Daily Digest

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

    Senate confirmed the nomination of Nikki R. Haley, of South Carolina, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations.

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S407–S458

Measures Introduced:
Forty-one bills and eleven resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 195–235, S.J. Res. 7–8, S. Res. 20–27, and S. Con. Res. 6.


Pages S444–46

Measures Reported:


S. Res. 20, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S. Res. 21, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on the Judiciary.

S. Res. 22, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S. Res. 24, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.


Pages S443–44

Measures Passed:

National School Choice Week:
Senate agreed to S. Res. 26, designating the week of January 22 through January 28, 2017, as ``National School Choice Week''.


Page S456

Appointments:


Reading Washington's Farewell Address:
The Chair, on behalf of the Vice President, pursuant to the order of the Senate of January 24, 1901, appointed Senator Sasse to read Washington's Farewell Address on Monday, February 27, 2017.


Page S457
Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution:
The Chair, on behalf of the Vice President, pursuant to the provisions of 20 U.S.C., sections 42 and 43, re-appointed Senator Boozman as a member of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution.

Page S457

Authorizing Leadership to Make Appointments--Agreement:
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the upcoming adjournment of the Senate, the President of the Senate, the President pro tempore, and the majority and minority Leaders be authorized to make appointments to commissions, committees, boards, conferences, or interparliamentary conferences authorized by law, by concurrent action of the two Houses, or by order of the Senate.


Page S456

Pro Forma Session--Agreement:
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senate adjourn until 10 a.m., on Friday, January 27, 2017, for a pro forma session only, with no business being conducted; and that when Senate adjourns on Friday, January 27, 2017, it next convene at 3 p.m., on Monday, January 30, 2017.


Page S456

Tillerson Nomination--Cloture
: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Rex W. Tillerson, of Texas, to be Secretary of State, after agreeing to the motion to proceed to consideration of the nomination.


Page S430 

A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Tuesday, January 24, 2017, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, January 30, 2017.


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A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 5 p.m., on Monday, January 30, 2017, Senate resume consideration of the nomination, and that there be 30 minutes of debate, equally divided in the usual form; and that notwithstanding the provisions of rule XXII, the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination occur at 5:30 p.m.


Page S456

Chao Nomination--Agreement:
A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding rule XXII, at 12 noon, on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Elaine L. Chao, of Kentucky, to be Secretary of Transportation; that there be 20 minutes of debate on the nomination, equally divided in the usual form, and that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, with no intervening action or debate; and that no further motions be in order.


Page S430

Nominations Confirmed:
Senate confirmed the following nominations:

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By 96 yeas to 4 nays (Vote No. EX. 33), 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.


Pages S426–30, S458

Messages from the House:


Page S440

Measures Referred:


Page S440

Executive Communications:


Pages S440–43

Executive Reports of Committees:


Page S444

Additional Cosponsors:


Page S446

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:


Pages S447–56

Additional Statements:


Pages S438–40

Authorities for Committees to Meet:


Page S456

Privileges of the Floor:


Page S456

Record Votes:
One record vote was taken today. (Total--33)


Page S430

Adjournment:
Senate convened at 10:45 a.m. and adjourned at 6:44 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S458.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

BUSINESS MEETING


Committee on Appropriations:
Committee announced the following subcommittee assignments:

Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies:
Senators Hoeven (Chair), Cochran, McConnell, Collins, Blunt, Moran, Rubio, Merkley, Feinstein, Tester, Udall, Leahy, and Baldwin.

Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies:
Senators Shelby (Chair), Alexander, Murkowski, Collins, Graham, Boozman, Capito, Lankford, Kennedy, Shaheen, Leahy, Feinstein, Reed, Coons, Schatz, Manchin, and Van Hollen.

Subcommittee on Department of Defense:
Senators Cochran (Chair), McConnell, Shelby, Alexander, Collins, Murkowski, Graham, Blunt, Daines, Moran, Durbin, Leahy, Feinstein, Murray, Reed, Tester, Udall, Schatz, and Baldwin.

Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development:
Senators Alexander (Chair), Cochran, McConnell, Shelby, Collins, Murkowski, Graham, Hoeven, Kennedy, Feinstein, Murray, Tester, Durbin, Udall, Shaheen, Merkley, and Coons.

Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government:
Senators Capito (Chair), Moran, Boozman, Lankford, Daines, Coons, Durbin, Manchin, and Van Hollen.

Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security:
Senators Boozman (Chair), Cochran, Shelby, Murkowski, Hoeven, Lankford, Kennedy, Tester, Shaheen, Leahy, Murray, Baldwin, and Manchin.

Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies:
Senators Murkowski (Chair), Cochran, Alexander, Blunt, Hoeven, McConnell, Daines, Capito, Udall, Feinstein, Leahy, Reed, Tester, Merkley, and Van Hollen.

Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies:
Senators Blunt (Chair), Cochran, Shelby, Alexander, Graham, Moran, Capito, Lankford, Kennedy, Rubio, Murray, Durbin, Reed, Shaheen, Merkley, Schatz, Baldwin, Murphy, and Manchin.

Subcommittee on Legislative Branch:
Senators Lankford (Chair), Kennedy, Rubio, Murphy, and Van Hollen.

Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies:
Senators Moran (Chair), McConnell, Murkowski, Hoeven, Collins, Boozman, Capito, Rubio, Schatz, Tester, Murray, Reed, Udall, Baldwin, and Murphy.

Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs:
Senators Graham (Chair), McConnell, Blunt, Boozman, Moran, Lankford, Daines, Rubio, Leahy, Durbin, Shaheen, Coons, Merkley, Murphy, and Van Hollen.

Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies:
Senators Collins (Chair), Shelby, Alexander, Blunt, Boozman, Capito, Daines, Graham, Hoeven, Reed, Murray, Durbin, Feinstein, Coons, Schatz, Murphy, and Manchin.

Senators Cochran and Leahy are ex officio members of each subcommittee.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE BUDGET

Committee on Armed Services:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine the defense budget for fiscal year 2018 and onwards, after receiving testimony from Dakota L. Wood, The Heritage Foundation; Thomas G. Mahnken, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments; and Lawrence J. Korb, Center for American Progress.

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BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs:
Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:

An original resolution (S. Res. 22) authorizing expenditures by the Committee; and adopted its rules of procedure for the 115th Congress; and

The nomination of Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., of Florida, to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Also, Committee announced the following subcommittee assignments:

Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development:
Senators Scott (Chair), Shelby, Heller, Rounds, Tillis, Kennedy, Menendez, Reed, Heitkamp, Schatz, and Van Hollen.

Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection:
Senators Toomey (Chair), Shelby, Corker, Heller, Scott, Sasse, Cotton, Perdue, Kennedy, Warren, Reed, Tester, Warner, Donnelly, Schatz, Van Hollen, and Cortez Masto.

Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment:
Senators Heller (Chair), Shelby, Corker, Toomey, Scott, Sasse, Rounds, Tillis, Warner, Reed, Menendez, Tester, Warren, Van Hollen, and Cortez Masto.

Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance:
Senators Sasse (Chair), Corker, Cotton, Rounds, Perdue, Donnelly, Warner, Heitkamp, and Schatz.

Subcommittee on Economic Policy:
Senators Cotton (Chair), Toomey, Perdue, Tillis, Kennedy, Heitkamp, Menendez, Warren, and Donnelly.

Senators Crapo and Brown are ex-officio members of each subcommittee.

NOMINATION

Committee on the Budget:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Mick Mulvaney, of South Carolina, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senators Graham and Cotton, testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation:
Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:

S. 19, to provide opportunities for broadband investment, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;

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;

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, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;

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. 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, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;

S. 141, to improve understanding and forecasting of space weather events, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;

S. 168, to amend and enhance certain maritime programs of the Department of Transportation;

S. 171, to reauthorize and amend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002, to reauthorize the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;

S. 174, 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;

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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 resolution (S. Res. 20) authorizing expenditures by the Committee; and adopted its rules of procedure for the 115th Congress; and

The nominations of Elaine L. Chao, of Kentucky, to be Secretary of Transportation, and Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., of Florida, to be Secretary of Commerce.

