June 15, 2016 - Issue: Vol. 162, No. 95 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 2nd Session
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Special Report entitled ``Further Revised Allocation to Subcommittees of Budget Totals for Fiscal Year 2017''. (S. Rept. No. 114–278)
Report to accompany S. 3017, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System. (S. Rept. No. 114–277)
Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act--Agreement: Senate began consideration of H.R. 2578, making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
McConnell (for Shelby/Mikulski) Amendment No. 4685, in the nature of a substitute.
Shelby Amendment No. 4686 (to Amendment No. 4685), to make a technical correction.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, June 16, 2016.
Messages from the House:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 and adjourned at 2:13 a.m. on Thursday, June 16, 2016, until 10 a.m. on the same day. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S4255.)
APPROPRIATIONS: FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government approved for full committee consideration an original bill entitled, ``Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, Fiscal Year 2017''.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:
S. 2283, to ensure that small business providers of broadband Internet access service can devote resources to broadband deployment rather than compliance with cumbersome regulatory requirements, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
S. 1490, to establish an advisory office within the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission to prevent fraud targeting seniors;
S. 3038, to reauthorize the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; and
The nominations of Rear Adm. Marshall B. Lytle III, and Vice Adm. Fred M. Midgette, both to be Vice Admiral, USCG, Rebecca F. Dye, of North Carolina, to be a Federal Maritime Commissioner, and Blair Anderson, of California, to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy.
COAST GUARD'S INCREASING DUTIES
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard concluded a hearing to examine assessing the Coast Guard's increasing duties, focusing on drug and migrant interdiction, after receiving testimony from Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant, Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security.
NATIONAL PARKS LEGISLATION
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks concluded a hearing to examine S. 2839 and H.R. 3004, bills to amend the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act to extend the authorization for the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, H.R. 3036, to designate the National September 11 Memorial located at the World Trade Center site in New York City, New York, as a national memorial, H.R. 3620, to amend the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Improvement Act to provide access to certain vehicles serving residents of municipalities adjacent to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, H.R. 4119, to authorize the exchange of certain land located in Gulf Islands National Seashore, Jackson County, Mississippi, between the National Park Service and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, S. 211, to establish the Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area in the State of Pennsylvania, S. 630, to establish the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area, S. 1007, to amend the Dayton Aviation Heritage Preservation Act of 1992 to rename a site of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, S. 1623, to establish the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area in the State of Washington, S. 1662, to include Livingston County, the city of Jonesboro in Union County, and the city of Freeport in Stephenson County, Illinois, to the Lincoln National Heritage Area, S. 1690, to establish the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area in the State of Washington, S. 1696 and H.R. 482, bills to redesignate the Ocmulgee National Monument in the State of Georgia, to revise the boundary of that monument, S. 1824, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to assess the suitability and feasibility of designating certain land as the Finger Lakes National Heritage Area, S. 2087, to modify the boundary of the Fort Scott National Historic Site in the State of Kansas, S. 2412, to establish the Tule Lake National Historic Site in the State of California, S. 2548, to establish the 400 Years of African-American History Commission, S. 2627, to adjust the boundary of the Mojave National Preserve, S. 2807, to amend title 54, United States Code, to require State approval before the Secretary of the Interior restricts access to waters under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service for recreational or commercial fishing, S. 2805, to modify the boundary of Voyageurs National Park in the State of Minnesota, S. 2923, to redesignate the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site as the ``Saint-Gaudens National Park for the Arts'', S. 2954, to establish the Ste. Genevieve National Historic Site in the State of Missouri, S. 3020, to update the map of, and modify the acreage available for inclusion in, the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, S. 3027, to clarify the boundary of Acadia National Park, and S. 3028, to redesignate the Olympic Wilderness as the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness, after receiving testimony from Stephanie Toothman, Associate Director, Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science, National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR U.S. BUSINESS
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine challenges and opportunities for United States business in the digital age, after receiving testimony from Bruce Foucart, Assistant Director, National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security; Norman T. Schenk, UPS, Washington, D.C.; and Tom Triggs, Belkin International, Inc., Playa Vista, California.
