Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
February 16, 2017
115th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 163, No. 28 — Daily Edition
Sections in This Issue:
Daily Digest Section (PDF)
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Senate confirmed the nomination of Mick Mulvaney, of South Carolina, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Senate continued in the session that began on Thursday, February 16, 2017. See next volume of the Congressional Record.
S. Res. 62, authorizing expenditures by committees of the Senate for the periods March 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017, October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018, and October 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019.
Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Scott Pruitt, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
By 54 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 69), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
Senate confirmed the following nominations:
By 51 yeas 49 nays (Vote No. EX. 68), Mick Mulvaney, of South Carolina, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Routine lists in the Army, Navy.
Messages from the House:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Privileges of the Floor:
Two record votes were taken today. (Total--69)
Senate convened at 10 a.m., on Thursday, February 16, 2017. (For complete Digest of today's proceedings, see next volume of the Congressional Record.)
RESHAPING THE U.S. MILITARY
Committee on Armed Services:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine reshaping the United States military, after receiving testimony from David A. Ochmanek, RAND Corporation; James P. Thomas, The Telemus Group; Thomas M. Donnelly, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies; and Bryan Clark, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation:
Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security concluded a hearing to examine stakeholder perspectives on improving the Transportation Security Administration for the security of the traveling public, after receiving testimony from Stephen A. Alterman, Cargo Airline Association, on behalf of Aviation Security Advisory Committee, and Sharon Pinkerton, Airlines for America, both of Washington, D.C.; Kim Day, Denver International Airport, Denver, Colorado; and Mark Laustra, Analogic Corporation, Peabody, Massachusetts.
Committee on Finance:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Seema Verma, of Indiana, to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senators Donnelly and Young, testified and answered questions in her own behalf.
Committee on Foreign Relations:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of David Friedman, of New York, to be Ambassador to Israel, Department of State, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senator Graham and former Senator Joe Lieberman, testified and answered questions in his own behalf.
DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Committee on Foreign Relations:
Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues concluded a hearing to examine democracy and human rights, focusing on the case for United States leadership, after receiving testimony from former Representative Mark Green, International Republican Institute, Carl Gershman, The National Endowment for Democracy, Kenneth Wollack, National Democratic Institute, and Hala Aldosari, Arab Gulf States Institute, all of Washington, D.C.; Garry Kasparov, Human Rights Foundation, New York, New York; and Danilo Maldonado Machado.
Committee on Rules and Administration:
Committee ordered favorably reported an original resolution (S. Res. 62) authorizing expenditures by committees of the Senate for the periods March 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017, October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018, and October 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019, and adopted its rules of procedure for the 115th Congress.
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.
House of Representatives
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced:
96 public bills, H.R. 1101–1196; 3 private bills, H.R. 1197–1199; and 24 resolutions, H.J. Res. 76–82; H. Con. Res. 28–29; and H. Res. 131–145 were introduced.
A report was filed today as follows:
H.R. 393, to provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as Secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces (H. Rept. 115–13).
Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Rogers (KY) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
The House recessed at 10:45 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by voice vote.
Read a letter from Representative Mulvaney, wherein he resigned as Representative for the Fifth Congressional District of South Carolina, effective immediately.
Whole Number of the House:
The Chair announced to the House that, in light of the resignation of the gentleman from South Carolina, Mr. Mulvaney, the whole number of the House is 431.
Read a letter from Representative Bishop (MI) wherein he resigned from the Committees on the Judiciary and Education and the Workforce.
The House agreed to H. Res. 131, electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.
Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to ``Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska'':
The House passed H.J. Res. 69, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to ``Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska'', by a yea-and-nay vote of 225 yeas to 193 nays, Roll No. 98.
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Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting subrecipients:
The House passed H.J. Res. 43, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting subrecipients, by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 99.
Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 1 p.m. tomorrow, February 17.
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe--Appointment:
The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the following Members on the part of the House to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Representatives Jackson Lee and Moore.
The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:04 p.m.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES; PROS AND CONS OF RESTRICTING SNAP PURCHASES
Committee on Agriculture:
Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 1029, the ``Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act of 2017''; and H.R. 953, the ``Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017''; and hearing entitled ``Pros and Cons of Restricting SNAP Purchases''. H.R. 1029 was ordered reported, as amended. H.R. 953 was ordered reported, without amendment. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Committee on Appropriations:
Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing entitled ``Members' Day''. Testimony was heard from Representatives Radewagen, Cleaver, LoBiondo, Hanabusa, Williams, and Brownley of California.
