Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
January 30, 2019
116th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 165, No. 19 — Daily Edition
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act--Agreement: Senate continued consideration of S. 1, to make improvements to certain defense and security assistance provisions and to authorize the appropriation of funds to Israel, to reauthorize the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015, and to halt the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people, taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:
McConnell Amendment No. 65, to express the sense of the Senate that the United States faces continuing threats from terrorist groups operating in Syria and Afghanistan and that the precipitous withdrawal of United States forces from either country could put at risk hard-won gains and United States national security.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, January 31, 2019; and that notwithstanding Rule XXII, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on McConnell Amendment No. 65 (listed above), at 3:30 p.m.
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Mark Schultz, of Nebraska, to be Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education.
Robert L. King, of Kentucky, to be Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.
10 Coast Guard nominations in the rank of admiral.
52 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Adjournment: Senate convened at 12 noon and adjourned at 3:16 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2019. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S773.)
No committee meetings were held.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: There were no reports filed today.
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed Representative Cárdenas to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019: The House passed H.R. 790, to provide for a pay increase in 2019 for certain civilian employees of the Federal Government, by a recorded vote of 259 ayes to 161 noes, Roll No. 64.
Pages H1295–H1306, H1313–17
Rejected the Brooks (IN) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Oversight and Reform with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 206 yeas to 216 nays, Roll No. 63.
Trahan amendment (No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–5) that clarifies the eligibility of any IRS employee for the pay increase (by a recorded vote of 243 ayes to 183 noes, Roll No. 62).
Pages H1305–06, H1313–14
H. Res. 87, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 790) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 231 yeas to 189 nays, Roll No. 61, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 232 yeas to 190 nays, Roll No. 60.
Suspensions: The House failed to agree to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Government shutdowns are detrimental to the Nation and should not occur: H. Res. 79, amended, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Government shutdowns are detrimental to the Nation and should not occur, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 249 yeas to 163 nays, Roll No. 65.
Pages H1307–13, H1317
Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 12 noon tomorrow, January 30th; when the House adjourns on that day, it adjourn to meet at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, February 4th; and when the House adjourns on that day, it adjourn to meet at 12 noon on Tuesday, February 5th for Morning Hour debate.
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence--Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the following Members of the House to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Representatives Conaway, Turner, Wenstrup, Stewart, Crawford, Stefanik, Hurd (TX), and Ratcliffe.
Clerk Designation: Read a letter from the Clerk wherein she designated Mr. Robert Reeves, Deputy Clerk, to sign any and all papers and do all other acts in case of her temporary absence or disability.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea-and-nay votes and two recorded votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H1294, H1294–95, H1314, H1315–16, H1316, and H1317. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 3:36 p.m.
Committee on Appropriations: Full Committee held an organizational meeting. The Committee adopted its Rules for the 116th Congress, without amendment.
Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee held an organizational meeting. The Committee adopted its Rules for the 116th Congress, as amended; and approved subcommittee membership.
Committee on Homeland Security: Full Committee held an organizational meeting. The Committee adopted its Rules for the 116th Congress and Staff Hiring Resolution.
Committee on Natural Resources: Full Committee held an organizational meeting. Committee adopted its Rules for the 116th Congress, as amended.
DHS FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS
Conferees met to resolve the differences between the Senate and House passed versions of H.J. Res. 31, making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019, but did not complete action thereon, and recessed subject to the call.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Thursday: Senate will continue consideration of S. 1, Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture on McConnell Amendment No. 65, at 3:30 p.m.
Program for Thursday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 12 noon.
Byrne, Bradley, Ala., E111
Cohen, Steve, Tenn., E110
Correa, J. Luis, Calif., E112
Cummings, Elijah E., Md., E110
DeSaulnier, Mark, Calif., E108
Frankel, Lois, Fla., E109
Garamendi, John, Calif., E107
Garcia, Sylvia R., Tex., E114
Hern, Kevin, Okla., E113
Huizenga, Bill, Mich., E115
Jackson Lee, Sheila, Tex., E108
Kaptur, Marcy, Ohio, E114
Kind, Ron, Wisc., E107
Luján, Ben Ray, N.M., E113
McKinley, David B., W.Va., E115
Panetta, Jimmy, Calif., E107
Rouda, Harley, Calif., E107
Smucker, Lloyd, Pa., E108
Tipton, Scott R., Colo., E109
Walberg, Tim, Mich., E113