Daily Digest

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

    Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the H.R. 1625, Consolidated Appropriations Act.

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S1885–S1984

Measures Introduced: Forty-two bills and thirteen resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 2589–2630, S.J. Res. 56–57, and S. Res. 441–451.
Pages S1947–48

Measures Reported:

H.R. 70, to amend the Federal Advisory Committee Act to increase the transparency of Federal advisory committees. (S. Rept. No. 115–217)

S. 374, to enable concrete masonry products manufacturers to establish, finance, and carry out a coordinated program of research, education, and promotion to improve, maintain, and develop markets for concrete masonry products. (S. Rept. No. 115–218)

Special Report entitled ``Allocation to Subcommittees of Budget Totals for Fiscal Year 2018''. (Rept. No. 115–219)

H.R. 1660, to direct the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development to submit to Congress a report on the development and use of global health innovations in the programs, projects, and activities of the Agency.

S. Res. 426, supporting the goals of International Women's Day, and with an amended preamble.

S. Res. 429, commemorating the 59th anniversary of Tibet's 1959 uprising as ``Tibetan Rights Day'', and expressing support for the human rights and religious freedom of the Tibetan people and the Tibetan Buddhist faith community.
Page S1946

Measures Passed:

Kennedy-King Establishment Act: Senate passed H.R. 4851, to establish the Kennedy-King Commemorative Site in the State of Indiana, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
Page S1892

Cornyn (for Young/Donnelly) Amendment No. 2215, to strike a provision relating to a special resource study.
Page S1892


Alaska Property Conveyance: Senate passed S. 269, to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Tanana Tribal Council located in Tanana, Alaska, and to the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation located in Dillingham, Alaska.
Pages S1968–69


Native American Business Incubators Program Act: Senate passed S. 607, to establish a business incubators program within the Department of the Interior to promote economic development in Indian reservation communities, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
Page S1969

McConnell (for Hoeven) Amendment No. 2223, in the nature of a substitute.
Page S1969


Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act: Senate passed S. 1116, to amend the Native American Business Development, Trade Promotion, and Tourism Act of 2000, the Buy Indian Act, and the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to provide industry and economic development opportunities to Indian communities, after withdrawing the committee amendments, and agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
Pages S1969–72

McConnell (for Hoeven) Amendment No. 2224, in the nature of a substitute.
Page S1972


Klamath Tribe Judgment Fund Repeal Act: Senate passed S. 1223, to repeal the Klamath Tribe Judgment Fund Act, after agreeing to the committee amendment.
Page S1972


Johnson-O'Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act: Senate passed 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, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
Pages S1972–75

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McConnell (for Lankford) Amendment No. 2225, to include Alaska Native organizations in consultations.
Page S1973


Childhood Cancer STAR Act: Senate passed S. 292, to maximize discovery, and accelerate development and availability, of promising childhood cancer treatments, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S1975–77


Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act: Senate passed S. 1091, to establish a Federal Task Force to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S1977–78


National CACFP Week: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 405, designating the third week of March 2018 as ``National CACFP Week'', and the resolution was then agreed to.
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Hurricane Maria 6-Month Anniversary: Senate agreed to S. Res. 445, marking the 6-month anniversary of the devastation of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands by Hurricane Maria.
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National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 446, designating March 25, 2018, as ``National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day''.
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National Rehabilitation Counselors Appreciation Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 447, designating March 22, 2018, as ``National Rehabilitation Counselors Appreciation Day''.
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National Women's History Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 448, designating March 2018 as ``National Women's History Month''.
Page S1978


National Asbestos Awareness Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 449, designating the first week of April 2018 as ``National Asbestos Awareness Week''.
Page S1978


Enrollment Correction: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 116, providing for a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 1625, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
Page S1978

McConnell (for Risch) Amendment No. 2226, of a perfecting nature.
Page S1978


Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act: Committee on Finance was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4547, to amend titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act to improve and strengthen the representative payment program, and the bill was then passed.
Page S1982

Measures Considered:

National Defense Authorization Act: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1519, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year.
Pages S1886–92, S1892–S1931

House Messages:

Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act: Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 772, to amend the PROTECT Act to make Indian tribes eligible for AMBER Alert grants.
Page S1968


Consolidated Appropriations Act: By 65 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. 63) Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the H.R. 1625, to amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to include severe forms of trafficking in persons within the definition of transnational organized crime for purposes of the rewards program of the Department of State, after taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S1979–80

Withdrawn:

McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, with McConnell Amendment No. 2217 (to the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to the bill), to change the enactment date.
Page S1979

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

By 91 yeas to 6 nays (Vote No. 61), Senate agreed to the motion to instruct the Sergeant at Arms to request the attendance of absent Senators.
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By 67 yeas to 30 nays (Vote No. 62), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
Page S1979

McConnell motion to refer the message of the House on the bill to the Committee on Appropriations, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 2219, to change the enactment date, fell when cloture was invoked on the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
Page S1979

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McConnell Amendment No. 2220 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2219), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell motion to refer the message of the House on the bill to the Committee on Appropriations, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 2219 (listed above) fell.
Page S1979

McConnell Amendment No. 2221 (to Amendment No. 2220), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell Amendment No. 2220 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2219) fell.
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McConnell Amendment No. 2218 (to Amendment No. 2217), of a perfecting nature, fell when McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, with McConnell Amendment No. 2217 (to the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to the bill) (listed above) was withdrawn.
Page S1979


Signing Authority--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senator Lankford be authorized to sign duly enrolled bills or joint resolutions from Friday, March 23, 2018 through Monday, March 26, 2018.
Page S1982


Authorizing Leadership to Make Appointments--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that, notwithstanding the adjournment of the Senate, the President of the Senate, the President Pro Tempore, and the Majority and Minority Leaders be authorized to make appointments to commissions, committees, boards, conferences, or interparliamentary conferences authorized by law, by concurrent action of the two Houses, or by order of the Senate.
Pages S1982–83


Pro Forma Sessions--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the Senate adjourn, to then convene for pro forma sessions only, with no business being conducted on the following dates and times, and that following each pro forma session, the Senate adjourn until the next pro forma session: Monday, March 26, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.; Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 3:45 p.m.; Monday, April 2, 2018 at 12 noon; Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.; and that when the Senate adjourns on Thursday, April 5, 2018, it next convene at 3 p.m., on Monday, April 9, 2018.
Page S1983


Boom Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Claria Horn Boom, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.
Page S1980

Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
Page S1980

A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Friday, March 23, 2018, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, April 9, 2018.
Page S1983

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senate resume consideration of the nomination at approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, April 9, 2018.
Page S1983


Ring Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of John F. Ring, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.
Page S1980

A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Claria Horn Boom, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.
Page S1983

Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
Page S1980

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
Page S1980


Pizzella Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Patrick Pizzella, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.
Page S1980

A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of John F. Ring, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.
Page S1980

Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
Page S1980

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
Page S1980


Wheeler Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Andrew Wheeler, of Virginia, to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Page S1980

A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Patrick Pizzella, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Labor.
Page S1980

Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:

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Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
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Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
Page S1980


Broomes Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of John W. Broomes, to be United States District Judge for the District of Kansas.
Page S1981

A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Andrew Wheeler, of Virginia, to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Page S1981

Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
Page S1980

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
Page S1981


Jennings Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Rebecca Grady Jennings, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky.
Page S1981

A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of John W. Broomes, to be United States District Judge for the District of Kansas.
Page S1981

Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
Page S1981

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
Page S1981

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, the cloture motions filed on Friday, March 23, 2018 ripen at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, April 9, 2018.
Page S1983


Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:

Steven T. Mnuchin, of California, to be United States Governor of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, United States Governor of the African Development Fund, and United States Governor of the Asian Development Bank.

Steven T. Mnuchin, of California, to be United States Governor of the International Monetary Fund, United States Governor of the African Development Bank, United States Governor of the Inter-American Development Bank, and United States Governor of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for a term of five years.

Carlos Trujillo, of Florida, to be Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the Organization of American States, with the rank of Ambassador.