BARRIERS TO EDUCATION GLOBALLY
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues concluded a hearing to examine barriers to education globally, focusing on getting girls in the classroom, after receiving testimony from Cathy Russell, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, Department of State; Susan Markham, Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, United States Agency for International Development; Linda Hiebert, World Vision International, and Meighan Stone, The Malala Fund, both of Washington, D.C.; and Kakenya Ntaiya, Kakenya Center for Excellence, Narok County, Kenya.
U.S. POLICY IN LIBYA
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine United States policy in Libya, after receiving testimony from Jonathan M. Winer, Special Envoy for Libya, Department of State.
AMERICA'S DEMAND FOR DRUGS
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine America's insatiable demand for drugs, focusing on examining solutions, after receiving testimony from D. Scott MacDonald, Providence Crosstown Clinic, Vancouver, British Columbia; Ethan Nadelmann, Drug Policy Alliance, New York, New York; David Murray, Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C.; and Chief of Police Frederick Ryan, Arlington, Massachusetts, on behalf of the Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative.
CHILD CARE DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT ACT
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded a hearing to examine Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014, focusing on perspectives of stakeholders, after receiving testimony from Linda Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Early Childhood Development, Administration for Children and Families; Myra Jones-Taylor, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Commissioner, Hartford; Sheila Hoyle, Southwestern Child Development Commission, Webster, North Carolina; Margaret Williams, Maryland Family Network, Baltimore; and Le'Vaughn Westbrook, Falls Church, Virginia.
INNOVATIONS TO PROMOTE FINANCIAL SECURITY
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine innovations to promote Americans' financial security, after receiving testimony from Catherine Collinson, Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, Los Angeles, California; Timothy Flacke, Doorways to Dreams Fund, Allston, Massachusetts; Aron Szapiro, Morningstar, Washington, D.C.; and Brian K. Plum, Blue Ridge Bank, Luray, Virginia.
House of Representatives
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
Recess: The House recessed at 11 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Pages H3825, H3833
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Father Mina D. Essak, St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, Troy, Michigan.
Reception in the House Chamber of Former Members of Congress: Agreed by unanimous consent that the proceedings during the former Members program be printed in the Congressional Record and that all Members and former Members who spoke during the proceedings have the privilege of revising and extending their remarks.
Recess: The House recessed at 1:13 p.m. and reconvened at 2 p.m.
Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017: The House considered H.R. 5293, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, June 16th.
Jackson Lee amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that increases funding for Military Personnel, Navy by $2 million and reduces the amount made available for the same account, by $2 million;
Frelinghuysen en bloc amendment No. 1 consisting of the following amendments printed in H. Rept. 114–571: Rooney (FL) (No. 7) that restores TRICARE reimbursement rates for Applied Behavior Analysis under the Comprehensive Autism Demonstration; McSally (No. 47) that appropriates wing upgrades authorized for the A–10 and moves money from within the Air Force Aircraft Procurement OCO account to the A–10 wing upgrade; Jackson Lee (No. 49) that reduces funding for Environmental Restoration Army, by $1 million and increases funding for Defense Health Care for PTSD by a similar amount; Lowenthal (No. 50) that increases the STARBASE fifth grade youth STEM education program found in Operations and Maintenance, Defense-Wide, Civil Military Programs by $5 million, and to reduce Operations and Maintenance, Army, Other Servicewide Activities by the offsetting amount; Coffman (No. 51) that requests a transfer of $6.086 million from within the Navy's fiscal year 2017 Operations & Maintenance (O&M) account, to increase funding for the Weapons Support, Fleet Ballistic Missiles, Project 934, Engineering and Technical Services sub-account managed by the Navy's Strategic Systems Program office; Duffy (No. 52) that reduces and then increases the amount in the Operations and Maintenance Defense-Wide fund by $1,000,000; this is the account that pays for the Student Transportation Security Services Program; McKinley (No. 53) that increases funding for the National Guard Youth Challenge Program (NGYCP) under Civil Military Programs by $5 million and decrease by the same amount Operations and Maintenance, Defense-Wide; Aguilar (No. 54) that appropriates $5 million for the Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP); a DoD program designed to address our cyber personnel demands through the recruitment and retention of top IT/Cybersecurity talent; Nadler (No. 55) that increases funding by $10 million for Israeli Cooperative Programs (procurement of the Iron Dome defense system) and offsets by reducing by $10 million the Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide account; Noem (No. 56) that increases Aircraft Procurement, Air Force by $7 million intended for B–1 Bomber modifications and decreases Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide by $7 million; Aderholt (No. 57) that reduces Defense Wide Operation and Maintenance funding by $17,000,000, and increases Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Army funding by $17,000,000; Grayson (No. 58) that increases the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Army account by $5 million and offsets it by reducing $5 million from Operation and Maintenance, Defense-wide account; Bera (No. 59) that increases funding for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency by $5 million, offset with a reduction from Operation and Maintenance; Grayson (No. 60) that increases funding for prostate cancer research under the Defense Health Program by $5 million; Grayson (No. 61) that increases funding for Gulf War illness research under the Defense Health Program by $1 million; Hartzler (No. 62) that increases Defense Health Program Funding by $5,000,000; Meng (No. 63) that moves $8 million from the Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide account to the Peer-Reviewed Cancer Research Program in order to make funding for brain cancer, colorectal cancer, listeria-based regimens for cancer, liver cancer, melanoma, mesothelioma, pancreatic cancer, and stomach cancer consistent with the funding levels in the FY17 Senate DOD appropriations bill; Nolan (No. 64) that provides an additional $2 million for the Department of Defense's Lung Cancer Research Program and decreases the Operation and Maintenance, Defense-wide account by the same amount; Delaney (No. 65) that provides for an additional $5 million for the Fisher House Foundation which is offset by an outlay neutral reduction in the Operation and Maintenance, Defense-wide account; Fitzpatrick (No. 66) that increases funding for the Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP) at the Department of Defense (DoD) in the fiscal year 2017 Defense Appropriations Act by $2 million; Jackson Lee (No. 67) that reduces funding for Procurement, Defense-Wide, by $10 million and increases funding for Defense Health Programs by a similar amount in order to address breast cancer research; MacArthur (No. 68) that funds U.S.-Israel Cooperative Directed Energy missile defense research, development, testing, evaluation, and procurement at $25 million and reduces Missile Defense Agency Headquarters by $25 million; Larsen (WA) (No. 69) that reduces and then increases Navy RDT&E by $2 million to support F/A–18 squadron noise reduction programs; Gabbard (No. 70) that increases the Ballistic Missile Defense Sensors RDT&E Defense-Wide account by $5 million, with offset, to fund missile defense requirement for the Asia Pacific; Walberg (No. 71) that prohibits funds to be used for implementing the Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program's Directive 293; Grayson (No. 72) that prohibits DOD from entering into a contract with an entity that discloses, as it is required to by the Federal Acquisition Regulation, that it has been convicted of fraud or another criminal offense in the last three years in connection with obtaining, attempting to obtain, or performing a public contract or sub-contract; prohibits DOD from contracting with entities that have been notified of any delinquent Federal taxes for which the liability remains unsatisfied; and Yoho (No. 73) that blocks funds from being used to provide weapons or training to neo-Nazi Azov Battalion in Ukraine;
Paulsen amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that increases funding for Defense Production Act purchases by $25 million for Strategic Radiation Hardened Microelectronics Trusted Foundry Sustainment;
Zinke amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that appropriates $80,000,000 for the UH 1N Replacement Program, offset with $50,000,000 from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and $30,000,000 from the Washington Headquarters' Services accounts;
Gibson amendment (No. 10 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that reduces the Aerostat Joint Project Office funding by $1 million and increases the Weapons and Munitions Advanced Technology funding for extended range cannon artillery by $1 million;
Langevin amendment (No. 11 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that appropriates $29,800,000 to Navy programs for the development and demonstration of advanced technologies, including high energy lasers and the Electromagnetic Railgun for naval weapon systems;
Wittman amendment (No. 14 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that strikes Sec. 8055, which prohibits the Department from modifying the command and control relationships between U.S. Fleet Forces Command and the U.S. Pacific Fleet;
Buck amendment (No. 23 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that prevents DOD from partnering with private organizations to create or expand national heritage asset areas in southeast Colorado;
Reichert amendment (No. 35 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that ensures no funds shall be used to implement President Obama's Executive Order 13688 limiting the donation of surplus federal equipment to state and local law enforcement as part of the DOD's Excess Property Program (1033 program); and
Cartwright amendment (No. 39 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that requires that no funds be used to plan for, begin, continue, complete, process, or approve a public-private competition under the Office of Management and Budget Circular A–76.