NOMINATION

Committee on Finance:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Thomas Price, of Georgia, to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senator Isakson, testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Foreign Relations:
Committee ordered favorably reported 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.

NOMINATION

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Mick Mulvaney, of South Carolina, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senators Graham and Cotton, testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on the Judiciary:
Committee ordered favorably reported an original resolution (S. Res. 21) authorizing expenditures by the Committee for the 115th Congress.

Also, Committee announced the following subcommittee assignments:

Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights:
Senators Lee (Chair), Grassley, Hatch, Graham, Tillis, Klobuchar, Leahy, Franken, and Blumenthal.

Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism:
Senators Graham (Chair), Cornyn, Cruz, Sasse, Kennedy, Whitehouse, Durbin, Klobuchar, and Coons.

Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration:
Senators Cornyn (Chair), Tillis, Kennedy, Grassley, Cruz, Flake, Crapo, Lee, Durbin, Feinstein, Leahy, Klobuchar, Franken, Blumenthal, and Hirono.

Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts:
Senators Sasse (Chair), Grassley, Crapo, Kennedy, Hatch, Lee, Flake, Tillis, Coons, Leahy, Whitehouse, Klobuchar, Franken, Blumenthal, and Hirono.

Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law
: Senators Flake (Chair), Hatch, Lee, Tillis, Crapo, Kennedy, Franken, Leahy, Whitehouse, Coons, and Hirono.

Subcommittee on the Constitution:
Senators Cruz (Chair), Cornyn, Crapo, Sasse, Graham, Blumenthal, Durbin, Franken, and Coons.

NOMINATION

Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Linda E. McMahon, of Connecticut, to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senators Blumenthal and Murphy, testified and answered questions in her own behalf.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Veterans' Affairs:
Committee ordered favorably reported an original resolution (S. Res. 24) authorizing expenditures by the Committee, and adopted its rules of procedure for the 115th Congress.

INTELLIGENCE

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.

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House of Representatives

Chamber Action

Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced:
85 public bills, H.R. 20, 617–701; and 14 resolutions, H.J. Res. 31–33; H. Con. Res. 12–14; and H. Res. 56–63, were introduced.


Pages H681–689

Additional Cosponsors:


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Reports Filed:
There were no reports filed today.

Speaker:
Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Bost to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.


Page H611

Recess:
The House recessed at 10:40 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.


Page H615

Member Resignation:
Read a letter from Representative Becerra, wherein he resigned as Representative for the Thirty-Fourth Congressional District of California, effective Tuesday, January 24, 2017.


Pages H615–616

Whole Number of the House:
The Chair announced to the House that, in light of the resignation of the gentleman from California, Mr. Becerra, the whole number of the House is 433.


Page H616 

Committee Resignation:
Read a letter from Representative Sßnchez wherein she resigned from the Committee on Ethics.


Page H633

Committee Elections:
The House agreed to H. Res. 56, electing Members to a certain standing committee of the House of Representatives.


Page H633

Suspensions:
The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act:
H.R. 589, amended, to establish Department of Energy policy for science and energy research and development programs, and reform National Laboratory management and technology transfer programs;


Pages H646–56
Digital Global Access Policy Act of 2017:
H.R. 600, to promote Internet access in developing countries and update foreign policy toward the Internet; and

Pages H657–60
Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development Act:
H.R. 601, to enhance the transparency and accelerate the impact of assistance provided under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to promote quality basic education in developing countries, to better enable such countries to achieve universal access to quality basic education and improved learning outcomes, and to eliminate duplication and waste.

Pages H662–66

No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017:
The House passed H.R. 7, to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions, by a recorded vote of 238 ayes to 183 noes, Roll No. 65.


Pages H633–46, H660–61

Rejected the Schakowsky motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Energy and Commerce with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 187 yeas to 235 nays, Roll No. 64.


Pages H646, H660–61

H. Res. 55, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 7) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 236 ayes to 183 noes, Roll No. 63, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 233 yeas to 187 nays, Roll No. 62.