Robert K. Hur, of Maryland, to be United States Attorney for the District of Maryland for the term of four years.

Robert Frank Pence, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Finland.

Erik Bethel, of Florida, to be United States Alternate Executive Director of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for a term of two years.

Judy Lynn Shelton, of Virginia, to be United States Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Mark Schneider, of the District of Columbia, to be Director of the Institute of Education Science, Department of Education for a term of six years.

Anne Marie White, of Michigan, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Environmental Management).

Tim Thomas, of Kentucky, to be Federal Cochairman of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Kevin Edward Moley, of Arizona, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (International Organization Affairs).

Josephine Olsen, of Maryland, to be Director of the Peace Corps.

Marie Royce, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Educational and Cultural Affairs).

James Edwin Williams, of Utah, to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Labor.

Edward Charles Prado, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Argentine Republic.

Trevor D. Traina, of California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Austria.

Brent K. Park, of Tennessee, to be Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, National Nuclear Security Administration.

Thomas T. Cullen, of Virginia, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia for the term of four years.

David C. Joseph, of Louisiana, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana for the term of four years.

26 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.

1 Army nomination in the rank of general.

6 Marine Corps nominations in the rank of general.

5 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.

Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy.
Pages S1983–84


Messages from the House:
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Measures Referred:
Pages S1945–46


Measures Read the First Time:
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Enrolled Bills Presented:
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Executive Communications:
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Executive Reports of Committees:
Pages S1946–47


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S1948–50


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S1950–56


Additional Statements:
Pages S1942–45


Amendments Submitted:
Pages S1956–68


Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Page S1968


Privileges of the Floor:
Page S1968


Quorum Calls: One quorum call was taken today. (Total--1)
Page S1978


Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--63)
Pages S1978–80


Adjournment: Senate convened at 10:31 a.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2018 and adjourned at 1:01 a.m. on Friday, March 23, 2018, until 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 26, 2018. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S1983.)

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Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION REQUEST AND FUTURE YEARS DEFENSE PROGRAM

Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the challenges in the Department of Energy's atomic energy defense programs in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2019 and the Future Years Defense Program, after receiving testimony from Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy.

DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION REQUEST AND FUTURE YEARS DEFENSE PROGRAM

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Strategic Forces concluded a hearing to examine ballistic missile defense policies and programs in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2019 and the Future Years Defense Program, after receiving testimony from John C. Rood, Under Secretary for Policy, General Lori J. Robinson, USAF, Commander, United States Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, Lieutenant General Samuel A. Greaves, USAF, Director, Missile Defense Agency, and Lieutenant General James H. Dickinson, USA, Commanding General, Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, all of the Department of Defense.

DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT OVERSIGHT

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded an oversight hearing to examine the Department of Housing and Urban Development, including S. 2155, to promote economic growth, provide tailored regulatory relief, and enhance consumer protections, after receiving testimony from Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

WESTERN WATER SUPPLY OUTLOOK AND WATER INFRASTRUCTURE AND DROUGHT RESILIENCE BILLS

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the 2018 Western Water Supply Outlook and the following Water Infrastructure and Drought Resilience Bills, including S. 2539, to amend the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015, to reauthorize certain projects to increase Colorado River System water, S. 2560, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish a program to facilitate the transfer to non-Federal ownership of appropriate reclamation projects or facilities, and S. 2563, to improve the water supply and drought resilience of the United States, after receiving testimony from Timothy Petty, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science; Derek I. Sandison, Washington State Department of Agriculture Director, Olympia; Kathryn Sorensen, City of Phoenix Water Services Department, Phoenix, Arizona; Patrick O'Toole, Family Farm Alliance, Savery, Wyoming; Laura Ziemer, Trout Unlimited, Bozeman, Montana; and Cindy Ortega, MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas, Nevada.

TRADE POLICY AGENDA

Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the President's 2018 trade policy agenda, after receiving testimony from Robert E. Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Thomas T. Cullen, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, Robert K. Hur, to be United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, and David C. Joseph, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, all of the Department of Justice.

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INTELLIGENCE

Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the intelligence community.

