Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
January 23, 2017
115th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 163, No. 12 — Daily Edition
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Monday, January 23, 2017
Senate confirmed the nomination of Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Deadly Attack:
Senate agreed to S. Res. 19, denouncing the deadly attack at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, honoring the lives of the victims, offering condolences to their families, friends, and all those affected, and commending the efforts of law enforcement and emergency response personnel in responding to the incident.
Senate confirmed the following nomination:
By 66 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. EX. 32), Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Privileges of the Floor:
One record vote was taken today. (Total--32)
Senate convened at 3 p.m. and adjourned at 8:20 p.m., until 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S405.)
Committee on Foreign Relations:
Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of Rex W. Tillerson, of Texas, to be Secretary of State.
House of Representatives
A report was filed today as follows:
Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Meadows to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
The House recessed at 12:11 p.m. and reconvened at 2 p.m.
The House recessed at 2:16 p.m. and reconvened at 3:29 p.m.
The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Power And Security Systems (PASS) Act:
H.R. 511, to provide for consideration of the extension under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of nonapplication of No-Load Mode energy efficiency standards to certain security or life safety alarms or surveillance systems;
H.R. 587, to amend the Federal Power Act to provide that any inaction by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that allows a rate change to go into effect shall be treated as an order by the Commission for purposes of rehearing and court review;
H.R. 590, to foster civilian research and development of advanced nuclear energy technologies and enhance the licensing and commercial deployment of such technologies;
H.R. 518, to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to exclude power supply circuits, drivers, and devices designed to be connected to, and power, light-emitting diodes or organic light-emitting diodes providing illumination from energy conservation standards for external power supplies;
H.R. 290, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide for greater transparency and efficiency in the procedures followed by the Federal Communications Commission;
H.R. 423, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to expand and clarify the prohibition on provision of misleading or inaccurate caller identification information, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 398 yeas to 5 nays, Roll No. 60;
H.R. 588, to direct the Federal Communications Commission to conduct a study on network resiliency during times of emergency;
H.R. 555, to direct the Federal Communications Commission to amend its rules so as to prohibit the application to amateur stations of certain private land use restrictions;
H.R. 460, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to ensure the integrity of voice communications and to prevent unjust or unreasonable discrimination among areas of the United States in the delivery of such communications;
H.R. 599, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to consolidate the reporting obligations of the Federal Communications Commission in order to improve congressional oversight and reduce reporting burdens; and
H.R. 582, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require multi-line telephone systems to have a configuration that permits users to directly initiate a call to 9–1–1 without dialing any additional digit, code, prefix, or post-fix, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 408 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 61.
The House recessed at 5:41 p.m. and reconvened at 6:30 p.m.
Governing Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics--Appointment:
The Chair announced the Speaker's reappointment of the following individuals to serve as the Governing Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics, pursuant to section 4(c) of H. Res. 5, 115th Congress, and the order of the House of January 3, 2017: Nominated by the Speaker after consultation with the Minority Leader: Mr. Richard Norman ``Doc'' Hastings of Washington, Chairman; Mr. James M. Eagen III of Colorado; Ms. Allison R. Hayward of Virginia; and Ms. Judy Biggert of Illinois, Alternate. Nominated by the Minority Leader after consultation with the Speaker: Mr. David Skaggs of Colorado, Co-Chairman; Brigadier General (retired) Belinda Pinckney of Virginia; Ms. Karan English of Arizona; and Mr. Mike Barnes of Maryland, Alternate.
Read a letter from Representative Pompeo, wherein he resigned as Representative for the Fourth Congressional District of Kansas, effective upon confirmation as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Whole Number of the House:
The Chair announced to the House that, in light of the resignation of the gentleman from Kansas, Mr. Pompeo, the whole number of the House is 434.
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence--Appointment:
The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the following Member of the House to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Representative Hurd.
The House met at 12 noon and adjourned at 9:22 p.m.
NO TAXPAYER FUNDING FOR ABORTION AND ABORTION INSURANCE FULL DISCLOSURE ACT OF 2017
Committee on Rules:
Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 7, the ``No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017''. The committee granted, by record vote of 8–4, a closed rule for H.R. 7. The rule provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader or their respective designees. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule provides that the bill shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against provisions in the bill. The rule provides one motion to recommit. Testimony was heard from Representatives Blackburn, Schakowsky, Smith of New Jersey, and Lee.
No joint committee meetings were held.
Committee on Armed Services:
to hold hearings to examine the defense budget for fiscal year 2018 and onwards, 9:30 a.m., SH–216.
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs:
organizational business meeting to consider committee rules, subcommittee assignments, an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee during the 115th Congress, and the nomination of Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., of Florida, to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 10 a.m., SD–538.
