Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
July 13, 2017
115th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 163, No. 118 — Daily Edition
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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Shanahan Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Patrick M. Shanahan, of Washington, to be Deputy Secretary of Defense.
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, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Thursday, July 13, 2017, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, July 17, 2017.
Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:
Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, July 17, 2017, Senate resume consideration of the nomination; and that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination occur at 5:30 p.m.
Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Rostin Behnam, of New Jersey, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for a term expiring June 19, 2021.
Michael Lawrence Brown, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia.
William L. Campbell, Jr., of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Thomas Alvin Farr, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Charles Barnes Goodwin, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma.
Mark Saalfield Norris, Sr., of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.
Thomas Lee Robinson Parker, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.
William M. Ray II, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia.
Eli Jeremy Richardson, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Tilman Eugene Self III, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Georgia.
3 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
77 Army nominations in the rank of general.
4 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
Routine lists in the Army and Navy.
Messages from the House:
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
Measures Read the First Time:
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--160)
Adjournment: Senate convened at 12:30 p.m. and adjourned at 5:57 p.m., until 3 p.m. on Monday, July 17, 2017. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S4003.)
2018 FARM BILL
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee concluded a hearing to examine opportunities in global and local markets, specialty crops, and organics, focusing on perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill, after receiving testimony from Kenneth A. Dallmier, Clarkson Grain Company, Inc., Cerro Gordo, Illinois; Theo Crisantes, Wholesum Harvest, Amado, Arizona, on behalf of the Coalition for Sustainable Organics; Haile Johnston, The Common Market, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Eric Halverson, Black Gold Farms, Grand Forks, North Dakota, on behalf of the National Potato Council and the United Fresh Produce Association; and Greg Hanes, U.S. Meat Export Federation, Denver, Colorado.
Committee on Appropriations: Committee ordered favorably reported an original bill (S. 1557) entitled, ``Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018''.
APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2018 for the Department of Transportation, after receiving testimony from Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Transportation.
MONTENEGRO AND RUSSIAN INFLUENCE IN EUROPE
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the attempted coup in Montenegro and malign Russian influence in Europe, after receiving testimony from Nebojsa Kaludjerovic, Ambassador of Montenegro to the United States; Janusz Bugajski, Center for European Policy Analysis; Lisa Sawyer Samp, Center for Strategic and International Studies; and Damon Wilson, The Atlantic Council.
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of Richard V. Spencer, of Wyoming, to be Secretary of the Navy, Department of Defense.
SEMIANNUAL MONETARY POLICY REPORT TO THE CONGRESS
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress, including 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, and 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, after receiving testimony from Janet L. Yellen, Chair, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
COMMERCIAL AND GOVERNMENT SPACE EXPLORATION
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competiveness concluded a hearing to examine reopening the American frontier, focusing on promoting partnerships between commercial space and the United States government to advance exploration and settlement, after receiving testimony from Robert D. Cabana, Director, John F. Kennedy Space Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Jeffrey Manber, NanoRacks LLC, Webster, Texas; Tim Ellis, Relativity Space, Inc., Inglewood, California; Tim Hughes, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Washington, D.C.; and Moriba K. Jah, The University of Texas, Austin.
TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS REPORT
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report, after receiving testimony from John Sullivan, Deputy Secretary, and Susan Coppedge, Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, both of the Department of State.
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Patrick Pizzella, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor, and Marvin Kaplan, of Kansas, and William J. Emanuel, of California, both to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of John Kenneth Bush, of Kentucky, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit, Kevin Christopher Newsom, of Alabama, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, Damien Michael Schiff, of California, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims, and Timothy J. Kelly, to be a United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session to receive a briefing on certain intelligence matters from officials of the intelligence community.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Donovan to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 10:54 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Bishop Joshua K. Lynn Mastin, Lake Church of God of Prophecy, Huntsville, AL.
Recess: The House recessed at 3:25 p.m. and reconvened at 3:32 p.m.
Recess: The House recessed at 4:59 p.m. and reconvened at 5:05 p.m.
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018: The House considered H.R. 2810, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, and to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year. Consideration began yesterday, July 12th.
