Daily Digest

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

    Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 695, Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, with a further amendment.

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S7823–S7955

Measures Introduced: Twenty-two bills and six resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 3778–3799, and S. Res. 733–738.
Pages S7925–26

Measures Reported:

Report to accompany S. 3217, to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. (S. Rept. No. 115–434)

Report to accompany S. 791, to amend the Small Business Act to expand intellectual property education and training for small businesses. (S. Rept. No. 115–435)

Report to accompany S. 1538, to amend the Small Business Act to establish awareness of, and technical assistance for, the creation of employee stock ownership plans. (S. Rept. No. 115–436)

Report to accompany S. 3552, to amend the Small Business Act to adjust the real estate appraisal thresholds under the 7(a) program of the Small Business Administration to bring those thresholds into line with the thresholds used by the Federal banking regulators. (S. Rept. No. 115–437)

Report to accompany S. 3553, to amend the Small Business Act to adjust the real estate appraisal thresholds under the section 504 program of the Small Business Administration to bring those thresholds into line with the thresholds used by the Federal banking regulators. (S. Rept. No. 115–438)

Report to accompany S. 1548, to designate certain land administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service in the State of Oregon as wilderness and national recreation areas and to make additional wild and scenic river designations in the State of Oregon. (S. Rept. No. 115–439)

Report to accompany 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. (S. Rept. No. 115–440)

Report to accompany S. 2290, to improve wildfire management operations and the safety of firefighters and communities with the best available technology. (S. Rept. No. 115–441)

S. 2764, to amend and enhance the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act to improve the conservation of sharks. (S. Rept. No. 115–442)

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. Rept. No. 115–443)

S. 278, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for innovative research and development, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 115–444)

S. 2948, to improve efforts to identify and reduce Governmentwide improper payments, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 115–445)

S. 3041, to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to provide for disaster recovery reforms, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 115–446)

H.R. 50, to provide for additional safeguards with respect to imposing Federal mandates, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 115–447)
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Measures Passed:

Justice for Victims of Lynching Act: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. 3178, to amend title 18, United States Code, to specify lynching as a deprivation of civil rights, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
Pages S7842–44

Harris (for Booker) Amendment No. 4168, in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S7843–44


Women's Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act: Senate passed 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, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S7863–65


Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4174, to amend titles 5 and 44, United States Code, to require Federal evaluation activities, improve Federal data management, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
Pages S7870–78

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McConnell (for Johnson/Murray) Amendment No. 4171, in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S7871–78


United States Ports of Entry Threat and Operational Review Act: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 6400, to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a threat and operational analysis of ports of entry, and the bill was then passed.
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Secret Service Overtime Pay Extension Act: Senate passed H.R. 6893, to amend the Overtime Pay for Protective Services Act of 2016 to extend the Secret Service overtime pay exception through 2020.
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No Hero Left Untreated Act: Committee on Veterans' Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1162, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide access to magnetic EEG/EKG-guided resonance therapy to veterans, and the bill was then passed.
Page S7896


7(a) Real Estate Appraisal Harmonization Act: Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 6347, to adjust the real estate appraisal thresholds under the 7(a) program to bring them into line with the thresholds used by the Federal banking regulators, and the bill was then passed.
Pages S7896–97


Small Business ACE Act: Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 6348, to adjust the real estate appraisal thresholds under the section 504 program to bring them into line with the thresholds used by the Federal banking regulators, and the bill was then passed.
Pages S7896–97


