Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
March 24, 2017
115th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 163, No. 52 — Daily Edition
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Friday, March 24, 2017
The Senate was not in session and stands adjourned until 3 p.m., on Monday, March 27, 2017.
No committee meetings were held.
House of Representatives
Reports were filed today as follows:
H. Res. 228, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1628) to provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2017 (H. Rept. 115–58); and
H.R. 1430, to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible (H. Rept. 115–59).
Suspensions--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures. Consideration began Wednesday, March 22nd.
Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Innovation Act: H.R. 1365, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require certain acquisition innovation, by a 2/3 recorded vote of 424 ayes with none voting ``no'', Roll No. 193; and
Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 2017: H.R. 1302, to require an exercise related to terrorist and foreign fighter travel.
American Health Care Act of 2017: The House considered H.R. 1628, to provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2017. Further proceedings were postponed.
Pursuant to H. Res. 228, the following amendments specified in section 2 shall be considered as adopted: a) the amendment printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–58, modified by the amendment printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–58; and b) the amendment printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–58, modified by the amendments printed in part D and E of H. Rept. 115–58.
H. Res. 228, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1628) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 194 noes, Roll No. 192, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 236 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 191.
Recess: The House recessed at 3:31 p.m. and reconvened at 4:30 p.m.
Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 12 noon on Monday, March 27th for Morning Hour debate.
Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 4:31 p.m.
AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT OF 2017
Committee on Rules: Full Committee concluded a hearing on H.R. 1628, the ``American Health Care Act of 2017''. The Committee granted, by record vote of 9–3, a closed rule for H.R. 1628. The rule provides four hours of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Budget or their respective designees. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule provides that the amendment printed in part A of the Rules Committee report, modified by the amendment printed in part B of the report shall be considered as adopted. The rule provides that the amendment printed in part C of the Rules Committee report, modified by the amendments printed in part D and part E of the report shall be considered as adopted. The rule provides that the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from Chairman Black, Chairman Brady of Texas, and Chairman Walden, and Representatives Yarmuth, Pallone, Neal, Pelosi, Hoyer, Clyburn, Grothman, Jackson Lee, Palmer, Barton, Collins of New York, Danny K. Davis of Illinois, Herrera Beutler, Scott of Virginia, and Takano.
No joint committee meetings were held.
Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider the nominations of Neil M. Gorsuch, of Colorado, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and Rod J. Rosenstein, of Maryland, to be Deputy Attorney General, and Rachel L. Brand, of Iowa, to be Associate Attorney General, both of the Department of Justice, 12 noon, SD–226.
Committee on Rules, Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 1430, the ``HONEST Act''; and S.J. Res. 34, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to ``Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services'', 5 p.m., H–313 Capitol.
Program for Monday: Senate will resume consideration of T.D. 114–12, Protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 on the Accession of Montenegro, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the treaty at 5:30 p.m. The filing deadline for first-degree amendments to the treaty is at 3:30 p.m.
Program for Monday: To be announced.
Bordallo, Madeleine Z., Guam, E386
Butterfield, G.K., N.C., E381
Carbajal, Salud O., Calif., E379
Cartwright, Matt, Pa., E380
Diaz-Balart, Mario, Fla., E379
Donovan, Daniel M., Jr, N.Y., E379
Green, Al, Tex., E387
Hartzler, Vicky, Mo., E380
Marchant, Kenny, Tex., E379
Matsui, Doris O., Calif., E384
Meehan, Patrick, Pa., E380
Ruppersberger, C.A. Dutch, Md., E382
Shimkus, John, Ill., E381
Sinema, Kyrsten, Ariz., E381
Tsongas, Niki, Mass., E379
Westerman, Bruce, Ark., E383