Daily Digest

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

    Senate passed S. 151, TRACED Act, as amended.
    Senate passed H.R. 2157, Supplemental Appropriations Act, as amended.

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S3065–S3137

Measures Introduced: Sixty-nine bills and eight resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1627–1695, and S. Res. 219–226.
Pages S3104–07

Measures Reported:

Special Report entitled ``Further Revised Allocation to Subcommittees of Budget Totals for Fiscal Year 2019''. (S. Rept. No. 116–42)

S. Res. 135, expressing the gratitude and appreciation of the Senate for the acts of heroism and valor by the members of the United States Armed Forces who participated in the June 6, 1944, amphibious landing at Normandy, France, and commending those individuals for leadership and bravery in an operation that helped bring an end to World War II, and with an amended preamble.
Page S3104

Measures Passed:

TRACED Act: By 97 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 127), Senate passed S. 151, to deter criminal robocall violations and improve enforcement of section 227(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S3075–77


Supplemental Appropriations Act: By 85 yeas to 8 nays (Vote No. 129), Senate passed H.R. 2157, making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
Pages S3084–85

Adopted:

McConnell (for Shelby/Leahy) Amendment No. 250, in the nature of a substitute.
Page S3084

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

By 84 yeas to 9 nays (Vote No. 128), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, pursuant to section 904 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and the waiver provisions of applicable budget resolutions, Senate agreed to the motion to waive all applicable sections of the Act and applicable budget resolutions with respect to the bill, as amended.
Page S3084


National Public Works Week: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 213, designating the week of May 19 through May 25, 2019, as ``National Public Works Week'', and the resolution was then agreed to.
Page S3127


Vision To Learn: Senate agreed to S. Res. 222, recognizing Vision To Learn as a national leader in improving access to prescription eyeglasses for students in low-income communities, thereby helping those students succeed in school, and for providing vision exams to 200,000 students since its founding.
Pages S3116–17


DIPG Pediatric Brain Cancer Awareness Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 223, expressing support for the designation of May 17, 2019, as ``DIPG Pediatric Brain Cancer Awareness Day'' to raise awareness of and encourage research on diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma tumors and pediatric cancers in general.
Page S3117


National Nurses Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 224, supporting the goals and ideals of National Nurses Week, to be observed from May 6 through May 12, 2019.
Page S3117


International Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 225, supporting the goals of International Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day.
Pages S3117–18


National Foster Care Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 226, recognizing National Foster Care Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges of children in the foster care system, and encouraging Congress to implement policy to improve the lives of children in the foster care system.
Page S3118


Republic of the Marshall Islands: Committee on Energy and Natural Resources was discharged from further consideration of S. Con. Res. 3, recognizing the rich history, heritage, and strategic importance of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Marshallese population residing in the United States, and the resolution was then agreed to.
Page S3128


National Flood Insurance Program: Senate passed S. 1693, to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program.
Page S3128


Congressional Budget--Agreement: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1332, to set forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2020 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2021 through 2029.
Page S3086

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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, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Thursday, May 23, 2019, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019.
Page S3086

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 3 p.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019, Senate resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill; and that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, the cloture motions filed during the session of Thursday, May 23, 2019 ripen at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019.
Page S3128


Indian Water Rights Settlement Extension Act--Referral: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources be discharged from further consideration of S. 886, to amend the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 to make the Reclamation Water Settlements Fund permanent, and the bill be referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.
Page S3128


Pro Forma Sessions--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the Senate adjourn, to then convene for pro forma sessions only, with no business being conducted on the following dates and times, and that following each pro forma session, the Senate adjourn until the next pro forma session: Friday, May 24, 2019, at 9:45 a.m.; Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at 11:30 a.m.; Friday, May 31, 2019, at 10:30 a.m.; and that when the Senate adjourns on Friday, May 31, 2019, it next convene at 3 p.m., on Monday, June 3, 2019.
Page S3128


Saul Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Andrew M. Saul, of New York, to be Commissioner of Social Security.
Page S3086

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 S. 1332, to set forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2020 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2021 through 2029.
Page S3086

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 S3086


Schenker Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of David Schenker, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs).
Page S3086

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 nomination of Andrew M. Saul, of New York, to be Commissioner of Social Security.
Page S3086

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

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
Page S3086

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
Page S3086


Tarbert Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Heath P. Tarbert, of Maryland, to be Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Page S3087

