Daily Digest

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S3837–S3867

Measures Introduced: Forty-six bills and eight resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1472–1517, S. Res. 210–215, and S. Con. Res. 20–21.
Pages S3857–59

Measures Reported:

H.R. 1029, to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to improve pesticide registration and other activities under the Act, to extend and modify fee authorities, with amendments.
Page S3857

Measures Passed:

Engrossment Correction: Senate agreed to S. Res. 210, to correct the engrossment of S. 722.
Page S3842


Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the Secretary of the Senate be directed to request the return of papers for S. 722, to Provide Congressional Review and to Counter Iranian and Russian Governments' Aggression, from the House of Representatives.
Page S3842


Pro Forma Sessions--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that when the Senate completes its business today, it 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, July 3, 2017, at 6 p.m.; and Thursday, July 6, 2017, at 9 a.m.; and that when the Senate adjourns on Thursday, July 6, 2017, it next convene at 3 p.m., on Monday, July 10, 2017.
Page S3847


Rao Nomination–Agreement: Senate continued consideration of the nomination of Neomi Rao, of the District of Columbia, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget.
Pages S3837–42

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

By 59 yeas to 36 nays (Vote No. 155), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
Page S3839

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, July 10, 2017, Senate resume consideration of the nomination, post-cloture; and that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, the post-cloture time on the nomination expire at 5:30 p.m.
Page S3847


Hagerty Nomination--Cloture:
Senate began consideration of the nomination of William Francis Hagerty IV, of Tennessee, to be Ambassador to Japan.
Pages S3846–47

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 upon disposition of the nomination of David C. Nye, of Idaho, to be United States District Judge for the District of Idaho.
Page S3847

Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
Page S3846

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, it be in order to move to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
Page S3846

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
Page S3846


Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

Matthew P. Donovan, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of the Air Force.

Ellen M. Lord, of Rhode Island, to be Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.

Christopher Campbell, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.

Peter B. Davidson, of Virginia, to be General Counsel of the Department of Commerce.

Robert L. Sumwalt III, of South Carolina, to be Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term of two years.

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Brenda Burman, of Arizona, to be Commissioner of Reclamation.

Douglas W. Domenech, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior.

Jason Kearns, of Colorado, to be a Member of the United States International Trade Commission for the term expiring December 16, 2024.

Luis E. Arreaga, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Guatemala.

Krishna R. Urs, of Connecticut, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Peru.

Jerome M. Adams, of Indiana, to be Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service, subject to qualifications therefor as provided by law and regulations, and to be Surgeon General of the Public Health Service for a term of four years.

Janet Dhillon, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 2022.

William J. Emanuel, of California, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring August 27, 2021.

Gerald W. Fauth, of Virginia, to be a Member of the National Mediation Board for a term expiring July 1, 2020.

Joshua A. Deahl, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals for the term of fifteen years.

Susan M. Gordon, of Virginia, to be Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence.

Eric S. Dreiband, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Attorney General.

Brendan Carr, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2018.

Brendan Carr, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission for a term of five years from July 1, 2018.

Kay Bailey Hutchison, of Texas, to be United States Permanent Representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, with the rank and status of Ambassador.

A routine list in the Foreign Service.
Pages S3866–67


Messages from the House:
Page S3856


Measures Referred:
Page S3856


Measures Placed on the Calendar:
Pages S3837, S3857


Executive Reports of Committees:
Page S3857


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S3859–60


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S3860–66


Additional Statements:
Page S3856


Notices of Intent:
Page S3866


Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Page S3842


Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--155)
Page S3839


Adjournment: Senate convened at 11 a.m. and adjourned at 5:45 p.m., until 6 p.m. on Monday, July 3, 2017. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S3847.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:

H.R.1029, to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to improve pesticide registration and other activities under the Act, to extend and modify fee authorities, with amendments; and

The nomination of J. Christopher Giancarlo, of New Jersey, to be Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY IN THE FARM BILL

Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee concluded a hearing to examine conservation and forestry, focusing on perspectives on the past and future direction for the 2018 Farm Bill, after receiving testimony from Tom Tidwell, Chief, Forest Service, Jimmy Bramblett, Deputy Chief for Programs, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Misty Jones, Director, Conservation and Environmental Programs Division, Farm Service Agency, all of the Department of Agriculture; Steven Horning, Horning Farms, Watertown, South Dakota; Paul D. Dees, Delta Wildlife, Stoneville, Mississippi; Barbara Downey, Downey Ranch, Wamego, Kansas, on behalf of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association; Adam Sharp, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Columbus, Ohio; Salem G. Saloom, American Forest Foundation and the National Wild Turkey Federation, Brewton, Alabama; Chuck Roady, F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company, Columbia Falls, Montana, on behalf of the Federal Forest Resource Coalition; and Christopher Topik, The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, Virginia.

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APPROPRIATIONS: NASA

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2018 for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, after receiving testimony from Robert Lightfoot, Acting Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

APPROPRIATIONS: SENATE SERGEANT AT ARMS AND CAPITOL POLICE

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch concluded open and closed hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2018 for the Senate Sergeant at Arms and the Capitol Police, after receiving testimony from Frank J. Larkin, Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate; and Matthew R. Verderosa, Chief of Police, Capitol Police.

HOUSING FINANCE REFORM

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine principles of housing finance reform, after receiving testimony from Edward J. DeMarco, Housing Policy Council of the Financial Services Roundtable, Silver Spring, Maryland; and David H. Stevens, Mortgage Bankers Association, and Michael D. Calhoun, Center for Responsible Lending, both of Washington, D.C.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:

S. 1405, to amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;

S. 875, to require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study and submit a report on filing requirements under the Universal Service Fund programs, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;

S. 1426, to amend the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act to expand the purposes of the corporation, to designate the United States Center for Safe Sport, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;

S. 1393, to streamline the process by which active duty military, reservists, and veterans receive commercial driver's licenses; and

The nominations of David P. Pekoske, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, Robert L. Sumwalt III, of South Carolina, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board, and Derek Kan, of California, to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:

S. 1312, to prioritize the fight against human trafficking in the United States, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;

S. 1311, to provide assistance in abolishing human trafficking in the United States, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; and

The nomination of Stephen Elliott Boyd, of Alabama, to be an Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice.

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: 58 public bills, H.R. 3104–3161; and 10 resolutions, H.J. Res. 107; H. Con. Res. 68; and H. Res. 422–429 were introduced.
Pages H5373–77


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages H5379–80


Reports Filed: There were no reports filed today.

Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Jody B. Hice (GA) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Page H5299


Recess: The House recessed at 10:51 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Page H5305


Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, Diocese of Stockton, Stockton, CA.
Page H5305


No Sanctuary for Criminals Act: The House passed H.R. 3003, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify provisions relating to assistance by States, and political subdivision of States, in the enforcement of Federal immigration laws, by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 195 nays, Roll No. 342.
Pages H5316–33, H5353–55

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Rejected the Demings motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 181 yeas to 230 nays, Roll No. 341.
Pages H5332–33, H5353–54

H. Res. 414, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3003) was agreed to yesterday, June 28th.

Kate's Law: The House passed H.R. 3004, to amend section 276 of the Immigration and Nationality Act relating to reentry of removed aliens, by a recorded vote of 257 ayes to 167 noes, Roll No. 344.
Pages H5333–53, H5355–56

Rejected the Lofgren motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 193 yeas to 232 nays, Roll No. 343.
Pages H5352–53, H5355

H. Res. 415, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3004) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 236 ayes to 191 noes, Roll No. 340, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 235 yeas to 190 nays, Roll No. 339.
Pages H5308–16


Urging the Government of the People's Republic of China to unconditionally release Liu Xiaobo, together with his wife Liu Xia, to allow them to freely meet with friends, family, and counsel and seek medical treatment wherever they desire: The House agreed to discharge from committee and agree to H. Con. Res. 67, urging the Government of the People's Republic of China to unconditionally release Liu Xiaobo, together with his wife Liu Xia, to allow them to freely meet with friends, family, and counsel and seek medical treatment wherever they desire.
Page H5356


Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 3rd.
Page H5356


Senate Messages: Message received from the Senate and message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on pages H5308 and H5353.

Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea-and-nay votes and two recorded votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H5315–16, H5316, H5353–54, H5354, H5355, and H5355–56. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:39 p.m.

Committee Meetings

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES

Committee on Appropriations: Full Committee held a markup on the Defense Appropriations Bill, FY 2018; and the Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill, FY 2018. The Defense Appropriations Bill, FY 2018; and the Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill, FY 2018, were ordered reported, as amended.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies held a markup on the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, FY 2018. The Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, FY 2018, was forwarded to the full committee, without amendment.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government held a markup on the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill, FY 2018. The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill, FY 2018, was forwarded to the full committee, without amendment.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES

Committee on Education and the Workforce: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 986, the ``Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017''; H.R. 2776, the ``Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act''; and H.R. 2775, the ``Employee Privacy Protection Act''. H.R. 986, H.R. 2776, and H.R. 2775 were ordered reported, as amended.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES

Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a markup on H.R. 767, the ``SOAR to Health and Wellness Act of 2017''; H.R. 880, the ``MISSION ZERO Act''; H.R. 931, the ``Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017''; and H.R. 2422, the ``Action for Dental Health Act of 2017''. H.R. 767, H.R. 880, H.R. 931, and H.R. 2422 were forwarded to the full committee, as amended.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES

Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa held a markup on H. Res. 185, to call on the Government of Iran to fulfill repeated promises of assistance in the case of Robert Levinson, the longest held United States civilian in our Nation's history; H. Res. 218, to recognize the importance of the United States-Israel economic relationship and encouraging new areas of cooperation; H. Res. 274, to condemn the Government of Iran's state-sponsored persecution of its Baha'i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights; H. Res. 317, to call for the unconditional release of United States citizens and legal permanent resident aliens being held for political purposes by the Government of Iran; H. Res. 359, to urge the European Union to designate Hizballah in its entirety as a terrorist organization and increase pressure on it and its members; and H.R. 2646, the ``United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension Act''. H. Res. 218, H. Res. 274, and H. Res. 317 were forwarded to the full committee, as amended. H. Res. 359, H.R. 2646, and H. Res. 185 were forwarded to the full committee, without amendment.

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RECENT TRENDS IN INTERNATIONAL ANTITRUST ENFORCEMENT

Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law held a hearing entitled ``Recent Trends in International Antitrust Enforcement''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

EXAMINING ACCESS TO OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT ON FEDERAL LANDS

Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing entitled ``Examining Access to Oil and Gas Development on Federal Lands''. Testimony was heard from Katharine MacGregor, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management, Department of the Interior; Laura Nelson, Governor's Energy Advisor, Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development; and public witnesses.

IN-SPACE PROPULSION: STRATEGIC CHOICES AND OPTIONS

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Space held a hearing entitled ``In-Space Propulsion: Strategic Choices and Options''. Testimony was heard from William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Stephen Jurczyk, Associate Administrator, Space Technology Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and public witnesses.

A REVIEW OF SBA'S 504/CDC LOAN PROGRAM

Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access held a hearing entitled ``A Review of SBA's 504/CDC Loan Program''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURES

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on H.R. 2006, the ``VA Procurement Efficiency and Transparency Act''; H.R. 2749, the ``Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2017''; H.R. 2781, the ``Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing Act''; and legislation to improve the hiring, training, and efficiency of acquisition personnel and organizations of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. Testimony was heard from Thomas Burgess, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURES

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing on H.R. 282, the ``Military Residency Choice Act''; H.R. 1690, the ``Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act''; H.R. 2631, the ``Justice for Servicemembers Act of 2017''; H.R. 2772, the ``SEA Act''; legislation to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to furnish assistance for adaptations of residences of veterans in rehabilitation programs under chapter 31 of such title, and for other purposes; and legislation to amend title 38, United States Code, to permit appraisers approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make appraisals for purposes of chapter 37 of such title based on inspections performed by third parties. Testimony was heard from Representatives Stefanik, Wittman, Tenney, Cicilline, and Taylor; Curtis L. Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses.

