Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
June 6, 2018
115th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 164, No. 93 — Daily Edition
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Special Report entitled ``Revised Allocation to Subcommittees of Budget Totals for Fiscal Year 2019''. (S. Rept. No. 115–267)
S. 1872, to authorize the programs of the Transportation Security Administration relating to transportation security, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 115–266)
Shiloh National Military Park Boundary Adjustment and Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Designation Act: Senate passed H.R. 88, to modify the boundary of the Shiloh National Military Park located in Tennessee and Mississippi, to establish Parker's Crossroads Battlefield as an affiliated area of the National Park System, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
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McConnell (for Murkowski) Amendment No. 2349, to modify the authorized methods for the acquisition of land to be added to the Shiloh National Military Park.
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John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act: Senate passed H.R. 1719, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire approximately 44 acres of land in Martinez, California, for inclusion in the John Muir National Historic Site.
National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act: Senate passed H.R. 1900, to designate the Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio, as the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.
National Nordic Museum Act: Senate passed S. 2857, to designate the Nordic Museum in Seattle, Washington, as the ``National Nordic Museum''.
Federal Land: Senate passed H.R. 1397, to authorize, direct, facilitate, and expedite the transfer of administrative jurisdiction of certain Federal land.
National Emergency Medical Services Commemorative Work Act: Senate passed S. 1692, to authorize the National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs.
Authorize Document Production: Senate agreed to S. Res. 536, to authorize document production by the Select Committee on Intelligence.
National Defense Authorization Act--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 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.
A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Friday, June 8, 2018.
Prior to the consideration of this measure, Senate took the following action:
Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
Marcus Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, June 7, 2018, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Kenneth L. Marcus, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Education, under the previous order of May 23, 2018; that the time until 12:30 p.m. be equally divided between the two Leaders or their designees; and that at 12:30 p.m., all debate time on the nomination be expired and Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination with no intervening action or debate.
Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
Messages from the House:
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Privileges of the Floor:
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--117)
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10:02 a.m. and adjourned at 6:32 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, 2018. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S3265.)
DEFENSE INNOVATION AND RESEARCH
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Department of Defense concluded a closed hearing to examine defense innovation and research funding, after receiving testimony from Michael D. Griffin, Under Secretary for Research and Engineering, and Steven H. Walker, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, both of the Department of Defense.
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security concluded a hearing to examine the future of the International Space Station, focusing on stakeholder perspectives, after receiving testimony from Michael T. Suffredini, Axiom Space, Inc., and Bob Mitchell, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, both of Houston, Texas; Jim Chilton, The Boeing Company, Arlington, Virginia; and Cynthia Bouthot, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
COUNTERING MALICIOUS DRONES
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine countering malicious drones, including S. 2836, to assist the Department of Homeland Security in preventing emerging threats from unmanned aircraft and vehicles, after receiving testimony from David J. Glawe, Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, and Hayley Chang, Deputy General Counsel, both of the Department of Homeland Security; Scott Brunner, Deputy Assistant Director, Critical Incident Response Group, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice; and Angela H. Stubblefield, Deputy Associate Administrator for Security and Hazardous Materials Safety, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation.
AUMF AND FEDERAL SPENDING
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management concluded a hearing to examine war powers and the effects of unauthorized military engagements on Federal spending, including S. J. Res. 59, to authorize the use of military force against the Taliban, al Qaeda, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and designated associated forces, and to provide an updated, transparent, and sustainable statutory basis for counterterrorism operations, after receiving testimony from Andrew P. Napolitano, Fox News Channel, New York, New York; and Jonathan Turley, The George Washington University, and Christopher Anders, American Civil Liberties Union, both of Washington, D.C.
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of Tara Sweeney, of Alaska, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior.
