Daily Digest

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

    Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany S. 1790, National Defense Authorization Act.

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S7059–S7122

Measures Introduced: Eighteen bills and one resolution were introduced, as follows: S. 3062–3079, and S. Res. 456.
Pages S7113–14

Measures Reported:

S. 553, to direct the Secretary of Commerce to establish a working group to recommend to Congress a definition of blockchain technology, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 116–177)

S. 1228, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide for enhanced penalties for pirate radio. (S. Rept. No. 116–178)

S. 1611, to ensure appropriate prioritization, spectrum planning, and interagency coordination to support the Internet of Things, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 116–179)

H.R. 133, to promote economic partnership and cooperation between the United States and Mexico, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

H.R. 617, to authorize the Department of Energy to conduct collaborative research with the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to improve healthcare services for veterans in the United States.

H.R. 2744, to authorize the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development to prescribe the manner in which programs of the agency are identified overseas, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. Res. 142, condemning the Government of the Philippines for its continued detention of Senator Leila De Lima, calling for her immediate release, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and with an amended preamble.

S. Res. 152, expressing the importance of the United States alliance with the Republic of Korea and the contributions of Korean Americans in the United States, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and with an amended preamble.

S. Res. 297, commending the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) on the occasion of its 50th anniversary for its significant accomplishments and contributions to the economic and social development of the Americas.

S. Res. 343, congratulating the people of the Czech Republic and the people of the Slovak Republic on the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the 26th anniversary of the formation of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic, and the 101st anniversary of the declaration of independence of Czechoslovakia.

S. Res. 371, reaffirming the support of the United States for the people of the Republic of South Sudan and calling on all parties to uphold their commitments to peace and dialogue as outlined in the 2018 revitalized peace agreement, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and with an amended preamble.

S. Res. 375, recognizing the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, and with an amended preamble.

S. Res. 385, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of both Germany and Europe, and the spread of democracy around the world, and with an amended preamble.

S. Res. 395, recognizing the 40th anniversary of the Iran Hostage Crisis.

S. Res. 447, expressing serious concern about widespread irregularities in Bolivia's October 20, 2019, general elections and supporting the convening of new elections in Bolivia at the earliest possible date, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and with an amended preamble.

S. 258, to prohibit oil and gas leasing on the National Forest System land in the Ruby Mountains Ranger District located in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Elko and White Pine Counties, Nevada, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

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S. 298, to establish the Springfield Race Riot National Historic Monument in the State of Illinois, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 327, to amend the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act to provide for a lifetime National Recreational Pass for any veteran with a service-connected disability, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 389, to authorize the Society of the First Infantry Division to make modifications to the First Division Monument located on Federal land in Presidential Park in the District of Columbia, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 434, to provide for a report on the maintenance of Federal land holdings under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 490, to designate a mountain ridge in the State of Montana as ``B–47 Ridge'', with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 526, to withdraw certain Bureau of Land Management land from mineral development, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 704, to prioritize the efforts of and enhance coordination among United States agencies to encourage countries in Central and Eastern Europe to diversify their energy sources and supply routes, increase Europe's energy security, and help the United States reach its global energy security goals, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 876, to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the Secretary of Energy to establish a program to prepare veterans for careers in the energy industry, including the solar, wind, cybersecurity, and other low-carbon emissions sectors or zero-emissions sectors of the energy industry, with amendments.

S. 1189, to require the Secretary of State to determine whether the Russian Federation should be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism and whether Russian-sponsored armed entities in Ukraine should be designated as foreign terrorist organizations, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 1310, to strengthen participation of elected national legislators in the activities of the Organization of American States and reaffirm United States support for Organization of American States human rights and anti-corruption initiatives, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 1739, to enable projects that will aid in the development and delivery of related instruction associated with apprenticeship and preapprenticeship programs that are focused on serving the skilled technical workforce at the National Laboratories and certain facilities of the National Nuclear Security Administration.

S. 1830, to enhance the security of the United States and its allies, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 2368, to amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to support licensing and relicensing of certain nuclear facilities and nuclear energy research, demonstration, and development, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 2425, to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to establish the CHP Technical Assistance Partnership Program, with amendments.