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Rogers (AL) amendment (No. 88 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–212) that was debated on July 12th that amends section 1043 of the FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act to state that the Secretary may include information and data on the costs of nuclear weapons modernization beyond the currently required 10-year window if the Secretary determines such is accurate and useful (by a recorded vote of 253 ayes to 172 noes, Roll No. 362);
Cole amendment (No. 12 printed in H. Rept. 115–217) that directs the President to provide to Congress a strategy and a budgetary analysis needed to defeat Al-Quaeda, the Taliban, The Islamic State of Iraq and ISIS, no later than 30 days after final passage; the report shall include an analysis of the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and the legal framework to accomplish the strategy described;
Thornberry en bloc amendment No. 1 consisting of the following amendments printed in H. Rept. 115–217: Hudson (No. 2) that restricts the funds available for the enhanced multi mission parachute system until the Secretary of the Navy submits a certification of need for the system and a report which addresses cost and safety concerns; Buck (No. 8) that prohibits the use of funds to designate or expand national heritage areas in southeast Colorado counties; Poe (TX) (No. 9) that directs the Secretary of Defense to give preference to State and Federal agencies who conduct border security functions for distribution of surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles including the MQ–9 Reaper, the Aerostat radar system; night-vision goggles; and Humvees as part of the DOD's Excess Property Program (1033 program); Cheney (No. 11) that requires a plan to enhance the extended deterrence and assurance capabilities of the United States in the Asia-Pacific region; Poliquin (No. 19) that amends section 126 to exclude FY16 DDG–51s from bill provision's retroactive (or retroactive Flight 3) requirement and make it clear the Navy should bear contractual burden for majority of risk on initial FYI 7 DDG–51 Flight 3 ship construction; Larsen (WA) (No. 20) that strikes section 211(d) and replaces with (1) requirement that commercial aircraft acquisition for PAR be conducted pursuant to a fixed price contract and (2) analysis of potential additional fixed price contracts during EMD phase; Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM) (No. 21) that requires the DOD, in coordination with DOE, to conduct a pilot program among defense laboratories, national laboratories, and private entities to facilitate the licensure, transfer, and commercialization of innovative technologies; Loebsack (No. 22) that requires the Secretary of Defense to perform an assessment of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, as well as Maintenance and Manufacturing (STEM(MM)) workforce for organizations within the DOD, identify the types and quantities of STEM(MM) jobs needed to support future mission work, and identify a plan of action to address the STEM(MM) jobs gap; Castro (TX) (No. 23) that incorporates a DoD recommendation which would allow nonprofit research institutions to enter into prototype projects with DoD without having to participate in cost sharing; Meng (No. 24) that authorizes the Jet Noise Reduction Program within the Office of Naval Research; Fitzpatrick (No. 25) that directs the Secretary of Defense to implement a process to coordinate annual research requests between all services and offices under Department of Defense in order to maximize the benefit of each request and minimize duplication; Norman (No. 26) that directs the Comptroller General to review Department of Defense Cost Models used in making personnel decisions; McKinley (No. 27) that increases the National Guard Youth Challenge Program by 25 million and decreases by the same amount Operations and Maintenance, Defense-wide; Meng (No. 28) that requires a report from the Secretary of Defense regarding the design, material, sizing, price, availability, quality, and utility of maternity uniforms for pregnant members of the military in response to concerns raised by last year's Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services Report; Cartwright (No. 29) that directs the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics to provide a briefing to the Congressional Defense Committees on the status of the formal process to provide Government agencies outside the Department of Defense with information on the availability of surplus, serviceable ammunition for the purpose of reducing the overall storage and disposal costs related to such ammunition; Perry (No. 30) that reduces required percentage of dual status conversions to 4.8; Herrera-Beutler (No. 31) that codifies and expands existing requirements from the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 that each military service establish a process by which alleged survivors of sexual assault may challenge the terms or characterization of their discharge or separation from the armed forces; Watson Coleman (No. 32) that requires the Secretary of Defense to implement changes to the Army National Guard and Army Reserve's sexual assault prevention and response programs in areas such as staffing, budget management, and investigation timeliness; Jenkins (WV) (No. 33) that increases the National Guard Counter-Drug account by $10 million with an equal offset; Gowdy (No. 34) that adds the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to the list of committees receiving the Department of Defense's recommendations regarding the employment, use, and status of military technicians in the National Guard; and Crawford (No. 35) that designates the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Corps as a basic branch of the Army; and
Thornberry en bloc amendment No. 2 consisting of the following amendments printed in H. Rept. 115–217: Kildee (No. 36) that allows the DoD to provide additional training to service members to counter Russian propaganda, disinformation and cyber measures designed to influence members of the military; Taylor (No. 37) that expands education opportunities for service members to include pursuit of credentials valued by the services or by civilian employers; Smucker (No. 38) that expands the eligibility for the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) to include any member of the uniformed services; Meng (No. 39) that enhances the hours of operation of DOD childcare development centers and establishes childcare coordinators for military installations; Meadows (No. 40) that makes all those who participated in the S.S. Mayaguez rescue operation eligible for the Vietnam Service Medal; Lance (No. 41) that requires each military department to carry out a program for awarding medals and other commendations to military working dogs and/or their handlers; Graves (LA) (No. 42) that awards the Vietnam Service Medal to all veterans who participated in Operation End Sweep during the Vietnam War; Soto (No. 44) that expedites the