Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
January 3, 2017
115th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 163, No. 1 — Daily Edition
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017
First Session of the One Hundred and Fifteenth Congress convened as prescribed by the Constitution of the United States.
Notification of the President:
Senate agreed to S. Res. 1, informing the President of the United States that a quorum of each House is assembled.
Senate agreed to S. Res. 2, informing the House of Representatives that a quorum of the Senate is assembled.
Senate agreed to S. Res. 3, fixing the hour of daily meeting of the Senate.
Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 1, extending the life of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.
Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 2, to provide for the counting on January 6, 2017, of the electoral votes for President and Vice President of the United States.
Administration of Oath of Office:
The Senators-elect were administered the oath of office by the Vice President.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that for the duration of the 115th Congress, the Ethics Committee be authorized to meet during the session of the Senate.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that for the duration of the 115th Congress, there be a limitation of 15 minutes each upon any roll call vote, with the warning signal to be sounded at the midway point, beginning at the last 7\1/2\ minutes, and when roll call votes are of 10-minute duration, the warning signal be sounded at the beginning of the last 7\1/2\ minutes.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that during the 115th Congress, it be in order for the Secretary of the Senate to receive reports at the desk when presented by a Senator at any time during the day of the session of the Senate.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the Majority and Minority Leaders may daily have up to 10 minutes each on each calendar day following the prayer and disposition of the reading of, or the approval of, the Journal.
: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the provisions of rule XXVIII, conference reports and statements accompanying them not be printed as Senate reports when such conference reports and statements have been printed as a House report unless specific request is made in the Senate in each instance to have such a report printed.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the Committee on Appropriations be authorized during the 115th Congress to file reports during the adjournments or recesses of the Senate on appropriations bills, including joint resolutions, together with any accompanying notices of motions to suspend rule XVI, pursuant to rule V, for the purpose of offering certain amendments to such bills or joint resolutions, which proposed amendments shall be printed.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that, for the duration of the 115th Congress, the Secretary of the Senate be authorized to make technical and clerical corrections in the engrossments of all Senate-passed bills and joint resolutions, Senate amendments to House bills and resolutions, Senate amendments to House amendments to Senate bills and resolutions, and Senate amendments to House amendments to House bills or resolutions.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that, for the duration of the 115th Congress, when the Senate is in recess or adjournment, the Secretary of the Senate is authorized to receive messages from the President of the United States, and--with the exception of House bills, joint resolutions and concurrent resolutions--messages from the House of Representatives; and that they be appropriately referred; and that the President of the Senate, the President pro tempore, and the Acting President pro tempore be authorized to sign duly enrolled bills and joint resolutions.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that, for the duration of the 115th Congress, Senators be allowed to leave at the desk with the Journal Clerk the names of two staff members who will be granted the privilege of the floor during the consideration of the specific matter noted, and that the Sergeant-at-Arms be instructed to rotate such staff members as space allows.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that, for the duration of the 115th Congress, it be in order to refer treaties and nominations on the day when they are received from the President, even when the Senate has no executive session that day.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that, for the duration of the 115th Congress, Senators may be allowed to bring to the desk, bills, joint resolutions, concurrent resolutions, and simple resolutions, for referral to appropriate committees.
Measures Held Over/Under Rule:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
One quorum call was taken today. (Total--1)
Senate convened at 12:02 p.m. and adjourned at 2:09 p.m., until 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S28.)
No committee meetings were held.
House of Representatives
There were no reports filed today.
The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Very Rev. Paul Ugo Arinze, St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church, Janesville, WI.
Certificate of Election:
The Clerk announced that Certificates of Election covering 435 seats in the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress had been received and the names of those persons whose credentials show that they were regularly elected as Representatives in accordance with the laws of their respective States would be called. Without objection, the Representatives-elect were directed to record their presence by electronic device in order to determine whether a quorum was present.
Call of the States:
On the Call of the States, 434 Members reported their presence, Roll No. 1.
Election Credentials for the Resident Commissioner and Delegates:
The Clerk announced that credentials have been received showing the elections of the following: Honorable Jenniffer Gonzßlez-Colón, Resident Commissioner from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton, Delegate from the District of Columbia; Honorable Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Delegate from Guam; Honorable Stacey E. Plaskett, Delegate from the Virgin Islands; Honorable Amata Coleman Radewagen, Delegate from American Samoa; and Honorable Gregorio Sablan, Delegate from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Election of Speaker:
The Honorable Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives and received 239 votes. The Honorable Nancy Pelosi received 189 votes, The Honorable Tim Ryan (OH) received 2 votes, The Honorable Jim Cooper received 1 vote, The Honorable John Lewis (GA) received 1 vote, and The Honorable Daniel Webster (FL) received 1 vote. Earlier, the Clerk appointed Representatives-elect Harper, Brady (PA), Kaptur, and Ros-Lehtinen to act as Tellers.