Peters amendment (No. 18 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that sought to strike the prohibition of funds to enforce section 526 that restricts Federal Agencies from entering into contracts to buy alternative fuels that are more polluting than conventional fuels (agreed by unanimous consent to withdraw the earlier request for a recorded vote).
Lujan Grisham (NM) amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have increased funding for Air Force Research, Development, Test and Evaluation by $7 million to support the development of beam directors and adaptive optics, including deformable mirrors and high efficiency and high temperature diodes, that provide enabling technology for the development of high energy laser weapon systems; decreased funding in the Operations and Maintenance for the Army by $1 million, decreased funding in the Operations and Maintenance for the Navy by $3 million, and decreased funding in the Operations and Maintenance for the Air Force by $3 million;
Meehan amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have reduced and then increased, the amount in the Operations and Maintenance Defense-Wide fund by $7,000,000 to offer health screenings in communities near formerly used defense sites with contaminated groundwater; and
Duncan (TN) amendment (No. 20 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have reduced the funding level for the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund of $3,448,715,000 by $448,715,000 to $3,000,000,000 and transfers that money for deficit reduction.
Shuster amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that seeks to restore $170 million to Army Operations & Maintenance (O&M) for the purpose of preventing a cut to depots and the Organic Industrial Base (OIB), offset with funds from Operations & Maintenance Defense-Wide and non-critical environmental restoration accounts;
Quigley amendment (No. 13 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that seeks to decrease funding for the Long Range Standoff Weapon by $75,802,000 and increase the spending reduction account by the same amount;
O'Rourke amendment (No. 16 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that seeks to strike Section 8121, which prevents the use of funds for proposing, planning, or executing a new Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round;
Huffman amendment (No. 17 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that seeks to strike a provision of the bill requiring the Air Force to utilize specific energy sourced domestically within the United States as the base load energy for heating at U.S. defense installations in Kaiserslautern, Germany;
Sanford amendment (No. 21 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that seeks to ensure that the Department of Defense retains its statutory authority to provide new military recruits a small cash voucher that they can use to purchase running shoes for training;
Buck amendment (No. 22 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that seeks to prohibit funds to implement Department of Defense (DOD) Directive 4715.21 on Climate Change Adaption and Resilience, requiring the Pentagon to prioritize climate change over national security;
Byrne amendment (No. 24 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that seeks to prohibit funds to be used to modify a military installation in the United States, including construction or modification of a facility on a military installation, to provide temporary housing for unaccompanied alien children;
King (IA) amendment (No. 25 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that seeks to ensure no funds are used by the Department of Defense to carry out or in response to the memorandum of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Integration and Defense Support of Civil Authorities titled ``Memorandum for Secretaries of the Military Departments Director, Joint Staff'' and dated November 25, 2015;
Gosar amendment (No. 26 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that seeks to prohibit funds from being used by this Act to enlist DACA aliens in the military, who are currently only considered eligible through the MAVNI program as a result of a September 2014 memo from the administration;
