Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
April 27, 2018
115th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 164, No. 69 — Daily Edition
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Friday, April 27, 2018
The Senate was not in session and stands adjourned until 2:30 p.m., on Monday, April 30, 2018.––––––
No committee meetings were held.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 3997, to waive the application fee for any special use permit for veterans demonstrations and special events at war memorials on Federal land, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–658); and
H.R. 2152, to require States and units of local government receiving funds under grant programs operated by the Department of Justice, which use such funds for pretrial services programs, to submit to the Attorney General a report relating to such program, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–659).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Johnson (LA) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by voice vote.
Recess: The House recessed at 10:07 a.m. and reconvened at 10:40 a.m.
Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018: The House passed H.R. 4, to reauthorize programs of the Federal Aviation Administration, by a yea-and-nay vote of 393 yeas to 13 nays, Roll No. 165. Consideration began yesterday, April 26th.
Rejected the Velázquez motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 182 ayes to 223 noes, Roll No. 164.
Shuster en bloc amendment No. 4 consisting of the following amendments printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–650: Thompson (CA) (No. 102) that adds two categories to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act eligibility; Keating (No. 103) that requires Administrator of FEMA to develop a strategy to coordinate emergency response plans with state, tribal, and local governments, first responders, utility companies, and medical facilities; Meadows (No. 105) that adds the Disaster Assistance Working Group of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency to the study conducted in SEC. 622; Blumenauer (No. 106) that authorizes FEMA to reimburse building code and floodplain managers for building inspections conducted on buildings damaged immediately after a natural disaster; Jackson Lee (No. 109) that provides for a GAO report 240 days following enactment on long-term recovery efforts following Hurricane Andrew, September 11, 2001, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike, and Hurricane Sandy to better inform the Congress when catastrophic events occur that may require long-term recovery planning; the report will define a federal disaster long-term recovery, the stages of a long-term recovery, and the competence and capacity of FEMA to manage 2 or more major disasters of the magnitude exemplified--simultaneously; further the GAO will report on lessons that may be applied to future long-term disaster recovery efforts; the GAO will report on what existing authority granted to FEMA to advise and make recommendations to the President regarding Presidential Disaster Declarations may be instructive regarding a Presidential long-term recovery disaster declaration; Keating (No. 111) that requires Administrator of FEMA to provide training to state, local, and tribal governments, first responders, and facilities that store hazardous materials in the event of major disaster; Cartwright (No. 113) that creates an interagency council on extreme weather, resilience, preparedness, and risk identification and management; it will improve each agency's planning for extreme weather events, improve interagency coordination and planning, and help the federal government interface with state and local officials to develop regional plans to manage the risks associated with extreme weather events; and Comstock (No. 116) that strikes a provision in Section 703(b) of Title VII that proposes a contingency funding provision that would nullify the authorization for FAA's environmental R&D programs entirely should appropriators decline to appropriate full funding to certain other unrelated programs;
Graves (LA) amendment (No. 104 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–650) that allows for an arbitration process for those disputing their eligibility for assistance, or repayment of assistance, following a disaster;
Graves (LA) amendment (No. 107 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–650) that provides for reimbursement to state and local units of government for housing that produces cost-savings to comparable FEMA solutions;
Graves (LA) amendment (No. 108 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–650) that limits reductions in assistance for more than one building in a multi-structure educational, law enforcement, correctional, fire, or medical campus;
Babin amendment (No. 110 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–650) that prevents FEMA from recouping disaster relief funds that were previously certified by a FEMA Technical Assistance Contractor (TAC) as eligible, reasonable and reimbursable; requires confirmation of the TAC determination through an audit by the DHS Inspector General; and
Duncan (TN) amendment (No. 114 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–650) that establishes a national standard for hiring motor carriers (by a recorded vote of 212 ayes to 191 noes, Roll No. 163).
McClintock amendment (No. 112 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–650) that sought to strike Section 451 of H.R. 4, which authorizes the Essential Air Service (by a recorded vote of 113 ayes to 293 noes, Roll No. 162).
Pages H3719–20, H3722–23
Privileged Resolution--Intent to Offer: Representative Crowley announced his intent to offer a privileged resolution.
Question of Privilege: Representative Crowley rose to a question of the privileges of the House and submitted a privileged resolution. Subsequently, the House agreed to the McCarthy motion to table H. Res. 856, raising a question of the privileges of the House, by a yea-and-nay vote of 215 yeas to 171 nays with 3 answering ``present'', Roll No. 166.
Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1st.
Clerk to Correct Engrossment: Agreed by unanimous consent that, in the engrossment of H.R. 4, the Clerk be authorized to make technical corrections to include corrections in spelling, punctuation, section numbering and cross-referencing, and the insertion of appropriate headings.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea-and-nay votes and three recorded votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H3722–23, H3723, H3725, H3725–26, and H3727. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 1:59 p.m.
DO NOT CALL: COMBATING ROBOCALLS AND CALLER ID SPOOFING
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled ``Do Not Call: Combating Robocalls and Caller ID Spoofing''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
IMPLEMENTATION OF FinCEN'S CUSTOMER DUE DILIGENCE RULE--FINANCIAL INSTITUTION PERSPECTIVE
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit held a hearing entitled ``Implementation of FinCEN's Customer Due Diligence Rule--Financial Institution Perspective''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.–
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Commission concluded a hearing to examine the Bitkov case and the United Nations International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, after receiving testimony from Rolando Alvarado, Corpolegal; William Browder, Global Magnitsky Campaign for Justice; and Victoria Sandoval.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Monday: Senate will meet in a pro forma session.
Program for Tuesday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 9:30 a.m.
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Bera, Ami, Calif., E559
Black, Diane, Tenn., E560
Bonamici, Suzanne, Ore., E568
Boyle, Brendan F., Pa., E568
Budd, Ted, N.C., E568
Carter, Earl L. ``Buddy'', Ga., E570
Cicilline, David N., R.I., E558
Curtis, John R., Utah, E567
Deutch, Theodore E., Fla., E564
Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E557
Frankel, Lois, Fla., E571
Gomez, Jimmy, Calif., E558
Granger, Kay, Tex., E557
Grothman, Glenn, Wisc., E564
Gutiérrez, Luis V., Ill., E569
Harper, Gregg, Miss., E569
Jackson Lee, Sheila, Tex., E570
Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E561
Johnson, Henry C. ``Hank'', Jr., Ga., E568
Levin, Sander M., Mich., E567
Marchant, Kenny, Tex., E559
Napolitano, Grace F., Calif., E566
Ryan, Tim, Ohio, E569
Schiff, Adam B., Calif., E564
Scott, Robert C. ``Bobby'', Va., E561
Sewell, Terri A., Ala., E569
Stefanik, Elise M., N.Y., E571
Stivers, Steve, Ohio, E566
Velázquez, Nydia M., N.Y., E560