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of David James Porter, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit, who was introduced by Senator Toomey, Holly A. Brady, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana, and James Patrick Hanlon, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana, who were both introduced by Senators Donnelly and Young, Andrew Lynn Brasher, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama, David Steven Morales, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, and Lance E. Walker, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maine, who was introduced by Senator Collins, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration concluded a hearing to examine student visa integrity, focusing on protecting educational opportunity and national security, after receiving testimony from Joseph G. Morosco, Assistant Director, National Intelligence Manager--Counterintelligence, Office of the Director of National Intelligence; E.W. Priestap, Assistant Director, Counterintelligence Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice; Edward J. Ramotowski, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State; Louis Rodi, Deputy Assistant Director, National Security Investigations Division, Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security; Kevin Gamache, Texas A and M University System, College Station; and Jill Welch, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and Leon Rodriguez, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, both of Washington, D.C.
House of Representatives
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
H. Res. 923, providing for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 5895) making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3) to rescind certain budget authority proposed to be rescinded in special messages transmitted to the Congress by the President on May 8, 2018, in accordance with title X of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act 1974 (H. Rept. 115–712).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Issa to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 10:27 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Rabbi Aaron Krupnick, Congregation Beth El, Voorhees, New Jersey.
Moment of Silence: The House observed a moment of silence in honor of those who have been killed or wounded in service to our country and all those who serve and their families.
Unanimous Consent Agreement: Agreed by unanimous consent that, during consideration of H.R. 8 in the Committee of the Whole pursuant to House Resolution 918, the amendment by Representative Moulton at the desk be considered as though printed as the last amendment printed in part A of House Report 115–711 and be debatable for 10 minutes.
Unanimous Consent Agreement: Agreed by unanimous consent that, during further consideration of H.R. 8 in the Committee of the Whole pursuant to House Resolution 918, the following amendments printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711 may be considered out of sequence: Amendments numbered 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8.
Recess: The House recessed at 6:54 p.m. and reconvened at 7:08 p.m.
Recess: The House recessed at 7:09 p.m. and reconvened at 9 p.m.
Water Resources Development Act of 2018: The House passed H.R. 8, to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, by a recorded vote of 408 ayes to 2 noes, Roll No. 238.
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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 yea-and-nay vote of 180 yeas to 227 nays, Roll No. 237.
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Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–72 shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure now printed in the bill.
Shuster amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that makes technical changes to the bill, as well as additional provisions relating to Corps of Engineers projects and reports; addresses direct spending issue in sec. 306;
Shuster amendment (No. 6 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that directs the Secretary to provide technical assistance on construction to a state agency that is carrying out congressionally authorized projects; such assistance would be reimbursed by the state agency; protects existing authorities under Davis-Bacon;
Royce amendment (No. 5 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that authorizes Army Corps to give technical assistance to regional coalitions as they prepare for water resources development projects with potential connections to Army Corps projects or properties;
Denham amendment (No. 7 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that extends authority of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to enter into cost recovery agreements for evaluation and processing of permits;
Esty amendment (No. 8 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that adds to a National Academy of Sciences report consideration of an analysis on whether the Corps considers cumulative benefits of locally developed projects, including Master Plans, and if the Corps uses these benefits for purposes of benefit-cost analysis for potential projects within such Master Plans;
Soto amendment (No. 9 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that adds universities to the list of entities that the Secretary of the Army Corps should consider when submitting a report to Congress on the use of innovative materials in water resource development projects;
Krishnamoorthi amendment (No. 10 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that requires the Comptroller of the United States to provide recommendations to improve the capacity and preparedness of the Corp of Engineers workforce;
Jayapal amendment (No. 11 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that adds to a GAO study consideration of how changes to the navigation industry workforce with which the Army Corps of Engineers collaborates may affect safety and operations within the navigation industry;
