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                                         Wednesday, January 4, 2017

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      See Interim Resume of Congressional Activity.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S29-S71
Measures Introduced: Eleven bills and three resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 21-31, S.J. Res. 3, S. Res. 6, and S. Con. 
Res. 4.
  Pages S59-60
Measures Considered:
Budget Resolution--Agreement: Senate began consideration of S. Con. 
Res. 3, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States 
Government for fiscal year 2017 and setting forth the appropriate 
budgetary levels for fiscal years 2018 through 2026.
  Pages S31-45
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 51 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 1), Senate agreed to the motion to 
proceed to consideration of the concurrent resolution.
Pages S30-31
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the concurrent resolution at approximately 10 a.m., on 
Thursday, January 5, 2017.
Page S71
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Rebecca Emily Rapp, of Wisconsin, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 
13, 2019.
  Glenn Fine, of Maryland, to be Inspector General, Department of 
Defense.
  David J. Arroyo, of New York, to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term 
expiring January 31, 2022.
  Brent Franklin Nelsen, of South Carolina, to be a Member of the Board 
of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term 
expiring January 31, 2022.
  Jessica Rosenworcel, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of 
the Federal Communications Commission for a term of five years from 
July 1, 2015.
  Michael P. Leary, of Pennsylvania, to be Inspector General, Social 
Security Administration.
  Tulinabo Salama Mushingi, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the 
Republic of Senegal, and to serve concurrently and without additional 
compensation as Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea-Bissau.
  Carolyn N. Lerner, of Maryland, to be Special Counsel, Office of 
Special Counsel, for the term of five years.
  Elizabeth A. Field, of the District of Columbia, to be Inspector 
General, Office of Personnel Management.
  Robert P. Storch, of the District of Columbia, to be Inspector 
General of the National Security Agency.
Page S71
Messages from the House:
  Pages S47-48
Measures Referred:
  Page S48
Executive Communications:
  Pages S48-59
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page S60
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S60-65
Additional Statements:
  Page S47
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S65-71
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S71
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--1)
  Page S31
Adjournment: Senate convened at 12 p.m. and adjourned at 6:45 p.m., 
until 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2017. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S71


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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings


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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
  No committee meetings were held.
  
  
  


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives


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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 56 public bills, H.R. 238-293; 
and 7 resolutions, H.J. Res. 14-18; H. Con. Res. 4-5, were introduced. 
                                                           Pages H93-96
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page H98
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
  H. Res. 22, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 26) to 
amend chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, to provide that major 
rules of the executive branch shall have no force or effect unless a 
joint resolution of approval is enacted into law, and providing for 
consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 11) objecting to United 
Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 as an obstacle to Israeli-
Palestinian peace, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115-1).
Page H93
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative Thompson (PA) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. 
                                                               Page H55
Recess: The House recessed at 10:30 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon. 
                                                               Page H58
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Approving the location of a memorial to commemorate and honor the 
members of the Armed Forces who served on active duty in support of 
Operation Desert Storm or Operation Desert Shield: H.J. Res. 3, 
approving the location of a memorial to commemorate and honor the 
members of the Armed Forces who served on active duty in support of 
Operation Desert Storm or Operation Desert Shield;
  Pages H62-63
  Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act: H.R. 71, to provide taxpayers with an 
annual report disclosing the cost and performance of Government 
programs and areas of duplication among them;
  Pages H63-65
  Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2017: H.R. 73, to amend 
title 44, United States Code, to require information on contributors to 
Presidential library fundraising organizations;
  Pages H65-67
  Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments of 2017: H.R. 70, to amend 
the Federal Advisory Committee Act to increase the transparency of 
Federal advisory committees;
  Pages H67-70
  GAO Access and Oversight Act of 2017: H.R. 72, to ensure the 
Government Accountability Office has adequate access to information; 
and
  Pages H70-71
  Thoroughly Investigating Retaliation Against Whistleblowers Act: H.R. 
69, to reauthorize the Office of Special Counsel, to amend title 5, 
United States Code, and to provide modifications to authorities 
relating to the Office of Special Counsel.
  Pages H71-74
Recess: The House recessed at 2:53 p.m. and reconvened at 4:15 p.m. 
                                                               Page H86
Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017: The House passed H.R. 21, to amend 
chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, and to provide for en bloc 
consideration in resolutions of disapproval for ``midnight rules'', by 
a recorded vote of 238 ayes to 184 noes, Roll No. 8. 
                                                   Pages H74-86, H86-87
  Rejected the Castor (FL) 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 yea-and-nay vote of 183 yeas to 236 
nays, Roll No. 7.
Pages H84-86, H86
  H. Res. 5, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 21) was 
agreed to yesterday, January 3rd.
Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns 
today, it adjourn to meet at 10 a.m. tomorrow, January 5.
  Page H87
Quorum Calls--Votes: One yea-and-nay vote and one recorded vote 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H86 and 
H87. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:02 p.m.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings


