September 13, 2016 - Issue: Vol. 162, No. 138 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 2nd Session
Daily Digest Section (PDF)
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
S. 2383, to withdraw certain Bureau of Land Management land in the State of Utah from all forms of public appropriation, to provide for the shared management of the withdrawn land by the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of the Air Force to facilitate enhanced weapons testing and pilot training, enhance public safety, and provide for continued public access to the withdrawn land, to provide for the exchange of certain Federal land and State land, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 114–349)
District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 131, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Republic of Congo Presidential Elections: Senate agreed to S. Res. 485, urging the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to comply with constitutional limits on presidential terms and fulfill its constitutional mandate for a democratic transition of power in 2016, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the title amendment.
School Bus Safety Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 557, designating September 2016 as ``School Bus Safety Month''.
State of Louisiana flooding: Senate agreed to S. Res. 558, honoring the memory and legacy of the 12 Louisiana citizens and 1 Texas citizen who lost their lives due to the tragic flooding in the State of Louisiana in August 2016.
Water Resources Development Act--Agreement: Senate continued consideration of S. 2848, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S5585–94, S5594–S5660
Inhofe/Boxer Modified Amendment No. 5042 (to Amendment No. 4979), of a perfecting nature.
McConnell (for Inhofe) Amendment No. 4979, in the nature of a substitute.
During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, September 14, 2016; that notwithstanding the provisions of rule XXII, all post-cloture time with respect to McConnell (for Inhofe) Amendment No. 4979 (listed above) expire at 2:45 p.m.; and that if cloture on the bill, as amended, if amended, is invoked, the post-cloture time count as if cloture was invoked at 1 a.m., on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Christopher Coons, of Delaware, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Seventy-first Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Ronald H. Johnson, of Wisconsin, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Seventy-first Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Valerie Biden Owens, of Delaware, to be an Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Seventy-first Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Cynthia Ryan, of the District of Columbia, to be an Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Seventy-first Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Diane Gujarati, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.
Messages from the House:
Enrolled Bills Presented:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Privileges of the Floor:
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:41 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S5678.)
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee ordered favorably reported H.R. 2647, to expedite under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and improve forest management activities on National Forest System lands, on public lands under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, and on tribal lands to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
ENCRYPTION AND CYBER MATTERS
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine encryption and cyber matters, after receiving testimony from Marcell J. Lettre II, Under Secretary for Intelligence, and Admiral Michael S. Rogers, USN, Commander, Cyber Command/Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Services, both of the Department of Defense.
NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the National Flood Insurance Program, focusing on reviewing the recommendations of the Technical Mapping Advisory Council's 2015 Annual Report, including S. 1679, to amend the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 to require that certain buildings and personal property be covered by flood insurance, after receiving testimony from Roy E. Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security; John Dorman, North Carolina Flood Risk Management Program, Charlotte; and Scott K. Edelman, AECOM, Washington, DC.
BETTER ONLINE TICKET SALES ACT
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security concluded a hearing to examine S. 3183, to prohibit the circumvention of control measures used by Internet ticket sellers to ensure equitable consumer access to tickets for any given event, after receiving testimony from Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 Conference, Irving, Texas; Jeffrey Seller, Adventureland, New York, New York; Tod Cohen, StubHub, Oakland, California; and Jeremy Liegl, Pandora Media, Inc. and Ticketfly, LLC, San Francisco, California.
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:Reports were filed today as follows:
H. Res. 863, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5351) to prohibit the transfer of any individual detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R 5226) to amend chapter 3 of title 5, United States Code, to require the publication of information relating to pending agency regulatory actions, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 114–744);
H.R. 5461, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to submit a report to the appropriate congressional committees on the estimated total assets under direct or indirect control by certain senior Iranian leaders and other figures, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 114–746, Part 1).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Webster (FL) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 11 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Reverend Wayne Lomax, The Fountain of New Life Church, Miami Gardens, FL.
Privileged Resolution--Intent to Offer: Representative Fleming announced his intent to offer a privileged resolution.
Committee Resignation: Read a letter from Representative Cartwright wherein he resigned from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on Natural Resources.
Halt Tax Increases on the Middle Class and Seniors Act: The House passed H.R. 3590, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the increase in the income threshold used in determining the deduction for medical care, by a yea-and-nay vote of 261 yeas to 147 nays, Roll No. 502.
Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted.
H. Res. 858, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3590) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 239 ayes to 169 noes, Roll No. 501, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 237 yeas to 171 nays, Roll No. 500.
