Daily Digest

Friday, April 27, 2018

Daily Digest


Chamber Action

The Senate was not in session and stands adjourned until 2:30 p.m., on Monday, April 30, 2018.––––––

Committee Meetings

No committee meetings were held.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action

Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 23 public bills, H.R. 5645–5667; 1 private bill, H.R. 5668; and 11 resolutions, H. Res. 855–865; were introduced.
Pages H3741–42

Additional Cosponsors:
Pages H3743–44

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).
Pages H3740–41

Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Johnson (LA) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Page H3709

Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by voice vote.
Page H3709

Recess: The House recessed at 10:07 a.m. and reconvened at 10:40 a.m.
Page H3722

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.
Pages H3725–26

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.
Page H3725

Agreed to:

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;
Pages H3710–15


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;
Pages H3715–16

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;
Pages H3716–17

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;
Pages H3717–18

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
Pages H3718–19

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).
Pages H3720–23


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

H. Res. 839, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 4) and (H.R. 3144) was agreed to Wednesday, April 25th.

Privileged Resolution--Intent to Offer: Representative Crowley announced his intent to offer a privileged resolution.
Page H3726

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.
Pages H3726–27

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.
Page H3728

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.
Page H3728

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.

Committee Meetings


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.



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.–

Joint Meetings


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.


APRIL 30, 2018

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


No meetings/hearings scheduled.


No hearings are scheduled.


Next Meeting of the

2:30 p.m., Monday, April 30

Senate Chamber

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

Next Meeting of the

9:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 1

House Chamber

Program for Tuesday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 9:30 a.m.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue


Babin, Brian, Tex., E567

Bera, Ami, Calif., E559

Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., Ga, E558, E563

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

Collins, Doug, Ga., E562, E571

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

Panetta, Jimmy, Calif., E557, E570

Perlmutter, Ed, Colo., E560, E560, E561, E562, E562, E564, E564, E565, E566, E566

Poe, Ted, Tex., E559, E560, E563, E565, E569

Roskam, Peter J., Ill., E558, E559

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

Thompson, Mike, Calif., E561, E566

Velázquez, Nydia M., N.Y., E560

Young, David, Iowa, E560, E562, E563, E565, E565, E566, E567, E568, E569, E570