the credit, 
     the application of--
       ``(A) a device that can locate or adjust the operations of 
     the borrower's motor vehicle by a third party; or
       ``(B) any other device or instrument that may pose a safety 
     hazard or compromise the borrower's privacy, as determined by 
     the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Federal 
     Trade Commission.''.
       (d) Extension of Coverage to Credit for Cars and Other 
     Personal Property.--
       (1) Coverage.--Subsection (i)(6) of such section is amended 
     by striking ``(A) a residential mortgage'' and all that 
     follows and inserting ``a residential mortgage.''.
       (2) Effective date.--The amendment made by paragraph (1) 
     shall take effect on the date that is 180 days after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act, and shall apply with respect to 
     consumer credit extended on or after such effective date.
       (e) Regulations.--The Secretary of Defense shall modify the 
     regulations prescribed to carry out section 987 of title 10, 
     United States Code, to take into account the amendments made 
     by subsections (a) through (d) by not later than 180 days 
     after the date of the enactment of this Act.

     SEC. 643. ENHANCED PROTECTION AGAINST DEBT COLLECTOR 
                   HARASSMENT OF MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES.

       (a) Communication in Connection With Debt Collection.--
     Section 805 of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 
     U.S.C. 1692c) is amended by adding at the end the following:
       ``(e) Communications Concerning Servicemember Debts.--
       ``(1) Definition.--In this subsection, the term `covered 
     member' has the meaning given the term in section 987(i) of 
     title 10, United States Code.
       ``(2) Prohibition.--A debt collector may not communicate, 
     in connection with the collection of any debt, with the 
     commanding officer or officer in charge of any covered 
     member, including for the purpose of acquiring location 
     information about the covered member.''.
       (b) False or Misleading Representations.--Section 807 of 
     the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (15 U.S.C. 1692e) is 
     amended by adding at the end the following:
       ``(17) The false representation to any covered member, as 
     defined in section 987(i) of title 10, United States Code, 
     that failure to cooperate with a debt collection will result 
     in prosecution under chapter 47 of title 10, United States 
     Code (the Uniform Code of Military Justice).''.

     SEC. 644. DATA PROTECTION STANDARDS FOR CREDIT REPORTING 
                   AGENCIES THAT USE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE 
                   PERSONNEL DATA.

       (a) Determination on Adequacy of Data Protection 
     Standards.--Not later than one year after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall, in 
     consultation with the Federal Trade Commission, determine 
     whether or not each entity that downloads Military Lender Act 
     bulk data from the Defense Manpower Data Center uses adequate 
     safeguards to protect the downloaded data against breach or 
     other potential misuse. The Secretary shall make the 
     determination using a study of the practices of such entities 
     conducted by the Secretary for purposes of this subsection.
       (b) Termination of Access to Bulk Data.--If pursuant to 
     subsection (a), the Secretary determines that the safeguards 
     of an entity described in that subsection are not adequate as 
     described in that subsection, the Secretary shall terminate 
     the access of the entity to bulk data described in that 
     subsection by not later than 30 days after the date of the 
     determination.
       (c) Restoration of Access to Bulk Data.--If access of an 
     entity to bulk data is terminated pursuant to subsection (b), 
     the Secretary may subsequently restore access of the entity 
     to bulk data if the Secretary determines that the entity has 
     taken remedial measures to ensure that any data downloaded 
     from such bulk data is adequately protected against breach or 
     other potential misuse.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2411. Mr. NELSON submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title VI, add the following:

     SEC. 622. REPEAL OF REQUIREMENT OF REDUCTION OF SURVIVOR 
                   BENEFITS PLAN SURVIVOR ANNUITIES BY DEPENDENCY 
                   AND INDEMNITY COMPENSATION.

       (a) Repeal.--
       (1) In general.--Subchapter II of chapter 73 of title 10, 
     United States Code, is amended as follows:
       (A) In section 1450, by striking subsection (c).
       (B) In section 1451(c)--
       (i) by striking paragraph (2); and
       (ii) by redesignating paragraphs (3) and (4) as paragraphs 
     (2) and (3), respectively.
       (2) Conforming amendments.--Such subchapter is further 
     amended as follows:
       (A) In section 1450--
       (i) by striking subsection (e);
       (ii) by striking subsection (k); and
       (iii) by striking subsection (m).
       (B) In section 1451(g)(1), by striking subparagraph (C).
       (C) In section 1452--
       (i) in subsection (f)(2), by striking ``does not apply--'' 
     and all that follows and inserting ``does not apply in the 
     case of a deduction made through administrative error.''; and
       (ii) by striking subsection (g).
       (D) In section 1455(c), by striking ``, 1450(k)(2),''.
       (b) Prohibition on Retroactive Benefits.--No benefits may 
     be paid to any person for any period before the effective 
     date provided under subsection (f) by reason of the 
     amendments made by subsection (a).
       (c) Prohibition on Recoupment of Certain Amounts Previously 
     Refunded to SBP Recipients.--A surviving spouse who is or has 
     been in receipt of an annuity under the Survivor Benefit Plan 
     under subchapter II of chapter 73 of title 10, United States 
     Code, that is in effect before the effective date provided 
     under subsection (f) and that is adjusted by reason of the 
     amendments made by subsection (a) and who has received a 
     refund of retired pay under section 1450(e) of title 10, 
     United States Code, shall not be required to repay such 
     refund to the United States.
       (d) Repeal of Authority for Optional Annuity for Dependent 
     Children.--Section 1448(d) of such title is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (1), by striking ``Except as provided in 
     paragraph (2)(B), the Secretary concerned'' and inserting 
     ``The Secretary concerned''; and
       (2) in paragraph (2)--
       (A) by striking ``Dependent children.--'' and all that 
     follows through ``In the case of a member described in 
     paragraph (1),'' and inserting ``Dependent children annuity 
     when no eligible surviving spouse.--In the case of a member 
     described in paragraph (1)''; and
       (B) by striking subparagraph (B).
       (e) Restoration of Eligibility for Previously Eligible 
     Spouses.--The Secretary of the military department concerned 
     shall restore annuity eligibility to any eligible surviving 
     spouse who, in consultation with the Secretary, previously 
     elected to transfer payment of such annuity to a surviving 
     child or children under the provisions of section 
     1448(d)(2)(B) of title 10, United States Code, as in effect 
     on the day before the effective date provided under 
     subsection (f). Such eligibility shall be restored whether or 
     not payment to such child or children subsequently was 
     terminated due to loss of dependent status or death. For the 
     purposes of this subsection, an eligible spouse includes a 
     spouse who was previously eligible for payment of such 
     annuity and is not remarried, or remarried after having 
     attained age 55, or whose second or subsequent marriage has 
     been terminated by death, divorce or annulment.
       (f) Effective Date.--This section and the amendments made 
     by this section shall take effect on the later of--
       (1) the first day of the first month that begins after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act; or
       (2) the first day of the fiscal year that begins in the 
     calendar year in which this Act is enacted.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2412. Mr. NELSON submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the 
Department of Defense, for

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military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of 
Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, 
and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the end of subtitle B of title XI, add the following:

     SEC. 1126. CREDITABLE SERVICE FOR FEDERAL RETIREMENT FOR 
                   UNITED STATES CITIZENS EMPLOYED BY AIR AMERICA 
                   AND ASSOCIATED ENTITIES.

       (a) Amendments.--
       (1) In general.--Section 8332(b) of title 5, United States 
     Code, is amended--
       (A) in paragraph (16), by striking ``and'' at the end;
       (B) in paragraph (17), by striking the period at the end 
     and inserting ``; and'';
       (C) by inserting after paragraph (17) the following:
       ``(18) any period of service performed not later than 1977, 
     while a citizen of the United States, in the employ of Air 
     America, Inc., or any entity associated with, predecessor to, 
     or subsidiary to Air America, Inc., including Air Asia 
     Company Limited, CAT Incorporated, Civil Air Transport 
     Company Limited, and the Pacific Division of Southern Air 
     Transport, during the period during which Air America, Inc., 
     or the other entity was owned and controlled by the United 
     States Government.''; and
       (D) by adding at the end the following: ``For purposes of 
     this subchapter, service of the type described in paragraph 
     (18) of this subsection shall be considered to have been 
     service as an employee.''.
       (2) Exemption from deposit requirement.--Section 8334(g) of 
     title 5, United States Code, is amended--
       (A) in paragraph (5), by striking ``or'' at the end;
       (B) in paragraph (6), by striking the period at the end and 
     inserting ``; or''; and
       (C) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(7) any service for which credit is allowed under section 
     8332(b)(18) of this title.''.
       (b) Applicability.--
       (1) In general.--Except as otherwise provided in this 
     subsection, the amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply 
     with respect to an annuity commencing on or after the 
     effective date of this section.
       (2) Provisions relating to current annuitants.--
       (A) Recomputation.--An individual who is entitled to an 
     annuity for the month in which this section becomes effective 
     may, upon application submitted to the Office of Personnel 
     Management not later than 2 years after the effective date of 
     this section, have the amount of the annuity recomputed as if 
     the amendments made by subsection (a) had been in effect 
     throughout all periods of service on the basis of which the 
     annuity is or may be based.
       (B) Effect of recomputation.--A recomputation under 
     subparagraph (A) shall be effective as of the commencement 
     date of the annuity, and any additional amounts becoming 
     payable for periods before the first month for which the 
     recomputation is reflected in the regular monthly annuity 
     payments to the individual shall be payable to the individual 
     in the form of a lump-sum payment.
       (3) Provisions relating to individuals eligible for (but 
     not currently receiving) an annuity.--
       (A) In general.--An individual not described in paragraph 
     (2) who becomes eligible for an annuity or an increased 
     annuity as a result of the enactment of this section may 
     elect to have the rights of the individual under subchapter 
     III of chapter 83 of title 5, United States Code, determined 
     as if the amendments made by subsection (a) had been in 
     effect throughout all periods of service on the basis of 
     which the annuity is or would be based by submitting an 
     appropriate application to the Office of Personnel Management 
     not later than 2 years after the later of--
       (i) the effective date of this section; or
       (ii) the date on which the individual separates from 
     service.
       (B) Commencement date, etc.--
       (i) In general.--Any entitlement to an annuity or an 
     increased annuity resulting from an application submitted 
     under subparagraph (A) shall be effective as of the 
     commencement date of the annuity (subject to clause (ii), if 
     applicable), and any amounts becoming payable for periods 
     before the first month for which regular monthly annuity 
     payments begin to be made in accordance with the amendments 
     made by this section shall be payable to the individual in 
     the form of a lump-sum payment.
       (ii) Retroactivity.--Any determination of the amount, or of 
     the commencement date, of any annuity, all the requirements 
     for entitlement to which (including separation, but 
     disregarding any application requirement) would have been 
     satisfied before the effective date of this section if this 
     section had been in effect (but would not then otherwise have 
     been satisfied absent this section) shall be made as if an 
     application for the annuity had been submitted as of the 
     earliest date that would have been allowable, after the 
     individual's separation from service, if the amendments made 
     by subsection (a) had been in effect throughout the periods 
     of service described in subparagraph (A).
       (4) Right to file on behalf of a decedent.--
       (A) In general.--The regulations prescribed under 
     subsection (d)(1) shall provide, consistent with the order of 
     precedence set forth in section 8342(c) of title 5, United 
     States Code, that a survivor of an individual who performed 
     service described in section 8332(b)(18) of that title (as 
     added by subsection (a) of this section)--
       (i) may submit an application on behalf of the decedent and 
     receive any lump-sum payment that would otherwise have been 
     payable to the decedent under paragraph (2) or (3) of this 
     subsection; and
       (ii) shall submit an application described in subparagraph 
     (A) not later than the later of--

       (I) 2 years after the effective date of this section; or
       (II) 1 year after the date of the decedent's death.

       (c) Funding.--
       (1) Lump-sum payments.--A lump-sum payment under subsection 
     (b) shall be payable out of the Civil Service Retirement and 
     Disability Fund.
       (2) Unfunded liability.--Any increase in the unfunded 
     liability of the Civil Service Retirement System attributable 
     to the enactment of this section shall be financed in 
     accordance with section 8348(f) of title 5, United States 
     Code.
       (d) Regulations and Special Rule.--
       (1) In general.--
       (A) In general.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), the 
     Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall 
     prescribe any regulations necessary to carry out this 
     section.
       (B) Contents.--In prescribing regulations under 
     subparagraph (A), the Director of the Office of Personnel 
     Management shall apply rules similar to the rules established 
     under section 201 of the Federal Employees' Retirement System 
     Act of 1986 (Public Law 99-335; 100 Stat. 588) with respect 
     to any service described in section 8332(b)(18) of title 5, 
     United States Code (as added by subsection (a) of this 
     section) that was subject to title II of the Social Security 
     Act (42 U.S.C. 401 et seq.).
       (2) Special rule.--For the purposes of an application for 
     any benefit that is computed or recomputed taking into 
     account any service described in section 8332(b)(18) of title 
     5, United States Code (as added by subsection (a) of this 
     section), section 8345(i)(2) of that title shall be applied 
     by deeming the reference to the date of the ``other event 
     which gives rise to title to the benefit'' to refer to the 
     effective date of this section, if later than the date of the 
     event that would otherwise apply.
       (e) Definitions.--For purposes of this section--
       (1) the term ``annuity'', as used in paragraphs (2) and (3) 
     of subsection (b), includes a survivor annuity; and
       (2) the terms ``survivor'', ``survivor annuitant'', and 
     ``unfunded liability'' have the meanings given those terms in 
     section 8331 of title 5, United States Code.
       (f) Effective Date.--This section shall take effect on the 
     first day of the first fiscal year beginning after the date 
     of enactment of this section.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2413. Mr. NELSON submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle A of title VII, add the following:

     SEC. 706. ELIGIBILITY FOR TRICARE FOR VETERANS ENTITLED TO 
                   MEDICARE BENEFITS DUE TO CONDITIONS OR INJURIES 
                   INCURRED DURING SERVICE IN THE ARMED FORCES.

       (a) TRICARE Provisions.--
       (1) In general.--Paragraph (2) of section 1086(d) of title 
     10, United States Code, is amended--
       (A) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``is enrolled'' and 
     inserting ``(i) is enrolled'';
       (B) by redesignating subparagraph (B) as clause (ii);
       (C) in clause (ii), as redesignated by paragraph (2), by 
     striking the period at the end and inserting ``; or''; and
       (D) by inserting after subparagraph (A) the following new 
     subparagraph (B):
       ``(B) is a person described in subparagraph (A)(ii) who--
       ``(i) is retired for disability under chapter 61 of this 
     title as a result of an injury or condition suffered during 
     service in the armed forces;
       ``(ii)(I) is entitled to hospital insurance benefits under 
     part A of title XVIII of the Social Security Act pursuant to 
     subparagraph (A) or (C) of section 226(b)(2) of such Act (42 
     U.S.C. 426(b)(2)) and is entitled to a benefit described in 
     subparagraph (A) of such section; or
       ``(II) is entitled to hospital insurance benefits under 
     part A of title XVIII of the Social Security Act pursuant to 
     subparagraph (A) or (C) of such section and whose entitlement 
     to a benefit described in subparagraph (A) of such section 
     terminated due to performance of substantial gainful 
     activity; and
       ``(iii) has declined to enroll in the supplementary medical 
     insurance program under part B of title XVIII of the Social 
     Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395j et seq.).''.

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       (2) Allowance of one change of enrollment.--Such section is 
     further amended by adding at the end the following new 
     paragraph:
       ``(6)(A) Except as provided in subparagraph (B), after the 
     end of the special enrollment period provided under section 
     706(a)(3) of the John S. McCain National Defense 
     Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, an individual 
     described in paragraph (2)(B) may switch only once from 
     enrollment under the Medicare program under title XVIII of 
     the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395 et seq.) to 
     enrollment in a plan contracted for under subsection (a).
       ``(B) The limitation under subparagraph (A) does not apply 
     to enrollment by an individual in a plan contracted for under 
     subsection (a) by reason of termination of the entitlement of 
     the individual to a benefit described in subparagraph (A) of 
     section 226(b)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 
     426(b)(2)) due to the performance of substantial gainful 
     activity.''.
       (3) Special enrollment period.--
       (A) In general.--The Secretary of Defense shall provide for 
     a special enrollment period during which an individual 
     described in subsection (d)(2)(B) of section 1086 of title 
     10, United States Code, may enroll in a health care plan 
     under such section. Such period shall begin as soon as 
     possible after the date of the enactment of this Act and 
     shall end 12 months later.
       (B) Coverage period.--In the case of an individual who 
     enrolls during the special enrollment period provided under 
     subparagraph (A), the coverage period under section 1086 of 
     title 10, United States Code, shall begin on the first day of 
     the month following the month in which the individual 
     enrolls.
       (4) Conforming amendments.--Section 1086(d) of title 10, 
     United States Code, is amended--
       (A) in paragraph (4)(A), in the matter preceding clause 
     (i), by striking ``paragraph (2)(B)'' and inserting 
     ``paragraph (2)(A)(ii)''; and
       (B) in paragraph (5)--
       (i) by striking ``subparagraph (B)'' and inserting 
     ``subparagraph (A)(ii)''; and
       (ii) by striking ``subparagraph (A)'' and inserting 
     ``subparagraph (A)(i)''.
       (b) Medicare Provisions.--
       (1) Waiver of medicare part b late enrollment penalty.--
       (A) In general.--Section 1839(b) of the Social Security Act 
     (42 U.S.C. 1395r(b)) is amended by adding at the end the 
     following new sentences: ``No increase in the premium shall 
     be effected for a month in the case of an individual who 
     demonstrates to the Secretary that the individual, with 
     respect to such month, is an individual described in section 
     1086(d)(2)(B) of title 10, United States Code. The Secretary 
     of Health and Human Services shall consult with the Secretary 
     of Defense in identifying individuals described in the 
     previous sentence.''.
       (B) Effective date.--The amendment made by subparagraph (A) 
     shall apply to premiums for months beginning after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act. The Secretary shall establish a 
     method for providing rebates of premium penalties paid for 
     months after the date of the enactment of this Act for which 
     a penalty does not apply under such amendment but for which a 
     penalty was previously collected.
       (2) Medicare part b special enrollment period.--
       (A) In general.--In the case of any individual who, as of 
     the date of the enactment of this Act, is eligible to enroll 
     but is not enrolled under part B of title XVIII of the Social 
     Security Act and is an individual described in section 
     1086(d)(2)(B) of title 10, United States Code, the Secretary 
     of Health and Human Services shall provide for a special 
     enrollment period during which the individual may enroll 
     under such part. Such period shall begin as soon as possible 
     after the date of the enactment of this Act and shall end 12 
     months later.
       (B) Coverage period.--In the case of an individual who 
     enrolls during the special enrollment period provided under 
     subparagraph (A), the coverage period under part B of title 
     XVIII of the Social Security Act shall begin on the first day 
     of the month following the month in which the individual 
     enrolls.
       (c) Notification and Information to Beneficiaries.--
       (1) Notification regarding insurance options.--The 
     Secretary of Defense shall coordinate with the Secretary of 
     Health and Human Services to identify individuals described 
     in section 1086(d)(2)(B) of title 10, United States Code, as 
     added by subsection (a), and notify those individuals about 
     their health insurance options under the TRICARE program, as 
     defined in section 1072 of such title, and the Medicare 
     program under title XVIII of the Social Security Act (42 
     U.S.C. 1395 et seq.).
       (2) Provision of information to beneficiaries.--
       (A) In general.--The Secretary of Defense shall provide to 
     individuals described in paragraph (1) educational materials, 
     information, and counseling regarding the effects of not 
     enrolling in the supplementary medical insurance program 
     under part B of title XVIII of the Social Security Act (42 
     U.S.C. 1395j et seq.), including information comparing 
     premiums, copayments, deductibles, provider networks, future 
     enrollment opportunities, and penalties for the various 
     health insurance plans available to assist those individuals 
     in making appropriate health insurance choices.
       (B) Timing.--The Secretary shall provide the educational 
     materials, information, and counseling described in 
     subparagraph (A) to an individual described in paragraph (1) 
     before the individual elects to change enrollment between the 
     TRICARE program, as defined in section 1072 of title 10, 
     United States Code, and the Medicare program under title 
     XVIII of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395 et seq.).
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2414. Mr. FLAKE (for himself and Mr. McCain) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place in title II, insert the following:

     SEC. ___. PILOT PROGRAM ON CERTAIN LIMITED REIMBURSEMENT 
                   ARRANGEMENTS FOR USE OF MAJOR RANGE AND TEST 
                   FACILITY BASES.

       (a) In General.--The Secretary of Defense shall carry out a 
     pilot program to assess the feasibility and advisability of 
     modifying reimbursement requirements for use of Major Range 
     and Test Facility Bases.
       (b) Duration.--The Secretary shall carry out the pilot 
     program during two fiscal years.
       (c) Locations.--The Secretary shall carry out the pilot 
     program at not more than five Major Range and Test Facility 
     Bases.
       (d) Waiver of Full Reimbursement Requirement.--
       (1) In general.--Under the pilot program, the Secretary 
     may, as the Secretary determines in the best interest of the 
     Department of Defense, waive the requirements of section 
     2681(c) of title 10, United States Code, for small and medium 
     sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations so that 
     such businesses and organizations may reimburse the 
     Department of Defense for use of a Major Range and Test 
     Facility Base in amounts that only cover total direct costs 
     to the United States associated with such use.
       (2) Indirect costs.--Paragraph (1) shall not apply to 
     reimbursement for indirect costs.
       (e) Reports.--
       (1) In general.--At the end of the first fiscal year of the 
     pilot program required by subsection (a) and not later than 
     30 days after the completion of the pilot program, the 
     Secretary shall submit to the congressional defense 
     committees a report on the pilot program.
       (2) Contents.--Each report submitted under paragraph (1) 
     shall include the following:
       (A) Recommendations for revisions to reimbursement 
     arrangements for testing and evaluation activities at Major 
     Range and Test Facility Bases.
       (B) A review of authorities granted to commanders of Major 
     Range and Test Facility Bases.
       (C) An evaluation of limited reimbursement arrangements on 
     the Test Resources Management Center and Major Range and Test 
     Facility Bases.
       (f) Major Range and Test Facility Base Defined.--In this 
     section, the term ``Major Range and Test Facility Base'' 
     means--
       (1) a Major Range and Test Facility Installation as defined 
     in section 2681(f) of title 10, United States Code; and
       (2) a Major Range and Test Facility Base as defined in 
     section 196(i) of such title.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2415. Mr. GARDNER (for himself and Mr. Bennet) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 5515, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which 
was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1066. EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN PAYMENTS FROM CALCULATION FOR 
                   FISCAL YEAR 2019 PILT PAYMENTS.

       (a) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) Covered payment.--The term ``covered payment'' means a 
     payment to a unit of general local government for fiscal year 
     2018 from amounts deposited in the Treasury during the period 
     of time beginning on November 18, 1997, and ending on August 
     7, 2008, from a lease issued under section 7439(b)(1) of 
     title 10, United States Code, and distributed to the unit of 
     general local government in accordance with the Mineral 
     Leasing Act (30 U.S.C. 181 et seq.).
       (2) Payment law.--The term ``payment law'' has the meaning 
     given the term in section 6903(a)(1) of title 31, United 
     States Code.
       (3) Unit of general local government.--The term ``unit of 
     general local government'' has the meaning given the term in 
     section 6901 of title 31, United States Code.
       (b) Calculation of Pilt Payment Amount.--Notwithstanding 
     any other provision of law, in calculating the amount of a

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     payment to be made to a unit of general local government for 
     fiscal year 2019 under chapter 69 of title 31, United States 
     Code, the Secretary of the Interior shall not consider a 
     covered payment to be an amount received by the unit of 
     general local government in the prior fiscal year under a 
     payment law for purposes of section 6903(b)(1)(A) of that 
     title.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2416. Mr. CASSIDY submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
by him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal 
year 2019 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, 
and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ESTIMATE ON NATIONAL SECURITY 
                   THREAT POSED BY TRADE-BASED MONEY LAUNDERING.

       (a) In General.--Not later than the end of the 90-day 
     period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, 
     the Director of National Intelligence shall submit to 
     Congress a national intelligence estimate on the threat posed 
     to the national security of the United States by trade-based 
     money laundering.
       (b) Elements.--The national intelligence estimate required 
     by subsection (a) shall include the following:
       (1) An assessment of trade-based money laundering and 
     threat finance at the national and international levels.
       (2) An assessment of the financial dimensions of the threat 
     to the national security of the United States posed by trade-
     based money laundering.
       (3) A description of how terrorist financing and drug 
     trafficking organizations are advancing their illicit 
     activities through the use of licit trade channels.
       (4) An assessment of the adequacy of the systems and tools 
     available to the Federal Government for combating trade-based 
     money laundering.
       (5) Recommendations for coordination between Federal 
     agencies with respect to combating trade-based money 
     laundering and an identification of which Federal agency 
     should be the lead agency for purposes of combating trade-
     based money laundering.
       (6) Recommendations for coordination with the governments 
     of foreign countries with respect to combating trade-based 
     money laundering.
       (c) Extension of Deadline for Submission.--If, before the 
     end of the 90-day period specified in subsection (a), the 
     Director determines that the national intelligence estimate 
     required by that subsection cannot be submitted by the end of 
     that period as required by that subsection, the Director 
     shall (before the end of that period) submit to Congress a 
     report setting forth--
       (1) the reasons why the national intelligence estimate 
     cannot be submitted by the end of that 90-day period; and
       (2) an estimated date for the submission of the national 
     intelligence estimate.
       (d) Form.--
       (1) In general.--The national intelligence estimate 
     required by subsection (a) shall--
       (A) be submitted in classified form; and
       (B) be accompanied by an unclassified summary.
       (2) Public availability.--The unclassified summary required 
     by paragraph (1)(B) shall be made available to the public.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2417. Mr. MORAN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 
2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle B of title XI, add the following:

     SEC. 1126. MODIFICATION OF VETERANS PREFERENCE.

       (a) Active Duty Requirement.--Subparagraphs (B) and (D) of 
     section 2108(1) of title 5, United States Code, are each 
     amended by striking ``consecutive'' and inserting 
     ``cumulative''.
       (b) Expansion of Eligibility of Retired Veterans.--Section 
     2108(4) of title 5, United States Code, is amended to read as 
     follows:
       ``(4) `preference eligible' includes a retired member of 
     the armed forces; and''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2418. Mr. MORAN (for himself, Ms. Baldwin, and Mr. Roberts) 
submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 
5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other 
purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle D of title I, add the following:

     SEC. 144. PROCUREMENT OF JOINT THREAT EMITTERS FOR AIR 
                   NATIONAL GUARD RANGES.

       Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated by this Act or 
     otherwise made available for fiscal year 2019 for the Air 
     Force for other procurement for combat training ranges, 
     $40,000,000 shall be available for the procurement of Joint 
     Threat Emitters for Air National Guard ranges--
       (1) to meet the Air Force Electronic Warfare Range 
     requirements and Air Combat Command's fielding plan;
       (2) to meet Air Force Electronic Warfare Range requirements 
     for three additional electronic warfare systems at Air 
     National Guard ranges; and
       (3) to support F-35 aircraft program training and readiness 
     with threat replication systems to 4th and 5th generation 
     aircraft requirements.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2419. Mr. MORAN (for himself, Mr. Tester, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. 
Merkley, Ms. Warren, and Ms. Collins) submitted an amendment intended 
to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place in title X, insert the following:

     SEC. ___. PRESUMPTION OF HERBICIDE EXPOSURE FOR CERTAIN 
                   VETERANS WHO SERVED IN KOREA.

       (a) In General.--Chapter 11 of title 38, United States 
     Code, is amended by inserting after section 1116 the 
     following new section:

     ``Sec. 1116A. Presumption of herbicide exposure for certain 
       veterans who served in Korea

       ``(a) Presumption of Service-connection.--(1) For the 
     purposes of section 1110 of this title, and subject to 
     section 1113 of this title, a disease specified in subsection 
     (b) that becomes manifest as specified in that subsection in 
     a veteran described in paragraph (2) shall be considered to 
     have been incurred or aggravated in the line of duty in the 
     active military, naval, or air service, notwithstanding that 
     there is no record of evidence of such disease during the 
     period of such service.
       ``(2) A veteran described in this paragraph is a veteran 
     who, during active military, naval, or air service, served in 
     or near the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ), during the 
     period beginning on September 1, 1967, and ending on August 
     31, 1971.
       ``(b) Diseases.--A disease specified in this subsection 
     is--
       ``(1) a disease specified in paragraph (2) of subsection 
     (a) of section 1116 of this title that becomes manifest as 
     specified in that paragraph; or
       ``(2) any additional disease that--
       ``(A) the Secretary determines in regulations warrants a 
     presumption of service-connection by reason of having 
     positive association with exposure to an herbicide agent; and
       ``(B) becomes manifest within any period prescribed in such 
     regulations.
       ``(c) Herbicide Agent.--For purposes of this section, the 
     term `herbicide agent' has the meaning given such term in 
     section 1821(d) of this title.''.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the 
     item relating to section 1116 the following new item:

``1116A. Presumption of herbicide exposure for certain veterans who 
              served in Korea.''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2420. Mr. HATCH (for himself and Ms. Cortez Masto) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle A of title XI, add the following:

     SEC. 1107. MODIFICATION OF TEMPORARY DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY 
                   FOR MAJOR RANGE AND TEST FACILITIES BASE 
                   FACILITIES IN ORDER TO FILL MISSION ESSENTIAL 
                   POSITIONS AT SUCH FACILITIES.

       Section 1125 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
     Fiscal Year 2017 (10 U.S.C. 1580 note prec.) is amended--
       (1) by redesignating subsections (b) and (c) as subsections 
     (c) and (d), respectively; and
       (2) by inserting after subsection (a) the following new 
     subsection (b):
       ``(b) Exercise of Authority by MRTFB Facilities.--
       ``(1) In general.--In fiscal years 2019 through 2021, the 
     authority provided in (a) with respect to the Major Range and 
     Test Facilities Base shall be delegated to the commander of a 
     facility of the Major Range and Test Facilities Base, or the 
     civilian equivalent of the commander at the facility.
       ``(2) Position requirements.--An appointment covered by 
     this authority may be made

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     when the position to be filled is essential to mission needs 
     as determined by the facility commander, or civilian 
     equivalent.
       ``(3) Term of appointment.--
       ``(A) In general.--Appointments under this authority may be 
     made on a permanent, term, or temporary basis.
       ``(B) Noncompetitive conversion to career conditional 
     appointment.--The commander of a facility, or civilian 
     equivalent, may noncompetitively convert an individual 
     appointed to a term or temporary appointment in accordance 
     with this subsection to a career conditional appointment at 
     the facility without regard to the provisions of subchapter I 
     of chapter 33 of title 5, United States Code, other than 
     sections 3303 and 3328 of such title, if the individual meets 
     all eligibility and qualification requirements for the 
     position at the time of conversion.''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2421. Mr. INHOFE submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       On page 142, line 18, strike ``separate statement'' and 
     insert ``statement''.

                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2422. Mr. HELLER (for himself and Ms. Hirono) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 5515, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which 
was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place in title X, insert the following:

     SEC. ___. DETERMINATION OF CERTAIN SERVICE IN PHILIPPINES 
                   DURING WORLD WAR II.

       (a) In General.--The Secretary of Defense, in consultation 
     with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and such military 
     historians as the Secretary of Defense considers appropriate, 
     shall establish a process to determine whether a covered 
     individual served as described in subsection (a) or (b) of 
     section 107 of title 38, United States Code, for purposes of 
     determining whether such covered individual is eligible for 
     benefits described in such subsections.
       (b) Covered Individuals.--For purposes of this section, a 
     covered individual is any individual who--
       (1) claims service described in subsection (a) or (b) of 
     section 107 of title 38, United States Code; and
       (2) is not included in the Approved Revised Reconstructed 
     Guerilla Roster of 1948, known as the ``Missouri List''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2423. Mrs. ERNST (for herself and Mr. Grassley) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1066. THIRD PARTY REVIEW OF APPOINTEES IN VETERANS 
                   HEALTH ADMINISTRATION WHO HAD A LICENSE, 
                   REGISTRATION, OR CERTIFICATION FOR THE 
                   PROVISION OF HOSPITAL CARE OR MEDICAL SERVICES 
                   REVOKED AND NOTICE TO INDIVIDUALS TREATED BY 
                   THOSE APPOINTEES.

       (a) Third Party Review.--The Secretary of Veterans Affairs 
     shall enter into a contract or other agreement with an 
     organization that is not part of the Federal Government to 
     conduct a clinical review of the hospital care and medical 
     services furnished by covered individuals.
       (b) Notice to Patients Treated by Covered Individuals.--
     With respect to hospital care or medical services furnished 
     by a covered individual under the laws administered by the 
     Secretary of Veterans Affairs, if a clinical review 
     determines that an experienced, competent practitioner would 
     have managed the care or services differently, the Secretary 
     shall notify any individual who received such care or 
     services from the covered individual.
       (c) Covered Individual.--For purposes of this section, a 
     covered individual is an individual who was appointed to a 
     position in the Veterans Health Administration covered by 
     subsection (b) of section 7402 of title 38, United States 
     Code, in violation of subsection (f) of such section because 
     the individual had a license, registration, or certification 
     applicable to the provision of hospital care or medical 
     services terminated for cause.
       (d) Hospital Care and Medical Services Defined.--In this 
     section, the terms ``hospital care'' and ``medical services'' 
     have the meanings given those terms in section 1701 of title 
     38, United States Code.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2424. Mr. NELSON (for himself and Mr. Rubio) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title III, add the following:

     SEC. 323. ANNUAL REPORT ON DIFFERENCES IN SHIP REPAIR 
                   CONTRACT AND FINAL DELIVERY COSTS.

       (a) Report Required.--The Secretary of the Navy shall 
     submit to the congressional defense committees a report on 
     the differences between the final contract and final delivery 
     cost for each ship repair, including a description of any 
     growth work that was added after the contract award and a 
     detailed explanation on why the growth work was not included 
     in original contract proposal.
       (b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that it 
     is important to create and maintain a stable work load for 
     the defense industrial base at ship repair yards.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2425. Mr. NELSON (for himself, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Jones, Mr. 
Blumenthal, Mr. Murphy, and Ms. Duckworth) submitted an amendment 
intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title VII, add the following:

     SEC. 729. GRANTS TO PROMOTE MILITARY READINESS IN THE 
                   PROVISION OF PROSTHETIC AND ORTHOTIC CARE.

       (a) Grants Required.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary of Defense shall award 
     grants to institutions determined by the Secretary to be 
     eligible for the award of such grants in order to enable such 
     institutions to establish or expand an accredited master's 
     degree program in orthotics and prosthetics.
       (2) Priority.--The Secretary shall give priority in the 
     award of grants under this section to institutions that have 
     entered into a partnership with a public sector or private 
     sector orthotics or prosthetics practice that offers students 
     experience in meeting the unique needs of members of the 
     Armed Forces who have experienced limb loss or limb 
     impairment, including by offering clinical rotations at such 
     orthotics and prosthetics practice.
       (b) Applications.--
       (1) Request for proposals.--Not later than 180 days after 
     the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall 
     issue a request for proposals from institutions eligible for 
     grants under this section.
       (2) Application.--An institution that seeks the award of a 
     grant under this section shall submit to the Secretary an 
     application therefor at such time, in such manner, and 
     accompanied by such information as the Secretary may require, 
     including--
       (A) demonstration of a willingness and ability to 
     participate in a partnership described in subsection (a)(2); 
     and
       (B) demonstration of an ability to maintain an accredited 
     orthotics and prosthetics education program after the end of 
     the grant period.
       (c) Grant Uses.--An institution awarded a grant under this 
     section shall use grant amounts for any purpose as follows:
       (1) To establish or expand an accredited orthotics and 
     prosthetics master's degree program.
       (2) To conduct training and retain faculty in orthotics and 
     prosthetics education, or related fields, for the purpose of 
     instruction in orthotics and prosthetics programs.
       (3) To fund faculty research projects or faculty time to 
     undertake research in orthotics and prosthetics for the 
     purpose of furthering their teaching abilities.
       (4) To conduct minor construction to house orthotics and 
     prosthetics education programs.
       (5) To acquire equipment for orthotics and prosthetics 
     education.
       (d) Limitation on Grant Amount.--The amount of any grant 
     awarded an institution under this section may not exceed 
     $1,500,000.
       (e) Period of Use of Funds.--An institution awarded a grant 
     under this section may use the grant amount for a period of 
     three years after the award of the grant.

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       (f) Funding.--
       (1) In general.--Of the amount authorized to be 
     appropriated for fiscal year 2019 for the Department of 
     Defense for the Defense Health Program by section 1405, 
     $15,000,000 may be available to carry out this section.
       (2) Availability.--The amount available under paragraph (1) 
     shall remain available for obligation until September 30, 
     2021.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2426. Mr. VAN HOLLEN submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and 
Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which 
was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle B of title III, add the following:

     SEC. 316. PRIORITIZATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS FOR 
                   FACILITIES SUSTAINMENT, RESTORATION, AND 
                   MODERNIZATION DEMOLITION.

       The Secretary of Defense shall establish prioritization 
     metrics for facilities deemed eligible for demolition within 
     the Facilities Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization 
     (FSRM) process. Those metrics shall include full spectrum 
     readiness and environmental impacts, including the removal of 
     contamination.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2427. Mr. LANKFORD (for himself, Ms. Klobuchar, Ms. Collins, Ms. 
Harris, Mr. Burr, Mr. Warner, Mr. Graham, and Mr. Heinrich) submitted 
an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by 
Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to 
the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 
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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of title X, add the following:

                     Subtitle __--Election Security

     SEC. ____1. SHORT TITLE.

       This subtitle may be cited as the ``Secure Elections Act''.

     SEC. ___2. DEFINITIONS.

       In this subtitle:
       (1) Appropriate congressional committees.--The term 
     ``appropriate congressional committees'' means--
       (A) the Committee on Rules and Administration, the 
     Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Homeland 
     Security and Governmental Affairs, the Committee on 
     Appropriations, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the 
     majority leader, and the minority leader of the Senate; and
       (B) the Committee on House Administration, the Committee on 
     Armed Services, the Committee on Homeland Security, the 
     Committee on Appropriations, the Permanent Select Committee 
     on Intelligence, the Speaker, and the minority leader of the 
     House of Representatives.
       (2) Appropriate federal entities.--The term ``appropriate 
     Federal entities'' means--
       (A) the Department of Commerce, including the National 
     Institute of Standards and Technology;
       (B) the Department of Defense;
       (C) the Department, including the component of the 
     Department that reports to the Under Secretary responsible 
     for overseeing critical infrastructure protection, 
     cybersecurity, and other related programs of the Department;
       (D) the Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau 
     of Investigation;
       (E) the Commission; and
       (F) the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, 
     the National Security Agency, and such other elements of the 
     intelligence community (as defined in section 3 of the 
     National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 3003)) as the 
     Director of National Intelligence determines are appropriate.
       (3) Chairman.--The term ``Chairman'' means the Chairman of 
     the Election Assistance Commission.
       (4) Commission.--The term ``Commission'' means the Election 
     Assistance Commission.
       (5) Department.--The term ``Department'' means the 
     Department of Homeland Security.
       (6) Election agency.--The term ``election agency'' means 
     any component of a State or any component of a county, 
     municipality, or other subdivision of a State that is 
     responsible for administering Federal elections.
       (7) Election cybersecurity incident.--The term ``election 
     cybersecurity incident'' means any incident involving an 
     election system.
       (8) Election cybersecurity threat.--The term ``election 
     cybersecurity threat'' means any cybersecurity threat (as 
     defined in section 102 of the Cybersecurity Information 
     Sharing Act of 2015 (6 U.S.C. 1501)) to an election system.
       (9) Election cybersecurity vulnerability.--The term 
     ``election cybersecurity vulnerability'' means any security 
     vulnerability (as defined in section 102 of the Cybersecurity 
     Information Sharing Act of 2015 (6 U.S.C. 1501)) that affects 
     an election system.
       (10) Election service provider.--The term ``election 
     service provider'' means any person providing, supporting, or 
     maintaining an election system on behalf of an election 
     agency, such as a contractor or vendor.
       (11) Election system.--The term ``election system'' means a 
     voting system, an election management system, a voter 
     registration website or database, an electronic pollbook, a 
     system for tabulating or reporting election results, an 
     election agency communications system, or any other 
     information system (as defined in section 3502 of title 44, 
     United States Code) that the Secretary identifies as central 
     to the management, support, or administration of a Federal 
     election.
       (12) Federal election.--The term ``Federal election'' means 
     any election (as defined in section 301(1) of the Federal 
     Election Campaign Act of 1971 (52 U.S.C. 30101(1)) for 
     Federal office (as defined in section 301(3) of the Federal 
     Election Campaign Act of 1971 (52 U.S.C. 30101(3)).
       (13) Federal entity.--The term ``Federal entity'' means any 
     agency (as defined in section 551 of title 5, United States 
     Code).
       (14) Incident.--The term ``incident'' has the meaning given 
     the term in section 227(a) of the Homeland Security Act of 
     2002 (6 U.S.C. 148(a)).
       (15) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
     of Homeland Security.
       (16) State.--The term ``State'' means each of the several 
     States of the United States, the District of Columbia, the 
     Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the 
     Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and the United 
     States Virgin Islands.
       (17) State election official.--The term ``State election 
     official'' means--
       (A) the chief State election official of a State designated 
     under section 10 of the National Voter Registration Act of 
     1993 (52 U.S.C. 20509); or
       (B) in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American 
     Samoa, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and the 
     United States Virgin Islands, a chief State election official 
     designated by the State for purposes of this Act.
       (18) State law enforcement officer.--The term ``State law 
     enforcement officer'' means the head of a State law 
     enforcement agency, such as an attorney general.
       (19) Voting system.--The term ``voting system'' has the 
     meaning given the term in section 301(b) of the Help America 
     Vote Act of 2002 (52 U.S.C. 21081(b)).

     SEC. ____3. INFORMATION SHARING.

       (a) Designation of Responsible Federal Entity.--The 
     Secretary shall have primary responsibility within the 
     Federal Government for sharing information about election 
     cybersecurity incidents, threats, and vulnerabilities with 
     Federal entities and with election agencies.
       (b) Presumption of Federal Information Sharing to the 
     Department.--If a Federal entity receives information about 
     an election cybersecurity incident, threat, or vulnerability, 
     the Federal entity shall promptly share that information with 
     the Department, unless the head of the entity (or a Senate-
     confirmed official designated by the head) makes a specific 
     determination in writing that there is good cause to withhold 
     the particular information.
       (c) Presumption of Federal and State Information Sharing 
     From the Department.--If the Department receives information 
     about an election cybersecurity incident, threat, or 
     vulnerability, the Department shall promptly share that 
     information with--
       (1) the appropriate Federal entities;
       (2) all State election agencies;
       (3) to the maximum extent practicable, all election 
     agencies that have requested ongoing updates on election 
     cybersecurity incidents, threats, or vulnerabilities; and
       (4) to the maximum extent practicable, all election 
     agencies that may be affected by the risks associated with 
     the particular election cybersecurity incident, threat, or 
     vulnerability.
       (d) Technical Resources for Election Agencies.--In sharing 
     information about election cybersecurity incidents, threats, 
     and vulnerabilities with election agencies under this 
     section, the Department shall, to the maximum extent 
     practicable--
       (1) provide cyber threat indicators and defensive measures 
     (as such terms are defined in section 102 of the 
     Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (6 U.S.C. 
     1501)), such as recommended technical instructions, that 
     assist with preventing, mitigating, and detecting threats or 
     vulnerabilities;
       (2) identify resources available for protecting against, 
     detecting, responding to, and recovering from associated 
     risks, including technical capabilities of the Department; 
     and
       (3) provide guidance about further sharing of the 
     information.
       (e) Declassification Review.--If the Department receives 
     classified information about an election cybersecurity 
     incident, threat, or vulnerability--
       (1) the Secretary shall promptly submit a request for 
     expedited declassification review to the head of a Federal 
     entity with authority to conduct the review, consistent with 
     Executive Order 13526 or any successor order, unless the 
     Secretary determines that such a

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     request would be harmful to national security; and
       (2) the head of the Federal entity described in paragraph 
     (1) shall promptly conduct the review.
       (f) Role of Non-Federal Entities.--The Department may share 
     information about election cybersecurity incidents, threats, 
     and vulnerabilities through a non-Federal entity.
       (g) Protection of Personal and Confidential Information.--
       (1) In general.--If a Federal entity shares information 
     relating to an election cybersecurity incident, threat, or 
     vulnerability, the Federal entity shall, within Federal 
     information systems (as defined in section 3502 of title 44, 
     United States Code) of the entity--
       (A) minimize the acquisition, use, and disclosure of 
     personal information of voters, except as necessary to 
     identify, protect against, detect, respond to, or recover 
     from election cybersecurity incidents, threats, and 
     vulnerabilities;
       (B) notwithstanding any other provision of law, prohibit 
     the retention of personal information of voters, such as--
       (i) voter registration information, including physical 
     address, email address, and telephone number;
       (ii) political party affiliation or registration 
     information; and
       (iii) voter history, including registration status or 
     election participation; and
       (C) protect confidential Federal and State information from 
     unauthorized disclosure.
       (2) Exemption from disclosure.--Information relating to an 
     election cybersecurity incident, threat, or vulnerability, 
     such as personally identifiable information of reporting 
     persons or individuals affected by such incident, threat, or 
     vulnerability, shared by or with the Federal Government shall 
     be--
       (A) deemed voluntarily shared information and exempt from 
     disclosure under section 552 of title 5, United States Code, 
     and any State, tribal, or local provision of law requiring 
     disclosure of information or records; and
       (B) withheld, without discretion, from the public under 
     section 552(b)(3)(B) of title 5, United States Code, and any 
     State, tribal, or local provision of law requiring disclosure 
     of information or records.
       (h) Duty To Assess Possible Cybersecurity Incidents.--
       (1) Election agencies.--If an election agency becomes aware 
     of the possibility of an election cybersecurity incident, the 
     election agency shall promptly assess whether an election 
     cybersecurity incident occurred and notify the State election 
     official.
       (2) Election service providers.--If an election service 
     provider becomes aware of the possibility of an election 
     cybersecurity incident, the election service provider shall 
     promptly assess whether an election cybersecurity incident 
     occurred and notify the relevant election agencies consistent 
     with subsection (j).
       (i) Information Sharing About Cybersecurity Incidents by 
     Election Agencies.--If an election agency has reason to 
     believe that an election cybersecurity incident has occurred 
     with respect to an election system owned, operated, or 
     maintained by or on behalf of the election agency, the 
     election agency shall, in the most expedient time possible 
     and without unreasonable delay, provide notification of the 
     election cybersecurity incident to the Department.
       (j) Information Sharing About Cybersecurity Incidents by 
     Election Service Providers.--If an election service provider 
     has reason to believe that an election cybersecurity incident 
     may have occurred, or that an incident related to the role of 
     the provider as an election service provider may have 
     occurred, the election service provider shall--
       (1) notify the relevant election agencies in the most 
     expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay; and
       (2) cooperate with the election agencies in providing the 
     notifications required under subsections (h)(1) and (i).
       (k) Content of Notification by Election Agencies.--The 
     notifications required under subsections (h)(1) and (i)--
       (1) shall include an initial assessment of--
       (A) the date, time, and duration of the election 
     cybersecurity incident;
       (B) the circumstances of the election cybersecurity 
     incident, including the specific election systems believed to 
     have been accessed and information acquired; and
       (C) planned and implemented technical measures to respond 
     to and recover from the incident; and
       (2) shall be updated with additional material information, 
     including technical data, as it becomes available.
       (l) Security Clearance.--Not later than 30 days after the 
     date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary--
       (1) shall establish an expedited process for providing 
     appropriate security clearance to State election officials 
     and designated technical personnel employed by State election 
     agencies;
       (2) shall establish an expedited process for providing 
     appropriate security clearance to members of the Commission 
     and designated technical personnel employed by the 
     Commission; and
       (3) shall establish a process for providing appropriate 
     security clearance to personnel at other election agencies.
       (m) Protection From Liability.--Nothing in this subtitle 
     may be construed to provide a cause of action against a 
     State, unit of local government, or an election service 
     provider.
       (n) Assessment of Inter-state Information Sharing About 
     Election Cybersecurity.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary and the Chairman, in 
     coordination with the heads of the appropriate Federal 
     entities and appropriate officials of State and local 
     governments, shall conduct an assessment of--
       (A) the structure and functioning of the Multi-State 
     Information Sharing and Analysis Center for purposes of 
     election cybersecurity; and
       (B) other mechanisms for inter-state information sharing 
     about election cybersecurity.
       (2) Comment from election agencies.--In carrying out the 
     assessment required under paragraph (1), the Secretary and 
     the Chairman shall solicit and consider comments from all 
     State election agencies.
       (3) Distribution.--The Secretary and the Chairman shall 
     jointly issue the assessment required under paragraph (1) 
     to--
       (A) all election agencies known to the Department and the 
     Commission; and
       (B) the appropriate congressional committees.
       (o) Congressional Notification.--
       (1) In general.--If an appropriate Federal entity has 
     reason to believe that a significant election cybersecurity 
     incident has occurred, the entity shall--
       (A) not later than 7 calendar days after the date on which 
     there is a reasonable basis to conclude that the significant 
     incident has occurred, provide notification of the incident 
     to the appropriate congressional committees; and
       (B) update the initial notification under paragraph (1) 
     within a reasonable period of time after additional 
     information relating to the incident is discovered.
       (2) Reporting threshold.--The Secretary shall--
       (A) promulgate a uniform definition of a ``significant 
     election cybersecurity incident''; and
       (B) shall submit the definition promulgated under 
     subparagraph (A) to the appropriate congressional committees.

