Daily Digest

Monday, December 3, 2018

Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

    See Résumé of Congressional Activity.

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S7251–S7258

Measures Introduced: Three bills and three resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 2–3, 3698, S. Res. 713, and S. Con. Res. 55–56.
Page S7256

Measures Reported:

S. 3530, to reauthorize the Museum and Library Services Act, with amendments.
Page S7256

Measures Passed:

Authorizing the Use of the Capitol Rotunda: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 55, authorizing the use of the rotunda of the Capitol for the lying in state of the remains of the late George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States.
Page S7251


Providing for the Use of the Catafalque: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 56, providing for the use of the catafalque situated in the Exhibition Hall of the Capitol Visitor Center in connection with memorial services to be conducted in the rotunda of the Capitol for the late George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States.
Page S7251


Congressional Review Period--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the congressional review period for S.J. Res. 64, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of the Treasury relating to ``Returns by Exempt Organizations and Returns by Certain Non-Exempt Organizations'', be extended until December 14, 2018.
Page S7251


Message from the President: Senate received the following message from the President of the United States:

A message from the President of the United States officially notifying the Congress of the United States of the death of former President George Herbert Walker Bush; which was ordered to lie on the table. (PM–49)
Page S7255


McNamee Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Bernard L. McNamee, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, occur at 4 p.m., on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.
Page S7251


Messages from the House:
Pages S7255, S7255–56


Measures Referred:
Page S7256


Enrolled Bills Presented:
Page S7256


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S7256–57


Additional Statements:
Page S7255


Adjournment: Senate convened at 3 p.m. and adjourned at 3:31 p.m., until 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S7257.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

No committee meetings were held.

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House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 5 public bills, H.R. 7212–7216; and 3 resolutions, H.J. Res. 143; and H. Res. 1167–1168 were introduced.
Pages H9762–63


Additional Cosponsors:
Page H9763


Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:

S. 669, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to assess sanitation and safety conditions at Bureau of Indian Affairs facilities that were constructed to provide affected Columbia River Treaty tribes access to traditional fishing grounds and expend funds on construction of facilities and structures to improve those conditions, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115–1059);

H.R. 6682, to amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to improve the transparency and oversight of land conveyances involving disposal or acquisition of National Forest System lands or Bureau of Land Management public lands, to provide protections and certainty for private landowners related to resurveying such public lands, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–1060, Part 1);

H.R. 6602, to reauthorize the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115–1061);

H.R. 6507, to amend the Oil Region National Heritage Area Act to reauthorize the Oil Region National Heritage Area, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115–1062);

H.R. 3400, to promote innovative approaches to outdoor recreation on Federal land and to open up opportunities for collaboration with non-Federal partners, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–1063, Part 1);

H.R. 4506, to provide incentives to encourage tribal job creation and economic activity, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–1064, Part 1); and

H.R. 5874, to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to improve the recruitment and retention of employees in the Indian Health Service, restore accountability in the Indian Health Service, improve health services, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115–1065, Part 1).
Page H9762


Notification of Reassembly: Read the text of the formal notification sent to Members on Saturday, December 1, 2018 of the reassembling of the House.
Page H9759


Expressing the profound regret and sorrow of the House of Representatives on the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, forty-first President of the United States of America: The House agreed to H. Res. 1167, expressing the profound regret and sorrow of the House of Representatives on the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, forty-first President of the United States of America.
Page H9760


Authorizing the use of the rotunda of the Capitol for the lying in state of the remains of the late George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States: The House agreed to take from the Speaker's table and agree to S. Con. Res. 55, authorizing the use of the rotunda of the Capitol for the lying in state of the remains of the late George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States.
Page H9760


Providing for the use of the catafalque situated in the Exhibition Hall of the Capitol Visitor Center in connection with memorial services to be conducted in the rotunda of the Capitol for the late George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States: The House agreed to take from the Speaker's table and agree to S. Con. Res. 56, providing for the use of the catafalque situated in the Exhibition Hall of the Capitol Visitor Center in connection with memorial services to be conducted in the rotunda of the Capitol for the late George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States.
Page H9760


Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 12 noon on Thursday, December 6th.
Page H9760


Presidential Message: Read a letter from the President wherein he notified Congress of the death of former President George Herbert Walker Bush.
Pages H9759–60


Senate Referrals: S. 3628 was held at the desk. S. Con. Res. 54 was held at the desk.

Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appear on page H9759.

Quorum Calls--Votes: There were no Yea and Nay votes, and there were no Recorded votes. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 3:45 p.m. and at 3:53 p.m., pursuant to House Resolution 1167, the House stands adjourned until 12 noon on Thursday, December 6, 2018, as a further mark of respect to the memory of the late Honorable George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States.

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Committee Meetings



No hearings were held.

Joint Meetings



No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR TUESDAY,

DECEMBER 4, 2018

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Lieutenant General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., to be General and Commander, Central Command, and Lieutenant General Richard D. Clarke, to be General and Commander, Special Operations Command, both of the Department of Defense, 9:30 a.m., SD–G50.

Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Michael S. Klecheski, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mongolia, Matthew John Matthews, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, and W. Patrick Murphy, of Vermont, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, all of the Department of State; to be immediately followed by a Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy hearing to examine the China challenge, focusing on democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, 9:30 a.m., SD–419.

Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Carol Z. Perez, of Virginia, to be Director General of the Foreign Service, Arthur B. Culvahouse, Jr., of Tennessee, to be Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia, Christopher Paul Henzel, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen, Sarah-Ann Lynch, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, and Lynne M. Tracy, of Ohio, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia, all of the Department of State, and John Barsa, of Florida, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, 2:30 p.m., SD–419.

Select Committee on Intelligence: to receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.

House

No hearings are scheduled.

Joint Meetings

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: to receive a briefing on gambling, match-fixing, and corruption in sport, 11:30 a.m., SR–188.

Full Committee, to receive a briefing on fighting terror, focusing on comparing notes across the Atlantic, 4 p.m., 340, Cannon Building.

CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM AHEAD

Week of December 4 through December 7, 2018

Senate Chamber

On Tuesday, Senate will meet in a period of morning business.

On Wednesday, Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Bernard L. McNamee, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, at 4 p.m.

During the balance of the week, Senate may consider any cleared legislative and executive business.

Senate Committees

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Committee on Armed Services: December 4, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Lieutenant General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., to be General and Commander, Central Command, and Lieutenant General Richard D. Clarke, to be General and Commander, Special Operations Command, both of the Department of Defense, 9:30 a.m., SD–G50.

December 6, Full Committee, to receive a closed briefing on the security situation in Afghanistan, 10:30 a.m., SVC–217.

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: December 6, 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: December 6, 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: December 4, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Michael S. Klecheski, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mongolia, Matthew John Matthews, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, and W. Patrick Murphy, of Vermont, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, all of the Department of State; to be immediately followed by a Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy hearing to examine the China challenge, focusing on democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, 9:30 a.m., SD–419.

December 4, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Carol Z. Perez, of Virginia, to be Director General of the Foreign Service, Arthur B. Culvahouse, Jr., of Tennessee, to be Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Australia, Christopher Paul Henzel, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen, Sarah-Ann Lynch, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, and Lynne M. Tracy, of Ohio, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia, all of the Department of State, and John Barsa, of Florida, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, 2:30 p.m., SD–419.

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December 5, 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: December 6, 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: December 4, to receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.

December 6, Full Committee, to receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters, 2 p.m., SH–219.

House Committees

Committee on Energy and Commerce, December 6, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, hearing entitled ``RAY BAUM'S Act: A Bipartisan Foundation for Bridging the Digital Divide'', 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

Committee on Financial Services, December 6, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``A Legislative Proposal to Provide for a Sustainable Housing Finance System: The Bipartisan Housing Finance Reform Act of 2018'', 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.

Committee on the Judiciary, December 6, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Department of Homeland Security'', 11:30 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Joint Meetings

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: December 4, to receive a briefing on gambling, match-fixing, and corruption in sport, 11:30 a.m., SR–188.

