June 8, 2017 - Issue: Vol. 163, No. 98 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 1st Session
Thursday, June 8, 2017
S. 1141, 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. (S. Rept. No. 115–93
S. 363, to revise the authorized route of the North Country National Scenic Trail in northeastern Minnesota and to extend the trail into Vermont to connect with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. (S. Rept. No. 115–99)
S. 490, to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Gibson Dam, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 115–100)
S. 491, to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving Clark Canyon Dam, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 115–101)
S. 534, to prevent the sexual abuse of minors and amateur athletes by requiring the prompt reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
S. 782, to reauthorize the National Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program.
Condemning the deadly attack on May 26, 2017, in Portland, Oregon: Senate passed S.J. Res. 45, condemning the deadly attack on May 26, 2017, in Portland, Oregon, expressing deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims, and supporting efforts to overcome hatred, bigotry, and violence.
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1st Infantry Division: Committee on Armed Services was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 115, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1st Infantry Division, and the resolution was then agreed to, after agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto:
McConnell (for Moran/Roberts) Amendment No. 227, in the nature of a substitute.
McConnell (for Moran/Roberts) Amendment No. 228, in the nature of a substitute.
Condemning Recent Terrorist Attacks: Senate agreed to S. Res. 188, condemning the recent terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Indonesia, Egypt, Iraq, Australia, and Iran and offering thoughts and prayers and sincere condolences to all of the victims, their families, and the people of their countries.
Hemp History Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 189, designating the week of June 5 through June 11, 2017, as ``Hemp History Week''.
WILD Act: Senate passed S. 826, to reauthorize the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and certain wildlife conservation funds, to establish prize competitions relating to the prevention of wildlife poaching and trafficking, wildlife conservation, the management of invasive species, and the protection of endangered species, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act--Agreement: Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 722, to impose sanctions with respect to Iran in relation to Iran's ballistic missile program, support for acts of international terrorism, and violations of human rights, post-cloture.
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A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that following disposition of the nomination of Kenneth P. Rapuano, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense, Senate resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, with all post-cloture time considered expired.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 4 p.m., on Monday, June 12, 2017, Senate resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, post-cloture.
Rapuano Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 5 p.m., on Monday, June 12, 2017, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Kenneth P. Rapuano, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense; and that there be 30 minutes of debate on the nomination, equally divided in the usual form, and that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, with no intervening action or debate.
Pekoske Nomination Referral--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that upon the reporting of the nomination of David P. Pekoske, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the nomination be referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs for a period not to exceed 30 calendar days, except that if the 30 days lapses while the Senate is in recess, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs shall have an additional 5 session days after the Senate reconvenes to report the nomination, after which the nomination, if still in committee, be discharged and placed on the Executive Calendar.
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
By 94 yeas to 4 nays (Vote No. EX. 141), Scott P. Brown, of New Hampshire, to be Ambassador to New Zealand, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Independent State of Samoa.
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Routine lists in the Foreign Service.
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Messages from the House:
Petitions and Memorials:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Privileges of the Floor:
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--141)
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 5:43 p.m., until 4 p.m. on Monday, June 12, 2017. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S3380.)
APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
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 Department of Commerce, after receiving testimony from Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce.
FOSTERING ECONOMIC GROWTH
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine fostering economic growth, focusing on the role of financial institutions in local communities, including S. 366, to require the Federal financial institutions regulatory agencies to take risk profiles and business models of institutions into account when taking regulatory actions, S. 1002, to enhance the ability of community financial institutions to foster economic growth and serve their communities, boost small businesses, increase individual savings, S. 1152, to create protections for depository institutions that provide financial services to cannabis-related businesses, and S. 1310, to amend the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act of 1975 to specify which depository institutions are subject to the maintenance of records and disclosure requirements of such Act, after receiving testimony from Dorothy A. Savarese, American Bankers Association, Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Steve Grooms, 1st Liberty Federal Credit Union, Great Falls, Montana, on behalf of the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions; R. Scott Heitkamp, Value Bank, Corpus Christi, Texas, on behalf of the Independent Community Bankers of America; Dallas Bergl, Inova Federal Credit Union, Elkhart, Indiana, on behalf of the Credit Union National Association; John Bissell, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Pittsfield, Massachusetts; and Adam J. Levitin, Georgetown University Law Center, Somerset, Massachusetts.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Derek Kan, of California, to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, David J. Redl, of New York, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, and Robert L. Sumwalt III, of South Carolina, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board, after the nominees, who were all introduced by Senator Gardner, testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
EMERGING ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a hearing to examine cost reductions in emerging energy technologies with a specific focus on how recent trends may affect today's energy landscape, after receiving testimony from Lily Donge, Rocky Mountain Institute Business Renewables Center, and Kevin Yates, Siemens Energy Management Division, both of Washington, D.C.; Greg Merritt, Cree, Inc., Durham, North Carolina; David Greeson, NRG Energy, Houston, Texas; Steve Simonton, Cimarex Energy Co., Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Russell Vare, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC, Sunnyvale, California.