     SEC. ____4. ELECTION SECURITY AND ELECTION AUDIT GUIDELINES.

       (a) Development by Technical Advisory Board.--
       (1) In general.--
       (A) Additional duties.--Section 221(b)(1) of the Help 
     America Vote Act of 2002 (52 U.S.C. 20961(b)(2)) is amended 
     by striking ``in the development of the voluntary voting 
     system guidelines'' and inserting ``in the development of--
       ``(A) the voluntary voting system guidelines;
       ``(B) the election security guidelines in accordance with 
     paragraph (3); and
       ``(C) the election audit guidelines in accordance with 
     paragraph (4).''.
       (B) Conforming amendments.--Sections 202(1) and 207(3) of 
     the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (52 U.S.C. 20922(1) and 
     20927(3)) are each amended by striking ``voting system''.
       (2) Additional membership and renaming of technical 
     guidelines development committee.--
       (A) Additional membership.--Section 221(c)(1) of the Help 
     America Vote Act of 2002 (52 U.S.C. 20961(c)(1)) is amended--
       (i) by striking ``14'' and inserting ``18''; and
       (ii) by redesignating subparagraph (E) as subparagraph (I) 
     and by inserting after subparagraph (D) the following new 
     subparagraphs:
       ``(E) A representative of the Department of Homeland 
     Security.
       ``(F) A representative of the Election Infrastructure 
     Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
       ``(G) A representative of the National Association of State 
     Chief Information Officers.
       ``(H) A representative of State election information 
     technology directors selected by the National Association of 
     Secretaries of State.''.
       (B) Renaming of committee.--
       (i) In general.--Section 221(a) of the Help America Vote 
     Act of 2002 (52 U.S.C. 20961(a)) is amended by striking 
     ``Technical Guidelines Development Committee (hereafter in 
     this part referred to as the `Development Committee')'' and 
     inserting ``Technical Advisory Board''.
       (ii) Conforming amendments.--

       (I) Section 201 of such Act (52 U.S.C. 20921) is amended by 
     striking ``Technical Guidelines Development Committee'' and 
     inserting ``Technical Advisory Board''.
       (II) Section 221 of such Act (52 U.S.C. 20921) is amended 
     by striking ``Development Committee'' each place it appears 
     and inserting ``Technical Advisory Board''.
       (III) Section 222(b) of such Act (52 U.S.C. 20962(b)) is 
     amended--

       (aa) by striking ``Technical Guidelines Development 
     Committee'' in paragraph (1) and inserting ``Technical 
     Advisory Board'',
       (bb) by striking ``Development Committee'' in the heading 
     and inserting ``Technical Advisory Board'', and

       (IV) Section 271(e) of such Act (52 U.S.C. 21041(e)) is 
     amended by striking ``Technical Guidelines Development 
     Committee'' and inserting ``Technical Advisory Board''.
       (V) Section 281(d) of such Act (52 U.S.C. 21051(d)) is 
     amended by striking ``Technical Guidelines Development 
     Committee'' and inserting ``Technical Advisory Board''.
       (VI) The heading for section 221 of such Act (52 U.S.C. 
     20961) is amended by striking ``technical guidelines 
     development committee'' and inserting ``technical advisory 
     board''.

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       (VII) The heading for part 3 of subtitle A of title II of 
     such Act is amended by striking ``technical guidelines 
     development committee'' and inserting ``technical advisory 
     board''.
       (VIII) The items relating to section 221 and part 3 of 
     title II in the table of contents of such Act are each 
     amended by striking ``Technical Guidelines Development 
     Committee'' and inserting ``Technical Advisory Board''.

       (b) Guidelines.--
       (1) Election security guidelines.--Section 221(b) of the 
     Help America Vote Act of 2002 (52 U.S.C. 20961(b)) is amended 
     by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(3) Election security guidelines.--
       ``(A) In general.--The election security guidelines shall 
     contain guidelines for election cybersecurity, including 
     standards for procuring, maintaining, testing, operating, and 
     updating election systems.
       ``(B) Requirements.--In developing the guidelines, the 
     Technical Advisory Board shall--
       ``(i) identify the top risks to election systems;
       ``(ii) describe how specific technology choices can 
     increase or decrease those risks; and
       ``(iii) provide recommended policies, best practices, and 
     overall security strategies for identifying, protecting 
     against, detecting, responding to, and recovering from the 
     risks identified under subparagraph (A).
       ``(C) Issues considered.--
       ``(i) In general.--In developing the election security 
     guidelines, the Technical Advisory Board shall consider--

       ``(I) applying established cybersecurity best practices to 
     Federal election administration by States and local 
     governments, including appropriate technologies, procedures, 
     and personnel for identifying, protecting against, detecting, 
     responding to, and recovering from cybersecurity events;
       ``(II) providing actionable guidance to election agencies 
     that seek to implement additional cybersecurity protections; 
     and
       ``(III) any other factors that the Technical Advisory Board 
     determines to be relevant.

       ``(D) Relationship to voluntary voting system guidelines 
     and national institute of standards and technology 
     cybersecurity guidance.--In developing the election security 
     guidelines, the Technical Advisory Board shall consider--
       ``(i) the voluntary voting system guidelines; and
       ``(ii) cybersecurity standards and best practices developed 
     by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, 
     including frameworks, consistent with section 2(c) of the 
     National Institute of Standards and Technology Act (15 U.S.C. 
     272(c)).''.
       (2) Audit guidelines.--Section 221(b) of such Act (52 
     U.S.C. 20961(b)), as amended by paragraph (1), is amended by 
     adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(4) Election audit guidelines.--
       ``(A) In general.--The election audit guidelines shall 
     include provisions regarding voting systems and statistical 
     audits for Federal elections, including that--
       ``(i) each vote is cast using a voting system that allows 
     the voter an opportunity to inspect and confirm the marked 
     ballot before casting it (consistent with accessibility 
     requirements); and
       ``(ii) each election result is determined by tabulating 
     marked ballots (by hand or device), and prior to the date on 
     which the winning Federal candidate in the election is sworn 
     into office, election agencies within the State inspect (by 
     hand and not by device) a random sample of the marked ballots 
     and thereby establish high statistical confidence in the 
     election result.
       ``(B) Issues considered.--In developing the election audit 
     guidelines, the Technical Advisory Board shall consider--
       ``(i) specific types of election audits, including 
     procedures and shortcomings for such audits;
       ``(ii) mechanisms to verify that election systems 
     accurately tabulate ballots, report results, and identify a 
     winner for each election for Federal office, even if there is 
     an error or fault in the voting system;
       ``(iii) durational requirements needed to facilitate 
     election audits in a timely manner that allows for confidence 
     in the outcome of the election prior to the swearing-in of a 
     Federal candidate, including variations in the acceptance of 
     postal ballots, time allowed to cure provisional ballots, and 
     election certification deadlines;
       ``(iv) how the guidelines could assist other components of 
     State and local governments; and
       ``(v) any other factors that the Technical Advisory Board 
     to be relevant.''.
       (3) Deadlines.--Section 221(b)(2) of such Act (52 U.S.C. 
     20961(b)(2)) is amended--
       (A) by striking ``The Development'' and inserting the 
     following:
       ``(A) Voluntary voting system guidelines.--The 
     Development'';
       (B) by striking ``this section'' and inserting ``paragraph 
     (1)(A)''; and
       (C) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
       ``(B) Election security and election audit guidelines.--
       ``(i) Initial guidelines.--The Technical Advisory Board 
     shall provide its initial set of recommendations under 
     subparagraphs (B) and (C) of paragraph (1) to the Executive 
     Director not later than 180 days after the date of the 
     enactment of the Secure Elections Act.
       ``(ii) Periodic review.--Not later than January 31, 2020, 
     and once every 2 years thereafter, the Technical Advisory 
     Board shall review and update the guidelines described in 
     subparagraphs (B) and (C) of paragraph (1).''.
       (c) Process for Adoption.--
       (1) Publication of recommendations.--Section 221(f) of the 
     Help America Vote Act of 2002 (52 U.S.C. 20961(f)) is 
     amended--
       (A) by striking ``At the time the Commission'' and 
     inserting the following:
       ``(1) Voluntary voting system guidelines.--At the time the 
     Commission''; and.
       (B) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(2) Election security and election audit guidelines.--The 
     Technical Advisory Board shall--
       ``(A) provide a reasonable opportunity for public comment, 
     including through Commission publication in the Federal 
     Register, on the guidelines required under subparagraphs (B) 
     and (C) of subsection (b)(1), including a 45-day opportunity 
     for public comment on a draft of the guidelines before they 
     are submitted to Congress under section 223(a), which shall, 
     to the extent practicable, occur concurrently with the other 
     activities of the Technical Advisory Board under this section 
     with respect to such guidelines; and
       ``(B) consider the public comments in developing the 
     guidelines.''.
       (2) Adoption.--
       (A) In general.--Part 3 of subtitle A of title II of the 
     Help America Vote Act of 2002 (52 U.S.C. 20961 et seq.) is 
     amended--
       (i) by inserting ``of voluntary voting guidelines'' after 
     ``adoption'' in the heading of section 222; and
       (ii) by adding at the end the following new section:

     ``SEC. 223. PROCESS FOR ADOPTION OF ELECTION SECURITY AND 
                   ELECTION AUDIT GUIDELINES.

       ``(a) Submission to Congress.--
       ``(1) In general.--Not later than 14 calendar days after 
     the date on which the Commission receives recommendations for 
     the guidelines required described in subparagraphs (B) and 
     (C) of section 221(b)(1), the Commission shall submit the 
     guidelines to the appropriate congressional committees.
       ``(2) Modification.--The Commission may modify the 
     guidelines in advance of submission to Congress if--
       ``(A) the Commission determines that there is good cause to 
     modify the guidelines, consistent with the considerations 
     established in paragraphs (3) or (4) of section 221(b) (as 
     the case may be) and notwithstanding the recommendation of 
     the Technical Advisory Board; and
       ``(B) the Commission submits a written justification of the 
     modification to the Technical Advisory Board and the 
     appropriate congressional committees.
       ``(b) Distribution to Election Agencies.--The Commission 
     shall distribute the guidelines described in subparagraphs 
     (B) and (C) of section 221(b)(1) (b) to all election agencies 
     known to the Commission.
       ``(c) Publication.--The Commission shall make the 
     guidelines described in subparagraphs (B) and (C) of section 
     221(b)(1) (b) available on the public website of the 
     Commission.
       ``(d) Appropriate Congressional Committees.--For purposes 
     of this section, the term `appropriate congressional 
     committees' means--
       ``(1) the Committee on Rules and Administration, the 
     Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Homeland 
     Security and Governmental Affairs, the Committee on 
     Appropriations, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the 
     majority leader, and the minority leader of the Senate; and
       ``(2) the Committee on House Administration, the Committee 
     on Armed Services, the Committee on Homeland Security, the 
     Committee on Appropriations, the Permanent Select Committee 
     on Intelligence, the Speaker, and the minority leader of the 
     House of Representatives.
       ``(e) Rule of Construction.--Nothing in this section shall 
     be construed to subject the process for developing the 
     guidelines described in subparagraphs (B) and (C) of section 
     221(b)(1) to subchapter II of chapter 5, and chapter 7, of 
     title 5, United States Code (commonly known as the 
     `Administrative Procedure Act').''.
       (B) Clerical amendment.--The table of contents of such Act 
     is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 
     222 the following new item:

``Sec. 223. Process for adoption of election security and election 
              audit guidelines.''.

     SEC. ____5. REQUIREMENT TO CONDUCT POST-ELECTION AUDITS.

       (a) Requirement.--
       (1) In general.--Subtitle A of title III of the Help 
     America Vote Act of 2002 (52 U.S.C. 21081 et seq.) is 
     amended--
       (A) by redesignating sections 304 and 305 as sections 305 
     and 306, respectively; and
       (B) by inserting after section 303 the following new 
     section:

     ``SEC. 304. POST-ELECTION AUDITS.

       ``(a) In General.--Each State and jurisdiction shall--
       ``(1) conduct a post-election audit of each election for 
     Federal office through the inspection of a random sample of 
     marked ballots of sufficient quantity to establish high 
     statistical confidence in the election result; and
       ``(2) provide reports to the Election Assistance Commission 
     on the details of the audits conducted under paragraph (1).
       ``(b) Time for Completing Audit.--The audit required by 
     subsection (a) shall be

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     completed in a timely manner to ensure confiedence in the 
     outcome of the election and before the date on which the 
     winning candidate in the election is sworn into office.
       ``(c) Effective Date.--
       ``(1) In general.--Except as provided in subparagraph (B), 
     each State and jurisdiction shall be required to comply with 
     the requirements of this section for the regularly scheduled 
     general election for Federal office held in November 2020, 
     and each subsequent election for Federal office.
       ``(2) Waiver.--If a State or jurisdiction certifies to the 
     Commission not later than November 1, 2020, that the State or 
     jurisdiction will not meet the deadline described in 
     subparagraph (A) for good cause and includes in the 
     certification the reasons for the failure to meet such 
     deadline, subparagraph (A) shall apply to the State or 
     jurisdiction as if the reference in such subparagraph to 
     `November 2020' were a reference to `November 2022'.''.
       (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of contents of such Act 
     is amended--
       (A) by redesignating the items relating to sections 304 and 
     305 as relating to sections 305 and 306, respectively; and
       (B) by inserting after the item relating to section 303 the 
     following new item:

``Sec. 304. Post-election audits.''.

       (b) Reporting.--The Election Assistance Commission shall 
     submit reports to Congress on the information provided to the 
     Commission under section 304(a)(2) of the Help America Vote 
     Act of 2002, as added by subsection (a). Such reports shall 
     be submitted concurrently with the reports required under 
     section 9(a)(3) of the National Voter Registration Act of 
     1993.

     SEC. ____6. REPORTS TO CONGRESS ON FOREIGN THREATS TO 
                   ELECTIONS.

       (a) In General.--Not later than 30 days after the date of 
     enactment of this Act, and 30 days after the end of each 
     fiscal year thereafter, the Secretary and the Director of 
     National Intelligence, in coordination with the heads of the 
     appropriate Federal entities, shall submit a joint report to 
     the appropriate congressional committees on foreign threats 
     to elections in the United States, including physical and 
     cybersecurity threats.
       (b) Voluntary Participation by States.--The Secretary shall 
     solicit and consider comments from all State election 
     agencies. Participation by an election agency in the report 
     under this subsection shall be voluntary and at the 
     discretion of the State.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2428. Mr. RUBIO submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle E of title XII, add the following:

     SEC. 12__. ESTABLISHMENT OF COMBINED MARITIME TASK FORCE 
                   PACIFIC.

       (a) In General.--Not later than one year after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the President shall establish a 
     task force, to be known as the Combined Maritime Task Force 
     Pacific, to protect a free and open Indo-Pacific maritime 
     region.
       (b) Consultation.--In establishing the task force under 
     subsection (a), the President shall seek the participation of 
     partner nations that are interested in goals of the task 
     force.
       (c) Leadership.--The United States Navy shall lead the task 
     force established under subsection (a).
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2429. Mr. INHOFE submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle G of title XII, add the following:

     SEC. 12__. TREATMENT OF RWANDAN PATRIOTIC FRONT AND RWANDAN 
                   PATRIOTIC ARMY UNDER IMMIGRATION AND 
                   NATIONALITY ACT.

       (a) Removal of Treatment as Terrorist Organizations.--
       (1) In general.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), the 
     Rwandan Patriotic Front and the Rwandan Patriotic Army shall 
     be excluded from the definition of terrorist organization (as 
     defined in section 212(a)(3)(B)(vi)(III) of the Immigration 
     and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(3)(B)(vi)(III))) for 
     purposes of such section 212(a)(3)(B) for any period before 
     August 1, 1994.
       (2) Exception.--
       (A) In general.--The Secretary of State, in consultation 
     with the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Attorney 
     General, or the Secretary of Homeland Security, in 
     consultation with the Secretary of State and the Attorney 
     General, as applicable, may suspend the application of 
     paragraph (1) for the Rwandan Patriotic Front or the Rwandan 
     Patriotic Army in the sole and unreviewable discretion of 
     such applicable Secretary.
       (B) Report.--Not later than, or contemporaneously with, a 
     suspension of paragraph (1) under subparagraph (A), the 
     Secretary of State or the Secretary of Homeland Security, as 
     applicable, shall submit to the appropriate committees of 
     Congress a report on the justification for such suspension.
       (b) Relief From Inadmissibility.--
       (1) Activities before august 1, 1994.--Section 212(a)(3)(B) 
     of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 
     1182(a)(3)(B)) shall not apply to an alien with respect to 
     any activity undertaken by the alien in association with the 
     Rwandan Patriotic Front or the Rwandan Patriotic Army before 
     August 1, 1994.
       (2) Exception.--
       (A) In general.--Paragraph (1) shall not apply if the 
     Secretary of State or the Secretary of Homeland Security, as 
     applicable, determines in the sole unreviewable discretion of 
     such applicable Secretary that, in the totality of the 
     circumstances, such alien--
       (i) poses a threat to the safety and security of the United 
     States; or
       (ii) does not merit a visa, admission to the United States, 
     or a grant of an immigration benefit or protection.
       (B) Implementation.--Subparagraph (A) shall be implemented 
     by the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland 
     Security, in consultation with the Attorney General.
       (c) Appropriate Committees of Congress Defined.--In this 
     section, the term ``appropriate committees of Congress'' 
     means--
       (1) the Committee on the Judiciary, the Committee on 
     Foreign Relations, the Committee on Homeland Security and 
     Governmental Affairs, and the Committee on Appropriations of 
     the Senate; and
       (2) the Committee on the Judiciary, the Committee on 
     Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Homeland Security, and the 
     Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2430. Mr. GARDNER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle B of title I, add the following:

     SEC. 112. BRIEFING ON PROCUREMENT PLAN FOR ACQUIRED POSITION 
                   NAVIGATION AND TIMING (APNT) SOLUTION.

       Not later than September 1, 2018, the Secretary of the 
     Army, in coordination with the Director of the Army's 
     Acquired Position Navigation and Timing (APNT) Cross 
     Functional Team (CFT) pilot, shall provide to the 
     congressional defense committees a briefing that outlines 
     potential courses of action to begin immediate procurement of 
     APNT systems, subject to successful test and evaluation.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2431. Mr. GARDNER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title XII, add the following:

     SEC. 12__. REPORT ON THE CAPABILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OF THE 
                   ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND SYRIA AND OTHER 
                   VIOLENT EXTREMIST GROUPS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA.

       (a) Report Required.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall 
     submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report 
     setting forth an assessment of the current and future 
     capabilities and activities of the Islamic State of Iraq and 
     Syria (ISIS) and other violent extremist groups in Southeast 
     Asia.
       (b) Elements.--The report shall include the following:
       (1) The current number of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria 
     fighters in Southeast Asia.
       (2) The estimated number of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria 
     fighters expected to return to Southeast Asia from fighting 
     in the Middle East.
       (3) The current resources available to combat the threat of 
     the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Southeast Asia, and 
     the additional resources required to combat that threat.

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       (4) A detailed assessment of the capabilities of the 
     Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to operate effectively in 
     countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
       (5) A description of the capabilities and resources of 
     governments of countries in Southeast Asia to counter violent 
     extremist groups.
       (6) A list of additional United States resources and 
     capabilities that the Department of Defense recommends 
     providing to governments in Southeast Asia to combat violent 
     extremist groups.
       (c) Appropriate Committees of Congress Defined.--In this 
     section, the term ``appropriate committees of Congress'' 
     means--
       (1) the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on 
     Foreign Relations of the Senate; and
       (2) the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on 
     Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2432. Mr. HATCH (for himself, Mrs. Capito, Mr. Daines, Mrs. 
Shaheen, Ms. Baldwin, Mr. Hoeven, Ms. Hassan, Mr. Crapo, and Mr. 
Manchin) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 
2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended 
to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for 
fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the end of subtitle A of title VII, add the following:

     SEC. 706. MODIFICATION OF ELIGIBILITY FOR TRICARE RESERVE 
                   SELECT OF CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE SELECTED 
                   RESERVE.

       (a) In General.--Section 1076d(a) of title 10, United 
     States Code, is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (1), by striking ``(1) Except as provided 
     in paragraph (2), a member'' and inserting ``A member''; and
       (2) by striking paragraph (2).
       (b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that 
     the costs of carrying out the amendments made by this 
     section, if any, will be offset.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2433. Mr. HATCH (for himself, Mr. Cornyn, and Mr. Lankford) 
submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 
submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be 
proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal 
year 2019 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, 
and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the end of title XII, add the following:

               Subtitle H--Support for the People of Iran

     SEC. 1281. SHORT TITLE.

       This subtitle may be cited as the ``Continued Support for 
     the Iranian People Act of 2018''.

     SEC. 1282. FINDINGS.

       Congress makes the following findings:
       (1) The protests that began on December 28, 2017, in Iran 
     (in this subtitle referred to as ``the protests'') were 
     instigated and supported by a diverse demographic of Iranian 
     citizens, especially including the poor and economically 
     disenfranchised populations across the country, located in 
     both rural and urban areas.
       (2) Rather than invest in the legitimate economy and future 
     of the Iranian people, the Government of Iran budgeted 
     billions of dollars to continue supporting illegitimate armed 
     groups and terrorists in the region, primarily through its 
     Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
       (3) The Government of Iran has arrested at least 4,500 
     individuals for participating in the protests, at least 490 
     of whom remain in custody, according to news reports.
       (4) According to Reuters, Iranian Deputy Interior Minister 
     Hossein Zolfaghari stated on January 1, 2018, that ``more 
     than 90 percent of the people arrested in these unrests were 
     young people and teenagers under the age of 25 and virtually 
     none of them have any arrest history''.
       (5) On January 8, 2018, Hamid Shahriari, deputy head of the 
     Government of Iran's judiciary, said that ``those who 
     organized and led the unrest against the establishment can 
     expect the maximum penalty,'' according to the Iranian 
     Students News Agency (ISNA), as reported by Radio Free 
     Europe/Radio Liberty.
       (6) Three detained prisoners were reported to have 
     ``committed suicide'' in Iranian prisons since their 
     incarceration, including Iranian-Canadian academic Kavous 
     Seyed-Emami.
       (7) The Iranian Security Forces have killed over 20 
     individuals during the protests, including 13-year-old Armin 
     Sadeghi.
       (8) The Government of Iran has consistently blocked 
     Internet access and use of communications applications like 
     Telegram and Instagram. As of January 31, 2018, protests 
     continue throughout Iran, with demonstrations in the city of 
     Ahvaz on January 23, 2018, and four more cities in the days 
     since.

     SEC. 1283. SENSE OF CONGRESS.

       Congress--
       (1) strongly condemns the Government of Iran for its human 
     rights violations against the people of Iran during and in 
     the wake of the protests;
       (2) urges the President to continue to publicly--
       (A) condemn the Government of Iran for its human rights 
     abuses against the Iranian people; and
       (B) support the human rights, economic prosperity, and 
     democratic aspirations of the Iranian people;
       (3) reaffirms the right of the people of Iran to the 
     freedom of speech and assembly in the face of oppression 
     perpetrated by the Government of Iran; and
       (4) supports the right of the people of Iran to a 
     democratic system of governance.

     SEC. 1284. STATEMENT OF UNITED STATES POLICY.

       It is the policy of the United States--
       (1) to condemn the Government of Iran's violations of its 
     citizens' human rights, freedom of religious expression, and 
     freedom of speech, including state-sanctioned violence 
     against peaceful protestors;
       (2) to support, through appropriate actions and official 
     public statements, the people of Iran in their fight for 
     freedom and prosperity; and
       (3) to work with international allies and partners to 
     monitor and effectively respond to the protests in Iran in a 
     manner that supports the human rights and democratic 
     aspirations of the people of Iran and deters the Government 
     of Iran from committing continued acts of oppression and 
     persecution against its citizens.

     SEC. 1285. REQUIREMENTS.

       (a) Use of Social Media.--
       (1) Strategy.--The Secretary of State, in consultation with 
     the Secretary of Commerce and the Office of the Director of 
     National Intelligence, shall work with relevant social media 
     and telecommunications companies, Internet service providers, 
     and expert public stakeholders, as appropriate, to develop a 
     strategy consisting of potential government and private 
     sector actions and best practices for preventing the 
     Government of Iran from shutting down Internet access and 
     blocking access to social media applications.
       (2) Report required.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State 
     shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees an 
     unclassified report, which may contain a classified annex, 
     containing the strategy described in paragraph (1).
       (b) Modification of Annual Human Rights Report.--
       (1) Report required.--As part of the first Annual Country 
     Report on Human Rights submitted after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State and the 
     Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with other 
     appropriate Federal agencies, shall include an unclassified 
     report documenting the actions of the Government of Iran, the 
     Iranian Revolutionary Court, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard 
     Corps, and their proxies in response to the protests that 
     began on December 28, 2017.
       (2) Elements.--The report required under paragraph (1) 
     shall include--
       (A) an appendix detailing the circumstances of the 
     incarcerations undertaken by the Government of Iran during 
     this period and the treatment of prisoners; and
       (B) an appendix, which may contain a classified annex, 
     detailing the sources and mechanisms used by the Government 
     of Iran, the IRGC, and its proxies to fund its actions in 
     response to the protests.
       (3) Required briefing.--Not later than 60 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act and upon publication of the 
     report described in paragraph (1), the Secretary of State and 
     the Secretary of the Treasury shall brief, in an unclassified 
     and classified format, if necessary, the appropriate 
     congressional committees on the information required by the 
     report described in paragraph (1).

     SEC. 1286. APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES DEFINED.

       In this subtitle, the term ``appropriate congressional 
     committees'' means--
       (1) the Committee on Foreign Relations, the Committee on 
     Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and the Committee on 
     Appropriations of the Senate; and
       (2) the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on 
     Energy and Commerce, and the Committee on Appropriations of 
     the House of Representatives.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2434. Mr. HATCH submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of title XII, add the following:

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                       Subtitle H--Iran Sanctions

     SEC. 1281. SHORT TITLE.

       This subtitle may be cited as the ``Iranian Revolutionary 
     Guard Corps Economic Exclusion Act''.

     SEC. 1282. ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS WITH RESPECT TO FOREIGN 
                   PERSONS THAT ARE OFFICIALS, AGENTS, OR 
                   AFFILIATES OF, OR OWNED OR CONTROLLED BY, 
                   IRAN'S REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS.

       (a) In General.--Section 301(a) of the Iran Threat 
     Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (22 U.S.C. 
     8741(a)) is amended--
       (1) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking 
     ``Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, and as appropriate thereafter,'' and inserting 
     ``Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of 
     the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Economic Exclusion Act, 
     and every 180 days thereafter,'';
       (2) in paragraph (1)--
       (A) by inserting ``, or owned or controlled by,'' after 
     ``affiliates of''; and
       (B) by striking ``and'' at the end;
       (3) in paragraph (2)(B), by striking the period at the end 
     and inserting ``; and''; and
       (4) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(3) identify foreign persons with respect to which there 
     is a reasonable basis to determine that the foreign persons 
     have, directly or indirectly, conducted one or more sensitive 
     transactions or activities described in subsection (c) for or 
     on behalf of a foreign person described in paragraph (1).''.
       (b) Authorization; Priority for Investigation; Reports.--
     Section 301(b) of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human 
     Rights Act of 2012 (22 U.S.C. 8741(b)) is amended to read as 
     follows:
       ``(b) Authorization; Priority for Investigation; Reports.--
       ``(1) Authorization.--In identifying foreign persons 
     pursuant to subsection (a)(1) as owned or controlled by 
     Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, the President is authorized 
     to identify foreign persons in which Iran's Revolutionary 
     Guard Corps has an ownership interest of less than 50 
     percent.
       ``(2) Priority for investigation.--In identifying foreign 
     persons pursuant to subsection (a)(1) as officials, agents, 
     or affiliates of, or owned or controlled by, Iran's 
     Revolutionary Guard Corps, the President shall investigate--
       ``(A) foreign persons identified under section 560.304 of 
     title 31, Code of Federal Regulations (relating to the 
     definition of the Government of Iran); and
       ``(B) foreign persons for which there is a reasonable basis 
     to find that the person has conducted or attempted to conduct 
     one or more sensitive transactions or activities described in 
     subsection (c).
       ``(3) Report.--
       ``(A) Determination.--
       ``(i) In general.--The President shall determine whether 
     each foreign person described in clause (ii) is owned or 
     controlled by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps.
       ``(ii) Foreign persons described.--The foreign persons 
     described in this clause are the following:

       ``(I) The Telecommunication Company of Iran.
       ``(II) The Mobile Telecommunication Company of Iran (MTCI).
       ``(III) The Calcimin Public Company.
       ``(IV) The Iran Tractor Manufacturing Company.
       ``(V) The Iran Tractor Motors Manufacturing Company.
       ``(VI) The Iran Zinc Mines Development Company.
       ``(VII) The National Iranian Lead and Zinc Company.
       ``(VIII) The Iran Mineral Products Company.
       ``(IX) Tosee Energy Paivaran Company.

       ``(B) Report.--
       ``(i) In general.--Not later than 90 days after the date of 
     the enactment of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps 
     Economic Exclusion Act, the President shall submit to the 
     appropriate congressional committees a report on the 
     determinations made under subparagraph (A) together with the 
     reasons for those determinations.
       ``(ii) Form.--A report submitted under clause (i) shall be 
     submitted in unclassified form but may contain a classified 
     annex.
       ``(4) Additional report.--
       ``(A) In general.--Not later than 180 days after the date 
     of the enactment of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps 
     Economic Exclusion Act, the President shall submit to the 
     appropriate congressional committees a report that includes a 
     detailed list of foreign persons in which there is a 
     reasonable basis to determine that Iran's Revolutionary Guard 
     Corps has an ownership interest of not less than 33 percent.
       ``(B) Form.--The report required under subparagraph (A) 
     shall be submitted in unclassified form but may contain a 
     classified annex.''.
       (c) Sensitive Transactions and Activities Described.--
     Section 301(c) of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human 
     Rights Act of 2012 (22 U.S.C. 8741(c)) is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (1)--
       (A) by striking ``$1,000,000'' and inserting ``$500,000''; 
     and
       (B) by inserting ``Iranian financial institution or'' after 
     ``involving a'';
       (2) by redesignating paragraphs (3), (4), and (5) as 
     paragraphs (6), (7), and (8), respectively; and
       (3) by inserting after paragraph (2) the following new 
     paragraphs:
       ``(3) a transaction to provide material support for an 
     organization designated as a foreign terrorist organization 
     under section 219(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act 
     (8 U.S.C. 1189(a)) or support for an act of international 
     terrorism (as defined in section 14 of the Iran Sanctions Act 
     of 1996 (Public Law 104-172; 50 U.S.C. 1701 note));
       ``(4) a transaction to provide material support to a 
     foreign person whose property and interests in property have 
     been blocked pursuant to Executive Order 13224 (50 U.S.C. 
     1701 note; relating to blocking property and prohibiting 
     transactions with persons who commit, threaten to commit, or 
     support terrorism);
       ``(5) a transaction to provide material support for--
       ``(A) the Government of Syria or any agency or 
     instrumentality thereof; or
       ``(B) any entity owned or controlled by the Government of 
     Syria, including for purposes of post-conflict 
     reconstruction;''.
       (d) Waiver of Imposition of Sanctions.--Section 301(e) of 
     the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 
     (22 U.S.C. 8741(e)) is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (1)--
       (A) by striking ``(A) determines'' and inserting ``(A)(i) 
     determines'';
       (B) by striking ``(B) submits'' and inserting ``(ii) 
     submits'';
       (C) by striking ``(i) identifies'' and inserting ``(I) 
     identifies'';
       (D) by striking ``(ii) sets'' and inserting ``(II) sets'';
       (E) by striking the period at the end and inserting ``; 
     and''; and
       (F) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(B) with respect to a foreign person identified under 
     subsection (a)(3) by reason of having conducted or attempted 
     to conduct one or more sensitive transactions or activities 
     described in subsection (c)(5), also certifies to the 
     appropriate congressional committees that Iran's 
     Revolutionary Guard Corps is significantly decreasing 
     provision of direct or indirect material support to the 
     Government of Syria or Hezbollah's operations in Syria.''; 
     and
       (2) in paragraph (2), by striking ``paragraph (1)(B)'' and 
     inserting ``paragraph (1)(A)(ii)''.
       (e) Regulations, Implementation, Penalties, and 
     Definitions.--Section 301 of the Iran Threat Reduction and 
     Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (22 U.S.C. 8741) is amended--
       (1) by redesignating subsection (f) as subsection (h); and
       (2) by inserting after subsection (e) the following new 
     subsection:
       ``(f) Definitions.--In this section:
       ``(1) Foreign person.--The term `foreign person' means--
       ``(A) an individual who is not a United States person;
       ``(B) a corporation, partnership, or other nongovernmental 
     entity that is not a United States person; or
       ``(C) any representative, agent, or instrumentality of, or 
     an individual working on behalf of, a foreign government.
       ``(2) Iran's revolutionary guard corps.--The term `Iran's 
     Revolutionary Guard Corps' includes any senior foreign 
     political figure (as defined in section 1010.605 of title 31, 
     Code of Federal Regulations) of Iran's Revolutionary Guard 
     Corps.''.
       (f) Conforming and Clerical Amendments.--The Iran Threat 
     Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (22 U.S.C. 8701 
     et seq.) is amended--
       (1) by striking the heading of section 301 and inserting 
     the following:

     ``SEC. 301. IDENTIFICATION OF, AND IMPOSITION OF SANCTIONS 
                   WITH RESPECT TO, FOREIGN PERSONS THAT ARE 
                   OFFICIALS, AGENTS, OR AFFILIATES OF, OR OWNED 
                   OR CONTROLLED BY, IRAN'S REVOLUTIONARY GUARD 
                   CORPS.'';

     and
       (2) in the table of contents, by striking the item relating 
     to section 301 and inserting the following:

``Sec. 301. Identification of, and imposition of sanctions with respect 
              to, foreign persons that are officials, agents, or 
              affiliates of, or owned or controlled by, Iran's 
              Revolutionary Guard Corps.''.

       (g) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section 
     take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act and 
     apply with respect to conduct described in section 301(a) of 
     the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012, 
     as amended by this section, engaged in on or after such date 
     of enactment.

     SEC. 1283. ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS WITH RESPECT TO FOREIGN 
                   PERSONS THAT SUPPORT OR CONDUCT CERTAIN 
                   TRANSACTIONS WITH IRAN'S REVOLUTIONARY GUARD 
                   CORPS OR OTHER SANCTIONED PERSONS.

       (a) Identification.--Section 302(a)(1) of the Iran Threat 
     Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (22 U.S.C. 
     8742(a)(1))--
       (1) in subparagraph (B)--
       (A) by inserting ``, or provide significant financial 
     services to,'' after ``transactions with''; and
       (B) in clause (ii), by striking ``or'' at the end; and
       (2) in subparagraph (C)--
       (A) in the matter preceding clause (i), by inserting ``, 
     provide significant financial services to, or provide 
     material support to'' after ``transactions with'';
       (B) in clause (i), by striking ``or'' at the end; and
       (C) by striking clause (ii) and inserting the following:

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       ``(ii) an Iranian person--

       ``(I) designated as foreign terrorist organizations under 
     section 219(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 
     U.S.C. 1189(a)); or
       ``(II) that has provided support for an act of 
     international terrorism (as defined in section 14 of the Iran 
     Sanctions Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-172; 50 U.S.C. 1701 
     note));

       ``(iii) an Iranian person whose property and interests in 
     property have been blocked pursuant to Executive Order 13224 
     (50 U.S.C. 1701 note; relating to blocking property and 
     prohibiting transactions with persons who commit, threaten to 
     commit, or support terrorism);
       ``(iv) an Iranian person whose property and interests in 
     property have been blocked pursuant to--

       ``(I) Executive Order 13608 (50 U.S.C. 1701 note; relating 
     to prohibiting certain transactions with and suspending entry 
     into the United States of foreign sanctions evaders with 
     respect to Iran and Syria);
       ``(II) Executive Order 13606 (50 U.S.C. 1701 note; relating 
     to blocking the property and suspending entry into the United 
     States of certain persons with respect to grave human rights 
     abuses by the Governments of Iran and Syria via information 
     technology);
       ``(III) Executive Order 13582 (50 U.S.C. 1701 note; 
     relating to blocking property of the Government of Syria and 
     prohibiting certain transactions with respect to Syria);
       ``(IV) Executive Order 13573 (50 U.S.C. 1701 note; relating 
     to blocking property of senior officials of the Government of 
     Syria);
       ``(V) Executive Order 13572 (50 U.S.C. 1701 note; relating 
     to blocking property of certain persons with respect to human 
     rights abuses in Syria);
       ``(VI) Executive Order 13460 (50 U.S.C. 1701 note; relating 
     to blocking property of additional persons in connection with 
     the national emergency with respect to Syria);
       ``(VII) Executive Order 13399 (50 U.S.C. 1701 note; 
     relating to blocking property of additional persons in 
     connection with the national emergency with respect to 
     Syria);
       ``(VIII) Executive Order 13338 (50 U.S.C. 1701 note; 
     relating to blocking property of certain persons and 
     prohibiting the export of certain goods to Syria); or
       ``(IX) any other Executive order adopted on or after the 
     date of the enactment of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard 
     Corps Economic Exclusion Act, to the extent that such 
     Executive order imposes sanctions with respect to Syria; or

       ``(v) a person acting on behalf of or at the direction of, 
     or owned or controlled by, a person described in clauses (i) 
     through (iv).''.
       (b) Imposition of Sanctions.--Section 302(b) of the Iran 
     Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (22 
     U.S.C. 8742(b)) is amended by striking ``the President--'' 
     and all that follows and inserting ``the President shall 
     block and prohibit all transactions in property and interests 
     in property of the foreign person if such property and 
     interests in property are in the United States, come within 
     the United States, or are or come within the possession or 
     control of a United States person.''.
       (c) Waiver of Imposition of Sanctions.--Section 302(d) of 
     the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 
     (22 U.S.C. 8742(d)) is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (1)--
       (A) by striking ``(A)(i) determines'' and inserting 
     ``(A)(i)(I) determines'';
       (B) by striking ``(ii) determines'' and inserting ``(II) 
     determines'';
       (C) by striking ``(B) submits'' and inserting ``(ii) 
     submits'';
       (D) by striking ``(i) identifies'' and inserting ``(I) 
     identifies'';
       (E) by striking ``(ii) describes'' and inserting ``(II) 
     describes'';
       (F) by striking ``(iii) sets forth'' and inserting ``(III) 
     sets forth'';
       (G) by striking the period at the end and inserting ``; 
     and''; and
       (H) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(B) with respect to a foreign person identified under 
     subsection (a)(1) by reason of having engaged in a 
     significant transaction or transactions with, or provided 
     significant financial services or material support to, an 
     Iranian person described in subparagraph (C)(iv) of that 
     subsection, also certifies to the appropriate congressional 
     committees that Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps is 
     significantly decreasing provision of direct or indirect 
     material support to the Government of Syria or Hezbollah's 
     operations in Syria.''; and
       (2) in paragraph (2), by striking ``paragraph (1)(B)'' and 
     inserting ``paragraph (1)(A)(ii)''.
       (d) Waiver of Identifications and Designations.--Section 
     302(e) of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights 
     Act of 2012 (22 U.S.C. 8742(e)) is amended--
       (1) by striking ``and subject to paragraph (2)'';
       (2) by striking ``(1) determines'' and inserting ``(1)(A) 
     determines'';
       (3) by striking ``(2) notifies'' and inserting ``(B) 
     notifies'';
       (4) by striking the period at the end and inserting ``; 
     and''; and
       (5) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(2) with respect to a foreign person identified under 
     subsection (a)(1) by reason of having engaged in a 
     significant transaction or transactions with, or provided 
     significant financial services or material support to, an 
     Iranian person described in subparagraph (C)(iv) of that 
     subsection, also certifies to the appropriate congressional 
     committees that Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps is 
     significantly decreasing provision of direct or indirect 
     material support to the Government of Syria or Hezbollah's 
     operations in Syria.''.
       (e) Iranian Person Defined.--Section 302 of the Iran Threat 
     Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (22 U.S.C. 8742) 
     is amended by adding at the end the following:
       ``(g) Iranian Person Defined.--In this section, the term 
     `Iranian person' means--
       ``(1) an individual who is a citizen or national of Iran; 
     and
       ``(2) an entity organized under the laws of Iran or 
     otherwise subject to the jurisdiction of the Government of 
     Iran.''.
       (f) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section 
     take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act and 
     apply with respect to conduct described in section 302(a)(1) 
     of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 
     2012, as amended by this section, engaged in on or after such 
     date of enactment.

     SEC. 1284. REPORTS ON CERTAIN IRANIAN PERSONS.

       (a) Statement of Policy.--It shall be the policy of the 
     United States to fully implement and enforce sanctions 
     against Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, including its 
     officials, agents, and affiliates.
       (b) In General.--Subtitle B of title III of the Iran Threat 
     Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-
     158; 126 Stat. 1247) is amended by adding at the end the 
     following:

     ``SEC. 313. REPORT ON CERTAIN IRANIAN PERSONS.

       ``(a) In General.--Not later than 180 days after the date 
     of the enactment of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps 
     Economic Exclusion Act, and annually thereafter until the 
     date that is 2 years after such date of enactment, the 
     President shall submit to the appropriate congressional 
     committees a report that contains the following:
       ``(1) A list of foreign persons listed on the Tehran Stock 
     Exchange and, with respect to each such foreign person, a 
     determination of whether or not Iran's Revolutionary Guard 
     Corps or any foreign persons that are officials, agents, or 
     affiliates of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, directly or 
     indirectly, owns or controls the foreign person.
       ``(2) A list of foreign persons that are operating business 
     enterprises in Iran that have a valuation of more than 
     $100,000,000 in Iran and, with respect to each such foreign 
     person, a determination of whether or not Iran's 
     Revolutionary Guard Corps or any foreign persons that are 
     officials, agents, or affiliates of Iran's Revolutionary 
     Guard Corps, directly or indirectly, owns or controls the 
     foreign person.
       ``(3) A list of Iranian financial institutions that have a 
     valuation of more than $10,000,000 and, with respect to each 
     such Iranian financial institution, a determination of 
     whether or not--
       ``(A) the institution has knowingly facilitated a 
     significant transaction directly or indirectly for, or on 
     behalf of, Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps during the 2-year 
     period beginning on the date of the enactment of the Iranian 
     Revolutionary Guard Corps Economic Exclusion Act; or
       ``(B) Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps or any foreign 
     persons that are officials, agents, or affiliates of Iran's 
     Revolutionary Guard Corps, directly or indirectly, owns or 
     controls the institution.
       ``(b) Form of Report; Public Availability.--
       ``(1) Form.--The report required by paragraph (1) shall be 
     submitted in unclassified form but may contain a classified 
     annex.
       ``(2) Public availability.--The unclassified portion of the 
     report required by paragraph (1) shall be posted on a 
     publicly available Internet website of the Department of the 
     Treasury and a publicly available Internet website of the 
     Department of State.
       ``(c) Definitions.--In this section:
       ``(1) Foreign person.--The term `foreign person' means--
       ``(A) an individual who is not a United States person;
       ``(B) a corporation, partnership, or other nongovernmental 
     entity that is not a United States person; or
       ``(C) any representative, agent, or instrumentality of, or 
     an individual working on behalf of, a foreign government.
       ``(2) Iran's revolutionary guard corps.--The term `Iran's 
     Revolutionary Guard Corps' includes any senior foreign 
     political figure (as defined in section 1010.605 of title 31, 
     Code of Federal Regulations) of Iran's Revolutionary Guard 
     Corps.
       ``(3) Iranian financial institution.--The term `Iranian 
     financial institution' means--
       ``(A) a financial institution organized under the laws of 
     Iran or any jurisdiction within Iran, including a foreign 
     branch of such an institution;
       ``(B) a financial institution located in Iran;
       ``(C) a financial institution, wherever located, owned or 
     controlled by the Government of Iran; or
       ``(D) a financial institution, wherever located, owned or 
     controlled by a financial institution described in 
     subparagraph (A), (B), or (C).
       ``(4) Significant transaction.--A transaction shall be 
     determined to be a `significant transaction' in accordance 
     with section 561.404 of title 31, Code of Federal 
     Regulations.

