Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
April 7, 2016
114th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 162, No. 53 — Daily Edition
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Thursday, April 7, 2016
Prosecution and Conviction of Mohamed Nasheed: Senate agreed to S. Res. 392, expressing the sense of the Senate regarding the prosecution and conviction of former President Mohamed Nasheed without due process and urging the Government of the Maldives to take all necessary steps to redress this injustice, to release all political prisoners, and to ensure due process and freedom from political prosecution for all the people of the Maldives.
America's Small Business Tax Relief Act--Agreement: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 636, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend increased expensing limitations, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S1778–94 S1795–S1802
By 91 yeas to 5 nays (Vote No. 42), Heinrich Modified Amendment No. 3482 (to Amendment No. 3464), to expand and enhance visible deterrents at major transportation hubs and to increase the resources to protect and secure the United States.
Pages S1779–81, S1787
Thune (for Wyden/Merkley) Modified Amendment No. 3499 (to amendment No. 3464), to require a review of heads-up guidance system displays.
Thune (for Collins) Amendment No. 3508 (to Amendment No. 3464), to continue the contract weather observers program through the end of fiscal year 2017 and to require the FAA report to identify the process through which the FAA analyzed the safety hazards associated with the elimination of the contract weather observer program.
Thune (for Tester) Amendment No. 3505 (to Amendment No. 3464), to direct the Comptroller General of the United States to study the costs of deploying advanced imaging technologies at all commercial airports at which TSA security screening operations procedures are conducted.
Thune (for Heller) Amendment No. 3495 (to Amendment No. 3464), to improve employment opportunities for veterans by requiring the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to determine whether occupations at the Administration relating to unmanned aircraft systems technology and regulations can be incorporated into the Veterans Employment Program of the Administration.
Thune (for Casey/Toomey) Modified Amendment No. 3458 (to Amendment No. 3464), to protect passengers in air transportation, pilots, and flight attendants from terrorists and mentally unstable individuals by requiring the installation of secondary barriers to prevent cockpit intrusions.
By 42 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 43), Nelson (for Schumer) Amendment No. 3483 (to Amendment No. 3464), to require the Federal Aviation Administration to establish minimum standards for space for passengers on passenger aircraft.
Pages S1786–87, S1789
Thune/Nelson Amendment No. 3464, in the nature of a substitute.
Thune (for Gardner) Amendment No. 3460 (to Amendment No. 3464), to require the FAA Administrator to consider the operational history of a person before authorizing the person to operate certain unmanned aircraft systems.
Nelson (for Bennet) Amendment No. 3524 (to Amendment No. 3464), to improve air service for families and pregnant women.
Cantwell Amendment No. 3490 (to Amendment No. 3464), to extend protections against physical assault to air carrier customer service representatives.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 4 p.m., on Monday, April 11, 2016, Senate resume consideration of the bill.
Crenshaw Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 5 p.m., on Monday, April 11, 2016, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr., of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee; that there be 30 minutes for debate only on the nomination, equally divided in the usual form; and that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, without intervening action or debate.
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Dimitri Frank Kusnezov, of California, to be Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, National Nuclear Security Administration.
Matthew Lehrich, of Massachusetts, to be Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach, Department of Education.
Amy McIntosh, of New York, to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Department of Education.
Antonia Whalen, of Illinois, to be Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education.
Routine lists in the Air Force and Army.
Nomination Withdrawn: Senate received notification of withdrawal of the following nomination:
Karl Boyd Brooks, of Kansas, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, which was sent to the Senate on May 14, 2015.
Petitions and Memorials:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Privileges of the Floor:
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 5:06 p.m., until 3 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S1840.)
APPROPRIATIONS: NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2017 for the National Institutes of Health, after receiving testimony from Francis S. Collins, Director, Douglas Lowy, Acting Director, National Cancer Institute, Walter Koroshetz, Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging, Christopher Austin, Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, and Nora Volkow, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, all of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services.
APPROPRIATIONS: MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND FAMILY HOUSING
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2017 for Department of Defense military construction and family housing, after receiving testimony from Peter J. Potochney, performing the duties of Assistant Secretary (Energy, Installations and Environment), Office of the Secretary, Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment), Department of the Army, Steven R. Iselin, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment), Department of the Navy, and Miranda A. A. Ballentine, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment and Energy), Department of the Air Force, all of the Department of Defense.
DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION REQUEST AND FUTURE YEARS DEFENSE PROGRAM
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the posture of the Department of the Army in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2017 and the Future Years Defense Program, after receiving testimony from former Representative Patrick J. Murphy, Acting Secretary of the Army, and General Mark A. Milley, USA, Chief of Staff of the Army, both of the Department of Defense.
CFPB SEMI-ANNUAL REPORT
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Semi-Annual Report to Congress, including S. 2663, to nullify certain guidance of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection and to provide requirements for guidance issued by the Bureau with respect to indirect auto lending, after receiving testimony from Richard Cordray, Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded an oversight hearing to examine the United States Geological Survey, after receiving testimony from Suzette S. Kimball, Director, United States Geological Survey; Edmund Fogels, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Anchorage; P. Patrick Leahy, American Geosciences Institute, Alexandria, Virginia; Robert McCoy, University of Alaska Geophysical Institute, Fairbanks; and John Vidale, University of Washington Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Seattle.
KEEPING WATER AND WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE AFFORDABLE
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the Federal role in keeping water and wastewater infrastructure affordable, after receiving testimony from Mayor David Berger, Lima, Ohio, on behalf of the United States Conference of Mayors; Rudolph S. Chow, Baltimore City Department of Public Works, Maryland, on behalf of the Water Environment Federation; Robert Moore, Marshall County Water Corporation, Madill, Oklahoma, on behalf of the National Rural Water Assosciation; Aurel Arndt, American Water Works Association Water Utility Council, and Erik D. Olson, Natural Resources Defense Council, both of Washington, D.C.; and Joe Gysel, EPCOR Water USA, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, on behalf of the National Association of Water Companies.
WEST AFRICA EBOLA EPIDEMIC
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy concluded a hearing to examine a progress report on the West Africa Ebola epidemic, after receiving testimony from Alan Knight, Ebola Private Sector Mobilization Group, London, England; Raj Panjabi, Last Mile Health, Boston, Massachusetts; Amanda Glassman, Center for Global Development, Washington, D.C.; and Sophie Delaunay, Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) USA, New York, New York.
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Elizabeth J. Drake, of Maryland, Jennifer Choe Groves, of Virginia, and Gary Stephen Katzmann, of Massachusetts, each to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade.
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
The House was not in session today. The House is scheduled to meet in Pro Forma session at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016, pursuant to the provisions of S. Con. Res. 34.
No hearings were held.
No joint committee meetings were held.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Monday: After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 4 p.m.), Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 636,
At 5 p.m., Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr., of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee, and vote on confirmation of the nomination at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Program for Monday: The House is scheduled to meet in Pro Forma session at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 11, 2016, pursuant to the provisions of S. Con. Res. 34.