Daily Digest

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S6593–S6701

Measures Introduced: Eleven bills and seven resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1984–1994, and S. Res. 294–300.
Page S6642

Measures Reported:

H.R. 194, to ensure the effective processing of mail by Federal agencies. (S. Rept. No. 115–176)
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Measures Passed:

Budget Resolution: By 51 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 245), Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 71, establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027, after taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S6593–S6629

Adopted:

By 52 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 226), Capito Amendment No. 1393 (to Amendment No. 1116), to help provide tax relief to middle-class Americans by reducing deductibility, for Federal tax purposes, of federal deductions, such as the state and local tax deduction which disproportionally favors high-income individuals.
Pages S6602–03

By a unanimous vote of 98 yeas (Vote No. 229), Enzi (for Flake) Amendment No. 1178 (to Amendment No. 1116), to make the American tax system simpler and fairer.
Pages S6615–16, S6618

Enzi (for Rubio/Lee) Amendment No. 1205 (to Amendment No. 1116), to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to tax cuts for working American families.
Pages S6615–16, S6619

Enzi (for Portman) Amendment No. 1422 (to Amendment No. 1116), to provide for an international tax system that provides or enhances incentives for businesses to invest in America, generate American jobs, retain American jobs, and return jobs to America.
Pages S6615–16, S6620

Enzi (for Donnelly) Modified Amendment No. 1234 (to Amendment No. 1116), to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to eliminating tax breaks for companies that ship jobs to foreign countries.
Pages S6615–16, S6620

By 58 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 239), Enzi (for Udall) Amendment No. 1553 (to Amendment No. 1116), to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to the provision of full, permanent, and mandatory funding for the payment in lieu of taxes program.
Pages S6625–26

Enzi (for Fisher/Collins) Amendment No. 1552 (to Amendment No. 1116), to provide tax relief to American workers, families, and job creators in a manner which maintains the progressivity of the tax system by maintaining or raising the share of taxes paid by high income taxpayers.
Pages S6625–26, S6628

By 52 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 244), Enzi Amendment No. 1561 (to Amendment No. 1116), to provide other enforcement provisions related to the House of Representatives.
Pages S6625–26, S6628–29

Enzi (for Perdue/Whitehouse) Amendment No. 1167 (to Amendment No. 1116), to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to significantly improving the budget process.
Pages S6625–26, S6629

Enzi Amendment No. 1116, in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S6593–S6629

Rejected:

By 47 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 225), Wyden Amendment No. 1302 (to Amendment No. 1116), to strike the reconciliation instructions relating to tax reform.
Pages S6594–S6602

By 47 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 228), Warner Amendment No. 1138 (to Amendment No. 1116), to strike the Senate pay-as-you-go exemption for tax cut reconciliation legislation and the exception to rules preventing any legislation from increasing the deficit over the short-term.
Pages S6611–12

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By 47 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 230), Enzi (for Baldwin) Amendment No. 1139 (to Amendment No. 1116), to prohibit reconciliation legislation that would increase the deficit or reduce a surplus.
Pages S6615–16, S6618–19

By 47 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 232), Brown Amendment No. 1378 (to Amendment No. 1116), to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to providing tax benefits to patriot employers that invest in American jobs and provide fair pay and benefits to workers.
Pages S6620–21

By 4 yeas to 94 nays (Vote No. 233), Enzi (for Paul) Amendment No. 1296 (to Amendment No. 1116), to modify reconciliation instructions to reduce the deficit.
Pages S6621–22

By 48 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 235), Enzi (for Kaine) Amendment No. 1249 (to Amendment No. 1116), to modify section 4111 to reinstate and strengthen a prohibition on voting on legislation without a Congressional Budget Office score.
Pages S6615–16, S6622–23

By 5 yeas to 95 nays (Vote No. 236), Enzi (for Paul) Amendment No. 1298 (to Amendment No. 1116), to reduce discretionary spending by $43,000,000,000.
Pages S6622–24

By 32 yeas to 67 nays (Vote No. 237), Enzi (for Lee) Amendment No. 1430 (to Amendment No. 1116), to expand the deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to the repeal of provisions of title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Pages S6622–25

By 33 yeas to 66 nays (Vote No. 238), Enzi (for Paul) Amendment No. 1277 (to Amendment No. 1116), to provide for reconciliation instructions to the relevant committees for the purpose of repealing and replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Pages S6622–23, S6625

By 50 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 240), Enzi (for Lee) Amendment No. 1428 (to Amendment No. 1116), to modify a deficit neutral reserve fund relating to public land and the environment to address making payments under the payments in lieu of taxes program equivalent to the property tax revenue that would be due to a State or local government if the State or local government owned the land.
Pages S6625–27

