Daily Digest

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S4523–S4556

Measures Introduced: Twelve bills and three resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1643–1654, and S. Res. 208–210.
Pages S4544–45

Measures Reported:

S. 1645, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016. (S. Rept. No. 114–70)
Page S4544

Measures Passed:

Ulysses S. Grant Association: Senate agreed to S. Res. 209, designating the Ulysses S. Grant Association as the organization to implement the bicentennial celebration of the birth of Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War General and 2-term President of the United States.
Page S4554


125th Anniversary of the State of Wyoming: Senate agreed to S. Res. 210, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the State of Wyoming.
Page S4554

House Messages:

Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act House Message--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the House message to accompany H.R. 644, to reauthorize trade facilitation and trade enforcement functions and activities, taking action on the following motion proposed thereto:
Pages S4523–25

Pending:

McConnell motion to insist upon the Senate amendment, request a conference with the House of Representatives, and authorize the Presiding Officer to appoint conferees.
Page S4523

A motion was entered to close further debate on the McConnell motion to insist upon the Senate amendment, request a conference with the House of Representatives, and authorize the Presiding Officer to appoint conferees, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, with McConnell/Hatch Amendment No. 2065.
Pages S4523, S4554


Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act House Message: Senate resumed consideration of the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 2146, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow Federal law enforcement officers, firefighters, and air traffic controllers to make penalty-free withdrawals from governmental plans after age 50, taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S4529–33, S4533–39, S4539–41

Pending:

McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
Page S4529

McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, with Amendment No. 2060 (to the House Amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill), to change the enactment date.
Page S4529

McConnell Amendment No. 2061 (to Amendment No. 2060), of a perfecting nature.
Page S4529

During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:

By 60 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. 218), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
Pages S4528–29

McConnell motion to refer the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 2062, to change the enactment date, fell when cloture was invoked on the McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
Page S4529

McConnell Amendment No. 2063 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2062), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell motion to refer the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 2062 fell.
Page S4529

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McConnell Amendment No. 2064 (to Amendment No. 2063), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell Amendment No. 2063 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2062) fell.
Page S4529

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, post-cloture, at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, June 24, 2015; and that all time during the adjournment of the Senate count post-cloture.
Page S4554

Appointments:

Board of Visitors of the U.S. Military Academy: The Chair, on behalf of the Vice President, pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 4355(a), appointed the following Senators to the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Military Academy: Senator Gillibrand, designee of the Committee on Armed Services, and Senator Murphy, designee of the Committee on Appropriations.
Page S4554


Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:

LaVerne Horton Council, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Information and Technology).
Pages S4551, S4554

David J. Shulkin, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Pages S4541, S4554

2 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.

50 Army nominations in the rank of general.

11 Marine Corps nominations in the rank of general.

29 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.

Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Foreign Service, Marine Corps, and Navy.
Pages S4551–54,
S4554–56



Messages from the House:
Page S4544


Measures Placed on the Calendar:
Pages S4523, S4544


Executive Communications:
Page S4544


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S4545–46


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S4546–50


Additional Statements:
Pages S4543–44


Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Page S4550


Privileges of the Floor:
Pages S4550–51


Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--218)
Page S4529


Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:10 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S4554.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies approved for full committee consideration an original bill entitled, ``Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016''.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPENDING AT THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government concluded a hearing to examine information technology spending and data security at the Office of Personnel Management, after receiving testimony from Katherine Archuleta, Director, and Michael R. Esser, Assistant Inspector General for Audits, both of the Office of Personnel Management; and Richard A. Spires, Resilient Network Systems, Inc., Washington, D.C.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies approved for full committee consideration an original bill entitled, ``Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016''.

NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee received a briefing on the oversight review of the National Flood Insurance Program from Christopher Ford, Chief Investigative Counsel, Lucas Moskowitz, Senior Investigative Counsel, and Brian Daner, Investigative Counsel, all of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

RECALLS OF DEFECTIVE TAKATA AIRBAGS

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded a hearing to examine an update on the recalls of defective Takata air bags and NHTSA's vehicle safety efforts, after receiving testimony from Mark R. Rosekind, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Calvin L. Scovel III, Inspector General, both of the Department of Transportation; Kevin M. Kennedy, TK Holdings Inc., and Scott G. Kunselman, FCA US LLC, both of Auburn Hills, Michigan; and Rick Schostek, Honda North America, Marysville, Ohio.

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IMPACTS OF EPA'S PROPOSED CARBON REGULATIONS

Committee on Environment and Public Works: Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety concluded a hearing to examine the impacts of EPA's proposed carbon regulations on energy costs for American businesses, rural communities and families, including S. 1324, to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to fulfill certain requirements before regulating standards of performance for new, modified, and reconstructed fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units, after receiving testimony from Joseph Martens, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner, Albany; Eugene M. Trisko, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, on behalf of the United Mine Workers of America; Mary B. Rice, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, on behalf of the American Thoracic Society; and Paul N. Cicio, Industrial Energy Consumers of America, and Harry C. Alford, National Black Chamber of Commerce, both of Washington, D.C.

NOMINATIONS

Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Glyn Townsend Davies, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, William A. Heidt, of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, Jennifer Zimdahl Galt, of Colorado, to be Ambassador to Mongolia, Atul Keshap, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Republic of Maldives, Alaina B. Teplitz, of Illinois, to be Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, David Hale, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and Sheila Gwaltney, of California, to be Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.

AMERICAN ENERGY EXPORTS

Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy concluded a hearing to examine American energy exports, focusing on opportunities for United States allies and national security, after receiving testimony from Robert McNally, The Rapidan Group LLC, Bethesda, Maryland; David F. Gordon, Center for a New American Security, and Jamie Webster, IHS, both of Washington, DC; and Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.), Alexandria, Virginia.

REGULATORY BUDGET

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee with the Committee on the Budget, concluded a hearing to examine accounting for the true cost of regulation, focusing on exploring the possibility of a regulatory budget, after receiving testimony from Tony Clement, Treasury Board of Canada, Ottawa; and Susan E. Dudly, Regulatory Studies Center, and Richard J. Pierce, Jr., School of Law, both of The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

INTELLIGENCE

Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session to receive a briefing on certain intelligence matters from members of the intelligence community.

Committee recessed subject to the call.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 21 public bills, H.R. 2846–2866; and 2 resolutions, H.Res. 334–334 were introduced.
Pages H4591–92


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages H4593–94


Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:

S. 971, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for an increase in the limit on the length of an agreement under the Medicare independence at home medical practice demonstration program (H. Rept. 114–172, Part 1);

H.R. 387, to provide for certain land to be taken into trust for the benefit of Morongo Band of Mission Indians, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 114–173);

H.R. 2620, to amend the United States Cotton Futures Act to exclude certain cotton futures contracts from coverage under such Act, with an amendment (H. Rept. 114–174);

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H.R. 805, to prohibit the National Telecommunications and Information Administration from relinquishing responsibility over the Internet domain name system until the Comptroller General of the United States submits to Congress a report on the role of the NTIA with respect to such system, with an amendment (H. Rept. 114–175);

H.R. 2576, to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 114–176); and

H. Res. 333, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2822) making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2042) to allow for judicial review of any final rule addressing carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units before requiring compliance with such rule, and to allow States to protect households and businesses from significant adverse effects on electricity ratepayers or reliability, and providing for proceedings during the period from June 26, 2015, through July 6, 2015 (H. Rept. 114–177).
Page H4591


Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Farenthold to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Page H4547


Recess: The House recessed at 12:10 p.m. and reconvened at 2 p.m.
Page H4548


Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Reverend Dr. Barry Black, Chaplain of the United States Senate, Washington, DC.
Page H4548