S. 2508, to require the Secretary of Energy to establish a council to conduct a survey and analysis of the employment figures and demographics in the energy, energy efficiency, and motor vehicle sectors of the United States, with an amendment.

S. 2547, to state the policy of the United States with respect to the expansion of cooperation with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region and Europe regarding the People's Republic of China, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 2556, to amend the Federal Power Act to provide energy cybersecurity investment incentives, to establish a grant and technical assistance program for cybersecurity investments, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 2657, to support innovation in advanced geothermal research and development, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 2668, to establish a program for research, development, and demonstration of solar energy technologies, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 2683, to establish a task force to assist States in implementing hiring requirements for child care staff members to improve child safety, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 2688, to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to establish an Office of Technology Transitions, with amendments.

S. 2695, to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to provide for the defense of United States agriculture and food through the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, with amendments.

S. 2702, to require the Secretary of Energy to establish an integrated energy systems research, development, and demonstration, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 2714, to amend the America COMPETES Act to reauthorize the ARPA–E program, with amendments.

S. 2799, to require the Secretary of Energy and the Secretary of the Interior to establish a joint Nexus of Energy and Water Sustainability Office, with an amendment.

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S. 2927, to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide that the authority of the Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to make certain research endowments applies with respect to both current and former centers of excellence.

S. 2977, to extend the termination of sanctions with respect to Venezuela under the Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014.

S. 2997, to revise and extend health workforce programs under title VII of the Public Health Service Act, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 3051, to improve protections for wildlife, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 3076, to release a federal reversionary interest in Chester County, Tennessee, to manage certain Federal land in Bath County, Virginia.

S.J. Res. 4, requiring the advice and consent of the Senate or an Act of Congress to suspend, terminate, or withdraw the United States from the North Atlantic Treaty and authorizing related litigation, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S7112–13

Measures Passed:

Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act: Senate passed H.R. 777, to reauthorize programs authorized under the Debbie Smith Act of 2004.
Pages S7083–84


Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. 2774, to direct the Attorney General to establish and carry out a Veteran Treatment Court Program, and the bill was then passed.
Pages S7120–21


200th Anniversary of Alabama into the Union: Senate agreed to S. Res. 456, recognizing and celebrating the 200th anniversary of the entry of Alabama into the Union as the 22d State.
Page S7121

Conference Reports:

National Defense Authorization Act: By 86 yeas to 8 nays (Vote No. 400), Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany S. 1790, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2020 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.
Pages S7061–70, S7089

During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:

By 82 yeas to 12 nays (Vote No. 399), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to waive all applicable sections of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and applicable budget resolutions with respect to the conference report to accompany the bill. Subsequently, the point of order that the bill was in violation of section 3101 of S. Con. Res. 11, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025, was not sustained, and thus the point of order fell.
Pages S7069–70

House Messages:

National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 1865, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint a coin in commemoration of the opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum in the District of Columbia, taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S7087–88

Pending:

McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
Page S7087

McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, with McConnell Amendment No. 1258 (to the House amendment to the Senate amendment), to change the enactment date.
Page S7087

McConnell Amendment No. 1259 (to Amendment No. 1258), of a perfecting nature.
Pages S7087–88

McConnell motion to refer the message of the House on the bill to the Committee on Appropriations, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 1260, to change the enactment date.
Page S7088

McConnell Amendment No. 1261 (the instructions (Amendment No. 1260) of the motion to refer), of a perfecting nature.
Page S7088

McConnell Amendment No. 1262 (to Amendment No. 1261), of a perfecting nature.
Page S7088

A motion was entered to close further debate on McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Stephanie Dawkins Davis, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Page S7089


DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 1158, to authorize cyber incident response teams at the Department of Homeland Security, taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
Page S7088

Pending:

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McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill.
Page S7088

McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, with McConnell Amendment No. 1263 (to the House amendment to the Senate amendment), to change the enactment date.
Page S7088