     ``SEC. 314. REPORT ON THE FOREIGN SUPPLY CHAIN AND DOMESTIC 
                   SUPPLY CHAIN INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF IRAN THAT 
                   AIDS IRAN'S REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS.

       ``(a) In General.--Not later than 180 days after the date 
     of the enactment of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps 
     Economic

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     Exclusion Act, the President shall submit a report on the 
     foreign supply chain and domestic supply chain inside and 
     outside of Iran that directly or indirectly significantly 
     facilitates, supports, or otherwise aids Iran's Revolutionary 
     Guard Corps to--
       ``(1) the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on 
     Financial Services of the House of Representatives; and
       ``(2) the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee 
     on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the Senate.
       ``(b) Matters To Be Included.--The report required under 
     subsection (a) shall include the following:
       ``(1) An analysis of the foreign supply chain and domestic 
     supply chain described in subsection (a).
       ``(2) Persons that conduct both primary activities and 
     support activities for the Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps.
       ``(3) A description of the geographic distribution of the 
     foreign supply chain and domestic supply chain described in 
     subsection (a).
       ``(c) Form.--The report required under subsection (a) shall 
     be submitted in unclassified form but may contain a 
     classified annex.''.
       (c) Clerical Amendment.--The table of contents for the Iran 
     Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 is 
     amended by inserting after the item relating to section 312 
     the following:

``Sec. 313. Report on certain Iranian persons.
``Sec. 314. Report on the foreign supply chain and domestic supply 
              chain inside and outside of Iran that aids Iran's 
              Revolutionary Guard Corps.''.

     SEC. 1285. STATEMENT OF POLICY ON PREVENTION OF ACCESSION OF 
                   IRAN TO WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION.

       (a) In General.--It shall be the policy of the United 
     States to work to prevent Iran's membership in the World 
     Trade Organization and similar international bodies until the 
     date on which the determination of the Secretary of State 
     that the Government of Iran has repeatedly provided support 
     for acts of international terrorism under the provisions of 
     law described in subsection (b) is rescinded.
       (b) Provisions of Law Described.--The provisions of law 
     described in this subsection are--
       (1) section 6(j)(1)(A) of the Export Administration Act of 
     1979 (50 U.S.C. 4605(j)(1)(A)) (as continued in effect 
     pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act 
     (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.));
       (2) section 620A(a) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 
     (22 U.S.C. 2371(a));
       (3) section 40(d) of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 
     2780(d)); or
       (4) any other provision of law.

     SEC. 1286. STATEMENT OF POLICY ON IRANIAN-DIRECTED AND 
                   SPONSORED VIOLENCE AGAINST UNARMED CIVILIANS.

       (a) In General.--It shall be the policy of the United 
     States to respond to the Government of Iran's targeted 
     violence toward civilians, whether such violence--
       (1) takes place inside Iran or elsewhere; and
       (2) is conducted directly by that Government or its 
     military or proxies or by direct accommodation through 
     intermediaries or other agents.
       (b) Implementation.--To achieve the policy set forth in 
     subsection (a), the United States shall--
       (1) condemn support for terrorism by the Government of Iran 
     or its military or proxies, whether provided directly or 
     through sponsor organizations such as Hezbollah;
       (2) condemn the support or accommodation by the Government 
     of Iran or its military or proxies for any acts of violence 
     against unarmed civilians, whether provided--
       (A) within the borders of Iran or elsewhere;
       (B) directly or through intermediaries;
       (C) proactively or by accommodation; or
       (D) through conventional or nonconventional methods;
       (3) work with international partners to develop steps and 
     tools to exert pressure on the Government of Iran and its 
     military and proxies in response to incidents of violence 
     targeting unarmed civilians; and
       (4) take steps to facilitate entry of representatives of 
     the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United 
     Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the United 
     Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights 
     defenders to inspect and respond to particular incidents of 
     such violence in a timely fashion.

     SEC. 1287. EXCEPTION RELATING TO IMPORTATION OF GOODS.

       (a) In General.--The authorities and requirements to impose 
     sanctions under this subtitle and the amendments made by this 
     subtitle shall not include the authority or a requirement to 
     impose sanctions on the importation of goods.
       (b) Good Defined.--In this section, the term ``good'' has 
     the meaning given that term in section 16 of the Export 
     Administration Act of 1979 (50 U.S.C. 4618) (as continued in 
     effect pursuant to the International Emergency Economic 
     Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.)).
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  SA 2435. Mr. YOUNG (for himself and Mr. Van Hollen) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1066. HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER MOBILITY DEMONSTRATION.

       (a) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) Families; public housing agency.--The term ``public 
     housing agency'' have the meanings given those terms in 
     section 3(b) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 
     U.S.C. 1437a(b)).
       (2) Housing choice voucher assistance.--The term ``housing 
     choice voucher assistance'' means voucher assistance provided 
     under section 8(o) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 
     (42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)).
       (3) Plan.--The term ``Plan'' means a Regional Housing 
     Mobility Plan submitted under subsection (d).
       (4) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
     of Housing and Urban Development.
       (b) Authority.--The Secretary may carry out a mobility 
     demonstration program to enable public housing agencies to 
     administer housing choice voucher assistance in a manner 
     designed to encourage families receiving that assistance to 
     move to lower-poverty areas and expand access to opportunity 
     areas.
       (c) Selection of PHAs.--
       (1) Requirements.--The Secretary shall establish 
     requirements for public housing agencies to participate in 
     the demonstration program under this section, which shall 
     provide that the following public housing agencies may 
     participate:
       (A) Public housing agencies that together--
       (i) serve areas with high concentrations of families 
     receiving housing choice voucher assistance in poor, low-
     opportunity neighborhoods; and
       (ii) have an adequate number of moderately priced rental 
     units in higher-opportunity areas.
       (B) Planned consortia or partial consortia of public 
     housing agencies that--
       (i) include not less than 1 public housing agency with a 
     high-performing Family Self-Sufficiency program carried out 
     under section 23 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 
     U.S.C. 1437u); and
       (ii) will enable participating families to continue in the 
     Family Self-Sufficiency program if the family relocates to 
     the jurisdiction served by any other public housing agency of 
     the consortium.
       (C) Planned consortia or partial consortia of public 
     housing agencies that--
       (i) serve jurisdictions within a single region;
       (ii) include not less than 1 small public housing agency; 
     and
       (iii) will consolidate mobility-focused operations.
       (D) Such other public housing agencies as the Secretary 
     considers appropriate.
       (2) Selection criteria.--The Secretary shall establish 
     competitive selection criteria for public housing agencies 
     eligible under paragraph (1) to participate in the 
     demonstration program under this section.
       (3) Random selection of families.--The Secretary may 
     require public housing agencies participating in the 
     demonstration program under this section to use a randomized 
     selection process to select among the families eligible to 
     receive assistance under the demonstration program.
       (d) Regional Housing Mobility Plan.--The Secretary shall 
     require each public housing agency applying to participate in 
     the demonstration program under this section to submit a 
     Regional Housing Mobility Plan, which shall--
       (1) identify the public housing agencies that will 
     participate under the Plan and the number of vouchers each 
     participating public housing agency will make available out 
     of their existing programs in connection with the 
     demonstration;
       (2) identify any community-based organizations, nonprofit 
     organizations, businesses, and other entities that will 
     participate under the Plan and describe the commitments for 
     the participation made by each such entity;
       (3) identify any waivers or alternative requirements 
     requested for the execution of the Plan;
       (4) identify any specific actions that the public housing 
     agencies and other entities will undertake to accomplish the 
     goals of the demonstration program, which shall include a 
     comprehensive approach to enable a successful transition to 
     opportunity areas and may include counseling and continued 
     support for families;
       (5) specify the criteria that the public housing agencies 
     would use to identify opportunity areas under the Plan;
       (6) provide for the establishment of priority and 
     preferences for families receiving assistance under the 
     demonstration program, including a preference for families 
     with young children, as such term is defined by the 
     Secretary, based on regional housing needs and priorities; 
     and
       (7) comply with any other requirements established by the 
     Secretary.
       (e) Funding for Mobility-Related Services.--

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       (1) Use of administrative fees.--Each public housing agency 
     participating in the demonstration program under this section 
     may use administrative fees under section 8(q) of the United 
     States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437f(q)), any 
     administrative fee reserves of the public housing agency, and 
     funding from private entities to provide mobility-related 
     services in connection with the demonstration program, 
     including services such as counseling, portability 
     coordination, landlord outreach, security deposits, and 
     administrative activities associated with establishing and 
     operating regional mobility programs.
       (2) Use of housing assistance funds.--Each public housing 
     agency participating in the demonstration program under this 
     section may use housing assistance payment contract funds 
     under section 8(o) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 
     (42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)) for security deposits if necessary to 
     enable families to lease units with housing choice voucher 
     assistance in designated opportunity areas.
       (f) Waivers; Alternative Requirements.--
       (1) Waivers.--To allow for public housing agencies to 
     implement and administer the Plan of the public housing 
     agency under the demonstration program under this section, 
     the Secretary may waive or specify alternative requirements 
     for the following provisions of the United States Housing Act 
     of 1937 (42 U.S.C. 1437 et seq.):
       (A) Paragraphs (7)(A) and (13)(E)(i) of section 8(o) (42 
     U.S.C. 1437f(o)) (relating to the term of a lease and 
     mobility requirements).
       (B) Section 8(o)(13)(C)(i) (42 U.S.C. 1437f(o)(13)(C)(i)) 
     (relating to the public housing agency plan).
       (C) Section 8(r)(2) (42 U.S.C. 1437f(r)(2)) (relating to 
     the responsibility of a public housing agency to administer 
     portable assistance).
       (2) Alternative requirements.--The Secretary shall provide 
     additional authority for public housing agencies in a 
     selected region to form a consortium that has a single 
     housing assistance payment contract, or to enter into a 
     partial consortium to operate all or portions of the Plan, 
     including public housing agencies participating in the Moving 
     To Work demonstration program established under section 204 
     of the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban 
     Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 
     1996 (Public Law 104-134; 110 Stat. 1321-281).
       (3) Effective date.--Any waiver or alternative requirements 
     pursuant to this subsection shall not take effect before the 
     date that is 10 days after the date on which the date on 
     which the Secretary publishes a notice of the waiver or 
     alternative requirement in the Federal Register.
       (g) Implementation.--The Secretary may implement the 
     demonstration program under this section, including the 
     terms, procedures, requirements, and conditions of the 
     demonstration, by notice.
       (h) Evaluation.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 5 years after the 
     implementation of the regional housing mobility programs by 
     public housing agencies participating in the demonstration 
     program under this section, the Secretary shall submit to 
     Congress and publish in the Federal Register a report 
     evaluating the effectiveness of the strategies pursued under 
     the demonstration program, subject to the availability of 
     funding to conduct the evaluation.
       (2) Dissemination of findings.--The Secretary shall--
       (A) through internet websites and other means, disseminate 
     interim findings relating to the demonstration program under 
     this section as they become available; and
       (B) if promising strategies are identified through the 
     findings described in subparagraph (A), notify Congress of 
     the amount of funds that would be required to expand the 
     testing of these strategies in additional types of public 
     housing agencies and housing markets.
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  SA 2436. Ms. COLLINS submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of part I of subtitle C of title XVI, add the 
     following:

     SEC. ___. REPORT ON STRENGTHENING NATO CYBER DEFENSE.

       (a) Sense of Senate.--It is the sense of the Senate that 
     the Department of Defense should continue to cooperate with 
     the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and key 
     Organization allies in order to promote the common defense in 
     the cyberspace domain as well as to deter cyberattacks.
       (b) Report Required.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than March 31, 2019, the 
     Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional 
     defense committees a report detailing the Department's 
     efforts to enhance the United States' leadership and 
     collaboration with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization 
     with respect to the development of a comprehensive, cross-
     domain strategy to build cyber-defense capacity and deter 
     cyber attacks among Organization member countries.
       (2) Contents.--The report required by paragraph (1) shall 
     address the following:
       (A) Improving cyber situational awareness among 
     Organization member countries.
       (B) Implementation of the cyber operational-domain roadmap 
     of the Organization with respect to doctrine, political 
     oversight and governance, planning, rules of engagement, and 
     integration across member countries.
       (C) Planned cooperative efforts to combat information 
     warfare across Organization member countries.
       (D) The development of cyber capabilities, including 
     cooperative development efforts and technology transfer.
       (E) Supporting stronger cyber partnerships with non-
     Organization member countries as appropriate.
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  SA 2437. Mr. WICKER (for himself, Mr. Coons, Mr. Hoeven, Ms. Collins, 
Mr. Rounds, Mrs. Capito, Ms. Heitkamp, Ms. Baldwin, Mr. Young, Ms. 
Warren, and Ms. Hassan) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title VI, add the following:

     SEC. 622. TREATMENT OF SERVICE ON ACTIVE DUTY FOR PREPLANNED 
                   MISSIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE COMBATANT COMMANDS 
                   TOWARD REDUCTION IN AGE FOR ELIGIBILITY FOR 
                   RETIRED PAY FOR NON-REGULAR SERVICE.

       Section 12731(f)(2)(B)(i) of title 10, United States Code, 
     is amended by striking ``under a provision of law referred to 
     in section 101(a)(13)(B) or under section 12301(d)'' and 
     inserting ``under section 12301(d) or 12304b of this title or 
     a provision of law referred to in section 101(a)(13)(B)''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2438. Mr. WARNER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place in title IX, insert the following:

     SEC. ___. GOALS FOR PROMPTNESS OF DETERMINATIONS REGARDING 
                   SECURITY CLEARANCES.

       (a) In General.--The Council shall take such actions as may 
     be necessary to ensure that, by December 31, 2021, 90 percent 
     of all determinations regarding--
       (1) security clearances--
       (A) at the secret level are issued in 30 days or fewer; and
       (B) at the top secret level are issued in 90 days or fewer; 
     and
       (2) reciprocity of a security clearance at the same level 
     are recognized in two weeks or fewer.
       (b) Certain Reinvestigations.--The Council shall ensure 
     that by December 31, 2021, reinvestigation on a set 
     periodicity is not be required for more than 10 percent of 
     the population that holds a security clearance.
       (c) Plan.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Council shall submit a plan to 
     carry out this section to the appropriate congressional 
     committees. Such plan shall include recommended interim 
     milestones for the goals set forth in subsections (a) and (b) 
     for 2019, 2020, and 2021.
       (d) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) Appropriate congressional committees.--The term 
     ``appropriate congressional committees'' means--
       (A) the congressional defense committees;
       (B) the congressional intelligence committees (as defined 
     in section 3 of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 
     3003));
       (C) the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental 
     Affairs of the Senate; and
       (D) the Committee on Homeland Security and the Committee on 
     Oversight and Government Reform of the House of 
     Representatives.
       (2) Council.--The term ``Council'' means the Security, 
     Suitability, and Credentialing Performance Accountability 
     Council established pursuant to Executive Order 13467 (73 
     Fed. Reg. 38103; 50 U.S.C. 3161 note).
       (3) Reciprocity.--The term ``reciprocity'' means reciprocal 
     recognition by Federal departments and agencies of 
     eligibility for access to classified information.
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  SA 2439. Mr. WARNER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by

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him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 
2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place in title IX, insert the following:

     SEC. ___. REPORT ON UNIFIED, SIMPLIFIED, GOVERNMENT-WIDE 
                   STANDARDS FOR POSITIONS OF TRUST AND SECURITY 
                   CLEARANCES.

       (a) In General.--Not later than 90 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Security Executive Agent and 
     the Suitability and Credentialing Executive Agent, in 
     coordination with the other members of the Council, shall 
     jointly submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a 
     report on the advisability and the risks, benefits, and costs 
     to the Government and to industry of consolidating to not 
     more than 3 tiers for positions of trust and security 
     clearances.
       (b) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) Appropriate congressional committees.--The term 
     ``appropriate congressional committees'' means--
       (A) the congressional intelligence committees (as defined 
     in section 3 of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 
     3003));
       (B) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Appropriations, and the Committee on Homeland Security and 
     Governmental Affairs of the Senate; and
       (C) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Appropriations, the Committee on Homeland Security, and the 
     Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of 
     Representatives.
       (2) Council.--The term ``Council'' means the Security, 
     Suitability, and Credentialing Performance Accountability 
     Council established pursuant to Executive Order 13467 (73 
     Fed. Reg. 38103; 50 U.S.C. 3161 note).
       (3) Security executive agent.--The term ``Security 
     Executive Agent'' means the Director of National Intelligence 
     acting as the Security Executive Agent in accordance with 
     Executive Order 13467 (73 Fed. Reg. 38103; 50 U.S.C. 3161 
     note).
       (4) Suitability and credentialing executive agent.--The 
     term ``Suitability and Credentialing Executive Agent'' means 
     the Director of the Office of Personnel Management acting as 
     the Suitability and Credentialing Executive Agent in 
     accordance with Executive Order 13467 (73 Fed. Reg. 38103; 50 
     U.S.C. 3161 note).
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2440. Mr. WARNER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 
2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place in title IX, insert the following:

     SEC. ___. BUDGET REQUEST DOCUMENTATION ON FUNDING FOR 
                   CLEARANCES.

       (a) In General.--As part of the fiscal year 2020 budget 
     request submitted to Congress pursuant to section 1105(a) of 
     title 31, United States Code, the President shall include 
     exhibits that identify the resources allocated by each agency 
     to processing security clearances, disaggregated by type of 
     security clearance.
       (b) Contents.--Each exhibit submitted under subsection (a) 
     shall include, with respect to security clearances, details 
     on the costs of--
       (1) background investigations and reinvestigations;
       (2) additional screening mechanisms, such polygraphs, 
     medical exams, and psychological exams;
       (3) adjudications;
       (4) other means of continuous vetting, such as continuous 
     evaluation and user activity monitoring; and
       (5) the average per person cost for each type of security 
     clearance.
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  SA 2441. Mr. SCHATZ (for himself and Mr. Moran) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 5515, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which 
was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle D of title XXVIII, add the 
     following:

     SEC. 2838. AUTHORITY TO ENGAGE IN PROJECTS TO SUPPORT 
                   INSTALLATION ENERGY RESILIENCE AND ENERGY 
                   SECURITY.

       (a) In General.--Subchapter I of chapter 173 of title 10, 
     United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 
     2919 the following new section:

     ``Sec. 2920. Projects on non-federal property to ensure 
       energy resilience and energy security

       ``(a) Authority for Projects.--The Secretary of Defense may 
     provide for the construction, improvement, hardening against 
     physical or cyber attack, and maintenance of a utility system 
     supporting a military installation if the Secretary certifies 
     to the congressional defense committees that the 
     construction, improvement, hardening against physical or 
     cyber attack, or maintenance will provide energy resilience 
     or energy security to the installation and is necessary to 
     maintain the readiness of the armed forces.
       ``(b) Needs Assessment.--If the Secretary determines that 
     an action of the Department of Defense will cause a 
     significant effect on a utility system serving a military 
     installation, the Secretary shall conduct a utility service 
     needs assessment to assess the magnitude of the construction, 
     improvement, hardening against physical or cyber attack, and 
     maintenance required to address the effect.
       ``(c) Design of Projects.--A project carried out under 
     subsection (a) shall be designed to provide energy resilience 
     or energy security to the military installation and not to 
     other users of the utility system, but may, at no additional 
     expense to the United States, incidentally benefit other 
     users of the utility system.
       ``(d) Types of Available Agreements.--In carrying out a 
     project under subsection (a), the Secretary may use a 
     contract, a cooperative agreement, or a grant.
       ``(e) Nature of Projects.--A project carried out under 
     subsection (a)--
       ``(1) shall not be considered a military construction 
     project as that term is defined in section 2801(a) of this 
     title; and
       ``(2) shall be treated as the acquisition of enhanced 
     utility service to the military installation.
       ``(f) Source of Funds.--The Secretary may carry out this 
     section using funds available for operation and maintenance 
     or for military construction.
       ``(g) Congressional Oversight.--When a decision is made to 
     carry out a project under this section, the Secretary 
     concerned shall submit to the congressional defense 
     committees, in an electronic medium pursuant to section 480 
     of this title, a report including the justification for the 
     project, the current estimate of the cost of the project, and 
     the source of funds to cover anticipated expenses. A project 
     may not be carried out if a congressional defense committee 
     sends written notification to the Secretary disapproving of a 
     project within 14 days of such report submission.
       ``(h) Definitions.--In this section:
       ``(1) Military installation.--The term `military 
     installation' has the meaning given the term in section 
     2687(g)(1) of this title.
       ``(2) Utility system.--The term `utility system' means a 
     utility system--
       ``(A) providing communications, electricity, gas, water, 
     oil, or steam to, or removing waste from, a military 
     installation;
       ``(B) not located on a military installation; and
       ``(C) not owned by the United States.''.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of such subchapter is amended by inserting after 
     the item relating to section 2919 the following new item:

``Sec.  2920. Projects on non-federal property to ensure energy 
              resilience and energy security.''.
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  SA 2442. Mr. WARNER (for himself and Mr. Kaine) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 5515, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which 
was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. ___. REIMBURSEMENT OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES FOR FEDERAL, 
                   STATE AND LOCAL INCOME TAXES INCURRED DURING 
                   TRAVEL, TRANSPORTATION, AND RELOCATION.

       (a) In General.--5724b of title 5, United States Code, is 
     amended--
       (1) in the section heading by striking ``of employees 
     transferred'';
       (2) in subsection (a)--
       (A) in the first sentence, by striking ``employee, or by an 
     employee and such employee's spouse (if filing jointly), for 
     any moving or storage'' and inserting ``individual, or by an 
     individual and such individual's spouse (if filing jointly), 
     for any travel, transportation, and relocation''; and
       (B) in the second sentence, by striking ``employee'' and 
     inserting ``individual, or the individual''; and
       (3) by striking subsection (b) and inserting the following:
       ``(b) For purposes of this section, the term `travel, 
     transportation, and relocation expenses' means all travel, 
     transportation, and relocation expenses reimbursed or 
     furnished in kind pursuant to subchapter II of this chapter 
     or chapter 41.''.
       (b) Technical and Conforming Amendment.--The table of 
     sections for chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code, is 
     amended by striking the item relating to section 5724b and 
     inserting the following:

``5724b. Taxes on reimbursements for travel, transportation, and 
              relocation expenses.''.

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       (c) Retroactive Effective Date.--The amendments made by 
     this section shall take effect as though enacted on January 
     1, 2018.
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  SA 2443. Ms. CANTWELL submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. CLARIFICATION OF REIMBURSABLE ALLOWED COSTS OF FAA 
                   MEMORANDA OF AGREEMENT.

       Section 47504(c)(2) of title 49, United States Code, is 
     amended--
       (1) in subparagraph (D), by striking ``and'' at the end;
       (2) in subparagraph (E), by striking the period at the end 
     and inserting ``; and''; and
       (3) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(F) to an airport operator of a congested airport (as 
     defined in section 47175) and a unit of local government 
     referred to in paragraph (1)(B) to carry out a project to 
     mitigate noise, if the project--
       ``(i) consists of--

       ``(I) replacement windows, doors, and the installation of 
     through-the-wall air-conditioning units; or
       ``(II) acquisition or installation of windows, doors, or 
     other noise mitigation elements to be used in a school 
     reconstruction, if reconstruction is the preferred local 
     solution;

       ``(ii) is located at a school near the airport; and
       ``(iii) is included in a memorandum of agreement entered 
     into before September 30, 2002, even if the airport has not 
     met the requirements of part 150 of title 14, Code of Federal 
     Regulations, and only if the financial limitations of the 
     memorandum are applied.''.
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  SA 2444. Mr. VAN HOLLEN (for himself and Mr. Rubio) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of title XII, add the following:

    Subtitle H--Deterrence of Foreign Interference in United States 
                               Elections

     SEC. 1281. SHORT TITLE.

       This subtitle may be cited as the ``Defending Elections 
     from Threats by Establishing Redlines Act of 2018''.

     SEC. 1282. DEFINITIONS.

       In this subtitle:
       (1) Account; correspondent account; payable-through 
     account.--The terms ``account'', ``correspondent account'', 
     and ``payable-through account'' have the meanings given those 
     terms in section 5318A of title 31, United States Code.
       (2) Appropriate congressional committees.--The term 
     ``appropriate congressional committees'' means--
       (A) the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, 
     the Committee on Foreign Relations, the Committee on Finance, 
     the Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Committee on 
     Rules and Administration of the Senate; and
       (B) the Committee on Financial Services, the Committee on 
     Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Ways and Means, the 
     Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Committee 
     on House Administration of the House of Representatives.
       (3) Appropriate congressional committees and leadership.--
     The term ``appropriate congressional committees and 
     leadership'' means--
       (A) the appropriate congressional committees;
       (B) the majority leader and minority leader of the Senate; 
     and
       (C) the Speaker, the majority leader, and the minority 
     leader of the House of Representatives.
       (4) Election and campaign infrastructure.--The term 
     ``election and campaign infrastructure'' means information 
     and communications technology and systems used by or on 
     behalf of--
       (A) the Federal Government or a State or local government 
     in managing the election process, including voter 
     registration databases, voting machines, voting tabulation 
     equipment, equipment for the secure transmission of election 
     results, and other systems; or
       (B) a principal campaign committee or national committee 
     (as those terms are defined in section 301 of the Federal 
     Election Campaign Act of 1971 (52 U.S.C. 30101)) with respect 
     to strategy or tactics affecting the conduct of a political 
     campaign, including electronic communications, and the 
     information stored on, processed by, or transiting such 
     technology and systems.
       (5) Interference in united states elections.--The term 
     ``interference'', with respect to a United States election, 
     means any of the following actions of the government of a 
     foreign country, or any person acting as an agent of or on 
     behalf of such a government, undertaken with the intent to 
     influence the election:
       (A) Obtaining unauthorized access to election and campaign 
     infrastructure or related systems or data and releasing such 
     data or modifying such infrastructure, systems, or data.
       (B) Blocking or degrading otherwise legitimate and 
     authorized access to election and campaign infrastructure or 
     related systems or data.
       (C) Significant contributions or expenditures for 
     advertising, including on the internet.
       (D) Using social, other internet-based, or traditional 
     media to spread significant false or derogatory information 
     to individuals in the United States.
       (E) Staging, organizing, coordinating, or promoting 
     rallies, meetings, or events in the United States.
       (F) Posing as United States persons and communicating with 
     individuals in the United States.
       (6) Knowingly.--The term ``knowingly'', with respect to 
     conduct, a circumstance, or a result, means that a person has 
     actual knowledge, or should have known, of the conduct, the 
     circumstance, or the result.
       (7) Person.--The term ``person'' means individual or 
     entity.
       (8) Presidential election cycle.--The term ``presidential 
     election cycle'' means the period beginning on the day after 
     the date of the most recent election for the office of 
     President of the United States and ending on the date of the 
     next election for that office.
       (9) United states election.--The term ``United States 
     election'' means any United States Federal election.
       (10) United states person.--The term ``United States 
     person'' means--
       (A) a United States citizen or an alien lawfully admitted 
     for permanent residence to the United States; or
       (B) an entity organized under the laws of the United States 
     or of any jurisdiction within the United States, including a 
     foreign branch of such an entity.

    PART I--DETERMINATION OF FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN UNITED STATES 
                               ELECTIONS

     SEC. 1283. DETERMINATION OF FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN UNITED 
                   STATES ELECTIONS.

       (a) In General.--Not later than 30 days after a United 
     States election, the Director of National Intelligence, in 
     consultation with the Director of the Federal Bureau of 
     Investigation, the Director of the National Security Agency, 
     the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the 
     Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the 
     Attorney General, shall--
       (1) determine whether or not the government of a foreign 
     country, or any person acting as an agent of or on behalf of 
     that government, knowingly engaged in interference in the 
     election; and
       (2) submit to the appropriate congressional committees and 
     leadership a report on that determination, including, if the 
     Director determines that interference did occur--
       (A) an identification of the government or person that 
     engaged in such interference; and
       (B) if the Government of the Russian Federation, or any 
     person acting as an agent of or on behalf of that Government, 
     engaged in such interference, a list of any senior foreign 
     political figures or oligarchs in the Russian Federation 
     identified under section 241(a)(1)(A) of the Countering 
     Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia Act of 2017 (title II 
     of Public Law 115-44; 131 Stat. 922) who directly or 
     indirectly contributed to such interference.
       (b) Additional Reporting.--If the Director of National 
     Intelligence determines and reports under subsection (a) that 
     neither the government of a foreign country nor any person 
     acting as an agent of or on behalf of that government 
     knowingly engaged in interference in a United States 
     election, and the Director subsequently determines that that 
     government, or such a person, did engage in such 
     interference, the Director shall, not later than 30 days 
     after making that determination, submit to the appropriate 
     congressional committees and leadership--
       (1) a report on the subsequent determination; and
       (2) if Director determines that the Government of the 
     Russian Federation, or any person acting as an agent of or on 
     behalf of that Government, engaged in such interference, a 
     list of any senior foreign political figures or oligarchs in 
     the Russian Federation identified under section 241(a)(1)(A) 
     of the Countering Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia Act 
     of 2017 (title II of Public Law 115-44; 131 Stat. 922) who 
     directly or indirectly contributed to such interference.
       (c) Form of Report.--Each report required by subsection (a) 
     or (b) shall be submitted in unclassified form but may 
     include a classified annex.

   PART II--DETERRING INTERFERENCE IN UNITED STATES ELECTIONS BY THE 
                           RUSSIAN FEDERATION

     SEC. 1284. IMPOSITION OF SANCTIONS.

       (a) In General.--If the Director of National Intelligence 
     determines under section

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     1283 that the Government of the Russian Federation, or any 
     person acting as an agent of or on behalf of that Government, 
     knowingly engaged in interference in a United States 
     election, the President shall, not later than 10 days after 
     such determination is made, impose the following sanctions:
       (1) Blocking the assets of certain state-owned russian 
     financial institutions and restricting accounts.--
       (A) In general.--The Secretary of the Treasury shall impose 
     one or more of the following sanctions on 3 or more entities 
     specified in subparagraph (B):
       (i) Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers 
     Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), blocking and prohibiting all 
     transactions in all property and interests in property of the 
     entity if such property and interests in property are in the 
     United States, come within the United States, or are or come 
     within the possession or control of a United States person.
       (ii) Prohibiting, or imposing strict conditions on, the 
     opening or maintaining in the United States of a 
     correspondent account or payable-through account by the 
     entity.
       (B) Entities specified.--The entities specified in this 
     subparagraph are the following:
       (i) Sberbank.
       (ii) VTB Bank.
       (iii) Gazprombank.
       (iv) Vnesheconombank.
       (v) Bank of Moscow.
       (vi) Rosselkhozbank.
       (2) Blocking the assets of certain russian energy 
     companies.--
       (A) In general.--The Secretary of the Treasury shall, 
     pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act 
     (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), block and prohibit all transactions 
     in all property and interests in property of 2 or more of the 
     entities specified in subparagraph (B) if such property and 
     interests in property are in the United States, come within 
     the United States, or are or come within the possession or 
     control of a United States person.
       (B) Entities specified.--The entities specified in this 
     subparagraph are the following:
       (i) Gazprom.
       (ii) Rosneft.
       (iii) Lukoil.
       (3) Blocking the assets of entities in russian defense and 
     intelligence sectors.--
       (A) In general.--The Secretary of the Treasury shall, 
     pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act 
     (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), block and prohibit all transactions 
     in all property and interests in property of any entity 
     described in subparagraph (B) if such property and interests 
     in property are in the United States, come within the United 
     States, or are or come within the possession or control of a 
     United States person.
       (B) Entities described.--An entity described in this 
     subparagraph is--
       (i) an entity that the President determines pursuant to 
     section 231 of the Countering Russian Influence in Europe and 
     Eurasia Act of 2017 (22 U.S.C. 9525) is part of, or operates 
     for or on behalf of, the defense or intelligence sectors of 
     the Government of the Russian Federation; or
       (ii) an entity in which an entity described in clause (i) 
     has an ownership interest of 50 percent or more.
       (4) Blocking the assets of certain russian state-owned 
     entities.--
       (A) In general.--The Secretary of the Treasury shall, 
     pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act 
     (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), block and prohibit all transactions 
     in all property and interests in property of any entity 
     described in subparagraph (B) in which the Government of the 
     Russian Federation has an ownership interest of 25 percent or 
     more if such property and interests in property are in the 
     United States, come within the United States, or are or come 
     within the possession or control of a United States person.
       (B) Entities described.--The entities described in this 
     subparagraph are the following:
       (i) Any entity in the railway or metals and mining sector 
     of the economy of the Russian Federation.
       (ii) Any aerospace company or air carrier, including any 
     subsidiary of such a company or carrier.
       (5) Blocking the assets of entities acquired by russian 
     state-owned entities.--The Secretary of the Treasury shall, 
     pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act 
     (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), block and prohibit all transactions 
     in all property and interests in property of any entity in 
     which an entity owned 50 percent or more in the aggregate by 
     the Government of the Russian Federation acquires, on or 
     after the date of the enactment of this Act, an ownership 
     interest of 20 percent or more if such property and interests 
     in property are in the United States, come within the United 
     States, or are or come within the possession or control of a 
     United States person.
       (6) Prohibition on transactions involving certain russian 
     debt.--The Secretary of the Treasury shall, pursuant to such 
     regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, prohibit all 
     transactions within the United States or by a United States 
     person, in--
       (A) sovereign debt of the Government of the Russian 
     Federation issued on or after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, including governmental bonds; and
       (B) debt of any entity owned or controlled by the Russian 
     Federation issued on or after such date of enactment, 
     including bonds.
       (7) Blocking the assets of senior political figures and 
     oligarchs and exclusion from the united states.--
       (A) In general.--The President shall impose with respect to 
     any senior foreign political figure or oligarch in the 
     Russian Federation identified under subsection (a)(2)(B) or 
     (b)(2) of section 1283 the following sanctions:
       (i) Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers 
     Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the President shall block and 
     prohibit all transactions in all property and interests in 
     property of the individual if such property and interests in 
     property are in the United States, come within the United 
     States, or are or come within the possession or control of a 
     United States person.
       (ii) The President shall deny a visa to, and exclude from 
     the United States, the individual, and revoke in accordance 
     with section 221(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 
     U.S.C. 1201(i)) any visa or other documentation of the 
     individual.
       (B) Public availability of information.--Information about 
     the denial or revocation of a visa or other documentation 
     under subparagraph (A)(ii) shall be made available to the 
     public.
       (b) Report to Congress.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than one year after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, and annually thereafter, the 
     President shall submit to the committees specified in 
     paragraph (2) a report--
       (A) identifying the 6 largest financial institutions owned 
     or controlled by the Government of the Russian Federation, 
     determined by estimated net assets; and
       (B) identifying the 3 largest energy companies in the 
     Russian Federation, in terms of estimated net assets.
       (2) Committees specified.--The committees specified in this 
     paragraph are--
       (A) the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs 
     and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate; and
       (B) the Committee on Financial Services and the Committee 
     on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives.
       (c) Exceptions.--
       (1) Exception for importation of goods.--The requirement to 
     impose sanctions under subsection (a) shall not include the 
     authority to impose sanctions with respect to the importation 
     of goods (as defined in section 16 of the Export 
     Administration Act of 1979 (50 U.S.C. 4618) (as continued in 
     effect pursuant to the International Emergency Economic 
     Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.))).
       (2) Compliance with united nations headquarters 
     agreement.--Subsection (a)(7)(A)(ii) shall not apply with 
     respect to the admission of an alien to the United States if 
     such admission is necessary to comply with United States 
     obligations under the Agreement between the United Nations 
     and the United States of America regarding the Headquarters 
     of the United Nations, signed at Lake Success June 26, 1947, 
     and entered into force November 21, 1947, under the 
     Convention on Consular Relations, done at Vienna April 24, 
     1963, and entered into force March 19, 1967, or under other 
     international agreements.
       (d) Implementation; Penalties.--
       (1) Implementation.--The President may exercise all 
     authorities provided under sections 203 and 205 of the 
     International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1702 
     and 1704) to carry out this section.
       (2) Penalties.--A person that violates, attempts to 
     violate, conspires to violate, or causes a violation of this 
     section or any regulation, license, or order issued to carry 
     out this section shall be subject to the penalties set forth 
     in subsections (b) and (c) of section 206 of the 
     International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1705) 
     to the same extent as a person that commits an unlawful act 
     described in subsection (a) of that section.
       (e) Suspension.--
       (1) In general.--The President may suspend sanctions 
     imposed under subsection (a) on or after the date on which 
     the Director of National Intelligence, in consultation with 
     the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the 
     Director of the National Security Agency, the Director of the 
     Central Intelligence Agency, the Secretary of State, the 
     Secretary of the Treasury, and the Attorney General, submits 
     to the appropriate congressional committees and leadership a 
     certification that the Government of the Russian Federation 
     has not engaged in interference in United States elections 
     for at least one presidential election cycle.
       (2) Reimposition.--
       (A) Reports required.--Not later than 90 days after a 
     suspension of sanctions under paragraph (1) takes effect, and 
     every 90 days thereafter, the President shall submit to the 
     appropriate congressional committees and leadership a report 
     on whether the Government of the Russian Federation is taking 
     measures to--
       (i) improve the oversight of and prosecutions relating to 
     interference in United States elections; and
       (ii) credibly demonstrate a significant change in behavior 
     and credibly commit to not engaging in such interference in 
     the future.
       (B) Reimposition.--If the President determines under 
     subparagraph (A) that the Government of the Russian 
     Federation is not taking measures described in that 
     subparagraph, the President shall reimpose the sanctions 
     suspended under paragraph (1).
       (f) Termination.--The President may terminate sanctions 
     imposed under subsection

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     (a) on or after the date on which the Director of National 
     Intelligence, in consultation with the Director of the 
     Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Director of the National 
     Security Agency, the Director of the Central Intelligence 
     Agency, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the 
     Treasury, and the Attorney General, submits to the 
     appropriate congressional committees and leadership a 
     certification that--
       (1) the Government of the Russian Federation has not 
     engaged in interference in United States elections for at 
     least 2 presidential election cycles; and
       (2) the President has received credible commitments from 
     the Government of the Russian Federation that that Government 
     will not engage in such interference in the future.

     SEC. 1285. STRATEGY ON COORDINATION WITH EUROPEAN UNION.

       Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, the President shall submit to the appropriate 
     congressional committees and leadership a strategy on how the 
     United States will--
       (1) work in concert with the European Union and member 
     countries of the European Union to deter interference by the 
     Government of the Russian Federation in elections; and
       (2) coordinate with the European Union and member countries 
     of the European Union to enact legislation similar to this 
     title.

 PART III--DETERRING INTERFERENCE IN UNITED STATES ELECTIONS BY OTHER 
                          FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS

     SEC. 1286. BRIEFING ON INTERFERENCE IN UNITED STATES 
                   ELECTIONS.

       Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, and every 90 days thereafter, the President, or a 
     designee of the President, shall brief the appropriate 
     congressional committees and leadership on any government of 
     a foreign country, or person acting as an agent of or on 
     behalf of that government, that is determined by the 
     President to have engaged in or to be likely to engage in 
     interference in a United States election.

     SEC. 1287. DETERRENCE STRATEGIES FOR INTERFERENCE IN UNITED 
                   STATES ELECTIONS BY CHINA, IRAN, NORTH KOREA, 
                   AND OTHER FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS OF CONCERN.

       Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, the President shall submit to the appropriate 
     congressional committees and leadership a report that 
     includes--
       (1) a strategy of the President to deter interference in a 
     United States election by the Government of the People's 
     Republic of China, the Government of Iran, the Government of 
     the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and any other 
     foreign government determined by the President to have 
     engaged in or to be likely to engage in interference in a 
     United States election, including any person acting as an 
     agent of or on behalf of such a government;
       (2) proposed sanctions if that government engages in such 
     interference and any authorities the President may require 
     from Congress to impose such sanctions;
       (3) other actions undertaken by Federal agencies or in 
     cooperation with other countries to deter such interference; 
     and
       (4) a plan for communicating such deterrence actions to 
     those governments.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2445. Mr. VAN HOLLEN submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed by him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for 
fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the end of section 1269, add the following:
       (e) Limitation Related to Purchase of S-400 System From 
     Russia.--
       (1) Report.--
       (A) In general.--Not later than 30 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the President shall submit to the 
     appropriate congressional committees a report with the 
     following information:
       (i) A determination whether the Government of Turkey has 
     made payments towards the purchase of the S-400 system.
       (ii) The number of S-400 systems the Government of Turkey 
     expects to purchase.
       (iii) The anticipated delivery schedule for the S-400 
     system.
       (iv) The total value of the S-400 systems the Government of 
     Turkey is expected to purchase, and how much of that will be 
     self-financed, financed by loans from Russia, or financed by 
     other sources.
       (v) A description of the measures the President has taken 
     to prevent Turkey's purchase of the S-400 system and 
     encourage an alternative system.
       (vi) An assessment of how the operation of the S-400 and F-
     35 aircraft together would impact the security of the F-35 
     aircraft.
       (B) Form.--The report required under this paragraph shall 
     be submitted in unclassified form but may contain a 
     classified annex as necessary.
       (2) Limitation.--Notwithstanding any other provision of 
     law, the transfer of F-35s to Turkey shall be subject to 
     section 36 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2776) 
     until the President certifies to the appropriate committees 
     of Congress that the Government of Turkey has withdrawn from 
     its agreement to purchase the Russian S-400 system.
       (3) Appropriate committees of congress defined.--In this 
     subsection, the term ``appropriate committees of Congress'' 
     means--
       (A) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Foreign Relations, the Committee on Banking, Housing, and 
     Urban Affairs, and the Committee on Appropriations of the 
     Senate; and
       (B) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Financial Services, and the 
     Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2446. Mr. KAINE (for himself, Mr. Perdue, and Mrs. Murray) 
submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 
submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be 
proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal 
year 2019 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, 
and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the end of part II of subtitle F of title V, add the 
     following:

     SEC. 577. TRANSITION ASSISTANCE FOR MILITARY SPOUSES.

       (a) Transition Assistance.--
       (1) In general.--Subchapter I of chapter 88 of title 10, 
     United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 
     1784a the following new section:

     ``Sec. 1784b. Employment assistance, job training assistance, 
       and other transitional assistance for military spouses: 
       Department of Labor

       ``(a) In General.--In carrying out the program of 
     assistance and services required by section 1144 of this 
     title, the Secretary of Labor, in conjunction with the 
     Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and 
     the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, shall also maintain a 
     program of counseling, assistance, help, and related 
     information and services for spouses of members of the armed 
     forces covered by that section in order to assist such 
     spouses during the transition of such members to civilian 
     life.
       ``(b) Elements.--The counseling, assistance, help, and 
     information and services available under the program under 
     this section shall be the following:
       ``(1) Such counseling, assistance, help, and information 
     and services as are available to members under section 1144 
     of title and are suitable to assist spouses during the 
     transition of members as described in subsection (a).
       ``(2) Such other counseling, assistance, help, and 
     information and services to assist spouses during such 
     transition as the Secretaries consider appropriate for 
     purposes of the program.
       ``(c) Participation.--A spouse is eligible to participate 
     in the program under this section during any period in which 
     the spouse's member is eligible to participate in the program 
     of assistance and services required by section 1144 of this 
     title.
       ``(d) Use of Personnel and Organizations.--In carrying out 
     the program under this section, the Secretaries may use any 
     of the authorities, personnel, organizations, and other 
     resources available for the program of assistance and 
     services required by section 1144 of this title that the 
     Secretaries consider appropriate for the effective operation 
     of the program under this section.''.
       (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of subchapter I of chapter 88 of such title is 
     amended by inserting after the item relating to section 1784a 
     the following new item:

``1784b. Employment assistance, job training assistance, and other 
              transitional assistance for military spouses: Department 
              of Labor.''.

       (b) Effective Date and Commencement of Program.--The 
     amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect on the 
     date of the enactment of this Act. The Secretary of Labor 
     shall commence the program required by section 1784b of title 
     10, United States Code (as added by such amendments), by such 
     date, not later than one year after the date of the enactment 
     of this Act, as the Secretary considers practicable.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2447. Mr. CARDIN (for himself, Mr. Enzi, and Mrs. Fischer) 
submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 
5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other 
purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle B of title VIII, add the following:

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     SEC. 823. PROMPT PAYMENTS OF SMALL BUSINESS CONTRACTORS OF 
                   THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.

       Section 2307(a) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended--
       (1) by redesignating paragraphs (1) and (2) as 
     subparagraphs (A) and (B), respectively;
       (2) by striking ``The head of any agency may--'' and 
     inserting ``(1) The head of any agency may''; and
       (3) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(2)(A) For a prime contractor (as defined in section 8701 
     of title 41) that is a small business concern (as defined in 
     section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632)), the 
     Secretary of Defense shall, to the fullest extent permitted 
     by law, establish an accelerated payment date with a goal of 
     15 days after receipt of a proper invoice for the amount due 
     if a specific payment date is not established by contract.
       ``(B) For a prime contractor that subcontracts with a small 
     business concern, the Secretary of Defense shall, to the 
     fullest extent permitted by law, establish an accelerated 
     payment date with a goal of 15 days after receipt of a proper 
     invoice for the amount due if--
       ``(i) a specific payment date is not established by 
     contract; and
       ``(ii) the prime contractor agrees to make payments to the 
     subcontractor in accordance with the accelerated payment 
     date, to the maximum extent practicable, without any further 
     consideration from or fees charged to the subcontractor.
       ``(C) For a prime contractor that subcontracts with a small 
     business concern, the Secretary of Defense may, to the 
     fullest extent permitted by law, establish incentives to 
     promote the accelerated payments to the subcontractor in 
     accordance with the accelerated payment date.''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2448. Mr. JONES submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       In the funding table in section 4101, in the item relating 
     to Littoral Combat Ship, increase the amount in the Senate 
     authorized column by $950,000,000.
       In the funding table in section 4101, in the item relating 
     to Total Shipbuilding and Conversion, Navy, increase the 
     amount in the Senate authorized column by $950,000,000.
       In the funding table in section 4101, in the item relating 
     to Total Procurement, increase the amount in the Senate 
     authorized column by $950,000,000.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2449. Mr. JONES submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title VII, add the following:

     SEC. 729. STUDY ON USE OF ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIPS IN NURSING 
                   WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE 
                   AND DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.

