Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
December 14, 2017
115th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 163, No. 204 — Daily Edition
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Thursday, December 14, 2017
S. 584, to amend chapter 6 of title 5, United States Code (commonly known as the Regulatory Flexibility Act), to ensure complete analysis of potential impacts on small entities of rules, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 115–194)
Compton and West Nominations--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, December 18, 2017, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of J. Paul Compton, Jr., of Alabama, to be General Counsel of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the nomination of Owen West, of Connecticut, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense, under the order of Wednesday, December 13, 2017, en bloc, with the debate time on the nominations to run concurrently; and that at 5:30 p.m., Senate vote on confirmation of the nominations in the order listed, with no intervening action or debate.
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
Matthew Z. Leopold, of Florida, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Scott W. Brady, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania for the term of four years.
14 Coast Guard nominations in the rank of admiral.
Messages from the House:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Privileges of the Floor:
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--317)
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 5:19 p.m., until 3 p.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on pages S8049–50.)
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported 137 nominations in the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
MIDDLE EAST POLICY AND STRATEGY
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine United States policy and strategy in the Middle East, after receiving testimony from Ryan C. Crocker, Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Eric S. Edelman, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments; James F. Jeffrey, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and Stuart E. Jones, The Cohen Group.
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee received a closed briefing on new counterterrorism guidance from Nathan Sales, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Department of State; and Major General Albert M. Elton II, Deputy Director for Special Operations and Counterterrorism, The Joint Staff, and Andrew Knaggs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Operations and Counterterrorism, both of the Department of Defense.
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Margaret Weichert, of Georgia, to be Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget, after the nominee testified and answered questions in her own behalf.
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Andrei Iancu, of California, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and Duane A. Kees, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, Stephen R. McAllister, to be United States Attorney for the District of Kansas, Ronald A. Parsons, Jr., to be United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota, Ryan K. Patrick, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, and Michael B. Stuart, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, all of the Department of Justice.
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session to receive a briefing on certain intelligence matters from officials of the intelligence community.
House of Representatives
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
Privacy Notification Technical Clarification Act: The House passed H.R. 2396, to amend the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to update the exception for certain annual notices provided by financial institutions, by a yea-and-nay vote of 275 yeas to 146 nays, Roll No. 682.
Rejected the Maxine Waters (CA) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Financial Services with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 185 yeas to 235 nays, Roll No. 681.
Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Financial Services now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted.
Clay amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115–462) that strikes the term ``financial institution'' and replaces it with ``vehicle financial company'' and defines ``vehicle financial company''.
Strengthening Oversight of Iran's Access to Finance Act: The House passed H.R. 4324, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to make certifications with respect to United States and foreign financial institutions' aircraft-related transactions involving Iran, by a yea-and-nay vote of 252 yeas to 167 nays, Roll No. 684. Consideration began yesterday, December 13th.
Rejected the Swallwell (CA) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Financial Services with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 188 yeas to 233 nays, Roll No. 683. Consideration began yesterday, December 13th.
Clerk to Correct Engrossment: Agreed by unanimous consent that, in the engrossment of H.R. 4324, the Clerk be authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, and cross references, and to make other necessary technical and conforming corrections.
Clerk to Correct Engrossment: Agreed by unanimous consent that, in the engrossment of H.R. 2396, the Clerk be authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, and cross references, and to make other necessary technical and conforming corrections.
Unanimous Consent Agreement on H.R. 2815: Agreed by unanimous consent to the amendment to H.R. 2815, designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 30 East Somerset Street in Raritan, New Jersey, as the ``Sergeant John Basilone Post Office'', offered by Representative Gianforte.
Suspensions--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures. Consideration began Tuesday, December 12th.
Designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1415 West Oak Street, in Kissimmee, Florida, as the ``Borinqueneers Post Office Building'': H.R. 4042, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1415 West Oak Street, in Kissimmee, Florida, as the ``Borinqueneers Post Office Building''; and
Designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 30 East Somerset Street in Raritan, New Jersey, as the ``Sergeant John Basilone Post Office'': H.R. 2815, amended, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 30 East Somerset Street in Raritan, New Jersey, as the ``Sergeant John Basilone Post Office'';
Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To designate thefacility of the United States Postal Service located at 30 East Somerset Street in Raritan, New Jersey, as the `Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone Post Office'.''.
Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, December 15th and further, when the House adjourns on that day, it adjourns to meet at 12 noon on Monday, December 18th for Morning Hour debate.
Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 2:41 p.m.
EXAMINING THE OPERATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN THE UNITED STATES (CFIUS)
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade held a hearing entitled ``Examining the Operations of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 2219, the ``End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2017''; H.R. 2646, the ``United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension Act''; H.R. 1997, the ``Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act of 2017''; and H.R. 3851, the ``War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act''. H.R. 1997, H.R. 2219, and H.R. 2646 were ordered reported, as amended. H.R. 3851 was ordered reported, without amendment.
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a hearing on H.R. 4558, the ``Grand Staircase Escalante Enhancement Act''. Testimony was heard from Representative Stewart; Leland Pollock, Commission Chairperson, Board of Commissioners, Garfield County, Utah; Vicki Varela, Managing Director, Utah Office of Tourism, Film and Global Branding; and public witnesses.
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Commission concluded a hearing to examine the accomplishments and challenges of the Magnitsky Act, after receiving testimony from William Browder, Hermitage Capital Management, London, United Kingdom; Garry Kasparov, Human Rights Foundation, New York, New York; and Irwin Cotler, Raoul Wallenberg Center for Human Rights, Montreal, Canada.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Monday: Senate will begin consideration of the nominations of J. Paul Compton, Jr., of Alabama, to be General Counsel of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Owen West, of Connecticut, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense, and vote on confirmation of the nominations in the order listed at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Program for Friday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 5:30 p.m.
Babin, Brian, Tex., E1701
Beyer, Donald S., Jr., Va., E1701
Blumenauer, Earl, Ore., E1708
Brady, Kevin, Tex., E1712
Brooks, Susan W., Ind., E1705
Esty, Elizabeth H., Conn., E1708
Gaetz, Matt, Fla., E1707
Harper, Gregg, Miss., E1710
Langevin, James R., R.I., E1704
Matsui, Doris O., Calif., E1705
Messer, Luke, Ind., E1710
Murphy, Stephanie M., Fla., E1711
Pelosi, Nancy, Calif., E1709
Perry, Scott, Pa., E1703
Reed, Tom, N.Y., E1703
Speier, Jackie, Calif., E1706
Thompson, Mike, Calif., E1705
Trott, David A., Mich., E1702
Valadao, David G., Calif., E1711
Wittman, Robert J., Va., E1708