Full Military Honors Act: Committee on Veterans' Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 3523, to amend title 10, United States Code, to require a full military honors ceremony for certain deceased veterans, and the bill was then passed.
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Walnut Grove Land Exchange Act: Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 5923, to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to exchange certain public lands in Ouachita National Forest, and the bill was then passed.
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M.S. `Mitch' Mitchell Floodway: Committee on Environment and Public Works was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3383, to designate the flood control project in Sedgwick County, Kansas, commonly known as the Wichita-Valley Center Flood Control Project, as the ``M.S. `Mitch' Mitchell Floodway'', and the bill was then passed.
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Donna Sauers Besko Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 1850, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 907 Fourth Avenue in Lake Odessa, Michigan, as the ``Donna Sauers Besko Post Office''.
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Sergeant Kenneth Eric Bostic Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 5205, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 701 6th Street in Hawthorne, Nevada, as the ``Sergeant Kenneth Eric Bostic Post Office''.
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SO2 Navy SEAL Adam Olin Smith Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 5475, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 108 North Macon Street in Bevier, Missouri, as the ``SO2 Navy SEAL Adam Olin Smith Post Office''.
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Thomas P. Costin, Jr. Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 6059, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 51 Willow Street in Lynn, Massachusetts, as the ``Thomas P. Costin, Jr. Post Office Building''.
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James William Robinson Jr. Memorial Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 6167, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5707 South Cass Avenue in Westmont, Illinois, as the ``James William Robinson Jr. Memorial Post Office Building''.
Page S7897


Oakville Veterans Memorial Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 6335, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 322 Main Street in Oakville, Connecticut, as the ``Oakville Veterans Memorial Post Office''.
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Ross Bouyea Post Office Building: Senate passed H.R. 6930, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 10 Miller Street in Plattsburgh, New York, as the ``Ross Bouyea Post Office Building''.
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Postmaster Frazier B. Baker Post Office: Senate passed H.R. 7230, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 226 West Main Street in Lake City, South Carolina, as the ``Postmaster Frazier B. Baker Post Office''.
Pages S7897–98


Sergeant First Class Alwyn Crendall Cashe Postal Facility: Senate passed H.R. 7243, to amend Public Law 115–217 to change the address of the postal facility designated by such Public Law in honor of Sergeant First Class Alwyn Crendall Cashe.
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U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps 75th Anniversary: Senate agreed to S. Res. 737, recognizing the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps and expressing the appreciation of the Senate for the contribution of the members of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II.
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Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge: Committee on Environment and Public Works was discharged from further consideration of S. 3456, to redesignate Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge as the Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, and the bill was then passed.
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Faster Access to Federal Student Aid Act: Committee on Finance was discharged from further consideration of S. 3611, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Higher Education Act of 1965 to facilitate the disclosure of tax return information to carry out the Higher Education Act of 1965, and the bill was then passed.
Pages S7946–47


Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and Apprenticeships Act: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 5509, to direct the National Science Foundation to provide grants for research about STEM education approaches and the STEM-related workforce, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
Pages S7947–49

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Boozman (for Thune) Amendment No. 4172, in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S7947–49


Strengthening Coastal Communities Act: Committee on Environment and Public Works was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 5787, to amend the Coastal Barrier Resources Act to give effect to more accurate maps of units of the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System that were produced by digital mapping of such units, and the bill was then passed.
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SOAR to Health and Wellness Act: Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 767, to establish the Stop, Observe, Ask, and Respond to Health and Wellness Training pilot program to address human trafficking in the health care system, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
Pages S7949–50

Boozman (for Alexander) Amendment No. 4173, in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S7949–50


SECURE Act: Senate passed H.R. 7327, to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a security vulnerability disclosure policy, to establish a bug bounty program for the Department of Homeland Security, to amend title 41, United States Code, to provide for Federal acquisition supply chain security.
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DELTA Act: Senate passed 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.
Page S7950


Tropical Forest Conservation Reauthorization Act: Senate passed S. 1023, to reauthorize the Tropical Forest Conservation Act of 1998 through fiscal year 2021, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
Pages S7950–53

Boozman (for Portman) Amendment No. 4174, to modify the authorization of appropriations.
Pages S7951–53


Securing Energy Infrastructure Act: Senate passed S. 79, to provide for the establishment of a pilot program to identify security vulnerabilities of certain entities in the energy sector, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S7953–54