December 4, Full Committee, to receive a briefing on fighting terror, focusing on comparing notes across the Atlantic, 4 p.m., 340, Cannon Building. December 3, 2018*ÿ7Eÿ7Eÿ7EThese figures include all measures reported, even if there was no accompanying report. A total of 203 written reports have been filed in the Senate, 576 reports have been filed in the House.

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Résumé of Congressional Activity

SECOND SESSION OF THE ONE HUNDRED FIFTEENTH CONGRESS

The first table gives a comprehensive résumé of all legislative business transacted by the Senate and House.

The second table accounts for all nominations submitted to the Senate by the President for Senate confirmation.

    DATA ON LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY

January 3 through November 30, 2018

SenateHouseTotal

Days in session

172158
. .

Time in session

915 hrs., 46609 hrs., 22
. .

Congressional Record:

Pages of proceedings

S7249H9758
. .

Extensions of Remarks

. .E1590
. .

Public bills enacted into law

54125
179

Private bills enacted into law

. .1
1

Bills in conference

22
. .

Bills through conference

. .. .
. .

Measures passed, total

481717
1198

Senate bills

9664
. .

House bills

141522
. .

Senate joint resolutions

42
. .

House joint resolutions

. .. .
. .

Senate concurrent resolutions

118
. .

House concurrent resolutions

1316
. .

Simple resolutions

216105
. .

Measures reported, total

*355*562
917

Senate bills

2269
. .

House bills

110488
. .

Senate joint resolutions

1. .
. .

House joint resolutions

. .. .
. .

Senate concurrent resolutions

. .. .
. .

House concurrent resolutions

. .2
. .

Simple resolutions

1863
. .

Special reports

1410
. .

Conference reports

33
. .

Measures pending on calendar

421177
. .

Measures introduced, total

18143038
4852

Bills

14282482
. .

Joint resolutions

1718
. .

Concurrent resolutions

2346
. .

Simple resolutions

346492
. .

Quorum calls

12
. .

Yea-and-nay votes

252263
. .

Recorded votes

. .160
. .

Bills vetoed

. .. .
. .

Vetoes overridden

. .. .
. .

    DISPOSITION OF EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS

January 3 through November 30, 2018

Civilian nominations, totaling 705 (including 146 nominations carried over from the First Session), disposed of as follows:

Confirmed

309

Unconfirmed

374

Withdrawn

22

Other Civilian nominations, totaling 1,604 (including 2 nominations carried over from the First Session), disposed of as follows:

Confirmed

900

Unconfirmed

703

Withdrawn

1

Air Force nominations, totaling 6,237 (including 76 nominations carried over from the First Session), disposed of as follows:

Confirmed

4,706

Unconfirmed

1,531

Army nominations, totaling 7,283 (including 12 nominations carried over from the First Session), disposed of as follows:

Confirmed

7,037

Unconfirmed

246

Navy nominations, totaling 4,462 (including 11 nominations carried over from the First Session), disposed of as follows:

Confirmed

4,411

Unconfirmed

51

Marine Corps nominations, totaling 1,347, disposed of as follows:

Confirmed

1,340

Unconfirmed

7

Summary

Total nominations carried over from the First Session

247

Total nominations received this Session

21,391

Total confirmed

18,703

Total unconfirmed

2,912

Total withdrawn

23

Total returned to the White House

0
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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

2:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 4

Senate Chamber

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

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

12 noon, Thursday, December 6

House Chamber

Program for Thursday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 12 noon.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Bustos, Cheri, Ill., E1594, E1595

Costa, Jim, Calif., E1591

DeSaulnier, Mark, Calif., E1592

Frankel, Lois, Fla., E1595

Grijalva, Raúl M., Ariz., E1596

Kaptur, Marcy, Ohio, E1592

Messer, Luke, Ind., E1591, E1591, E1592, E1593, E1593, E1594, E1594, E1595, E1596, E1596

Norton, Eleanor Holmes, The District of Columbia, E1595, E1596

Panetta, Jimmy, Calif., E1593

Richmond, Cedric L., La., E1591

Scott, David, Ga., E1594

Visclosky, Peter J., Ind., E1593

Young, David, Iowa, E1591, E1592, E1593, E1594

Young, Don, Alaska, E1594

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