Lamborn amendment (No. 29 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that seeks to prohibit the use of funds to survey, assess, or review potential detention locations in the United States to detain any individual presently detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba;
Massie amendment (No. 31 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that seeks to prohibit warrantless searches of government databases for the communications of U.S. persons and prohibits government agencies from mandating data security vulnerabilities in products or services for surveillance purposes;
McClintock amendment (No. 32 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that seeks to prohibit the Department of Defense from obligating or expending funds on certain green energy mandates found in various provisions of US Code and two Executive Orders;
Mulvaney amendment (No. 33 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that seeks to prohibit Overseas Contingency Operation funds found in Title IX from being used for anything other than a Contingency Operation as defined by United States Code;
DeSantis amendment (No. 34 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that seeks to prohibit funds for any salaries or expenses for the offices of the Special Envoy for Guantanamo Detention Closure or the Principal Director, Detainee Policy;
Walberg amendment (No. 37 printed in H. Rept. 114–623) that seeks to prohibit funds from being used by the Secretary of Defense to obligate or expend funds on Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund projects; and
H. Res. 783, the rule providing for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 5293) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 240 yeas to 185 nays, Roll No. 305, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 239 yeas to 183 nays, Roll No. 304.
Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow, June 16th.
Discharge Petition: Representative Aguilar presented to the clerk a motion to discharge the Committee on the Judiciary from the consideration of H.R. 2867, a bill to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes (Discharge Petition No. 4).
Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea-and-nay votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H3842 and H3843. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 9:16 p.m.
Committee on Appropriations: Full Committee held a markup on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for FY 2017; and Report on the Revised Interim Suballocation of Budget Allocations for FY 2017. The Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for FY 2017 was ordered reported, as amended. The Report on the Revised Interim Suballocation of Budget Allocations for FY 2017 passed.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE UPDATE ON THE FINANCIAL IMPROVEMENT AND AUDIT READINESS PLAN
Committee on Armed Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Department of Defense Update on the Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) Plan''. Testimony was heard from Mike McCord, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer; Robert M. Speer, Assistant Secretary of the Army, Financial Management and Comptroller; Susan J. Rabern, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Financial Management and Comptroller; and Ricardo A. Aguilera, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Financial Management and Comptroller.
CONGRESSIONAL BUDGETING: THE NEED FOR FISCAL GOALS
Committee on the Budget: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Congressional Budgeting: The Need for Fiscal Goals''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee began a markup on H.R. 4538, the ``Senior$afe Act of 2016''; H.R. 4850, the ``Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act''; H.R. 4852, the ``Private Placement Improvement Act of 2016''; H.R. 4854, the ``Supporting America's Innovators Act of 2016''; H.R. 4855, the ``Fix Crowdfunding Act''; H.R. 5143, the ``Transparent Insurance Standards Act of 2016''; H.R. 5311, the ``Corporate Governance Reform and Transparency Act of 2016''; H.R. 5322, the ``U.S. Territories Investor Protection Act of 2016''; H.R. 5421, the ``National Securities Exchange Regulatory Parity Act of 2016''; H.R. 5424, the ``Investment Advisers Modernization Act of 2016''; H.R. 5429, the ``SEC Regulatory Accountability Act''; and H.R. 5461, the ``Iranian Leadership Transparency Act''.