Soto amendment (No. 12 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that directs the GAO to specifically consider trough bars, coastal wetlands and barrier coral reefs for their study on the feasibility of projects for flood risk management, hurricane and storm damage reduction, and ecosystem restoration;
Nolan amendment (No. 14 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that requires the Secretary to conduct a study of the status of the project for flood damage reduction and environmental restoration for the Muddy River authorized by WRDA 2000; the Secretary is required to submit a report to Congress describing the study and reasons for deauthorizing the project;
Moore amendment (No. 15 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that requires the Corps to take steps to better engage with and meaningfully consult with communities of color, low-income communities, tribes, and rural communities;
Mast amendment (No. 17 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that clarifies the Secretary's authority under WRDA 2000 to provide credit for Comprehensive Everglades Restoration in-kind work completed during design or construction, including work after a partnership agreement is signed; the Secretary and non-Federal sponsor must agree to the terms and conditions for in-kind work not expressly defined in the partnership agreement and the Secretary must determine the work is integral to the project;
Pearce amendment (No. 18 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to pay back the Federal cost share for projects carried out under section 593 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1999 in the next fiscal year;
Kelly (PA) amendment (No. 19 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that states that in regards to WRDA funding determinations, the Corps of Engineers may consider operation and maintenance of the locks on Allegheny River for purposes of recreational boat traffic levels and related economic benefits;
Schrader amendment (No. 20 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that provides the Army Corps of Engineers with the authority to help mitigate any detrimental impacts to municipal water supply resulting from a Corps construction project;
Jayapal amendment (No. 21 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that requests from the Army Corps of Engineers a report to Congress on the potential opportunity for integrating noise abatement and noise mitigation technologies and practices into improvements and operations in harbors and inland harbors;
Higgins (LA) amendment (No. 22 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that directs the Secretary to prefer acquiring the minimum interest necessary in real property needed to support a project or action; requires consideration of the use of a temporary easement estate or other interests designed to reduce overall costs, reduce project time, and minimize conflict with property owners related to such project or action;
Babin amendment (No. 23 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that expresses the sense of Congress stating the importance and benefits of projects to improve 2-way traffic safety on high volume, deep draft navigation channels;
Bost amendment (No. 24 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that permits a non-federal flood control project sponsor to pay, or contribute to, the difference between the cost of repairing a damaged flood control project and its projected economic benefits;
González-Colón amendment (No. 26 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that expresses the sense of Congress that the Corps of Engineers should consider urgently and favorably projects and proposals pending before them for flood control, dam repair, beach erosion, harbor navigation in Puerto Rico, as well as for repair and mitigation required by natural disasters in 2017–2018; and that the Secretary should advance the project for ecosystem restoration at Cano Martin Pena, San Juan, Puerto Rico;
Gibbs amendment (No. 27 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that instructs the Secretary to expedite the DMMP process in order that studies reach completion within two years of their initiation and shall make maximum use of existing information and studies and avoid all redundant information collection and studies for purposes of Dredged Material Management Plans initiated in fiscal year 2018 and afterward;
Rodney Davis (IL) amendment (No. 29 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that clarifies that operation and maintenance of any project authorized under the Chief's Report for the Brandon Road Study is done at an 80/20 Federal/non-Federal cost share; also requires the Corps, following construction of any project authorized under the Chief's Report for the Brandon Road Study, to consult with the governor of the state where the project is located and seek Congressional approval prior to implementing any additional technologies at the project; also, adds to the list of feasibility studies in the base bill the USACE must expedite completion of the Great Lakes Mississippi River Interbasin Study Brandon Road Study;
González-Colón amendment (No. 30 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that directs the secretary to expedite reports for the navigation project for San Juan Harbor, Puerto Rico, per the study authorized by resolution of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in September 20, 2006;
Lance amendment (No. 31 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that directs the Secretary to expedite the completion of a feasibility study for the Warren Glen Dam Removal Project in the Musconetcong River, New Jersey;
Larsen (WA) amendment (No. 33 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that increases the per project funding cap for Section 544 Puget Sound and Adjacent Waters Restoration (PSAW) to $10 million--which is consistent with Section 206 Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration projects and raises the overall authorization level for PSAW;
Bishop (GA) amendment (No. 36 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that conveys three parcels of land, known as the Earle May Recreational Area, from the Army Corps of Engineers to the City of Bainbridge;
