Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
March 2, 2017
115th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 163, No. 37 — Daily Edition
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Thursday, March 2, 2017
Senate confirmed the nomination of Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., of Florida, to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Senate confirmed the nomination of James Richard Perry, of Texas, to be Secretary of Energy.
Read Across America Day:
Senate agreed to S. Res. 79, designating March 2, 2017, as ``Read Across America Day''.
Senate agreed to S. Res. 80, designating March 3, 2017, as ``World Wildlife Day''.
Federal Acquisition Regulation Rule--Agreement:
Senate began consideration of H.J. Res. 37, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration relating to the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
By 51 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 80), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to consideration of the joint resolution.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 2 p.m., on Monday, March 6, 2017, Senate resume consideration of the joint resolution; that the time until 6 p.m. be equally divided in the usual form; and that all debate time on the joint resolution expire at 6 p.m.
Senate National Security Working Group:
The Chair, on behalf of the Majority Leader, pursuant to the provisions of S. Res. 64, adopted March 5, 2013, appointed the following Senators as members of the Senate National Security Working Group for the 115th Congress: Senators Risch (Republican Administrative Co-Chairman), Cochran (Republican Co-Chairman), Graham (Republican Co-Chairman), Rubio (Republican Co-Chairman), Corker, McCain, Blunt, Inhofe, and Sasse.
The Chair, on behalf of the President pro tempore, and upon the recommendation of the Majority Leader, pursuant to 22 U.S.C. 2761, appointed the following Senator as Chairman of the Senate Delegation to the British-American Interparliamentary Group Conference during the 115th Congress: Senator Cochran.
The Chair, on behalf of the Democratic Leader, pursuant to the provisions of Public Law 99–93, as amended by Public Law 99–151, appointed the following Senators as members of the United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control: Senators Feinstein, Whitehouse, and Heitkamp.
Senate confirmed the following nominations:
By 58 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. EX. 77), Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., of Florida, to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
By 62 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. EX. 79), James Richard Perry, of Texas, to be Secretary of Energy.
During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
By 62 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. 78), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
Messages from the House:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Four record votes were taken today. (Total--80)
Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 6 p.m., until 2 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2017. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S1587.)
CYBER STRATEGY AND POLICY
Committee on Armed Services:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine cyber strategy and policy, after receiving testimony from Craig I. Fields, Chairman, and James N. Miller, Member, and former Under Secretary for Policy, both of the Defense Science Board, Department of Defense; General Keith B. Alexander, USA (Ret.), IronNet Cybersecurity; and Matthew C. Waxman, Columbia University Law School.
VALUE OF SPECTRUM TO U.S. ECONOMY
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation:
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet concluded a hearing to examine the value of spectrum to the United States economy, after receiving testimony from Scott Bergmann, CTIA, Dave Heiner, Microsoft Corporation, and Tom Stroup, Satellite Industry Association, all of Washington, D.C.; Roger Entner, Recon Analytics LLC, Dedham, Massachusetts; and Pat LaPlatney, Raycom Media, Montgomery, Alabama, on behalf of the National Association of Broadcasters.
Committee on Finance:
Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of Seema Verma, of Indiana, to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services.
Committee on Foreign Relations:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine Venezuela, focusing on options for United States policy, after receiving testimony from David Smilde, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana; Shannon K. O'Neil, Council on Foreign Relations Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program, New York, New York; and Mark Feierstein, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.
Select Committee on Intelligence:
Committee held closed hearings on intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the intelligence community.
Committee recessed subject to the call.
House of Representatives
There were no reports filed today.
Regulatory Integrity Act of 2017:
The House passed H.R. 1004, to amend chapter 3 of title 5, United States Code, to require the publication of information relating to pending agency regulatory actions, by a recorded vote of 246 ayes to 176 noes, Roll No. 126.
Rejected the Jayapal motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with amendments, by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 125.
Farenthold (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–21) that requires the Executive agency to display a list of any regulatory actions that duplicate or overlap with agency regulatory action (by a recorded vote of 263 ayes to 145 noes, Roll No. 123).
Jackson Lee amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–21) that sought to clarify the terms ``propaganda'', ``publicity'', and ``advocacy'', within the rule's prohibited communications, to mean any information, statements or claims that are unsupported by science or empirical data (by a recorded vote of 180 ayes to 234 noes, Roll No. 122); and
Jackson Lee amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–21) that sought to exempt from the rule's prohibited communications any communication that is protected under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America (by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 124).
Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 6th.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure--Communication:
Read a letter from Chairman Shuster wherein he transmitted copies of eight resolutions to authorize leases included in the Department of Veterans Affairs' Construction, Long Range Capital Plan. The resolutions were adopted by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on February 28, 2017.
The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 12:49 p.m.
OVERVIEW OF MILITARY REVIEW BOARD AGENCIES
Committee on Armed Services:
Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a hearing entitled ``Overview of Military Review Board Agencies''. Testimony was heard from Francine Blackmon, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Review Boards); Robert Woods, Assistant General Counsel for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs; and Mark S. Teskey, Director, Air Force Review Boards Agency.
Committee on the Budget:
Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Members' Day''. Testimony was heard from Representatives Beatty, Visclosky, Hartzler, Walker, Turner, Posey, Wilson of South Carolina, Kildee, Franks of Arizona, Connolly, McGovern, and Cicilline.
EXAMINING FDA'S GENERIC DRUG AND BIOSIMILAR USER FEE PROGRAMS
Committee on Energy and Commerce:
Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled ``Examining FDA's Generic Drug and Biosimilar User Fee Programs''. Testimony was heard from Janet Woodcock, M.D., Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT OF THE JUDGMENT FUND
Committee on the Judiciary:
Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Judgment Fund''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
TRANSPARENCY AT TSA
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Transparency at TSA''. Testimony was heard from Huban A. Gowadiea, Acting Administrator, Transportation Security Administration; John Roth, Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security; Carolyn Lerner, Special Counsel, Office of Special Counsel.
LEARNING FROM HISTORY: IDEAS TO STRENGTHEN AND MODERNIZE THE HUBZONE PROGRAM
Committee on Small Business:
Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce held a hearing entitled ``Learning from History: Ideas to Strengthen and Modernize the HUBZone Program''. Testimony was heard from William Shear, Director, Financial Markets and Community Investment, Government Accountability Office; Hannibal ``Mike'' Ware, Acting Inspector General, Small Business Administration; and public witnesses.
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:
Full Committee held a business meeting on the committee's views and estimates. The committee adopted its views and estimates. This meeting was closed.
No joint committee meetings were held.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Monday:
Senate will resume consideration of H.J. Res. 37, Federal Acquisition Regulation Rule, and vote on passage of the joint resolution at approximately 6 p.m.
Program for Monday:
House will meet in a Pro Forma session at 4 p.m.
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