Recess: The House recessed at 2:11 p.m. and reconvened at 3:01 p.m.
Page H4549


Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
DOTCOM Act of 2015: H.R. 805, amended, to prohibit the National Telecommunications and Information Administration from relinquishing responsibility over the Internet domain name system until the Comptroller General of the United States submits to Congress a report on the role of the NTIA with respect to such system, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 378 yeas to 25 nays, Roll No. 377;
Pages H4550–51, H4581

Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To provide for certain requirements relating to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority stewardship transition.''.
Page H4581


TSCA Modernization Act of 2015: H.R. 2576, amended, to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 398 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 378;
Pages H4551–60, H4581–87


Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act: H.R. 893, amended, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the centennial of Boys Town;
Pages H4560–62


Bullion and Collectible Coin Production Efficiency and Cost Savings Act: H.R. 1698, amended, to amend design and content requirements for certain gold and silver coins;
Pages H4562–63


United States Cotton Futures Act: H.R. 2620, amended, to amend the United States Cotton Futures Act to exclude certain cotton futures contracts from coverage under such Act;
Pages H4563–64


Department of Homeland Security Headquarters Consolidation Accountability Act of 2015: H.R. 1640, amended, to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit to Congress a report on the Department of Homeland Security headquarters consolidation project in the National Capital Region;
Pages H4564–66


DHS Paid Administrative Leave Accountability Act of 2015: H.R. 1633, amended, to provide for certain improvements relating to the tracking and reporting of employees of the Department of Homeland Security placed on administrative leave, or any other type of paid non-duty status without charge to leave, and for personnel matters;
Pages H4566–69


Homeland Security Drone Assessment and Analysis Act: H.R. 1646, amended, to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to research how small and medium sized unmanned aerial systems could be used in an attack, and how to prevent or mitigate the effects of such an attack;
Pages H4569–70

Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to research how certain commercially available small and medium sized unmanned aircraft systems could be used in an attack, how to prevent or mitigate the risk of such an attack, and for other purposes.''.
Page H4570


DHS IT Duplication Reduction Act of 2015: H.R. 1626, amended, to reduce duplication of information technology at the Department of Homeland Security;
Page H4572


Federally Funded Research and Development Sunshine Act of 2015: H.R. 1637, to require annual reports on the activities and accomplishments of federally funded research and development centers within the Department of Homeland Security;
Pages H4572–74


Homeland Security University-based Centers Review Act: H.R. 2390, amended, to require a review of university-based centers for homeland security; and
Pages H4574–76


DHS Interoperable Communications Act: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 615, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Under Secretary for Management of the Department of Homeland Security to take administrative action to achieve and maintain interoperable communications capabilities among the components of the Department of Homeland Security.
Pages H4578–79


Recess: The House recessed at 5:28 p.m. and reconvened at 6:31 p.m.
Page H4579


Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2015: The House passed H.R. 1190, to repeal the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act providing for the Independent Payment Advisory Board, by a yea-and-nay vote of 244 yeas to 154 nays, Roll No. 376. Consideration began on June 18th.
Pages H4579–80

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H. Res. 319, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 160) and (H.R. 1190) was agreed to on June 17th.

Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
DHS FOIA Efficiency Act of 2015: H.R. 1615, amended, to direct the Chief FOIA Officer of the Department of Homeland Security to make certain improvements in the implementation of section 552 of title 5, United States Code (commonly known as the Freedom of Information Act); and
Pages H4570–72


CBRN Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2015: H.R. 2200, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear intelligence and information sharing functions of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security and to require dissemination of information analyzed by the Department to entities with responsibilities relating to homeland security.
Pages H4576–78


Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appear on page H4549.

Senate Referral: S. 808 was held at the desk.

Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H4580, H4581, H4581–82. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 12 noon and adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Committee Meetings

RATEPAYER PROTECTION ACT OF 2015; DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, ENVIRONMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2016

Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 2042, the ``Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015''; and H.R. 2822, the ``Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016''. The committee granted, by record vote of 9–4, a modified-open rule for H.R. 2822. The rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule waives points of order against provisions in the bill for failure to comply with clause 2 of rule XXI. The rule provides that after general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule except that: 1) amendments shall be debatable for 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent and shall not be subject to amendment; and 2) no pro forma amendments shall be in order except that the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations or their respective designees may offer up to 10 pro forma amendments each at any point for the purpose of debate. The rule authorizes the Chair to accord priority in recognition to Members who have pre-printed their amendments in the Congressional Record. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. The rule also grants a structured rule for H.R. 2042. The rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule makes in order as original text for purpose of amendment an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114–20 and provides that it shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute. The rule makes in order only those further amendments printed in the Rules Committee report. Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. The rule waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. In section 3, the rule provides for consideration of concurrent resolutions providing for adjournment during the month of July, 2015. In section 4, the rule provides that on any legislative day during the period from June 26, 2015, through July 6, 2015: the Journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved; and the Chair may at any time declare the House adjourned to meet at a date and time to be announced by the Chair in declaring the adjournment. Lastly, in section 5, the rule provides that the Speaker may appoint Members to perform the duties of the Chair for the duration of the period addressed by section 4. Testimony was heard from Representatives Whitfield, Yarmuth, Griffith of Virginia, Calvert, and McCollum.

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MANIPULATION AND FRAUD IN REPORTING OF VA SMALL BUSINESS GOALS

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations; and the Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations of the House Committee on Small Business, held a joint hearing entitled ``Manipulation and Fraud in Reporting of VA Small Business Goals''. Testimony was heard from Jan Frye, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Senior Procurement, Executive Office of Acquisition and Logistics, Department of Veterans Affairs; Thomas J. Leney, Executive Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, Department of Veterans Affairs; John Shoraka, Associate Administrator, Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, Small Business Administration; and Kevin Youel Page, Deputy Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration.

Joint Meetings

No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY,

JUNE 24, 2015

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on the Budget: business meeting to markup S. 1495, to curtail the use of changes in mandatory programs affecting the Crime Victims Fund to inflate spending, Time to be announced, Room to be announced.

Committee on Environment and Public Works: business meeting to consider an original bill entitled, ``Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act'', 9:30 a.m., SD–406.

Committee on Finance: business meeting to consider S. 607, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for a five-year extension of the rural community hospital demonstration program, S. 1349, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require hospitals to provide certain notifications to individuals classified by such hospitals under observation status rather than admitted as inpatients of such hospitals, S. 1461, to provide for the extension of the enforcement instruction on supervision requirements for outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals through 2015, S. 313, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to add physical therapists to the list of providers allowed to utilize locum tenens arrangements under Medicare, S. 1253, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage of certain disposable medical technologies under the Medicare program, S. 1347, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act with respect to the treatment of patient encounters in ambulatory surgical centers in determining meaningful EHR use, S. 704, to establish a Community-Based Institutional Special Needs Plan demonstration program to target home and community-based care to eligible Medicare beneficiaries, S. 1362, to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to clarify waiver authority regarding programs of all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE programs), S. 861, to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to curb waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, S. 349, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to empower individuals with disabilities to establish their own supplemental needs trusts, S. 466, to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to improve the quality, health outcomes, and value of maternity care under the Medicaid and CHIP programs by developing maternity care quality measures and supporting maternity care quality collaboratives, and S. 599, to extend and expand the Medicaid emergency psychiatric demonstration project, 10 a.m., SD–215.

Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine lessons learned from past WMD negotiations, 10:30 a.m., SD–419.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: business meeting to consider S. 742, to appropriately limit the authority to award bonuses to employees, S. 1411, to amend the Act of August 25, 1958, commonly known as the ``Former Presidents Act of 1958'', with respect to the monetary allowance payable to a former President, S. 1550, to amend title 31, United States Code, to establish entities tasked with improving program and project management in certain Federal agencies, S. 1073, to amend the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act of 2012, including making changes to the Do Not Pay initiative, for improved detection, prevention, and recovery of improper payments to deceased individuals, S. 1580, to allow additional appointing authorities to select individuals from competitive service certificates, S. 1090, to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to provide eligibility for broadcasting facilities to receive certain disaster assistance, S. 1115, to close out expired, empty grant accounts, S. 779, to provide for Federal agencies to develop public access policies relating to research conducted by employees of that agency or from funds administered by that agency, S. 310, to prohibit the use of Federal funds for the costs of painting portraits of officers and employees of the Federal Government, S. 991, to establish the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking, H.R. 1626, to reduce duplication of information technology at the Department of Homeland Security, H.R. 1640, to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit to Congress a report on the Department of Homeland Security headquarters consolidation project in the National Capital Region, H.R. 728, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 7050 Highway BB in Cedar Hill, Missouri, as the ``Sergeant First Class William B. Woods, Jr. Post Office'', H.R. 891, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 141 Paloma Drive in Floresville, Texas, as the ``Floresville Veterans Post Office Building'', H.R. 1326, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2000 Mulford Road in Mulberry, Florida, as the ``Sergeant First Class Daniel M. Ferguson Post Office'', H.R. 1350, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 442 East 167th Street in Bronx, New York, as the ``Herman Badillo Post Office Building'', an original bill entitled, ``District of Columbia Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency Act of 2015'', an original bill entitled, ``EINSTEIN Act of 2015'', an original bill entitled, ``Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act of 2015'', an original bill entitled, ``Saving Federal Dollars Through Better Use of Government Purchase and Travel Cards Act of 2015'', and an original to actively recruit members of the Armed Forces who are separating from military service to serve as Customs and Border Protection Officers, and the nominations of Carol Fortine Ochoa, of Virginia, to be Inspector General, General Services Administration, and Steven M. Wellner, and William Ward Nooter, both to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 10 a.m., SD–342.

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Committee on Indian Affairs: to hold an oversight hearing to examine demanding results to end Native youth suicides, 2:15 p.m., SD–628.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: to hold hearings to examine pending health care and benefits legislation, 2:30 p.m., SR–418.

Select Committee on Intelligence: closed business meeting to consider certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.

Special Committee on Aging: to hold hearings to examine work in retirement, focusing on career reinventions and the new retirement workscape, 2:15 p.m., SD–562.

United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control: to hold hearings to examine cannabidiol, focusing on barriers to research and potential medical benefits, 9:30 a.m., SD–226.

House

Committee on Agriculture, Full Committee, hearing on review of U.S. international food aid programs, 10 a.m., 1300 Longworth.

Committee on Appropriations, Full Committee, markup on the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill for FY 2016, 10:15 a.m., 2359 Rayburn.

Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, hearing entitled ``The Counterterrorism Strategy Against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL): Are We on the Right Path?'', 2 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.

Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, hearing entitled ``Child Nutrition Assistance: Looking at the Cost of Compliance for States and Schools'', 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.

Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``Examining the Administration's Approval of Medicaid Demonstration Projects'', 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

Committee on Financial Services, Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, hearing entitled ``Evaluating the Security of the U.S. Financial Sector'', 2 p.m., 2128 Rayburn.

Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, hearing entitled ``Colombia: Peace with the FARC?'', 3 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.

Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, hearing entitled ``Admitting Syrian Refugees: The Intelligence Void and the Emerging Homeland Security Threat'', 10 a.m., 311 Cannon.

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, hearing entitled ``DHS' Efforts to Secure .Gov'', 2 p.m., 311 Cannon.