       (a) In General.--The Secretary of Defense, in consultation 
     with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, may conduct a study 
     on improving the use of academic partnerships in nursing 
     workforce development by the Department of Defense and the 
     Department of Veterans Affairs.
       (b) Elements.--The study conducted under subsection (a) 
     shall include the following:
       (1) An assessment and identification of best practices for 
     training of nurses and patient care by nurses.
       (2) An assessment of the impact of academic affiliations 
     and partnerships in nursing education and nursing workforce 
     development on the quality of care received by active duty 
     members of the Armed Forces and veterans with respect to 
     their special health care needs.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2450. Mr. JONES submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place in title X, insert the following:

     SEC. ___. STUDY ON TRAUMATIC INJURY PROTECTION UNDER 
                   SERVICEMEMBERS' GROUP LIFE INSURANCE.

       (a) In General.--The Secretary of Veterans Affairs may 
     conduct a study on best practices in the administration of 
     insurance relating to traumatic injuries under section 1980A 
     of title 38, United States Code.
       (b) Elements.--If the Secretary conducts the study 
     authorized under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall, in 
     carrying out the study--
       (1) consider the feasibility of allowing members of the 
     Armed Forces to elect to pay more per month to receive more 
     long-term financial support for their families in the event 
     of a traumatic injury; and
       (2) assess the feasibility and advisability of modifying 
     the existing insurance coverage under section 1980A of such 
     title to align more closely with the payout metrics offered 
     in the civilian world.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2451. Mr. JONES submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place in title X, insert the following:

     SEC. ___. MENTORSHIP AND MATCHMAKING PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT 
                   MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES AND VETERANS WHO 
                   ARE ENTREPRENEURS.

       (a) Findings.--Congress makes the following findings:
       (1) Programs of loans for veterans administered by the 
     Small Business Administration and other Federally 
     administered resources that help members of the Armed Forces 
     and veterans to become entrepreneurs can go underutilized.
       (2) The Small Business Administration offers mentoring 
     programs for veterans and the Administration can offer 
     mentoring programs for veterans and members of the Armed 
     Forces transitioning to civilian life.
       (3) Helping members of the Armed Forces identify existing 
     and conceivable business opportunities in their industry of 
     interest or geographic location can be achieved through a 
     process of integrating information about business leads 
     sources like local chambers of commerce with data about 
     service members interested in starting businesses provided to 
     the Small Business Administration by the Department of 
     Defense and Veterans Affairs.
       (4) Enhancing the opportunity for success of members of the 
     Armed Forces and veterans as entrepreneurs can be an 
     important tool for economic development, especially in rural 
     areas of the United States.
       (b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that--
       (1) it is important to establish a mentoring and 
     matchmaking program to help members of the Armed Forces 
     transition to civilian life;
       (2) Small Business Development Centers of the Small 
     Business Administration should help provide matchmaking 
     services for members of the Armed Forces to help them 
     identify existing and conceivable business opportunities in 
     their industry of interest or geographic location; and
       (3) a special emphasis should be made to assist members of 
     the Armed Forces in rural areas of the United States.
       (c) Program Required.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall, 
     in partnership with the Administrator of the Small Business 
     Administration and the Secretary of Defense, establish a 
     program consisting of--
       (A) providing mentors to covered individuals to assist them 
     in pursuing goals relating to starting a business; and
       (B) assistance in matching covered individuals with 
     business opportunities relating to starting a business.
       (2) Covered individuals.--For purposes of the program 
     required by paragraph (1), a covered individual is--
       (A) a member of the Armed Forces who is transitioning to 
     civilian life, a veteran, or a member of the family of such a 
     member of the Armed Forces or veteran; and
       (B) considering applying for a loan from the Small Business 
     Administration to start a business.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2452. Mr. JONES (for himself and Mr. Coons) submitted an amendment 
intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle E of title V, add the following:

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     SEC. 558. CONSTRUCTION AND REHABILITATION OF FACILITIES FOR 
                   SENIOR RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS 
                   PROGRAMS AT HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND 
                   UNIVERSITIES AND MINORITY-SERVING INSTITUTION.

       (a) Findings.--Congress makes the following findings:
       (1) Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) 
     and minority-serving institutions play a vital role in 
     educating low-income and underrepresented students in areas 
     of national need.
       (2) Historically black colleges and universities and 
     minority-serving institutions presently contribute to the 
     defense readiness and national security of the nation by 
     administering Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) 
     programs that prepare students to lead our Armed Forces.
       (3) Racial and ethnic minority groups made up 40 percent of 
     all active-duty members of the Armed Forces in 2015, up from 
     25 percent in 1990. Minorities make up a significant and 
     crucial number of the enlisted members in all four of the 
     Armed Forces and also make up an increasingly important 
     number of the officer corps, and yet the officer corps does 
     not yet fully reflect the diversity of the nation. While 12 
     percent of the nation is African American, only 8 percent of 
     active-duty officers were African American in the most recent 
     report on minority officers in 2011. Similarly, Hispanic 
     Americans make up 15 percent of the population and only 5 
     percent of the officer corps. And yet a higher number of the 
     enlisted members of the Armed Forces are minorities.
       (4) Providing a facility for Reserve Officers' Training 
     Corps programs is one of the many financial challenges to 
     increasing access to the officer track in minority settings. 
     Considering the financial strains that face the historically 
     black colleges and universities today, financial strains that 
     are often even greater than those confronting all of the 
     nation's colleges and universities in time with increasing 
     State budget cuts, it is important to provide additional 
     support to Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs at 
     historically black colleges and universities across the 
     country by authorizing the military departments to provide 
     for the construction or rehabilitation of Reserve Officers' 
     Training Corps program facilities at historically black 
     colleges and universities and minority-serving institution 
     campuses.
       (b) Construction and Rehabilitation Authorized.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretaries of the military 
     departments may provide for the construction and 
     rehabilitation of facilities for Senior Reserve Officers' 
     Training Corps programs at historically black colleges and 
     universities and minority-serving institutions that host such 
     programs.
       (2) Special consideration.--In determining whether to 
     construct or rehabilitate facilities of historically black 
     colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions 
     using the authority in paragraph (1), the Secretary of a 
     military department shall afford special consideration to the 
     following:
       (A) Colleges and universities, and institutions, located in 
     States in which reside a high number of enlisted members of 
     the Armed Forces who are members of a minority group.
       (B) Colleges and universities, and institutions, with a 
     high number of Reserve Officers' Training Corps program 
     participants who are members of a minority group.
       (C) Colleges and universities, and institutions, located in 
     States that are reducing funding for higher education.
       (3) Limitation.--The total number of facilities that may be 
     constructed or rehabilitated using the authority in paragraph 
     (1) in any fiscal year may not exceed five facilities.
       (c) Minority-serving Institution Defined.--In this section, 
     the term ``minority-serving institution'' means a minority-
     serving institution for purposes of section 371 of the Higher 
     Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1067q).
       (d) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is hereby 
     authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2019 for the 
     Department of Defense, $20,000,000 for the construction and 
     rehabilitation of facilities in that fiscal year as 
     authorized by subsection (b).
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2453. Mr. JONES (for himself, Mr. Coons, and Mr. Kaine) submitted 
an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 5515, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which 
was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1066. PROMOTING FEDERAL PROCUREMENT WITH HISTORICALLY 
                   BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AND MINORITY-
                   SERVING INSTITUTIONS.

       (a) In General.--The head of an executive agency, or a 
     contracting officer where applicable, shall--
       (1) assist historically Black colleges and universities and 
     minority-serving institutions to develop viable, self-
     sustaining businesses capable of competing on an equal basis 
     in the mainstream of the United States economy; and
       (2) promote Federal procurement with historically Black 
     colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions 
     by establishing--
       (A) participation goals of not less than 10 percent for 
     historically Black colleges and universities and minority-
     serving institutions;
       (B) requirements that prime contractors and other 
     recipients of Federal funds attain similar participation 
     goals in their procurement; and
       (C) other mechanisms that ensure historically Black 
     colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions 
     have a fair opportunity to participate in Federal 
     procurement.
       (b) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) The term ``executive agency'' has the meaning given the 
     term in section 133 of title 41, United States Code.
       (2) The term ``historically Black college and university'' 
     has the meaning given the term in section 631 of the Higher 
     Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1132).
       (3) The term ``minority-serving institution'' means an 
     institution described in section 371 of the Higher Education 
     Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1067q).
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2454. Mr. CARDIN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle D of title XXVIII, add the 
     following:

     SEC. 2838. CONSOLIDATION OF JOINT SPECTRUM CENTER TO FORT 
                   MEADE, MARYLAND.

       (a) Movement or Consolidation of Joint Spectrum Center to 
     Fort Meade, Maryland.--The Secretary of Defense shall take 
     appropriate actions, as soon as practicable after the date of 
     enactment of this Act, to move, consolidate, or both, the 
     offices of the Joint Spectrum Center to the Defense 
     Information Systems Agency headquarters building at Fort 
     Meade, Maryland, for national security purposes to ensure the 
     physical and cybersecurity protection of personnel and 
     missions of the Department of Defense.
       (b) Authorization.--Any facility, road, or infrastructure 
     constructed or altered on a military installation as a result 
     of this section is deemed to be authorized in accordance with 
     section 2802 of title 10, United States Code.
       (c) Termination of Existing Lease.--Upon completion of the 
     relocation of the Joint Spectrum Center, all right, title, 
     and interest of the United States in and to the existing 
     lease for the Joint Spectrum Center shall be terminated.
       (d) Repeal of Obsolete Authority.--Section 2887 of the 
     Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     (Public Law 110-181; 122 Stat. 569) is hereby repealed.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2455. Mr. CARDIN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle A of title IX, add the following:

     SEC. 910. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DEPUTY ASSISTANT 
                   SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR DEVELOPMENTAL TEST AND 
                   EVALUATION.

       (a) Principal Advisor on Development Test and Evaluation.--
       (1) In general.--The Deputy Assistant Secretary for 
     Developmental Test and Evaluation shall be the principal 
     advisor to the Secretary of Defense, the Under Secretary of 
     Defense for Research and Engineering, the Under Secretary of 
     Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, and the Director of 
     Operational Test and Evaluation on developmental test and 
     evaluation in the Department of Defense.
       (2) Supervision.--The Deputy Assistant Secretary shall be 
     subject to the supervision of the Under Secretary of Defense 
     for Research and Engineering, without the interposition of 
     any other supervising official. The Deputy Assistant 
     Secretary may communicate views on matters within the 
     responsibility of the Deputy Assistant Secretary directly to 
     the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, 
     the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and 
     Sustainment, and the Director of Operational Test and 
     Evaluation without obtaining the approval or concurrence of 
     any other official within the Department.
       (b) Duties.--As principal advisor to the Under Secretary of 
     Defense for Research and Engineering on developmental test 
     and evaluation, the Deputy Assistant Secretary shall--

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       (1) develop policies and guidance for--
       (A) the conduct of developmental test and evaluation in the 
     military departments and other elements of the Department of 
     Defense (including integration and developmental testing of 
     software);
       (B) in coordination with the Director of Operational Test 
     and Evaluation--
       (i) the integration of developmental test and evaluation 
     with operational test and evaluation; and
       (ii) the synchronization of developmental test and 
     evaluation with operational test and evaluation;
       (C) the conduct of developmental test and evaluation 
     conducted jointly by more than one military department or 
     Defense Agency;
       (D) the review and approval of the developmental test and 
     evaluation plan within the test and evaluation master plan 
     for each major defense acquisition program of the Department 
     under oversight by the Under Secretary of Defense for 
     Research and Engineering, the Under Secretary of Defense for 
     Acquisition and Sustainment, and the Director of Operational 
     Test and Evaluation; and
       (E) the conduct of developmental test and evaluation for 
     major defense acquisition programs of the Department that are 
     under oversight by the Under Secretary of Defense for 
     Research and Engineering, the Under Secretary of Defense for 
     Acquisition and Sustainment, or the Director of Operational 
     Test and Evaluation;
       (2) monitor and review the developmental test and 
     evaluation activities of the major defense acquisition 
     programs of the Department for the Under Secretary of Defense 
     for Research and Engineering, the Under Secretary of Defense 
     for Acquisition and Sustainment, and the Director of 
     Operational Test and Evaluation;
       (3) provide advocacy, oversight, and guidance to elements 
     of the acquisition workforce responsible for developmental 
     test and evaluation;
       (4) provide input to the Director of Operational Test and 
     Evaluation regarding needed changes or improvements for the 
     test and evaluation strategic plan developed in accordance 
     with section 196(d) of title 10, United States Code;
       (5) in consultation with other appropriate officials, 
     assess the technological maturity and integration risk of 
     critical technologies at key stages in the acquisitions 
     process; and
       (6) perform such other activities relating to the 
     developmental test and evaluation activities of the 
     Department as the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and 
     Engineering may prescribe.
       (c) Concurrent Service as Director of Department of Defense 
     Test Resource Management Center.--The individual serving as 
     the Deputy Assistant Secretary may also serve concurrently as 
     the Director of the Department of Defense Test Resource 
     Management Center under section 196 of title 10, United 
     States Code.
       (d) Access to Records.--The Secretary of Defense shall 
     ensure that the Deputy Assistant Secretary has access to all 
     records and data of the Department of Defense (including the 
     records and data of each military department and including 
     classified and proprietary information, as appropriate) that 
     are necessary in order to carry out the duties of the Deputy 
     Assistant Secretary.
       (e) Other Resources.--
       (1) Funding.--The budget of the President for each fiscal 
     year, as submitted to Congress pursuant to section 1105(a) of 
     title 31, United States Code, shall include a separate 
     statement of proposed appropriations and estimated 
     expenditures for such fiscal year for the activities of the 
     Deputy Assistant Secretary in carrying out the duties and 
     responsibilities of the Deputy Assistant Secretary under this 
     section.
       (2) Other resources.--The Under Secretary of Defense for 
     Research and Engineering shall ensure that the Deputy 
     Assistant Secretary has sufficient professional staff, 
     including civilian and military staff, to carry out the 
     duties and responsibilities of the Deputy Assistant Secretary 
     prescribed by law.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2456. Mr. WHITEHOUSE submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed by him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for 
fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the appropriate place in title X, insert the following:

     SEC. __. UNITED STATES-ISRAEL CYBERSECURITY COOPERATION 
                   ENHANCEMENT ACT OF 2018.

       (a) Short Title.--This section may be cited as the ``United 
     States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act of 
     2018''.
       (b) United States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation.--
       (1) Grant program.--
       (A) Establishment.--The Secretary, in accordance with the 
     agreement entitled the ``Agreement between the Government of 
     the United States of America and the Government of the State 
     of Israel on Cooperation in Science and Technology for 
     Homeland Security Matters'', done at Jerusalem May 29, 2008 
     (or successor agreement), and the requirements specified in 
     subparagraph (B), shall establish a grant program at the 
     Department to support--
       (i) cybersecurity research and development; and
       (ii) demonstration and commercialization of cybersecurity 
     technology.
       (B) Requirements.--
       (i) Applicability.--Notwithstanding any other provision of 
     law, in carrying out a research, development, demonstration, 
     or commercial application program or activity that is 
     authorized under this section, the Secretary shall require 
     cost sharing in accordance with this paragraph.
       (ii) Research and development.--

       (I) In general.--Except as provided in subclause (II), the 
     Secretary shall require not less than 50 percent of the cost 
     of a research, development, demonstration, or commercial 
     application program or activity described in clause (i) to be 
     provided by a non-Federal source.
       (II) Reduction.--The Secretary may reduce or eliminate, on 
     a case-by-case basis, the percentage requirement specified in 
     subclause (I) if the Secretary determines that such reduction 
     or elimination is necessary and appropriate.

       (iii) Merit review.--In carrying out a research, 
     development, demonstration, or commercial application program 
     or activity that is authorized under this section, awards 
     shall be made only after an impartial review of the 
     scientific and technical merit of the proposals for such 
     awards has been carried out by or for the Department.
       (iv) Review processes.--In carrying out a review under 
     clause (iii), the Secretary may use merit review processes 
     developed under section 302(14) of the Homeland Security Act 
     of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 182(14)).
       (C) Eligible applicants.--An applicant shall be eligible to 
     receive a grant under this paragraph if the project of such 
     applicant--
       (i) addresses a requirement in the area of cybersecurity 
     research or cybersecurity technology, as determined by the 
     Secretary; and
       (ii) is a joint venture between--

       (I)(aa) a for-profit business entity, academic institution, 
     National Laboratory (as defined in section 2 of the Energy 
     Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15801)), or nonprofit entity in 
     the United States; and
       (bb) a for-profit business entity, academic institution, or 
     nonprofit entity in Israel; or
       (II)(aa) the Federal Government; and
       (bb) the Government of Israel.

       (D) Applications.--To be eligible to receive a grant under 
     this paragraph, an applicant shall submit to the Secretary an 
     application for such grant in accordance with procedures 
     established by the Secretary, in consultation with the 
     advisory board established under subparagraph (E).
       (E) Advisory board.--
       (i) Establishment.--The Secretary shall establish an 
     advisory board to--

       (I) monitor the method by which grants are awarded under 
     this paragraph; and
       (II) provide to the Secretary periodic performance reviews 
     of actions taken to carry out this paragraph.

       (ii) Composition.--The advisory board established under 
     clause (i) shall be composed of 3 members, to be appointed by 
     the Secretary, of whom--

       (I) one shall be a representative of the Federal 
     Government;
       (II) one shall be selected from a list of nominees provided 
     by the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation; 
     and
       (III) one shall be selected from a list of nominees 
     provided by the Israel-United States Binational Industrial 
     Research and Development Foundation.

       (F) Contributed funds.--Notwithstanding any other provision 
     of law, the Secretary may accept or retain funds contributed 
     by any person, government entity, or organization for 
     purposes of carrying out this paragraph. Such funds shall be 
     available, subject to appropriation, without fiscal year 
     limitation.
       (G) Report.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
     completion of a project for which a grant is provided under 
     this paragraph, the grant recipient shall submit to the 
     Secretary a report that contains--
       (i) a description of how the grant funds were used by the 
     recipient; and
       (ii) an evaluation of the level of success of each project 
     funded by the grant.
       (H) Classification.--Grants shall be awarded under this 
     paragraph only for projects that are considered to be 
     unclassified by both the United States and Israel.
       (2) Termination.--The grant program and the advisory board 
     established under this section shall terminate on the date 
     that is 7 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.
       (3) No additional funds authorized.--No additional funds 
     are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the 
     requirements of this subsection. Such requirements shall be 
     carried out using amounts otherwise appropriated.
       (4) Definitions.--In this subsection--
       (A) the term ``cybersecurity research'' means research, 
     including social science research, into ways to identify, 
     protect against, detect, respond to, and recover from 
     cybersecurity threats;
       (B) the term ``cybersecurity technology'' means technology 
     intended to identify, protect against, detect, respond to, 
     and recover from cybersecurity threats;
       (C) the term ``cybersecurity threat'' has the meaning given 
     such term in section 102 of the Cybersecurity Information 
     Sharing Act of 2015 (6 U.S.C. 1501);

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       (D) the term ``Department'' means the Department of 
     Homeland Security; and
       (E) the term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of Homeland 
     Security.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2457. Mr. WHITEHOUSE submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and 
Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which 
was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle E of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1052. REPORT ON CAPABILITIES OF THE COAST GUARD TO 
                   CONDUCT MARITIME LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ON 
                   THE HIGH SEAS AND IN SUPPORT OF INTERNATIONAL 
                   PARTNERS.

       (a) Report Required.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Commandant of the 
     Coast Guard shall submit to the appropriate committees of 
     Congress a report setting forth an assessment of the 
     capabilities of the Coast Guard to conduct maritime law 
     enforcement activities on the high seas and in support of 
     international partners.
       (b) Elements.--The report required by subsection (a) shall 
     include the following:
       (1) A description and assessment of the current 
     capabilities, capacity, and legal authority of the Coast 
     Guard to conduct maritime law enforcement activities 
     described in subsection (a), including, in particular, 
     efforts to combat activities as follows:
       (A) Human trafficking.
       (B) Forced labor.
       (C) Illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.
       (D) Other illicit activity at sea.
       (2) A description and assessment of the technical 
     coordination between the Coast Guard, on the one hand, and 
     the Navy, partner nations, and non-governmental 
     organizations, on the other hand, to improve tracking and 
     detection of vessels engaged in activities described in 
     paragraph (1).
       (3) A description of the requirements of the Coast Guard 
     for support in maritime law enforcement activities described 
     in subsection (a) from the Navy (whether direct support or 
     support through the processes of the geographic combatant 
     commands and the Global Force Management process) and partner 
     nations, including materiel, personnel, logistic, and 
     administrative requirements, including any such requirements 
     that are currently unmet.
       (4) A description and assessment of any constraints on the 
     ability of the Coast Guard to conduct maritime law 
     enforcement activities described in subsection (a), including 
     lack of legal authority or limitations on legal authority.
       (5) Recommendations for legislative action to mitigate 
     constraints described pursuant to paragraph (4).
       (c) Appropriate Committees of Congress Defined.--In this 
     section, the term ``appropriate committees of Congress'' 
     means--
       (1) the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on 
     Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate; and
       (2) the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on 
     Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of 
     Representatives.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2458. Mr. WHITEHOUSE submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and 
Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which 
was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1066. UNSAFE OPERATION OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT.

       (a) In General.--Chapter 2 of title 18, United States Code, 
     is amended--
       (1) in section 31--
       (A) in subsection (a)--
       (i) by redesignating paragraph (10) as paragraph (11); and
       (ii) by inserting after paragraph (9) the following:
       ``(10) Unmanned aircraft.--The term `unmanned aircraft' has 
     the meaning given that term in section 331 of the FAA 
     Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-95; 49 
     U.S.C. 40101 note).''; and
       (B) in subsection (b), by inserting `` `airport','' before 
     `` `appliance',''; and
       (2) by inserting after section 39A the following:

     ``Sec. 39B. Unsafe operation of unmanned aircraft

       ``(a) Offense.--It shall be unlawful to operate an unmanned 
     aircraft and, in so doing, knowingly or recklessly 
     interfering with, or disrupting the operation of, an aircraft 
     or other airborne vehicle carrying 1 or more occupants 
     operating in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United 
     States, in a manner that poses an imminent safety hazard to 
     such occupants.
       ``(b) Penalty.--
       ``(1) In general.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), a 
     person who violates subsection (a) shall be fined under this 
     title, imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both.
       ``(2) Serious bodily injury or death.--Any person who 
     attempts to cause, or knowingly or recklessly causes, serious 
     bodily injury or death while violating subsection (a) shall 
     be fined under this title, imprisoned for any term of years 
     or for life, or both.
       ``(c) Operation of Unmanned Aircraft in Close Proximity to 
     Airports.--
       ``(1) In general.--The operation of an unmanned aircraft, 
     including an operation covered by section 336 of the FAA 
     Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-95; 49 
     U.S.C. 40101 note), within a runway exclusion zone shall be 
     considered a violation of subsection (a) unless--
       ``(A) the operator of the unmanned aircraft received prior 
     authorization for the operation from the air traffic control 
     tower at the airport; or
       ``(B) the operation is the result of a circumstance, such 
     as a malfunction, that could not have been reasonably 
     foreseen or prevented by the operator.
       ``(2) Runway exclusion zone defined.--In this subsection, 
     the term `runway exclusion zone' means a rectangular area--
       ``(A) centered on the centerline of a runway of an airport; 
     and
       ``(B) the length of which extends parallel to the runway's 
     centerline to points that are 1 statute mile from each end of 
     the runway and the width of which is \1/2\ statute mile.''.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections for chapter 
     2 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting 
     after the item relating to section 39A the following:

``39B. Unsafe operation of unmanned aircraft.''.
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  SA 2459. Mr. WHITEHOUSE (for himself, Mr. Grassley, and Mr. Cassidy) 
submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 
5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other 
purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1086. BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP INFORMATION.

       (a) Findings.--Congress finds the following:
       (1) Nearly 2,000,000 corporations and limited liability 
     companies are being formed under the laws of the States each 
     year.
       (2) Very few States obtain meaningful information about the 
     beneficial owners of the corporations and limited liability 
     companies formed under their laws.
       (3) A person forming a corporation or limited liability 
     company within the United States typically provides less 
     information to the State of incorporation than is needed to 
     obtain a bank account or driver's license and typically does 
     not name a single beneficial owner.
       (4) Terrorists and other criminals have exploited the 
     weaknesses in State formation procedures to conceal their 
     identities when forming corporations or limited liability 
     companies in the United States, and have then used the newly 
     created entities to support terrorist organizations, drug 
     trafficking organizations, and international organized crime 
     groups, as well as commit misconduct affecting interstate and 
     international commerce such as trafficking in illicit drugs, 
     illegal arms trafficking, sex trafficking, money laundering, 
     tax evasion, health care fraud, Internet-based fraud, 
     securities fraud, financial fraud, intellectual property 
     crimes, and acts of corruption.
       (5) Among those who have abused State incorporation 
     procedures is Victor Bout, a Russian arms dealer who used at 
     least 12 companies incorporated in Texas, Florida, and 
     Delaware to carry out his activities, and has been convicted, 
     in part, for conspiring to sell weapons to a terrorist 
     organization trying to kill citizens of the United States and 
     Federal officers and employees. In addition, Iranian 
     interests used a shell company formed in New York to purchase 
     a 36-story building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and 
     forwarded millions of dollars in rent each year to Iran until 
     authorities in the United States learned of the transfers and 
     seized the building.
       (6) Law enforcement efforts to investigate corporations and 
     limited liability companies suspected of wrongdoing have been 
     impeded by the lack of available beneficial ownership 
     information, as documented in reports and testimony by 
     officials from the Department of Justice, the Department of 
     Homeland Security, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network 
     of the Department of the Treasury, the Internal Revenue 
     Service, the Government Accountability Office, and others.
       (7) In December 2016, a leading international anti-money 
     laundering and anti-terrorist financing organization, the 
     Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (in

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     this subsection referred to as ``FATF''), of which the United 
     States is a member, issued a report that criticized the 
     United States for failing to comply with a FATF standard on 
     the need to collect beneficial ownership information. The 
     report called the United States framework in this area 
     ``seriously deficient'' and urged the United States to 
     correct this deficiency.
       (8) In response to the FATF report and to strengthen 
     measures to protect homeland security, Federal officials have 
     repeatedly urged the States to improve their formation 
     practices by obtaining beneficial ownership information for 
     the corporations and limited liability companies formed under 
     the laws of such States. But the States continue to form 
     millions of corporations with hidden owners.
       (9) Many States have established automated procedures that 
     allow a person to form a new corporation or limited liability 
     company within the State within 24 hours of filing an online 
     application, without any prior review of the application by a 
     State official.
       (10) Dozens of Internet websites highlight the anonymity of 
     beneficial owners allowed under the formation practices of 
     some States, point to those practices as a reason to 
     incorporate in those States, and list those States together 
     with offshore jurisdictions as preferred locations for the 
     formation of new corporations, essentially inviting 
     terrorists and other wrongdoers to form entities within the 
     United States.
       (11) In contrast to practices in the United States, 
     countries around the world are working to collect beneficial 
     ownership information. The United Kingdom now collects 
     beneficial ownership information for all companies formed 
     under its laws and makes the information available to the 
     public. All 28 countries in the European Union are required 
     to create, maintain, and update registries of the beneficial 
     ownership information of the corporations formed under the 
     laws of those countries. The information must be freely 
     available to law enforcement agencies, financial 
     institutions, and third parties that can demonstrate a 
     legitimate interest in the information. Afghanistan, Ghana, 
     Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, the Ukraine, and many other 
     countries are in the process of establishing mechanisms to 
     collect beneficial ownership information for the companies 
     created under their laws.
       (12) To reduce the vulnerability of the United States to 
     wrongdoing by United States corporations and limited 
     liability companies with hidden owners, protect interstate 
     and international commerce from terrorists and other 
     criminals misusing United States corporations and limited 
     liability companies, strengthen law enforcement 
     investigations of suspect corporations and limited liability 
     companies, set minimum standards for and level the playing 
     field among State formation practices, and bring the United 
     States into compliance with international anti-money 
     laundering and anti-terrorist financing standards, Federal 
     legislation is needed to require the States to obtain 
     beneficial ownership information for the corporations and 
     limited liability companies formed under the laws of such 
     States.
       (b) Transparent Incorporation Practices.--
       (1) Transparent incorporation practices.--Part E of title I 
     of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 
     U.S.C. 3750 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the 
     following:

            ``Subpart 4--Transparent Incorporation Practices

     ``SEC. 531. TRANSPARENT INCORPORATION PRACTICES.

       ``(a) Incorporation Systems.--
       ``(1) In general.--To protect the United States from the 
     misuse affecting interstate or foreign commerce of 
     corporations and limited liability companies with hidden 
     owners, each State that receives funding under subpart 1 
     shall, not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of 
     this subpart, use an incorporation system that meets the 
     following requirements:
       ``(A) Identification of beneficial owners.--Except as 
     provided in paragraph (3), each applicant to form a 
     corporation or limited liability company under the laws of 
     the State is required to provide to the State during the 
     formation process information on the beneficial owners of the 
     corporation or limited liability company that includes--
       ``(i) identifies each beneficial owner by name, current 
     residential or business street address, and a unique 
     identifying number from a nonexpired passport issued by the 
     United States or a nonexpired drivers license or 
     identification card issued by a State;
       ``(ii) if any beneficial owner exercises control over the 
     corporation or limited liability company through another 
     legal entity, such as a corporation, partnership, or trust, 
     identifies each such legal entity and each such beneficial 
     owner who will use that entity to exercise control over the 
     corporation or limited liability company; and
       ``(iii) if the applicant is not a beneficial owner, 
     provides the identification information described in clause 
     (i) relating to the applicant.
       ``(B) Updated information.--For each corporation or limited 
     liability company formed under the laws of the State--
       ``(i) the corporation or limited liability company is 
     required by the State to submit to the State an updated list 
     of the beneficial owners of the corporation or limited 
     liability company and the information described in 
     subparagraph (A) for each such beneficial owner not later 
     than 60 days after the date of any change in the beneficial 
     owners of the corporation or limited liability company;
       ``(ii) in the case of a corporation or limited liability 
     company formed or acquired by a formation agent and retained 
     by the formation agent as a beneficial owner for transfer to 
     another person, the formation agent is required by the State 
     to submit to the State an updated list of the beneficial 
     owners and the information described in subparagraph (A) for 
     each such beneficial owner not later than 10 days after the 
     date on which the formation agent transfers the corporation 
     or limited liability company to another person; and
       ``(iii) the corporation or limited liability company is 
     required by the State to submit to the State an annual filing 
     containing the list of the beneficial owners of the 
     corporation or limited liability company and the information 
     described in subparagraph (A) for each such beneficial owner.
       ``(C) Retention of information.--Beneficial ownership 
     information relating to each corporation or limited liability 
     company formed under the laws of the State is required to be 
     maintained by the State until the end of the 5-year period 
     beginning on the date that the corporation or limited 
     liability company terminates under the laws of the State.
       ``(D) Information requests.--Beneficial ownership 
     information relating to each corporation or limited liability 
     company formed under the laws of the State shall be provided 
     by the State not later than 30 days after receipt of--
       ``(i) a civil, criminal, or administrative subpoena or a 
     summons, or an equivalent of such a subpoena or summons, from 
     a local, State, or Federal agency or a congressional 
     committee or subcommittee;
       ``(ii) a written request made by a Federal agency on behalf 
     of another country under an international treaty, agreement, 
     or convention, or an order under section 3512 of title 18, 
     United States Code, or section 1782 of title 28, United 
     States Code, issued in response to a request for assistance 
     from a foreign country;
       ``(iii) a written request made by the Financial Crimes 
     Enforcement Network of the Department of the Treasury; or
       ``(iv) a written request made by a financial institution, 
     with the consent of the customer, for purposes of compliance 
     by the financial institution with customer due diligence 
     requirements under subsections (a)(2) and (h)(2) of section 
     5318 of title 31, United States Code, which the requesting 
     financial institution shall maintain and safeguard in 
     accordance with all applicable Federal and State laws related 
     to bank records, and destroy upon satisfaction of those due 
     diligence requirements, consistent with all applicable 
     Federal and State laws related to bank records.
       ``(E) No bearer share corporations.--A corporation or 
     limited liability company formed under the laws of the State 
     may not issue a certificate in bearer form evidencing either 
     a whole or fractional interest in the corporation or limited 
     liability company.
       ``(2) Certain beneficial owners.--If an applicant to form a 
     corporation or limited liability company or a beneficial 
     owner, officer, director, or similar agent of a corporation 
     or limited liability company who is required to provide 
     identification information under this section does not have a 
     nonexpired passport issued by the United States or a 
     nonexpired drivers license or identification card issued by a 
     State, each application described in paragraph (1)(A) and 
     each update described in paragraph (1)(B) shall include a 
     certification by a formation agent residing in the State that 
     the formation agent--
       ``(A) has obtained for each such person a current 
     residential or business street address and a legible and 
     credible copy of the pages of a nonexpired passport issued by 
     the government of a foreign country bearing a photograph, 
     date of birth, and unique identifying information for the 
     person;
       ``(B) has verified the name, address, and identity of each 
     such person;
       ``(C) will provide the information described in 
     subparagraph (A) and the proof of verification described in 
     subparagraph (B) upon request under the same circumstances as 
     required for States under paragraph (1)(D); and
       ``(D) will retain the information and proof of verification 
     under this paragraph in the State in which the corporation or 
     limited liability company is being or has been formed until 
     the end of the 5-year period beginning on the date that the 
     corporation or limited liability company terminates under the 
     laws of the State.
       ``(3) Exempt entities.--
       ``(A) In general.--An incorporation system described in 
     paragraph (1) shall require that an application for an entity 
     described in clause (i) or (ii) of subsection (d)(2)(B) that 
     is proposed to be formed under the laws of a State and that 
     will be exempt from the beneficial ownership disclosure 
     requirements under this section shall include in the 
     application a certification by the applicant, or a 
     prospective officer, director, or similar agent of the 
     entity--
       ``(i) identifying the specific provision of subsection 
     (d)(2)(B) under which the entity proposed to be formed would 
     be exempt from the beneficial ownership disclosure 
     requirements under paragraphs (1) and (2);
       ``(ii) stating that the entity proposed to be formed meets 
     the requirements for an entity

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     described under such provision of subsection (d)(2)(B); and
       ``(iii) providing identification information for the 
     applicant or prospective officer, director, or similar agent 
     making the certification in the same manner as provided under 
     paragraph (1).
       ``(B) Existing entities.--On and after the date that is 2 
     years after the date on which a State begins requiring 
     beneficial ownership information in compliance with this 
     section, an entity formed under the laws of the State before 
     such effective date shall be considered to be a corporation 
     or limited liability company for purposes of this subsection 
     unless an officer, director, or similar agent of the entity 
     submits to the State a certification--
       ``(i) identifying the specific provision of subsection 
     (d)(2)(B) under which the entity is exempt from the 
     requirements under paragraphs (1) and (2);
       ``(ii) stating that the entity meets the requirements for 
     an entity described under such provision of subsection 
     (d)(2)(B); and
       ``(iii) providing identification information for the 
     officer, director, or similar agent making the certification 
     in the same manner as provided under paragraph (1).
       ``(C) Exempt entities with an ownership interest.--As part 
     of the beneficial ownership information required under 
     subsection (a)(1), neither an applicant seeking to form a 
     corporation or limited liability company nor a corporation or 
     limited liability company providing updated information is 
     required to identify the beneficial owners of any entity that 
     qualifies as an exempt entity under subsection (d)(2)(B).
       ``(b) Penalties.--
       ``(1) In general.--It shall be unlawful for any person to 
     affect interstate or foreign commerce by failing to comply 
     with this subpart by--
       ``(A) knowingly providing, or attempting to provide, false 
     or fraudulent beneficial ownership information, including a 
     false or fraudulent identifying photograph, to a State or 
     formation agent;
       ``(B) willfully failing to provide complete or updated 
     beneficial ownership information to a State or formation 
     agent;
       ``(C) knowingly disclosing the existence of a subpoena or 
     summons (or the equivalent of a subpoena or summons) or a 
     request for beneficial ownership information described in 
     subsection (a)(1)(D), except--
       ``(i) to the extent necessary to fulfill the authorized 
     request; or
       ``(ii) as authorized by the entity that issued the request 
     described in subsection (a)(1)(D); or
       ``(D) in the case of a formation agent, knowingly failing 
     to obtain or maintain credible, legible, and updated 
     beneficial ownership information, including any required 
     identifying photograph.
       ``(2) Civil and criminal penalties.--In addition to any 
     civil or criminal penalty that may be imposed by a State, any 
     person who violates paragraph (1)--
       ``(A) shall be liable to the United States for a civil 
     penalty of not more than $1,000,000; and
       ``(B) may be fined under title 18, United States Code, 
     imprisoned for not more than 3 years, or both.
       ``(c) Rules.--
       ``(1) In general.--To carry out this subpart, the Attorney 
     General of the United States, the Secretary of Homeland 
     Security, and the Secretary of the Treasury may issue joint 
     guidance or a joint rule to specify how to verify beneficial 
     ownership or other identification information provided under 
     this section, including under subsection (a)(2).
       ``(2) Limitation.--Any guidance or rule issued under 
     paragraph (1)--
       ``(A) may explain and clarify the definition of the term 
     `beneficial owner'; but
       ``(B) may not amend or alter the definition of the term 
     `beneficial owner' through changes to the definition directly 
     or through the manner of implementation.
       ``(3) No guidance.--A failure to issue guidance or a rule 
     under paragraph (1) shall not delay the effective date of the 
     requirements under this subpart.
       ``(d) Definitions.--For the purposes of this section:
       ``(1) Beneficial owner.--
       ``(A) In general.--Except as provided in subparagraph (B), 
     the term `beneficial owner' means each natural person who, 
     directly or indirectly--
       ``(i) exercises substantial control over a corporation or 
     limited liability company through ownership interests, voting 
     rights, agreement, or otherwise; or
       ``(ii) has a substantial interest in or receives 
     substantial economic benefits from the assets of a 
     corporation or the assets of a limited liability company.
       ``(B) Exceptions.--The term `beneficial owner' shall not 
     include--
       ``(i) a minor child;
       ``(ii) a person acting as a nominee, intermediary, 
     custodian, or agent on behalf of another person;
       ``(iii) a person acting solely as an employee of a 
     corporation or limited liability company and whose control 
     over or economic benefits from the corporation or limited 
     liability company derives solely from the employment status 
     of the person; or
       ``(iv) a creditor of a corporation or limited liability 
     company, unless the creditor also meets the requirements of 
     subparagraph (A).
       ``(C) Anti-abuse rule.--The exceptions under subparagraph 
     (B) shall not apply if used for the purpose of evading, 
     circumventing, or abusing the provisions of subparagraph (A) 
     or subsection (a).
       ``(2) Corporation; limited liability company.--
       ``(A) In general.--Subject to subparagraph (B), the terms 
     `corporation' and `limited liability company'--
       ``(i) have the meanings given such terms under the laws of 
     the applicable State; and
       ``(ii) include any non-United States entity eligible for 
     registration or registered to do business as a corporation or 
     limited liability company under the laws of the applicable 
     State.
       ``(B) Exempt entities.--Subject to subsection (a)(3), the 
     terms `corporation' and `limited liability company' do not 
     include an entity that--
       ``(i) is--

       ``(I) a business concern that is an issuer of a class of 
     securities registered under section 12 of the Securities 
     Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 781) or that is required to 
     file reports under section 15(d) of that Act (15 U.S.C. 
     78o(d));
       ``(II) a business concern constituted or sponsored by a 
     State, a political subdivision of a State, under an 
     interstate compact between two or more States, by a 
     department or agency of the United States, under the laws of 
     the United States, or by an international organization of 
     which the United States is a member;
       ``(III) a depository institution (as defined in section 3 
     of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. 1813));
       ``(IV) a credit union (as defined in section 101 of the 
     Federal Credit Union Act (12 U.S.C. 1752));
       ``(V) a bank holding company (as defined in section 2 of 
     the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841));
       ``(VI) a broker or dealer (as defined in section 3 of the 
     Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78c)) that is 
     registered under section 15 of the Securities Exchange Act of 
     1934 (15 U.S.C. 78o);
       ``(VII) an exchange or clearing agency (as defined in 
     section 3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 
     78c)) that is registered under section 6 or 17A of the 
     Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78f and 78q-1);
       ``(VIII) an investment company (as defined in section 3 of 
     the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-3)) or an 
     investment advisor (as defined in section 202(11) of the 
     Investment Advisors Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80b-2(11))), if 
     the company or adviser is registered with the Securities and 
     Exchange Commission, or has filed an application for 
     registration which has not been denied, under the Investment 
     Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-1 et seq.) or the 
     Investment Advisor Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80b-1 et seq.);
       ``(IX) an insurance company (as defined in section 2 of the 
     Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-2)) which is 
     formed under the laws of and regulated by a State;
       ``(X) a registered entity (as defined in section 1a of the 
     Commodity Exchange Act (7 U.S.C. 1a)), or a futures 
     commission merchant, introducing broker, commodity pool 
     operator, or commodity trading advisor (as defined in section 
     1a of the Commodity Exchange Act (7 U.S.C. 1a)) that is 
     registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission;
       ``(XI) a public accounting firm registered in accordance 
     with section 102 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7212);
       ``(XII) a public utility that provides telecommunications 
     service, electrical power, natural gas, or water and sewer 
     services within the United States;
       ``(XIII) a religious institution or nonprofit entity that 
     is described in section 501(c)(3) or 527 of the Internal 
     Revenue Code of 1986;
       ``(XIV) any business concern that--

       ``(aa) employs more than 20 employees on a full-time basis 
     in the United States;
       ``(bb) files income tax returns in the United States 
     demonstrating more than $5,000,000 in gross receipts or 
     sales;
       ``(cc) has an operating presence at a physical location 
     within the United States; and
       ``(dd) has more than 100 shareholders; or

       ``(XV) any corporation or limited liability company which 
     is owned, in whole or in substantial part, by an entity 
     described in subclause (I), (II), (III), (IV), (V), (VI), 
     (VII), (VIII), (IX), (X), (XI), (XII), (XIII), or (XIV); or

       ``(ii) is within any class of business concerns which the 
     Attorney General of the United States, the Secretary of 
     Homeland Security, and the Secretary of the Treasury jointly 
     determine in writing, upon the request of a State, and 
     through an order, guidance, or rule should be exempt from the 
     requirements of subsection (a), because requiring beneficial 
     ownership information from the business concern would not 
     serve the public interest and would not assist law 
     enforcement efforts to detect, prevent, or punish criminal or 
     civil misconduct.
       ``(3) Formation agent.--The term `formation agent' means a 
     person who, for compensation, acts on behalf of another 
     person to form, or assist in the formation, of a corporation 
     or limited liability company under the laws of a State.''.
       (2) Funding authorization.--
       (A) In general.--To carry out section 531 of title I of the 
     Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as added 
     by this section, and to protect the United States against the 
     misuse affecting interstate or foreign commerce of 
     corporations or limited liability companies with hidden 
     owners, during the 3-year period beginning on the date of 
     enactment of this Act, funds shall be made

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     available to each State (as that term is defined under 
     section 901(a)(2) of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe 
     Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3791(a)(2))), to pay 
     reasonable costs to comply with the requirements of such 
     section 531 from one or more of the following sources:
       (i) Upon written request by a State, and without further 
     appropriation, the Attorney General of the United States 
     shall make available or transfer to the State funds from 
     excess unobligated balances (as defined in section 
     524(c)(8)(D) of title 28, United States Code) in the 
     Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund established 
     under section 524(c) of title 28, United States Code.
       (ii) Upon written request by a State, after consultation 
     with the Attorney General of the United States, and without 
     further appropriation, the Secretary of the Treasury shall 
     make available or transfer to the State funds from 
     unobligated balances described in section 9705(g)(4)(B) of 
     title 31, United States Code, in the Department of the 
     Treasury Forfeiture Fund.
       (B) Eligible costs.--The Attorney General and Secretary of 
     the Treasury, in their sole discretion, shall determine what 
     costs are reasonable for purposes of subparagraph (A), taking 
     into account the maximum amount of funds available for 
     distribution to States under subparagraph (C).
       (C) Maximum amounts.--
       (i) Department of justice.--The Attorney General of the 
     United States may not make available to States a total of 
     more than $10,000,000 under subparagraph (A)(1).
       (ii) Department of the treasury.--The Secretary of the 
     Treasury may not make available to States a total of more 
     than $30,000,000 under subparagraph (A)(2).
       (D) Funding availability.--The amounts available to be 
     provided to, and any amounts provided to, a State under 
     subparagraph (A) shall be exempt from, and shall not be 
     reduced under, any order under section 251A of the Balanced 
     Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (2 U.S.C. 
     901a).
       (3) State compliance report.--Nothing in this section or an 
     amendment made by this section authorizes the Attorney 
     General of the United States to withhold from a State any 
     funding otherwise available to the State under subpart 1 of 
     part E of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe 
     Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3750 et seq.) because of a 
     failure by that State to comply with subpart 4 of part E of 
     title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 
     1968, as added by this section. Not later than 42 months 
     after the date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller 
     General of the United States shall submit to the Committee on 
     the Judiciary of the Senate and the Committee on the 
     Judiciary of the House of Representatives a report 
     identifying which States are in compliance with subpart 4 of 
     part E of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe 
     Streets Act of 1968 and, for any State not in compliance, 
     what measures must be taken by that State to achieve 
     compliance with such subpart 4.
       (4) Effect on state law.--
       (A) In general.--This section and the amendments made by 
     this section do not supersede, alter, or affect any statute, 
     regulation, order, or interpretation in effect in any State, 
     except where a State has elected to receive funding from the 
     Department of Justice under subpart 1 of part E of title I of 
     the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 
     U.S.C. 3750 et seq.), and then only to the extent that such 
     State statute, regulation, order, or interpretation is 
     inconsistent with this section or an amendment made by this 
     section.
       (B) Not inconsistent.--A State statute, regulation, order, 
     or interpretation is not inconsistent with this section or an 
     amendment made by this section if such statute, regulation, 
     order, or interpretation--
       (i) requires additional information, more frequently 
     updated information, or additional measures to verify 
     information related to a corporation, limited liability 
     company, or beneficial owner, than is specified under this 
     section or an amendment made by this section; or
       (ii) imposes additional limits on public access to the 
     beneficial ownership information obtained by the State than 
     is specified under this section or an amendment made by this 
     section.
       (C) State records.--Nothing in this section or the 
     amendments made by this section limits the authority of a 
     State, by statute or otherwise, to disclose or to not 
     disclose to the public all or any portion of the beneficial 
     ownership information provided to the State under subpart 4 
     of part E of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe 
     Streets Act of 1968, as added by this section.
       (D) No duty of verification.--This section and the 
     amendments made by this section do not impose any obligation 
     on a State to verify the name, address, or identity of a 
     beneficial owner whose information is submitted to such State 
     under subpart 4 of part E of title I of the Omnibus Crime 
     Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as added by this 
     section.
       (5) Federal contractors.--Not later than the first day of 
     the first full fiscal year beginning at least 1 year after 
     the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator for 
     Federal Procurement Policy shall revise the Federal 
     Acquisition Regulation maintained under section 1303(a)(1) of 
     title 41, United States Code, to require any bidder who is 
     subject to the requirement to disclose beneficial ownership 
     information under subpart 4 of part E of title I of the 
     Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as added 
     by this section, to provide the information required to be 
     disclosed under such subpart 4 to the Federal Government, or 
     why it is exempt under section 531(d)(2)(B) of title I of the 
     Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as added 
     by this section, as part of any bid or proposal for a 
     contract.
       (c) Anti-money Laundering and Anti-terrorist Financing 
     Obligations of Formation Agents.--
       (1) Anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing 
     obligations of formation agents.--Section 5312(a)(2) of title 
     31, United States Code, is amended--
       (A) in subparagraph (Y), by striking ``or'' at the end;
       (B) by redesignating subparagraph (Z) as subparagraph (AA); 
     and
       (C) by inserting after subparagraph (Y) the following:
       ``(Z) any person engaged in the business of forming 
     corporations or limited liability companies; or''.
       (2) Deadline for implementing rule for formation agents.--
       (A) Proposed rule.--Not later than 120 days after the date 
     of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Treasury, in 
     consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security and the 
     Attorney General of the United States, shall publish a 
     proposed rule in the Federal Register requiring persons 
     described in section 5312(a)(2)(Z) of title 31, United States 
     Code, as amended by this subsection, to establish anti-money 
     laundering programs under subsection (h) of section 5318 of 
     that title.
       (B) Final rule.--Not later than 270 days after the date of 
     enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Treasury shall 
     publish the rule described in this paragraph in final form in 
     the Federal Register.
       (C) Exclusions.--Any rule promulgated under this paragraph 
     shall exclude from the category of persons engaged in the 
     business of forming a corporation or limited liability 
     company--
       (i) any government agency; and
       (ii) any attorney or law firm that uses a paid formation 
     agent operating within the United States to form the 
     corporation or limited liability company.
       (d) Studies and Reports.--
       (1) Other legal entities.--Not later than 2 years after the 
     date of enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the 
     United States shall conduct a study and submit to the 
     Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate and the Committee on 
     the Judiciary of the House of Representatives a report--
       (A) identifying each State that has procedures that enable 
     persons to form or register under the laws of the State 
     partnerships, trusts, charitable organizations, or other 
     legal entities, and the nature of those procedures;
       (B) identifying each State that requires persons seeking to 
     form or register partnerships, trusts, charitable 
     organizations, or other legal entities under the laws of the 
     State to provide information about the beneficial owners (as 
     that term is defined in section 531 of title I of the Omnibus 
     Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as added by this 
     section) or beneficiaries of such entities, and the nature of 
     the required information;
       (C) evaluating whether the lack of available beneficial 
     ownership information for partnerships, trusts, charitable 
     organizations, or other legal entities--
       (i) raises concerns about the involvement of such entities 
     in terrorism, money laundering, tax evasion, securities 
     fraud, trafficking in illicit drugs, or other criminal or 
     civil misconduct; and
       (ii) has impeded investigations into entities suspected of 
     such misconduct; and
       (D) evaluating whether the failure of the United States to 
     require beneficial ownership information for partnerships, 
     trusts, charitable organizations, or other legal entities 
     formed or registered in the United States has elicited 
     international criticism and what steps, if any, the United 
     States has taken or is planning to take in response.
       (2) Effectiveness of incorporation practices.--Not later 
     than 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the 
     Comptroller General of the United States shall conduct a 
     study and submit to the Committee on the Judiciary of the 
     Senate and the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of 
     Representatives a report assessing the effectiveness of 
     incorporation practices implemented under this section and 
     the amendments made by this section in--
       (A) providing law enforcement agencies with prompt access 
     to reliable, useful, and complete beneficial ownership 
     information; and
       (B) strengthening the capability of law enforcement 
     agencies to combat incorporation abuses and other civil and 
     criminal misconduct.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2460. Mr. WHITEHOUSE submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and 
Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which 
was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:


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       At the end of title X, add the following:

         Subtitle _--Stopping Foreign Interference in Elections

     SEC. __01. SHORT TITLE.