EGYPT: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR U.S. POLICY
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa held a hearing entitled ``Egypt: Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Policy''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT OF THE CYBERSECURITY ACT OF 2015
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies held a hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Committee on Natural Resources: Full Committee concluded a markup on H. Res. 169, acknowledging and honoring brave young men from Hawaii who enabled the United States to establish and maintain jurisdiction in remote equatorial islands as prolonged conflict in the Pacific lead to World War II; H.R. 2316, the ``Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act''; H.R. 3062, the ``Assuring Private Property Rights Over Vast Access to Land Act''; H.R. 3094, the ``Gulf States Red Snapper Management Authority Act''; H.R. 3212, to amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections, and for other purposes; H.R. 3480, the ``Fort Federica National Monument Boundary Expansion Act of 2015''; H.R. 3650, the ``State National Forest Management Act of 2015''; H.R. 3734, the ``Mining Schools Enhancement Act''; H.R. 3839, the ``Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act''; H.R. 3843, the ``Locatable Minerals Claim Location and Maintenance Fees Act of 2015''; H.R. 3844, the ``Energy and Minerals Reclamation Foundation Establishment Act of 2015''; H.R. 3881, the ``Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act of 2015''; H.R. 4202, the ``Fort Ontario Study Act''; H.R. 4245, to exempt importation and exportation of sea urchins and sea cucumbers from licensing requirements under the Endangered Species Act of 1973; H.R. 4510, the ``Bolts Ditch Access and Use Act''; H.R. 4582, the ``Save Our Salmon Act''; H.R. 4685, the ``Tule River Indian Reservation Land Trust, Health, and Economic Development Act''; H.R. 4789, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish a structure for visitor services on the Arlington Ridge tract, in the area of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, and for other purposes; and H.R. 5244, the ``Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act''. The following bills were ordered reported, as amended: H.R. 2316, H.R. 3094, H.R. 3212, H.R. 3480, H.R. 3650, H.R. 3839, H.R. 3843, H.R. 3844, H.R. 3881, H.R. 4245, H.R. 4582, and H.R. 5244. The following legislation was ordered reported, without amendment: H. Res. 169, H.R. 3062, H.R. 3734, H.R. 4202, H.R. 4510, H.R. 4685, and H.R. 4789.
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a markup on H. Res. 737, condemning and censuring John A. Koskinen, the Commissioner of Internal Revenue. H. Res. 737 was ordered reported, as amended.
INNOVATION IN SOLAR FUELS, ELECTRICITY STORAGE, AND ADVANCED MATERIALS
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing entitled ``Innovation in Solar Fuels, Electricity Storage, and Advanced Materials''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT ETHICS AND OBLIGATIONS: OPTIONS FOR MONITORING, DIAGNOSING, AND TREATING FORMER ASTRONAUTS
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Space held a hearing entitled ``Human Spaceflight Ethics and Obligations: Options for Monitoring, Diagnosing, and Treating Former Astronauts''. Testimony was heard from Richard Williams, Chief Health and Medical Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Captain Chris Cassidy, U.S. Navy (USN), and Chief, Astronaut Office, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and public witnesses.
A REVIEW OF THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION'S AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER HIRING, STAFFING AND TRAINING PLANS
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Aviation held a hearing entitled ``A Review of the Federal Aviation Administration's Air Traffic Controller Hiring, Staffing and Training Plans''. Testimony was heard from Representative Hultgren; Teri L. Bristol, Chief Operating Officer, Air Traffic Organization, Federal Aviation Administration; Matthew Hampton, Assistant Inspector General for Aviation Audits, Office of Inspector General, Department of Transportation; and public witnesses.
INVESTIGATING VA'S MANAGEMENT OF VETERANS' PAPER RECORDS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs held a hearing entitled ``Investigating VA's Management of Veterans' Paper Records''. Testimony was heard from Beth McCoy, Deputy Under Secretary for Field Operations, Department of Veterans Affairs; and Brent Arronte, Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Audits and Evaluations, Office of Inspector General, Department of Veterans Affairs.
EXAMINING 21ST CENTURY PROGRAMS AND STRATEGIES FOR VETERAN JOB SEEKERS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing entitled ``Examining 21st Century Programs and Strategies for Veteran Job Seekers''. Testimony was heard from Michael H. Michaud, Assistant Secretary, Veterans' Employment and Training Service, Department of Labor; and public witnesses.