House Messages:

Asia Reassurance Initiative Act: Senate concurred in the amendment of the House of Representatives to S. 2736, to develop a long-term strategic vision and a comprehensive, multifaceted, and principled United States policy for the Indo-Pacific region.
Pages S7865–67


Johnson-O'Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act: Senate concurred in the amendment of the House of Representatives to S. 943, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct an accurate comprehensive student count for the purposes of calculating formula allocations for programs under the Johnson-O'Malley Act.
Pages S7887–88


Tribal Burial Benefits: Senate concurred in the amendment of the House of Representatives to S. 2248, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide certain burial benefits for spouses and children of veterans who are buried in tribal cemeteries.
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Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act: Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 695, to amend the National Child Protection Act of 1993 to establish a national criminal history background check system and criminal history review program for certain individuals who, related to their employment, have access to children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities, with McConnell Amendment No. 4163, in the nature of a substitute, after taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S7826, S7899

Withdrawn:

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McConnell motion to refer the message of the House on the bill to the Committee on the Appropriations, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 1922, to change the enactment date.
Pages S7826, S7899

McConnell motion to refer the House Message on the bill to the Committee on Appropriations, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 4165, to change the enactment date.
Pages S7826, S7899

McConnell Amendment No. 4164 (to Amendment No. 4163), to change the enactment date.
Pages S7826, S7899

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

McConnell Amendment No. 1923 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 1922), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell motion to refer the message of the House on the bill to the Committee on the Appropriations, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 1922 (listed above) was withdrawn.
Pages S7826, S7899

McConnell Amendment No. 1924 (to Amendment No. 1923), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell Amendment No. 1923 (listed above) fell.
Pages S7826, S7899

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding previous Senate action on the House message to accompany the bill, the motions and amendments of Wednesday, December 19, 2018 remain in status quo and the earlier motion to concur and the motion to concur and the motion to refer with instructions and McConnell Amendment No. 1923 (listed above) and McConnell Amendment No. 1924 (listed above) be withdrawn.
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By 71 yeas to 21 nays (Vote No. 273), Senate agreed to the motion to instruct the Sergeant at Arms to request the attendance of absent Senators.
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McConnell Amendment No. 4166 (to (the instructions (Amendment No. 4165) of the motion to refer), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell Amendment No. 4165, to change the enactment date, was withdrawn.
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McConnell Amendment No. 4167 (to Amendment No. 4166), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell Amendment No. 4166 (to (the instructions (Amendment No. 4165) of the motion to refer), fell.
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Appointments:

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that a correction to an appointment made on December 18, 2018 be printed in the Congressional Record.
United States-China Economic Security Review Commission: The Chair announced, on behalf of the Democratic Leader, pursuant to the provisions of Public Law 106–398, as amended by Public Law 108–7, and in consultation with the Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on Armed Services and the Senate Committee on Finance, the appointment of the following individual to serve as a member of the United States-China Economic Security Review Commission: Thea M. Lee of the District of Columbia for a term expiring December 31, 2020.
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Signing Authority--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the presiding officer be authorized to sign duly enrolled bills or joint resolutions during the Wednesday, December 19, 2018 and Thursday, December 20, 2018 sessions of the Senate.
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Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:

Joseph Maguire, of Florida, to be Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Pages S7834, S7955

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

By 95 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 272), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
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Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

Routine lists in the Coast Guard.
Pages S7954–55


Messages from the House:
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Executive Communications:
Pages S7924–25


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S7926–27


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S7927–33


Additional Statements:
Pages S7922–24


Amendments Submitted:
Pages S7933–46


Authorities for Committees to Meet:
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Privileges of the Floor:
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Quorum Calls: One quorum call was taken today. (Total--2)
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Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--273)
Pages S7832, S7899


Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 and adjourned at 12:07 a.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2018, until 11:30 a.m. on the same day. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S7954.)

