March 10, 2017 - Issue: Vol. 163, No. 42 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 1st Session
Daily Digest Section (PDF)
Friday, March 10, 2017
The Senate was not in session and stands adjourned until 2:00 p.m., on Monday, March 13, 2017.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 1259, 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, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115–34, Part 1); and
H.R. 1367, to improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115–35, Part 1).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Jenkins (WV) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017: The House passed H.R. 720, to amend Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to improve attorney accountability, by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 158.
Rejected the Lofgren motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 186 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 157.
Soto amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–29) that sought to reinstate the FRCP 11(c)(2) safe harbor provision to allow parties to avoid penalties by withdrawing or correcting the claims within 14 days from when the alleged violation of rule 11(b) becomes known, anytime up until the end of the discovery period (by a recorded vote of 181 ayes to 225 noes, Roll No. 153);
Pages H2030–31, H2036
Jackson Lee amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–29) that sought to strike the provision mandating the award of reasonable attorney's fees and costs, restoring judicial discretion to award such fees and costs, when warranted (by a recorded vote of 185 ayes to 225 noes, Roll No. 154);
Pages H2031–33, H2036–37
Conyers amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–29) that sought to exempt from the bill civil actions alleging any violation of a constitutional or civil right (by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 227 noes, Roll No. 155); and
Pages H2033–35, H2037–38
Jeffries amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–29) that sought to exempt actions pertaining to whistleblowers (by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 229 noes, Roll No. 156).
Pages H2035–36, H2038–39
Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 12 noon on Tuesday, March 14th for Morning Hour debate.
United States Holocaust Memorial Council--Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the following Members on the part of the House to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council: Representatives Deutch and Schneider.
Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 1:20 p.m.
THE EFFECT OF SEQUESTRATION AND CONTINUING RESOLUTIONS ON MARINE CORPS MODERNIZATION AND READINESS
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces held a hearing entitled ``The Effect of Sequestration and Continuing Resolutions on Marine Corps Modernization and Readiness''. Testimony was heard from Lieutenant General Gary L. Thomas, Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources, U.S. Marines.
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee concluded a markup on H.R. 1293, to amend title 5, United States Code, to require that the Office of Personnel Management submit an annual report to Congress relating to the use of official time by Federal employees; H.R. 1364, the ``Official Time Reform Act of 2017''; H.R. 653, the ``Federal Intern Protection Act of 2017''; H.R. 680, the ``Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act''; H. Res. 38, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that offices attached to the seat of Government should not be required to exercise their offices in the District of Columbia; and H.R. 1387, the ``SOAR Reauthorization Act''. The following legislation was ordered reported, as amended: H.R. 1293, H.R. 1364, and H. Res. 38. The following legislation was ordered reported, without amendment: H.R. 653, H.R. 680, and H.R. 1387.
No joint committee meetings were held.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Monday: Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Seema Verma, of Indiana, to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, post-cloture, and vote on confirmation of the nomination at 5:30 p.m.
Program for Tuesday: To be announced.
Blackburn, Marsha, Tenn., E317
Byrne, Bradley, Ala., E312
Clyburn, James E., S.C., E315
Conyers, John, Jr., Mich., E316
Curbelo, Carlos, Fla., E317
Frankel, Lois, Fla., E314
Griffith, H. Morgan, Va., E314
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E316
Hudson, Richard, N.C., E315
Jackson Lee, Sheila, Tex., E313
Marchant, Kenny, Tex., E313
Matsui, Doris O., Calif., E314
Meehan, Patrick, Pa., E312
Pallone, Frank, Jr., N.J., E316
Payne, Donald M., Jr., N.J., E314
Ryan, Paul D., Wisc., E309