MILITARY SERVICES 5TH GENERATION TACTICAL AIRCRAFT CHALLENGES AND F–35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER PROGRAM UPDATE
Committee on Armed Services:
Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces held a hearing entitled ``Military Services 5th Generation Tactical Aircraft Challenges and F–35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Update''. Testimony was heard from Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan, USAF, Program Executive Officer, F–35 Joint Program Office; Rear Admiral Dewolfe ``Chip'' Miller, III, USN, Director, Air Warfare; Lieutenant General Jon Davis, USMC, Deputy Commandant for Aviation; and Lieutenant General Select Jerry D. Harris Jr., USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements.
FEDERAL WAGE AND HOUR POLICIES IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY ECONOMY
Committee on Education and the Workforce:
Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing entitled ``Federal Wage and Hour Policies in the Twenty-First Century Economy''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
MODERNIZING ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPANDING INFRASTRUCTURE AND PROMOTING DEVELOPMENT AND MANUFACTURING
Committee on Energy and Commerce:
Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing entitled ``Modernizing Environmental Laws: Challenges and Opportunities for Expanding Infrastructure and Promoting Development and Manufacturing''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
ASSESSING THE U.S.–EU COVERED AGREEMENT
Committee on Financial Services:
Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance held a hearing entitled ``Assessing the U.S.–EU Covered Agreement''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
IRAN ON NOTICE
Committee on Foreign Affairs:
Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Iran on Notice''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
A DANGEROUS AND SOPHISTICATED ADVERSARY: THE THREAT TO THE HOMELAND POSED BY CARTEL OPERATIONS
Committee on Homeland Security:
Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security held a hearing entitled ``A Dangerous and Sophisticated Adversary: The Threat to the Homeland Posed by Cartel Operations''. Testimony was heard from Vice Admiral Charles Ray, Deputy Commandant for Operations, U.S. Coast Guard; Chief Paul Beeson, Commander, Joint Task Force--West, Arizona, Department of Homeland Security; Matt Allen, Assistant Director for HIS Investigative Programs, Homeland Security Investigations, Department of Homeland Security; and Luis E. Arreaga, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Department of State.
WATCHDOG RECOMMENDATIONS: A BETTER WAY AHEAD TO MANAGE THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Committee on Homeland Security:
Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency held a hearing entitled ``Watchdog Recommendations: A Better Way Ahead to Manage the Department of Homeland Security''. Testimony was heard from John Roth, Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security; and Rebecca Gambler, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office.
COMMITTEE FUNDING FOR THE 115TH CONGRESS
Committee on House Administration:
Full Committee concluded a hearing on committee funding for the 115th Congress. Testimony was heard from Chairman Hensarling, Chairman Thornberry, Chairman Roe of Tennessee, Chairman Goodlatte, Chairman Chaffetz, Chairman Black, Chairman Smith of Texas, and Representatives Maxine Waters of California, Smith of Washington, Walz, Conyers, Cummings, Yarmuth, and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas.
Committee on the Judiciary:
Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law held a hearing on H.R. 372, the ``Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017''. Testimony was heard from Representatives Gosar and Austin Scott of Georgia and public witnesses.
THE STATE OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN AMERICA
Committee on the Judiciary:
Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing entitled ``The State of Religious Liberty in America''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
NASA: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology:
Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``NASA: Past, Present, and Future''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
STATE OF THE SMALL BUSINESS ECONOMY
Committee on Small Business:
Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access held a hearing entitled ``State of the Small Business Economy''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
THE USE OF OFFICIAL TIME FOR UNION ACTIVITIES AT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs:
Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity; and Subcommittee on Government Operations of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing entitled ``The Use of Official Time for Union Activities at the Department of Veterans Affairs''. Testimony was heard from Cindy Brown Barnes, Director, Education, Workforce and Income Security, Government Accountability Office; Kimberly Perkins McLeod, Acting Executive Director, Labor Management Relations, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses.
No joint committee meetings were held.
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry:
organizational business meeting to consider subcommittee assignments, Time to be announced, S–216, Capitol.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Friday:
Senate will continue in the session that began on Thursday, February 16, 2017. See next volume of the Congressional Record.
Program for Friday:
House will meet in Pro Forma session at 1 p.m.
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