McConnell Amendment No. 1264 (to Amendment No. 1263), of a perfecting nature.
Page S7088

McConnell motion to refer the message of the House on the bill to the Committee on Appropriations, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 1265, to change the enactment date.
Page S7088

McConnell Amendment No. 1266 (the instructions (Amendment No. 1265) of the motion to refer), of a perfecting nature.
Page S7088

McConnell Amendment No. 1267 (to Amendment No. 1266), of a perfecting nature.
Page S7088

A motion was entered to close further debate on McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 1865, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint a coin in commemoration of the opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum in the District of Columbia.
Page S7089


Signing Authority--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senators Thune and Blackburn be authorized to sign duly enrolled bills or joint resolutions during today's session of the Senate.
Page S7077


Biegun Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Stephen E. Biegun, of Michigan, to be Deputy Secretary of State.
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A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 1158, to authorize cyber incident response teams at the Department of Homeland Security.
Pages S7088–89

Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the following action:

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
Page S7089


McFarland Nomination--Cloture: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, Senate resume consideration of the nomination of Matthew Walden McFarland, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio.
Page S7121


Messages from the House:
Pages S7108–09


Measures Referred:
Page S7109


Measures Placed on the Calendar:
Page S7109


Executive Communications:
Pages S7109–12


Executive Reports of Committees:
Pages S7112–13


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S7114–16


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S7116–19


Additional Statements:
Pages S7107–08


Amendments Submitted:
Pages S7119–20


Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Page S7120


Privileges of the Floor:
Page S7120


Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--400)
Pages S7069–70


Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 5:59 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S7122.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:

S. 2695, to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to provide for the defense of United States agriculture and food through the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, with an amendment; and

An original bill to release a federal reversionary interest in Chester County, Tennessee, to manage certain Federal land in Bath County, Virginia.

NOMINATION

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Lanny Erdos, of Ohio, to be Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Department of the Interior, after the nominee, who was introduced by Representative Bill Johnson, testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

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BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:

S. 3051, to improve protections for wildlife, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;

The nomination of Robert J. Feitel, of Maryland, to be Inspector General, Nuclear Regulatory Commission; and

19 General Services Administration resolutions.

NOMINATIONS

Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of John Hennessey-Niland, of Illinois, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Palau, Dorothy Shea, of North Carolina, to be Ambassador to the Lebanese Republic, Todd C. Chapman, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil, and Donald Wright, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania, all of the Department of State, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of Paul J. Ray, of Tennessee, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget.

OPIOID CRISIS

Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine tackling the opioid crisis, focusing on a whole-of-government approach, after receiving testimony from Kemp L. Chester, Assistant Director of the National Opioids and Synthetics Coordination Group, Office of National Drug Control Policy; Amanda Liskamm, Director, Opioid Enforcement and Prevention Efforts, Office of the Deputy Attorney General, and Tim McDermott, Assistant Administrator, Diversion Control Division, Drug Enforcement Administration, both of the Department of Justice; Neeraj Gandotra, Chief Medical Officer, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services; Bradley D. Stein, RAND Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Patrick M. Kelly, Healthcare Distribution Alliance, Arlington, Virginia; and Ronna B. Hauser, National Community Pharmacists Association, and Sue R. Thau, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, both of Alexandria, Virginia.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 27 public bills, H.R. 5444–5470; and 5 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 81 and 82; and H. Res. 766, 768, and 769, were introduced.
Pages H10608–09


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages H10610–11


Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:

H.R. 5140, to amend title 17, United States Code, to narrow the category of households eligible to receive signals under a distant-signal satellite license, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 116–354); and

H. Res. 767, providing for consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 755) impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors (H. Rept. 116–355).
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Recess: The House recessed at 9:31 a.m. and reconvened at 10 a.m.
Page H10312


Suspensions--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures. Consideration began Monday, December 16th.
Identifying Barriers and Best Practices Study Act: H.R. 4183, amended, to direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study on disability and pension benefits provided to members of the National Guard and members of reserve components of the Armed Forces by the Department of Veterans Affairs, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 408 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 685;
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Improving Confidence in Veterans' Care Act: H.R. 3530, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enforce the licensure requirement for medical providers of the Department of Veterans Affairs, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 409 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 686;
Pages H10314–15