replacement of military decorations for veterans of World War II and the Korean War; Heck (WA) (No. 45) that automates interest rate limitations under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act; Esty (No. 46) that requires the Secretary of Defense in consultation with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to issue a report on possible improvements to processing retirements and medical discharges; the report shall address: the feasibility of requiring members of the armed forces to apply for Veterans Affairs benefits before members complete discharge from the armed forces, requiring members to undergo compensation and benefits examinations, and a review of possible improvements to the timeliness of the process for transitioning members who undergo medical discharge to care provided by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Mast (No. 47) that establishes an ``Oath of Exit''; members of the military may take this oath upon separation from service to maintain a personal stake in the mental health of their fellow veterans into civilian life; Watson Coleman (No. 48) that extends reporting requirements regarding diversity inclusion in military leadership for 5 years; Donovan (No. 50) that requires the Secretary of Defense to reevaluate the basic housing allowance for the Military Housing area that includes Staten Island, New York; Trott (No. 51) that directs the Department of Defense to provide states with non-classified information about its training programs, so states can evaluate if this training meets state occupational licensing requirements; it would further provide that service members be provided with certificates for successfully completed training so they can present them to participating states for occupational licenses; Courtney (No. 52) that allows members of the National Guard and Reserves to seek treatment at the VA for Military Sexual Trauma regardless of their duty status; and Schneider (No. 53) that requires DOD providers who prescribe opioids for pain management to complete 12 hours of training every three years on pain management treatment guidelines and best practices, early detection of opioid use disorder, and the treatment and management of patients with opioid use disorder.
Conaway amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–212) that was debated on July 12th that sought to prohibit the DoD from entering new biofuels contracts while sequestration remains law; once sequestration expires or is repealed, it sought to amend current law to require the DoD to include calculations of any financial contributions made by other federal agencies for biofuels purchases (by a recorded vote of 198 ayes to 225 noes, Roll No. 356);
Polis amendment (No. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–212) that was debated on July 12th that sought to reduce the base Defense Department budget by 1 percent excluding military/reserve/National Guard personnel, as well as Defense Health Program account (by a recorded vote of 73 ayes to 351 noes, Roll No. 357);
Jayapal amendment (No. 5 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–212) that was debated on July 12th that sought to express the sense of Congress that any authorization to appropriate increases to combined budgets of National Defense Budget (050) and Overseas Contingency Operations should be matched for non-defense discretionary budget (by a recorded vote of 179 ayes to 245 noes, Roll No. 358);
Nadler amendment (No. 6 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–212) that was debated on July 12th that sought to strike section 1022 of the bill prohibiting the use of funds for transfer or release of individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay to the United States (by a recorded vote of 167 ayes to 257 noes, Roll No. 359);
Blumenauer amendment (No. 8 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–212) that was debated on July 12th that sought to modify Sec. 1244 to include limitations on the development of an INF range groundlaunched missile system (by a recorded vote of 173 ayes to 249 noes, Roll No. 360);
Aguilar amendment (No. 10 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–212) that was debated on July 12th that sought to extend a currently required CBO cost estimate review on the fielding, maintaining, modernization, replacement, and life extension of nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons delivery systems from covering a 10-year period to covering a 30-year period (by a recorded vote of 188 ayes to 235 noes, Roll No. 361);
Garamendi amendment (No. 12 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–212) that was debated on July 12th that sought to modify and extend the scope of the report required by Section 1043 of the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (by a recorded vote of 192 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 363);
Blumenauer amendment (No. 13 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–212) that was debated on July 12th that sought to limit spending on the Long Range Standoff weapon (LRSO) until the Administration submits a Nuclear Posture Review to Congress including a detailed assessment of the weapon (by a recorded vote of 169 ayes to 254 noes, Roll No. 364);
McClintock amendment (No. 14 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–212) that was debated on July 12th that sought to strike section 2702, the prohibition on conducting an additional round of Base Realignment and Closure (by a recorded vote of 175 ayes to 248 noes, Roll No. 365);
Buck amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 115–217) that sought to require the DOD to complete a cost competitiveness calculation ensuring that the Department does not purchase alternative fuels unless they are as cost effective as traditional fuels; research on alternative fuels is allowed to continue (by a recorded vote of 203 ayes to 218 noes, Roll No. 367);
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Hartzler amendment (No. 10 printed in H. Rept. 115–217) that sought to prohibit funds for medical treatment (other than mental health treatment) related to gender transition to a person entitled to medical care under chapter 55 of title 10, U.S. code (by a recorded vote of 209 ayes to 214 noes, Roll No. 369);
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Gosar amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 115–217) that sought to direct that any determination of prevailing wage pursuant to this Act, shall be conducted by the Secretary of Labor using surveys carried out by the Bureau that use proper random statistical sampling techniques (by a recorded vote of 183 ayes to 242 noes, Roll No. 370); and
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Thomas J. Rooney (FL) amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 115–217) that sought to strike Sec. 541 which prohibits student-athletes graduating from service academies from seeking a deferment of service in order to pursue professional athletic careers (by a recorded vote of 107 ayes to 318 noes, Roll No. 371).
