Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
July 19, 2018
115th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 164, No. 122 — Daily Edition
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Thursday, July 19, 2018
S. 3094, to restrict the department in which the Coast Guard is operating from implementing any rule requiring the use of biometric readers for biometric transportation security cards until after submission to Congress of the results of an assessment of the effectiveness of the transportation security card program. (S. Rept. No. 115–305)
Expressing the Sense of the Senate Against Making United States Officials Available for Questioning: By a unanimous vote of 98 yeas (Vote No. 162), Senate agreed to S. Res. 584, expressing the sense of the Senate against the making available of current and former diplomats, officials, and members of the Armed Forces of the United States for questioning by the government of Vladimir Putin.
Creating Options for Veterans' Expedited Recovery (COVER Commission): The Chair announced, on behalf of the Majority Leader, pursuant to the provisions of Public Law 114–198, the appointment of the following individual to serve as a member of the Creating Options for Veterans' Expedited Recovery (COVER Commission): Thomas E. Harvey of New York.
Commission on Social Impact Partnerships: The Chair, pursuant to Public Law 115–123, on behalf of the Majority Leader of the Senate, appointed the following individual as a member of the Commission on Social Impact Partnerships: William S. Simon of Arkansas.
Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that following disposition of the nomination of Robert L. Wilkie, of North Carolina, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Senate begin consideration of H.R. 6147, Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019.
Bounds Nomination: Senate continued consideration of the nomination of Ryan Wesley Bounds, of Oregon, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
Wilkie Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that following Leader remarks on Monday, July 23, 2018, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Robert L. Wilkie, of North Carolina, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs; and that the time until 5:30 p.m. be equally divided in the usual form, and that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, with no intervening action or debate.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, July 23, 2018, Senate begin consideration of the nomination.
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Eric D. Miller, of Washington, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
1 Navy nomination in the rank of admiral.
Messages from the House:
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
Enrolled Bills Presented:
Petitions and Memorials:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--162)
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 5:20 p.m., until 3 p.m. on Monday, July 23, 2018. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S5112.)
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Kathleen Laura Kraninger, of Ohio, to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, and Kimberly A. Reed, of West Virginia, to be President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
DEPARTMENTS OF THE INTERIOR AND ENERGY MODERNIZATION OVERSIGHT
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded an oversight hearing to examine Administration reorganization and modernization proposals related to the Department of Energy and the Department of the Interior, after receiving testimony from Susan Combs, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior; and Bernard L. McNamee II, Executive Director of the Office of Policy, Department of Energy.
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Mary Bridget Neumayr, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Council on Environmental Quality, who was introduced by Representative Upton, and John Fleming, of Louisiana, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, who was introduced by Senator Cassidy, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
Committee on Finance: Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of Charles P. Rettig, of California, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Department of the Treasury.
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Dennis Dean Kirk, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Merit Systems Protection Board, and to be Chairman of the Merit Systems Protection Board, Julia Akins Clark, of Maryland, and Andrew F. Maunz, of Ohio, both to be a Member of the Merit Systems Protection Board, and Carmen Guerricagoitia McLean, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Britt Cagle Grant, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, David James Porter, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit, A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr., of South Carolina, and Julius Ness Richardson, of South Carolina, both to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit, Roy Kalman Altman, and Rodolfo Armando Ruiz II, both to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, and Raul M. Arias-Marxuach, to be United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico.
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session to receive a briefing on certain intelligence matters from officials of the intelligence community.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 6312, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat certain amounts paid for physical activity, fitness, and exercise as amounts paid for medical care, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–846);
H.R. 6311, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify the definition of qualified health plan for purposes of the health insurance premium tax credit and to allow individuals purchasing health insurance in the individual market to purchase a lower premium copper plan, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–849, Part 1);
H.R. 6309, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow individuals entitled to Medicare Part A by reason of being over age 65 to contribute to health savings accounts, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–851);
H.R. 6317, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that direct primary care service arrangements do not disqualify deductible health savings account contributions, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–852); and
Expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 119, expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to the United States economy, by a yea-and-nay vote of 229 yeas to 180 nays with two answering ``present'', Roll No. 363.
Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019: The House passed H.R. 6147, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, by a yea-and-nay vote of 217 yeas to 199 nays, Roll No. 365. Consideration began Tuesday, July 17th.
Rejected the Quigley motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 182 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 364.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page H6577.
Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 1:17 p.m.
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Homeland Security held a markup on the FY 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. The FY 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill was forwarded to the full Committee, without amendment.
21ST CENTURY CURES IMPLEMENTATION: EXAMINING MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVES
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled ``21st Century Cures Implementation: Examining Mental Health Initiatives''. Testimony was heard from Elinore McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
CHINA'S THREAT TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR RESEARCH AND INNOVATION LEADERSHIP
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``China's Threat to American Government and Private Sector Research and Innovation Leadership''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
No joint committee meetings were held.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
Committee on Rules, Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 6199, the ``Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018''; H.R. 6311, the ``Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018''; and H.R. 184, the ``Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017'', 5 p.m., H–313 Capitol.
Program for Monday: Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Robert L. Wilkie, of North Carolina, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and vote on confirmation of the nomination at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Following disposition of the nomination of Robert L. Wilkie, Senate will begin consideration of H.R. 6147, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.
Program for Monday: To be announced.
Barragán, Nanette Diaz, Calif., E1036
Bera, Ami, Calif., E1035
Blum, Rod, Iowa, E1036
Blumenauer, Earl, Ore., E1037
Coffman, Mike, Colo., E1039
Espaillat, Adriano, N.Y., E1037
Katko, John, N.Y., E1035
Larson, John B., Conn., E1038
Lee, Barbara, Calif., E1037
Luetkemeyer, Blaine, Mo., E1035
McNerney, Jerry, Calif., E1036
Panetta, Jimmy, Calif., E1035
Perlmutter, Ed, Colo., E1035
Sessions, Pete, Tex., E1039
Speier, Jackie, Calif., E1039
Stivers, Steve, Ohio, E1036
Swalwell, Eric, Calif., E1038
Visclosky, Peter J., Ind., E1036
Wittman, Robert J., Va., E1035