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Committee Meetings
ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING; REGULATIONS FROM THE EXECUTIVE IN NEED OF 
SCRUTINY ACT OF 2017; RESOLUTION OBJECTING TO UNITED NATIONS SECURITY 
COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2334 AS AN OBSTACLE TO ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN PEACE, AND 
FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Committee on Rules: Full Committee held an 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. The committee 
adopted rules of procedure for the 115th Congress and subcommittee 
ratios. The committee granted, by voice

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vote, a structured rule for H.R. 26. The rule provides one hour of 
general 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 makes in order 
only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report. Each such 
amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may 
be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be 
considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the 
report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, 
shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand 
for division of the question. The rule waives all points of order 
against the amendments printed in the report. The rule provides one 
motion to recommit with or without instructions. Additionally, the rule 
grants a closed rule for H. Res. 11. The rule provides one hour of 
debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority 
member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. The rule waives all points 
of order against consideration of the resolution. The rule provides 
that the resolution shall be considered as read and shall not be 
subject to a demand for division of the question. Testimony was heard 
from Chairman Goodlatte, Chairman Royce of California, and 
Representatives Johnson of Georgia, Biggs, Young of Iowa, Engel, 
Connolly, and Price of North Carolina.

Joint Meetings
  No joint committee meetings were held.


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Daily Digest/NEW PUBLIC LAWS


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                            NEW PUBLIC LAWS

     (For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D1159)
  H.R. 6452, to implement the Convention on the Conservation and 
Management of High Seas Fisheries Resources in the North Pacific Ocean, 
to implement the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High 
Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean. Signed on December 
16, 2016. (Public Law 114-327)
  S. 2943, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for 
military activities of the Department of Defense, for military 
construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, 
to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year. Signed 
on December 23, 2016. (Public Law 114-328)


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2017-01-05


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                    COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                            JANUARY 5, 2017

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine foreign 
cyber threats to the United States, 9:30 a.m., SD-G50.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: to receive a closed briefing on 
recent administration actions in response to Russian hacking and 
harassment of United States diplomats, 3 p.m., SVC-217.
  Select Committee on Intelligence: closed business meeting to 
consider pending calendar business, 2 p.m., SH-219.


                                 House

  No hearings are scheduled.


* These figures include all measures reported, even if there was 
no accompanying Report. A total of 232 written reports have been 
filed in the Senate, 525 reports have been filed in the House.

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Daily Digest/Interim Resume of Congressional Activity


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                         Interim Resume of Congressional Activity

                  SECOND SESSION OF THE ONE HUNDRED FOURTEENTH CONGRESS


    The first table gives a comprehensive resume of all legislative 
business transacted by the Senate and House.
    The second table accounts for all nominations submitted to the 
Senate by the President for Senate confirmation.

