Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
November 27, 2018
115th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 164, No. 186 — Daily Edition
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
S. 3143, to provide for a coordinated Federal program to accelerate quantum research and development for the economic and national security of the United States, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 115–389)
S. 3367, to amend certain transportation-related reporting requirements to improve congressional oversight, reduce reporting burdens, and promote transparency, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 115–390)
H.R. 3279, 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. (S. Rept. No. 115–391)
Remove the Prohibition on Certain Alcohol Manufacturing: Senate passed H.R. 5317, to repeal section 2141 of the Revised Statutes to remove the prohibition on certain alcohol manufacturing on Indian lands.
Sac and Fox Indian Reservation: Committee on Indian Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1074, to repeal the Act entitled ``An Act to confer jurisdiction on the State of Iowa over offenses committed by or against Indians on the Sac and Fox Indian Reservation'', and the bill was then passed.
Ray Hendrix Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic: Committee on Veterans' Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3946, to name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Statesboro, Georgia, the Ray Hendrix Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto:
McConnell (for Isakson) Amendment No. 4063, in the nature of a substitute.
McConnell (for Isakson) Amendment No. 4064, to amend the title.
National Principals Month: Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 674, recognizing the month of October 2018 as ``National Principals Month'', and the resolution was then agreed to.
25th Anniversary of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program: Committee on Armed Services was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 424, honoring the 25th anniversary of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program, and the resolution was then agreed to, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
McConnell (for Baldwin) Amendment No. 4065, to amend the preamble.
75th Anniversary of World War II: Senate passed S. 3661, to provide for a program of the Department of Defense to commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War II.
Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA): Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1918, to oppose loans at international financial institutions for the Government of Nicaragua unless the Government of Nicaragua is taking effective steps to hold free, fair, and transparent elections, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
McConnell (for Menendez) Amendment No. 4066, in the nature of a substitute.
Jamestown Reservoir: Senate concurred in the amendment of the House to S. 2074, to establish a procedure for the conveyance of certain Federal property around the Jamestown Reservoir in the State of North Dakota.
Dickinson Reservoir: Senate concurred in the amendment of the House to S. 440, to establish a procedure for the conveyance of certain Federal property around the Dickinson Reservoir in the State of North Dakota.
Message from the President: Senate received the following message from the President of the United States:
Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to the issuance of an Executive Order declaring a national emergency related to the situation in Nicaragua; which was referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM--48)
During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
By 62 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. EX. 247), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, the post-cloture time on the nomination expire at 12:15 p.m., on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, with the time until 11 a.m. equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees; and that Senate recess from 11 a.m. until 12 noon.
Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
By 53 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. EX. 246), Stephen Alexander Vaden, of Tennessee, to be General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture.
Messages from the House:
Enrolled Bills Presented:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--247)
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10:00 a.m. and adjourned at 6:51 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S7145.)
COMMISSION ON THE NATIONAL DEFENSE STRATEGY
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the findings and recommendations of the Commission on the National Defense Strategy, after receiving testimony from Eric S. Edelman, and Admiral Gary Roughhead, USN (Ret.), both Co-Chair, Commission on the National Defense Strategy, Department of Defense.
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported 1,592 nominations in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.
NAVY SHIPBUILDING PROGRAMS
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on SeaPower concluded a hearing to examine Navy shipbuilding programs, after receiving testimony from James F. Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition, Vice Admiral William R. Merz, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems (OPNAV N9), and Lieutenant General David H. Berger, USMC, Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, and Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration, all of the Department of Defense.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security concluded an oversight hearing to examine the Federal Trade Commission, after receiving testimony from Joseph J. Simons, Chairman, and Rohit Chopra, Noah Joshua Phillips, Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, and Christine S. Wilson, each a Commissioner, all of Federal Trade Commission.
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Rita Baranwal, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Nuclear Energy), Bernard L. McNamee, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Raymond David Vela, of Texas, to be Director of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
MULTILATERAL ECONOMIC INSTITUTIONS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy concluded a hearing to examine multilateral economic institutions and United States foreign policy, after receiving testimony from David Malpass, Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs; Roland de Marcellus, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Finance and Development, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs; Clay Lowery, Rock Creek Global Advisors LLC, Arlington, Virginia; Scott A. Morris, Center for Global Development, Bethesda, Maryland; and Jennifer Hillman, Georgetown University Law Center, Thea Mei Lee, Economic Policy Institute, and Stephanie Segal, Center for Strategic and International Studies, all of Washington, D.C.
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:
H.R. 3608, to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require publication on the Internet of the basis for determinations that species are endangered species or threatened species, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115–1048);
H.R. 6346, to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide for consideration of the totality of conservation measures in determining the impact of proposed Federal agency action (H. Rept. 115–1050);
H.R. 6365, to establish the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Land Grant-Merced Claims Commission and other Federal policies for the restoration of land for hardships resulting from the incomplete and inequitable implementation of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, to affirm Land Grant-Merced property rights protected by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–1052); and
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Mitchell to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 12:18 p.m. and reconvened at 2 p.m.