       This subtitle may be cited as the ``Stop Secret Foreign 
     Interference in Elections Act''.

     SEC. __02. DONOR DISCLOSURE FOR CERTAIN ORGANIZATIONS 
                   ACCEPTING DONATIONS FROM FOREIGN NATIONALS.

       (a) In General.--Section 324 of the Federal Election 
     Campaign Act of 1971 (52 U.S.C. 30126) is amended to read as 
     follows:

     ``SEC. 324. DONOR DISCLOSURE FOR CERTAIN ORGANIZATIONS 
                   ACCEPTING DONATIONS FROM FOREIGN NATIONALS.

       ``(a) Definitions.--In this section:
       ``(1) Campaign-related disbursement.--
       ``(A) In general.--The term `campaign-related disbursement' 
     means a disbursement by a covered 501(c) organization for any 
     of the following:
       ``(i) An independent expenditure consisting of a public 
     communication.
       ``(ii) An electioneering communication, as defined in 
     section 304(f)(3).
       ``(iii) A covered transfer.
       ``(B) Intent not required.--A disbursement for an item 
     described in clause (i), (ii), or (iii) of subparagraph (A) 
     shall be treated as a campaign-related disbursement 
     regardless of the intent of the person making the 
     disbursement.
       ``(2) Covered 501(c) organization.--The term `covered 
     501(c) organization' means any organization that--
       ``(A) is described in section 501(c) of the Internal 
     Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from taxation under section 
     501(a) of such Code (other than an organization described in 
     section 501(c)(3) of such Code); and
       ``(B) has received contributions or donations in excess of 
     $2,000 during the election reporting cycle from a foreign 
     national.
       ``(3) Covered transfer.--The term `covered transfer' means 
     a transfer described in subsection (e).
       ``(4) Disclosure date.--The term `disclosure date' means--
       ``(A) the first date during any election reporting cycle by 
     which a person--
       ``(i) has received contributions or donations in excess of 
     $2,000 from a foreign national; and
       ``(ii) has made campaign-related disbursements aggregating 
     more than $10,000; and
       ``(B) any other date during such election reporting cycle 
     by which a covered 501(c) organization has made campaign-
     related disbursements aggregating more than $10,000 since the 
     most recent disclosure date for such election reporting 
     cycle.
       ``(5) Election reporting cycle.--The term `election 
     reporting cycle' means the 2-year period beginning on the 
     date of the most recent general election for Federal office.
       ``(6) Foreign national.--The term `foreign national' has 
     the meaning given such term under section 319.
       ``(7) Payment.--The term `payment' includes any 
     contribution, donation, transfer, payment of dues, or other 
     payment.
       ``(b) Disclosure Statement.--
       ``(1) In general.--Any covered 501(c) organization that 
     makes campaign-related disbursements aggregating more than 
     $10,000 in an election reporting cycle shall, not later than 
     24 hours after each disclosure date, file a statement with 
     the Commission made under penalty of perjury that contains 
     the information described in paragraph (2)--
       ``(A) in the case of the first statement filed under this 
     subsection, for the period beginning on the first day of the 
     election reporting cycle and ending on the first such 
     disclosure date; and
       ``(B) in the case of any subsequent statement filed under 
     this subsection, for the period beginning on the previous 
     disclosure date and ending on such disclosure date.
       ``(2) Information described.--The information described in 
     this paragraph is as follows:
       ``(A) The name of the covered 501(c) organization.
       ``(B) The amount of each campaign-related disbursement made 
     by such organization during the period covered by the 
     statement of more than $1,000, and the name and address of 
     the person to whom the disbursement was made.
       ``(C) In the case of a campaign-related disbursement that 
     is not a covered transfer, the election to which the 
     campaign-related disbursement pertains and if the 
     disbursement is made for a public communication, the name of 
     any candidate identified in such communication and whether 
     such communication is in support of or in opposition to a 
     candidate.
       ``(D) For each payment to the covered 501(c) organization 
     by a foreign national--
       ``(i) the name and address of the foreign national who made 
     such payment during the period covered by the statement;
       ``(ii) the date and amount of such payment; and
       ``(iii) the aggregate amount of all such payments made by 
     the foreign national during the period beginning on the first 
     day of the election reporting cycle and ending on the 
     disclosure date,

     but only if such payment was made by a foreign national who 
     made payments to the covered 501(c) organization in an 
     aggregate amount of $2,000 or more during the period 
     beginning on the first day of the election reporting cycle 
     and ending on the disclosure date.
       ``(E) Such other information as required in rules 
     established by the Commission to promote the purposes of this 
     section.
       ``(3) Exceptions for amounts received from affiliates.--The 
     requirement to include in a statement submitted under 
     paragraph (1) the information described in subparagraph (D) 
     of paragraph (2) shall not apply to any amount which is 
     described in subsection (e)(2)(A)(i).
       ``(c) Coordination With Other Reports Filed With the 
     Commission.--Information included in a statement filed under 
     this section may be excluded from statements and reports 
     filed under section 304.
       ``(d) Filing.--Statements required to be filed under 
     subsection (a) shall be subject to the requirements of 
     section 304(d) to the same extent and in the same manner as 
     if such reports had been required under subsection (c) or (g) 
     of section 304.
       ``(e) Covered Transfer Defined.--
       ``(1) In general.--In this section, the term `covered 
     transfer' means any transfer or payment of funds by a covered 
     501(c) organization to another person if the covered 501(c) 
     organization--
       ``(A) designates, requests, or suggests that the amounts be 
     used for--
       ``(i) campaign-related disbursements (other than covered 
     transfers); or
       ``(ii) making a transfer to another person for the purpose 
     of making or paying for such campaign-related disbursements;
       ``(B) made such transfer or payment in response to a 
     solicitation or other request for a donation or payment for--
       ``(i) the making of or paying for campaign-related 
     disbursements (other than covered transfers); or
       ``(ii) making a transfer to another person for the purpose 
     of making or paying for such campaign-related disbursements;
       ``(C) engaged in discussions with the recipient of the 
     transfer or payment regarding--
       ``(i) the making of or paying for campaign-related 
     disbursements (other than covered transfers); or
       ``(ii) donating or transferring any amount of such transfer 
     or payment to another person for the purpose of making or 
     paying for such campaign-related disbursements;
       ``(D) made campaign-related disbursements (other than a 
     covered transfer) in an aggregate amount of $50,000 or more 
     during the 2-year period ending on the date of the transfer 
     or payment, or knew or had reason to know that the person 
     receiving the transfer or payment made such disbursements in 
     such an aggregate amount during that 2-year period; or
       ``(E) knew or had reason to know that the person receiving 
     the transfer or payment would make campaign-related 
     disbursements in an aggregate amount of $50,000 or more 
     during the 2-year period beginning on the date of the 
     transfer or payment.
       ``(2) Exception for certain transfers among affiliates.--
       ``(A) Exception for certain transfers among affiliates.--
       ``(i) In general.--The term `covered transfer' does not 
     include an amount transferred by one covered 501(c) 
     organization to another covered 501(c) organization if such 
     transfer is treated as a transfer between affiliates under 
     subparagraph (B).
       ``(ii) Special rule.--If the aggregate amount of transfers 
     described in clause (i) exceeds $50,000 in any election 
     reporting cycle--

       ``(I) the covered 501(c) organization which makes such 
     transfers shall provide to the covered 501(c) organization 
     receiving such transfers the information required under 
     subsection (b)(2)(D) (applied by substituting `the period 
     beginning on the first day of the election reporting cycle 
     and ending on the date of the most recent transfer described 
     in subsection (e)(2)(A)(i)' for `the period covered by the 
     statement' in clause (i) thereof); and
       ``(II) the covered 501(c) organization receiving such 
     transfers shall report the information described in subclause 
     (I) on any statement filed under subsection (a)(1) as if any 
     contribution, donation, or transfer to which such information 
     relates was made directly to the covered 501(c) organization 
     receiving the transfer.

       ``(B) Description of transfers between affiliates.--A 
     transfer of amounts from one covered 501(c) organization to 
     another covered 501(c) organization shall be treated as a 
     transfer between affiliates if--
       ``(i) one of the organizations is an affiliate of the other 
     organization; or
       ``(ii) each of the organizations is an affiliate of the 
     same organization,

     except that the transfer shall not be treated as a transfer 
     between affiliates if one of the organizations is established 
     for the purpose of making campaign-related disbursements.
       ``(C) Determination of affiliate status.--For purposes of 
     this paragraph, the following organizations shall be 
     considered to be affiliated with each other:
       ``(i) A membership organization, including a trade or 
     professional association, and the related State and local 
     entities of that organization.
       ``(ii) A national or international labor organization and 
     its State or local unions, or an organization of national or 
     international unions and its State and local entities.
       ``(D) Coverage of transfers to affiliated section 501(c)(3) 
     organizations.--This paragraph shall apply with respect to an 
     amount transferred by a covered 501(c) organization to an 
     organization described in paragraph (3) of section 501(c) of 
     the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under 
     section 501(a) of such Code in the same

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     manner as this paragraph applies to an amount transferred by 
     a covered 501(c) organization to another covered 501(c) 
     organization.''.
       (b) Conforming Amendment.--Section 304(f)(6) of such Act 
     (52 U.S.C. 30104) is amended by striking ``Any requirement'' 
     and inserting ``Except as provided in section 324(c), any 
     requirement''.
       (c) Coordination With FinCEN.--
       (1) In general.--The Director of the Financial Crimes 
     Enforcement Network of the Department of the Treasury shall 
     provide the Federal Election Commission with such information 
     as necessary to assist in administering and enforcing section 
     324 of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as added by 
     this subsection.
       (2) Report.--Not later than 6 months after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Chairman of the Federal Election 
     Commission, in consultation with the Director of the 
     Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the Department of the 
     Treasury, shall submit to Congress a report with 
     recommendations for providing further legislative authority 
     to assist in the administration and enforcement of such 
     section 324.
       (d) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section 
     shall apply with respect to disbursements made on or after 
     January 1, 2019, and shall take effect without regard to 
     whether or not the Federal Election Commission has 
     promulgated regulations to carry out such amendments.

     SEC. __03. DUE DILIGENCE REQUIREMENTS.

       (a) Certification.--
       (1) In general.--Title III of the Federal Election Campaign 
     Act of 1971 (52 U.S.C. 30101 et seq.) is amended by adding at 
     the end the following new section:

     ``SEC. 325. CERTIFICATIONS.

       ``(a) Requirement To File Certification.--
       ``(1) In general.--Each covered organization that makes a 
     report under section 304 with respect to an independent 
     expenditure or a disbursement for the direct costs of 
     producing an electioneering communication shall include with 
     such report a certification described in subsection (b).
       ``(2) Covered 501(c) organizations.--Each covered 501(c) 
     organization (within the meaning of section 324) that makes a 
     report under section 324 with respect to a campaign-related 
     disbursement shall include with such report a certification 
     described in subsection (b).
       ``(b) Certification.--
       ``(1) In general.--A certification is described in this 
     subsection if the certification is made by the principal 
     executive officer or officers and the principal financial 
     officer or officers of such covered organization, or persons 
     performing similar functions, stating that--
       ``(A) the signing officer has reviewed the report;
       ``(B) the organization has met the due diligence 
     requirements under paragraph (2); and
       ``(C) based on the officer's knowledge, none of the funds 
     used to make any expenditure or disbursement described in the 
     report or statement were provided by a foreign national (as 
     defined in section 319).
       ``(2) Due diligence requirement.--
       ``(A) In general.--The due diligence requirement under this 
     paragraph shall be met if the organization affirmatively 
     verifies that each contribution or donation received by the 
     organization during the 2-year period ending on the date of 
     the expenditure or disbursement described in subsection (a) 
     was not a contribution or donation that was made, directly or 
     indirectly, by a foreign national (within the meaning of 
     section 319).
       ``(B) Use of segregated account.--In the case of an 
     organization with a separate segregated account from which 
     the expenditure or disbursement described in subsection (a) 
     was made, subparagraph (A) shall be applied only with respect 
     to contributions and donations made to such account.
       ``(c) Covered Organization Defined.--In this subsection, 
     the term `covered organization' means any of the following:
       ``(1) A corporation (other than an organization described 
     in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986).
       ``(2) A limited liability corporation that is not otherwise 
     treated as a corporation for purposes of this Act (other than 
     an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the 
     Internal Revenue Code of 1986).
       ``(3) An organization described in section 501(c) of such 
     Code and exempt from taxation under section 501(a) of such 
     Code (other than an organization described in section 
     501(c)(3) of such Code).
       ``(4) A labor organization (as defined in section 316(b)).
       ``(5) Any political organization under section 527 of the 
     Internal Revenue Code of 1986, other than a political 
     committee under this Act (except as provided in paragraph 
     (6)).
       ``(6) A political committee with an account that accepts 
     donations or contributions that do not comply with the 
     contribution limits or source prohibitions under this Act, 
     but only with respect to such accounts.''.
       (2) Effective date.--The amendment made by subsection (a) 
     shall apply to reports required to be filed after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act.
       (b) Reporting of Suspicious Donations.--
       (1) Covered 501(c)  organizations.--
       (A) In general.--Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code 
     of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     subsection:
       ``(s) Requirement To Report Certain Contributions.--
       ``(1) In general.--No organization described in subsection 
     (c) (other than an organization described in paragraph (3) 
     thereof) shall be exempt from tax under subsection (a) unless 
     such organization reports any disqualified foreign 
     contribution, not later than 15 days after receiving such 
     contribution, to the entities listed in paragraph (3).
       ``(2) Disqualified foreign contribution.--For purposes of 
     this subsection, the term `disqualified foreign contribution' 
     means any donation or contribution received from foreign 
     national (within the meaning of section 319 of the Federal 
     Election Campaign Act of 1971) and which is made or received 
     for a purpose described in section 319(a) of such Act.
       ``(3) Entities.--The entities described in this paragraph 
     are the following:
       ``(A) The Internal Revenue Service.
       ``(B) The Federal Election Commission.
       ``(C) The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the 
     Department of Treasury.
       ``(D) The Department of Justice.''.
       (B) Effective date.--The amendment made by this paragraph 
     shall apply to contributions made after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act.
       (2) Corporate entities.--
       (A) In general.--Each corporation and each limited 
     liability corporation that is not otherwise treated as a 
     corporation under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 
     shall report any disqualified foreign contribution (as 
     defined in section 501(s) of the Internal Revenue Code of 
     1986), not later than 15 days after receiving such 
     contribution, to the following entities:
       (i) The Federal Election Commission.
       (ii) The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the 
     Department of Treasury.
       (iii) The Department of Justice.
       (B) Exception.--Subparagraph (A) shall not apply to any 
     entity that is an organization described in section 501(c)(3) 
     of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
       (C) Criminal penalty.--Any person who fails to make a 
     report under subparagraph (A) shall be guilty of a 
     misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not 
     more than $100,000, or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or 
     both, together with the costs of prosecution.
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  SA 2461. Mr. WHITEHOUSE (for himself and Mr. Grassley) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 5515, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which 
was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place in title X, insert the following:

     SEC. __. PROHIBITION ON ESTABLISHING CORPORATIONS TO CONCEAL 
                   ELECTION CONTRIBUTIONS AND DONATIONS BY FOREIGN 
                   NATIONALS.

       (a) In General.--Chapter 29 of title 18, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

     ``Sec. 612. Establishment of corporation to conceal election 
       contributions and donations by foreign nationals

       ``(a) Offense.--It shall be unlawful for an owner, officer, 
     attorney, or incorporation agent of a corporation, company, 
     or other entity to establish or use the corporation, company, 
     or other entity with the intent to conceal an activity of a 
     foreign national (as defined in section 319 of the Federal 
     Election Campaign Act of 1971 (52 U.S.C. 30121)) prohibited 
     under such section 319.
       ``(b) Penalty.--Any person who violates subsection (a) 
     shall be imprisoned for not more than 5 years, fined under 
     this title, or both.''.
       (b) Table of Sections.--The table of sections for chapter 
     29 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting 
     after the item relating to section 611 the following:

``612. Establishment of corporation to conceal election contributions 
              and donations by foreign nationals.''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2462. Mr. YOUNG (for himself and Ms. Warren) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1066. REPORTS ON OUTSTANDING GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY 
                   OFFICE AND INSPECTOR GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS; 
                   AGENCY STATEMENTS.

       (a) Definition.--In this section, the term ``agency'' 
     means--
       (1) a designated Federal entity, as defined in section 
     8G(a)(2) of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. 
     App.); and
       (2) an establishment, as defined in section 12(2) of the 
     Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.).

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       (b) Required Reports.--In the annual budget justification 
     submitted to Congress, as submitted with the budget of the 
     President under section 1105 of title 31, United States Code, 
     each agency shall include--
       (1) a report listing each public recommendation of the 
     Government Accountability Office that is designated by the 
     Government Accountability Office as ``open'' or ``closed, 
     unimplemented'' as of the date on which the annual budget 
     justification is submitted;
       (2) a report listing each public recommendation for 
     corrective action from the Office of Inspector General of the 
     agency for which no final action has been taken as of the 
     date on which the annual budget justification is submitted; 
     and
       (3) a report on the implementation status of each public 
     recommendation described in paragraphs (1) and (2), which 
     shall include--
       (A) with respect to a public recommendation that is 
     designated by the Government Accountability Office as 
     ``open'' or ``closed, unimplemented''--
       (i) that the agency has decided not to implement, a 
     detailed justification for the decision; or
       (ii) that the agency has decided to adopt, a timeline for 
     full implementation;
       (B) with respect to a public recommendation for corrective 
     action from the Office of Inspector General of the agency for 
     which no final action or action not recommended has been 
     taken, an explanation of the reasons why no final action or 
     action not recommended was taken with respect to each audit 
     report to which the public recommendation for corrective 
     action pertains;
       (C) with respect to an outstanding unimplemented public 
     recommendation from the Office of Inspector General of the 
     agency that the agency has decided to adopt, a timeline for 
     implementation; and
       (D) an explanation for any discrepancy between--
       (i) the reports submitted under paragraphs (1) and (2);
       (ii) the semiannual reports submitted by the Office of 
     Inspector General of the agency under section 5 of the 
     Inspector General Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.); and
       (iii) reports submitted by the Government Accountability 
     Office relating to public recommendations that are designated 
     by the Government Accountability Office as ``open'' or 
     ``closed, unimplemented''.
       (c) Copies of Submissions.--Each agency shall provide a 
     copy of the information submitted under subsection (b) to the 
     Government Accountability Office and the Office of Inspector 
     General of the agency.
       (d) Timeline for Agency Statements.--Section 720(b) of 
     title 31, United States Code, is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (1), by striking ``61st'' and inserting 
     ``181st''; and
       (2) in paragraph (2), by striking ``60'' and inserting 
     ``180''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2463. Mr. YOUNG submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       On page 42, line 3, strike ``and'' and all that follows 
     through line 4, and insert the following:
       (F) program management; and
       (G) efforts to ensure that excessive sustainment costs do 
     not threaten the Department of Defense's ability to purchase 
     the required number of aircraft.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2464. Mrs. FISCHER (for herself, Ms. Duckworth, and Mrs. 
Gillibrand) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment 
SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and 
intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1066. MICROLOAN PROGRAM.

       (a) Definitions.--In this section--
       (1) the term ``intermediary'' has the meaning given the 
     term in section 7(m)(11) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 
     636(m)(11)); and
       (2) the term ``microloan program'' means the program 
     established under section 7(m) of the Small Business Act (15 
     U.S.C. 636(m)).
       (b) Microloan Intermediary Lending Limit Increased.--
     Section 7(m)(3)(C) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 
     636(m)(3)(C)) is amended by striking ``$5,000,000'' and 
     inserting ``$6,000,000''.
       (c) SBA Study of Microenterprise Participation.--Not later 
     than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the 
     Administrator of the Small Business Administration shall 
     conduct a study and submit to the Committee on Small Business 
     and Entrepreneurship of the Senate and the Committee on Small 
     Business of the House of Representatives a report on--
       (1) the operations (including services provided, structure, 
     size, and area of operation) of a representative sample of--
       (A) intermediaries that are eligible to participate in the 
     microloan program and that do participate; and
       (B) intermediaries (including those operated for profit, 
     operated not for profit, and those affiliated with a United 
     States institution of higher learning) that are eligible to 
     participate in the microloan program and that do not 
     participate;
       (2) the reasons why intermediaries described in paragraph 
     (1)(B) choose not to participate in the microloan program;
       (3) recommendations on how to encourage increased 
     participation in the microloan program by intermediaries 
     described in paragraph (1)(B); and
       (4) recommendations on how to decrease the costs associated 
     with participation in the microloan program for eligible 
     intermediaries.
       (d) GAO Study on Microloan Intermediary Practices.--Not 
     later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, 
     the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to 
     the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship of the 
     Senate and the Committee on Small Business of the House of 
     Representatives a report evaluating--
       (1) oversight of the microloan program by the Small 
     Business Administration, including oversight of 
     intermediaries participating in the microloan program; and
       (2) the specific processes used by the Small Business 
     Administration to ensure--
       (A) compliance by intermediaries participating in the 
     microloan program; and
       (B) the overall performance of the microloan program.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2465. Mr. CRUZ submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle A of title XVI, add the following:

     SEC. 1607. MODIFICATION TO LAUNCH SUPPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE 
                   MODERNIZATION.

       Section 1609(a) of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2018 (Public Law 115-91) is amended by 
     inserting ``and United States spaceports that actively 
     support national security missions'' before the period at the 
     end.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2466. Mr. CRUZ submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1066. DESIGNATION OF LIU XIAOBO PLAZA.

       (a) Designation of Plaza.--
       (1) In general.--The area between the intersections of 
     International Drive, Northwest and Van Ness Street, Northwest 
     and International Drive, Northwest and International Place, 
     Northwest in Washington, District of Columbia, shall be known 
     and designated as ``Liu Xiaobo Plaza''.
       (2) References.--Any reference in a law, map, regulation, 
     document, paper, or other record of the area referred to in 
     paragraph (1) shall be deemed to be a reference to Liu Xiaobo 
     Plaza.
       (b) Designation of Address.--
       (1) Designation.--The address of 3505 International Place, 
     Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia, shall be 
     redesignated as 1 Liu Xiaobo Plaza.
       (2) References.--Any reference in a law, map, regulation, 
     document, paper, or other record of the United States to the 
     address referred to in paragraph (1) shall be deemed to be a 
     reference to 1 Liu Xiaobo Plaza.
       (c) Signs.--The Administrator of General Services shall 
     construct street signs that shall--
       (1) contain the phrase ``Liu Xiaobo Plaza'';
       (2) be similar in design to the signs used by Washington, 
     District of Columbia, to designate the location of Metro 
     stations; and
       (3) be placed on--
       (A) the parcel of Federal property that is closest to 1 Liu 
     Xiaobo Plaza (as redesignated by subsection (b)); and
       (B) the street corners of International Drive, Northwest 
     and Van Ness Street, Northwest and International Drive, 
     Northwest and International Place, Northwest, Washington, 
     District of Columbia.

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                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2467. Mr. CRUZ submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title XII, add the following:

     SEC. 1239_. LIMITATION ON ASSISTANCE TO THE MINISTRY OF THE 
                   INTERIOR OF THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAQ.

       (a) In General.--None of the funds authorized to be 
     appropriated by this Act for assistance to the Ministry of 
     the Interior of the Government of Iraq may be obligated or 
     expended until the date on which the Secretary of Defense and 
     the Secretary of State jointly certify to the appropriate 
     committees of Congress that such funds, including funds for 
     the provision of intelligence sharing, will not be disbursed 
     by the United States to any group that is, or that is known 
     to be, affiliated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-
     Quds Force or other state sponsor of terrorism.
       (b) Report.--Not later than 90 days after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, and annually thereafter until the Iraq 
     Train and Equip Fund is no longer in effect, the Secretary of 
     State should submit to the appropriate committees of Congress 
     a report on the implementation of this section.
       (c) Appropriate Committees of Congress Defined.--In this 
     section, the term ``appropriate committees of Congress'' 
     means--
       (1) the congressional defense committees; and
       (2) the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate and 
     the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of 
     Representatives.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2468. Mr. CRUZ submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title XII, add the following:

     SEC. 1257_. REPORT ON MILITARY INSTALLATION OF CHINA IN THE 
                   REPUBLIC OF DJIBOUTI.

       (a) In General.--Not later than 30 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense, in 
     coordination with the Secretary of State, shall submit to the 
     appropriate congressional committees a report that includes 
     the following:
       (1) An assessment of the impact of the People's Republic of 
     China's first overseas military installation in the Republic 
     of Djibouti on the ability of the United States forces to 
     operate in the region.
       (2) An assessment of China's ability to obtain sensitive 
     information and impact operations conducted from Camp 
     Lemmonier in Djibouti, the largest United States military 
     installation on the African continent.
       (3) An assessment of the ability of the President of 
     Djibouti to terminate by all methods, including by simple 
     decree, the Department of Defense's lease agreement governing 
     operation of Camp Lemmonier.
       (4) An assessment of the impact of the Chinese base in 
     Djibouti on security and safety of United States personnel in 
     Djibouti.
       (5) An assessment of the status of China's compliance with 
     the Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons, which forbids 
     employment of laser weapons.
       (6) An assessment of the laser attack in Djibouti that 
     injured United States airmen.
       (7) An assessment of Djibouti's compliance with its treaty 
     obligations under the Ottawa Convention to end the use of 
     landmines.
       (b) Appropriate Congressional Committees Defined.--In this 
     section, the term ``appropriate congressional committees'' 
     means--
       (1) the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on 
     Foreign Relations of the Senate; and
       (2) the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on 
     Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2469. Mr. CRUZ submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle B of title III, add the following:

     SEC. 316. CORE SAMPLING AT JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS.

       (a) Site Investigation Required.--The Secretary of the Air 
     Force shall conduct a core sampling study along the proposed 
     route of the W-6 wastewater treatment line on Air Force real 
     property, in compliance with best engineering practices, to 
     determine if any regulated or hazardous substances are 
     present in the soil along the proposed route.
       (b) Report Required.--Not later than 120 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Air 
     Force shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the 
     Senate and the House of Representatives a report on the 
     results of the core samples taken pursuant to subsection (a).
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2470. Mr. DAINES (for himself and Mr. Tester) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 5515, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which 
was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title XXVIII, add the 
     following:

     SEC. 2823. TECHNICAL CORRECTION TO WITHDRAWAL AND RESERVATION 
                   OF PUBLIC LAND AUTHORITY, LIMESTONE HILLS 
                   TRAINING AREA, MONTANA.

       Section 2931(b) of the Military Construction Authorization 
     Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (division B of Public Law 113-66; 
     127 Stat. 1031) is amended by striking ``18,644 acres in 
     Broadwater County, Montana, generally depicted as `Proposed 
     Land Withdrawal' on the map entitled `Limestone Hills 
     Training Area Land Withdrawal', dated April 10, 2013'' and 
     inserting ``18,964 acres in Broadwater County, Montana, 
     generally depicted as `Limestone Hills Training Area Land 
     Withdrawal' on the map entitled `Limestone Hills Training 
     Area Land Withdrawal', dated May 11, 2017''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2471. Mr. HELLER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title VII, add the following:

     SEC. 729. STRATEGY TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN MENTAL HEALTH 
                   PROVIDERS.

       Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to Congress a 
     strategy to recruit and retain mental health providers, 
     including psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurse 
     practitioners, licensed social workers, and other licensed 
     providers of the military health system.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2472. Mr. HELLER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title VII, add the following:

     SEC. 729. REPORT ON MEDICATION PRESCRIBING PRACTICES OF 
                   DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.

       Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to Congress a 
     report describing the practices used by the Department of 
     Defense for prescribing medication during fiscal years 2013 
     through 2017 that were inconsistent with the post-traumatic 
     stress disorder medication guidelines developed by the 
     Department.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2473. Mr. DAINES (for himself and Mr. Tester) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 5515, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which 
was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title XXVIII, add the 
     following:

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     SEC. 2823. TECHNICAL CORRECTION TO WITHDRAWAL AND RESERVATION 
                   OF PUBLIC LAND AUTHORITY, LIMESTONE HILLS 
                   TRAINING AREA, MONTANA.

       Section 2931(b) of the Military Construction Authorization 
     Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (division B of Public Law 113-66; 
     127 Stat. 1031) is amended by striking ``18,644 acres in 
     Broadwater County, Montana, generally depicted as `Proposed 
     Land Withdrawal' on the map entitled `Limestone Hills 
     Training Area Land Withdrawal', dated April 10, 2013'' and 
     inserting ``18,964 acres in Broadwater County, Montana, 
     generally depicted as `Limestone Hills Training Area Land 
     Withdrawal' on the map entitled `Limestone Hills Training 
     Area Land Withdrawal', dated May 11, 2017''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2474. Mr. SCHATZ (for himself, Mr. Gardner, and Mr. Sullivan) 
submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 
submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be 
proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal 
year 2019 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, 
and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the end of subtitle I of title VIII, add the following:

     SEC. 896. INTEGRATED PUBLIC ALERT AND WARNING SYSTEM.

       (a) Definitions.--In this section--
       (1) the term ``Administrator'' means the Administrator of 
     the Agency;
       (2) the term ``Agency'' means the Federal Emergency 
     Management Agency;
       (3) the term ``public alert and warning system'' means the 
     integrated public alert and warning system of the United 
     States described in section 526 of the Homeland Security Act 
     of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 321o);
       (4) the term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of Homeland 
     Security; and
       (5) the term ``State'' means any State of the United 
     States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto 
     Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the 
     Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and any 
     possession of the United States.
       (b) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System 
     Subcommittee.--Section 2 of the Integrated Public Alert and 
     Warning System Modernization Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-143; 
     130 Stat. 327) is amended--
       (1) in subsection (b)--
       (A) in paragraph (6)(B)--
       (i) in clause (i), by striking ``and'' at the end;
       (ii) in clause (ii)(VII), by striking the period at the end 
     and inserting ``; and''; and
       (iii) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(iii) recommendations for best practices of State, 
     tribal, and local governments to follow to maintain the 
     integrity of the public alert and warning system, including--

       ``(I) the procedures for State, tribal, and local 
     government officials to authenticate civil emergencies and 
     initiate, modify, and cancel alerts transmitted through the 
     public alert and warning system, including protocols and 
     technology capabilities for--

       ``(aa) the initiation, or prohibition on the initiation, of 
     alerts by a single authorized or unauthorized individual; and
       ``(bb) testing a State, tribal, or local government 
     incident management and warning tool without accidentally 
     initiating an alert through the public alert and warning 
     system;

       ``(II) the standardization, functionality, and 
     interoperability of incident management and warning tools 
     used by State, tribal, and local governments to notify the 
     public of an emergency through the public alert and warning 
     system;
       ``(III) the training and recertification of emergency 
     management personnel on best practices for originating and 
     transmitting an alert through the public alert and warning 
     system; and
       ``(IV) the procedures, protocols, and guidance concerning 
     the protective action plans that State, tribal, and local 
     governments should issue to the public following an alert 
     issued under the public alert and warning system.'';

       (B) in paragraph (7)--
       (i) in subparagraph (A)--

       (I) by striking ``Not later than'' and inserting the 
     following:

       ``(i) Initial report.--Not later than'';

       (II) in clause (i), as so designated, by striking 
     ``paragraph (6)'' and inserting ``clauses (i) and (ii) of 
     paragraph (6)(B)''; and
       (III) by adding at the end the following:

       ``(ii) Second report.--Not later than 18 months after the 
     date of enactment of this clause, the Subcommittee shall 
     submit to the National Advisory Council a report containing 
     any recommendations required to be developed under paragraph 
     (6)(B)(iii) for approval by the National Advisory Council.''; 
     and
       (ii) in subparagraph (B), by striking ``report'' each place 
     that term appears and inserting ``reports'';
       (C) in paragraph (8), by striking ``3'' and inserting 
     ``5''; and
       (2) in subsection (c), by striking ``and 2018'' and 
     inserting ``2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021''.
       (c) Integrated Public Alert and Warning System 
     Participatory Requirements.--The Administrator shall--
       (1) consider the recommendations submitted by the 
     Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Subcommittee to 
     the National Advisory Council under section 2(b)(7) of the 
     Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act 
     of 2015 (Public Law 114-143; 130 Stat. 331), as amended by 
     subsection (b) of this section; and
       (2) not later than 120 days after the date on which the 
     recommendations described in subparagraph (A) are submitted, 
     establish minimum requirements for State, tribal, and local 
     governments to participate in the public alert and warning 
     system consistent with all public notice rules and 
     regulations in law.
       (d) Incident Management and Warning Tool Validation.--
       (1) In general.--The Administrator shall establish a 
     process to ensure that an incident management and warning 
     tool used by a State, tribal, or local government to 
     originate and transmit an alert through the public alert and 
     warning system meets the minimum requirements established by 
     the Administrator under subsection (c)(2).
       (2) Requirements.--The process required to be established 
     under paragraph (1) shall include--
       (A) the ability to test an incident management and warning 
     tool in the public alert and warning system lab;
       (B) the ability to certify that an incident management and 
     warning tool complies with the applicable cyber frameworks of 
     the Department of Homeland Security and the National 
     Institute of Standards and Technology;
       (C) a process to certify developers of emergency management 
     software; and
       (D) requiring developers to provide the Administrator with 
     a copy of and rights of use for ongoing testing of each 
     version of incident management and warning tool software 
     before the software is first used by a State, tribal, or 
     local government.
       (e) Review and Update of Memoranda of Understanding.--
       (1) In general.--The Administrator shall review the 
     memoranda of understanding between the Agency and State, 
     tribal, and local governments with respect to the public 
     alert and warning system to ensure that all agreements ensure 
     compliance with any minimum requirements established by the 
     Administrator under subsection (c)(2).
       (2) Future memoranda.--The Administrator shall ensure that 
     any new memorandum of understanding entered into between the 
     Agency and a State, tribal, or local government on or after 
     the date of enactment of this Act with respect to the public 
     alert and warning system ensures that the agreement requires 
     compliance with any minimum requirements established by the 
     Administrator under subsection (c)(2).
       (f) Missile Alert and Warning Authorities.--
       (1) In general.--
       (A) Authority.--Beginning on the date that is 120 days 
     after the date of enactment of this Act, the authority to 
     originate an alert warning the public of a missile launch 
     directed against a State using the public alert and warning 
     system shall reside primarily with the Federal Government.
       (B) Delegation of authority.--The Secretary may delegate 
     the authority described in subparagraph (A) to a State, 
     tribal, or local entity if, not later than 180 days after the 
     date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary submits to the 
     Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of 
     the Senate and the Committee on Homeland Security of the 
     House of Representatives a report stating that--
       (i) it is not feasible for the Federal Government to alert 
     the public of a missile threat against a State; or
       (ii) it is not in the national security interest of the 
     United States for the Federal Government to alert the public 
     of a missile threat against a State.
       (C) Activation of system.--Upon verification of a missile 
     threat, the President, utilizing established authorities, 
     protocols and procedures, may activate the public alert and 
     warning system.
       (2) Required processes.--The Secretary, acting through the 
     Administrator, shall establish a process to promptly notify a 
     State warning point, and any State entities that the 
     Administrator determines appropriate, of follow-up actions to 
     a missile launch alert so the State may take appropriate 
     action to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the 
     residents of the State following the issuance of an alert 
     described in paragraph (1)(A) for that State.
       (3) Guidance.--The Secretary, acting through the 
     Administrator, shall work with the Governor of a State 
     warning point to develop and implement appropriate protective 
     action plans to respond to an alert described in paragraph 
     (1)(A) for that State.
       (4) Study and report.--Not later than 1 year after the date 
     of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall--
       (A) examine the feasibility of establishing an alert 
     designation under the public alert and warning system that 
     would be used to alert and warn the public of a missile 
     threat while concurrently alerting a State warning point so 
     that a State may activate related protective action plans; 
     and
       (B) submit a report of the findings under subparagraph (A), 
     including of the costs and timeline for taking action to 
     implement an alert designation described in subparagraph (A), 
     to--

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       (i) the Subcommittee on Homeland Security of the Committee 
     on Appropriations of the Senate;
       (ii) the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental 
     Affairs of the Senate;
       (iii) the Subcommittee on Homeland Security of the 
     Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives; 
     and
       (iv) the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of 
     Representatives.
       (g) Awareness of Alerts and Warnings.--Not later than 1 
     year after the date of enactment of this Act, the 
     Administrator shall--
       (1) conduct a review of--
       (A) the Emergency Operations Center of the Agency; and
       (B) the National Watch Center and each Regional Watch 
     Center of the Agency; and
       (2) submit to the Committee on Homeland Security and 
     Governmental Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on 
     Homeland Security of the House of Representatives a report on 
     the review conducted under paragraph (1), which shall 
     include--
       (A) an assessment of the technical capability of the 
     Emergency Operations Center and the National and Regional 
     Watch Centers described in paragraph (1) to be notified of 
     alerts and warnings issued by a State through the public 
     alert and warning system;
       (B) a determination of which State alerts and warnings the 
     Emergency Operations Center and the National and Regional 
     Watch Centers described in paragraph (1) should be aware of; 
     and
       (C) recommendations for improving the ability of the 
     National and Regional Watch Centers described in paragraph 
     (1) to receive any State alerts and warnings that the 
     Administrator determines are appropriate.
       (h) Timeline for Compliance.--Each State shall be given a 
     reasonable amount of time to comply with any new rules, 
     regulations, or requirements imposed under this section or 
     the amendments made by this section.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2475. Mr. BLUMENTHAL submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and 
Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which 
was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1026. REVIEW AND PUBLIC RELEASE OF CERTAIN RECORDS 
                   CONCERNING SOURCES OF SUPPORT FOR AL QAEDA AND 
                   THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001.

       (a) Definition.--In this section, the term ``covered 
     agency'' means the Department of the Treasury, the Federal 
     Bureau of Investigation, the Department of State, and the 
     Central Intelligence Agency (including any component of such 
     a department or agency).
       (b) Review and Public Release of Certain Records Concerning 
     Sources of Support for Al Qaeda and the Terrorist Attacks of 
     September 11, 2001.--Not later than 60 days after the date of 
     enactment of this Act, and in the interest of providing the 
     greatest possible transparency as to the sources of support 
     that enabled al Qaeda to carry out the terrorist attacks of 
     September 11, 2001, each covered agency shall--
       (1) review any and all records of the covered agency that 
     are responsive to subpoenas served upon the covered agency 
     between March 28, 2018 and June 11, 2018 by plaintiffs in the 
     consolidated multidistrict litigation proceeding In re: 
     Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001, No. 03 MDL 1570 
     (S.D.N.Y.); and
       (2) produce any responsive documents, to the fullest extent 
     possible under governing law, including rule 26(b)(1) of the 
     Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2476. Mr. MARKEY submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle D of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1037. PROHIBITION ON CONDUCT OF FIRST-USE NUCLEAR 
                   STRIKES.

       (a) Prohibition.--Notwithstanding any other provision of 
     law, the President may not use the Armed Forces of the United 
     States to conduct a first-use nuclear strike unless such 
     strike is conducted pursuant to a declaration of war by 
     Congress that expressly authorizes such strike.
       (b) First-Use Nuclear Strike Defined.--In this section, the 
     term ``first-use nuclear strike'' means an attack using 
     nuclear weapons against an enemy that is conducted without 
     the President determining that the enemy has first launched a 
     nuclear strike against the United States or an ally of the 
     United States.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2477. Mr. NELSON submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle D of title XXVIII, add the 
     following:

     SEC. 2838. IMPLEMENTATION OF GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE 
                   REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS ON MILITARY INSTALLATION 
                   PLANNING, COLLABORATION, AND ADAPTATION.

       (a) In General.--The Secretary of Defense shall fully 
     implement the recommendations in GAO report 18-206.
       (b) Report Required.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, and every 180 days 
     thereafter, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the 
     congressional defense committees a report on the 
     implementation status of each recommendation in GAO-18-206 
     until all of the recommendations are implemented. The report 
     shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may contain a 
     classified annex.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2478. Mr. MARKEY submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle G of title V, add the following:

     SEC. 583. ATOMIC VETERANS SERVICE MEDAL.

       (a) Service Medal Required.--The Secretary of Defense shall 
     design and produce a military service medal, to be known as 
     the ``Atomic Veterans Service Medal'', to honor retired and 
     former members of the Armed Forces who are radiation-exposed 
     veterans (as such term is defined in section 1112(c)(3) of 
     title 38, United States Code).
       (b) Distribution of Medal.--
       (1) Issuance to retired and former members.--At the request 
     of a radiation-exposed veteran, the Secretary of Defense 
     shall issue the Atomic Veterans Service Medal to the veteran.
       (2) Issuance to next-of-kin.--In the case of a radiation-
     exposed veteran who is deceased, the Secretary may provide 
     for issuance of the Atomic Veterans Service Medal to the 
     next-of-kin of the person.
       (3) Application.--The Secretary shall prepare and 
     disseminate as appropriate an application by which radiation-
     exposed veterans and their next-of-kin may apply to receive 
     the Atomic Veterans Service Medal.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2479. Mr. MARKEY submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle D of title XVI, add the following:

     SEC. 1650. PROHIBITION ON USE OF FUNDS FOR LONG-RANGE 
                   STANDOFF WEAPON OR W80 WARHEAD LIFE EXTENSION 
                   PROGRAM.

       Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act or any 
     other provision of law, none of the funds authorized to be 
     appropriated or otherwise made available for fiscal year 2019 
     for the Department of Defense or the Department of Energy may 
     be obligated or expended for the research, development, test, 
     and evaluation or procurement of the long-range standoff 
     weapon or for the W80 warhead life extension program.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2480. Mr. CARDIN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:


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       At the end of subtitle D of title XXVIII, add the 
     following:

     SEC. 2838. CONSOLIDATION OF JOINT SPECTRUM CENTER TO FORT 
                   MEADE, MARYLAND.

       (a) Movement or Consolidation of Joint Spectrum Center to 
     Fort Meade, Maryland.--The Secretary of Defense shall take 
     appropriate actions, as soon as practicable after the date of 
     enactment of this Act, to move, consolidate, or both, the 
     offices of the Joint Spectrum Center to the Defense 
     Information Systems Agency headquarters building at Fort 
     Meade, Maryland, for national security purposes to ensure the 
     physical and cybersecurity protection of personnel and 
     missions of the Department of Defense.
       (b) Authorization.--Any facility, road, or infrastructure 
     constructed or altered on a military installation as a result 
     of this section is deemed to be authorized in accordance with 
     section 2802 of title 10, United States Code.
       (c) Termination of Existing Lease.--Upon completion of the 
     relocation of the Joint Spectrum Center, all right, title, 
     and interest of the United States in and to the existing 
     lease for the Joint Spectrum Center shall be terminated.
       (d) Repeal of Obsolete Authority.--Section 2887 of the 
     Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 
     (division B of Public Law 110-181; 122 Stat. 569) is hereby 
     repealed.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2481. Mr. WYDEN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       Strike section 521 and insert the following:

     SEC. 521. DATE OF RANK OF COMMISSIONED NATIONAL GUARD 
                   OFFICERS PROMOTED TO A HIGHER GRADE.

