Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
December 5, 2018
115th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 164, No. 192 — Daily Edition
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018
S. 1965, to amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to protect the cultural practices and livelihoods of producers of Alaska Native handicrafts and traditional mammoth ivory products, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 115–415)
Report to accompany H.R. 2075, to adjust the eastern boundary of the Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls and Deschutes Canyon Wilderness Study Areas in the State of Oregon to facilitate fire prevention and response activities to protect private property. (S. Rept. No. 115–417)
H.R. 6439, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish in the Department of Homeland Security the Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert Program, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 115–419)
S. 441, to designate the Organ Mountains and other public land as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System in the State of New Mexico, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
S. 2160, to establish a pilot program under the Chief of the Forest Service may use alternative dispute resolution in lieu of judicial review of certain projects, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
S. 2809, to establish the San Rafael Swell Western Heritage and Historic Mining National Conservation Area in the State of Utah, to designate wilderness areas in the State, to provide for certain land conveyances, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
McNamee Nomination--Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Bernard L. McNamee, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
By 50 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. EX. 253), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, all post-cloture time on the nomination expire at 12 noon, on Thursday, December 6, 2018; and that following disposition of the nomination, Senate resume consideration of the nomination of Kathleen Laura Kraninger, of Ohio, to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, post-cloture, and the time be equally divided until 1:45 p.m.; and that following the use or yielding back of that time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination of Kathleen Laura Kraninger as under the order of Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination of Bernard L. McNamee, post-cloture, at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, December 6, 2018, with the time until 12 noon equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees.
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--253)
Adjournment: Senate convened at 2:30 p.m. and adjourned, as a further mark of respect to the memory of the late President George Herbert Walker Bush, in accordance with S. Res. 715, at 6:47 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2018. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S7322.)
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee ordered favorably reported 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.
Committee on Rules and Administration: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Donald L. Palmer, of Florida, and Benjamin Hovland, of Maryland, both to be a Member of the Election Assistance Commission.
House of Representatives
The House was not in session today. The House is scheduled to meet at 12 noon on Thursday, December 6, 2018.
No hearings were held.
No joint committee meetings were held.
Committee on Armed Services: to receive a closed briefing on the security situation in Afghanistan, 10:30 a.m., SVC–217.
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold hearings to examine proxy process and rules, focusing on current practices and potential changes, 10 a.m., SD–538.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, to hold hearings to examine preparing for maritime transportation in a changing arctic, 9:30 a.m., SR–253.
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, to hold hearings to examine Zimbabwe after the elections, 10 a.m., S–419, Capitol.
Committee on Rules and Administration: to hold an oversight hearing to examine the Architect of the Capitol's human resources policies, 11 a.m., SR–301.
Select Committee on Intelligence: to receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters, 2 p.m., SH–219.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Thursday: Senate will continue consideration of the nomination of Bernard L. McNamee, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, post-cloture, and vote on confirmation of the nomination at 12 noon.
Following disposition of the nomination of Bernard L. McNamee, Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Kathleen Laura Kraninger, of Ohio, to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, post-cloture, and vote on confirmation of the nomination at 1:45 p.m.
Program for Thursday: The House will meet at 12 noon.