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Franks amendment (No. 13 printed in H. Rept. 115–217) that seeks to require the Secretary of Defense to conduct strategic assessments of the use of violent or unorthodox Islamic religious doctrine to support extremist or terrorist messaging and justification; and
Lamborn amendment (No. 15 printed in H. Rept. 115–217) that seeks to normalize the operational test and evaluation process for the ballistic missile defense system by conforming the condition for proceeding beyond low-rate initial production in line with all other major defense acquisition programs.
H. Res. 440, the rule providing for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 2810) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 190 noes, Roll No. 355, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 234 yeas to 187 nays, Roll No. 354.
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Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea-and-nay votes and seventeen recorded votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H5776, H5782–83, H5783, H5784, H5784–85, H5785–86, H5786, H5786–87, H5787–88, H5788, H5788–89, H5789–90, H5790, H5802, H5802–03, H5803–04, H5804, H5804–05, and H5805–06. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 8:18 p.m.
THE FUTURE OF FARMING: TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS, OPPORTUNITIES, AND CHALLENGES FOR PRODUCERS
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing entitled ``The Future of Farming: Technological Innovations, Opportunities, and Challenges for Producers''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Committee on Appropriations: Full Committee held a markup on the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill, FY 2018; the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill, FY 2018; and the Report on the Revised Interim Suballocation of the Budget Allocations, FY 2018. The Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill, FY 2018; and the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill, FY 2018 were ordered reported, as amended.
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs held a markup on the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill, FY 2018. The State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill, FY 2018 was forwarded to the full committee, without amendment.
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a markup on the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, FY 2018. The Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, FY 2018 was forwarded to the full committee, as amended.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR STATE LEADERSHIP OF EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education held a hearing entitled ``Opportunities for State Leadership of Early Childhood Programs''. Testimony was heard from Cindy Brown Barnes, Director, Education, Workforce, and Income Security, Government Accountability Office; and public witnesses.
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment held a markup on legislation on the Drinking Water System Improvement Act. The legislation was forwarded to the full committee, as amended.
IMPACT OF THE DOL FIDUCIARY RULE ON THE CAPITAL MARKETS
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment held a hearing entitled ``Impact of the DOL Fiduciary Rule on the Capital Markets''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
AMERICA'S INTERESTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA: THE PRESIDENT'S FY 2018 BUDGET REQUEST
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa held a hearing entitled ``America's Interests in the Middle East and North Africa: The President's FY 2018 Budget Request''. Testimony was heard from Stuart Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State; and Maria Longi, Acting Assistant Administrator, Bureau for the Middle East, U.S. Agency for International Development.
THE PERSISTENT THREAT: AL QAEDA'S EVOLUTION AND RESILIENCE
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence held a hearing entitled ``The Persistent Threat: al Qaeda's Evolution and Resilience''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
THE TERRORIST DIASPORA: AFTER THE FALL OF THE CALIPHATE
Committee on Homeland Security: Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry into the United States held a hearing entitled ``The Terrorist Diaspora: After the Fall of the Caliphate''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
THE IMPACT OF BAD PATENTS ON AMERICAN BUSINESSES
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held a hearing entitled ``The Impact of Bad Patents on American Businesses''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
COMPARING 21ST CENTURY TRUST LAND ACQUISITION WITH THE INTENT OF THE 73RD CONGRESS IN SECTION 5 OF THE INDIAN REORGANIZATION ACT
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held a hearing entitled ``Comparing 21st Century Trust Land Acquisition with the Intent of the 73rd Congress in Section S of the Indian Reorganization Act''. Testimony was heard from James Cason, Acting Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior; Fred B. Allyn III, Mayor, Ledyard, Connecticut; and public witnesses.