Committee on the Judiciary, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 1927, the ``Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2015'', 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing entitled ``GAO Report Documents BLM's Chronic Mismanagement of Wind and Solar Reclamation Bonds'', 10:30 a.m., 1324 Longworth.

Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs, hearing entitled ``Examining Procedures Regarding Puerto Rico's Political Status and Economic Outlook'', 2 p.m., 1324 Longworth.

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``OPM Data Breach: Part II'', 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Environment; and Subcommittee on Energy, joint hearing entitled ``U.S. Energy Information Administration Report: Analysis of the Impacts of the EPA's Clean Power Plan'', 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, hearing entitled ``The State of Positive Train Control Implementation in the United States'', 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, hearing entitled ``Meeting the Transportation Needs of Rural America'', 2 p.m., 2167 Rayburn.

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Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, hearing on H.R. 2214, the ``Disabled Veterans' Access to Medical Exams Improvement Act''; H.R. 1380, to amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the eligibility for a medallion furnished by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to signify the veteran status of a deceased individual; H.R. 2706, the ``Veterans National Remembrance Act''; H.R. 2691, the ``Veterans' Survivors Claims Processing Automation Act of 2015''; H.R. 303, the ``Retired Pay Restoration Act''; H.R. 1338, the ``Dignified Interment of Our Veterans Act of 2015''; H.R. 1302, the ``VA Appeals Backlog Relief Act''; H.R. 2605, the ``Veterans Fiduciary Reform Act of 2015''; and H.R. 1384, the ``Honor America's Guard-Reserve Retirees Act'', 2 p.m., 334 Cannon.

Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Oversight, hearing on rising health insurance premiums under Obamacare, 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth.

Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, hearing on repatriation of foreign earnings as a source of funding for the Highway Trust Fund, 2 p.m., 1100 Longworth.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

9:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 24

Senate Chamber

Program for Wednesday: Senate will continue consideration of the McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 2146, Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, post-cloture.

Upon disposition of the House message to accompany H.R. 2146, Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 1295, Trade Preferences Extension Act, with McConnell/Hatch Amendment No. 2065.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

10 a.m., Wednesday, June 24

House Chamber

Program for Wednesday: Consideration of H.R. 2042--Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015 (Subject to a Rule).









Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Babin, Brian, Tex., E955

Barr, Andy, Ky., E945

Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., Ga., E946

Bordallo, Madeleine Z., Guam, E947

Brownley, Julia, Calif., E942

Cartwright, Matt, Pa., E946

Cárdenas, Tony, Calif., E943

Coffman, Mike, Colo., E950

Cook, Paul, Calif., E949

Dold, Robert J., Ill., E950

Engel, Eliot L., N.Y., E947

Farr, Sam, Calif., E942

Fincher, Stephen Lee, Tenn., E948

Hinojosa, Rubén, Tex., E955

Jackson Lee, Sheila, Tex., E944, E952, E954, E955

Lamborn, Doug, Colo., E941

Lee, Barbara, Calif., E951

Levin, Sander M., Mich., E946, E950, E953

Lieu, Ted, Calif., E949

Lowenthal, Alan S., Calif., E949

Luetkemeyer, Blaine, Mo., E943

Lujan Grisham, Michelle, N.M., E948

Matsui, Doris O., Calif., E948, E953

McGovern, James P., Mass., E955

Meeks, Gregory W., N.Y., E945

Norton, Eleanor Holmes, The District of Columbia, E947

Olson, Pete, Tex., E944, E948, E952

Poe, Ted, Tex., E955

Rogers, Harold, Ky., E943, E945

Rogers, Mike, Ala., E955

Ryan, Tim, Ohio, E943, E950

Shuster, Bill, Pa., E942

Smith, Christopher H., N.J., E941, E952

Smith, Jason, Mo., E948

Van Hollen, Chris, Md., E945, E954

Veasey, Marc A., Tex., E950

Young, David, Iowa, E941, E945, E947, E948, E949, E952, E954

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