Miracle Mountain Designation Act: H.R. 722, to designate a mountain in the State of Utah as ``Miracle Mountain'', by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 687;
Pages H10315–16


Hazard Eligibility and Local Projects Act: H.R. 2548, amended, to modify eligibility requirements for certain hazard mitigation assistance programs, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 409 yeas to 7 nays, Roll No. 688;
Page H10600


Funding Instruction for Safety, Health, and Security Avoids Fishing Emergencies Act: H.R. 4719, amended, to amend the Federal share of the fishing safety standards grants; and
Page H10602


Banning Smoking on Amtrak Act of 2019: H.R. 2726, to amend title 49, United States Code, to prohibit smoking on Amtrak trains.
Page H10602

National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act: The House concurred in the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 1865) to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint a coin in commemoration of the opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum in the District of Columbia, with an amendment consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 116–44 modified by the amendment printed in H. Rept. 116–353, by a yea-and-nay vote of 297 yeas to 120 nays, Roll No. 689.
Pages H10386–H10601

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H. Res. 765, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 1158), providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 1865), and providing for the adoption of the resolution (H. Res. 761) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 219 yeas to 189 nays, Roll No. 684, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 220 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 683. Pursuant to section 4 of H. Res. 765, H. Res. 761 is considered adopted.
Pages H10312–14


DHS Cyber Incident Response Teams Act of 2019: The House concurred in the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 1158) to authorize cyber incident response teams at the Department of Homeland Security, with an amendment consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 116–43, by a yea-and-nay vote of 280 yeas to 138 nays, Roll No. 690.
Pages H10316–86, H10601–02

H. Res. 765, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 1158), providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 1865), and providing for the adoption of the resolution (H. Res. 761) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 219 yeas to 189 nays, Roll No. 684, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 220 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 683. Pursuant to section 4 of H. Res. 765, H. Res. 761 is considered adopted.
Pages H10312–14


Directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 1158: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 81, directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 1158.
Page H10602


Directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 1865: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 82, directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 1865.
Page H10602


Recess: The House recessed at 2:48 p.m. and reconvened at 9:36 p.m.
Page H10606


Senate Referrals: S. 457 was held at the desk. S. 2824 was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Page H10607


Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page H10601.

Quorum Calls--Votes: Eight yea-and-nay votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H10312–13, H10313–14, H10314, H10314–15, H10315–16, H10600, H10600–01, and H10601–02. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 9:36 p.m.

Committee Meetings

ACCESS TO CONSERVATION PROGRAMS BY HISTORICALLY UNDERSERVED FARMERS AND RANCHERS

Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry held a hearing entitled ``Access to Conservation Programs by Historically Underserved Farmers and Ranchers''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

U.S. COUNTERTERRORISM PRIORITIES AND CHALLENGES IN AFRICA

Committee on Oversight and Reform: Subcommittee on National Security held a hearing entitled ``U.S. Counterterrorism Priorities and Challenges in Africa''. Testimony was heard from Alexis Arieff, Specialist in African Affairs, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress; and public witnesses.

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IMPEACHING DONALD JOHN TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, FOR HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS

Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H. Res. 755, Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors. The Committee granted, by record vote of 9–4, a closed rule providing for consideration of the H. Res. 755, Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors. The rule provides that immediately upon adoption of this resolution, without intervention of any point of order, the House shall proceed to the consideration of H. Res. 755. The rule provides six hours of debate on the resolution equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary or their respective designees. The rule provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the resolution shall be considered as adopted. The rule provides that the question of adoption of the resolution, as amended, shall be divided between the two articles. The rule provides that during consideration of H. Res. 755, only the following persons shall be admitted to the Hall of the House or rooms leading thereto: (a) Members of Congress. (b) The Delegates and the Resident Commissioner. (c) The President and Vice President of the United States. (d) Other persons as designated by the Speaker. Section 3 provides, after adoption of H. Res. 755, for consideration of a resolution appointing and authorizing managers for the impeachment trial of Donald John Trump, President of the United States, if offered by the chair of the Committee on the Judiciary or his designee. The rule provides 10 minutes of debate on the resolution specified in section 3 equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the resolution specified in section 3. The rule provides that no other resolution incidental to impeachment relating to H. Res. 755 shall be privileged during the remainder of the 116th Congress. The rule provides that the chair of the Committee on the Judiciary may insert in the Congressional Record such material as he may deem explanatory of H. Res. 755 and the resolution specified in section 3, not later than the date that is 5 legislative days after adoption of each respective resolution. Testimony was heard from Representatives Raskin and Collins of Georgia.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES

Committee on Ways and Means: Full Committee held a markup on H. Res. 746, a Resolution to Support and Reform the World Trade Organization (WTO); and H.R. 5430, to implement the Agreement between the United States of America, the United Mexican States, and Canada attached as an Annex to the Protocol Replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement. H. Res. 746 was ordered reported, as amended. H.R. 5430 was ordered reported, without amendment.

Joint Meetings



No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY,

DECEMBER 18, 2019

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Foreign Relations: business meeting to consider S. 482, to strengthen the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, to combat international cybercrime, and to impose additional sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation, and other pending calendar business, 9:30 a.m., S–116, Capitol.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: to hold hearings to examine the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act report, focusing on methodology, scope, and findings, 10 a.m., SD–342.

Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: business meeting to consider the nomination of Jovita Carranza, of Illinois, to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration, 10:30 a.m., Room to be announced.

Select Committee on Intelligence: to receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters, 10 a.m., SH–219.

House

Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment, hearing entitled ``The Future of Work: Ensuring Workers are Competitive in a Rapidly Changing Economy'', 10:15 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.

Committee on Foreign Affairs, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 3373, the ``Office of International Disability Rights Act''; H.R. 5338, the ``Global Hope Act''; S. 1340, the ``Ebola Eradication Act of 2019''; H.R. 4864, the ``Global Child Thrive Act of 2019''; H.R. 4508, the ``Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act''; H. Res. 752, supporting the rights of the people of Iran to free expression, condemning the Iranian regime for its crackdown on legitimate protests, and for other purposes; H.R. 2343, the ``Peace and Tolerance in Palestinian Education Act''; H. Res. 754, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should continue to support the people of Nicaragua in their peaceful efforts to promote democracy and human rights, and use the tools under United States law to increase political and financial pressure on the government of Daniel Ortega; H.R. 630, the ``Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2019''; H.R. 3843, the ``Countering Russian and Other Overseas Kleptocracy Act''; H.R. 2529, the ``Richard G. Lugar and Ellen O. Tauscher Act to Maintain Limits on Russian Nuclear Forces''; H.R. 2444, the ``Eastern European Security Act''; H.R. 4331, the ``Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2019''; and H.R. 3571, the ``City and State Diplomacy Act'', 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

9:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 18

Senate Chamber

Program for Wednesday: Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Matthew Walden McFarland, of Ohio, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio, with a vote on the motion to invoke cloture thereon. Senators should expect roll call votes throughout the day.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

9 a.m., Wednesday, December 18

House Chamber

Program for Wednesday: Consideration of H. Res. 755--Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors (Subject to a Rule).



Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Brown, Anthony G., Md., E1599

Collins, Doug, Ga., E1597

Connolly, Gerald E., Va., E1600

Davis, Danny K., Ill., E1597

Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E1599, E1601

Horn, Kendra S., Okla., E1602

Lofgren, Zoe, Calif., E1601

Moore, Gwen, Wisc., E1601

Napolitano, Grace F., Calif., E1600

Roe, David P., Tenn., E1597

Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr., Wisc., E1600

Shalala, Donna E., Fla., E1601

Smucker, Lloyd, Pa., E1600

Stevens, Haley M., Mich., E1600, E1602

Thompson, Bennie G., Miss., E1602

Wilson, Joe, S.C., E1600

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