COMPLEXITIES AND CHALLENGES OF SOCIAL SECURITY COVERAGE AND PAYROLL TAX COMPLIANCE FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Social Security; and Subcommittee on Oversight held a joint hearing entitled ``Complexities and Challenges of Social Security Coverage and Payroll Tax Compliance for State and Local Governments''. Testimony was heard from Marianna LaCanfora, Acting Deputy Commissioner, Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, Social Security Administration; Sunita Lough, Commissioner, Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division, Internal Revenue Service; and a public witness.

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ONGOING INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Ongoing Intelligence Activities''. This hearing was closed.–

Joint Meetings

No joint committee meetings were held.

NEW PUBLIC LAWS

(For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D701)

S. 1083, to amend section 1214 of title 5, United States Code, to provide for stays during a period that the Merit Systems Protection Board lacks a quorum. Signed on June 27, 2017. (Public Law 115–42)

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR MONDAY,

JULY 3, 2017

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

No meetings/hearings scheduled.

House

No hearings are scheduled.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

6 p.m., Monday, July 3

Senate Chamber

Program for Monday: Senate will meet in a pro forma session.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

11 a.m., Monday, July 3

House Chamber

Program for Monday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 11 a.m.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Beatty, Joyce, Ohio, E932

Blum, Rod, Iowa, E923

Brady, Kevin, Tex., E924, E936

Brooks, Susan W., Ind., E933

Budd, Ted, N.C., E925

Burgess, Michael C., Tex., E922, E923

Calvert, Ken, Calif., E928

Carson, André, Ind., E928

Castro, Joaquin, Tex., E930

Collins, Chris, N.Y., E927, E934

Comstock, Barbara, Va., E928

Conaway, K. Michael, Tex., E926

Conyers, John, Jr., Mich., E930

Correa, J. Luis, Calif., E935

Cuellar, Henry, Tex., E927

Duncan, John J., Jr., Tenn., E933

Dunn, Neal P., Fla., E927

Gibbs, Bob, Ohio, E929

Griffith, H. Morgan, Va., E935

Guthrie, Brett, Ky., E921

Hensarling, Jeb, Tex., E921

Hill, J. French, Ark., E925

Hoyer, Steny H., Md., E923, E937

Hudson, Richard, N.C., E924, E936

Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E932

Jordan, Jim, Ohio, E929

Kaptur, Marcy, Ohio, E925, E931

Katko, John, N.Y., E924

Keating, William R., Mass., E926

Kind, Ron, Wisc., E921

Krishnamoorthi, Ill., E921

Marchant, Kenny, Tex., E932

Matsui, Doris O., Calif., E926

McCollum, Betty, Minn., E928, E930

Mitchell, Paul, Mich., E929

Moore, Gwen, Wisc., E931

Neal, Richard E., Mass., E935

Newhouse, Dan, Wash., E938

Perry, Scott, Pa., E934

Poe, Ted, Tex., E924, E936

Posey, Bill, Fla., E932

Rouzer, David, N.C., E938

Roybal-Allard, Lucille, Calif., E933

Sewell, Terri A., Ala., E922

Shuster, Bill, Pa., E927

Simpson, Michael K., Idaho, E930

Smith, Christopher H., N.J., E937, E938

Smith, Jason, Mo., E926

Speier, Jackie, Calif., E933

Thompson, Mike, Calif., E924

Valadao, David G., Calif., E922, E937

Veasey, Marc A., Tex., E925, E935

Velázquez, Nydia M., N.Y., E931

Visclosky, Peter J., Ind., E929

Wilson, Joe, S.C., E923, E936

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