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Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

MONOPOLY AND ABUSE OF DOMINANCE IN THE U.S. AND EU

Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights concluded a hearing to examine a comparative look at competition law approaches to monopoly and abuse of dominance in the United States and European Union, after receiving testimony from William E. Kovacic, George Washington University Law School, and Jonathan S. Kanter, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP, both of Washington, D.C.; Geoffrey A. Manne, International Center for Law and Economics, Portland, Oregon; Abbott B. Lipsky, Jr., George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, Arlington, Virginia; and Eleanor M. Fox, New York University School of Law, New York, New York.

BUSINESS MEETING

Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session to consider pending intelligence matters.

Committee recessed subject to the call.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 28 public bills, H.R. 7327–7355; and 1 resolution, H. Res. 1182, were introduced.
Pages H10335–36


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages H10337–38


Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:

Report on Activities of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology for the 115th Congress (H. Rept. 115–1080);

H.R. 3990, to amend title 54, United States Code, to reform the Antiquities Act of 1906, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–1081);

H.R. 6652, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain facilities, easements, and rights-of-way to the Kennewick Irrigation District, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–1082);

H.R. 6771, to amend the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–1083);

H. Res. 1180, providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 88) to modify the boundary of the Shiloh National Military Park located in Tennessee and Mississippi, to establish Parker's Crossroads Battlefield as an affiliated area of the National Park System, and for other purposes; providing for proceedings during the period from December 24, 2018, through January 3, 2019 (H. Rept. 115–1084); and

H. Res. 1181, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules (H. Rept. 115–1085).
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Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Marshall to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

Recess: The House recessed at 12:31 p.m. and reconvened at 2 p.m.
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Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by voice vote.
Pages H10276, H10820


Recess: The House recessed at 2:15 p.m. and reconvened at 3:02 p.m.
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Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 1222, to amend the Public Health Service Act to coordinate Federal congenital heart disease research efforts and to improve public education and awareness of congenital heart disease, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 355 yeas to 7 nays, Roll No. 436;
Pages H10278–80, H10313–14


Traumatic Brain Injury Program Reauthorization Act of 2018: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 6615, to reauthorize the Traumatic Brain Injury program, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 352 yeas to 6 nays, Roll No. 437;
Pages H10280–82, H10314


Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer's Act: S. 2076, to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the expansion of activities related to Alzheimer's disease, cognitive decline, and brain health under the Alzheimer's Disease and Healthy Aging Program, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 361 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 438;
Pages H10282–86, H10314–15


State Offices of Rural Health Reauthorization Act of 2018: S. 2278, to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide grants to improve health care in rural areas, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 357 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 439;
Pages H10286–88, H10315–16


Water Infrastructure Improvement Act: H.R. 7279, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide for an integrated planning process, to promote green infrastructure, by a \2/3\ recorded vote of 351 ayes to 10 noes, Roll No. 441;
Pages H10288–91, H10317


Requiring the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a security vulnerability disclosure policy, to establish a bug bounty program for the Department of Homeland Security, to amend title 41, United States Code, to provide for Federal acquisition supply chain security: H.R. 7327, to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a security vulnerability disclosure policy, to establish a bug bounty program for the Department of Homeland Security, to amend title 41, United States Code, to provide for Federal acquisition supply chain security, by a \2/3\ recorded vote of 362 ayes to 1 no, Roll No. 440;
Pages H10291–97, H10316–17


National Quantum Initiative Act: Concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 6227, to provide for a coordinated Federal program to accelerate quantum research and development for the economic and national security of the United States, by a \2/3\ recorded vote of 348 ayes to 11 noes, Roll No. 442;
Pages H10297–H10303, H10317–18