Pages H5352–57, H5364–65
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act: H.R. 5587, amended, to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 405 yeas to 5 nays, Roll No. 503; and
Pages H5365–80, H5386
Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2016: H.R. 5985, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend certain expiring provisions of law administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Suspension--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and agree to the following measure which was debated on Monday, September 12th:
Expressing support for the expeditious consideration and finalization of a new, robust, and long-term Memorandum of Understanding on military assistance to Israel between the United States Government and the Government of Israel: H. Res. 729, expressing support for the expeditious consideration and finalization of a new, robust, and long-term Memorandum of Understanding on military assistance to Israel between the United States Government and the Government of Israel, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 405 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 504.
VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016: The House began consideration of H.R. 5620, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, September 14th.
Miller (FL) manager's amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114–742) that makes technical and conforming changes to the bill and aligns the due process procedures for the recoupment provisions of the bill;
Newhouse amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 114–742) that applies the statutory requirements of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) to emergency care furnished by the VA to enrolled veterans; requires every enrolled veteran who arrives at the emergency department of a VA medical facility, and indicates an emergency condition exists, be assessed and treated in an effort to prevent further injury or death;
Takano amendment (No. 11 printed in H. Rept. 114–742) that establishes positions of Directors of Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN) in the VA's Office of Undersecretary for Health;
Keating amendment (No. 12 printed in H. Rept. 114–742) that directs healthcare providers with VA affiliation to take continuing education courses specific to pain management, opioids, and substance abuse; and
Schweikert amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 114–742) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have required that the VA use distributive ledger technology when scheduling healthcare appointments to ensure transparency and accountability 1 year after enactment.
Takano amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 114–742) that seeks to replace Section 3 with a new provision allowing the Secretary to suspend without pay any VA employee whose performance or misconduct threatens public health or safety, including the health and safety of veterans; and may remove a suspended employee after such investigation and review as the Secretary considers necessary, if the Secretary determines removal is in the interests of public health and safety; and
Kuster amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 114–742) that seeks to replace Section 7 with S. 2921 Section 113, which contains an improved process to expedite the removal or demotion of a member of the Senior Executive Service.
H. Res. 859, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5620) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 241 yeas to 169 nays, Roll No. 499, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 237 yeas to 170 nays, Roll No. 498.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Six yea-and-nay votes and one recorded vote developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H5362–63, H5363–64, H5364, H5364–65, H5385–86, H5386 and H5387. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 9:32 p.m.
PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF SNAP: IMPROVING INNOVATION AND SUCCESS IN EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING PROGRAMS
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Nutrition held a hearing entitled ``Past, Present, and Future of SNAP: Improving Innovation and Success in Employment and Training Programs''. Testimony was heard from David Stillman, Assistant Secretary for the Economic Services Administration, Department of Social and Health Services, Olympia, Washington and a public witness.
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Communications and Technology concluded a markup on H.R. 2566, the ``Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2015''; and H.R. 2669, the ``Anti-Spoofing Act of 2015''. H.R. 2566 was forwarded to the full committee, as amended. H.R. 2669 was forwarded to the full committee, without amendment.
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health concluded a markup on H.R. 4365, the ``Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016''; H.R. 1192, the ``National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act''; H.R. 1209, the ``Improving Access to Maternity Care Act''; H.R. 1877, the ``Mental Health First Aid''; and H.R. 2713, the ``Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2015''. The following bills were forwarded to the full committee, as amended: H.R. 4365, H.R. 1192, and H.R. 1877. The following bills were forwarded to the full committee, without amendment: H.R. 1209 and H.R. 2713.
MOVING THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE: RE-EXAMINING THE DEFENSE-IN-DEPTH STRATEGY
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security held a hearing entitled ``Moving the Line of Scrimmage: Re-examining the Defense-in-Depth Strategy''. Testimony was heard from Mark Morgan, Chief, U.S. Border Patrol, Department of Homeland Security; and public witnesses.
Committee on Homeland Security: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 5065, the ``Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening Act''; H.R. 5346, the ``Securing our Agriculture and Food Act''; H.R. 5459, the ``Cyber Preparedness Act of 2016''; H.R. 5460, the ``First Responder Access to Innovative Technologies Act''; H.R. 5728, the ``Cuban Airport Security Act of 2016''; H.R. 5843, the ``United States-Israel Cybersecurity Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2016''; H.R. 5859, the ``Community Counterterrorism Preparedness Act''; H.R. 5877, the ``United States-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act of 2016''; H.R. 5943, the ``Transit Security Grant Program Flexibility Act''. The following bills were ordered reported, as amended: H.R. 5065, H.R. 5346, H.R. 5459, H.R. 5460, H.R. 5728, H.R. 5843, H.R. 5859, H.R. 5877, and H.R. 5943.
EXPLORING FEDERAL DIVERSITY JURISDICTION
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing entitled ``Exploring Federal Diversity Jurisdiction''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT OF THE U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a hearing entitled ``Oversight of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office''. Testimony was heard from Michelle Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, and Director, Patent and Trademark Office.
