Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Inhofe Amendment No. 2932, in the nature of a substitute.
Joint Session of Congress: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 102, providing for a joint session of Congress to receive a message from the President.
Convening of 114th Congress, 2nd Session: Senate passed H.J. Res. 76, appointing the day for the convening of the second session of the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress.
Strengthening Education through Research Act: Senate passed S. 227, to strengthen the Federal education research system to make research and evaluations more timely and relevant to State and local needs in order to increase student achievement, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
McConnell (for Alexander) Amendment No. 2933, in the nature of a substitute.
Condemning the Government of Iran State-Sponsored Persecution: Senate agreed to S. Res. 148, condemning the Government of Iran's state-sponsored persecution of its Baha'i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights, after agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto:
McConnell (for Kirk) Amendment No. 2934, to make a technical correction.
McConnell (for Kirk) Amendment No. 2935, to make technical corrections.
International Megan's Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders: Senate passed H.R. 515, to protect children and others from sexual abuse and exploitation, including sex trafficking and sex tourism, by providing advance notice of intended travel by registered sex offenders outside the United States to the government of the country of destination, requesting foreign governments to notify the United States when a known sex offender is seeking to enter the United States, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
McConnell (for Corker) Amendment No. 2936, to modify the authorization of appropriations.
Rural ACO Provider Equity Act: Committee on Finance was discharged from further consideration of S. 2261, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the way beneficiaries are assigned under the Medicare shared savings program by also basing such assignment on services furnished by Federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics, and the bill was then passed.
National Guard and Reservist Debt Relief Extension Act: Senate passed H.R. 4246, to exempt for an additional 4-year period, from the application of the means-test presumption of abuse under chapter 7, qualifying members of reserve components of the Armed Forces and members of the National Guard who, after September 11, 2001, are called to active duty or to perform a homeland defense activity for not less than 90 days.
Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act: Senate passed S. 284, to impose sanctions with respect to foreign persons responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, after withdrawing the committee amendment, and agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
McConnell (for Corker) Amendment No. 2937, in the nature of a substitute.
Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that when the Senate receives a message from the House to accompany H.R. 2029, making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, the Majority Leader be recognized to make a motion to concur in the House amendments; that if a cloture motion is filed on that motion, that notwithstanding rule XXII, Senate immediately vote on the motion to invoke cloture; that if cloture is invoked, all post-cloture time be yielded back, the Majority Leader, or his designee, be recognized to make a motion to table the first House amendment; that following the disposition of that motion, and if a budget point of order is raised, the Majority Leader, or his designee, be recognized to make a motion to waive the point of order, and that following disposition of that motion, Senate then vote on the motion to concur in the House amendments with no further motions or amendments in order, unless the motion to table is successful, or the budget point of order is sustained, and with two minutes of debate equally divided in the usual form prior to each vote.
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
Darlene Michele Soltys, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years.
(Prior to this action, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration.)
Robert A. Salerno, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years.
Messages from the House:
Enrolled Bills Presented:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Notices of Intent:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:17 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Friday, December 18, 2015. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S8836.)
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the status of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action implementation and related issues, after receiving testimony from Stephen D. Mull, Lead Coordinator for Iran Nuclear Implementation, and Thomas M. Countryman, Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation, both of the Department of State; and Lieutenant General Frank G. Klotz, USAF (Ret.), Under Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Security.
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session to receive a briefing on certain intelligence matters from officials of the intelligence community.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: There were no reports filed today.
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016: H.R. 2029, making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, with the amendments to the Senate amendment specified in section 3 of H. Res. 566, was taken from the Speaker's Table.
Pages H9390–H9433, H9434–H9676
Pursuant to the Rule, the question was divided among the two House amendments, and the portion of the divided question comprising the amendment specified in section 3(b) of H. Res. 566 was considered first. Subsequently, the first portion of the divided question was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 318 yeas to 109 nays, Roll No. 703.
Consideration began on the second portion of the divided question, comprising the amendment specified in section 3(a) of H. Res. 566. Further proceedings were postponed until tomorrow, December 18th.
H. Res. 566, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 2029) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 240 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 702, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 244 yeas to 177 nays, Roll No. 701.
Higher Education Extension Act of 2015: The House agreed to take from the Speaker's table and concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 3594, to extend temporarily the Federal Perkins Loan program.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page H9390.
Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 4:50 p.m.
TERRORIST TRAVEL: VETTING FOR NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Terrorist Travel: Vetting for National Security Concerns''. Testimony was heard from Anne C. Richard, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Department of State; Michele Thoren Bond, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State; Alan Bersin, Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, Chief Officer for the Office of Policy, Department of Homeland Security; and Leon Rodriguez, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security.
No joint committee meetings were held.
H.J. Res. 78, making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2016. Signed on December 16, 2015. (Public Law 114–100)
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Friday: Senate will be in a period of morning business.
Program for Friday: Complete consideration of the House amendments to the Senate amendment to H.R. 2029--Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016.
Allen, Rick W., Ga., E1822
Bishop, Mike, Mich., E1812
Bonamici, Suzanne, Ore., E1817
Calvert, Ken, Calif., E1818
Coffman, Mike, Colo., E1818
Collins, Chris, N.Y., E1811
Conaway, K. Michael, Tex., E1811
Garrett, Scott, N.J., E1811
Granger, Kay, Tex., E1820
Guinta, Frank C., N.H., E1817
Huffman, Jared, Calif., E1811
Jackson Lee, Sheila, Tex., E1816
Kaptur, Marcy, Ohio, E1813
Kennedy, Joseph P., III, Mass., E1818
Kline, John, Minn., E1815
Lance, Leonard, N.J., E1819
Lipinski, Daniel, Ill., E1817
Moulton, Seth, Mass., E1821
Norton, Eleanor Holmes, The District of Columbia, E1814
Quigley, Mike, Ill., E1813
Sewell, Terri A., Ala., E1821
Thompson, Bennie G., Miss., E1815
Torres, Norma J., Calif., E1814
Van Hollen, Chris, Md., E1814
Walorski, Jackie, Ind., E1815
Welch, Peter, Vt., E1819
Wenstrup, Brad R., Ohio, E1815