The Clerk appointed the following committee to escort the Speaker-elect to the Chair: Representatives-elect McCarthy, Pelosi, Scalise, Hoyer, McMorris Rodgers, Clyburn, Stivers, Crowley, Messer, Sanchez, Collins (GA), Ben Ray Lujßn (NM), Smith (MO), DeLauro, Mimi Walters (CA), Swalwell (CA), Mitchell, Levin, Sessions, Lowey, and McHenry; and the members of the Wisconsin delegation: Representatives-elect Sensenbrenner, Kind, Moore, Duffy, Pocan, Grothman, and Gallagher.
Administration of the Oath of Office to Members of the 115th Congress:
The Dean of the House, the Honorable John Conyers, Jr., administered the oath of office to the Speaker. The Speaker then administered the oath to the Members, Resident Commissioner, and Delegates.
Election of Majority and Minority Leaders:
The Chairman of the Republican Conference, Representative McMorris Rodgers, announced the election of Representative McCarthy as the Majority Leader. The Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, Representative Crowley, announced the election of Representative Pelosi as the Minority Leader.
Election of Majority and Minority Whips:
The Chairman of the Republican Conference, Representative McMorris Rodgers, announced that election of Representative Scalise as the Majority Whip. The Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, Representative Crowley, announced the election of Representative Hoyer as the Minority Whip and Representative Clyburn as Assistant Democratic Leader.
Electing Officers of the House of Representatives:
The House agreed to H. Res. 1, electing the following officers for the House of Representatives: Karen L. Haas, Clerk; Paul D. Irving, Sergeant-at-Arms; Philip Kiko, Chief Administrative Officer; and Father Patrick J. Conroy, Chaplain.
Agreed that the question be divided on the adoption of the resolution so as to have a separate vote on the election of the Chaplain. Agreed to the first portion of the resolution by voice vote. Agreed to the remainder of the resolution by voice vote.
Rejected the Crowley amendment to H. Res. 1 by voice vote.
Administration of the Oath of Office:
Representative-elect Lawrence presented herself in the well of the House and was administered the oath of office by the Speaker.
Notify the Senate that a Quorum Has Assembled:
The House agreed to H. Res. 2, to inform the Senate that a quorum of the House has assembled and of the election of the Speaker and the Clerk.
Notify the President of the Assembly of the 115th Congress:
The House agreed to H. Res. 3, authorizing the Speaker to appoint a committee to notify the President of the assembly of the Congress. Subsequently, the Speaker appointed Representatives McCarthy and Pelosi to the committee. Later, Representative McCarthy announced that the Committee had notified the President that a quorum of each House had assembled and was ready to receive any communication he may be pleased to make.
Notify the President of the Election of the Speaker and the Clerk:
The House agreed to H. Res. 4, authorizing the Clerk to inform the President of the election of the Speaker and the Clerk.
Adopting Rules for the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress:
The House agreed to H. Res. 5, adopting rules for the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, by a yea-and-nay vote of 234 yeas to 193 nays, Roll No. 6, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 237 yeas to 193 nays, Roll No. 4.
Representative Norton moved to refer H. Res. 5 to a select committee of five members, to be appointed by the Speaker. Subsequently, Representative McCarthy moved to table the Norton motion and by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 184 nays, Roll No. 3, the McCarthy motion was agreed to.
Rejected the Lewis (GA) motion to commit H. Res. 5 to a select committee composed of the Majority Leader and Minority Leader with instructions to report it back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 193 yeas to 236 nays, Roll No. 5.
Policies regarding use of electronic equipment:
The Chair announced the changes to rule 2 and rule 17 just adopted for the 115th Congress with regard to the use of electronic equipment on the House floor.
Election of Members to Certain Standing Committees:
The House agreed to H. Res. 6, electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.
Election of Members to Certain Standing Committees:
The House agreed to H. Res. 7, electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.
Designation of Minority Employees:
The House agreed to H. Res. 8, providing for the designation of certain minority employees.
Daily Hour of Meeting:
The House agreed to H. Res. 9, fixing the daily hour of meeting of the First Session of the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress.
Assembly outside of the District of Columbia:
The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 1, regarding consent to assemble outside the seat of government.
Agreed that during the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, the Speaker, Majority Leader, and Minority Leader be authorized to accept resignations and to make appointments authorized by law or by the House.