Committee recessed subject to the call.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 29 public bills, H.R. 5379–5407; and 10 resolutions, H.J. Res. 116 and H. Res. 797–805, were introduced.
Pages H2040–42


Additional Cosponsors:
Page H2043


Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:

S. 466, to clarify the description of certain Federal land under the Northern Arizona Land Exchange and Verde River Basin Partnership Act of 2005 to include additional land in the Kaibab National Forest, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–615);

H.R. 3008, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the George W. Bush Childhood Home, located at 1412 West Ohio Avenue, Midland, Texas, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115–616);

Committee on Ethics. In the Matter of Allegations Relating to Representative Luis V. Gutiérrez (H. Rept. 115–617); and

Committee on Ethics. In the Matter of Allegations Relating to Representative Bobby L. Rush (H. Rept. 115–618).
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Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Reverend Paul Meyers, Roscoe United Methodist Church, Roscoe, Illinois.
Page H1757


Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by voice vote.
Page H2029


Suspensions--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures. Consideration began Monday, March 19th.

Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act: H.R. 4227, amended, to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to examine what actions the Department of Homeland Security is undertaking to combat the threat of vehicular terrorism, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 417 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 125;
Pages H1767–68


Surface Transportation Security Improvement Act of 2018: H.R. 5131, amended, to improve the effectiveness of Federal efforts to identify and address homeland security risks to surface transportation, secure against vehicle-based attacks, and conduct a feasibility assessment of introducing new security technologies and measures, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 409 yeas to 5 nays, Roll No. 126;
Pages H1768–69


Strengthening Aviation Security Act: H.R. 4467, amended, to require the Federal Air Marshal Service to utilize risk-based strategies, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 408 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 128; and
Pages H2027–28


Strengthening Local Transportation Security Capabilities Act of 2018: H.R. 5089, amended, to improve threat information sharing, integrated operations, and law enforcement training for transportation security, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 397 yeas with one voting ``nay'', Roll No. 129.
Pages H2028–29


Targeted Rewards for the Global Eradication of Human Trafficking: The House concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 1625, to amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to include severe forms of trafficking in persons within the definition of transnational organized crime for purposes of the rewards program of the Department of State, with an amendment consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–66, by a yea-and-nay vote of 256 yeas to 167 nays, Roll No. 127.
Page H2027

H. Res. 796, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 1625) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 211 ayes to 207 noes, Roll No. 124, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 233 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 123.
Pages H1766–67


Providing for a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 1625: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 116, providing for a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 1625.
Pages H2029–30


Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 10 a.m. tomorrow, March 23rd.
Page H2030


Kennedy-King National Commemorative Site Act: The House agreed to take from the Speaker's table and concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 4851, to establish the Kennedy-King Commemorative Site in the State of Indiana.
Page H2037


Discharge Petition: Representative Jackson Lee presented to the clerk a motion to discharge the Committee on the Judiciary from the consideration of H.R. 3654, to limit the removal of a special counsel (Discharge Petition No. 9).
Page H2033


Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appear on page H2029.

Quorum Calls--Votes: Six yea-and-nay votes and one recorded vote developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H1766–67, H1767, H1767–68, H1768–69, H2027, H2027–28, and H2028–29. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 3:11 p.m.

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Committee Meetings

FISCAL YEAR 2019 BUDGET REQUEST FOR NUCLEAR FORCES AND ATOMIC ENERGY DEFENSE ACTIVITIES

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Strategic Forces held a hearing entitled ``Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request for Nuclear Forces and Atomic Energy Defense Activities''. Testimony was heard from Vice Admiral Terry Benedict, Director, Navy Strategic Systems Program; Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration; James Owendoff, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment Management, Department of Energy; General Robin Rand, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command; and John C. Rood, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Department of Defense.

REVIEWING DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE STRATEGY, POLICY, AND PROGRAMS FOR COUNTERING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION (CWMD) FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing entitled ``Reviewing Department of Defense Strategy, Policy, and Programs for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) for Fiscal Year 2019''. Testimony was heard from Lieutenant General Joseph Osterman, Deputy Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command; Vayl Oxford, Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency; Ken Rapuano, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; and Guy Roberts, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment.