       (a) In General.--Section 14308(f) of title 10, United 
     States Code, is amended--
       (1) by inserting ``(1)'' before ``The effective date'';
       (2) in paragraph (1), as designated by paragraph (1) of 
     this subsection, by striking ``on which such Federal 
     recognition in that grade is so extended'' and inserting ``of 
     the approval of the promotion of the officer to that grade by 
     the State concerned''; and
       (3) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(2)(A) Notwithstanding subsection (c)(1), the date of 
     rank in a higher grade of an officer whose effective date of 
     promotion to such grade is governed by paragraph (1) shall be 
     such effective date of promotion.
       ``(B) The specification of the date of rank of an officer 
     in a grade pursuant to subparagraph (A) shall be deemed an 
     adjustment of the date of rank of the officer to that grade 
     in the manner of section 741(d)(4) of this title, pursuant to 
     subsection (c)(2), to which section 741(d)(4)(C) of this 
     title shall apply, notwithstanding subsection (c)(3).''.
       (b) Effective Date.--The amendments made by subsection (a) 
     shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act, 
     and shall apply with respect to National Guard officers whose 
     promotion receive Federal recognition after that date, 
     regardless of whether such promotion was approved by the 
     State concerned before that date.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2482. Mr. WYDEN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title VII, add the following:

     SEC. 7__. REQUIREMENT TO USE HUMAN-BASED METHODS FOR CERTAIN 
                   MEDICAL TRAINING.

       (a) In General.--Chapter 101 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     section:

     ``Sec. 2017. Use of human-based methods for certain medical 
       training

       ``(a) Combat Trauma Injuries.--(1) Not later than October 
     1, 2020, the Secretary of Defense shall develop, test, and 
     validate human-based training methods for the purpose of 
     training members of the armed forces in the treatment of 
     combat trauma injuries with the goal of replacing live 
     animal-based training methods.
       ``(2) Not later than October 1, 2022, the Secretary--
       ``(A) shall only use human-based training methods for the 
     purpose of training members of the armed forces in the 
     treatment of combat trauma injuries; and
       ``(B) may not use animals for such purpose.
       ``(b) Exception for Particular Commands and Training 
     Methods.--(1) The Secretary may exempt a particular command, 
     particular training method, or both, from the requirement for 
     human-based training methods under subsection (a)(2) if the 
     Secretary determines that human-based training methods will 
     not provide an educationally equivalent or superior 
     substitute for live animal-based training methods for such 
     command or training method, as the case may be.
       ``(2) Any exemption under this subsection--
       ``(A) shall be for such period, not more than one year, as 
     the Secretary shall specify in granting the exemption; and
       ``(B) may be renewed (subject to subparagraph (A)).
       ``(c) Annual Reports.--(1) Not later than October 1, 2018, 
     and each year thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to the 
     congressional defense committees a report on the development 
     and implementation of human-based training methods for the 
     purpose of training members of the armed forces in the 
     treatment of combat trauma injuries under this section.
       ``(2) Each report under this subsection on or after October 
     1, 2022, shall include a description of any exemption under 
     subsection (b) that is in force at the time of such report 
     and a current justification for such exemption.
       ``(d) Definitions.--In this section:
       ``(1) The term `combat trauma injuries' means severe 
     injuries likely to occur during combat, including--
       ``(A) hemorrhage;
       ``(B) tension pneumothorax;
       ``(C) amputation resulting from blast injury;
       ``(D) compromises to the airway; and
       ``(E) other injuries.
       ``(2) The term `human-based training methods' means, with 
     respect to training individuals in medical treatment, the use 
     of systems and devices that do not use animals, including--
       ``(A) simulators;
       ``(B) partial task trainers;
       ``(C) moulage;
       ``(D) simulated combat environments;
       ``(E) human cadavers; and
       ``(F) rotations in civilian and military trauma centers.
       ``(3) The term `partial task trainers' means training aids 
     that allow individuals to learn or practice specific medical 
     procedures.''.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 101 of such title is amended by adding 
     at the end the following new item:

``2017. Use of human-based methods for certain medical training.''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2483. Mr. WYDEN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 
2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place in title XVI, insert the 
     following:

     SEC. ____. FUNDING FOR NSF CYBER SCHOLARSHIP-FOR-SERVICE 
                   PROGRAM.

       (a) Increased Funding.--The amount authorized to be 
     appropriated for fiscal year 2019 for the National Science 
     Foundation for the Federal cyber scholarship-for-service 
     program under section 302 of the Cybersecurity Enhancement 
     Act of 2014 (15 U.S.C. 7442) is increased by $50,000,000.
       (b) Offset.--The amount authorized to be appropriated or 
     otherwise made available by this Act for the B-21 aircraft is 
     hereby reduced by $50,000,000.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2484. Mr. WYDEN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 
2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place in title XVI, insert the 
     following:

     SEC. ____. FUNDING FOR NSF CYBER SCHOLARSHIP-FOR-SERVICE 
                   PROGRAM.

       The amount authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 
     2019 for the National Science Foundation for the Federal 
     cyber scholarship-for-service program under section 302 of 
     the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 (15 U.S.C. 7442) is 
     increased by $50,000,000.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2485. Mr. WYDEN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 
2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place in title XVI, insert the 
     following:

     SEC. ___. REPORT ON SECURITY VULNERABILITIES IN SIGNALING 
                   SYSTEM NO. 7.

       The Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional 
     defense committees a report on the effect of security 
     vulnerabilities

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     in Signaling System No. 7. Such report shall include the 
     following:
       (1) A description of how vulnerabilities in Signaling 
     System No. 7 have been exploited by foreign adversaries to 
     target personnel of the Department of Defense.
       (2) A description of the steps that the Secretary has taken 
     to mitigate such vulnerabilities.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2486. Mr. WYDEN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 
2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place in title XVI, insert the 
     following:

     SEC. ___. REPORT ON CELL SITE SIMULATORS DETECTED NEAR 
                   FACILITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.

       The Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional 
     defense committees a full accounting of cell site simulators 
     detected near facilities of the Department of Defense during 
     the three year period ending on the date of the enactment of 
     this Act and the actions taken by the Secretary to protect 
     personnel of the Department, their families, and facilities 
     of the Department from foreign powers using such technology 
     to conduct surveillance.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2487. Mr. WYDEN (for himself and Mr. Perdue) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle A of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1006. FINANCIAL AUDIT FUND.

       (a) In General.--If the Department of Defense does not 
     obtain an unmodified audit opinion on its full financial 
     statements for fiscal year 2023 by March 31, 2024, the 
     Secretary of Defense shall establish a fund to be known as 
     the ``Financial Audit Fund'' (in this section referred to as 
     the ``Fund'') for the purpose of activities for the 
     resolution of Notices of Findings and Recommendations 
     received.
       (b) Elements.--Amounts in the Fund shall include the 
     following:
       (1) Amounts appropriated to the Fund.
       (2) Amounts transferred to the Fund under subsection (d).
       (3) Any other amounts authorized for transfer or deposit 
     into the Fund by law.
       (c) Availability.--
       (1) In general.--Amounts in the Fund shall be available for 
     activities for the resolution of Notices of Findings and 
     Recommendations received.
       (2) Transfers from fund.--Amounts in the Fund may be 
     transferred to any other account of the Department in order 
     to fund activities described in paragraph (1). Any amounts 
     transferred from the Fund to an account shall be merged with 
     amounts in the account to which transferred and shall be 
     available subject to the same terms and conditions as amounts 
     in such account. The authority to transfer amounts under this 
     paragraph is in addition to any other authority of the 
     Secretary to transfer amounts by law.
       (3) Limitations.--Amounts in the Fund may be transferred 
     under this subsection in a fiscal year only to agencies and 
     organizations of the Department that have an obtained an 
     unmodified audit opinion on their financial statements for at 
     least one of the two preceding fiscal years. Amounts so 
     transferred shall be available only to permit the agency or 
     organization to which transferred to carry out activities 
     described in paragraph (1).
       (d) Transfers to Fund in Connection With Certain 
     Organizations.--
       (1) Reduction in amount available.--Subject to paragraph 
     (2), if during any fiscal year after fiscal year 2023 the 
     Secretary determines that an agency or organization of the 
     Department has not achieved an unmodified audit opinion on 
     its full financial statements, is being identified as not 
     audit ready, is receiving a disclaimer of opinion on its 
     financial statements, or is receiving an adverse opinion on 
     its financial statements for the calendar year ending during 
     such fiscal year--
       (A) the amount available to such agency or organization for 
     the fiscal year in which such determination is made shall be 
     equal to--
       (i) the amount otherwise authorized to be appropriated for 
     such agency or organization for the fiscal year; minus
       (ii) the lesser of--

       (I) an amount equal to 0.5 percent of the amount described 
     in clause (i); or
       (II) $100,000,000; and

       (B) the Secretary shall deposit in the Fund pursuant to 
     subsection (b)(2) all amounts unavailable to agencies and 
     organizations of the Department in the fiscal year pursuant 
     to determinations made under subparagraph (A).
       (2) Inapplicability to amounts for military personnel.--Any 
     reduction applicable to an agency or organization of the 
     Department under paragraph (1) for a fiscal year shall not 
     apply to amounts, if any, available to such agency or 
     organization for the fiscal year for military personnel.
       (3) Limitation on funds transferrable.--The authority to 
     transfer amounts pursuant to this subsection applies only 
     with respect to amounts that are appropriated after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act.
       (e) Reports on Transfers.--Not later than 15 days before 
     the transfer of any amount pursuant subsection (c)(2) or 
     (d)(1)(B), the Secretary shall submit to the congressional 
     defense committees a notice on the transfer, including the 
     agency or organization whose funds will provide the source of 
     the transfer, the amount of the transfer, and the specific 
     plans for the use of the amount transferred for the 
     resolution of Notices of Findings and Recommendations 
     concerned, as applicable.
       (f) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) The term ``audit ready'', with respect to an agency or 
     organization of the Department of Defense, means that the 
     agency or organization has in place the critical audit 
     capabilities and associated infrastructure necessary to 
     successfully commence and support a financial audit of its 
     relevant financial statements.
       (2) The term``adverse opinion'', with respect to financial 
     statements, means an opinion by the auditor of the financial 
     statements that the financial statements are misleading and 
     cannot be relied upon.
       (3) The term ``disclaimer of opinion'', with respect to 
     financial statements, means that the auditor of the financial 
     statements was not able to complete the audit work, and 
     cannot issue an opinion, on the financial statements.
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  SA 2488. Mr. WYDEN (for himself and Mr. Merkley) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle D of title III, add the following:

     SEC. 340. TRAINING FOR NATIONAL GUARD PERSONNEL ON WILDFIRE 
                   RESPONSE.

       The Secretary of the Army and the Secretary of the Air 
     Force may, in consultation with the Chief of the National 
     Guard Bureau, provide support for training of appropriate 
     personnel of the National Guard on wildfire response and 
     prevention, with preference given to military installations 
     with the highest wildfire suppression need.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2489. Mr. NELSON (for himself and Mr. Rubio) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle D of title XXVIII, add the 
     following:

     SEC. 2823. PLAN TO ALLOW INCREASED PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE 
                   NATIONAL NAVAL AVIATION MUSEUM AND BARRANCAS 
                   NATIONAL CEMETERY, NAVAL AIR STATION PENSACOLA.

       Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, the Secretary of the Navy shall submit to the 
     congressional defense committees a plan to allow increased 
     public access to the National Naval Aviation Museum and 
     Barrancas National Cemetery at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2490. Mr. NELSON submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle B of title III, add the following:

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     SEC. 3__. EXTENSION OF MORATORIUM ON DRILLING IN EASTERN GULF 
                   OF MEXICO.

       Section 104(a) of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 
     2006 (43 U.S.C. 1331 note; Public Law 109-432) is amended in 
     the matter preceding paragraph (1) by striking ``June 30, 
     2022'' and inserting ``June 30, 2027''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2491. Mr. BLUMENTHAL submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and 
Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which 
was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 10___. VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL VISITOR CENTER.

       Section 6(a) of Public Law 96-297 (54 U.S.C. 320301 note; 
     117 Stat. 1348) is amended by adding at the end the 
     following:
       ``(4) Internment of remains.--The visitor center may house 
     the remains of veterans of the Vietnam War.''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2492. Mr. MENENDEZ submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle G of title V, add the following:

     SEC. ___. AWARD OF MEDALS OR OTHER COMMENDATIONS TO HANDLERS 
                   OF MILITARY WORKING DOGS AND THE MILITARY 
                   WORKING DOG CONCERNED.

       (a) Program of Award Required.--Each Secretary of a 
     military department shall carry out a program to provide for 
     the award of one or more medals or other commendations to 
     handlers of military working dogs, and to military working 
     dogs, under the jurisdiction of such Secretary to recognize 
     valor or meritorious achievement by such handlers and dogs.
       (b) Medal and Commendations.--Any medal or commendation 
     awarded pursuant to a program under subsection (a) shall be 
     of such design, and include such elements, as the Secretary 
     of the military department concerned shall specify.
       (c) Presentation and Acceptance.--Any medal or commendation 
     awarded pursuant to a program under subsection (a) may be 
     presented to and accepted by the handler concerned on behalf 
     of the handler and the military working dog concerned.
       (d) Regulations.--Medals and commendations shall be awarded 
     under programs under subsection (a) in accordance with 
     regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense for 
     purposes of this section.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2493. Mr. MORAN (for himself and Mr. Coons) submitted an amendment 
intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe 
(for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill 
H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle E of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1052. BRIEFING ON USE AND EXPANSION OF HACKING FOR 
                   DEFENSE IN SUPPORT OF INNOVATION AND 
                   ENTREPRENEURIAL EFFORTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF 
                   DEFENSE.

       Not later than February 28, 2019, the Under Secretary of 
     Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment shall provide the 
     Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of 
     Representatives a briefing on proposals for use or expansion 
     of the so-called ``Hacking for Defense'' program in order to 
     support the innovation and entrepreneurial efforts of the 
     Department of Defense, including the following:
       (1) A description of the manner in which the Hacking for 
     Defense program is currently being employed within the 
     Department.
       (2) A description and assessment of proposals for manners 
     in which the Hacking for Defense program could be leveraged 
     or expanded in order to do the following:
       (A) Provide advanced warfighter solutions.
       (B) Address readiness deficiencies.
       (C) Reinvigorate, modernize, and enhance the innovation 
     education of the Department with institutions of higher 
     education and professional education programs in the United 
     States and other North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) 
     countries.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2494. Mr. MURPHY (for himself, Ms. Warren, Ms. Baldwin, and Mr. 
Blumenthal) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment 
SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and 
intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title VIII, add the following:

     SEC. 834. ENHANCED DOMESTIC CONTENT REQUIREMENT FOR MAJOR 
                   DEFENSE ACQUISITION PROGRAM PROCUREMENTS.

       (a) Assessment Required.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than one year after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall 
     submit to the congressional defense committees a report 
     assessing the domestic source content of procurements carried 
     out in connection with major defense acquisition programs.
       (2) Information repository.--The Secretary of Defense shall 
     establish an information repository for the collection and 
     analysis of information related to domestic source content 
     that can be used for continuous data analysis and program 
     management activities.
       (b) Enhanced Domestic Content Requirement.--
       (1) In general.--For purposes of chapter 83 of title 41, 
     United States Code, manufactured articles, materials, or 
     supplies procured in connection with a major defense 
     acquisition program are manufactured substantially all from 
     articles, materials, or supplies mined, produced, or 
     manufactured in the United States if such component articles, 
     materials, or supplies comprise 100 percent of the 
     manufactured articles, materials, or supplies.
       (2) Effective date.--The domestic content requirement under 
     paragraph (1) applies to contracts entered into on or after 
     October 1, 2019.
       (c) Major Defense Acquisition Program Defined.--In this 
     section, the term ``major defense acquisition program'' has 
     the meaning given the term in section 2430 of title 10, 
     United States Code.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2495. Mr. MURPHY submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title VIII, add the following:

     SEC. 834. REPORT ON MAJOR DEFENSE ACQUISITION PROGRAM 
                   PROCUREMENTS.

       (a) Assessment Required.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than one year after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall 
     submit to the congressional defense committees a report 
     assessing the domestic source content of procurements carried 
     out in connection with major defense acquisition programs.
       (2) Information repository.--The Secretary of Defense shall 
     establish an information repository for the collection and 
     analysis of information related to domestic source content 
     that can be used for continuous data analysis and program 
     management activities.
       (b) Major Defense Acquisition Program Defined.--In this 
     section, the term ``major defense acquisition program'' has 
     the meaning given the term in section 2430 of title 10, 
     United States Code.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2496. Mr. MENENDEZ submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. INCREASING PARTICIPATION IN UNITED NATIONS 
                   PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS.

       (a) Finding.--Congress finds that the inclusion of women in 
     international peacekeeping units, police forces, and the 
     security sector improves accountability and decreases abuses 
     against civilians.

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       (b) Reporting Requirement.--Not later than 1 year after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense 
     shall submit a report to the Committee on Foreign Relations 
     of the Senate, the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate, 
     the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of 
     Representatives, and the Committee on Armed Services of the 
     House of Representatives that includes--
       (1) the number of United States female armed services 
     personnel participating in multilateral peacekeeping and 
     security operations;
       (2) an evaluation of existing incentives, if any, to 
     increase the participation of United States female armed 
     services personnel in multilateral peacekeeping and security 
     operations;
       (3) an outline of the training required to ensure that 
     female armed services personnel are prepared for the unique 
     challenges inherent in multilateral peacekeeping and security 
     operations;
       (4) recommendations for how the United States could meet 
     the minimum requirement of 30 percent female armed service 
     participation in training offered by the United States on 
     security issues, including partner military training; and
       (5) an evaluation of current security partnerships around 
     the world and whether such partnerships can increase the 
     number of women included in peacekeeping units, police 
     forces, and the security sector.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2497. Mr. MENENDEZ submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
by him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal 
year 2019 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, 
and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the appropriate place, insert the following:

     SEC. __. ENDING THE CYPRUS ARMS EMBARGO.

       (a) Short Title.--This section may be cited as the ``End 
     the Cyprus Arms Embargo Act''.
       (b) Findings.--Congress finds the following:
       (1) The Republic of Cyprus is a vital strategic partner to 
     the United States.
       (2) The Republic of Cyprus is a critical member of the 
     Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State in Iraq and the 
     Levant.
       (3) The United States cooperates closely with the Republic 
     of Cyprus through information sharing agreements.
       (4) High-level United States officials have assisted the 
     Republic of Cyprus with crafting that nation's national 
     security strategy.
       (5) The United States provides training to Cypriot 
     officials in areas such as cybersecurity, counterterrorism, 
     and explosive ordinance disposal and stockpile management.
       (6) The Republic of Cyprus is a valued member of the 
     Proliferation Security Initiative to combat the trafficking 
     of weapons of mass destruction.
       (7) The Republic of Cyprus continues to work closely with 
     the United Nations and regional partners in Europe--
       (A) to combat terrorism through law enforcement;
       (B) to counter violent extremism programs; and
       (C) to combat terrorism through financial mechanisms.
       (8) The United States and the Republic of Cyprus maintain 
     strong bilateral economic relations, particularly in sectors 
     such as energy, financial services, and logistics.
       (9) The energy exploration in the Republic of Cyprus's 
     Exclusive Economic Zone and territorial waters--
       (A) includes the participation of United States companies;
       (B) furthers United States interests by providing a 
     potential alternative to Russian gas for United States allies 
     and partners; and
       (C) should not be impeded by other sovereign states.
       (10) Energy exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean region 
     must be safeguarded against threats posed by terrorist and 
     extremist groups, including Hezbollah and others.
       (11) Despite robust economic and security relations with 
     the United States, the Republic of Cyprus has been subject to 
     a United States embargo prohibiting the export of defense 
     articles and services since 1987.
       (12) The 1987 arms embargo was designed to restrict United 
     States arms sales and transfer to the Republic of Cyprus and 
     the occupied part of Cyprus to avoid hindering reunification 
     efforts.
       (13) At least 30,000 Turkish troops are stationed in the 
     occupied part of Cyprus with weapons procured from the United 
     States through mainland Turkey.
       (14) While the United States has, as a matter of policy, 
     avoided the provision of defense articles and services to the 
     Republic of Cyprus, the Government of Cyprus has sought to 
     obtain these defense articles from other countries, including 
     countries that pose challenges to United States interests 
     around the world.
       (15) The security of partners in the Eastern Mediterranean 
     region is critical to the security of the United States and 
     Europe.
       (c) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that--
       (1) the direct sale or transfer of arms by the United 
     States to the Republic of Cyprus would advance United States' 
     security interests in Europe by helping to reduce the 
     dependence of Cyprus on other countries for defense-related 
     materiel, including countries that pose challenges to United 
     States interests around the world; and
       (2) it is in the interest of the United States--
       (A) to continue to support United Nations-facilitated 
     efforts toward a comprehensive solution to the division of 
     Cyprus;
       (B) to affirm the importance of demilitarization on the 
     island of Cyprus; and
       (C) for the Republic of Cyprus to join NATO's Partnership 
     for Peace program.
       (d) Repeal of Prohibition on Transfer of Articles on the 
     United States Munitions List to the Republic of Cyprus.--
       (1) In general.--Section 620C of the Foreign Assistance Act 
     of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2373) is amended by striking subsection 
     (e).
       (2) Exclusion of the government of the republic of cyprus 
     from certain related regulations.--Beginning on the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State shall 
     exclude any application made with or under the authority of 
     the Government of the Republic of Cyprus from the 
     restrictions set forth in--
       (A) section 126.1(r) of title 22, Code of Federal 
     Regulations (relating to prohibited exports, imports, and 
     sales to or from Cyprus); and
       (B) Department of State Public Notice 1738 (57 Fed. Reg. 
     60265; December 18, 1992; relating to policy governing 
     munitions export licenses to Cyprus).
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2498. Mr. MENENDEZ submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the the end of subtitle A of title XII, add the 
     following:

     SEC. 1208. FOREIGN MILITARY FINANCING FOR ISRAEL.

       (a)(1) In General .--Of the amount made available for each 
     of the fiscal years 2019 through 2028 for assistance under 
     the Foreign Military Financing program, not less than 
     $3,300,000,000 for each such fiscal year is authorized to be 
     made available on a grant basis for Israel.
       (2) Disbursement of Funds.--Funds authorized to be made 
     available for Israel under paragraph (1) for each fiscal year 
     shall be disbursed not later than 30 days after the date of 
     the enactment of an Act making appropriations for foreign 
     operations, export financing, and related programs for such 
     fiscal year, or October 31 of the year in which such fiscal 
     year begins, whichever date is later.
       (3) Exclusion of Rescissions and Supplemental 
     Appropriations.--For purposes of this section, the 
     computation of amounts made available for a fiscal year shall 
     not take into account any amount rescinded by an Act or any 
     amount appropriated by an Act making supplemental 
     appropriations for a fiscal year.
       (4) Rule of Construction.--Nothing in this section shall 
     restrict or otherwise prohibit the authorization of 
     appropriations, or the appropriation of funds, above the 
     amount specified in this subsection.
       (b) Definitions.--In this section, the term ``Foreign 
     Military Financing program'' means the program authorized by 
     section 23 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2763).
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2499. Mr. HELLER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle D of title V, add the following:

     SEC. 550. DEFINITION OF MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA.

       The Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs shall 
     together establish a definition of military sexual trauma to 
     be used by both departments in all aspects of care and 
     benefits for members of the Armed Forces and veterans.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2500. Mr. HELLER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the 
Department of Defense, for

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military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of 
Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, 
and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the end of subtitle E of title V, add the following:

     SEC. 558. INFORMATION ON RESOURCES AVAILABLE REGARDING 
                   MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA IN PRESEPARATION 
                   COUNSELING PROVIDED TO MEMBERS OF THE ARMED 
                   FORCES.

       Section 1142(b) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended--
       (1) by redesignating paragraphs (12) through (18) as 
     paragraphs (13) through (19), respectively; and
       (2) by inserting after paragraph (11) the following new 
     paragraph (12):
       ``(12) Information concerning the availability of resources 
     regarding military sexual trauma.''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2501. Mr. PERDUE submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       In section 1725(b)(4)(C), add at the end the following:
       (vi) The license of a patent and provision of support by a 
     United States person in connection with the licensed patent, 
     if the patent is widely licensed on a non-exclusive basis and 
     the support is generally provided to licensees of the patent.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2502. Mr. TOOMEY (for himself and Mr. Jones) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of part II of subtitle F of title V, add the 
     following:

     SEC. 577. BACKGROUND CHECKS.

       (a) Background Checks.--Not later than 2 years after the 
     date of enactment of this Act, each covered local educational 
     agency and each Department of Defense domestic dependent 
     elementary and secondary school established pursuant to 
     section 2164 of title 10, United States Code, shall have in 
     effect policies and procedures that--
       (1) require that a criminal background check be conducted 
     for each school employee of the agency or school, 
     respectively, that includes--
       (A) a search of the State criminal registry or repository 
     of the State in which the school employee resides;
       (B) a search of State-based child abuse and neglect 
     registries and databases of the State in which the school 
     employee resides;
       (C) a Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprint check 
     using the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification 
     System; and
       (D) a search of the National Sex Offender Registry 
     established under section 119 of the Adam Walsh Child 
     Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (34 U.S.C. 20921);
       (2) prohibit the employment of a school employee as a 
     school employee at the agency or school, respectively, if 
     such employee--
       (A) refuses to consent to a criminal background check under 
     paragraph (1);
       (B) knowingly submits false information concerning past 
     convictions in connection with such a criminal background 
     check;
       (C) has been convicted of a felony consisting of--
       (i) murder;
       (ii) child abuse or neglect;
       (iii) a crime against children, including child 
     pornography;
       (iv) spousal abuse;
       (v) a crime involving rape or sexual assault;
       (vi) kidnapping;
       (vii) arson; or
       (viii) physical assault, battery, or a drug-related 
     offense, committed on or after the date that is 5 years 
     before the date of such employee's criminal background check 
     under paragraph (1); or
       (D) has been convicted of any other crime that is a violent 
     or sexual crime against a minor;
       (3) require that each criminal background check conducted 
     under paragraph (1) be periodically repeated or updated in 
     accordance with policies established by the covered local 
     educational agency or the Department of Defense (in the case 
     of a Department of Defense domestic dependent elementary and 
     secondary school established pursuant to section 2164 of 
     title 10, United States Code);
       (4) upon request, provide each school employee who has had 
     a criminal background check under paragraph (1) with a copy 
     of the results of the criminal background check;
       (5) provide for a timely process, by which a school 
     employee of the school or agency may appeal, but which does 
     not permit the employee to be employed as a school employee 
     during such appeal, the results of a criminal background 
     check conducted under paragraph (1) which prohibit the 
     employee from being employed as a school employee under 
     paragraph (2) to--
       (A) challenge the accuracy or completeness of the 
     information produced by such criminal background check; and
       (B) establish or reestablish eligibility to be hired or 
     reinstated as a school employee by demonstrating that the 
     information is materially inaccurate or incomplete, and has 
     been corrected; and
       (6) allow the covered local educational agency or school, 
     as the case may be, to share the results of a school 
     employee's criminal background check recently conducted under 
     paragraph (1) with another local educational agency that is 
     considering such school employee for employment as a school 
     employee.
       (b) Fees for Background Checks.--The Attorney General, 
     attorney general of a State, or other State law enforcement 
     official may charge reasonable fees for conducting a criminal 
     background check under subsection (a)(1), but such fees shall 
     not exceed the actual costs for the processing and 
     administration of the criminal background check.
       (c) Definitions.--In this Act:
       (1) Covered local educational agency.--The term ``covered 
     local educational agency'' means a local educational agency 
     that receives funds under subsection (b) or (d) of section 
     7003, or section 7007, of the Elementary and Secondary 
     Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7703, 7707).
       (2) School employee.--The term ``school employee'' means--
       (A) a person who--
       (i) is an employee of, or is seeking employment with--

       (I) a covered local educational agency; or
       (II) a Department of Defense domestic dependent elementary 
     and secondary school established pursuant to section 2164 of 
     title 10, United States Code, such elementary and secondary 
     school; and

       (ii) as a result of such employment, has (or will have) a 
     job duty that results in unsupervised access to elementary 
     school or secondary school students; or
       (B)(i) any person, or an employee of any person, who has a 
     contract or agreement to provide services to a covered local 
     educational agency or a Department of Defense domestic 
     dependent elementary and secondary school established 
     pursuant to section 2164 of title 10, United States Code; and
       (ii) such person or employee, as a result of such contract 
     or agreement, has a job duty that results in unsupervised 
     access to elementary school or secondary school students.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2503. Mr. WICKER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle H of title V, add the following:

     SEC. 598. BRIEFING ON THE STATUS OF THE PLAN OF THE ARMY TO 
                   TRANSITION TO NEW INSECTICIDE PRETREATMENTS ON 
                   COMBAT UNIFORMS.

       Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, the Secretary of the Army shall provide to the 
     Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of 
     Representatives a briefing the status of approval of, and any 
     plan to transition to, the use of new insecticide 
     pretreatments on combat uniforms.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2504. Mr. WICKER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle I of title VIII, add the following:

     SEC. 896. ADVANCED HELICOPTER TRAINING SYSTEM.

       In developing the requirements for the Navy's Advanced 
     Helicopter Training System, the Secretary of the Navy shall 
     take into consideration--
       (1) the projected cost and schedule impacts of any 
     development or non-developmental integration requirements;

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       (2) the level to which the new training system will enhance 
     the transition to current Navy advance aircraft and any next 
     generation Future Vertical Lift aircraft technologies and 
     capabilities;
       (3) the efficiencies and cost benefits provided by the 
     capability to replicate advanced training tasks on a primary 
     trainer;
       (4) the safety and efficiency and quality benefits of a 
     training aircraft with flight and power management 
     characteristics of a multi-engine trainer that is 
     representative of the more complex fleet helicopters; and
       (5) the trends and best practices learned by other United 
     States and international military training programs.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2505. Mr. SANDERS (for himself and Mr. Grassley) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle A of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1006. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE SPENDING REDUCTIONS IN THE 
                   ABSENCE OF AN UNQUALIFIED AUDIT OPINION.

       If during any fiscal year after fiscal year 2022, the 
     Secretary of Defense determines that a department, agency, or 
     other element of the Department of Defense has not achieved 
     an unqualified opinion on its full financial statements for 
     the calendar year ending during such fiscal year--
       (1) the amount available to such department, agency, or 
     element for the fiscal year in which such determination is 
     made shall be equal to--
       (A) the amount otherwise authorized to be appropriated for 
     such department, agency, or element for the fiscal year; 
     minus
       (B) the lesser of--
       (i) an amount equal to 0.5 percent of the amount described 
     in subparagraph (A); or
       (ii) $100,000,000; and
       (2) the Secretary shall deposit in the general fund of the 
     Treasury for purposes of deficit reduction all amounts 
     unavailable to departments, agencies, and elements of the 
     Department in the fiscal year pursuant to determinations made 
     under paragraph (1).
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2506. Mr. SANDERS submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle B of title VIII, add the following:

     SEC. 823. PROHIBITION ON CONTRACTS WITH CONTRACTORS 
                   COMPENSATING ANY EMPLOYEE AT A RATE HIGHER THAN 
                   THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE.

       The Secretary of Defense may not enter into a contract for 
     the procurement of property or services with a contractor 
     that compensates any of its employees or officers more than 
     $203,700 per year.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2507. Mr. SANDERS submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle B of title VIII, add the following:

     SEC. 823. DEFENSE CONTRACTING FRAUD WEBSITE.

       (a) In General.--The Secretary of Defense shall establish, 
     maintain, and regularly update a publicly accessible website 
     on defense contracting fraud.
       (b) Elements.--The website established under subsection (a) 
     shall include the following elements:
       (1) A list of fraud-related criminal convictions, civil 
     judgements, or settlements.
       (2) A list of defense contractors debarred or suspended 
     based on a criminal conviction for fraud.
       (3) An assessment of the total value of Department of 
     Defense contracts entered into for contractors that have been 
     indicted for, settled charges of, been fined by any Federal 
     department or agency for, or been convicted of fraud in 
     connection with any contract or other transaction with the 
     Federal Government.
       (4) Recommendations from the Inspector General of the 
     Department of Defense or other appropriate Department of 
     Defense official on how to penalize contractors repeatedly 
     involved in fraud, including updates on implementation by the 
     Department of any previous recommendations.
       (c) Restricted Information.--The Secretary of Defense may 
     include as part of the website required under subsection (a) 
     a restricted area for certain information that may only be 
     accessed by appropriate government personnel.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2508. Mr. MANCHIN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle D of title III, add the following:

     SEC. 340. TRANSPORTATION TO CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES OF 
                   RETIRED MILITARY WORKING DOGS OUTSIDE THE 
                   CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES THAT ARE SUITABLE FOR 
                   ADOPTION IN THE UNITED STATES.

       Section 2583(f) of title 10, United States Code, is amended 
     by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(3)(A) In the case of a military working dog located 
     outside the continental United States (OCONUS) at the time of 
     retirement that is suitable for adoption at that time, the 
     Secretary of the military department concerned shall 
     undertake transportation of the dog to the continental United 
     States (including transportation by contract at United States 
     expense) for adoption under this section unless--
       ``(i) the dog is adopted as described in paragraph (2)(A); 
     or
       ``(ii) transportation of the dog to the continental United 
     States would not be in the best interests of the dog for 
     medical reasons.
       ``(B) Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to alter 
     the preference in adoption of retired military working dogs 
     for former handlers as set forth in subsection (g).''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2509. Mr. MANCHIN (for himself, Mr. Kennedy, and Ms. Cantwell) 
submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 
submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be 
proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal 
year 2019 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, 
and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the end of part I of subtitle C of title XVI, add the 
     following:

     SEC. ___. REPORT ON CYBER FORCES OF THE RESERVE COMPONENTS OF 
                   THE ARMED FORCES AND CYBERSPACE.

       (a) In General.--Not less than 180 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall 
     submit to the congressional defense committees a report on 
     the use by the Department of Defense of members of the 
     reserve components of the Armed Forces for cyber warfare, 
     cybersecurity, and other matters relating to the Department 
     and cyberspace.
       (b) Contents.--The report required by subsection (a) shall 
     include the following:
       (1) Details on the current use by the Department of the 
     cyber forces of the reserve components and the plans of the 
     Secretary for the future use of such forces.
       (2) Details of the accompanying assignments and attachments 
     across the Department.
       (3) An evaluation of the insertion of members of the cyber 
     forces of the reserve components into command structures of 
     the Department.
       (4) Analysis of legal limitations on actions relating to 
     the cyber forces of the reserve components with respect to 
     their authorities under title 10, United States Code, and 
     title 32, United States Code.
       (5) An evaluation of the capabilities of such cyber forces, 
     with particular focus on capabilities related to responding 
     to threats and attacks on infrastructure.
       (6) Details of potential or planned steps for the 
     Department to take to ensure that the special legal, skills, 
     and command structure attributes of the reserve components 
     are best put to use in the defense of the United States.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2510. Mr. MANCHIN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the 
Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense 
activities of the Department of Energy,

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to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle A of title IX, add the following:

     SEC. 910. REPORT ON THE ROLE OF THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF 
                   MANAGEMENT OFFICER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE 
                   IN CONNECTION WITH CERTAIN AUDIT-RELATED 
                   MATTERS.

       (a) Report.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit 
     to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the 
     House of Representatives a report setting forth a 
     comprehensive description of the role of the Office of the 
     Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense, and 
     each of the reform areas specified in subsection (b), in the 
     following:
       (1) Assisting in audit readiness.
       (2) Addressing and remediating audit findings.
       (3) Institutionalizing enterprise level business and system 
     reform in order to achieve and sustain the Department-Defense 
     wide goal of an unmodified audit opinion on its financial 
     statements.
       (b) Reform Areas.--The reform areas specified in this 
     subsection are the following:
       (1) Human Resource Management.
       (2) Health Care Management.
       (3) Supply Chain and Logistics.
       (4) Real Property Management.
       (5) Community Services.
       (6) Information Technology Business Systems.
       (7) Any other reform area designated by the Secretary for 
     purposes of this section.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2511. Mr. INHOFE (for himself and Mrs. Shaheen) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1066. PLANS TO IMPROVE MEDICAL FACILITIES OF THE 
                   DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.

       (a) Plans Required.--
       (1) Plans of directors of medical facilities.--
       (A) In general.--The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall 
     require each director of a medical facility of the Department 
     of Veterans Affairs to submit to the director of the Veterans 
     Integrated Service Network that covers the facility, not 
     later than 90 days after the date the Secretary establishes 
     standards for quality under section 1703C of title 38, United 
     States Code, a plan to improve such facility in such a 
     fashion as would result in the facility meeting all of the 
     applicable standards for quality established under that 
     section.
       (B) Applicability.--The requirement in subparagraph (A) 
     shall only apply to directors of facilities that do not meet 
     the standards for quality established under section 1703C of 
     title 38, United States Code.
       (2) Plans of directors of veterans integrated service 
     networks.--The Secretary shall require each director of a 
     Veterans Integrated Service Network to submit to the 
     Secretary, not later than 60 days after receiving all of the 
     plans under paragraph (1), a plan, based on the plans 
     received under paragraph (1), to improve the facilities 
     within the Veterans Integrated Service Network in such a 
     fashion that would improve the ability of all facilities 
     within the network to meet the applicable standards for 
     quality established under section 1703C of title 38, United 
     States Code.
       (3) Remediation of service lines.--The Secretary shall 
     ensure that each plan submitted under this subsection 
     includes a plan for remediation of service lines under 
     section 1706A(a) of title 38, United States Code, if 
     applicable.
       (b) Regular Reports.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary shall ensure that, for 
     inclusion in the first strategic plan submitted under section 
     7330C(b) of title 38, United States Code, after the Secretary 
     has received all of the reports required under subsection 
     (a), and not less frequently than once every four years 
     thereafter, each director of a Veterans Integrated Service 
     Network in which a medical facility of the Department is not 
     meeting all of the applicable standards for quality 
     established under section 1703C of such title, submits to the 
     Secretary a report on the actions taken by the director to 
     meet such standards for quality.
       (2) Use of reports.--The reports submitted under paragraph 
     (1) shall be used to develop the strategic plan required by 
     section 7330C(b) of title 38, United States Code.
       (c) Sense of Congress on Use of Authorities To Investigate 
     Medical Centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs.--It is 
     the sense of Congress that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs 
     should make full use of the authorities provided by section 2 
     of the Enhancing Veteran Care Act (Public Law 115-95; 38 
     U.S.C. 1701 note).
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2512. Mr. RUBIO submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       Beginning on page 59, strike line 4 and all that follows 
     through page 61, line 25, and insert the following:
       (a) Establishment.--The Under Secretary of Defense for 
     Research and Engineering shall establish activities to 
     develop interaction between the Department of Defense and the 
     commercial technology industry, academia, public-private 
     partnerships, and other nonprofit organizations with regard 
     to emerging hardware products and technologies with national 
     security applications.
       (b) Elements.--
       (1) In general.--The activities required by subsection (a) 
     shall include the following:
       (A) Informing and encouraging private investment in 
     specific hardware technologies of interest to future defense 
     technology needs with unique national security applications.
       (B) Funding research and technology development and the 
     requisite manufacturing process in critical hardware-based 
     defense sectors, specifically microelectromechanical systems, 
     processing components, micromachinery, and materials science 
     that private industry has not supported sufficiently to meet 
     rapidly emerging national security needs.
       (C) Developing and executing policies and actions to deter 
     strategic acquisition of industrial and technical 
     capabilities in the private sector by foreign entities that 
     could potentially exclude companies from participating in the 
     Department of Defense technology and industrial base.
       (D) Identifying promising emerging technology in industry 
     and academia for the Department of Defense for potential 
     support or research and development cooperation.
       (E) Establishing domestic manufacturing capabilities 
     necessary for demonstration, testing, validation, and low 
     volume production of promising emerging technologies.
       (2) Coordination.--The Under Secretary of Defense for 
     Research and Engineering shall coordinate with the Under 
     Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment in 
     carrying out activities under subparagraph (E) of paragraph 
     (1).
       (c) Transfer of Personnel and Resources.--
       (1) In general.--Subject to paragraph (2), the Under 
     Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering may 
     transfer such personnel, resources, and authorities as the 
     Under Secretary considers appropriate to carry out the 
     activities established under subsection (a) from other 
     elements of the Department.
       (2) Certification.--The Under Secretary may only make a 
     transfer of personnel, resources, or authorities under 
     paragraph (1) upon certification by the Under Secretary that 
     the activities established under paragraph (a) can attract 
     sufficient private sector investment, has personnel with 
     sufficient technical and management expertise, and has 
     identified relevant technologies and systems for potential 
     investment in order to carry out the activities established 
     under subsection (a), independent of further government 
     funding beyond this authorization.
       (d) Establishment of Nonprofit Entity.--
       (1) In general.--The Under Secretary may establish or fund 
     a nonprofit entity to carry out the program activities under 
     subsection (a).
       (2) Existing nonprofits.--In carrying out paragraph (1), 
     the Under Secretary shall try to work with a nonprofit 
     organization that existed on the day before the date of the 
     enactment of this Act.
       (e) Plan.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than one year after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Under Secretary shall submit 
     to the congressional defense committees a detailed plan to 
     carry out this section.
       (2) Elements.--The plan required by paragraph (1) shall 
     include the following:
       (A) A description of the additional authorities needed to 
     carry out the activities set forth in subsection (b).
       (B) Plans for transfers under subsection (c), including 
     plans for private fund-matching and investment mechanisms, 
     oversight, treatment of rights relating to technical data 
     developed, and relevant dates and goals of such transfers.
       (C) Plans for attracting the participation of the 
     commercial technology industry and academia and how those 
     plans fit into the current Department of Defense research and 
     engineering enterprise.
       (3) No delay on conduct of activities.--Before submitting 
     the plan required by paragraph (1), the Under Secretary of 
     Defense for Research and Engineering shall proceed with 
     carrying out the activities as required by subsections (a) 
     and (b).
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2513. Mr. ROBERTS submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr.

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Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle B of title VIII, add the following:

     SEC. 823. INSTRUCTION ON PILOT PROGRAM REGARDING EMPLOYMENT 
                   OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.

       Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall update the Defense 
     Federal Acquisition Regulatory Supplement to include an 
     instruction on the pilot program regarding employment of 
     persons with disabilities authorized under section 853 of the 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 
     (Public Law 108-136; 10 U.S.C. 2302 note).
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2514. Mr. COTTON (for himself, Mr. Van Hollen, Mr. Schumer, Mr. 
Rubio, Mr. Blumenthal, Ms. Collins, and Mr. Nelson) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       Strike section 1727 and insert the following:

     SEC. 1727. PROHIBITION ON MODIFICATION OF CIVIL PENALTIES 
                   UNDER EXPORT CONTROL AND SANCTIONS LAWS AND 
                   PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN TELECOMMUNICATIONS 
                   EQUIPMENT.

       (a) Prohibition on Modification of Penalties.--
       (1) In general.--Notwithstanding any other provision of 
     law, no Federal official may modify any penalty, including a 
     penalty imposed pursuant to a denial order, implemented by 
     the Government of the United States with respect to a Chinese 
     telecommunications company pursuant to a determination that 
     the company has violated an export control or sanctions law 
     of the United States until the date that is 30 days after the 
     President certifies to the appropriate congressional 
     committees that the company--
       (A) has not, for a period of one year, conducted activities 
     in violation of the laws of the United States; and
       (B) is fully cooperating with investigations into the 
     activities of the company conducted by the Government of the 
     United States, if any.
       (2) Reinstatement of penalties or suspended order.--
       (A) In general.--If, before the date of the enactment of 
     this Act, any penalty imposed pursuant to the order of the 
     Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement 
     entitled ``Order Activating Suspended Denial Order Relating 
     to Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation and ZTE 
     Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd.'' (83 Fed. Reg. 17644), and 
     dated April 15, 2018, is reduced or eliminated, or that order 
     is suspended, on such date of enactment, that penalty shall 
     be reinstated to the penalty in place before such reduction 
     or elimination, or that order shall be reinstated, as the 
     case may be.
       (B) Additional modifications.--Any modification to a 
     penalty imposed pursuant to the order described in 
     subparagraph (A) on or after the date of the enactment of 
     this Act shall be subject to the requirements of paragraph 
     (1).
       (b) Prohibition on Use or Procurement.--The head of an 
     executive agency may not--
       (1) procure or obtain or extend or renew a contract to 
     procure or obtain any equipment, system, or service that uses 
     covered telecommunications equipment or services as a 
     substantial or essential component of any system, or as 
     critical technology as part of any system; or
       (2) enter into a contract (or extend or renew a contract) 
     with an entity that uses any equipment, system, or service 
     that uses covered telecommunications equipment or services as 
     a substantial or essential component of any system, or as 
     critical technology as part of any system.
       (c) Prohibition on Loan and Grant Funds.--The head of an 
     executive agency may not obligate or expend loan or grant 
     funds to procure or obtain, extend or renew a contract to 
     procure or obtain, or enter into a contract (or extend or 
     renew a contract) to procure or obtain the equipment, 
     services, or systems described in subsection (b).
       (d) Effective Dates.--The prohibitions under subsection 
     (b)(1) and subsection (c) shall take effect 180 days after 
     the date of the enactment of this Act and the prohibition 
     under subsection (b)(2) shall take effect three years after 
     the date of the enactment of this Act.
       (e) Rule of Construction.--Nothing in subsection (b) or (c) 
     shall be construed to--
       (1) prohibit the head of an executive agency from procuring 
     with an entity to provide a service that connects to the 
     facilities of a third-party, such as backhaul, roaming, or 
     interconnection arrangements; or
       (2) cover telecommunications equipment that cannot route or 
     redirect user data traffic or permit visibility into any user 
     data or packets that such equipment transmits or otherwise 
     handles.
       (f) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) Appropriate congressional committees.--The term 
     ``appropriate congressional committees' '' means--
       (A) the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs 
     and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate; and
       (B) the Committee on Financial Services and the Committee 
     on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives.
       (2) Covered foreign country.--The term ``covered foreign 
     country'' means the People's Republic of China.
       (3) Covered telecommunications equipment or services.--The 
     term ``covered telecommunications equipment or services'' 
     means any of the following:
       (A) Telecommunications equipment produced by Huawei 
     Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation (or any subsidiary or 
     affiliate of such entities).
       (B) Telecommunications services provided by such entities 
     or using such equipment.
       (C) Telecommunications equipment or services produced or 
     provided by an entity that the Secretary of Defense, in 
     consultation with the Director of the National Intelligence 
     or the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 
     reasonably believes to be an entity owned or controlled by, 
     or otherwise connected to, the government of a covered 
     foreign country.
       (4) Executive agency.--The term ``executive agency'' has 
     the meaning given the term in section 133 of title 41, United 
     States Code.
       (g) Treatment of Provision Relating to Prohibition on 
     Certain Telecommunications Equipment.--Section 891, relating 
     to a prohibition on certain telecommunications equipment, 
     shall have no force or effect.
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  SA 2515. Mr. CARDIN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle I of title VIII, add the following:

     SEC. 896. ACCELERATING SBIR AND STTR AWARDS.