Directing the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain facilities, easements, and rights-of-way to the Kennewick Irrigation District: H.R. 6652, amended, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain facilities, easements, and rights-of-way to the Kennewick Irrigation District, by a \2/3\ recorded vote of 359 ayes to 1 no, Roll No. 443;
Pages H10305–06, H10318–19


Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act: S. 1520, to expand recreational fishing opportunities through enhanced marine fishery conservation and management, by a \2/3\ recorded vote of 350 ayes to 11 noes, Roll No. 444; and
Pages H10306–09, H10319


Museum and Library Services Act of 2018: S. 3530, to reauthorize the Museum and Library Services Act, by a \2/3\ recorded vote of 331 ayes to 28 noes, Roll No. 445.
Pages H10309–13, H10319–20


Recess: The House recessed at 5:35 p.m. and reconvened at 6:30 p.m.
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Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow, December 20th.
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Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
Reauthorizing the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route: H.R. 6602, to reauthorize the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route; and
Pages H10302–03


Stigler Act Amendments: Concur in the Senate amendments to 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.
Pages H10303–05


Recess: The House recessed at 9:48 p.m. and reconvened at 1:18 a.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2018.
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Senate Referrals: S. 1520 was held at the desk. S. 3367 was held at the desk. S.J. Res. 54 was held at the desk. S.J. Res. 69 was held at the desk. S. 2 was held at the desk. S. 2200 was held at the desk. S. 3085 was held at the desk. S. 3238 was held at the desk. S. 3461 was held at the desk. S. 2863 was held at the desk. S. 2827 was held at the desk. S. 2599 was held at the desk. S. 2322 was held at the desk. S. 645 was held at the desk. S. 3444 was held at the desk. S. 3777 was held at the desk. S. 3191 was held at the desk. S. 1862 was held at the desk. S. 3247 was held at the desk. S. 3178 was held at the desk.

Senate Messages: Message received from the Senate and messages received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appear on pages H10277–78, H10320, H10322, and H10332.

Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea-and-nay votes and six recorded votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H10313–14, H10314, H10315, H10315–16, H10316, H10317, H10317–18, H10318–19, H10319, and H10320. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 12 noon and adjourned at 1:19 a.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2018.

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Committee Meetings

SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE SHILOH NATIONAL MILITARY PARK BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENT AND PARKER'S CROSSROADS BATTLEFIELD DESIGNATION ACT; WAIVING A REQUIREMENT OF CLAUSE 6(A) OF RULE XIII WITH RESPECT TO CONSIDERATION OF CERTAIN RESOLUTIONS REPORTED FROM THE COMMITTEE ON RULES, AND PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF MOTIONS TO SUSPEND THE RULES

Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on the Senate amendment to H.R. 88, the ``Shiloh National Military Park Boundary Adjustment and Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Designation Act'' [Retirement, Savings, and Other Tax Relief Act of 2018 and the Taxpayer First Act of 2018]; and H. Res. 1181, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules. The Committee granted, by record vote of 8–2, a rule providing for the consideration of the Senate amendment to H.R. 88. The rule makes in order a motion offered by the chair of the Committee on Ways and Means or his designee that the House concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 88 with an amendment consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–87. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the motion. The rule provides that the Senate amendment and the motion shall be considered as read. The rule provides one hour of debate on the motion equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means. In section 2, the rule provides that on any legislative day of the second session of the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress after December 23, 2018: the Journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved; and the Chair may at any time declare the House adjourned to meet at a date and time to be announced by the Chair in declaring the adjournment. Finally, in section 3, the rule provides that the Speaker may appoint Members to perform the duties of the Chair for the duration of the period addressed by section 2. The Committee granted, by voice vote, a rule providing for the consideration of H. Res. 1181. The rule waives clause 6(a) of rule XIII (requiring a two-thirds vote to consider a rule on the same day it is reported from the Rules Committee) against any resolution reported through the legislative day of December 24, 2018. In section 2, the rule provides that it shall be in order at any time through the calendar day of December 23, 2018, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules and that the Speaker or his designee shall consult with the Minority Leader or her designee on the designation of any matter for consideration pursuant to this section. Testimony was heard from Chairman Brady of Texas, and Representatives Neal and Buck.