COMBATING THE OPIOID CRISIS: PREVENTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH SOLUTIONS

Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health concluded a hearing entitled ``Combating the Opioid Crisis: Prevention and Public Health Solutions''. Testimony was heard from Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services; Anne Schuchat, Acting Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Christopher M. Jones, Director of the National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services; and public witnesses.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURES

Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing entitled ``Legislative Hearing on Four Communications Bills''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

BUREAUCRATIC CHALLENGES TO HURRICANE RECOVERY IN PUERTO RICO

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on National Security held a hearing entitled ``Bureaucratic Challenges to Hurricane Recovery in Puerto Rico''. Testimony was heard from Michael Byrne, Assistant Administrator for Field Operations, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security; William Parks, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Department of Energy; Peter Lopez, Regional Administrator, Region 2, Environmental Protection Agency; and a public witness.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 5345, the ``American Leadership in Space Technology and Advanced Rocketry Act''; H.R. 5346, the ``Commercial Space Support Vehicle Act''; and H.R. 5086, the ``Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of 2018''. H.R. 5345, H.R. 5346, and H.R. 5086 were ordered reported, without amendment.

HEARING WITH COMMERCE SECRETARY ROSS

Committee on Ways and Means: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Hearing with Commerce Secretary Ross''. Testimony was heard from Wilbur Ross, Secretary, Department of Commerce.

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BUSINESS MEETING

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee held a business meeting on Adoption of the Committee's Investigative Report into Russian Active Measures During the 2016 Presidential Election. The Committee's Investigative Report into Russian Active Measures During the 2016 Presidential Election was adopted, without amendment. This hearing was closed.

Joint Meetings

GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Commission concluded a hearing to examine the Good Friday Agreement at 20, focusing on achievements and unfinished business, after receiving testimony from Brian Gormally, Committee on the Administration of Justice, and Mark Thompson, Relatives for Justice, both of Belfast, Northern Ireland; and James F. McKay III, Ancient Order of Hibernians, New Orleans, Louisiana.

NEW PUBLIC LAWS

(For last listing of Public Laws, see
Daily Digest, p. D304)

H.R. 1208, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 9155 Schaefer Road, Converse, Texas, as the ``Converse Veterans Post Office Building''. Signed on March 20, 2018. (Public Law 115–38)

H.R. 1858, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4514 Williamson Trail in Liberty, Pennsylvania, as the ``Staff Sergeant Ryan Scott Ostrom Post Office''. Signed on March 20, 2018. (Public Law 115–39)

H.R. 1988, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1730 18th Street in Bakersfield, California, as the ``Merle Haggard Post Office Building''. Signed on March 20, 2018. (Public Law 115–40)

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

MARCH 23, 2018

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Kirsten Dawn Madison, of Florida, to be an Assistant Secretary (International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs), and Thomas J. Hushek, of Wisconsin, to be Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan, both of the Department of State, 10 a.m., SD–419.

House

No hearings are scheduled.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

11:30 a.m., Monday, March 26

Senate Chamber

Program for Monday: Senate will meet in a pro forma session.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

10 a.m., Friday, March 23

House Chamber

Program for Friday: House will meet in Pro Forma Session at 10 a.m.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Aderholt, Robert B., Ala., E364

Bishop, Mike, Mich., E360

Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., Ga, E362

Cheney, Liz, Wyo., E359

Collins, Doug, Ga., E362, E363

DeFazio, Peter A., Ore., E363

Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E359, E363

Esty, Elizabeth H., Conn., E360

Green, Al, Tex., E361, E362

Himes, James A., Conn., E360

Hurd, Will, Tex., E361

Kuster, Ann M., N.H., E361, E363

Larsen, Rick, Wash., E364

Luetkemeyer, Blaine, Mo., E360

Marchant, Kenny, Tex., E361

McCollum, Betty, Minn., E363

Sewell, Terri A., Ala., E359

Thompson, Bennie G., Miss., E362

Thompson, Mike, Calif., E361

Webster, Daniel, Fla., E360

Wilson, Joe, S.C., E360

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