Keating amendment (No. 38 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that grants the Army Corps the authority to repair or replace bridges in New England that serve as emergency evacuation routes;
Lewis (MN) amendment (No. 42 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that encourages the Secretary to consider reasonable alternative agreements between state or local entities, private partners, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering to dispose of dredged material;
Olson amendment (No. 43 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that looks to expedite already authorized U.S. Army Corp of Engineers projects in the declared disaster areas of Texas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands;
Culberson amendment (No. 44 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out flood and storm damage reduction studies expeditiously in order to reduce the risk of damage from future floods and hurricanes in the Houston and Coastal Texas areas;
Weber (TX) amendment (No. 45 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that enhances the Levee Safety Action Classification (LSAC) risk categorization tool, developed internally by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; it supplements current duties by ensuring that individual levee system LSAC ratings are transparent;
Schrader amendment (No. 47 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that requires the Army Corps of Engineers to include in future workplans, to the maximum extent practicable, any project or facility for disposition for which the Corps has a final report from the Director of Civil Works;
Smith (MO) amendment (No. 48 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that ensures prompt restoration and rebuilding in the event of an activation of any floodway or backwater feature within the Mississippi Rivers and Tributaries system;
Young (AK) amendment (No. 49 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that requires the Secretary to conduct an assessment of dams classified as Class III under the Dam Safety Action Classification of the Corps of Engineers; requires the Secretary to provide a report to Congress describing anticipated impacts on the local communities if the Secretary no longer assumes responsibility of the Class III dam, or what the effects would be if the Secretary continues to assume responsibility of the dams over a period of 15 years after the date of enactment of this Act;
Costa amendment (No. 50 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that authorizes the Army Corps to accept contributed funds from the owners of non-federal Section 7 reservoirs for the purpose of reviewing/revising operational documents, including flood control manuals and rule curves;
Soto amendment (No. 51 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that directs the Secretary, to the maximum extent practicable, to endeavor to provide information to all adjoining residential property stakeholders, next to property which the Army Corps of Engineers holds an interest;
Paulsen amendment (No. 52 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that expedites the completion of a disposition study and requires the Secretary to report on the feasibility of preserving and enhancing recreational opportunities and the health of the ecosystem of Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam; and
Gibbs amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–711) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have amended language to ensure all factors are considered in order for the mitigation bank to provide sufficient financial assurances.
H. Res. 918, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 3249) and providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 8) and (H.R. 5895) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 223 ayes to 175 noes, Roll No. 235, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 176 nays, Roll No. 234.
Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act: The House concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 3249, to authorize the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program, by a yea-and-nay vote of 394 yeas to 13 nays with two answering ``present'', Roll No. 239.
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H. Res. 918, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 3249) and providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 8) and (H.R. 5895) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 223 ayes to 175 noes, Roll No. 235, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 176 nays, Roll No. 234.
Clerk to Correct Engrossment: Agreed by unanimous consent that in the engrossment of H.R. 8, the Clerk be authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, amendatory instructions, and cross-references, and to make such other technical and conforming changes as may be necessary to accurately reflect the actions of the House.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page H4779.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea-and-nay votes and two recorded votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H4791–92, H4792, H4793, H4844–45, H4845–46, and H4846. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 9:46 p.m.
Committee on Appropriations: Full Committee held a markup on the FY 2019 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. The FY 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill was ordered reported, as amended.
EXAMINING THE POLICIES AND PRIORITIES OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services''. Testimony was heard from Alex M. Azar II, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.
EXAMINING THE REAUTHORIZATION OF THE PANDEMIC AND ALL-HAZARDS PREPAREDNESS ACT
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled ``Examining the Reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act''. Testimony was heard from Anna Abram, Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning, Legislation, and Analysis, Food and Drug Administration; Robert Kadlec, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Health and Human Services; Rear Admiral Upper Half Stephen Redd, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services; and public witnesses.