       Section 9 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 638) is 
     amended--
       (1) in subsection (hh)--
       (A) by striking ``Federal agencies'' and inserting the 
     following:
       ``(1) In general.--Federal agencies'';
       (B) in paragraph (1), as so designated, by striking 
     ``attempt to''; and
       (C) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(2) Pilot program to accelerate department of defense 
     sbir and sttr awards.--
       ``(A) In general.--Not later than 1 year after the date of 
     enactment of this paragraph, the Under Secretary of Defense 
     for Acquisition and Sustainment, acting through the Director 
     of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy of the 
     Department of Defense, shall establish a pilot program to 
     reduce the time for awards under the SBIR and STTR programs 
     of the Department of Defense, under which the Department of 
     Defense shall--
       ``(i) develop simplified and standardized procedures and 
     model contracts throughout the Department of Defense for 
     Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III SBIR awards;
       ``(ii) for Phase I SBIR and STTR awards, reduce the amount 
     of time between solicitation closure and award;
       ``(iii) for Phase II SBIR and STTR awards, reduce the 
     amount of time between the end of a Phase I award and the 
     start of the Phase II award;
       ``(iv) for Phase II SBIR and STTR awards that skip Phase I, 
     reduce the amount of time between solicitation closure and 
     award;
       ``(v) for sequential Phase II SBIR and STTR awards, reduce 
     the amount of time between Phase II awards; and
       ``(vi) reduce the award times described in clauses (ii), 
     (iii), (iv), and (v) to be as close to 90 days as possible.
       ``(B) Consultation.--In carrying out the pilot program 
     under subparagraph (A), the Director of Defense Procurement 
     and Acquisition Policy of the Department of Defense shall 
     consult with the Director of the Office of Small Business 
     Programs of the Department of Defense.
       ``(C) Termination.--The pilot program under subparagraph 
     (A) shall terminate on September 30, 2022.''; and
       (2) in subsection (ii)--
       (A) by striking ``Federal agencies'' and inserting the 
     following:
       ``(1) In general.--Federal agencies''; and
       (B) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(2) Comptroller general reports.--The Comptroller General 
     of the United States

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     shall submit to the Committee on Small Business and 
     Entrepreneurship of the Senate, the Committee on Armed 
     Services of the Senate, the Committee on Small Business of 
     the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Armed 
     Services of the House of Representatives--
       ``(A) not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of 
     this paragraph, and every year thereafter for 3 years, a 
     report that--
       ``(i) provides the average and median amount of time that 
     each component of the Department of Defense with an SBIR or 
     STTR program takes to review and make a final decision on 
     proposals submitted under the program; and
       ``(ii) compares that average and median amount of time with 
     that of other Federal agencies participating in the SBIR or 
     STTR program; and
       ``(B) not later than December 5, 2021, a report that--
       ``(i) includes the information described in subparagraph 
     (A);
       ``(ii) assesses where each Federal agency participating in 
     the SBIR or STTR program needs improvement with respect to 
     the proposal review and award times under the program;
       ``(iii) identifies best practices for shortening the 
     proposal review and award times under the SBIR and STTR 
     programs, including the pros and cons of using contracts 
     compared to grants; and
       ``(iv) analyzes the efficacy of the pilot program 
     established under subsection (hh)(2).''.
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  SA 2516. Mr. PETERS submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place in title VIII, insert the 
     following:

     SEC. ___. PLAN TO MAINTAIN STRATEGIC INFLUENCE AND 
                   PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE CENTERS THAT COMPRISE THE 
                   NETWORK FOR MANUFACTURING INNOVATION.

       (a) Findings.--Congress makes the following findings:
       (1) Centers for manufacturing innovation that comprise the 
     Network for Manufacturing Innovation, known as 
     ``Manufacturing USA'', allow manufacturing partners of the 
     Department of Defense to better achieve their missions by--
       (A) rapidly transitioning science and technology by 
     completing sponsored projects and advancing concepts through 
     prototype development;
       (B) lowering risk for technology insertion by applying new 
     manufacturing processes to reduce cycle times and utilizing 
     tools to support legacy systems;
       (C) scaling up advanced manufacturing by identifying 
     domestic sources for components and materials and advancing 
     new technologies from prototype to limited-scale production; 
     and
       (D) increasing knowledge in the advanced manufacturing 
     ecosystem by leading training programs and convening experts 
     from industry, academia, and government into one networked 
     community.
       (2) As such centers transition past the period of initial 
     funding and plan for continuation, they will reach decision 
     points that carry implications for whether Federal Government 
     goals remain a focus and are achieved.
       (3) Without influence from the Department, there is risk 
     that such centers may choose not to pursue United States-
     centric program goals, such as developing domestic workforce 
     or innovation capacity, or they may even start to advance the 
     interests of competitor counties who are able to offer 
     funding and influence.
       (b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that--
       (1) the Secretary of Defense should develop a deliberate 
     approach to ensure an enduring focus of centers described in 
     paragraph (1) of subsection (a) on United States-centric 
     goals is maintained at each center after the initial funding 
     described in paragraph (2) of such subsection expire;
       (2) any plans of the Secretary for maintaining strategic 
     influence and partnership with the such centers should be 
     robust and accommodate the different operational models and 
     technology-specific needs of each center; and
       (3) any plans of the Secretary for continued partnership 
     with such centers should ensure the centers remain as part of 
     the Network for Manufacturing Innovation.
       (c) Plan Required.--Not later than 180 days after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to 
     the congressional defense committees a plan to maintain 
     strategic influence and partnerships with the centers that 
     comprise the Network for Manufacturing Innovation established 
     under section 34 of the National Institute of Standards and 
     Technology Act (15 U.S.C. 278s) as they transition out of 
     their initial agreements with the Secretary and remain as 
     part of such network.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2517. Mr. PETERS (for himself, Mr. Coons, Mrs. Gillibrand, Mr. 
Graham, and Mrs. Shaheen) submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and 
Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which 
was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       On page 734, lines 15 and 16, striking ``agencies and 
     federally sponsored laboratories'' and insert ``agencies, 
     federally sponsored laboratories, and other federally funded 
     programs, including the Hollings Manufacturing Extension 
     Partnership and the Network for Manufacturing Innovation 
     Program''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2518. Mrs. MURRAY (for herself and Mr. Kaine) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of part II of subtitle F of title V, add the 
     following:

     SEC. 577. RESPITE CHILDCARE FOR CERTAIN SPOUSES OF MEMBERS OF 
                   THE ARMED FORCES.

       (a) Respite Child Care Required.--The Secretary concerned 
     shall provide each spouse of a member of the Armed Forces 
     under the jurisdiction of such Secretary who is described in 
     subsection (b), and who has a child or children under the age 
     of 13 years, hourly respite childcare for each such child at 
     or in the vicinity of the installation to which the member 
     concerned is assigned.
       (b) Spouses.--A spouse described in this subsection is any 
     spouse of a member of the Armed Forces as follows:
       (1) A spouse of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty 
     (other than active duty for training).
       (2) A spouse who is participating in the Transition 
     Assistance Program under section 1144 of title 10, United 
     States Code.
       (c) Limitation on Amount of Care Per Child.--The total 
     number of hours of childcare provided under subsection (a) 
     with respect to a particular child may not exceed 16 hours.
       (d) Provision.--
       (1) Providers.--Childcare shall be provided under 
     subsection (a) by the following, as elected by the Secretary 
     concerned:
       (A) A childcare provider located on the installation 
     concerned.
       (B) A childcare provider located in the vicinity of the 
     installation concerned and approved for the provision of 
     childcare under this section by the Secretary concerned.
       (C) Any other childcare provider approved for the provision 
     of childcare under this section by the Secretary concerned.
       (2) Provision at no cost to members or their families.--
     Childcare shall be provided under subsection (a) at no cost 
     to the member of the Armed Forces concerned, the spouse, or 
     the member's family.
       (e) Funding.--Funds for the provision of childcare under 
     subsection (a) shall be derived from amounts available to the 
     Secretaries concerned for the provision of childcare services 
     to members of the Armed Forces.
       (f) Secretary Concerned Defined.--In this section, the term 
     ``Secretary concerned'' has the meaning given that term in 
     section 101(a)(9) of title 10, United States Code.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2519. Mr. NELSON submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 
2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1066. TAX PREPARER FRAUD PROTECTION FOR SERVICEMEMBERS 
                   AND DEPENDENTS.

       (a) In General.--Chapter 49 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by inserting after section 985 the following 
     new section:

     ``Sec. 986. Tax Preparer Fraud Protection for Servicemembers 
       and Dependents

       ``(a) In General.--A tax return preparer may not provide 
     tax return preparation services to a covered member or a 
     covered dependent unless such tax return preparer satisfies 
     the minimum standards established under subsection (b).
       ``(b) Minimum Standards.--The Secretary of Defense 
     (referred to in this section as the `Secretary') shall, in 
     consultation with the Secretary of Treasury, establish 
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     standards to ensure any tax return preparer providing tax 
     return preparation services to a covered member or a covered 
     dependent has demonstrated--
       ``(1) good character;
       ``(2) the necessary qualifications to provide valuable 
     service to any person; and
       ``(3) the competency to properly advise and assist any 
     person in the preparation of their tax returns.
       ``(c) Referrals to Secretary of Treasury.--Pursuant to 
     subsection (d) of section 330 of title 31, United States 
     Code, the Secretary shall refer to the Secretary of the 
     Treasury any tax return preparer who, in connection with any 
     tax return preparation services to a covered member or a 
     covered dependent, the Secretary has reason to believe--
       ``(1) is incompetent;
       ``(2) is disreputable;
       ``(3) with intent to defraud, willfully and knowingly 
     misleads or threatens any person or prospective person whose 
     tax return, claim for refund, or document in connection with 
     a tax return or claim for refund, is being or may be 
     prepared; or
       ``(4) is in violation of the standards established under 
     this section.
       ``(d) Definitions.--For purposes of this section:
       ``(1) Claim for refund.--The term `claim for refund' has 
     the same meaning given such term under section 6696(e)(2) of 
     Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
       ``(2) Covered dependent.--The term `covered dependent' 
     means, with respect to a covered member--
       ``(A) such member's spouse;
       ``(B) such member's child (as defined in section 101(4) of 
     title 38, United States Code); or
       ``(C) an individual for whom such member provided more than 
     one-half of the individual's support for at least 180 days of 
     the preceding calendar year.
       ``(3) Covered member.--The term `covered member' means a 
     member of the armed forces who is--
       ``(A) on active duty under a call or order that does not 
     specify a period of 30 days or less; or
       ``(B) on active Guard and Reserve Duty.
       ``(4) Tax return.--The term `tax return' has the same 
     meaning given the term `return' under section 6696(e)(1) of 
     the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
       ``(5) Tax return preparation services.--The term `tax 
     return preparation services' means any service that assists 
     in the preparation, furnishing, or reproduction of a tax 
     return or claim for refund in exchange for compensation.
       ``(6) Tax return preparer.--The term `tax return preparer' 
     has the same meaning given such term under section 
     7701(a)(36) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.''.
       (b) Conforming Amendments.--Section 330 of title 31, United 
     States Code, is amended--
       (1) by redesignating subsections (d) and (e) as subsections 
     (e) and (f), respectively, and
       (2) by inserting after subsection (c) the following new 
     subsection:
       ``(d)(1) After notice and opportunity for a proceeding, the 
     Secretary may suspend or disbar from practice, or censure, a 
     tax return preparer who--
       ``(A) has been referred to the Secretary under subsection 
     (c) of section 986 of title 10, United States Code, and
       ``(B) the Secretary has determined--
       ``(i) is incompetent;
       ``(ii) is disreputable;
       ``(iii) with intent to defraud, willfully and knowingly 
     misleads or threatens any person or prospective person whose 
     tax return, claim for refund, or document in connection with 
     a tax return or claim for refund, is being or may be 
     prepared; or
       ``(iv) is in violation of the standards established under 
     such section.
       ``(2) In the case of a tax return preparer described in 
     paragraph (1), or in the case of a tax return preparer who 
     was acting on behalf of an employer or any firm or other 
     entity in connection with the conduct described in such 
     paragraph, rules similar to the rules under subsection (c) 
     relating to monetary penalties shall apply for purposes of 
     this subsection.
       ``(3) The terms `tax return preparer', `tax return', and 
     `claim for refund' shall have the same meaning given such 
     terms under subsection (d) of section 986 of title 10, United 
     States Code.''.
       (c) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 49 of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by inserting after the item relating to section 985 
     the following new item:

``986. Tax Preparer Fraud Protection for Servicemembers and 
              Dependents.''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2520. Mr. MURPHY submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle E of title XII, add the following:

     SEC. 12__. RESTRICTION ON USE OF FUNDS FOR MILITARY 
                   OPERATIONS IN NORTH KOREA.

       (a) In General.--No funds may be used for military 
     operations in North Korea absent an imminent threat to the 
     United States without express authorization by an Act of 
     Congress.
       (b) Exceptions.--The restriction under subsection (a) shall 
     not apply--
       (1) with respect to the introduction of the Armed Forces 
     into hostilities to repel a sudden attack on the United 
     States, its territories or possessions, its Armed Forces, or 
     its allies; or
       (2) to the deployment of United States Armed Forces to 
     rescue or remove United States citizens or personnel.
       (c) Rule of Construction.--Nothing in this section may be 
     construed to relieve the Executive Branch of the restrictions 
     on the use of force or the reporting requirements stated in 
     the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1541 et seq.).
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2521. Mr. UDALL (for himself, Mr. Rounds, Mr. Boozman, Mrs. 
Murray, Mr. Heinrich, Mrs. Capito, Mr. Blumenthal, Ms. Warren, Ms. 
Murkowski, and Mr. Donnelly) submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed by him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for 
fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the end of subtitle A of title VI, add the following:

     SEC. 609. COMPENSATION AND CREDIT FOR RETIRED PAY PURPOSES 
                   FOR MATERNITY LEAVE TAKEN BY MEMBERS OF THE 
                   RESERVE COMPONENTS.

       (a) Compensation.--Section 206(a) of title 37, United 
     States Code, is amended--
       (1) in paragraph (2), by striking ``or'' at the end;
       (2) in paragraph (3), by striking the period at the end and 
     inserting ``; or''; and
       (3) by adding the end the following new paragraph:
       ``(4) for each of 6 days in connection with the taking by 
     the member of a period of maternity leave.''.
       (b) Credit for Retired Pay Purposes.--
       (1) In general.--The period of maternity leave taken by a 
     member of the reserve components of the Armed Forces in 
     connection with the birth of a child shall count toward the 
     member's entitlement to retired pay, and in connection with 
     the years of service used in computing retired pay, under 
     chapter 1223 of title 10, United States Code, as 12 points.
       (2) Separate credit for each period of leave.--Separate 
     crediting of points shall accrue to a member pursuant to this 
     subsection for each period of maternity leave taken by the 
     member in connection with a childbirth event.
       (3) When credited.--Points credited a member for a period 
     of maternity leave pursuant to this subsection shall be 
     credited in the year in which the period of maternity leave 
     concerned commences.
       (4) Contribution of leave toward entitlement to retired 
     pay.--Section 12732(a)(2) of title 10, United States Code, is 
     amended by inserting after subparagraph (E) the following new 
     subparagraph:
       ``(F) Points at the rate of 12 a year for the taking of 
     maternity leave.''.
       (5) Computation of years of service for retired pay.--
     Section 12733 of such title is amended--
       (A) by redesignating paragraph (5) as paragraph (6); and
       (B) by inserting after paragraph (4) the following new 
     paragraph (5):
       ``(5) One day for each point credited to the person under 
     subparagraph (F) of section 12732(a)(2) of this title.''.
       (c) Effective Date.--This section and the amendments made 
     by this section shall take effect on the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, and shall apply with respect to 
     periods of maternity leave that commence on or after that 
     date.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2522. Mr. UDALL (for himself and Mr. Heinrich) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle A of title XVI, add the following:

     SEC. 16__. MODIFICATION TO LAUNCH SUPPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE 
                   MODERNIZATION.

       Section 1609(a) of the National Defense Authorization Act 
     for Fiscal Year 2018 (Public Law 115-91) is amended by 
     striking ``that may benefit all users'' and inserting `` and 
     United States spaceports that actively support national 
     security missions''.

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  SA 2523. Ms. SMITH (for herself and Ms. Klobuchar) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed by her to the bill H.R. 5515, to 
authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which 
was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 10__. SUPERIOR NATIONAL FOREST LAND EXCHANGE.

       (a) Purpose and Need for NorthMet Land Exchange.--
       (1) Purpose.--It is the purpose of this section to further 
     the public interest by consummating the NorthMet Land 
     Exchange as specifically set forth in this section.
       (2) Need.--According to the Final Record of Decision, the 
     NorthMet Land Exchange is advisable and needed because the 
     NorthMet Land Exchange will--
       (A) result in a 40-acre net gain in National Forest System 
     lands;
       (B) improve the spatial arrangement of National Forest 
     System lands by reducing the amount of ownership boundaries 
     to be managed by 33 miles;
       (C) improve management effectiveness by exchanging isolated 
     Federal lands with no public overland access for non-Federal 
     lands that will have public overland access and be accessible 
     and open to public use and enjoyment;
       (D) result in Federal cost savings by eliminating certain 
     easements and their associated administration costs;
       (E) meet several of the priorities identified in the land 
     and resource management plan for Superior National Forest to 
     protect and manage administratively or congressionally 
     designated, unique, proposed, or recommended areas, including 
     acquisition of 307 acres of land to the administratively 
     proposed candidate Research Natural Areas, which are managed 
     by preserving and maintaining areas for ecological research, 
     observation, genetic conservation, monitoring, and 
     educational activities;
       (F) promote more effective land management that would meet 
     specific National Forest needs for management, including 
     acquisition of over 6,500 acres of land for new public 
     access, watershed protection, ecologically rare habitats, 
     wetlands, water frontage, and improved ownership patterns;
       (G) convey Federal land generally not needed for other 
     Forest resource management objectives, because such land is 
     adjacent to intensively developed private land including 
     ferrous mining areas, where abundant mining infrastructure 
     and transportation are already in place, including--
       (i) a large, intensively developed open pit mine lying 
     directly to the north of the Federal land;
       (ii) a private mine railroad, powerlines, and roads lying 
     directly to the south of the Federal land; and
       (iii) already existing ore processing, milling, and 
     tailings facilities located approximately 5 miles to the west 
     of the Federal land; and
       (H) provide a practical resolution to complex issues 
     pertaining to the development of private mineral rights 
     underlying the Federal land surface, and thereby avoid 
     potential litigation which could adversely impact the status 
     and management of the Federal land and other National Forest 
     System land acquired under the authority of section 6 of the 
     Act of March 1, 1911 (commonly known as the Weeks Law; 16 
     U.S.C. 515).
       (b) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) Collection agreements.--The term ``Collection 
     Agreements'' means the following agreements between the 
     Secretary and Poly Met pertaining to the NorthMet Land 
     Exchange:
       (A) The agreement dated August 25, 2015.
       (B) The agreement dated January 15, 2016.
       (2) Federal land parcel.--The term ``Federal land parcel'' 
     means all right, title, and interest of the United States in 
     and to approximately 6,650 acres of National Forest System 
     land, as identified in the Final Record of Decision, within 
     the Superior National Forest in St. Louis County, Minnesota, 
     as generally depicted on the map entitled ``Federal Land 
     Parcel-NorthMet Land Exchange'', and dated June 2017.
       (3) Non-federal land.--The term ``non-Federal land'' means 
     all right, title, and interest of Poly Met in and to 
     approximately 6,690 acres of land in four separate tracts 
     (comprising 10 separate land parcels in total) within the 
     Superior National Forest to be conveyed to the United States 
     by Poly Met in the land exchange as generally depicted on an 
     overview map entitled ``Non-Federal Land Parcels-NorthMet 
     Land Exchange'' and dated June 2017, and further depicted on 
     separate tract maps as follows:
       (A) Tract 1.--Approximately 4,650 acres of land in St. 
     Louis County, Minnesota, generally depicted on the map 
     entitled ``Non-Federal Land Parcels-NorthMet Land Exchange-
     Hay Lake Tract'', and dated June 2017.
       (B) Tract 2.--Approximately 320 acres of land in 4 separate 
     parcels in Lake County, Minnesota, generally depicted on the 
     map entitled ``Non-Federal Land Parcels-NorthMet Land 
     Exchange-Lake County Lands'', and dated June 2017.
       (C) Tract 3.--Approximately 1,560 acres of land in 4 
     separate parcels in Lake County, Minnesota, generally 
     depicted on the map entitled ``Non-Federal Land Parcels-
     NorthMet Land Exchange-Wolf Lands'', and dated June 2017.
       (D) Tract 4.--Approximately 160 acres of land in St. Louis 
     County, Minnesota, generally depicted on the map entitled 
     ``Non-Federal Land Parcel-NorthMet Land Exchange-Hunting Club 
     Lands'', dated June 2017.
       (4) Northmet land exchange.--The term ``NorthMet Land 
     Exchange'' means the land exchange specifically authorized 
     and directed by subsection (c).
       (5) Poly met.--The term ``Poly Met'' means Poly Met Mining 
     Corporation, Inc., a Minnesota Corporation with executive 
     offices in St. Paul, Minnesota, and headquarters in Hoyt 
     Lakes, Minnesota.
       (6) Record of decision.--The term ``Record of Decision'' 
     means the Final Record of Decision of the Forest Service 
     issued on January 9, 2017, approving the NorthMet Land 
     exchange between the United States and PolyMet Mining, Inc., 
     a Minnesota Corporation, involving National Forest System 
     land in the Superior National Forest in Minnesota.
       (7) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
     of Agriculture.
       (8) State.--The term ``State'' means the State of 
     Minnesota.
       (c) NorthMet Land Exchange.--
       (1) Exchange authorized and directed.--
       (A) In general.--Subject to subsection (d)(3)(A) and other 
     conditions imposed by this section, if Poly Met offers to 
     convey to the United States all right, title, and interest of 
     Poly Met in and to the non-Federal land, the Secretary shall 
     accept the offer and convey to Poly Met all right, title, and 
     interest of the United States in and to the Federal land 
     parcel.
       (B) Land exchange expedited.--Subject to the conditions 
     imposed by this section, the NorthMet Land Exchange directed 
     by this section shall be consummated not later than 90 days 
     after the date of enactment of this Act.
       (2) Form of conveyance.--
       (A) Non-federal land.--Title to the non-Federal land 
     conveyed by Poly Met to the United States shall be by general 
     warranty deed subject to existing rights of record, and 
     otherwise conform to the title approval regulations of the 
     Attorney General of the United States.
       (B) Federal land parcel.--The Federal land parcel shall be 
     quitclaimed by the Secretary to Poly Met by an exchange deed.
       (3) Exchange costs.--
       (A) Reimbursement required.--Poly Met shall pay or 
     reimburse the Secretary, either directly or through the 
     Collection Agreements, for all land survey, appraisal, land 
     title, deed preparation, and other costs incurred by the 
     Secretary in processing and consummating the NorthMet Land 
     Exchange. The Collection Agreements, as in effect on the date 
     of the enactment of this Act, may be modified through the 
     mutual consent of the parties.
       (B) Deposit of funds.--All funds paid or reimbursed to the 
     Secretary under subparagraph (A)--
       (i) shall be deposited and credited to the accounts in 
     accordance with the Collection Agreements;
       (ii) shall be used for the purposes specified for the 
     accounts; and
       (iii) shall remain available to the Secretary until 
     expended without further appropriation.
       (4) Conditions on land exchange.--
       (A) Reservation of certain mineral rights.--Notwithstanding 
     paragraph (1), the United States shall reserve the mineral 
     rights on approximately 181 acres of the Federal land parcel 
     as generally identified on the map entitled ``Federal Land 
     Parcel-NorthMet Land Exchange'', and dated June 2017.
       (B) Third-party authorizations.--As set forth in the Final 
     Record of Decision, Poly Met shall honor existing road and 
     transmission line authorizations on the Federal land parcel. 
     Upon relinquishment of the authorizations by the holders or 
     upon revocation of the authorizations by the Forest Service, 
     Poly Met shall offer replacement authorizations to the 
     holders on at least equivalent terms.
       (d) Valuation of NorthMet Land Exchange.--
       (1) Appraisals.--The Congress makes the following new 
     findings:
       (A) Appraisals of the Federal and non-Federal lands to be 
     exchanged in the NorthMet Land Exchange were formally 
     prepared in accordance with the Uniform Appraisal Standards 
     for Federal Land Acquisitions, and were approved by the 
     Secretary in conjunction with preparation of the November 
     2015 Draft Record of Decision on the NorthMet Land Exchange.
       (B) The appraisals referred to in subparagraph (A) 
     determined that the value of the non-Federal lands exceeded 
     the value of the Federal land parcel by approximately 
     $425,000.
       (C) Based on the appraisals referred to in subparagraph 
     (A), the United States would ordinarily be required to make a 
     $425,000 cash equalization payment to Poly Met to equalize 
     exchange values under the Federal Land Policy and Management 
     Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), unless such an 
     equalization payment is waived by Poly Met.
       (2) Values for consummation of land exchange.--The 
     appraised values of the Federal and non-Federal land 
     determined and

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     approved by the Secretary in November 2015, and referenced in 
     paragraph (1)--
       (A) shall be the values utilized to consummate the NorthMet 
     Land Exchange; and
       (B) shall not be subject to reappraisal.
       (3) Waiver of equalization payment.--
       (A) Condition on land exchange.--Notwithstanding section 
     206(b) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (43 
     U.S.C. 1716(b)), and as part of its offer to exchange the 
     non-Federal lands as provided in subsection (c)(1)(A), Poly 
     Met shall waive any payment to it of any monies owed by the 
     United States to equalize land values.
       (B) Treatment of waiver.--A waiver of the equalization 
     payment under subparagraph (A) shall be considered as a 
     voluntary donation to the United States by Poly Met for all 
     purposes of law.
       (e) Maps and Legal Descriptions.--
       (1) Minor adjustments.--By mutual agreement, the Secretary 
     and Poly Met may correct minor or typographical errors in any 
     map, acreage estimate, or description of the Federal land 
     parcel or non-Federal land to be exchanged in the NorthMet 
     Land Exchange.
       (2) Conflict.--If there is a conflict between a map, an 
     acreage estimate, or a description of land under this 
     section, the map shall control unless the Secretary and Poly 
     Met mutually agree otherwise.
       (3) Exchange maps.--The maps referred to in subsection (b) 
     depicting the Federal and non-Federal lands to be exchanged 
     in the NorthMet Land Exchange, and dated June 2017, depict 
     the identical lands identified in the Final Record of 
     Decision, which are on file in the Office of the Supervisor, 
     Superior National Forest.
       (f) Post-exchange Land Management.--
       (1) Non-federal land.--Upon conveyance of the non-Federal 
     land to the United States in the NorthMet Land Exchange, the 
     non-Federal land shall become part of the Superior National 
     Forest and be managed in accordance with--
       (A) the Act of March 1, 1911 (commonly known as the Weeks 
     Law; 16 U.S.C. 500 et seq.); and
       (B) the laws and regulations applicable to the Superior 
     National Forest and the National Forest System.
       (2) Planning.--Upon acquisition by the United States in the 
     NorthMet Land Exchange, the non-Federal lands shall be 
     managed in a manner consistent with the land and resource 
     management plan applicable to adjacent federally owned lands 
     in the Superior National Forest. An amendment or supplement 
     to the land and resource management plan shall not be 
     required solely because of the acquisition of the non-Federal 
     lands.
       (3) Federal land.--Upon conveyance of the Federal land 
     parcel to Poly Met in the NorthMet Land Exchange, the Federal 
     land parcel shall become private land and available for any 
     lawful use in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and 
     local laws and regulations pertaining to mining and other 
     uses of land in private ownership.
       (g) Miscellaneous Provisions.--
       (1) Withdrawal of acquired non-federal land.--The non-
     Federal lands acquired by the United States in the NorthMet 
     Land Exchange shall be withdrawn, without further action by 
     the Secretary, from appropriation and disposal under public 
     land laws and under laws relating to mineral and geothermal 
     leasing.
       (2) Withdrawal revocation.--Any public land order that 
     withdraws the Federal land parcel from appropriation or 
     disposal under a public land law shall be revoked without 
     further action by the Secretary to the extent necessary to 
     permit conveyance of the Federal land parcel to Poly Met.
       (3) Withdrawal of federal land pending conveyance.--The 
     Federal land parcel to be conveyed to Poly Met in the 
     NorthMet Land Exchange, if not already withdrawn or 
     segregated from appropriation or disposal under the mineral 
     leasing and geothermal or other public land laws upon 
     enactment of this Act, is hereby so withdrawn, subject to 
     valid existing rights, until the date of conveyance of the 
     Federal land parcel to Poly Met.
       (4) Act controls.--In the event any provision of the Record 
     of Decision conflicts with a provision of this section, the 
     provision of this section shall control.
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  SA 2524. Mr. BOOKER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 
2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title XII, add the following:

     SEC. 12__. REPORT ON DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MISSIONS, 
                   OPERATIONS, AND ACTIVITIES IN NIGER AND THE 
                   BROADER REGION.

       (a) Report Required.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense, in 
     consultation as appropriate with the Secretary of State, 
     shall submit to the congressional defense committees, the 
     Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate, and the 
     Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives 
     a report on the missions, operations, and activities of the 
     Department of Defense in Niger and the broader region that 
     includes the following:
       (A) A description of the objectives and the associated 
     lines of efforts of the Department in Niger and the broader 
     region, and the benchmarks for assessing progress toward such 
     objectives.
       (B) A description of the timeline for achieving such 
     objectives in Niger and the broader region.
       (C) A justification of the relevance of such objectives in 
     Niger and the broader region to the national security of the 
     United States and to the objectives in the National Defense 
     Strategy.
       (D) A description of steps the Department is taking to 
     ensure that security cooperation in Niger and the broader 
     region is effectively coordinated with the diplomatic and 
     development activities of the Department of State and the 
     United States Agency for International Development.
       (E) A description of the legal, operational, and fiscal 
     authorities relating to the lines of effort of the Department 
     in Niger and the broader region.
       (F) An identification of measures to mitigate operational 
     risk to and increase the preparedness of members of the Armed 
     Forces conducting missions, operations, or activities in 
     Niger or the broader region.
       (G) An assessment of the command and support relationships 
     of United States Africa Command with subordinate component 
     commands, including Special Operations Command Africa.
       (H) An identification and description of each implemented 
     recommendation from the Army Regulation 15-6 investigation 
     report conducted by United States Africa Command regarding 
     the deaths of four soldiers in Niger on October 4, 2017.
       (I) Any other matter the Secretary of Defense determines to 
     be appropriate.
       (2) Scope of report.--For purposes of the report required 
     by paragraph (1), the term ``broader region'' includes 
     Algeria, Libya, Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, 
     and Mali.
       (b) Form.--The report required by subsection (a)(1) shall 
     be submitted in unclassified form, but may contain a 
     classified annex.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2525. Ms. HIRONO submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title VII, add the following:

     SEC. 729. ESTABLISHMENT OF MILITARY DENTAL RESEARCH PROGRAM.

       (a) In General.--Chapter 104 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by inserting after section 2116 the 
     following new section:

     ``Sec. 2116a. Military dental research

       ``(a) Definitions.--In this section:
       ``(1) The term `military dental research' means research on 
     the furnishing of dental care and services by dentists in the 
     armed forces.
       ``(2) The term `TriService Dental Research Program' means 
     the program of military dental research authorized under this 
     section.
       ``(b) Program Authorized.--The Secretary of Defense may 
     establish at the University a program of military dental 
     research.
       ``(c) Triservice Research Group.--The TriService Dental 
     Research Program shall be administered by a TriService Dental 
     Research Group composed of Army, Navy, and Air Force dentists 
     who are involved in military dental research and are 
     designated by the Secretary concerned to serve as members of 
     the group.
       ``(d) Duties of Group.--The TriService Dental Research 
     Group described in subsection (c) shall--
       ``(1) develop for the Department of Defense recommended 
     guidelines for requesting, reviewing, and funding proposed 
     military dental research projects; and
       ``(2) make available to Army, Navy, and Air Force dentists 
     and officials of the Department of Defense who conduct 
     military dental research--
       ``(A) information about dental research projects that are 
     being developed or carried out in the Army, Navy, and Air 
     Force; and
       ``(B) expertise and information beneficial to the 
     encouragement of meaningful dental research.
       ``(e) Research Topics.--For purposes of this section, 
     military dental research includes research on the following 
     issues:
       ``(1) Issues regarding how to ensure the readiness of 
     members of the armed forces on active duty and in the reserve 
     components with respect to the provision of dental care and 
     services.
       ``(2) Issues regarding preventive dentistry and disease 
     management, including early detection of needs.
       ``(3) Issues regarding how to improve the results of dental 
     care and services provided in the armed forces in time of 
     peace.
       ``(4) Issues regarding how to improve the results of dental 
     care and services provided in the armed forces in time of 
     war.

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       ``(5) Issues regarding minimizing or eliminating emergent 
     dental conditions and dental disease and non-battle injuries 
     in deployed settings.
       ``(6) Issues regarding how to prevent complications 
     associated with dental-related battle injuries.
       ``(7) Issues regarding how to prevent complications 
     associated with the transportation of dental patients in the 
     military medical evacuation system.
       ``(8) Issues regarding the use of technological advances, 
     including distance learning and teledentistry.
       ``(9) Issues regarding psychological distress in receiving 
     dental care and services.
       ``(10) Issues regarding how to improve methods of training 
     dental personnel, including dental assistants and dental 
     extenders.
       ``(11) Wellness issues relating to dental care and 
     services.
       ``(12) Case management issues relating to dental care and 
     services.
       ``(13) Issues regarding the use of alternate dental care 
     delivery systems, including the employment of 
     interprofessional practice models incorporating multiple 
     health professions.''.
       (b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 104 of such title is amended by 
     inserting after the item relating to section 2116 the 
     following new item:

``2116a. Military dental research.''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2526. Ms. HIRONO (for herself and Mr. Menendez) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle B of title VIII, add the following:

     SEC. 823. EXEMPTION OF CERTAIN CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS FROM 
                   THE PERIODIC INFLATION ADJUSTMENTS TO THE 
                   ACQUISITION-RELATED DOLLAR THRESHOLD.

       Subparagraph (B) of section 1908(b)(2) of title 41, United 
     States Code, is amended by inserting ``3131 to 3134,'' after 
     ``sections''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2527. Mr. UDALL (for himself and Mr. Heinrich) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle E of title X, insert the following:

     SEC. 1052. STUDY ON PHASING OUT OPEN BURN PITS.

       (a) Report.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit 
     to Congress a report that includes--
       (1) details of any ongoing use of open burn pits; and
       (2) the feasibility of phasing out the use of open burn 
     pits by using technology incinerators.
       (b) Open Burn Pit Defined.--In this section, the term 
     ``open burn pit'' means an area of land--
       (1) that is designated by the Secretary of Defense to be 
     used for disposing solid waste by burning in the outdoor air; 
     and
       (2) does not contain a commercially manufactured 
     incinerator or other equipment specifically designed and 
     manufactured for the burning of solid waste.

     SEC. 1053. AIRBORNE HAZARDS AND OPEN BURN PIT REGISTRY.

       Beginning not later than one year after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall carry 
     out an annual education campaign to inform individuals who 
     may be eligible to enroll in the Airborne Hazards and Open 
     Burn Pit Registry of such eligibility. Each such campaign 
     shall include at least one electronic method and one physical 
     mailing method to provide such information.
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  SA 2528. Mrs. SHAHEEN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
by her to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal 
year 2019 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, 
and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At appropriate place in title XVI, insert the following:

     SEC. ___. ASSESSMENT BY COMPTROLLER GENERAL OF THE UNITED 
                   STATES OF AMOUNT AND DISTRIBUTION OF 
                   INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE, AND RECONNAISSANCE 
                   RESOURCES.

       (a) Assessment.--The Comptroller General of the United 
     States shall, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, 
     the Director of National Intelligence, the secretaries of the 
     military departments, the commanders of the relevant 
     combatant support agencies, and the commanders of the 
     combatant commands, carry out an assessment of the amount and 
     distribution of intelligence, surveillance, and 
     reconnaissance resources across the intelligence community 
     and the Armed Forces.
       (b) Report.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this act, the Comptroller General shall 
     submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a report on 
     the assessment required by subsection (a).
       (2) Contents.--The report required by paragraph (1) shall 
     include the following:
       (A) An assessment of the amount and distribution of 
     intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance resources 
     across the intelligence community and the Armed Forces, 
     specifically--
       (i) the balance of intelligence, surveillance, and 
     reconnaissance resources being used to support the demands of 
     policymakers (via the intelligence community) relative to the 
     distribution of intelligence, surveillance, and 
     reconnaissance being used to support the demands of the 
     commanders of the combatant commands (via the military 
     services);
       (ii) whether the distribution of such resources is 
     optimally aligned with the National Security Strategy; and
       (iii) where risks are being assumed based on balancing the 
     distribution of intelligence, surveillance, and 
     reconnaissance resources.
       (B) An assessment of the distribution of intelligence, 
     surveillance, and reconnaissance resources among the various 
     combatant commands, including--
       (i) whether the resources are optimally aligned with the 
     2018 National Defense Strategy; and
       (ii) where risks are being assumed based on intelligence, 
     surveillance, and reconnaissance resource levels.
       (C) An assessment of the distribution of intelligence, 
     surveillance, and reconnaissance resources within each 
     combatant command, including--
       (i) the balance between intelligence, surveillance, and 
     reconnaissance resources being used to support ongoing 
     operations versus intelligence, surveillance, and 
     reconnaissance resources being used to support contingency 
     operations; and
       (ii) whether the resources are optimally aligned with the 
     2018 National Defense Strategy; and
       (iii) where risks are being assumed based on intelligence, 
     surveillance, and reconnaissance resource levels.
       (D) An assessment of the effect of increasing the overall 
     level of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance 
     resources on achieving national security objectives of the 
     United States, as well as the effect of increasing the level 
     of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance resources 
     for the highest priority requirements for the Director of 
     National Intelligence and commanders of the combatant 
     commands.
       (E) Recommendations for maximizing any additional 
     intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance resources to 
     support national security objectives of the United States, 
     particularly for the highest priority requirements for the 
     Director and the commanders of the combatant commands, as 
     well as how most effectively to buy-down significant 
     strategic risks.
       (3) Form.--The report submitted under paragraph (1) shall 
     include an unclassified summary, but may otherwise be 
     classified, as appropriate.
       (c) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) The term ``appropriate committees of Congress'' means--
       (A) the Committee on Armed Services and the Select 
     Committee on Intelligence of the Senate; and
       (B) the Committee on Armed Services and the Permanent 
     Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of 
     Representatives.
       (2) The term ``intelligence community'' has the meaning 
     given such term in section 3 of the National Security Act of 
     1947 (50 U.S.C. 3003).
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  SA 2529. Mrs. SHAHEEN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
by her to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal 
year 2019 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, 
and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the appropriate place in title XVI, insert the 
     following:

     SEC. ___. UPDATING THE NATIONAL COUNTERINTELLIGENCE STRATEGY.

       (a) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that an 
     updated National Counterintelligence Strategy should--
       (1) recognize and prioritize the national security threat 
     posed by covert influence operations by foreign intelligence 
     entities;
       (2) include coordinating a whole-of-government approach to 
     effectively detect and

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     counter covert influence operations by foreign intelligence 
     entities; and
       (3) be aligned with the National Security Strategy, which 
     acknowledges the national security threat posed by covert 
     influence operations conducted by foreign intelligence 
     entities.
       (b) Update Required.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this act, the Director of National 
     Intelligence shall update the National Counterintelligence 
     Strategy to include a strategy to effectively detect and 
     counter covert influence operations by foreign intelligence 
     entities.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2530. Ms. STABENOW (for herself and Mr. Peters) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle B of title III, add the following:

     SEC. 316. COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH STATES FOR REMOVAL AND 
                   REMEDIAL ACTIONS TO ADDRESS DRINKING, SURFACE, 
                   AND GROUND WATER CONTAMINATION FROM PFAS.

       (a) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) The term ``perfluorinated compound'' means 
     perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that are 
     man-made chemicals with at least one fully fluorinated carbon 
     atom.
       (2) The term ``fully fluorinated carbon atom'' means a 
     carbon atom on which all the hydrogen substituents have been 
     replaced by fluorine.
       (3) The term ``State'' has the meaning given the term in 
     section 101 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, 
     Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (42 U.S.C. 9601).
       (b) Cooperative Agreement.--
       (1) In general.--Upon request from the governor or chief 
     executive of a State, the Department of Defense shall work 
     expeditiously to finalize a cooperative agreement for 
     testing, monitoring, removal, and remedial actions to address 
     contamination or suspected contamination of drinking, 
     surface, or ground water from PFAS originating from an active 
     or decommissioned military installation, including a National 
     Guard facility.
       (2) Minimum standards.--A cooperative agreement under this 
     subsection shall meet or exceed the most stringent of the 
     following standards for PFAS in any environmental media:
       (A) An enforceable State standard for drinking, surface, or 
     ground water, as required under section 121(d) of the 
     Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and 
     Liability Act of 1980 (42 U.S.C. 4621(d)).
       (B) Federal Health Advisories issued by the Environmental 
     Protection Agency.
       (C) Any Federal standards, requirements, criteria, or 
     limits, including those issued under the Toxic Substances 
     Control Act (15 U.S.C. 2601 et seq.), the Safe Drinking Water 
     Act (42 U.S.C. 300f et seq.), the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 
     7401 et seq.), the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.), 
     the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act (16 
     U.S.C. 1431 et seq., 1447 et seq., 33 U.S.C. 1401 et seq., 
     2801 et seq.), or the Solid Waste Disposal Act (42 U.S.C. 
     6901 et seq.).
       (c) Notification Requirement.--
       (1) In general.--If a cooperative agreement is not reached 
     pursuant to subsection (b) within one year after the request 
     from a State, the Secretary of Defense shall report to the 
     appropriate congressional committees, as well as the Senators 
     from the State with the contamination and the member of 
     Congress representing the district with the PFAS 
     contamination. The report shall provide a detailed 
     explanation for why an agreement has not been reached and a 
     projected timeline for completing the cooperative agreement.
       (2) Appropriate congressional committees defined.--In this 
     subsection, the term ``appropriate congressional committees'' 
     means--
       (A) the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on 
     Environment and Public Works of the Senate; and
       (B) the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on 
     Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2531. Mr. MENENDEZ submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle G of title XII, add the following:

     SEC. __. SECURITY ASSISTANCE FOR SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA.

       (a) Requirement.--All defense articles, defense services, 
     security and military assistance, and related cooperation 
     provided to a country in sub-Saharan Africa shall be provided 
     as part of a comprehensive strategy for democracy and 
     institution-building in such country.
       (b) Prohibition of Assistance.--Defense articles, defense 
     services, security and military assistance, and related 
     cooperation may not be provided in any fiscal year to any 
     country in sub-Saharan Africa in which less than $2,000,000 
     in United States assistance in democracy and governance 
     programming is being administered in such fiscal year unless, 
     not less than 15 calendar days before such assistance is 
     provided, the Secretary of State or the Secretary of Defense, 
     as applicable, notifies the appropriate committees of 
     Congress of the intent to provide such assistance.
       (c) Appropriate Committees of Congress Defined.--In this 
     section, the term ``appropriate committees of Congress'' 
     means--
       (1) the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on 
     Foreign Relations of the Senate; and
       (2) the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on 
     Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2532. Mr. MENENDEZ submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle G of title XII, add the following:

     SEC. 12__. STRATEGY AND REPORT ON UNITED STATES SUPPORT FOR 
                   SECURITY AND STABILITY IN THE SAHEL-MAGHREB.

       (a) Strategy.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of 
     State, and the Administrator of the United States Agency for 
     International Development shall jointly develop an integrated 
     strategy to support security and stability in the Sahel-
     Maghreb.
       (2) Elements.--The strategy required under paragraph (1) 
     shall include the following:
       (A) Clear goals and measurable benchmarks to measure 
     security and stability.
       (B) Funding requirements.
       (C) Plans for enhancing coordination among United States 
     and international partners and agencies to plan and implement 
     counterterrorism and countering violent extremism assistance 
     and development cooperation programs so as to improve 
     coordination among donors in the Sahel-Maghreb.
       (D) A specific strategy on Mali that--
       (i) details the goals, aims, and objectives of United 
     States engagement in Mali;
       (ii) describes specific actions and efforts the Department 
     of Defense, the Department of State, the United States Agency 
     for International Development, and other relevant United 
     States agencies will take between the date of the enactment 
     of this Act and December 2020, relating to--

       (I) sustained, high level diplomatic engagement with Mali, 
     the African Union, and relevant allies and partners in 
     Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere;
       (II) coordination with traditional and nontraditional 
     donors on security assistance provided to the G-5 Sahel Joint 
     Force and to G-5 member countries bilaterally;
       (III) support for the implementation of the 2015 peace 
     agreement;
       (IV) proposals under consideration for resumption of United 
     States security assistance programs and activities;
       (V) United States support for the activities of the G-5 
     Sahel Joint Force and the Sahel Alliance in Mali;
       (VI) prevention of mass atrocities;
       (VII) plans to enhance and expand support for democracy and 
     governance activities including support for electoral reforms 
     and support for elections; and
       (VIII) plans of the United States Agency for International 
     Development for developing a flexible approach for 
     implementing programs such as access to justice, anti-
     corruption, civil society strengthening, countering violent 
     extremism, conflict resolution and mitigation, and 
     decentralization in unstable areas of Mali, including 
     northern and central Mali.

       (E) A specific strategy for Niger that--
       (i) details the goals, aims, and objectives of United 
     States engagement in Niger; and
       (ii) relays specific actions and efforts the Department of 
     Defense, the Department of State, the United States Agency 
     for International Development, and other relevant United 
     States agencies will take between the date of enactment of 
     this Act and December 2020, relating to ensuring an 
     appropriate balance between engagements in defense, 
     diplomacy, and development, including--

       (I) plans for fully staffing embassy and United States 
     Agency for International Development positions in Niger, with 
     a specific focus on a building a robust public diplomacy 
     team;
       (II) an assessment of the utility of and plans for standing 
     up an independent United

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     States Agency for International Development mission;
       (III) a robust plan for increased activities and funding to 
     counter violence extremism and for conflict prevention and 
     mitigation;
       (IV) enhanced support for economic opportunity with a focus 
     on youth employment; and
       (V) increased support for democracy and governance, 
     including support for strengthening civil society and 
     elections preparations.