By 7 yeas to 93 nays (Vote No. 241), Enzi (for Paul) Amendment No. 1404 (to Amendment No. 1116), to ensure that all Americans receive a tax cut, keeping more of their hard earned money, and enjoy the benefit of tax reform.
Pages S6625–27

By 49 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 242), Enzi (for Lee) Amendment No. 1429 (to Amendment No. 1116), to establish a spending-neutral reserve fund relating to prohibiting Federal regulation of entirely intrastate species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
Pages S6625–28

By 48 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 243), Enzi (for Cantwell) Amendment No. 1301 (to Amendment No. 1116), to strike the reconciliation instructions for the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate to prevent oil and gas development within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Pages S6625–26, S6628

During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:

By 47 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 227), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to waive section 305(b)(2) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 with respect to consideration of Cantwell/Van Hollen Amendment No. 1141 (to Amendment No. 1116), to create a point of order against legislation that would raise taxes on middle class families by double-taxing income already taxed at the state or local level. Subsequently, the point of order that the amendment violates section 305(b)(2) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 was sustained, and the amendment thus fell.
Pages S6603–04

By 47 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 231), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to waive section 305(b)(2) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 with respect to consideration of Enzi (for Heitkamp) Amendment No. 1228 (to Amendment No. 1116), to create a point of order against legislation that would increase taxes on taxpayers whose annual income is below $250,000. Subsequently, the point of order that the amendment violates section 305(b)(2) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 was sustained, and the amendment thus fell.
Pages S6615–16, S6619–20

By 47 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 234), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to waive section 305(b)(2) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 with respect to consideration of Enzi (for Cardin/Blumenthal) Amendment No. 1375 (to Amendment No. 1116), to create a point of order against legislation that includes deficit-financed tax cuts. Subsequently, the point of order that the amendment violates section 305(b)(2) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 was sustained, and the amendment thus fell.
Pages S6621–22


National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 298, supporting the designation of September 2017 as ``National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month''.
Page S6700


National Day on Writing: Senate agreed to S. Res. 299, expressing support for the designation of October 20, 2017, as the ``National Day on Writing''.
Page S6700


McDaniel College 150th Anniversary: Senate agreed to S. Res. 300, recognizing the 150th anniversary of McDaniel College.
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House Messages:

Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act: Senate began consideration of the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 2266, to amend title 28 of the United States Code to authorize the appointment of additional bankruptcy judges, taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
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Pending:

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McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
Page S6630

McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, with McConnell Amendment No. 1568, to change the enactment date.
Page S6630

McConnell Amendment No. 1569 (to Amendment No. 1568), of a perfecting nature.
Page S6630

McConnell motion to refer the message of the House on the bill to the Committee on Appropriations, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 1570, to change the enactment date.
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McConnell Amendment No. 1571 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 1570), of a perfecting nature.
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McConnell Amendment No. 1572 (to Amendment No. 1571), of a perfecting nature.
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A motion was entered to close further debate on McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Thursday, October 19, 2017, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, October 23, 2017.
Page S6630

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, October 23, 2017, Senate resume consideration of the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, with the time until 5:30 p.m. equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees; and that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, the pending cloture motion ripen at 5:30 p.m.
Pages S6700–01


Executive Communications:
Pages S6639–41


Executive Reports of Committees:
Pages S6641–42


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S6642–45


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S6645–55


Additional Statements:
Pages S6638–39


Amendments Submitted:
Pages S6657–S6700


Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Page S6700


Record Votes: Twenty-one record votes were taken today. (Total--245)
Pages S6602–04, S6612, S6618–29


Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 10:23 p.m., until 3 p.m. on Monday, October 23, 2017. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S6700.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Gregory Ibach, of Nebraska, to be Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, and William Northey, of Iowa, to be Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, both of the Department of Agriculture.

DEFENDING THE NATION FROM CYBER ATTACK

Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the roles and responsibilities for defending the Nation from cyber attack, after receiving testimony from Rob Joyce, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator, National Security Council; Kenneth P. Rapuano, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security; Scott Smith, Assistant Director for the Cyber Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice; and Christopher C. Krebs, performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Homeland Security for the National Protection and Programs Directorate.

FOOD FOR PEACE PROGRAM

Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine modernizing the Food for Peace program, including increased food aid shipping costs due to cargo preference, after receiving testimony from Matthew Nims, Acting Director, Office of Food for Peace, United States Agency for International Development; Thomas Melito, Director, International Affairs and Trade, Government Accountability Office; Christopher B. Barrett, Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business, Ithaca, New York; and Bill O'Keefe, Catholic Relief Services, Baltimore, Maryland.

