Daily Digest

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S2179–S2255

Senate continued in the session that began on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. See next volume of the Congressional Record.

Measures Introduced: Twenty bills and six resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 807–826, S. Res. 109–113, and S. Con. Res. 12.
Pages S2214–15

Measures Reported:

S. 254, to amend the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to provide flexibility and reauthorization to ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages. (S. Rept. No. 115–23)
Page S2214

Measures Passed:

National Read Aloud Month: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 94, designating March 2017 as ``National Read Aloud Month'', and the resolution was then agreed to.
Page S2220


Alaska Purchase 150th Anniversary: Senate agreed to S. Res. 111, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Alaska Purchase.
Page S2220


Gold Star Wives Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 112, designating April 5, 2017, as ``Gold Star Wives Day''.
Page S2220


University of Washington Center on Human Development and Disability 50th Anniversary: Senate agreed to S. Res. 113, recognizing and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Center on Human Development and Disability at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.
Page S2220


Gorsuch Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch, of Colorado, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Pages S2190–S2210, S2222–48

Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action: Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
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By 55 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 104), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to executive session to consider the nomination.
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A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Thursday, April 6, 2017.
Page S2210

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 5, 2017; that the debate time on the nomination during Wednesday's session of the Senate be divided as follows: following Leader remarks until 11 a.m. be equally divided, that the time from 11 a.m. until 12 noon be under the control of the Majority; that the time from 12 noon until 1 p.m. be under the control of the Minority; and that the debate time until 9 p.m., on Wednesday be divided in one hour alternating blocks.
Pages S2220–21


Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:

By 85 yeas to 14 nays (Vote No. EX. 103), Elaine C. Duke, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.
Pages S2180–90, S2255


Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

Sigal Mandelker, of New York, to be Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes.

Heath P. Tarbert, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.

Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy.
Pages S2248–55


Messages from the House:
Page S2214


Measures Referred:
Page S2214


Executive Reports of Committees:
Page S2214


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S2215–16


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S2216–20


Additional Statements:
Pages S2213–14


Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Page S2220


Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--104)
Pages S2189, S2190


Evening Session: Senate convened at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. (For complete Digest of today's proceedings, see next volume of the Congressional Record.)

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Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

NATIONAL WATER HAZARDS AND VULNERABILITIES

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine national water hazards and vulnerabilities, focusing on improved forecasting for responses and mitigation, after receiving testimony from Louis Uccellini, Assistant Administrator, Weather Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Director, National Weather Service; Bryan Koon, Florida Division of Emergency Management Director, Tallahassee; Antonio Busalacchi, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado; and Mary Glackin, The Weather Company, IBM, Washington, D.C.

U.S. STRATEGIC COMMAND

Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine United States Strategic Command programs, after receiving testimony from General John E. Hyten, USAF, Commander, United States Strategic Command, Department of Defense.

CYBER THREATS TO THE U.S.

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Cybersecurity received a closed briefing on cyber threats to the United States from Kate Charlet, Performing the duties of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber Policy, Brigadier General Mary F. O'Brien, USAF, Director of Intelligence, United States Cyber Command, and Major General Ed Wilson, Deputy Principal Cyber Advisor, Office of the Secretary, all of the Department of Defense; Samuel Liles, Director, Cyber Analysis Division, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, and Neil Jenkins, Director, Enterprise Performance Management Office, National Protection and Programs Directorate, both of the Department of Homeland Security; and Tonya L. Ugoretz, Director, Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of Jay Clayton, of New York, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

MULTIMODAL FREIGHT POLICY AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security concluded a hearing to examine keeping goods moving, focusing on continuing to enhance multimodal freight policy and infrastructure, after receiving testimony from Derek J. Leathers, Werner Enterprises, and Lance M. Fritz, Union Pacific Corporation, both of Omaha, Nebraska; Michael L. Ducker, FedEx Freight Corporation, Memphis, Tennessee; and James Pelliccio, Port Newark Container Terminal, Newark, New Jersey, on behalf of the Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors.

CYBERSECURITY THREATS

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a hearing to examine efforts to protect United States energy delivery systems from cybersecurity threats, after receiving testimony from Patricia Hoffman, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, and Andrew A. Bochman, Senior Cyber and Energy Strategist, National and Homeland Security, Idaho National Laboratory, both of the Department of Energy; Colonel Gent Welsh, Commander, 194th Wing, Washington Air National Guard, Camp Murray; Gerry W. Cauley, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, and Dave McCurdy, American Gas Association, both of Washington, D.C.; and Duane D. Highley, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation, Littlerock, on behalf of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

THE EU AS A PARTNER AGAINST RUSSIAN AGGRESSION

Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the European Union as a partner against Russian aggression, focusing on sanctions, security, democratic institutions, and the way forward, after receiving testimony from David O'Sullivan, European Union Delegation to the United States of America, and Kurt Volker, Arizona State University McCain Institute for International Leadership, both of Washington, D.C.; and Daniel B. Baer, former Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Denver, Colorado.

