Daily Digest

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S3615–S3655

Measures Introduced: Seven bills and one resolution were introduced, as follows: S. 1380–1386, and S. Res. 195.
Page S3650

Measures Reported:

H.R. 494, to expand the boundary of Fort Frederica National Monument in the State of Georgia, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 115–114)
Page S3648


Mandelker Nomination--Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Sigal Mandelker, of New York, to be Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Crimes.
Page S3616

During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:

By 94 yeas to 5 nays (Vote No. 149), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
Page S3620

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 12 noon, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017; and that all time during morning business, recess, adjournment and Leader remarks count post-cloture on the nomination.
Page S3654


Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:

By 95 yeas to 4 nays (Vote No. EX. 148), Brock Long, of North Carolina, to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.
Pages S3619–20, S3655


Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

Anna Maria Farias, of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Marvin Kaplan, of Kansas, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring August 27, 2020.

Patrick Pizzella, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.

Lance Allen Robertson, of Oklahoma, to be Assistant Secretary for Aging, Department of Health and Human Services.
Page S3655


Executive Communications:
Pages S3646–48


Executive Reports of Committees:
Pages S3648–50


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S3650–51


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S3651–54


Additional Statements:
Pages S3644–46


Notices of Intent:
Page S3654


Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Page S3625


Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--149)
Page S3620


Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:39 p.m., until 12 noon on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S3654.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

APPROPRIATIONS: FDA

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2018 for the Food and Drug Administration, after receiving testimony from Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services.

APPROPRIATIONS: FCC

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2018 for the Federal Communications Commission, after receiving testimony from Ajit Pai, Chairman, and Mignon L. Clyburn, and Michael O'Rielly, each a Commissioner, all of the Federal Communications Commission.

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BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported 995 nominations in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.

NOMINATION

Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Patrick M. Shanahan, of Washington, to be Deputy Secretary of Defense, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senator Cantwell, testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

THE USF AND RURAL BROADBAND

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet concluded a hearing to examine the Universal Service Fund and rural broadband, after receiving testimony from Michael J. Balhoff, Charlesmead Advisors, LLC, Columbia, Maryland; Shirley Bloomfield, NTCA--The Rural Broadband Association, Arlington, Virginia; Eric B. Graham, C Spire, Ridgeland, Mississippi; and Karen S. Rheuban, University of Virginia Center for Telehealth, Charlottesville.

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR BUDGET

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2018 for the Department of the Interior, after receiving testimony from Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior.

REVIEWING CONGRESSIONAL AUMF

Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine reviewing Congressional authorizations for the use of military force, after receiving testimony from John B. Bellinger, III, Arnold and Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, and Kathleen H. Hicks, Center for Strategic and International Studies, both of Washington, D.C.

FIRST AMENDMENT ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the assault on the First Amendment on college campuses, after receiving testimony from Zachary R. Wood, Uncomfortable Learning, Williamstown, Massachusetts; Frederick M. Lawrence, The Phi Beta Kappa Society, and Fanta Aw, American University, both of Washington, D.C.; Eugene Volokh, University of California School of Law, Los Angeles; J. Richard Cohen, Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, Alabama; Floyd Abrams, Cahill Gordon and Reindel LLP, New York, New York; and Issac Smith, Cincinnati, Ohio.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 35 public bills, H.R. 2936–2970; and 3 resolutions, H. Res. 393–395 were introduced.
Pages H4991–93


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages H4994–96


Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:

H.R. 1551, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the credit for production from advanced nuclear power facilities, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–183);

H.R. 2190, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Under Secretary for Management of the Department of Homeland Security to make certain improvements in managing the Department's real property portfolio, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–184);

H.R. 2842, to provide for the conduct of demonstration projects to test the effectiveness of subsidized employment for TANF recipients, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–185); and

H. Res. 392, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1873) to amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to enhance the reliability of the electricity grid and reduce the threat of wildfires to and from electric transmission and distribution facilities on Federal lands by facilitating vegetation management on such lands, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1654) to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to coordinate Federal and State permitting processes related to the construction of new surface water storage projects on lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture and to designate the Bureau of Reclamation as the lead agency for permit processing, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115–186).
Page H4991


Recess: The House recessed at 12:09 p.m. and reconvened at 2 p.m.
Page H4946


Recess: The House recessed at 2:03 p.m. and reconvened at 3:06 p.m.
Page H4946


Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2017: H.R. 1393, to limit the authority of States to tax certain income of employees for employment duties performed in other States;
Pages H4947–51


Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act: H.R. 2847, to make improvements to the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program and related provisions, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 391 yeas to 8 nays, Roll No. 309;
Pages H4951–55, H4978–79