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance held a hearing entitled ``Legislative Review of H.R. 1511, the `Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2017' ''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
IMPROVING TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit held a hearing entitled ``Improving Transparency and Accountability at the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Committee on Homeland Security: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 4627, the ``Shielding Public Spaces from Vehicular Terrorism Act''; H.R. 4991, the ``Supporting Research and Development for First Responders Act''; H.R. 5206, the ``Office of Biometric Identity Management Authorization Act of 2018''; H.R. 5207, the ``Immigration Advisory Program Authorization Act of 2018''; H.R. 5729, the ``Transportation Worker Identification Credential Accountability Act of 2018''; H.R. 5730, the ``Transportation Security Technology Innovation Reform Act of 2018''; H.R. 5733, the ``DHS Industrial Control Systems Capabilities Enhancement Act of 2018''; H.R. 5762, the ``Joint Task Force to Combat Opioid Trafficking Act of 2018''; H.R. 5766, the ``Securing Public Areas of Transportation Facilities Act of 2018''; and H. Res. 898, directing the Secretary of Homeland Security to transmit certain documents to the House of Representatives relating to Department of Homeland Security policies and activities relating to homeland security information produced and disseminated regarding cybersecurity threats posed by the ZTE Corporation, headquartered in Shenzhen, China. H.R. 5766, H.R. 4991, and H. Res. 898 were ordered reported, without amendment. H.R. 4627, H.R. 5206, H.R. 5207, H.R. 5729, H.R. 5730, H.R. 5733, and H.R. 5762 were ordered reported, as amended.
Committee on Natural Resources: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 3777, the ``Juab County Conveyance Act of 2017''; H.R. 4528, to make technical amendments to certain marine fish conservation statutes, and for other purposes; H.R. 4824, the ``Rural Broadband Permitting Efficiency Act of 2018''; H.R. 5597, the ``Desert Tortoise Habitat Conservation Plan Expansion Act, Washington County, Utah''; H.R. 5751, the ``Golden Spike 150th Anniversary Act''; and H.R. 5875, to amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, to provide parity for United States territories and the District of Columbia, to make technical corrections to such Acts and related laws, and for other purposes. H.R. 3777, H.R. 4824, H.R. 5597, and H.R. 5751 were ordered reported, as amended. H.R. 4528 and H.R. 5875 were ordered reported, without amendment.
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing on legislation to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to recover the cost of processing administrative protests for oil and gas lease sales, applications for permits to drill, and right of way applications, and for other purposes; legislation to clarify the categorical exclusions authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and authorize additional categorical exclusions to streamline the oil and gas permitting process, and for other purposes; legislation to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to authorize notifications of permit to drill, and for other purposes; and legislation to clarify that Bureau of Land Management shall not require permits for oil and gas activities conducted on non-Federal surface estate to access subsurface mineral estate that is less than 50 percent Federally owned, and for other purposes. Testimony was heard from John Baza, Director, Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining; Susana Martinez, Governor, New Mexico; Katharine MacGregor, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, Department of the Interior; Ken McQueen, Secretary, Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, New Mexico; and a public witness.
PROTECTING AMERICA FROM A BAD DEAL: ENDING U.S. PARTICIPATION IN THE NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WITH IRAN
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on National Security held a hearing entitled ``Protecting America from a Bad Deal: Ending U.S. Participation in the Nuclear Agreement with Iran''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2019; SPENDING CUTS TO EXPIRED AND UNNECESSARY PROGRAMS ACT
Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 5895, the ``Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019'' [Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019] [Amendment Consideration]; and H.R. 3, the ``Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act''. The Committee granted, by record vote of 9–2, a rule providing for the further consideration of the Senate amendment to H.R. 5895 under a structured rule. The rule provides that no further general debate shall be in order. The rule provides that the further amendment printed in part A of the Rules Committee report shall be considered as adopted. The rule makes in order only those further amendments printed in part B of the Rules Committee report, and available pro forma amendments described in section 4 of House Resolution 918. Each further amendment printed in part B of the report may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, may be withdrawn by the proponent at any time before action thereon, shall not be subject to amendment except amendments described in section 4 of House Resolution 918, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. The rule waives all points of order against further amendments printed in part B of the report. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. In section 2, the rule provides for the consideration of H.R. 3 under a closed rule. The rule provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader or their respective designees. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule provides that the amendment printed in part C of the Rules Committee report shall be considered as adopted and the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Finally, in section 3, the rule provides that provisions of section 1017 of the Impoundment Control Act of 1974 shall not apply to a bill or joint resolution introduced with respect to the special message transmitted under section 1012 of that Act on May 8, 2018. Testimony was heard from Representatives Hastings, Torres, Renacci, Grothman, Moore, Aderholt, and Lowey.