                               DATA ON LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY


                         January 4, 2016 through January 3, 2017

                                               Senate             House             Total
     Days in session...............               165               131               . .
     Time in session...............     780 hrs., 58     633 hrs., 15               . .
     Congressional Record:
    Pages of proceedings...........             7,184             7,641               . .
    Extensions of Remarks..........               . .             1,743               . .
     Public bills enacted into law.                72               141               213
     Private bills enacted into law               . .               . .               . .
     Bills in conference...........                 2                 2               . .
     Measures passed, total........               485               659             1,144
    Senate bills...................                97                75               . .
    House bills....................               141               450               . .
    Senate joint resolutions.......                 1                 1               . .
    House joint resolutions........                 1                 1               . .
    Senate concurrent resolutions..                13                 7               . .
    House concurrent resolutions...                17                27               . .
    Simple resolutions.............               215                98               . .
     Measures reported, total......              *329              *495               824
    Senate bills...................               242                10               . .
    House bills....................                49               413               . .
    Senate joint resolutions.......               . .               . .               . .
    House joint resolutions........               . .                 2               . .
    Senate concurrent resolutions..                 6               . .               . .
    House concurrent resolutions...                 1                 5               . .
    Simple resolutions.............                31                65               . .
     Special reports...............                12                27               . .
     Conference reports............                 3                 3               . .
     Measures pending on calendar..               462               144               . .
     Measures introduced, total....             1,467             2,714             4,181
    Bills..........................             1,122             2,224               . .
    Joint resolutions..............                13                29               . .
    Concurrent resolutions.........                32                78               . .
    Simple resolutions.............               300               383               . .
     Quorum calls..................               . .                 1               . .
     Yea-and-nay votes.............               163               275               . .
     Recorded votes................               . .               346               . .
     Bills vetoed..................                 2                 3               . .
     Vetoes overridden.............                 1                 1               . .
                           DISPOSITION OF EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS


                         January 4, 2016 through January 3, 2017

     Civilian nominations, totaling 354 (including 181 
       nominations carried over from the First Session), 
       disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed...........................................91...
         Withdrawn...........................................12...
         Returned to White House............................251...

     Other Civilian nominations, totaling 2,412 (including 97 
       nominations carried over from the First Session), 
       disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed........................................2,367...
         Withdrawn............................................1...
         Returned to White House.............................44...

     Air Force nominations, totaling 7,568 (including 181 
       nominations carried over from the First Session), 
       disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed........................................7,495...
         Returned to White House.............................73...

     Army nominations, totaling 5,899 (including 1,740 
       nominations carried over from the First Session), 
       disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed........................................5,878...
         Returned to White House.............................21...

     Navy nominations, totaling 4,408 (including 5 nominations 
       carried over from the First Session), disposed of as 
       follows:

         Confirmed........................................4,401...
         Withdrawn............................................2...
         Returned to White House..............................5...

     Marine Corps nominations, totaling 1,246 (including 3 
       nominations carried over from the First Session), 
       disposed of as follows:

         Confirmed........................................1,245...
         Returned to White House..............................1...

                                Summary
     Total nominations carried over from the First Session2,207
     Total nominations received this Session.............19,680
     Total confirmed.....................................21,477
     Total unconfirmed........................................0
     Total withdrawn.........................................15
     Total returned to the White House......................395


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Daily Digest/Next Meeting of the SENATE + Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES + Other End Matter


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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                      10 a.m., Thursday, January 5

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: Senate will continue consideration of S. Con. 
Res. 3, Budget Resolution.
    
    
    
    
    

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                      10 a.m., Thursday, January 5

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: Reading of the Constitution of the United States 
by Members of the House of Representatives. Consideration of H.R. 26--
Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017 (Subject 
to a Rule). Consideration of H. Res. 11--Objecting to United Nations 
Security Council Resolution 2334 as an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian 
peace (Subject to a Rule).
_______________________________________________________________________


            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Abraham, Ralph Lee, La., E21
Babin, Brian, Tex., E15
Beutler, Jaime Herrera, Wash., E20
Brady, Kevin, Tex., E19
Chaffetz, Jason, Utah, E15
Comstock, Barbara, Va., E17
Granger, Kay, Tex., E15
Grijalva, Raul M., Ariz., E16
Gutierrez, Luis V., Ill., E15
Huffman, Jared, Calif., E19, E21
Marchant, Kenny, Tex., E18
Moore, Gwen, Wisc., E18
Perlmutter, Ed, Colo., E17
Perry, Scott, Pa., E20
Speier, Jackie, Calif., E15, E16, E17, E18, E19, E19, E20, E22
Thompson, Mike, Calif., E17 


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