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HEALTHY CHOICES

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded a hearing to examine how healthy choices can improve health outcomes and reduce costs, after receiving testimony from Steve Burd, Burd Health, Alamo, California; Michael F. Roizen, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio; David A. Asch, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School Center for Health Care Innovation, Philadelphia; and Jennifer Mathis, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Washington, D.C., on behalf of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Annemarie Carney Axon, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, Michael Lawrence Brown, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia, Thomas Alvin Farr, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina, William M. Ray II, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia, and John C. Demers, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General, Scott C. Blader, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, Mark A. Klaassen, to be United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming, William C. Lamar, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, John R. Lausch, Jr., to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and J. Douglas Overbey, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, all of the Department of Justice.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 13 public bills, H.R. 4077–4089; and 2 resolutions, H. Res. 574–575 were introduced.
Pages H8041–42


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages H8042–43


Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:

H.R. 1488, to retitle Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as Indiana Dunes National Park, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–350);

H.R. 1731, to amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to provide funds to States and Indian tribes for the purpose of promoting economic revitalization, diversification, and development in economically distressed communities through the reclamation and restoration of land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining carried out before August 3, 1977, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–351, Part 1);

H.R. 2521, to amend the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to include South Carolina as a part of the Virginia/Carolina peanut producing region for purposes of appointment to the Peanut Standards Board (H. Rept. 115–352);

H.R. 2941, to provide for the conveyance of certain National Forest System land within Kisatchie National Forest in the State of Louisiana (H. Rept. 115–353);

H.R. 2410, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize a sickle cell disease prevention and treatment demonstration program and to provide for sickle cell disease research, surveillance, prevention, and treatment (H. Rept. 115–354);

H.R. 3053, to amend the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–355, Part 1);

H.R. 3101, to enhance cybersecurity information sharing and coordination at ports in the United States, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115–356, Part 1);

H.R. 2921, to establish a vegetation management pilot program on National Forest System land to better protect utility infrastructure from passing wildfire, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–357, Part 1);

H.R. 3921, to extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–358, Part 1); and

H.R. 3922, to extend funding for certain public health programs, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–359, Part 1).
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Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Issa to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
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Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Rev. Gene Hemrick, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Washington, DC.
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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018--Change in Conferees: The Chair appointed the following conferee on H.R. 2810, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, and to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, to fill the vacancy caused by the removal of Representative Walden: Representative Shimkus.
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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018--Modification of Instruction to Conferees: The Chair announced the following modification to the appointment of conferees from the Committee on Natural Resources on H.R. 2810, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, and to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year: strike the first reference to section 2863.
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Senate Referrals: S. 705 was held at the desk. S. Con. Res. 26 was held at the desk.
Page H8039


Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appear on pages H8039.

Quorum Calls Votes: There were no Yea and Nay votes, and there were no Recorded votes. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 12 noon and adjourned at 12:03 p.m.

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Committee Meetings



No hearings were held.

Joint Meetings



No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR MONDAY,

OCTOBER 23, 2017

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

No meetings/hearings scheduled.

House

Committee on Rules, October 23, Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 469, the ``Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2017''; and H.R. 732, the ``Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017'', 5 p.m., H–313 Capitol.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

3 p.m., Monday, October 23

Senate Chamber

Program for Monday: Senate will resume consideration of the House message to accompany H.R. 2266, Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill at 5:30 p.m.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

12 noon, Monday, October 23

House Chamber

Program for Monday: To be announced.







Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Babin, Brian, Tex., E1388

Bacon, Don, Nebr., E1397

Castor, Kathy, Fla., E1390

Connolly, Gerald E., Va., E1387, E1388, E1389, E1390, E1391, E1392, E1393, E1395, E1396, E1397

DeLauro, Rosa L., Conn., E1394

Ellison, Keith, Minn., E1392

Engel, Eliot L., N.Y., E1394, E1396

Esty, Elizabeth H., Conn., E1388

Evans, Dwigt, Pa., E1387, E1387

Gohmert, Louie, Tex., E1389

Graves, Garret, La., E1389

Hudson, Richard, N.C., E1394, E1395

Keating, William R., Mass., E1390, E1394

Matsui, Doris O., Calif., E1395

McCarthy, Kevin, Calif., E1391

Neal, Richard E., Mass., E1387

Perry, Scott, Pa., E1393

Schneider, Bradley Scott, Ill., E1392

Valadao, David G., Calif., E1393

Velázquez, Nydia M., N.Y., E1395

Walker, Mark, N.C., E1389

Wenstrup, Brad R., Ohio, E1396

Young, David, Iowa, E1388, E1389, E1390, E1392, E1393, E1394, E1395, E1396, E1397

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