MILLENNIALS AND THE GIG ECONOMY
Committee on Small Business: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Millennials and the Gig Economy''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
LOWERING COSTS AND EXPANDING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE THROUGH CONSUMER-DIRECTED HEALTH PLANS
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled ``Lowering Costs and Expanding Access to Health Care through Consumer-Directed Health Plans''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
No joint committee meetings were held.
Committee on Appropriations: business meeting to markup an original bill entitled, ``Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019'', and an original bill entitled, ``Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019'', 10:30 a.m., SD–106.
Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider S. 2837, to improve the systems for identifying the diversion of controlled substances, S. 974, to promote competition in the market for drugs and biological products by facilitating the timely entry of lower-cost generic and biosimilar versions of those drugs and biological products, S. 2245, to include New Zealand in the list of foreign states whose nationals are eligible for admission into the United States as E–1 and E–2 nonimmigrants if United States nationals are treated similarly by the Government of New Zealand, and the nominations of Ryan Wesley Bounds, of Oregon, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, J. Campbell Barker, and Jeremy D. Kernodle, both to be a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas, Susan Brnovich, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, Chad F. Kenney, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Maureen K. Ohlhausen, of Virginia, to be Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims, Britt Cagle Grant, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, Allen Cothrel Winsor, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida, and Patrick R. Wyrick, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma, 10 a.m., SD–226.
Select Committee on Intelligence: to receive a closed briefing regarding certain intelligence matters, 2 p.m., SH–219.
Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense, markup on the FY 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill, 12 p.m., H–140 Capitol. This markup will be closed.
Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy, hearing entitled ``Improving the Hydropower Licensing Process'', 11 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
Committee on Financial Services, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 3861, the ``Federal Insurance Office Reform Act of 2017''; H.R. 4557, the ``Reforming Disaster Recovery Act of 2017''; H.R. 5054, the ``Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act of 2018''; H.R. 5756, to require the Securities and Exchange Commission to adjust certain resubmission thresholds for shareholder proposals; H.R. 5783, the ``Cooperate with Law Enforcement Agencies and Watch Act of 2018''; H.R. 5877, the ``Main Street Growth Act''; and legislation on the Streamlining Communications for Investors Act, 11 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, hearing entitled ``A Bad Year for Human Rights in Vietnam'', 2 p.m., 2200 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, hearing entitled ``Advancing U.S. Business Investment and Trade in the Americas'', 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Federal Lands, hearing entitled ``Wildfire Risk, Forest Health, and Associated Management Priorities of the U.S. Forest Service'', 2 p.m., 1324 Longworth.
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Energy, hearing entitled ``The Electric Grid of the Future'', 1 p.m., 2318 Rayburn.
Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations, hearing entitled ``Vets First? An Examination of VA's Resources for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses'', 2 p.m., 2360 Rayburn.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, hearing entitled ``Maritime Transportation in the Arctic: The U.S. Role'', 11 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, hearing entitled ``Honoring Heroes: Memorializing our Nation's Veterans'', 11:15 a.m., 334 Cannon.
Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``An Assessment of the Potential Health Effects of Burn Pit Exposure among Veterans'', 3 p.m., 334 Cannon.
Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security, hearing entitled ``Examining Social Security's Solvency Challenge: The Status of Social Security's Trust Funds'', 11 a.m., 1100 Longworth.
Joint Economic Committee: to hold hearings to examine the potential for health care savings accounts to engage patients and bend the health care cost curve, 3 p.m., SH–216.
Program for Thursday: Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Kenneth L. Marcus, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Education, and vote on confirmation of the nomination at 12:30 p.m.
Program for Thursday: Consideration of H.R. 5895--Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019.
Beutler, Jaime Herrera, Wash., E780
Bilirakis, Gus M., Fla., E781
Brownley, Julia, Calif., E779
Cleaver, Emanuel, Mo., E780
Gonzalez, Vicente, Tex., E780
Gutiérrez, Luis V., Ill., E780
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E782
Holding, George, N.C., E781
Kaptur, Marcy, Ohio, E785
Nolan, Richard M., Minn., E786
Quigley, Mike, Ill., E784
Shimkus, John, Ill., E784
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