Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
February 17, 2017
115th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 163, No. 29 — Daily Edition
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Friday, February 17, 2017
No joint committee meetings were held.
H.J. Res. 38, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule. Signed on February 16, 2017. (Public Law 115–5)
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
No hearings are scheduled. On page D179, February 17, 2017, the following language appears: Chamber Action Routine Proceedings, pages S1223–S1416 Measures Introduced: Thirty-eight bills and seven resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 405–442, S.J. Res. 23, and S. Res. 62–67. Pages S1304–05, S1396–97 Measures Reported: 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. S. 63, to clarify the rights of Indians and Indian tribes on Indian lands under the National Labor Relations Act. (S. Rept. No. 115–3) Pages S1304, S1396 Measures Passed: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act: Senate passed S. 442, to authorize the programs of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Pages S1400–15 Abie Abraham VA Clinic: Committee on Veterans' Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 609, to designate the Department of Veterans Affairs health care center in Center Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the ``Abie Abraham VA Clinic'', and the bill was then passed. Page S1415 Joint Session of Congress: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 23, providing for a joint session of Congress to receive a message from the President. Pages S1415–16 Denali National Park: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 55, recognizing February 26, 2017, as the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Denali National Park and Preserve in the State of Alaska, and the resolution was then agreed to, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto: Page S1416 Cornyn (for Murkowski) Amendment No. 191, relating to visitor experiences. Page S1416 National Speech and Debate Education Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 65, designating March 3, 2017, as ``National Speech and Debate Education Day''. Page S1416 Career and Technical Education Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 66, supporting the goals and ideals of Career and Technical Education Month. Page S1416 National Health and Wellness Coach Recognition Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 67, expressing support for health and wellness coaches and for the designation of February 13, 2017, through February 19, 2017, as ``National Health and Wellness Coach Recognition Week''. Page S1416 Washington's Farewell Address--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 3 p.m., on Monday, February 27, 2017, Senator Sasse be recognized to deliver Washington's Farewell Address, as under the previous order. Page S1416 Pro Forma Sessions--Agreement: A unanimousconsent agreement was reached providing that the Senate adjourn, to then convene for pro forma sessions only, with no business being conducted on the following dates and times, and that following each pro forma session, the Senate adjourn until the next pro forma session: Monday, February 20, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9 a.m.; and that when the Senate adjourns on Thursday, February 23, 2017, it next convene at 12 noon, on Monday, February 27, 2016. Page S1416 Ross Nomination--Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., of Florida, to be Secretary of Commerce. Pages S1391–92, S1400 During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action: By 66 yeas to 31 nays (Vote No. 72), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination. Pages S1391–92 A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 7 p.m., on Monday, February 27, 2017, all post-cloture time be considered expired on the nomination and Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination. Page S1400 A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 12 noon, on Monday, February 27, 2017, Senate resume consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, as under the previous order. Page S1416 Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations: By 51 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. EX. 68), Mick Mulvaney, of South Carolina, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Pages S1226–29, S1275 Routine lists in the Army, and Navy. Page S1313 By 52 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. EX. 71), Scott Pruitt, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pages S1229–75, S1275–95, S1315–91, S1416 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. Pages S1229–30 By 47 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 70), Senate rejected the motion to extend debate on the nomination. Page S1390 Messages from the House: Page S1393 Executive Communications: Pages S1393–96 Additional Cosponsors: Pages S1397–98 Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions: Pages S1398–99 Additional Statements: Page S1393 Amendments Submitted: Page S1399 Authorities for Committees to Meet: Page S1399 Privileges of the Floor: Pages S1399–S1400 Record Votes: Five record votes were taken today. (Total--72) Pages S1229, S1230, S1390–92 Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m., on Thursday, February 16, 2017, and adjourned at 1:54 p.m., on Friday, February 17, 2017, until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 20, 2017. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S1416.) Committee Meetings (Committees not listed did not meet) 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. IMPROVING TSA 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. NOMINATION 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. NOMINATION 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. BUSINESS MEETING 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. INTELLIGENCE 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. BUSINESS MEETING Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee announced the following subcommittee assignments: Subcommittee on Commodities, Risk Management, and Trade: Senators Boozman (Chair), Cochran, Hoeven, Grassley, Thune, Daines, Perdue, Heitkamp, Brown, Bennet, Gillibrand, Donnelly, and Van Hollen. Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy: Senators Ernst (Chair), Cochran, Boozman, Hoeven, Thune, Daines, Strange, Van Hollen, Brown, Klobuchar, Bennet, Donnelly, and Heitkamp. Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources: Senator Daines (Chair), Cochran, McConnell, Boozman, Grassley, Strange, Bennet, Leahy, Klobuchar, Donnelly, and Casey. Subcommittee on Nutrition, Agricultural Research, and Specialty Crops: Senators Strange (Chair), McConnell, Boozman, Hoeven, Ernst, Perdue, Casey, Leahy, Brown, Gillibrand, and Van Hollen. Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security: Senators Perdue (Chair), McConnell, Ernst, Grassley, Thune, Daines, Gillibrand, Leahy, Klobuchar, Heitkamp, and Casey. Senators Roberts and Stabenow are ex officio members of each subcommittee. The online Record has been corrected to read: Chamber Action The Senate continued in the session that began on Thursday, February 16, 2017. See previous volume of the Congressional Record. Committee Meetings No committee meetings were held.
Program for Monday: Senate will meet in a pro forma session.
Program for Tuesday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 2:30 p.m.
Blackburn, Marsha, Tenn., E221
Higgins, Brian, N.Y., E221
Trott, David A., Mich., E222