Extension of Remarks:
Agreed that during the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, all Members be permitted to extend their remarks and to include extraneous material within the permitted limit in that section of the Congressional Record entitled ``Extension of Remarks''.
Agreed to the procedures regarding the format for morning-hour debate for the first session of the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress.
The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Ensuring VA Employee Accountability Act:
H.R. 27, to amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to retain a copy of any reprimand or admonishment received by an employee of the Department in the permanent record of the employee; and
H.R. 28, to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to adopt and implement a standard identification protocol for use in the tracking and procurement of biological implants by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
Joint Economic Committee--Appointment:
The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the following Member on the part of the House to the Joint Economic Committee: Representative Tiberi.
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence--Appointment:
The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the following Member to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Representative Nunes, Chairman.
House Office Building Commission--Appointment:
The Chair announced that Representatives McCarthy and Pelosi will serve as members of the House Office Building Commission with the Speaker.
Speaker Pro Tempore:
The Chair announced that the Speaker delivered to the Clerk a letter dated January 3, 2017, listing Members in the order in which each shall act as Speaker pro tempore under clause 8(b)(3) of rule 1.
Succession of the Speaker of the House:
Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designated Representative McCarthy to exercise authority regarding any assembly, reassembly, or reconvening.
Speaker Pro Tempore Designations:
Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Denham, Representative Thornberry, Representative Upton, Representative Harris, Representative Comstock, and Representative Messer to act as Speaker pro tempore to sign enrolled bills and joint resolutions through the remainder of the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress.
Read a letter from the Clerk wherein she designated Mr. Robert Reeves, Deputy Clerk, and Mr. Robert Borden, Legal Counsel, to sign any and all papers and do all other acts in case of her temporary absence or disability.
Policies of the Chair:
The Chair announced his policies with respect to particular aspects of the legislative process dealing with (1) privileges of the floor; (2) introduction of bills and resolutions; (3) unanimous-consent requests for the consideration of legislation; (4) recognition for one-minute speeches; (5) recognition for special-order speeches; (6) decorum in debate; (7) conduct of votes by electronic device; (8) use of handouts on the House floor; (9) use of electronic equipment on the House floor; and (10) use of the Chamber. These announcements, where appropriate, will reiterate the origins of the stated policies. The Chair intends to continue in the 115th Congress the policies reflected in these statements. The policy announced in the 102nd Congress with respect to jurisdictional concepts related to clause 5(a) of rule 21, tax and tariff measures, will continue to govern but need not be reiterated, as it is adequately documented in the House Rules and Manual. Agreed without objection that the announcements will be placed in the Congressional Record.
Extending the life of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies:
The House agreed to S. Con. Res. 1, extending the life of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.
Providing for the counting on January 6, 2017, of the electoral votes for President and Vice President of the United States:
The House agreed to S. Con. Res. 2, to provide for the counting on January 6, 2017, of the electoral votes for President and Vice President of the United States.
Whole Number of the House:
Under clause 5(d) of Rule 20, the Chair announced to the House that the whole number of the House is 434.
Message received from the Senate today appears on page H28.
Five yea-and-nay votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H3–4, H11, H26, H26–27, and H27–28. There was one quorum call, Roll No. 1, which appears on pages H1–2.
The House met at 12 noon and adjourned at 6:08 p.m.
No hearings were held.
No joint committee meetings were held.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
Committee on Rules,
Full Committee, organizational meeting for the 115th Congress; and hearing on H.R. 26, the ``Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017''; and H. Res. 11, objecting to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 as an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace, and for other purposes, 10:30 a.m., H–313 Capitol.
During the balance of the week, Senate may consider any cleared legislative and executive business.
Committee on Armed Services:
January 5, to hold hearings to examine foreign cyber threats to the United States, 9:30 a.m., SD–G50.
Select Committee on Intelligence:
January 5, closed business meeting to consider pending calendar business, 2 p.m., SH–219.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Wednesday:
Senate may consider any cleared legislative and executive business.
Program for Wednesday:
To be announced.
Conyers, John, Jr., Mich., E1, E4, E5, E9, E10, E11, E12, E12, E13
Davis, Susan A., Calif., E10
Dingell, Debbie, Mich., E12
Frelinghuysen, Rodney P., N.J., E5
Goodlatte, Bob, Va., E9, E11, E12
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E11
Tiberi, Patrick J., Ohio, E1, E3, E5, E9, E10
Tsongas, Niki, Mass., E1
Visclosky, Peter J., Ind., E1
Wittman, Robert J., Va., E11