SOUTHWEST BORDER FENCING

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine fencing along the southwest border, after receiving testimony from David V. Aguilar, former Acting Commissioner, and Ronald S. Colburn, former Deputy Chief, Border Patrol, both of Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security; and Terence M. Garrett, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Public Affairs and Security Studies Department, Brownsville.

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FDA USER FEE AGREEMENTS

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded a hearing to examine FDA user fee agreements, focusing on improving medical product regulations and innovation for patients, after receiving testimony from Kay Holcombe, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, David R. Gaugh, Association for Accessible Medicines, Scott Whitaker, AvaMed, and Cynthia A. Bens, Alliance for Aging Research, all of Washington, D.C.

INTELLIGENCE

Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session to receive a briefing on certain intelligence matters from officials of the intelligence community.

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.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 34 public bills, H.R. 1868–1901; and 7 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 43–46; and H. Res. 246–248 were introduced.
Pages H2694–97


Additional Cosponsors:
Page H2698


Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:

H.R. 653, to amend title 5, United States Code, to protect unpaid interns in the Federal Government from workplace harassment and discrimination, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115–78); and

H.R. 702, to amend the Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 to strengthen Federal antidiscrimination laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and expand accountability within the Federal Government, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115–79).
Page H2694


Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Graves (LA) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Page H2633


Recess: The House recessed at 10:45 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Page H2638


Self-Insurance Protection Act--Rule for Consideration: The House agreed to H. Res. 241, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1304) to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Public Health Service Act, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from the definition of health insurance coverage certain medical stop-loss insurance obtained by certain plan sponsors of group health plans, by a recorded vote of 234 ayes to 184 noes, Roll No. 212, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 232 yeas to 188 nays, Roll No. 211.
Pages H2647–51


Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 353, to improve the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's weather research through a focused program of investment on affordable and attainable advances in observational, computing, and modeling capabilities to support substantial improvement in weather forecasting and prediction of high impact weather events, and to expand commercial opportunities for the provision of weather data.
Pages H2666–67


Encouraging Employee Ownership Act of 2017: The House passed H.R. 1343, to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise its rules so as to increase the threshold amount for requiring issuers to provide certain disclosures relating to compensatory benefit plans, by a yea-and-nay vote of 331 yeas to 87 nays, Roll No. 216.
Pages H2667–78

Rejected the Swalwell (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 228 nays, Roll No. 215.
Pages H2676–77

Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–11 shall be considered as adopted.
Page H2667

Withdrawn:

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Polis amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115–75) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have required GAO to report to Congress one year after date of enactment the impact of the legislation on employee ownership.
Page H2675

H. Res. 240, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1343) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 238 ayes to 177 noes, Roll No. 214, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 229 yeas to 187 nays, Roll No. 213.
Pages H2641–47, H2652–53


Senate Referral: S. 89 was held at the desk.

Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H2641.

Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea-and-nay votes and two recorded votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H2650–51, H2651, H2652, H2652–53, H2676–77, and H2677–78. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:19 p.m.

Committee Meetings

THE NEXT FARM BILL: COMMODITY POLICY PART II

Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing entitled ``The Next Farm Bill: Commodity Policy Part II''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

THE NEXT FARM BILL: CREDIT PROGRAMS

Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit held a hearing entitled ``The Next Farm Bill: Credit Programs''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

EXAMINING FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing entitled ``Examining Federal Support for Job Training Programs''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

ASSESSING PROGRESS AND IDENTIFYING FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES IN DEFENSE REFORM

Committee on Armed Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Assessing Progress and Identifying Future Opportunities in Defense Reform''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES

Committee on Education and the Workforce: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 1808, the ``Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act of 2017''; and H.R. 1809, the ``Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017''. H.R. 1808 and H.R. 1809 were ordered reported, as amended.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURE

Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing on a discussion draft of Brownfields Reauthorization. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

CYBERSECURITY IN THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR: STRENGTHENING PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Cybersecurity in the Health Care Sector: Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

EXAMINING THE FEDERAL RESERVE'S MANDATE AND GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE

Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade held a hearing entitled ``Examining the Federal Reserve's Mandate and Governance Structure''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

INCREASING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF NON-NUCLEAR SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN

Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade; and Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance held a joint hearing entitled ``Increasing the Effectiveness of Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

DEFEATING A SOPHISTICATED AND DANGEROUS ADVERSARY: ARE THE NEW BORDER SECURITY TASK FORCES THE RIGHT APPROACH?

Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security held a hearing entitled ``Defeating a Sophisticated and Dangerous Adversary: Are the New Border Security Task Forces the Right Approach?''. Testimony was heard from Rebecca Gambler, Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office; and the following officials from the Department of Homeland Security: Vice Admiral Karl Schultz, Director, Joint Task Force East; Paul Beeson, Director, Border Patrol, Joint Task Force West; and Janice Ayala, Director, Joint Task Force--Investigations, Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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OVERSIGHT OF THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION AND THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS, AND EXPLOSIVES

Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives''. Testimony was heard from Thomas E. Brandon, Acting Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration.

FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTIONS ON PUBLIC COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES

Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing entitled ``First Amendment Protections on Public College and University Campuses''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURES

Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a hearing on H.R. 220, to authorize the expansion of the existing Terror Lake hydroelectric project, and for other purposes; H.R. 1411, the ``Transparent Summer Flounder Quotas Act''; and a discussion draft of the ``Bureau of Reclamation Pumped Storage Hydropower Development Act''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

USE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANTS AT ATF AND DEA

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Use of Confidential Informants at ATF and DEA''. Testimony was heard from Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General, Department of Justice; Robert Patterson, Acting Principal Deputy Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration; and Ronald B. Turk, Associate Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

REVIEWING FEDERAL IT WORKFORCE CHALLENGES AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Information Technology held a hearing entitled ``Reviewing Federal IT Workforce Challenges and Possible Solutions''. Testimony was heard from Nick Marinos, Assistant Director, Information Technology, Government Accountability Office; and public witnesses.

BUILDING A 21ST CENTURY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR AMERICA: ENABLING INNOVATION IN THE NATIONAL AIRSPACE

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Aviation held a hearing entitled ``Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Enabling Innovation in the National Airspace''. Testimony was heard from Shelley J. Yak, Director, William J. Hughes Technical Center, Federal Aviation Administration; and public witnesses.

AUTHORIZATION OF COAST GUARD AND MARITIME TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing entitled ``Authorization of Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs''. Testimony was heard from Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard; Master Chief Steven W. Cantrell, Master Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Coast Guard; Michael A. Khouri, Acting Chairman, Federal Maritime Commission; and Joel Szabat, Executive Director, in lieu of the Administrator, Maritime Administration.

AN ASSESSMENT OF ONGOING CONCERNS AT THE VETERANS CRISIS LINE

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``An Assessment of Ongoing Concerns at the Veterans Crisis Line''. Testimony was heard from Michael J. Missal, Inspector General, Department of Veterans Affairs; Steve Young, Deputy Undersecretary for Operations and Management, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses.

ASSESSING VA APPROVED APPRAISERS AND HOW TO IMPROVE THE PROGRAM FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing entitled ``Assessing VA Approved Appraisers and How to Improve the Program for the 21st Century''. Testimony was heard from Jeffrey London, Director, Loan Guaranty Service, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses.

Joint Meetings


No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY,

APRIL 5, 2017

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate
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Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, to hold hearings to examine protecting our midshipmen, focusing on preventing sexual assault and sexual harassment at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, 10 a.m., SD–192.

Subcommittee on Department of Defense, to hold closed hearings to examine intelligence programs and threat assessment, 10:30 a.m., SVC–217.

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on Economic Policy, to hold hearings to examine the current state of retirement security in the United States, 3 p.m., SD–538.

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: business meeting to consider pending calendar business, 10 a.m., SH–216.

Committee on Environment and Public Works: business meeting to consider proposed legislation entitled, ``Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver (WILD) Act'', S. 518, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide for technical assistance for small treatment works, S. 692, to provide for integrated plan permits, to establish an Office of the Municipal Ombudsman, to promote green infrastructure, and to require the revision of financial capability guidance, and S. 675, to amend and reauthorize certain provisions relating to Long Island Sound restoration and stewardship, 10 a.m., SD–406.

Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, to hold hearings to examine a progress report on conflict minerals, 2 p.m., SD–419.

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Scott Gottlieb, of Connecticut, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services, 10 a.m., SD–430.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: to hold hearings to examine improving border security and public safety, 9:30 a.m., SD–342.

House

Committee on Agriculture, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Agriculture and Tax Reform: Opportunities for Rural America'', 10 a.m., 1300 Longworth.

Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, hearing entitled ``Federal Response to the Opioid Abuse Crisis'', 10 a.m., 2358–C Rayburn.