Recess: The House recessed at 2:07 p.m. and reconvened at 4:10 p.m.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Women in Aerospace Education Act: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 4254, to amend the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2002 to strengthen the aerospace workforce pipeline by the promotion of Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program and National Aeronautics and Space Administration internship and fellowship opportunities to women;
National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Reauthorization Act: S. 1768, to reauthorize and amend the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program;
Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018: H.R. 5273, amended, to reduce global fragility and violence by improving the capacity of the United States to reduce and address the causes of violence, violent conflict, and fragility in pilot countries, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 376 yeas to 16 nays, Roll No. 421;
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Amend the title so as to read: ``To reduce global fragility and violence by improving the capacity of the United States to reduce and address the causes of violence, violent conflict, and fragility, and for other purposes.''.
United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act: H.R. 1567, amended, to promote economic partnership and cooperation between the United States and Mexico;
Preventing Iranian Destabilization of Iraq Act: H.R. 4591, amended, to impose sanctions with respect to Iranian persons that threaten the peace or stability of Iraq or the Government of Iraq;
Democratic Republic of the Congo Democracy and Accountability Act of 2018: H.R. 6207, amended, to support democracy and accountability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 374 yeas to 11 nays, Roll No. 422;
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Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act: Concur in the Senate amendments to H.R. 390, to provide emergency relief for victims of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Iraq and Syria, for accountability for perpetrators of these crimes; and
Amending the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund: Concur in the Senate amendment to the House amendment to S. 140, to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund.
Redesignating a facility of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration: The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass S. 3389, to redesignate a facility of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Oath of Office--Fifteenth Congressional District of Pennsylvania: Representative-elect Susan Wild presented herself in the well of the House and was administered the Oath of Office by the Speaker. Earlier, the Clerk of the House transmitted a facsimile copy of a letter received from Mr. Jonathan Marks, Commissioner, Bureau Commissions, Elections and Legislation, Department of State, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, indicating that, according to the preliminary results of the Special Election held November 6, 2018, the Honorable Susan Wild was elected Representative to Congress for the Fifteenth Congressional District, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Whole Number of the House: The Speaker announced to the House that, in light of the administration of the oath to the gentlewoman from Pennsylvania, the whole number of the House is 432.
Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that the order of the House of January 8, 2018, regarding morning-hour debate not apply tomorrow.
Order of Business--Suspensions: Agreed by unanimous consent that it be in order at any time on the legislative day of November 29, 2018, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules as though under clause 1 of rule 15.
Restore the Harmony Way Bridge Act: The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 6793, to transfer a bridge over the Wabash River to the States of Illinois and Indiana, as amended by Representative Mast.
Designating the Federal building located at 2110 First Street in Fort Myers, Florida, as the ``George W. Whitehurst Federal Building'': The House agreed to take from the Speaker's table and pass H.R. 6622, to designate the Federal building located at 2110 First Street in Fort Myers, Florida, as the ``George W. Whitehurst Federal Building'', as amended by Representative Mast.
Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To designate the Federal building located at 2110 First Street in Fort Myers, Florida, as the `George W. Whitehurst Federal Building and United States Courthouse'.''.
Amending the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to extend through 2023 the authority of the Federal Election Commission to impose civil money penalties on the basis of a schedule of penalties established and published by the Commission: The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 7120, to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to extend through 2023 the authority of the Federal Election Commission to impose civil money penalties on the basis of a schedule of penalties established and published by the Commission.
Designating the outstation of the Department of Veterans Affairs in North Ogden, Utah, as the Major Brent Taylor Vet Center Outstation: The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 7163, to designate the outstation of the Department of Veterans Affairs in North Ogden, Utah, as the Major Brent Taylor Vet Center Outstation.
Presidential Message: Read a message from the President wherein he notified Congress that he had issued an Executive Order declaring a national emergency with respect to the threat posed by the situation in Nicaragua--referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on the Judiciary and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115–173).
Adjournment: The House met at 12 noon and adjourned at 8:51 p.m.
No hearings were held.
BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS PROCESS REFORM
Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform: Committee continued a markup of the Committee's report, recommendations, and legislative language, but did not complete action thereon, and will meet again on Thursday, November 29, 2018.
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Mindy Brashears, of Texas, to be Under Secretary for Food Safety, Naomi C. Earp, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary, and Scott Hutchins, of Indiana, to be Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, all of the Department of Agriculture, 9:30 a.m., SR–328A.
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, to hold closed hearings to examine Cyber Command's relationship with the National Security Agency, 2:30 p.m., SVC–217.
Committee on Environment and Public Works: to hold hearings to examine addressing America's surface transportation infrastructure needs, 9:30 a.m., SD–406.
Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine the global fight to end modern slavery, 9:30 a.m., SD–419.