DEPARTMENT OF HHS BUDGET
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2018 for the Department of Health and Human Services, after receiving testimony from Thomas Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services.
ISIS'S GLOBAL REACH
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine ISIS's global reach beyond Iraq and Syria, after receiving testimony from Lorenzo Vidino, The George Washington University Program on Extremism, and Daniel Byman, Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, both of Washington, D.C.
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:
S. 782, to reauthorize the National Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program; and
The nominations of Noel J. Francisco, of the District of Columbia, to be Solicitor General of the United States, and Makan Delrahim, of California, and Steven Andrew Engel, of the District of Columbia, each to be an Assistant Attorney General, all of the Department of Justice.
FBI INTELLIGENCE MATTERS
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee concluded a hearing to examine certain intelligence matters relating to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, after receiving testimony from James B. Comey, former Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice.
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
Reports Filed: There were no reports filed today.
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Duncan (SC) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 10:56 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by voice vote.
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Financial CHOICE Act of 2017: The House passed H.R. 10, to create hope and opportunity for investors, consumers, and entrepreneurs by ending bailouts and Too Big to Fail, holding Washington and Wall Street accountable, eliminating red tape to increase access to capital and credit, and repealing the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that make America less prosperous, less stable, and less free, by a yea-and-nay vote of 233 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 299.
Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–163 shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Financial Services now printed in the bill.
Smucker amendment (No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–163) that expresses the sense of Congress that consumer reporting agencies and their subsidiaries should implement stronger multi-factor authentication procedures when providing access to personal information files to moreadequately protect consumer information from identity theft;
McSally amendment (No. 5 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–163) that requires the Department of Treasury to submit a report to Congress regarding its efforts to work with Federal bank regulators, financial institutions, and money service businesses to ensure that legitimate financial transactions along the southern border move freely;
Hensarling amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–163) that revises provisions subjecting certain FDIC and NCUA functions to congressional appropriations, relating to appointments of positions created by the Act, and providing congressional access to non-publicFSOC information (by a recorded vote of 232 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 295);
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Hollingsworth amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–163) that allows closed-end funds that are listed on a national securities exchange, and that meet certain requirements to be considered ``well-known seasoned issuers'' or ``WKSIs'' (by a recorded vote of 231 ayes to 180 noes, Roll No. 296);
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Faso amendment (No. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–163) that allows Mutual Holding Companies (MHCs) to waive the receipt of dividends (by a recorded vote of 235 ayes to 184 noes, Roll No. 297); and
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Buck amendment (No. 6 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–163) that requires the GSA to study CLEA's real estate needs due to changes in the Agency's structure. It then authorizes the GSA to sell the current CLEA building if CLEA's real estate needs have changed and there is no government department or agency that can utilize the building (by a recorded vote of 233 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 298).
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Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 12 noon on Monday, June 12th for Morning Hour debate.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H4716.
Quorum Calls--Votes: One yea-and-nay vote and four recorded votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H4799, H4799–H4800, H4800–01, H4801, and H4801–02. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:48 p.m.
THE NEXT FARM BILL: SNAP TECHNOLOGY AND MODERNIZATION
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Nutrition held a hearing entitled ``The Next Farm Bill: SNAP Technology and Modernization''. Testimony was heard from Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, Secretary, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services; Lauren Aaronson, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Office of Business Process Innovation, New York City Human Resources Administration; and public witnesses.
APPROPRIATIONS--DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies held a budget hearing on the Department of the Interior. Testimony was heard from the following Department of the Interior officials: Ryan Zinke, Secretary; Olivia Ferriter, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Budget, Finance, Performance, and Acquisition; and Denise Flanagan, Director, Office of Budget.
APPROPRIATIONS--COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies held a budget hearing on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Testimony was heard from J. Christopher Giancarlo, Acting Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
APPROPRIATIONS--DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies held a budget hearing on the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Testimony was heard from Ben Carson, Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development.
APPROPRIATIONS--NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies held a budget hearing on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Testimony was heard from Robert M. Lightfoot, Jr., Acting Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
DISRUPTER SERIES: IMPROVING CONSUMER'S FINANCIAL OPTIONS WITH FINTECH
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled ``Disrupter Series: Improving Consumer's Financial Options with FinTech''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
EXAMINING THE ROLE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES IN HEALTH CARE CYBERSECURITY
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Examining the Role of the Department of Health and Human Services in Health Care Cybersecurity''. Testimony was heard from the following Department of Health and Human Services officials: Emery Csulak, Chief Information Security Officer, Senior Privacy Official, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Co-Chair, Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force; Stephen Curren, Director, Division of Resilience, Office of Emergency Management, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; and Leo Scanlon, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer.