Committee on Armed Services, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Consequences to the Military of a Continuing Resolution'', 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Readiness, hearing entitled ``The Current State of the U.S. Marine Corps'', 2 p.m., 2212 Rayburn.

Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, hearing on H.R. 1180, the ``Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017'', 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.

Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, hearing entitled ``Facilitating the 21st Century Wireless Economy'', 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

Committee on Financial Services, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``The 2016 Semi-Annual Reports of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection'', 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.

Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, hearing entitled ``Turkey's Democracy Under Challenge'', 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.

Committee on Homeland Security, Full Committee, markup on H. Res. 235, directing the Secretary of Homeland Security to transmit certain documents to the House of Representatives relating to the Department of Homeland Security's research, integration, and analysis activities relating to Russian Government interference in the elections for Federal office held in 2016, 11 a.m., HVC–210.

Committee on the Judiciary, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 1842, the ``Strengthening Children's Safety Act of 2017''; H.R. 1761, the ``Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017''; the ``Global Child Protection Act of 2017''; H.R. 1862, the ``Global Child Protection Act of 2017''; and H.R. 659, the ``Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act of 2017'', 11 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, hearing on H.R. 1731, the ``Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More Act of 2017'', 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.

Subcommittee on Federal Lands, hearing on H.R. 218, the ``King Cove Road Land Exchange Act''; H.R. 497, the ``Santa Ana River Wash Plan Land Exchange Act''; H.R. 1157, to clarify the United States interest in certain submerged lands in the area of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, and for other purposes; and H.R. 1728, to modify the boundaries of the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, and for other purposes, 2 p.m., 1324 Longworth.

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Response to the Baton Rouge Flood Disaster: Part II'', 9:30 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and Environment, hearing entitled ``Improving the Visitor Experience at National Parks'', 2 p.m., 2247 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on National Security, hearing entitled, ``Assessing the Iran Deal'', 2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.

Committee on Small Business, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Taking Care of Small Business: Working Together for a Better SBA'', 11 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, hearing entitled ``FAST Act Implementation: State and Local Perspectives'', 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, hearing on H.R. 105, the ``Protect Veterans from Financial Fraud Act of 2017''; H.R. 299, the ``Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017''; H.R. 1328, the ``American Heroes COLA Act of 2017''; H.R. 1329, the ``Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017''; H.R. 1390, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay costs relating to the transportation of certain deceased veterans to veterans' cemeteries owned by a State or tribal organization; H.R. 1564, the ``VA Beneficiary Travel Act of 2017''; and a draft bill entitled ``Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017'', 10:30 a.m., 334 Cannon.

Joint Meetings
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Joint Economic Committee: to hold hearings to examine the decline of economic opportunity in the United States, focusing on causes and consequences, 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth Building.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 5

Senate Chamber

Program for Wednesday: Senate will continue consideration of the nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch, of Colorado, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.


Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

10 a.m., Wednesday, April 5

House Chamber

Program for Wednesday. Consideration of H.R. 1304--Self-Insurance Protection Act. Consideration of the following measure under suspension of the Rules: H.R. 369--To Eliminate the Sunset of the Veterans Choice Program.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Abraham, Ralph Lee, La., E444

Bilirakis, Gus M., Fla., E440

Burgess, Michael C., Tex., E435

Bustos, Cheri, Ill., E450

Cohen, Steve, Tenn., E445

Connolly, Gerald E., Va., E435, E436, E438, E440, E441, E442, E443, E445, E446, E447

Costa, Jim, Calif., E438, E441, E444, E445, E449

Crist, Charlie, Fla., E439

Davis, Rodney, Ill., E438, E439, E447

DesJarlais, Scott, Tenn., E436

Farenthold, Blake, Tex., E437

Gutiérrez, Luis V., Ill., E441

Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E441

Jackson Lee, Sheila, Tex., E447

Jenkins, Evan H., W.Va., E444

Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E442

Kinzinger, Adam, Ill., E437

Long, Billy, Mo., E439

Marino, Tom, Pa., E444

Perlmutter, Ed, Colo., E435, E436, E438, E440, E441, E442, E443, E444, E446, E447

Pittenger, Robert, N.C., E441

Pocan, Mark, Wisc., E443

Reed, Tom, N.Y., E442

Roby, Martha, Ala., E436, E440

Smith, Lamar, Tex., E435, E448

Stefanik, Elise M., N.Y., E439, E443, E446, E450

Thompson, Bennie G., Miss., E437, E439, E440, E442, E444, E446, E448

Titus, Dina, Nev., E438

Tonko, Paul, N.Y., E445

Walker, Mark, N.C., E441

Young, David, Iowa, E450, E450, E450, E450, E450, E451, E451, E451

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