Full Committee, business meeting to consider S. 3247, to improve programs and activities relating to women's entrepreneurship and economic empowerment that are carried out by the United States Agency for International Development, S. 3654, to amend the United States International Broadcasting Act of 1994, to avoid the duplication of public diplomacy programs and efforts, to improve the research and evaluation of public diplomacy, S. Res. 562, expressing the sense of the Senate that the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) continues to make an invaluable contribution to United States and international security, 50 years after it opened for signature on July 1, 1968, H.R. 1872, to promote access for United States diplomats and other officials, journalists, and other citizens to Tibetan areas of the People's Republic of China, H.R. 4819, to promote inclusive economic growth through conservation and biodiversity programs that facilitate transboundary cooperation, improve natural resource management, and build local capacity to protect and preserve threatened wildlife species in the greater Okavango River Basin of southern Africa, H.R. 2646, to reauthorize the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015, H.R. 4989, to require the Department of State to establish a policy regarding the use of location-tracking consumer devices by employees at diplomatic and consular facilities, and the nominations of Michael T. Harvey, of Texas, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, and Donald Armin Blome, of Illinois, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia, Craig Lewis Cloud, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Botswana, Judith Gail Garber, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus, Jeffrey Ross Gunter, of California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland, Dennis B. Hankins, of Minnesota, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mali, Dennis Walter Hearne, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mozambique, Simon Henshaw, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea, Earle D. Litzenberger, of California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan, Eric George Nelson, of Texas, to be Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Michael Peter Pelletier, of Maine, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Union of the Comoros, John Mark Pommersheim, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan, Robert K. Scott, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Malawi, Eric Williams Stromayer, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Togolese Republic, Lucy Tamlyn, of New York, to be Ambassador to Central African Republic, and routine lists in the Foreign Service, all of the Department of State, 2 p.m., S–116, Capitol.
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold hearings to examine reducing health care costs, focusing on improving affordability through innovation, 9:30 a.m., SD–430.
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: business meeting to consider the nominations of Ronald D. Vitiello, of Illinois, to be an Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, Richard S. Tischner, of Virginia, to be Director of the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia, and Dennis Dean Kirk, of Virginia, to be Chairman, and Julia Akins Clark, of Maryland, and Andrew F. Manuz, both to be a Member, all of the Merit Systems Protection Board, 10 a.m., SD–342.
Committee on Indian Affairs: business meeting to consider S. 2788, to repeal the Act entitled ``An Act to confer jurisdiction on the State of North Dakota over offenses committed by or against Indians on the Devils Lake Indian Reservation'', S. Res. 444, recognizing the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States, S. Res. 596, recognizing the 29th anniversary of the Tribal Canoe Journey of the Tribal Nations of the Pacific Northwest and congratulating the Puyallup Tribe of Indians for hosting the 2018 Power Paddle to Puyallup, H.R. 2606, to amend the Act of August 4, 1947 (commonly known as the Stigler Act), with respect to restrictions applicable to Indians of the Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma, and H.R. 4032, to confirm undocumented Federal rights-of-way or easements on the Gila River Indian Reservation, clarify the northern boundary of the Gila River Indian Community's Reservation, to take certain land located in Maricopa County and Pinal County, Arizona, into trust for the benefit of the Gila River Indian Community, 2:30 p.m., SD–628.
Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Brian C. Buescher, to be United States District Judge for the District of Nebraska, Clifton L. Corker, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee, M. Miller Baker, of Virginia, and Timothy M. Reif, of the District of Columbia, both to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade, and Donald W. Washington, of Texas, to be Director of the United States Marshals Service, Department of Justice, 10 a.m., SD–226.
Committee on Rules and Administration: to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Donald L. Palmer, of Florida, and Benjamin Hovland, of Maryland, both to be a Member of the Election Assistance Commission, 2:30 p.m., SR–301.
Special Committee on Aging: to hold hearings to examine strengthening state efforts to overhaul the guardianship process and protect older Americans, 2:30 p.m., SD–562.
Committee on Rules, Full Committee, hearing on the Senate amendment to H.R. 88, the ``Shiloh National Military Park Boundary Adjustment and Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Designation Act'', 3 p.m., H–313 Capitol.
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, November 28, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``BOP Management of its Female Inmate Population, and Other Challenges'', 12 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
Program for Wednesday: Senate will continue consideration of the nomination of Karen Dunn Kelley, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce, post-cloture, and vote on confirmation of the nomination at 12:15 p.m.
Following disposition of the nomination of Karen Dunn Kelley, Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Thomas Alvin Farr, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
(Senate will recess from 11 a.m. until 12 noon.)
Program for Wednesday: Consideration of measures under suspension of the Rules.
Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., Ga, E1553
Brat, Dave, Va., E1559
Buck, Ken, Colo., E1561
Carter, John R., Tex., E1554
Cook, Paul, Calif., E1557
Davis, Susan A., Calif., E1553
Gallagher, Mike, Wisc., E1559
Harper, Gregg, Miss., E1561
Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E1560
Norton, Eleanor Holmes, The District of Columbia, E1558
Poe, Ted, Tex., E1556
Renacci, James B., Ohio, E1559
Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana, Fla., E1560
Shimkus, John, Ill., E1560
Speier, Jackie, Calif., E1558
Thompson, Bennie G., Miss., E1559
Velázquez, Nydia M., N.Y., E1559