REVIEWING THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS FROM THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COMMONWEALTH-ONLY WORKER PROGRAM IN THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS UNDER PUBLIC LAW 110–229
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs held a hearing on reviewing the economic impacts from the implementation of the Commonwealth-only worker program in the Northern Mariana Islands under Public Law 110–229. Testimony was heard from Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres, Governor, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; and a public witness.
EXAMINING PRESERVATION OF STATE DEPARTMENT FEDERAL RECORDS
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee began a hearing entitled ``Examining Preservation of State Department Federal Records''. Testimony was heard from a public witness.
21ST CENTURY CONSERVATION PRACTICES
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on the Interior held a hearing entitled ``21st Century Conservation Practices''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
REGULATORY INTEGRITY ACT OF 2016; A BILL TO PROHIBIT THE TRANSFER OF ANY INDIVIDUAL DETAINED AT UNITED STATES NAVAL STATION, GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA
Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 5226, the ``Regulatory Integrity Act of 2016''; and H.R. 5351, to prohibit the transfer of any individual detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The committee granted, by record vote of 8–4, a closed rule for H.R. 5351. The rule provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Armed Services. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule provides that the amendment printed in part A of the Rules Committee report shall be considered as adopted and the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Additionally, the Committee granted a structured rule for H.R. 5226. The rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule makes in order as original text for the purpose of amendment an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114–63 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 part B of 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 part B of the report. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from Representatives Walorski, Smith of Washington, Walberg, Clay, and Fleming.
PROTECTING THE 2016 ELECTIONS FROM CYBER AND VOTING MACHINE ATTACKS
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Protecting the 2016 Elections from Cyber and Voting Machine Attacks''. Testimony was heard from Charles H. Romine, Director, Information Technology Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Tom Schedler, Secretary of State, State of Louisiana; and public witnesses.
THE CUMULATIVE BURDEN OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE ORDERS ON SMALL CONTRACTORS
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations; and Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce held a joint hearing entitled ``The Cumulative Burden of President Obama's Executive Orders on Small Contractors''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
BACK TO SCHOOL: A REVIEW OF TAX-EXEMPT COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ENDOWMENTS
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing entitled ``Back to School: A Review of Tax-Exempt College and University Endowments''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
No joint committee meetings were held.
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, to hold hearings to examine the future of nuclear power, 2:30 p.m., SD–138.
Committee on the Budget: to hold an oversight hearing to examine the Congressional Budget Office, 2:30 p.m., SD–608.
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues, to hold hearings to examine protecting girls, focusing on global efforts to end child marriage, 9:30 a.m., SD–419.
Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine North Atlantic Treaty Organization expansion, focusing on the accession of Montenegro, 2:15 p.m., SD–419.
Committee on Indian Affairs: business meeting to consider S. 2796, to repeal certain obsolete laws relating to Indians; to be immediately followed by a hearing to examine S. 2636, to amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to require mandatory approval of applications for land to be taken into trust if the land is wholly within a reservation, S. 3216, to repeal the Act entitled ``An Act to confer jurisdiction on the State of Iowa over offenses committed by or against Indians on the Sac and Fox Indian Reservation'', S. 3222, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to assess sanitation and safety conditions at Bureau of Indian Affairs facilities that were constructed to provide treaty tribes access to traditional fishing grounds and expend funds on construction of facilities and structures to improve those conditions, and S. 3300, to approve the settlement of water rights claims of the Hualapai Tribe and certain allottees in the State of Arizona, to authorize construction of a water project relating to those water rights claims, 2:30 p.m., SD–628.
Committee on Judiciary: Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, to hold hearings to examine protecting Internet freedom, focusing on the implications of ending United States oversight of the Internet, 10 a.m., SD–226.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: to hold hearings to examine the future of the Department of Veterans Affairs, focusing on examining the Commission on Care report and the VA's response, 2:30 p.m., SR–418.
Special Committee on Aging: to hold hearings to examine maximizing Social Security benefits, 2:30 p.m., SD–562.
Committee on Agriculture, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 470, the ``Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest Land Adjustment Act of 2015''; H.R. 845, the ``National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act''; and H.R. 5883, the ``Technical and Clarifying Amendments to the Packers and Stockyards Act of 2016''; and hearing entitled ``American Agricultural Trade with Cuba'', 10 a.m., 1300 Longworth.
Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, hearing entitled ``Next Generation Air Space Control--Ensuring Air Force Compliance by January 1, 2020'', 3:30 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.
Committee on the Budget, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Growing Risks to the Budget and the Economy'', 10 a.m., 210 Cannon.
Committee on Education and the Workforce, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 5963, the ``Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act of 2016'', 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.
Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health; and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, joint hearing entitled ``The Affordable Care Act on Shaky Ground: Outlook and Oversight'', 10 a.m., HVC–210.
Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, hearing entitled ``Disrupter Series: Advanced Robotics'', 10:30 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 5931, the ``Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act'', 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, hearing entitled ``Eritrea: A Neglected Regional Threat'', 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, hearing entitled ``Turkey After the July Coup Attempt'', 2 p.m., 2200 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, hearing entitled ``North Korea's Perpetual Provocations: Another Dangerous, Escalatory Nuclear Test'', 3 p.m., 2255 Rayburn.
Committee on Homeland Security, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Shutting Down Terrorist Pathways into America'', 10 a.m., 311 Cannon.
Committee on the Judiciary, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 5992, the ``American Job Creation and Investment Promotion Reform Act of 2016''; H.R. 5982, the ``Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2016''; and H.R. 5801, the ``Protect and Grow American Jobs Act'', 10 a.m., 2237 Rayburn.
Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Federal Lands, hearing on H.R. 5780, the ``Utah Public Lands Initiative Act'', 10 a.m., 1334 Longworth.
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Examining the Affordable Care Act's Premium Increases'', 9 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on National Security; and Subcommittee on Government Operations, joint hearing entitled ``Radicalization in the U.S. and the Rise of Terrorism'', 2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
Committee on Rules, Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House, hearing entitled ``Members' Day Hearing on Proposed Rules Changes for the 115th Congress'', 10 a.m., H–313 Capitol.
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Affirming Congress' Constitutional Oversight Responsibilities: Subpoena Authority and Recourse for Failure to Comply with Lawfully Issued Subpoenas'', 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
Committee on Small Business, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``IRS Puts Small Businesses through Audit Wringer'', 11 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 5011, to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 300 Fannin Street in Shreveport, Louisiana, as the ``Tom Stagg Federal Building and United States Courthouse''; H.R. 5147, the ``Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation (BABIES) Act''; H.R. 5873, to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 511 East San Antonio Avenue in El Paso, Texas, as the ``R.E. Thomason Federal Building and United States Courthouse''; H.R. 5957, the ``Federal Aviation Administration Veteran Transition Improvement Act of 2016''; H.R. 5977, to direct the Secretary of Transportation to provide to the appropriate committees of Congress advance notice of certain announcements, and for other purposes; H.R. 5978, the ``Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Amendments Act of 2016''; S. 546, the ``RESPONSE Act of 2016''; and possible other matters cleared for consideration, 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``An Examination of VA's Misuse of Employee Settlement Agreements'', 10:30 a.m., 334 Cannon.
Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``Exploring the Use of Technology and Innovation to Create Efficiencies, Higher Quality, and Better Access for Beneficiaries in Health Care'', 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth.
Full Committee, markup on H.R. 3957, the ``Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act''; H.R. 5946, the ``United States Appreciation for Olympians and Paralympians Act''; H.R. 5719, the ``Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership Act''; H.R. 2285, the ``Prevent Trafficking in Cultural Property Act''; H.R. 5879, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the credit for production from advanced nuclear power facilities; H.R. 5406, the ``Helping Ensure Accountability, Leadership, and Trust in Tribal Healthcare Act''; H.R. 5204, the ``Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act''; and H.R. 4220, the ``Water and Agriculture Tax Reform Act of 2015'', 3 p.m., 1100 Longworth.
Program for Wednesday: After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 11 a.m.), Senate will continue consideration of S. 2848, Water Resources Development Act. At 2:45 p.m., Senate will vote on or in relation to McConnell (for Inhofe) Amendment No. 4979. Following disposition of McConnell (for Inhofe) Amendment No. 4979, Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the bill.
Program for Wednesday: Continue consideration of H.R. 5620--VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016. Consideration of H.R. 5226--Regulatory Integrity Act of 2016 (Subject to a Rule).
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Blumenauer, Earl, Ore., E1257
Conaway, K. Michael, Tex., E1255
Dent, Charles W., Pa., E1262
Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E1257
Farr, Sam, Calif., E1256
Foster, Bill, Ill., E1258
Gutiérrez, Luis V., Ill., E1257
Huizenga, Bill, Mich., E1261
Lowey, Nita M., N.Y., E1262
Luján, Ben Ray, N.M., E1262
McCollum, Betty, Minn., E1257
Rangel, Charles B., N.Y., E1262
Roybal-Allard, Lucille, Calif., E1257
Sánchez, Linda T., Calif., E1263
Sewell, Terri A., Ala., E1256
Shuster, Bill, Pa., E1255
Slaughter, Louise McIntosh, N.Y., E1261
Swalwell, Eric, Calif., E1259
Thompson, Bennie G., Miss., E1259
Thompson, Mike, Calif., E1259
Wilson, Joe, S.C., E1258
Young, Todd C., Ind., E1257