VIRTUAL CURRENCY: FINANCIAL INNOVATION AND NATIONAL SECURITY IMPLICATIONS
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance held a hearing entitled ``Virtual Currency: Financial Innovation and National Security Implications''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
ATTACKING HEZBOLLAH'S FINANCIAL NETWORK: POLICY OPTIONS
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Attacking Hezbollah's Financial Network: Policy Options''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
HOW CAN THE UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE EVOLVE TO MEET THE CHALLENGES AHEAD?
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security held a hearing entitled ``How Can the United States Secret Service Evolve to Meet the Challenges Ahead?''. Testimony was heard from Randolph Alles, Director, Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security; and John Roth, Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security.
OVERSIGHT OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS' INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT
Committee on House Administration: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Library of Congress' Information Technology Management''. Testimony was heard from the following Library of Congress officials: Carla D. Hayden, Librarian of Congress; Bernard A. Barton, Jr., Chief Information Officer; and Kurt W. Hyde, Inspector General.
OVERSIGHT OF DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE GRANT PROGRAMS
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Oversight of Department of Justice Grant Programs''. Testimony was heard from Alan Hanson, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice.
A TIME TO REFORM: OVERSIGHT OF THE ACTIVITIES OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S CIVIL, TAX AND ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES DIVISIONS AND THE U.S. TRUSTEE PROGRAM
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law held a hearing entitled ``A Time to Reform: Oversight of the Activities of the Justice Department's Civil, Tax and Environment and Natural Resources Divisions and the U.S. Trustee Program''. Testimony was heard from the following Department of Justice officials: Chad Readler, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division; Jeffery Wood, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division; David Hubbert, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division; Clifford White III, Director, U.S. Trustee Program; and public witnesses.
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a hearing on H.R. 2083, the ``Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act''; and legislation to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to facilitate the transfer to non-Federal ownership of appropriate reclamation projects or facilities, and for other purposes. Testimony was heard from Representative Herrera-Beutler; James Hess, Chief of Staff, Bureau of Reclamation; and public witnesses.
BURDENSOME LITIGATION AND FEDERAL BUREAUCRATIC ROADBLOCKS TO MANAGE OUR NATION'S OVERGROWN, FIRE-PRONE NATIONAL FORESTS
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a hearing entitled ``Burdensome Litigation and Federal Bureaucratic Roadblocks to Manage our Nation's Overgrown, Fire-Prone National Forests''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
AN OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Space held a hearing entitled ``An Overview of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Budget for Fiscal Year 2018''. Testimony was heard from Robert M. Lightfoot, Acting Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
AMERICAN SPACE COMMERCE FREE ENTERPRISE ACT OF 2017
BUILDING A 21ST CENTURY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR AMERICA: FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION AUTHORIZATION
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Federal Aviation Administration Authorization''. Testimony was heard from Elaine Chao, Secretary, Department of Transportation.
VA AND ACADEMIC AFFILIATES: WHO'S BENEFITING NOW?
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled ``VA and Academic Affiliates: Who's Benefiting Now?''. Testimony was heard from Carolyn Clancy, M.D., Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Organization Excellence, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses.
IMPROVING THE QUALITY AND TIMELINESS OF GI BILL PROCESSING FOR STUDENT VETERANS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing entitled ``Improving the Quality and Timeliness of GI Bill Processing for Student Veterans''. Testimony was heard from Robert M. Worley II, Director, Education Service, Veterans Benefit Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; Lernes J. Herbert, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy, Department of Defense; and public witnesses.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES' FISCAL YEAR 2018 BUDGET REQUEST
Committee on Ways and Means: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Department of Health and Human Services' Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request''. Testimony was heard from Thomas E. Price, M.D., Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.
OPIOID CRISIS ECONOMIC ASPECTS
Joint Economic Committee: Committee concluded a hearing to examine economic aspects of the opioid crisis, after receiving testimony from former Senator Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General, Columbus; Lisa N. Sacco, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress; Angus Deaton, Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Economics Department, Princeton, New Jersey; and Richard G. Frank, Harvard Medical School Department of Health Care Policy, Boston, Massachusetts.
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: business meeting to consider the nomination of Brock Long, of North Carolina, to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, 5:30 p.m., S–216, Capitol.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Monday: Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 722, Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act, post-cloture.
At 5 p.m., Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Kenneth P. Rapuano, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense, and vote on confirmation of the nomination at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Following disposition of the nomination of Kenneth P. Rapuano, Senate will continue consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 722, Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act, with all post-cloture time being expired.
Program for Monday: To be announced.
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