Committee on the Budget:
to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Mick Mulvaney, of South Carolina, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget, 10:30 a.m., SD–608.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation:
organizational business meeting to consider committee rules, an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee during the 115th Congress, S. 19, to provide opportunities for broadband investment, S. 81, to establish an advisory office within the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission to prevent fraud targeting seniors, S. 88, to ensure appropriate spectrum planning and interagency coordination to support the Internet of Things, S. 89, to amend title 46, United States Code, to exempt old vessels that only operate within inland waterways from the fire-retardant materials requirement if the owners of such vessels make annual structural alterations to at least 10 percent of the areas of the vessels that are not constructed of fire-retardant materials and for other purposes, S. 96, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to ensure the integrity of voice communications and to prevent unjust or unreasonable discrimination among areas of the United States in the delivery of such communications, S. 102, to direct the Federal Communications Commission to commence proceedings related to the resiliency of critical communications networks during times of emergency, S. 110, to require the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to establish a constituent-driven program to provide a digital information platform capable of efficiently integrating coastal data with decision-support tools, training, and best practices and to support collection of priority coastal geospatial data to inform and improve local, State, regional, and Federal capacities to manage the coastal region, S. 118, to make exclusive the authority of the Federal Government to regulate the labeling of products made in the United States and introduced in interstate or foreign commerce, S. 123, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require multi-line telephone systems to have a default configuration that permits users to directly initiate a call to 9–1-1 without dialing any additional digit, code, prefix, or post-fix, S. 129, to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, S. 134, to expand the prohibition on misleading or inaccurate caller identification information, S. 141, to improve understanding and forecasting of space weather events, H.R. 255, to authorize the National Science Foundation to support entrepreneurial programs for women, H.R. 321, to inspire women to enter the aerospace field, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, through mentorship and outreach, an original bill entitled ``Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act'', an original bill entitled ``National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Amendments and Hydrographic Services Improvement Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2017'', and an original bill entitled ``Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act'', 10:15 a.m., SR–253.
Committee on Finance:
to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Thomas Price, of Georgia, to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, 10 a.m., SD–215.
Committee on Foreign Relations:
business meeting to consider the nomination of Nikki R. Haley, of South Carolina, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador, and the Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations, and to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, 12 noon, S–116, Capitol.
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs:
to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Mick Mulvaney, of South Carolina, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget, 2:30 p.m., SD–342.
Committee on the Judiciary:
organizational business meeting to consider committee rules, subcommittee assignments, an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee during the 115th Congress, and the nomination of Jeff Sessions, of Alabama, to be Attorney General, Department of Justice, 10 a.m., SD–226.
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship:
to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Linda E. McMahon, of Connecticut, to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration, 10:30 a.m., SR–428A.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs:
organizational business meeting to consider committee rules, and an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee during the 115th Congress, 3 p.m., SR–418.
Select Committee on Intelligence:
to hold closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.
Committee on the Budget
, Full Committee, organizational meeting for the 115th Congress; hearing entitled ``The Failures of Obamacare: Harmful Effects and Broken Promises'', 10 a.m., 1334 Longworth.
Committee on Education and the Workforce
, Full Committee, organizational meeting for the 115th Congress, 11:15 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.
Committee on Energy and Commerce
, Full Committee, organizational meeting for the 115th Congress, 1 p.m., 2167 Rayburn.
Committee on Foreign Affairs
, Full Committee, organizational meeting for the 115th Congress, 10:30 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Committee on the Judiciary
, Full Committee, organizational meeting for the 115th Congress, 11 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
, Full Committee, organizational meeting for the 115th Congress, 1 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
Committee on Ways and Means
, Subcommittee on Oversight, organizational meeting for the 115th Congress; hearing on examining the effectiveness of the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act, 2 p.m., 1100 Longworth.
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Ongoing Intelligence Activities'', 10 a.m., HVC–304. This hearing will be closed.
Program for Tuesday:
Senate will be in a period of morning business.
(Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for their respective party conferences.)
Program for Tuesday:
Consideration of H.R. 7--No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule). Consideration of the following measures under suspension of the rules: (1) H.R. 589--Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act, (2) H.R. 600--Digital GAP Act, and (3) H.R. 601--READ Act.
Babin, Brian, Tex., E79
Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., E78
Brady, Kevin, Tex., E76
Bustos, Cheri, Ill., E77
Collins, Doug, Ga., E77
Courtney, Joe, Conn., E76
Emmer, Tom, Minn., E77, E77, E78
Farenthold, Blake, Tex., E75
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E77
Huffman, Jared, Calif., E75
Jackson Lee, Sheila, Tex., E79
Moore, Gwen, Wisc., E78
Roybal-Allard, Lucille, Calif., E79
Sanford, Mark, S.C., E75
Thompson, Mike, Calif., E75, E77
Young, David, Iowa, E79, E80