       (b) Report.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense and the 
     Secretary of State shall submit to the appropriate committees 
     of Congress a report that details the strategy developed 
     under subsection (a) and includes a description of specific 
     diplomatic actions, including United States Government-funded 
     programs and activities, to advance peace and security, 
     counter terrorism, increase economic growth and investment, 
     promote democracy and good governance, and support 
     development in the Sahel-Maghreb.
       (c) Requirement for a Security Sector Review.--Prior to the 
     resumption of security sector activities authorized by this 
     Act or any other Act of Congress, the Secretary of Defense, 
     in collaboration with the Secretary of State, shall conduct a 
     review of the security sector in Mali to better inform 
     planning and programming by relevant United States Government 
     agencies.
       (d) Appropriate Committees of Congress Defined.--In this 
     section, the term `` appropriate committees of Congress'' 
     means--
       (1) the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on 
     Foreign Relations of the Senate; and
       (2) the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on 
     Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2533. Mr. MENENDEZ submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title XII, add the following:

     SEC. 12__. REPORT ON TRANS-SAHARA COUNTERTERRORISM 
                   PARTNERSHIP AND PARTNERSHIP FOR REGIONAL EAST 
                   AFRICA COUNTERTERRORISM.

       (a) Report.--Not later than 180 days after the date of the 
     enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense, in 
     consultation with the Secretary of State and the 
     Administrator of the United States Agency for International 
     Development, shall submit to the appropriate committees of 
     Congress a report that--
       (1) updates the report submitted under section 1206(a)(3) 
     of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
     2014 (Public Law 113-66; 127 Stat. 900; 22 U.S.C. 2151 note); 
     and
       (2) provides a comprehensive review of the manner in which 
     the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership and the 
     Partnership For Regional East Africa Counterterrorism support 
     the policy priorities of the President in the west and 
     northwest regions of Africa and east Africa.
       (b) Matters to Be Included.--The report required by 
     subsection (a) shall include the following:
       (1) Each of the elements set forth in section 1206(a)(3) of 
     such Act.
       (2) A detailed description of the policy priorities of the 
     President in the west and northwest regions of Africa and 
     east Africa;
       (3) An assessment of the manner in which the strategic 
     priorities of the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership 
     and the Partnership For Regional East Africa 
     Counterterrorism, as described in the report submitted under 
     section 7042(b) of the Consolidated Further and Continuing 
     Appropriations Act, 2015 (Public Law 113-235), support 
     priorities of the President in such regions.
       (4) An assessment of the manner in which security 
     cooperation authorized to be conducted in Africa under this 
     Act and under title 10 of the United States Code, has been 
     coordinated with activities of the Trans-Sahara 
     Counterterrorism Partnership and the Partnership For Regional 
     East Africa Counterterrorism to meet identified policy 
     priorities during each of the three fiscal years beginning 
     before the date of the enactment of this Act.
       (5) A description of countering violence extremism and any 
     additional counterterrorism programs and activities 
     implemented in Africa by the Department of State, the 
     Department of Defense, and the United States Agency for 
     International Development that--
       (A) support such policy priorities; and
       (B) are separate from the programs and activities of the 
     Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership and the Partnership 
     For Regional East Africa Counterterrorism.
       (6) The amounts programmed through the Trans-Sahara 
     Counterterrorism Partnership and the Partnership For Regional 
     East Africa Counterterrorism during each of the three fiscal 
     years beginning before the date of the enactment of this Act, 
     including, to the maximum extent practicable, funding 
     information disaggregated by country.
       (7) Data on allocations, unobligated balances, unliquidated 
     obligations, and disbursements for the Trans-Sahara 
     Counterterrorism Partnership and the Partnership For Regional 
     East Africa Counterterrorism by country and account for each 
     of the three fiscal years beginning before the date of the 
     enactment of this Act.
       (8) A description of the processes in each administering 
     agency for collecting and maintaining financial data related 
     to the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership and the 
     Partnership For Regional East Africa Counterterrorism.
       (c) Form.--The report required by subsection (a) shall be 
     submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified 
     annex.
       (d) Appropriate Committees of Congress Defined.--In this 
     section, the term ``appropriate committees of Congress'' 
     means--
       (1) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Foreign Relations, the Committee on Appropriations, and the 
     Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate; and
       (2) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Appropriations, and the 
     Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of 
     Representatives.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2534. Mr. MENENDEZ submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle G of title XII, add the following:

     SEC. 12__. REPORT ON INTERAGENCY STRATEGY TO PROMOTE 
                   STABILITY IN THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC.

       (a) In General.--Not later than 90 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State, in 
     consultation with the heads of other relevant Federal 
     agencies, shall submit to the appropriate committees of 
     Congress an update to the report on the interagency strategy 
     to promote stability in the Central African Republic, as 
     required by the Senate report accompanying the Consolidated 
     and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Public Law 
     113-235).
       (b) Elements.--The report required by subsection (a) shall 
     include an update of the elements originally submitted and 
     the following:
       (1) A detailed description of--
       (A) the measures the President is taking to prevent mass 
     atrocities in the Central African Republic; and
       (B) an inventory of United States programs to promote 
     conflict mitigation and community reconciliation in the 
     Central African Republic, and the status of implementation of 
     such programs.
       (2) Plans for coordinating with donors to ensure full 
     funding for humanitarian assistance to the people of the 
     Central African Republic.
       (3) Actions carried out to implement programs and 
     activities to support robust civilian oversight of state 
     security forces in the Central African Republic, including 
     activities to strengthen key ministries and parliamentary 
     oversight of defense and law enforcement bodies.
       (4) An assessment of progress, current obstacles to 
     progress, and plans of the President to support progress in 
     disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration in the Central 
     African Republic.
       (5) An assessment of--
       (A) the current status of the Special Criminal Court;
       (B) whether there are any obstacles that remain to full 
     operation of such court;
       (C) United States financial support specifically for the 
     court as of the date of the enactment of this Act; and
       (D) any manner in which the United States may provide 
     support to such court, including financial support and 
     technical assistance.
       (6) Recommendations for ways in which the United States may 
     strengthen the ability of the United Nations Multidimensional 
     Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African 
     Republic to protect civilians, including by assisting the 
     United Nations to develop measures to enhance the operational 
     readiness of the police and military forces of troop-
     contributing countries through enhanced training on 
     protection of civilians.
       (c) Appropriate Committees of Congress.--The term 
     ``appropriate committees of Congress'' means--
       (1) the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on 
     Foreign Relations of the Senate; and
       (2) the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on 
     Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2535. Mrs. McCASKILL submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed by her to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for 
fiscal year 2019

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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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title VI, add the following:

     SEC. 622. ONE-YEAR OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD FOR THE SURVIVOR 
                   BENEFIT PLAN COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2019.

       (a) In General.--Section 645 of the Ronald W. Reagan 
     National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 (10 
     U.S.C. 1448 note) is amended--
       (1) in subsection (a)(1), by striking ``the open enrollment 
     period specified in subsection (f)'' and inserting ``an open 
     enrollment period specified in subsection (f)''; and
       (2) by striking subsection (f) and inserting the following 
     new subsection (f):
       ``(f) Open Enrollment Periods.--The open enrollment periods 
     under this section shall be the periods as follows:
       ``(1) The one-year period beginning on October 1, 2005.
       ``(2) The one-year period beginning on October 1, 2019.''.
       (b) Conforming Amendments.--Such section is further amended 
     by striking ``the open enrollment period'' each place it 
     appears and inserting ``an open enrollment period''.
       (c) Heading Amendment.--The heading of such section is 
     amended to read as follows:

     ``SEC. 645. ONE-YEAR OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIODS IN SURVIVOR 
                   BENEFIT PLAN COMMENCING OCTOBER 1, 2005, AND 
                   OCTOBER 1, 2019.''.

                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2536. Mrs. McCASKILL submitted an amendment intended to be 
proposed by her to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for 
fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title VI, add the following:

     SEC. 622. ELECTION OF SUPERSEDING BENEFICIARY IN THE SURVIVOR 
                   BENEFIT PLAN IN THE EVENT OF THE DEATH OF A 
                   DEPENDENT CHILD BENEFICIARY.

       (a) In General.--Section 1448(b) of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new 
     paragraph:
       ``(8) Election of new beneficiary upon death of dependent 
     child beneficiary.--If a dependent child who is a beneficiary 
     under the Plan dies, the participant in the Plan may elect a 
     new beneficiary. The new beneficiary so elected shall be a 
     natural person with an insurable interest in that participant 
     who is not otherwise ineligible to be elected as a 
     beneficiary under any other provision of this section at the 
     time of election. The election shall be made, if at all, not 
     later than 180 days after the date of death of the dependent 
     child.''.
       (b) Effective Date.--
       (1) In general.--The amendment made by subsection (a) shall 
     take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act, and 
     shall apply with respect to participants in the Survivor 
     Benefit Plan for deaths of dependent child beneficiaries in 
     the Plan that, subject to paragraph (2), occur on or after 
     that date.
       (2) Deaths of children before enactment.--A participant in 
     the Survivor Benefit Plan may make an election under 
     paragraph (8) of section 1448(b) of title 10, United States 
     Code (as added by subsection (a)), in connection with the 
     death of a dependent child beneficiary that occurred before 
     the date of the enactment of this Act, regardless of the date 
     of death. Any such election shall be made, if at all, not 
     later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this 
     Act.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2537. Ms. STABENOW (for herself, Mr. Peters, Ms. Baldwin, Ms. 
Duckworth, Mr. Donnelly, Mr. Young, Mr. Brown, and Mr. Durbin) 
submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 
submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be 
proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal 
year 2019 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, 
and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 10__. SENSE OF CONGRESS RELATING TO SOO LOCKS, SAULT 
                   SAINTE MARIE, MICHIGAN.

       It is the sense of Congress that--
       (1) the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, are of 
     critical importance to the national security of the United 
     States;
       (2) the Soo Locks are the only waterway connection from 
     Lake Superior to the Lower Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence 
     Seaway;
       (3) only the Poe Lock is of sufficient size to allow for 
     the passage of the largest cargo vessels that transport well 
     over 90 percent of all iron ore mined in the United States, 
     and this lock is nearing the end of its 50-year useful 
     lifespan;
       (4) a report issued by the Office of Cyber and 
     Infrastructure Analysis of the Department of Homeland 
     Security concluded that an unscheduled 6-month outage of the 
     Poe Lock would cause--
       (A) a dramatic increase in national and regional 
     unemployment; and
       (B) 75 percent of Great Lakes steel production, and nearly 
     all North American appliance, automobile, railcar, and 
     construction, farm, and mining equipment production to cease;
       (5) the Corps of Engineers is reevaluating a past economic 
     evaluation report to update the benefit-to-cost ratio for 
     building a new lock at the Soo Locks; and
       (6) the Secretary of the Army and all relevant Federal 
     agencies should--
       (A) expedite the completion of the report described in 
     paragraph (5) and ensure the analysis adequately reflects the 
     critical importance of the Soo Locks infrastructure to the 
     national security and economy of the United States; and
       (B) expedite all other necessary reviews, analysis, and 
     approvals needed to speed the required upgrades at the Soo 
     Locks.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2538. Mr. GARDNER (for himself, Mr. Coons, and Mr. Rubio) 
submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 
submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be 
proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal 
year 2019 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, 
and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1066. MANDATORY SANCTIONS WITH RESPECT TO IRAN RELATING 
                   TO SIGNIFICANT ACTIVITIES UNDERMINING UNITED 
                   STATES CYBERSECURITY.

       (a) Investigation.--The President shall initiate an 
     investigation into the possible designation of an Iranian 
     person under subsection (b) upon receipt by the President of 
     credible information indicating that the person has engaged 
     in conduct described in subsection (b).
       (b) Designation.--The President shall designate under this 
     subsection any Iranian person that the President determines 
     has knowingly--
       (1) engaged in significant activities undermining United 
     States cybersecurity conducted by the Government of Iran; or
       (2) acted for or on behalf of the Government of Iran in 
     connection with such activities.
       (c) Sanctions.--The President shall block and prohibit all 
     transactions in all property and interests in property of any 
     Iranian person designated under subsection (b) if such 
     property and interests in property are in the United States, 
     come within the United States, or are or come within the 
     possession or control of a United States person.
       (d) Suspension of Sanctions.--
       (1) In general.--The President may suspend the application 
     of sanctions under subsection (c) with respect to an Iranian 
     person only if the President submits to the appropriate 
     congressional committees in writing a certification described 
     in paragraph (2) and a detailed justification for the 
     certification.
       (2) Certification described.--
       (A) In general.--A certification described in this 
     paragraph with respect to an Iranian person is a 
     certification by the President that--
       (i) the person has not, during the 12-month period 
     immediately preceding the date of the certification, 
     knowingly engaged in activities that would qualify the person 
     for designation under subsection (b); and
       (ii) the person is not expected to resume any such 
     activities.
       (B) Form of certification.--The certification described in 
     subparagraph (A) shall be submitted in unclassified form but 
     may include a classified annex.
       (e) Reimposition of Sanctions.--If sanctions are suspended 
     with respect to an Iranian person under subsection (d), such 
     sanctions shall be reinstated if the President determines 
     that the person has resumed the activity that resulted in the 
     initial imposition of sanctions or has engaged in any other 
     activity subject to sanctions relating to the involvement of 
     the person in significant activities undermining United 
     States cybersecurity on behalf of the Government of Iran.
       (f) Rule of Construction.--Nothing in this section shall be 
     construed to limit the authority of the President pursuant to 
     the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 
     1701 et seq.), the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, 
     Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (22 U.S.C. 8501 et 
     seq.), or any other provision of law.
       (g) Report.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 90 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, and annually thereafter, the 
     President shall submit to the appropriate congressional 
     committees a report that describes significant activities 
     undermining United States

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     cybersecurity conducted by the Government of Iran, a person 
     owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by that 
     Government, or any person acting for or on behalf of that 
     Government.
       (2) Elements.--Each report required by paragraph (1) shall 
     include the following:
       (A) An assessment of the extent to which a foreign 
     government has provided material support to the Government of 
     Iran, to any person owned or controlled, directly or 
     indirectly, by that Government, or to any person acting for 
     or on behalf of that Government, in connection with the 
     conduct of significant activities undermining United States 
     cybersecurity.
       (B) A strategy to counter efforts by Iran to conduct 
     significant activities undermining United States 
     cybersecurity that includes a description of efforts to 
     engage foreign governments in preventing the Government of 
     Iran, persons owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by 
     that Government, and persons acting for or on behalf of that 
     Government from conducting significant activities undermining 
     United States cybersecurity.
       (3) Form of report.--Each report required by paragraph (1) 
     shall be submitted in an unclassified form but may include a 
     classified annex.
       (h) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) Appropriate congressional committees.--The term 
     ``appropriate congressional committees'' has the meaning 
     given that term in section 14 of the Iran Sanctions Act of 
     1996 (Public Law 104-172; 50 U.S.C. 1701 note).
       (2) Cybersecurity.--The term ``cybersecurity'' means the 
     activity or process, ability or capability, or state whereby 
     information and communications systems and the information 
     contained therein are protected from or defended against 
     damage, unauthorized use or modification, or exploitation.
       (3) Iranian person.--The term ``Iranian person'' means--
       (A) an individual who is a citizen or national of Iran; or
       (B) an entity organized under the laws of Iran or otherwise 
     subject to the jurisdiction of the Government of Iran.
       (4) Knowingly.--The term ``knowingly'' has the meaning 
     given that term in section 14 of the Iran Sanctions Act of 
     1996 (Public Law 104-172; 50 U.S.C. 1701 note).
       (5) United states person.--The term ``United States 
     person'' means--
       (A) a United States citizen or an alien lawfully admitted 
     for permanent residence to the United States; or
       (B) an entity organized under the laws of the United States 
     or of any jurisdiction within the United States, including a 
     foreign branch of such an entity.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2539. Mr. DONNELLY submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
by him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal 
year 2019 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, 
and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the end of subtitle B of title VIII, add the following:

     SEC. 823. PREVENTING OUTSOURCING.

       (a) Consideration of Outsourcing.--
       (1) In general.--Chapter 137 of title 10, United States 
     Code, is amended by inserting after section 2327 the 
     following new section:

     ``Sec. 2327a. Contracts: consideration of outsourcing of jobs

       ``(a) Disclosure of Outsourcing of Jobs.--
       ``(1) In general.--The head of an agency shall require a 
     contractor that submits a bid or proposal in response to a 
     solicitation issued by the agency to disclose in that bid or 
     proposal if the contractor, or a subsidiary of the 
     contractor, owns a facility for which there is an outsourcing 
     event during the three-year period ending on the date of the 
     submittal of the bid or proposal.
       ``(2) Outsourcing event.--For purposes of paragraph (1), 
     the term `outsourcing event' means a plant closing or mass 
     layoff (as described in section 2(a) of the Worker Adjustment 
     and Retraining Notification Act (29 U.S.C. 2101(a)) in which 
     the employment loss (excluding any part-time employees) for 
     positions which will be moved to a country outside of the 
     United States exceeds 50 employees.
       ``(b) Consideration Authorized.--(1) Agency contracting 
     officers considering bids or proposals in response to a 
     solicitation issued by the agency may take into account any 
     disclosure made pursuant to subsection (a) in such bids and 
     proposals.
       ``(2) The head of an agency may establish a negative 
     preference of up to 10 percent of the cost of a contract for 
     purposes of evaluating a bid or proposal of a contractor that 
     makes a disclosure pursuant to subsection (a).
       ``(c) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that 
     agency contracting officers should, using section 2304(b)(3) 
     of this title, exclude contractors making a disclosure 
     pursuant to subsection (a) in response to solicitations 
     issued by the agency from the bidding process in connection 
     with such solicitations on the grounds that the actions 
     described in the disclosures are against the public interests 
     of the United States.
       ``(d) Annual Report.--The head of each agency shall submit 
     to Congress each year a report on the following:
       ``(1) The number of solicitations made by the agency during 
     the preceding year for which disclosures were made pursuant 
     to subsection (a) in responsive bids or proposals.
       ``(2) The number of contracts awarded by the agency during 
     the preceding year in which such disclosures were taken into 
     account in the contract award.''.
       (2) Clerical amendment.--The table of sections at the 
     beginning of chapter 137 of such title is amended by 
     inserting after the item relating to section 2327 the 
     following new item:

``2327a. Contracts: consideration of outsourcing of jobs.''.

       (b) Exclusion of Firms From Sources.--Section 2304(b) of 
     such title is amended--
       (1) by redesignating paragraphs (3) and (4) as paragraphs 
     (4) and (5), respectively;
       (2) by inserting after paragraph (2) the following new 
     paragraph:
       ``(3) The head of an agency may provide for the procurement 
     of property and services covered by this chapter using 
     competitive procedures but excluding a source making a 
     disclosure pursuant to section 2327a(a) of this title in the 
     bid or proposal in response to the solicitation issued by the 
     agency if the head of the agency determines that the actions 
     described by disclosure are against the public interests of 
     the United States and the source is to be excluded on those 
     grounds. Any such determination shall take into account the 
     sense of Congress set forth in section 2327a(c) of this 
     title.''; and
       (3) in paragraph (3), as so redesignated, by striking 
     ``paragraphs (1) and (2)'' and inserting ``paragraphs (1), 
     (2), and (3)''.
       (c) Regulations and Guidance.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall 
     amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement 
     to carry out the requirements of section 2327a of title 10, 
     United States Code, as added by this section.
       (2) Training and guidance.--The Secretary of Defense shall 
     develop and provide clear training and guidance to 
     acquisition officials, contracting officers, and current and 
     potential contractors regarding implementation policies and 
     practices for section 2327a of title 10, United States Code, 
     as added by this section.
       (3) Definition of outsourcing.--For purposes of defining 
     outsourcing pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2), the Secretary 
     of Defense may utilize regulations prescribed by the 
     Secretary of Labor.
       (d) Rule of Construction.--This section, and the amendments 
     made by this section, shall be applied in a manner consistent 
     with United States obligations under international 
     agreements.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2540. Mr. DONNELLY submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle E of title XII, add the following:

     SEC. 1250. REVIEW OF ASSESSMENT OF COMPLIANCE OF PEOPLE'S 
                   REPUBLIC OF CHINA WITH UNITED STATES AND UNITED 
                   NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL NUCLEAR- AND MISSILE-
                   RELATED SANCTIONS WITH RESPECT TO NORTH KOREA.

       (a) In General.--The Comptroller General of the United 
     States shall conduct a review of the assessment of the 
     Department of the Treasury and the Department of State of the 
     compliance of the People's Republic of China with nuclear- 
     and missile-related sanctions imposed by the United States 
     and the United Nations Security Council with respect to North 
     Korea.
       (b) Elements.--The review required by subsection (a) shall 
     include the following, for the period beginning on January 1, 
     2016, and ending on the date of the enactment of this Act:
       (1) A description of the key economic and trade 
     relationships between the People's Republic of China and 
     North Korea.
       (2) An examination of the assessment of the Department of 
     the Treasury and the Department of State of the compliance of 
     the People's Republic of China with sanctions described in 
     subsection (a), including during the period in 2018 during 
     which the United States and North Korea conducted 
     negotiations relating to the nuclear program of North Korea.
       (3) An analysis of the efforts of the United States to 
     obtain the compliance of the People's Republic of China with 
     such sanctions.
       (c) Interim Briefing.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General 
     shall provide to the appropriate congressional committees an 
     interim briefing on the review required by subsection (a).
       (d) Final Report.--Not later than 270 days after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act,

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     the Comptroller General shall submit to the appropriate 
     congressional committees a report that includes the results 
     of the review required by subsection (a).
       (e) Appropriate Congressional Committees Defined.--In this 
     section, the term ``appropriate congressional committees'' 
     means--
       (1) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, the Committee on Foreign 
     Relations, and the Select Committee on Intelligence of the 
     Senate; and
       (2) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Financial Services, the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the 
     Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of 
     Representatives.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2541. Mr. DONNELLY submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title XII, add the following:

     SEC. 1226. REVIEW OF REINSTATEMENT OF UNITED STATES SANCTIONS 
                   IMPOSED WITH RESPECT TO IRAN AND WAIVED 
                   PURSUANT TO JOINT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION.

       (a) In General.--The Comptroller General of the United 
     States shall conduct a review of the reinstatement by the 
     United States of sanctions imposed with respect to Iran that 
     were waived pursuant to the terms of the Joint Comprehensive 
     Plan of Action.
       (b) Elements.--The review required by subsection (a) shall 
     include the following:
       (1) A description and evaluation of the United States 
     interagency processes involved in planning for and 
     implementing the reinstatement of the sanctions described in 
     subsection (a), from 2017 through 2019.
       (2) An analysis of the effect of personnel and resource 
     shortfalls at the Department of the Treasury and the 
     Department of State on the implementation of the 
     reinstatement of such sanctions.
       (3) An analysis of the anticipated compliance and 
     enforcement challenges resulting from unilaterally 
     reinstating sanctions with respect to Iran.
       (c) Interim Briefing.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General 
     shall provide to the appropriate congressional committees an 
     interim briefing on the review required by subsection (a).
       (d) Final Report.--Not later than 270 days after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General shall 
     submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report 
     that includes the results of the review required by 
     subsection (a).
       (e) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) Appropriate congressional committees.--The term 
     ``appropriate congressional committees'' means--
       (A) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, the Committee on Foreign 
     Relations, and the Select Committee on Intelligence of the 
     Senate; and
       (B) the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on 
     Financial Services, the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the 
     Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of 
     Representatives.
       (2) Joint comprehensive plan of action.--The term ``Joint 
     Comprehensive Plan of Action'' means the Joint Comprehensive 
     Plan of Action signed at Vienna on July 14, 2015, by Iran and 
     by France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the People's 
     Republic of China, the United Kingdom, and the United States, 
     and all implementing materials and agreements related to the 
     Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2542. Mr. DONNELLY (for himself and Mr. Young) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       On page 94, lines 21 and 22, strike ``to the maximum extent 
     practicable'' and insert ``based on the Federal Acquisition 
     Regulations''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2543. Mr. DONNELLY submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle F of title VIII, add the following:

     SEC. 864. PILOT PROGRAM TO DEVELOP INDUSTRIAL BASE PLANS AND 
                   PROJECTIONS FOR MAJOR DEFENSE ACQUISITION 
                   PROGRAMS.

       (a) In General.--The Secretary of Defense, working through 
     the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and 
     Sustainment, and in coordination with the Secretaries of the 
     military departments, shall establish a pilot program to 
     develop industrial base plans and projections for elements of 
     the defense industrial bases that support selected major 
     defense acquisition programs.
       (b) Designation of MDAPs.--The Secretary of Defense shall 
     designate not less than two major defense acquisition 
     programs for each military department to participate in the 
     pilot program. Not less than two of the programs designated 
     shall be software-intensive systems.
       (c) Information Repository.--
       (1) In general.--For each major defense acquisition program 
     designated to participate in the pilot program, the Secretary 
     concerned, in coordination with the Under Secretary of 
     Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, shall develop an 
     information repository that includes information on--
       (A) primary and subtier suppliers of major and critical 
     components, technologies, and services supporting the 
     program;
       (B) the location of each supplier, as well as the location 
     of any supplier facilities supporting the program that are 
     located outside of the United States;
       (C) the ability of each supplier to support the 
     requirements of the program over the future-years defense 
     program and the next 10 years;
       (D) for each supplier or supplier facility as referenced in 
     subsection (b)(1)(B) that is not located in Australia, New 
     Zealand, Canada, or the United Kingdom, an assessment of the 
     time and cost associated with securing an alternative 
     domestic source of supply should the need arise;
       (E) critical shortfalls in specific elements of the 
     program's supporting industrial base; and
       (F) other information as deemed appropriate by the Under 
     Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment.
       (2) Use of repository.--The Under Secretary of Defense for 
     Acquisition and Sustainment and other appropriate officials 
     shall use the repositories established under paragraph (1) to 
     assess critical shortfalls and dependence on industrial base 
     capabilities that affect multiple programs, including 
     programs not participating in the pilot program under this 
     section.
       (d) Annual Report.--Not later than one year after the date 
     of the enactment of this Act, and annually thereafter, the 
     Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional 
     defense committees a report on activities under the pilot 
     program, including--
       (1) identification of programs participating in the pilot;
       (2) a description of the information repository and 
     analysis tools being used to support the program;
       (3) a description of industrial base shortfalls identified 
     in the pilot program; and
       (4) a description of the overseas locations identified 
     under subsection (c)(1)(B), and an assessment of industrial 
     base risks associated with those locations over the future-
     years defense program and the next 10 years.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2544. Mr. REED submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title X, add the following:

     SEC. 1026. RISKS FACED BY FORMER DETAINEES AT UNITED STATES 
                   NAVAL STATION, GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA, WHO ARE OF 
                   LIBYAN, UIGHUR, OR YEMENI ORIGIN IN RETURN TO 
                   THEIR COUNTRY OF NATIONALITY.

       (a) Sense of Senate.--
       (1) Findings.--The Senate makes the following findings:
       (A) Countries that have agreed to accept detainees from the 
     detention center at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo 
     Bay, Cuba, have an obligation under international law to 
     ensure the individuals are not transferred to countries where 
     there is a real risk of torture, arbitrary deprivation of 
     life, or other violations of fundamental rights.
       (B) Dozens of former detainees at the detention center who 
     are of Libyan, Uighur and Yemeni origin are currently 
     resettled in third countries.
       (2) Sense of senate.--It is the sense of the Senate that 
     the countries that host former detainees who are of Libyan, 
     Uighur, or

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     Yemini origin should be cognizant of their obligations under 
     international law when making decisions about such former 
     detainees.
       (b) Report Required.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense 
     shall, in consultation with the Secretary of State, submit to 
     the congressional defense committees a report on the risk of 
     torture, arbitrary deprivation of life, or other violations 
     of fundamental rights that former detainees at United States 
     Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, who are of Libyan, Uighur, or 
     Yemeni origin would face if returned to their country of 
     nationality.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2545. Mr. BENNET submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 
2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the appropriate place in title II, insert the following:

     SEC. ___. PLAN FOR RESEARCH AND DEMONSTRATIONS OF AUTONOMOUS 
                   VEHICLE SYSTEMS TO REDUCE BASE OPERATIONS 
                   COSTS.

       (a) Plan Required.--Not later than the date that is one 
     year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Under 
     Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment shall, 
     in consultation with the Secretaries of the military 
     departments and the Under Secretary of Defense for Research 
     and Engineering, submit to the congressional defense 
     committees a plan for the development, demonstration, and 
     employment of autonomous vehicle technologies to reduce base 
     operations costs.
       (b) Elements.--The plan required by subsection (a) shall 
     include the following:
       (1) An overview of the potential for autonomous vehicles to 
     reduce base operations costs.
       (2) A description of the potential of commercially-
     available autonomous vehicles to be demonstrated on military 
     installations in the next three years, including emerging 
     transportation technologies on-base, especially those that 
     help reduce costs, improve safety, and deliver required 
     services more efficiently and effectively.
       (3) A description of the benefits of coordination with 
     industrial, academic, and State and local partners in 
     demonstrations of and deployment of autonomous vehicles to 
     reduce base operations costs.
       (4) Plans for research and development activities, 
     including establishment of testbeds, that would improve the 
     capabilities of autonomous vehicles to reduce base operations 
     costs.
       (5) Plans to develop data collection methodologies, data 
     analysis techniques, and metrics to evaluate the success of 
     initiatives relating to the development, demonstration, and 
     employment of autonomous vehicle technologies to reduce base 
     operations costs.
       (6) Plans for specific demonstration activities at military 
     installations relating to employment of autonomous vehicle 
     technologies to reduce base operations costs.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2546. Mr. BENNET submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to 
amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) 
and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle C of title II, add the following:

     SEC. ___. STRATEGY FOR MAINTAINING UNITED STATES LEADERSHIP 
                   AND COMPETITIVENESS IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.

       (a) Strategy Required.--
       (1) In general.--The Secretary of Defense shall, in 
     coordination with the Secretary of State and the Director of 
     National Intelligence, develop a long-term strategy for 
     maintaining the leadership and competitiveness of the United 
     States in the use of artificial intelligence technologies in 
     national security.
       (2) Considerations.--In developing the strategy required by 
     paragraph (1), the Secretary of Defense shall consider the 
     following:
       (A) Long-term global trends of state and non-state actor 
     development and use of artificial intelligence technologies.
       (B) Ethical implications of development of and use of 
     artificial intelligence in national security.
       (C) Domestic and international legal implications of 
     artificial intelligence in national security.
       (D) Opportunities for international cooperation to 
     establish international norms for the use of artificial 
     intelligence technologies in national security.
       (E) The benefits and risks of using artificial intelligence 
     technologies in national security.
       (F) Workforce development requirements and challenges.
       (G) Assessments of capabilities and technologies under 
     development by the private sector and non-governmental 
     organizations.
       (3) Submittal.--Not later than 30 days after the completion 
     of the strategy required by paragraph (1), the Secretary 
     shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress a 
     report on the strategy. Such strategy shall be submitted in 
     unclassified form, but may include a classified annex.
       (b) Report on Artificial Intelligence and National 
     Security.--
       (1) In general.--Not later than 180 days after the date of 
     the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to the 
     appropriate committees of Congress a report on the following:
       (A) Long-term global trends of state and non-state actor 
     development and use of artificial intelligence technologies.
       (B) Ethical implications of development of and use of 
     artificial intelligence in national security.
       (C) Legal (both domestic and international) implications of 
     artificial intelligence in national security.
       (D) Opportunities for international cooperation to 
     establish international norms for the use of artificial 
     technologies in national security.
       (E) The benefits and risks of using artificial intelligence 
     technologies for national security.
       (2) Form.--The report required by paragraph (1) shall be 
     submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified 
     annex.
       (c) Appropriate Committees of Congress Defined.--In this 
     section, the term ``appropriate committees of Congress'' 
     means--
       (1) the congressional defense committees;
       (2) the congressional intelligence committees (as defined 
     in section 3 of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 
     3003));
       (3) the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate; and
       (4) the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of 
     Representatives.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2547. Mrs. SHAHEEN (for herself and Mr. Coons) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       Strike section 1626 and insert the following:

     SEC. 1626. ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL MANUFACTURERS IN THE DEFENSE 
                   INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CHAIN ON MATTERS RELATING TO 
                   CYBERSECURITY.

       (a) Dissemination of Cybersecurity Resources.--
       (1) In general.--The Under Secretary of Defense for 
     Research and Engineering, in consultation with the Director 
     of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the 
     Administrator of the Small Business Administration, shall 
     take such actions as may be necessary to enhance awareness of 
     cybersecurity threats among small manufacturers in the 
     defense industrial supply chain.
       (2) Priority.--The Under Secretary of Defense for Research 
     and Engineering shall prioritize efforts to increase 
     awareness to help reduce cybersecurity risks faced by small 
     manufacturers described in paragraph (1), including through 
     the use of small business development centers and the 
     Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
       (3) Sector focus.--The Under Secretary of Defense for 
     Research and Engineering shall carry out this subsection with 
     a focus on such industry sectors as the Under Secretary 
     considers critical.
       (4) Outreach events.--Under paragraph (1), the Under 
     Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering shall 
     conduct outreach to support activities consistent with this 
     section. Such outreach may include live events with a 
     physical presence and outreach conducted through Internet 
     websites.
       (b) Voluntary Cybersecurity Self-assessments.--The Under 
     Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering shall 
     develop mechanisms to provide assistance to help small 
     manufacturers conduct voluntary self-assessments in order to 
     understand operating environments, cybersecurity 
     requirements, and existing vulnerabilities, including through 
     the Mentor Protege Program, small business programs, and 
     engagements with defense laboratories and test ranges.
       (c) Transfer of Research Findings and Expertise.--
       (1) In general.--The Under Secretary of Defense for 
     Research and Engineering shall promote the transfer of 
     appropriate technology and techniques developed in the 
     Department of Defense to small manufacturers throughout the 
     United States to implement security measures that are 
     adequate to protect covered defense information, including 
     controlled unclassified information.
       (2) Coordination with other federal expertise and 
     capabilities.--The Under Secretary of Defense for Research 
     and Engineering shall coordinate efforts, when appropriate, 
     with the expertise and capabilities

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     that exist in Federal agencies and federally sponsored 
     laboratories.
       (3) Agreements.--In carrying out this subsection, the Under 
     Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering may enter 
     into agreements with private industry, institutes of higher 
     education, or a State, United States territory, local, or 
     tribal government to ensure breadth and depth of coverage to 
     the United States defense industrial base and to leverage 
     resources.
       (d) Defense Acquisition Workforce Cyber Training Program.--
     The Secretary of Defense shall establish a cyber counseling 
     certification program, or approve a similar existing program, 
     to certify small business professionals and other relevant 
     acquisition staff within the Department of Defense and 
     designated employees of small business development centers to 
     provide cyber planning assistance to small manufacturers in 
     the defense industrial supply chain. Subject to the 
     availability of appropriations, the Department of Defense may 
     reimburse small business development centers for costs 
     related to certification training under this subsection.
       (e) Authorities.--In executing this program, the Secretary 
     may use the following authorities:
       (1) The Manufacturing Technology Program established under 
     section 2521 of title 10, United States Code.
       (2) The Centers for Science, Technology, and Engineering 
     Partnership program under section 2368 of title 10, United 
     States Code.
       (3) The Manufacturing Engineering Education Program 
     established under section 2196 of title 10, United States 
     Code.
       (4) The Small Business Innovation Research program.
       (5) The mentor-protege program.
       (6) Other legal authorities as the Secretary deems 
     necessary for the effective and efficient execution of the 
     program.
       (f) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) Resources.--The term ``resources'' means guidelines, 
     tools, best practices, standards, methodologies, and other 
     ways of providing information.
       (2) Small business concern.--The term ``small business 
     concern'' means a small business concern as that term is used 
     in section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632).
       (3) Small business development center.--The term ``small 
     business development center'' means a small business 
     development center described in section 21 of the Small 
     Business Act (15 U.S.C. 648).
       (4) Small manufacturer.--The term ``small manufacturer'' 
     means a small business concern that is a manufacturer.
       (5) State.--The term ``State'' means each of the several 
     States, Territories, and possessions of the United States, 
     the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto 
     Rico.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2548. Mr. WARNER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 
2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       On page 718, between lines 7 and 8, insert the following:
       (3) affect the integrity or outcome of United States 
     elections at any level, including at the Federal, State, and 
     local levels;
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2549. Mr. JONES submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 
2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle D of title V, add the following:

     SEC. 550. REPORTS ON RACIAL AND SEXUAL DISPARITIES IN 
                   DEMOGRAPHICS OF MILITARY JUSTICE AND 
                   DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS AGAINST MEMBERS OF THE 
                   ARMED FORCES.

       (a) Reports Required.--Not later than 180 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, each Secretary of a 
     military department shall submit to the President, and to the 
     Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of 
     Representatives, a report on racial and sexual disparities in 
     the demographics of military justice and disciplinary 
     proceedings against members of the Armed Forces under the 
     jurisdiction of such Secretary during the 15-year period 
     ending on the date of the enactment of this Act.
       (b) Elements.--Each report under subsection (a) shall 
     include the following, conducted by the Secretary of the 
     military department concerned for purposes of such report:
       (1) A comprehensive demographic analysis of military 
     justice and other disciplinary proceedings against members of 
     the Armed Forces concerned during the period described in 
     subsection (a).
       (2) A comprehensive analysis and description of any 
     disparities in justice or other proceedings among such 
     members based on race or sex.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2550. Ms. WARREN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
her to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 
2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle D of title VI, add the following:

     SEC. 633. POLICY ON CONSIDERATION OF FRAUD AGAINST MEMBERS OF 
                   THE ARMED FORCES OR THEIR DEPENDENTS IN 
                   DETERMINATIONS TO PERMIT FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS 
                   TO OPERATE ON MILITARY INSTALLATIONS.

       The Secretary of Defense may issue a formal policy, 
     applicable Department of Defense-wide, requiring that any 
     determination after the date of issuance of the policy on 
     whether to permit or continue to permit a financial 
     institution to operate on a military installation of the 
     Department of Defense shall take into account, in such manner 
     as the Secretary shall specify for purposes of the policy, 
     the nature and scope of any order against the financial 
     institution pursuant to section 987 of title 10, United 
     States Code (commonly referred to as the ``Military Lending 
     Act''), or the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act (50 U.S.C. 
     App. 501 et seq.) involving members of the Armed Forces or 
     their dependents.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2551. Ms. WARREN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by 
her to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 
2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle G of title XII, add the following:

     SEC. 12__. REPORTS ON MID-AIR REFUELING OF AIRCRAFT OF THE 
                   SAUDI-LED COALITION CONDUCTING OPERATIONS IN 
                   YEMEN.

       (a) Reports Required.--Not later than 60 days after the 
     date of the enactment of this Act, and every 60 days 
     thereafter, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the 
     congressional defense committees a report on any mid-air 
     refueling provided by the United States under a covered 
     acquisition or cross-servicing agreement for any aircraft of 
     the Saudi-led coalition for purposes of a mission in or 
     against Yemen.
       (b) Elements.--Each report under subsection (a) shall 
     include, for the 60-day period ending on the date of such 
     report, the following:
       (1) An identification of each aircraft of the Saudi-led 
     coalition provided mid-air refueling as described in 
     subsection (a).
       (2) The intended target or targets of such aircraft on the 
     mission during which refueled.
       (3) The targets struck by such aircraft on such mission.
       (4) The results of such mission.
       (c) Form.--Each report under subsection (a) shall be 
     submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified 
     annex.
       (d) Definitions.--In this section:
       (1) The term ``covered acquisition or cross-servicing 
     agreement'' means an agreement under section 2342 of title 
     10, United States Code, or any other acquisition or cross-
     servicing agreement, with Saudi Arabia or a country of the 
     Saudi-led coalition.
       (2) The term ``Saudi-led coalition'' means the coalition of 
     countries led by Saudi Arabia that is conducting military 
     operations in or against Yemen.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2552. Mr. UDALL (for himself and Mr. Heinrich) submitted an 
amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. 
Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to the 
bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle B in title XXXI, add the following:

     SEC. 3119. SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING URANIUM MINING AND 
                   NUCLEAR WEAPONS TESTING.

       It is the sense of Congress that the United States should 
     compensate and recognize all of the miners, workers, 
     downwinders, and others suffering from the effects of uranium 
     mining and nuclear weapons testing carried out during the 
     Cold War.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2553. Mr. LANKFORD (for himself, Mrs. Shaheen, and Mr. Tillis) 
submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 
submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be 
proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize

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appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       On page 682, line 18, strike ``the title for'' and insert 
     ``or deliver''.
                                 ______
                                 
  SA 2554. Mrs. FISCHER submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
to amendment SA 2282 submitted by Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. 
McCain) and intended to be proposed to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize 
appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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, and for other purposes; which was 
ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of subtitle D of title III, add the following:

     SEC. 340. REPORT ON AIR FORCE AIRFIELD OPERATIONAL 
                   REQUIREMENTS.

       (a) In General.--Not later than February 1, 2019, the 
     Secretary of the Air Force shall conduct an assessment and 
     submit to the congressional defense committees a report 
     detailing the operational requirements for Air Force 
     airfields.
       (b) Elements.--The report required under subsection (a) 
     shall include the following elements:
       (1) An assessment of the state of airfields where runway 
     degradation currently poses a threat to operations and 
     airfields where such degradation threatens operations in the 
     next five and ten years.
       (2) A description of the operational requirements for 
     airfields, including an assessment of the impact to 
     operations, cost to repair, cost to replace, remaining useful 
     life, and the required daily maintenance to ensure runways 
     are acceptable for full operations.
       (3) A description of any challenges with infrastructure 
     acquisition methods and processes.
       (4) An assessment of the operational impact in the event a 
     runway were to become inoperable due to a major degradation 
     incident, such as a crack or fracture resulting from lack of 
     maintenance and repair.
       (5) A plan to address any shortfalls associated with the 
     Air Force's runway infrastructure.
       (c) Form.--The report required under subsection (a) shall 
     be in unclassified form but may contain a classified annex as 
     necessary.
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  SA 2555. Mr. CASSIDY submitted an amendment intended to be proposed 
by him to the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal 
year 2019 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, 
and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as 
follows:

       At the end of subtitle B of title III, add the following:

     SEC. 316. REQUIRED GULF OF MEXICO LEASE SALES.

       (a) In General.--Section 104 of the Gulf of Mexico Energy 
     Security Act of 2006 (43 U.S.C. 1331 note; Public Law 109-
     432) is amended--
       (1) in subsection (a), in the matter preceding paragraph 
     (1), by striking ``June 30, 2022'' and inserting ``June 30, 
     2019''; and
       (2) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(d) Extension of Moratorium.--Effective during the period 
     beginning on July 1, 2019 and ending on June 30, 2026, the 
     Secretary shall not offer for leasing, preleasing, or any 
     related activity any area in the Eastern Planning Area that 
     is within 50 miles of the coastline of the State of 
     Florida.''.
       (b) Required Lease Sales.--
       (1) Definitions.--In this subsection:
       (A) Eastern planning area.--The term ``Eastern Planning 
     Area'' means the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Area of the 
     outer Continental Shelf, as designated in the document 
     entitled ``2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and 
     Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program'' and dated January 2018.
       (B) Oil and gas leasing program.--The term ``oil and gas 
     leasing program'' means the 5-year oil and gas leasing 
     program prepared by the Secretary of the Interior under 
     section 18 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 
     U.S.C. 1344) (as in effect on the date of the applicable 
     lease sale under paragraph (2)).
       (C) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
     of the Interior.
       (2) Required lease sales.--Notwithstanding any omission of 
     any portion of the Eastern Planning Area from the oil and gas 
     leasing program, the Secretary shall--
       (A) offer for oil and gas leasing under the Outer 
     Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.) all 
     available leases in the Eastern Planning Area; and
       (B) conduct--
       (i) not fewer than 1 lease sale in the Eastern Planning 
     Area before December 31, 2020; and
       (ii) a second lease sale in the Eastern Planning Area 
     before December 31, 2023.
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  SA 2556. Mr. KAINE (for himself, Mr. Flake, and Mr. Durbin) submitted 
an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 2282 submitted by 
Mr. Inhofe (for himself and Mr. McCain) and intended to be proposed to 
the bill H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 
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, and for 
other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

       At the end of division A, add the following:

          TITLE XVIII--AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE

     SEC. 1801. SHORT TITLE.

       This title may be cited as the ``Authorization for Use of 
     Military Force Against al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and the Islamic 
     State of Iraq and Syria''.

     SEC. 1802. PURPOSES.

       The purposes of this title are as follows:
       (1) To update the Authorization for Use of Military Force 
     (Public Law 107-40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) in order to provide 
     legal authority for military action against al-Qaeda, the 
     Taliban, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria due to the 
     continued threat they pose to the United States.
       (2) To establish a process for oversight by Congress of 
     military action against persons or forces associated with al-
     Qaeda, the Taliban, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria 
     that pose a direct threat to the United States.
       (3) To repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force 
     and the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq 
     Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107-243; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note).

     SEC. 1803. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED 
                   FORCES TO PREVENT FUTURE ACTS OF INTERNATIONAL 
                   TERRORISM AGAINST THE UNITED STATES.

       (a) Authorization.--In order to prevent any future acts of 
     international terrorism against the United States, the 
     President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate 
     force against--
       (1) al-Qaeda and the Taliban;
       (2) the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (also known as the 
     Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Islamic State, 
     Daesh, ISIS, and ISIL); and
       (3) associated persons or forces as provided in section 
     1804.
       (b) War Powers Resolution Requirements.--
       (1) Specific statutory authorization.--Consistent with 
     section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 
     1547(a)(1)), Congress declares that this section is intended 
     to constitute specific statutory authorization within the 
     meaning of section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution (50 
     U.S.C. 1544(b)).
       (2) Applicability of other requirements.--Nothing in this 
     title supersedes any requirements of the War Powers 
     Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1541 et seq.).

     SEC. 1804. ASSOCIATED PERSONS OR FORCES.

       (a) Associated Persons and Forces.--For purposes of section 
     3(a)(3), the term ``associated persons or forces'' means any 
     person or force, other than a sovereign nation, that--
       (1) is a part of, or substantially supports al-Qaeda, the 
     Taliban, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria; and
       (2) is engaged in hostilities against the United States, 
     its Armed Forces, or its other personnel.
       (b) Initial Associated Persons or Forces.--
       (1) In general.--For purposes of section 3(a)(3), the term 
     ``associated persons or forces'' includes any person or force 
     meeting the definition in subsection (a) that is specified in 
     the report under paragraph (2).
       (2) Report.--Not later than 60 days after the date of the 
     enactment of this title, the President shall submit to 
     Congress a report specifying the persons or forces (other 
     than the groups al-Nusra Front (also known as Jabhat al-Nusra 
     and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham), Khorasan Group, al-Qaeda in the