Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
December 4, 2018
115th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 164, No. 191 — Daily Edition
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Report to accompany S. 941, to withdraw certain National Forest System land in the Emigrant Crevice area located in the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Park County, Montana, from the mining and mineral leasing laws of the United States. (S. Rept. No. 115–402)
Report to accompany S. 2461, to allow for judicial review of certain final rules relating to national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for brick and structural clay products or for clay ceramics manufacturing before requiring compliance with the rules by existing sources. (S. Rept. No. 115–407)
Report to accompany S. 3085, to establish a Federal Acquisition Security Council and to provide executive agencies with authorities relating to mitigating supply chain risks in the procurement of information technology. (S. Rept. No. 115–408)
S. 1942, to direct the Attorney General to review, revise, and develop law enforcement and justice protocols appropriate to address missing and murdered Indians, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 115–411)
S. 569, to amend title 54, United States Code, to provide consistent and reliable authority for, and for the funding of, the Land and Water Conservation Fund to maximize the effectiveness of the Fund for future generations, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
S. 785, to amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide for equitable allotment of land to Alaska Native veterans, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
S. 1403, to amend the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 to establish the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps to place youth and veterans in national service positions to conserve, restore, and enhance the great outdoors of the United States, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
S. 2290, to improve wildfire management operations and the safety of firefighters and communities with the best available technology, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
S. 3172, to amend title 54, United States Code, to establish, fund, and provide for the use of amounts in a National Park Service Legacy Restoration Fund to address the maintenance backlog of the National Park Service, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Alaska Remote Generator Reliability and Protection Act: Senate passed S. 1934, to prevent catastrophic failure or shutdown of remote diesel power engines due to emission control devices, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Anwar Sadat Centennial Celebration Act: Senate passed H.R. 754, to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Anwar Sadat in recognition of his heroic achievements and courageous contributions to peace in the Middle East.
Asia Reassurance Initiative Act: Senate passed S. 2736, to develop a long-term strategic vision and a comprehensive, multifaceted, and principled United States policy for the Indo-Pacific region, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
McConnell (for Gardner) Amendment No. 4068, of a perfecting nature.
Museum and Library Services Act: Senate passed S. 3530, to reauthorize the Museum and Library Services Act, after agreeing to the committee amendments.
Authorizing the Printing of a Commemorative Document: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 57, authorizing the printing of a commemorative document in memory of the late President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush.
McNamee Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 2:30 p.m., on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, Senate resume consideration of the nomination of Bernard L. McNamee, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, with the time until 4 p.m., equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees.
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
36 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
1 Navy nomination in the rank of admiral.
Messages from the House:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Privileges of the Floor:
Adjournment: Senate convened at 2:30 p.m. and adjourned at 6:16 p.m., until 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S7298.)
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing 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, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing 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, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
THE CHINA CHALLENGE
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy concluded a hearing to examine the China challenge, focusing on democracy, human rights, and the rule of law, after receiving testimony from Laura Stone, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Scott Busby, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Human Rights and Labor, both of the Department of State; and Gloria Steele, Acting Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Asia, United States Agency for International Development.
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing 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, who was introduced by Senator Alexander, 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, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
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
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.
CORRUPTION IN SPORT
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Commission received a briefing on gambling, match-fixing, and corruption in sport from Declan Hill, University of New Haven; David Larkin, ChangeFIFA; Alexandra Wrage, TRACE International; and Marko Stanovic.
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Committee received a briefing on fighting terror, focusing on comparing notes across the Atlantic from Makis Voridis, Member of the Greek Parliament and Chairman of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly's Ad Hoc Committee on Countering Terrorism; Leanne Erdberg, United States Institute of Peace; and Bruce Hoffman, Council on Foreign Relations.
S. 3554, to extend the effective date for the sunset for collateral requirements for Small Business Administration disaster loans. Signed on November 29, 2018. (Public Law 115–280)
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: business meeting to consider 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, Time to be announced, S–216, Capitol.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Wednesday: Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Bernard L. McNamee, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination at 4 p.m.
Program for Thursday: The House will meet at 12 noon.