Pages H620–33

Committee Elections:
The House agreed to H. Res. 59, electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.


Pages H661–62

Meeting Hour:
Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 27th and further, when the House adjourns on that day, it adjourn to meet at 12 noon on Monday, January 30th for Morning Hour debate.


Page H662

Quorum Calls--Votes:
Two yea-and-nay votes and two recorded votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H632–33, H633, H660–61, and H661. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment:
The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:13 p.m.

Committee Meetings

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING; THE FAILURES OF OBAMACARE: HARMFUL EFFECTS AND BROKEN PROMISES

Committee on the Budget:
Full Committee held an organizational meeting for the 115th Congress and a hearing entitled ``The Failures of Obamacare: Harmful Effects and Broken Promises''. The committee adopted its rules and oversight plan. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

Committee on Education and the Workforce:
Full Committee held an organizational meeting for the 115th Congress. The committee adopted its rules and oversight plan.

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ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

Committee on Energy and Commerce:
Full Committee held an organizational meeting for the 115th Congress. The committee adopted its rules, subcommittee jurisdictions and memberships, and oversight plan.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

Committee on Foreign Affairs:
Full Committee held an organizational meeting for the 115th Congress. The committee adopted its rules and oversight plan and approved its staff list.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

Committee on the Judiciary:
Full Committee held an organizational meeting for the 115th Congress. The committee adopted its rules and ratified its subcommittee assignments.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
Full Committee held an organizational meeting for the 115th Congress. The committee adopted its rules and approved its subcommittee assignments.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING; EFFECTIVENESS OF THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Committee on Ways and Means:
Subcommittee on Oversight held an organizational meeting for the 115th Congress and a hearing on examining the effectiveness of the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act. The subcommittee successfully organized. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

ONGOING INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:
Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Ongoing Intelligence Activities''. This hearing was closed.

Joint Meetings


No joint committee meetings were held.

NEW PUBLIC LAWS

(For last listing of Public Laws, see
Daily Digest,
p. D31)

H.R. 39, to amend title 5, United States Code, to codify the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program. Signed on January 20, 2017. (Public Law 115–1)

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

JANUARY 27, 2017

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

No meetings/hearings scheduled.

House

No hearings are scheduled.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

10 a.m., Friday, January 27

Senate Chamber

Program for Friday:
Senate will meet in a pro forma session.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

2 p.m., Friday, January 27

House Chamber

Program for Friday:
House will meet in Pro Forma session at 2 p.m.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE



Blumenauer, Earl, Ore., E89, E91

Bordallo, Madeleine Z., Guam, E81, E90

Bustos, Cheri, Ill., E84

Carson, André, Ind., E88

Cohen, Steve, Tenn., E84

Comstock, Barbara, Va., E87

Connolly, Gerald E., Va., E89

Cook, Paul, Calif., E83

DeFazio, Peter A., Ore., E91

DelBene, Suzan K., Wash., E87

Donovan, Daniel M., Jr, N.Y., E86

Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E85

Foster, Bill, Ill., E81

Gaetz, Matt, Fla., E86, E87

Graves, Sam, Mo., E81, E82, E83, E84, E85, E87, E88, E90

Gutiérrez, Luis V., Ill., E82

Higgins, Brian, N.Y., E88, E89

King, Peter T., N.Y., E83

Lawrence, Brenda L., Mich., E81

Messer, Luke, Ind., E85

Moolenaar, John R., Mich., E85

Pascrell, Bill, Jr., N.J., E82

Payne, Donald M., Jr., N.J., E89

Perlmutter, Ed, Colo., E82

Poe, Ted, Tex., E84

Reed, Tom, N.Y., E88

Reichert, David G., Wash., E82

Rice, Kathleen M., N.Y., E86

Roby, Martha, Ala., E87

Rogers, Mike, Ala., E83

Rokita, Todd, Ind., E89

Ruiz, Raul, Calif., E84

Ryan, Tim, Ohio, E86

Sarbanes, John P., Md., E83

Simpson, Michael K., Idaho, E85

Wilson, Joe, S.C., E82

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