THE PUERTO RICO OVERSIGHT, MANAGEMENT, AND ECONOMIC STABILITY ACT: STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS CONTRACTING
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce; and Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access held a joint hearing entitled ``The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act: State of Small Business Contracting''. Testimony was heard from William Shear, Director, Financial Markets and Community Investment, Government Accountability Office; and Robb N. Wong, Associate Administrator, Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, Small Business Administration.
EXAMINING VA'S PROCESSING OF GULF WAR ILLNESS CLAIMS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations; and Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs held a joint hearing entitled ``Examining VA's Processing of Gulf War Illness Claims''. Testimony was heard from Bradley Flohr, Senior Advisor, Compensation Service, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; Melissa Emrey-Arras, Director, Education, Workforce and Income Security, Government Accountability Office; and public witnesses.
MAXIMIZING ACCESS AND RESOURCES: AN EXAMINATION OF VA PRODUCTIVITY AND EFFICIENCY
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled ``Maximizing Access and Resources: An Examination of VA Productivity and Efficiency''. Testimony was heard from Carolyn Clancy, M.D., Deputy Under Secretary for Organizational Excellence, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; Randall B. Williamson, Director, Health Care, Government Accountability Office; and public witnesses.
HOW TAX REFORM WILL HELP AMERICA'S SMALL BUSINESSES GROW AND CREATE NEW JOBS
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Tax Policy held a hearing on ``How Tax Reform Will Help America's Small Businesses Grow and Create New Jobs''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Committee on Ways and Means: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 3178, the ``Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017''; H.R. 3168, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide continued access to specialized Medicare Advantage plans for special needs individuals, and for other purposes; and H.R. 1843, the ``Restraining Excessive Seizure of Property through the Exploitation of Civil Forfeiture Tools Act''. H.R. 3178, H.R. 3168, and H.R. 1843 were ordered reported, as amended.
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 3180, the ``Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018''. H.R. 3180 was ordered reported, as amended. This was a closed hearing.
ENERGY INSECURITY IN RUSSIA'S PERIPHERY
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Commission received a briefing on energy insecurity in Russia's periphery from Peter Doran, Center for European Policy Analysis, Edward Chow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Lyndon Allin, Baker McKenzie, and Mamuka Tsereteli, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, all of Washington, D.C., and Andrian Prokip, Kennan Institute, Kyiv, Ukraine.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment, hearing entitled ``A Review of Fixed Income Market Structure'', 9:15 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, hearing entitled ``The Tragic Case of Liu Xiaobo'', 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Federal Lands, hearing on H.R. 873, the ``Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act''; H.R. 1547, the ``Udall Park Land Exchange Completion Act''; H.R. 2582, the ``Confirming State Land Grants for Education Act''; and H.R. 3115, the ``Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act of 2017'', 9 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security, hearing entitled ``Social Security's Solvency Challenge: Status of the Social Security Trust Funds'', 10 a.m., 2020 Rayburn.
Program for Monday: Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Patrick M. Shanahan, of Washington, to be Deputy Secretary of Defense, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination at 5:30 p.m.
Program for Friday: Complete consideration of H.R. 2810--National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.
Beatty, Joyce, Ohio, E975
Bordallo, Madeleine Z., Guam, E980
Bost, Mike, Ill., E983
Connolly, Gerald E., Va., E977
Crist, Charlie, Fla., E976
Davis, Susan A., Calif., E983
Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E982
Esty, Elizabeth H., Conn., E982
Guthrie, Brett, Ky., E982
Gutiérrez, Luis V., Ill., E980
Harper, Gregg, Miss., E975
Heck, Denny, Wash., E984
Himes, James A., Conn., E976
Hudson, Richard, N.C., E979
Jackson Lee, Sheila, Tex., E984
Jones, Walter B., N.C., E980
Khanna, Ro, Calif., E979
Kind, Ron, Wisc., E983
LaHood, Darin, Ill., E981
Lance, Leonard, N.J., E977
Matsui, Doris O., Calif., E976
McCollum, Betty, Minn., E977
Norton, Eleanor Holmes, The District of Columbia, E983
Palazzo, Steven M., Miss., E984
Sinema, Kyrsten, Ariz., E982
Stivers, Steve, Ohio, E980
Tenney, Claudia, N.Y., E979
Thornberry, Mac, Tex., E978
Walorski, Jackie, Ind., E976
Williams, Roger, Tex., E981
Wilson, Joe, S.C., E981
Wittman, Robert J., Va., E975