Committee on Ways and Means: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 5456, the ``Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016''; H.R. 5447, the ``Small Business Health Care Relief Act''; H.R. 5458, the ``Veterans TRICARE Choice Act''; H.R. 5452, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit individuals eligible for Indian Health Service assistance to qualify for health savings accounts; H.R. 5445, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve the rules with respect to health savings accounts; H.R. 3080, the ``Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act''; H.R. 210, the ``Student Worker Exemption Act of 2015''; and H.R. 3590, the ``Halt Tax Increases on the Middle Class and Seniors Act''. The following bills were ordered reported, as amended: H.R. 5456, H.R. 5447, H.R. 5458, H.R. 5452, H.R. 5445, H.R. 3080, H.R. 210, and H.R. 3590.
MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, VETERANS AFFAIRS, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT
Conferees met to resolve the differences between the Senate and House passed versions of H.R. 2577, making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, but did not complete action thereon, and recessed subject to the call.
Committee on Appropriations: business meeting to markup an original bill entitled, ``Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017'', and an original bill entitled, ``Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017'', 10:30 a.m., SD–106.
Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of General David L. Goldfein, USAF, for reappointment to the grade of General, and to be Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, 9:30 a.m., SD–G50.
Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine our evolving understanding and response to transnational criminal threats, 10:30 a.m., SD–419.
Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider S. 247, to amend section 349 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to deem specified activities in support of terrorism as renunciation of United States nationality, and the nominations of Donald Karl Schott, of Wisconsin, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit, Stephanie A. Finley, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, Claude J. Kelly III, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Winfield D. Ong, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana, and Carole Schwartz Rendon, of Ohio, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, 10 a.m., SD–226.
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: to hold hearings to examine keeping the American dream alive, focusing on creating jobs under the National Labor Relations Board's new joint employer standard, 11 a.m., SR–428A.
Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold hearings to examine certain intelligence matters, 9 a.m., SH–216.
Committee on the Budget, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Members' Day Hearing on Budget Process Reform'', 10:30 a.m., 210 Cannon.
Committee on Financial Services, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 4538, the ``Senior$afe Act of 2016''; H.R. 4850, the ``Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act''; H.R. 4852, the ``Private Placement Improvement Act of 2016''; H.R. 4854, the ``Supporting America's Innovators Act of 2016''; H.R. 4855, the ``Fix Crowdfunding Act''; H.R. 5143, the ``Transparent Insurance Standards Act of 2016''; H.R. 5311, the ``Corporate Governance Reform and Transparency Act of 2016''; H.R. 5322, the ``U.S. Territories Investor Protection Act of 2016''; H.R. 5421, the ``National Securities Exchange Regulatory Parity Act of 2016''; H.R. 5424, the ``Investment Advisers Modernization Act of 2016''; H.R. 5429, the ``SEC Regulatory Accountability Act''; H.R. 5461, the ``Iranian Leadership Transparency Act'' (continued), 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 5484, the ``State Sponsors of Terrorism Review Enhancement Act''; H.R. 4481, the ``Education for All Act of 2016''; H.R. 5208, the ``North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act of 2016''; and H.R. 5332, the ``Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2016'', 9:45 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, hearing entitled ``The Global Religious Freedom Crisis and Its Challenge to U.S. Foreign Policy'', 12:30 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, markup on H.R. 5346, the ``Securing our Agriculture and Food Act''; H.R. 5459, the ``Cyber Preparedness Act of 2016''; and H.R. 5460, the ``First Responder Access to Innovative Technologies Act'', 10 a.m., 311 Cannon.
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Research and Technology, hearing entitled ``SBIR/SSTR Reauthorization: A Review of Technology Transfer'', 9:30 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
Program for Thursday: Senate will continue consideration of H.R. 2578, Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.
Program for Thursday: Complete consideration of H.R. 5293--Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017.
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