Reducing Barriers for Relative Foster Parents Act: H.R. 2866, amended, to review and improve licensing standards for placement in a relative foster family home, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 382 yeas to 19 nays, Roll No. 310;
Pages H4955–58, H4979


Amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the credit for production from advanced nuclear power facilities: H.R. 1551, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the credit for production from advanced nuclear power facilities;
Pages H4958–63


Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act: H.R. 2742, to amend title IV of the Social Security Act to require States to adopt an electronic system to help expedite the placement of children in foster care or guardianship, or for adoption, across State lines, and to provide funding to aid States in developing such a system;
Pages H4963–66


Partnership Grants to Strengthen Families Affected by Parental Substance Abuse Act: H.R. 2834, amended, to improve the well-being of, and improve permanency outcomes for, children and families affected by heroin, opioids, and other substance abuse;
Pages H4966–68


Supporting Families in Substance Abuse Treatment Act: H.R. 2857, amended, to support foster care maintenance payments for children with parents in a licensed residential family-based treatment facility for substance abuse;
Pages H4968–70


Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017: H.R. 2484, to ensure that the United States promotes the meaningful participation of women in mediation and negotiation processes seeking to prevent, mitigate, or resolve violent conflict;
Pages H4970–74


Traveler Redress Improvement Act of 2017: H.R. 2132, amended, to require the implementation of a redress process and review of the Transportation Security Administration's intelligence-based screening rules for aviation security;
Pages H4975–76


Reporting Efficiently to Proper Officials in Response to Terrorism Act of 2017: H.R. 625, amended, to provide for joint reports by relevant Federal agencies to Congress regarding incidents of terrorism;
Pages H4976–78


Department of Homeland Security Morale, Recognition, Learning and Engagement Act of 2017: H.R. 2283, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to improve morale within the Department of Homeland Security workforce by conferring new responsibilities to the Chief Human Capital Officer, establishing an employee engagement steering committee, requiring action plans, and authorizing an annual employee award program; and
Pages H4980–82


Streamlining DHS Overhead Act: H.R. 2190, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Under Secretary for Management of the Department of Homeland Security to make certain improvements in managing the Department's real property portfolio.
Pages H4982–84


Securing our Agriculture and Food Act: The House agreed to take from the Speaker's table and concur in the Senate amendments to H.R. 1238, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Health Affairs responsible for coordinating the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security related to food, agriculture, and veterinary defense against terrorism.
Pages H4974–75


Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H4946.

Senate Referral: S. 782 was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Pages H4946, H4990


Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea-and-nay votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H4978–79, H4979. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 12 noon and adjourned at 8:06 p.m.

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Committee Meetings

APPROPRIATIONS--DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies held a budget hearing on the Department of Energy. Testimony was heard from Rick Perry, Secretary, Department of Energy.

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WATER SUPPLY PERMITTING COORDINATION ACT; ELECTRICITY RELIABILITY AND FOREST PROTECTION ACT

Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 1654, the ``Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act''; and H.R. 1873, the ``Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act''. The Committee granted a structured rule for H.R. 1873. The rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Natural Resources. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule makes in order as original text for the purpose of amendment the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Natural Resources now printed in the bill and provides that it shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute. The rule makes in order only those further amendments printed in Part A of the Rules Committee report. Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. The rule waives all points of order against the amendments printed in Part A of the report. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Additionally, the rule grants a structured rule for H.R. 1654. The rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Natural Resources. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule makes in order as original text for the purpose of amendment the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Natural Resources now printed in the bill and provides that it shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute. The rule makes in order only those further amendments printed in Part B of the Rules Committee report. Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. The rule waives all points of order against the amendments printed in Part B of the report. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from Representatives McClintock and LaMalfa. –

Joint Meetings

No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY,

JUNE 21, 2017

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2018 for the Department of the Interior, 9:30 a.m., SD–124.

Subcommittee on Department of Defense, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2018 for the Department of the Air Force, 10:30 a.m., SD–192.

Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2018 for the Department of Energy, 2:30 p.m., SD–138.

Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2018 and 2019 for the Department of Veterans Affairs, 2:30 p.m., SD–124.

Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2018 for the Government Accountability Office and the Congressional Budget Office, 3 p.m., SD–192.

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on SeaPower, to hold hearings to examine Navy shipbuilding programs in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2018 and the Future Years Defense Program, 9 a.m., SR–232A.

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of David P. Pekoske, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, 10 a.m., SR–253.

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining, to hold an oversight hearing to examine collaborative initiatives, focusing on restoring watersheds and large landscapes across boundaries through state and Federal partnerships, 10 a.m., SD–366.

Committee on Finance: to hold hearings to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2018 and the trade policy agenda, 10:15 a.m., SD–215.