SENATE AMENDMENT TO DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2018

Committee on Rules: Full Committee began a hearing on the Senate Amendment to H.R. 695, the ``Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018'' [Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019]. Testimony was heard from Representatives Shimkus, Jordan, and Perry.

Joint Meetings

VA MISSION ACT IMPLEMENTATION

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs concluded a joint hearing with the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs to examine VA MISSION Act implementation, focusing on tracking transformation, after receiving testimony from Robert Wilkie, Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

NEW PUBLIC LAWS

(For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D1293)

S. 245, to amend the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self Determination Act of 2005. Signed on December 18, 2018. (Public Law 115–325)

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S. 825, to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium located in Sitka, Alaska. Signed on December 18, 2018. (Public Law 115–326)

S. 2465, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize a sickle cell disease prevention and treatment demonstration program and to provide for sickle cell disease research, surveillance, prevention, and treatment. Signed on December 18, 2018. (Public Law 115–327)

S. 3029, to revise and extend the Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early Act (PREEMIE Act). Signed on December 18, 2018. (Public Law 115–328)

S. 3119, to allow for the taking of sea lions on the Columbia River and its tributaries to protect endangered and threatened species of salmon and other nonlisted fish species. Signed on December 18, 2018. (Public Law 115–329)

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

DECEMBER 20, 2018

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

No meetings/hearings scheduled.

House

Committee on Financial Services, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``The Peril of an Ignored National Debt'', 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.

Committee on the Judiciary, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Department of Homeland Security'', 10:15 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Committee on Rules, Full Committee, continue hearing on the Senate amendment to H.R. 695, the ``Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018'' [Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019], Time to be announced, H–313 Capitol.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing entitled ``The Veterans First Program after Kingdomware'', 10 a.m., 334 Cannon.

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Full Committee, business meeting to consider transmission of Certain Executive Session Materials to the Executive Branch; transmission of Certain Executive Session Transcripts to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for Appropriate Classification Review in Preparation for Public Disclosure related to the following matters: Classified Committee Briefing (December 5, 2016), Classified Committee Briefing (January 10, 2017), and Classified Committee Briefing (March 2, 2017); and pending the Classification Review by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, public release of the following Certain Executive Session Transcripts to the Committee Repository: Classified Committee Briefing (December 5, 2016), Classified Committee Briefing (January 10, 2017), and Classified Committee Briefing (March 2, 2017), 10 a.m., HVC–304. This meeting will be closed.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

11:30 a.m., Thursday, December 20

Senate Chamber

Program for Thursday: Senate will be in a period of morning business.



Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

9 a.m., Thursday, December 20

House Chamber

Program for Thursday: Consideration of the Senate amendment to H.R. 88--Shiloh National Military Park Boundary Adjustment and Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Designation Act (Subject to a Rule).

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Cleaver, Emanuel, Mo., E1684

Cook, Paul, Calif., E1688

Costa, Jim, Calif., E1685

Denham, Jeff, Calif., E1684, E1686

Engel, Eliot L., N.Y., E1687

Fitzpatrick, Brian K., Pa., E1686

Garamendi, John, Calif., E1683, E1685, E1686

Gianforte, Greg, Mont., E1683

Keating, William R., Mass., E1686

Lujan Grisham, Michelle, N.M., E1688

McClintock, Tom, Calif., E1683

Norton, Eleanor Holmes, The District of Columbia, E1686

Poe, Ted, Tex., E1683, E1688

Royce, Edward R., Calif., E1687

Speier, Jackie, Calif., E1685, E1687

Swalwell, Eric, Calif., E1689

Thompson, Bennie G., Miss., E1683

Wittman, Robert J., Va., E1687

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