Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings
(Daily Digest - April 04, 2017)
Text available as:
Formatting necessary for an accurate reading of this text may be shown by tags (e.g., <DELETED> or <BOLD>) or may be missing from this TXT display. For complete and accurate display of this text, see the PDF.
[Daily Digest] [Pages D387-D390] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] House of Representatives Chamber Action Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 34 public bills, H.R. 1868- 1901; and 7 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 43-46; and H. Res. 246-248 were introduced. Pages H2694-97 Additional Cosponsors: Page H2698 Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows: H.R. 653, to amend title 5, United States Code, to protect unpaid interns in the Federal Government from workplace harassment and discrimination, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115-78); and H.R. 702, to amend the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 to strengthen Federal antidiscrimination laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and expand accountability within the Federal Government, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115-79). Page H2694 Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Graves (LA) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. Page H2633 Recess: The House recessed at 10:45 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon. Page H2638 Self-Insurance Protection Act--Rule for Consideration: The House agreed to H. Res. 241, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1304) to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Public Health Service Act, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from the definition of health insurance coverage certain medical stop- loss insurance obtained by certain plan sponsors of group health plans, by a recorded vote of 234 ayes to 184 noes, Roll No. 212, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 232 yeas to 188 nays, Roll No. 211. Pages H2647-51 Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure: Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 353, to improve the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's weather research through a focused program of investment on affordable and attainable advances in observational, computing, and modeling capabilities to support substantial improvement in weather forecasting and prediction of high impact weather events, and to expand commercial opportunities for the provision of weather data. Pages H2666-67 Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2017: The House passed H.R. 1343, to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise its rules so as to increase the threshold amount for requiring issuers to provide certain disclosures relating to compensatory benefit plans, by a yea- and-nay vote of 331 yeas to 87 nays, Roll No. 216. Pages H2667-78 Rejected the Swalwell (CA) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Financial Services with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 185 yeas to 228 nays, Roll No. 215. Pages H2676-77 Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-11 shall be considered as adopted. Page H2667 [[Page D388]] Withdrawn: Polis amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115-75) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have required GAO to report to Congress one year after date of enactment the impact of the legislation on employee ownership. Page H2675 H. Res. 240, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1343) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 238 ayes to 177 noes, Roll No. 214, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 229 yeas to 187 nays, Roll No. 213. Pages H2641-47, H2652-53 Senate Referral: S. 89 was held at the desk. Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H2641. Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea-and-nay votes and two recorded votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H2650-51, H2651, H2652, H2652-53, H2676-77, and H2677-78. There were no quorum calls. Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:19 p.m. Committee Meetings THE NEXT FARM BILL: COMMODITY POLICY PART II Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing entitled ``The Next Farm Bill: Commodity Policy Part II''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. THE NEXT FARM BILL: CREDIT PROGRAMS Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit held a hearing entitled ``The Next Farm Bill: Credit Programs''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. EXAMINING FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing entitled ``Examining Federal Support for Job Training Programs''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. ASSESSING PROGRESS AND IDENTIFYING FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES IN DEFENSE REFORM Committee on Armed Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Assessing Progress and Identifying Future Opportunities in Defense Reform''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES Committee on Education and the Workforce: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 1808, the ``Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act of 2017''; and H.R. 1809, the ``Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017''. H.R. 1808 and H.R. 1809 were ordered reported, as amended. LEGISLATIVE MEASURE Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing on a discussion draft of Brownfields Reauthorization. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. CYBERSECURITY IN THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR: STRENGTHENING PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Cybersecurity in the Health Care Sector: Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. EXAMINING THE FEDERAL RESERVE'S MANDATE AND GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade held a hearing entitled ``Examining the Federal Reserve's Mandate and Governance Structure''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. INCREASING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF NON-NUCLEAR SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade; and Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance held a joint hearing entitled ``Increasing the Effectiveness of Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. DEFEATING A SOPHISTICATED AND DANGEROUS ADVERSARY: ARE THE NEW BORDER SECURITY TASK FORCES THE RIGHT APPROACH? Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security held a hearing entitled ``Defeating a Sophisticated and Dangerous Adversary: Are the New Border Security Task Forces the Right Approach?''. Testimony was heard from Rebecca Gambler, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office; and the following officials from the Department of Homeland Security: Vice Admiral Karl Schultz, Director, Joint Task Force East; Paul Beeson, Director, Border Patrol, Joint Task Force West; and Janice Ayala, Director, Joint Task Force--Investigations, Homeland [[Page D389]] Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. OVERSIGHT OF THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION AND THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS, AND EXPLOSIVES Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives''. Testimony was heard from Thomas E. Brandon, Acting Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration. FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTIONS ON PUBLIC COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing entitled ``First Amendment Protections on Public College and University Campuses''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. LEGISLATIVE MEASURES Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a hearing on H.R. 220, to authorize the expansion of the existing Terror Lake hydroelectric project, and for other purposes; H.R. 1411, the ``Transparent Summer Flounder Quotas Act''; and a discussion draft of the ``Bureau of Reclamation Pumped Storage Hydropower Development Act''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses. USE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANTS AT ATF AND DEA Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Use of Confidential Informants at ATF and DEA''. Testimony was heard from Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General, Department of Justice; Robert Patterson, Acting Principal Deputy Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration; and Ronald B. Turk, Associate Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. REVIEWING FEDERAL IT WORKFORCE CHALLENGES AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Information Technology held a hearing entitled ``Reviewing Federal IT Workforce Challenges and Possible Solutions''. Testimony was heard from Nick Marinos, Assistant Director, Information Technology, Government Accountability Office; and public witnesses. BUILDING A 21ST CENTURY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR AMERICA: ENABLING INNOVATION IN THE NATIONAL AIRSPACE Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Aviation held a hearing entitled ``Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Enabling Innovation in the National Airspace''. Testimony was heard from Shelley J. Yak, Director, William J. Hughes Technical Center, Federal Aviation Administration; and public witnesses. AUTHORIZATION OF COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing entitled ``Authorization of Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs''. Testimony was heard from Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard; Master Chief Steven W. Cantrell, Master Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Coast Guard; Michael A. Khouri, Acting Chairman, Federal Maritime Commission; and Joel Szabat, Executive Director, in lieu of the Administrator, Maritime Administration. AN ASSESSMENT OF ONGOING CONCERNS AT THE VETERANS CRISIS LINE Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``An Assessment of Ongoing Concerns at the Veterans Crisis Line''. Testimony was heard from Michael J. Missal, Inspector General, Department of Veterans Affairs; Steve Young, Deputy Undersecretary for Operations and Management, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses. ASSESSING VA APPROVED APPRAISERS AND HOW TO IMPROVE THE PROGRAM FOR THE 21ST CENTURY Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing entitled ``Assessing VA Approved Appraisers and How to Improve the Program for the 21st Century''. Testimony was heard from Jeffrey London, Director, Loan Guaranty Service, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses. Joint Meetings No joint committee meetings were held. [[Page D390]]