Committee on Foreign Relations: to receive a closed briefing on preparing for the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report, 11 a.m., S–116, Capitol.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: business meeting to consider the nominations of Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director, and Neomi Rao, of the District of Columbia, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, both of the Office of Management and Budget, 10 a.m., SD–342.

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Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine cybersecurity regulation harmonization, 10:30 a.m., SD–342.

Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings to examine the MS–13 problem, focusing on investigating gang membership, its nexus to illegal immigration, and Federal efforts to end the threat, 10 a.m., SD–226.

Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold hearings to examine Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, 9:30 a.m., SH–216.

House

Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, budget hearing on the Office of Management and Budget, 2 p.m., 2359 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, budget hearing on the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 3 p.m., 2358–C Rayburn.

Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, markup on H.R. 2810, the ``National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018'', 2:30 p.m., 2212 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, markup on H.R. 2810, the ``National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018'', 4 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.

Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, hearing entitled ``Defining and Mapping Broadband Coverage in America'', 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

Committee on Financial Services, Full Committee, to continue markup on H.R. 2868, the ``National Flood Insurance Program Policyholder Protection Act of 2017''; H.R. 2874, the ``21st Century Flood Reform Act of 2017''; H.R. 1422, the ``Flood Insurance Market Parity and Modernization Act''; H.R. 1558, the ``Repeatedly Flooded Communities Preparation Act''; H.R. 2246, the ``Taxpayer Exposure Mitigation Act of 2017''; H.R. 2565, to require the use of replacement cost value in determining the premium rates for flood insurance coverage under the National Flood Insurance Act, and for other purposes; and H.R. 2875, the ``National Flood Insurance Program Administrative Reform Act of 2017'', 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.

Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, hearing entitled ``Grading the Egyptian and Tunisian Enterprise Funds'', 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.

Committee on the Judiciary, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 495, the ``Protection of Children Act of 2017''; H.R. 2826, the ``Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2017''; and H.R. 1096, the ``Judgment Fund Transparency Act of 2017'', 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, hearing on legislation to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to provide that extraction of helium from gas produced under a Federal mineral lease shall maintain the lease as if the helium were oil and gas, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.

Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs, hearing on H.R. 2662, the ``Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act of 2017'', 2 p.m., 1324 Longworth.

Committee on Rules, Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 2842, the ``Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act'', 3 p.m., H–313 Capitol.

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Environment, hearing entitled ``Leading the Way: Examining Advances in Environmental Technologies'', 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.

Committee on Small Business, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Partners in Commerce: The Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee'', 11 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Russia Investigation Task Force, hearing entitled ``Hearing with Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson'', 10 a.m., HVC–210.

Subcommittee on National Security Agency and Cybersecurity, hearing entitled ``Ongoing Intelligence Activities: FY 18 Budget Request'', 1:30 p.m., HVC–304.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

12 noon, Wednesday, June 21

Senate Chamber

Program for Wednesday: Senate will continue consideration of the nomination of Sigal Mandelker, of New York, to be Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Crimes, post-cloture.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

10 a.m., Wednesday, June 21

House Chamber

Program for Wednesday: Consideration of H.R. 1873--Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act (Subject to a Rule). Consideration of H.R. 1654--Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act (Subject to a Rule).

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Aderholt, Robert B., Ala., E855

Barr, Andy, Ky., E853

Bass, Karen, Calif., E845

Buck, Ken, Colo., E849, E854

Comstock, Barbara, Va., E850, E852, E856

Correa, J. Luis, Calif., E851

Costa, Jim, Calif., E849, E856

Diaz-Balart, Mario, Fla., E845

Dingell, Debbie, Mich., E850, E856

Donovan, Daniel M., Jr, N.Y., E846

Esty, Elizabeth H., Conn., E850

Gaetz, Matt, Fla., E849, E855

Gonzalez, Vicente, Tex., E847

Gottheimer, Josh, N.J., E847

Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E848, E854, E855

Huffman, Jared, Calif., E846

Lamborn, Doug, Colo., E845, E852

Latta, Robert E., Ohio, E851

Luetkemeyer, Blaine, Mo., E846

Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E849

Marchant, Kenny, Tex., E852

Norton, Eleanor Holmes, The District of Columbia, E853

Perlmutter, Ed, Colo., E845, E847, E848, E849, E850, E851, E853, E854, E855, E857

Perry, Scott, Pa., E851

Poe, Ted, Tex., E849, E854

Raskin, Jamie, Md., E847

Rogers, Mike, Ala., E857

Rooney, Francis, Fla., E846, E848, E851, E854

Schneider, Bradley Scott, Ill., E854

Sewell, Terri A., Ala., E848

Stefanik, Elise M., N.Y., E848, E853

Valadao, David G., Calif., E856

Watson Coleman, Bonnie, N.J., E851

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