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 nomination of David Schenker, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs).
Page S3087

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

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
Page S3086

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
Page S3087


Tarbert Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Heath P. Tarbert, of Maryland, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Page S3087

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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 nomination of Heath P. Tarbert, of Maryland, to be Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Page S3087

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

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
Page S3087

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
Page S3087


Combs Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Susan Combs, of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior.
Page S3087

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 nomination of Heath P. Tarbert, of Maryland, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Page S3087

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

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
Page S3087

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
Page S3087


Holte Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Ryan T. Holte, of Ohio, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims.
Page S3087

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 nomination of Susan Combs, of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Interior.
Page S3087

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

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
Page S3087

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
Page S3087


Alston Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Rossie David Alston, Jr., of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Page S3087

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 nomination of Ryan T. Holte, of Ohio, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims.
Pages S3087 –88

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

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
Page S3087

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
Page S3087


Hertling Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Richard A. Hertling, of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims.
Page S3088

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 nomination of Rossie David Alston, Jr., of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Page S3088

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

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
Page S3088

Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to consider the nomination.
Page S3088


Baranwal Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Democratic Leader, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Rita Baranwal, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Nuclear Energy); and that Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, with no intervening action or debate, and that no further motions be in order.

Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:

William Bookless, of California, to be Principal Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration.

Christopher Fall, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Science, Department of Energy.

Richard C. Parker, of North Carolina, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.

John Barsa, of Florida, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.

Michael J. Fitzpatrick, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Ecuador.

James S. Gilmore, of Virginia, to be U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, with the rank of Ambassador.

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Jeffrey Ross Gunter, of California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland.

Michael G. Bailey, of Arizona, to be United States Attorney for the District of Arizona for the term of four years.

William Travis Brown, Jr., of Louisiana, to be United States Marshal for the Middle District of Louisiana for the term of four years.

Eric S. Gartner, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for the term of four years.

Brent R. Bunn, of Idaho, to be United States Marshal for the District of Idaho for the term of four years.

Timothy J. Downing, of Oklahoma, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma for the term of four years.

Michael Blaine East, of North Carolina, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of North Carolina for the term of four years.

Bridget A. Brink, of Michigan, to be Ambassador to the Slovak Republic.

John Jefferson Daigle, of Louisiana, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Cabo Verde.

Matthew S. Klimow, of New York, to be Ambassador to Turkmenistan.

Kate Marie Byrnes, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of North Macedonia.

8 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.

132 Army nominations in the rank of general.

15 Marine Corps nominations in the rank of general.

6 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.

Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Foreign Service, Marine Corps, and Navy.
Pages S3088–91, S3135–37


Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

LaJuana S. Wilcher, of Kentucky, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation.

Brian Callanan, of New Jersey, to be General Counsel for the Department of the Treasury.

Brent James McIntosh, of Michigan, to be an Under Secretary of the Treasury.

Erin Elizabeth McKee, of California, to be Ambassador to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Solomon Islands and Ambassador to the Republic of Vanuatu.

Stephen R. Bough, of Missouri, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation for a term expiring December 10, 2021.

Elizabeth J. Shapiro, of the District of Columbia, to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for the term of fifteen years.

2 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.

1 Army nomination in the rank of general.

1 Navy nomination in the rank of admiral.

Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, and Navy.
Pages S3128–35


Nomination Withdrawn: Senate received notification of withdrawal of the following nomination:

Scott A. Mugno, of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor, which was sent to the Senate on January 16, 2019.
Page S3137


Messages from the House:
Page S3102


Measures Referred:
Page S3102


Executive Communications:
Pages S3102–04


Executive Reports of Committees:
Page S3104


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S3107–09


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S3109–14


Additional Statements:
Page S3102


Amendments Submitted:
Pages S3118–17


Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Page S3127


Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--129)
Pages S3077, S3084–85


Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 6:34 p.m., until 9:45 a.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S3128.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Finance: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of David Fabian Black, of North Dakota, to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security, and Emin Toro, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court.

ARIA IN ACTION

Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy concluded a hearing to examine the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act in action, focusing on the benefits of economic diplomacy, after receiving testimony from Carlyle Currier, Colorado Farm Bureau, Centennial; and Matthew P. Goodman, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Joanna I. Lewis, Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, both of Washington, D.C.

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY BUDGET

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2020 for the Department of Homeland Security, after receiving testimony from Kevin K. McAleenan, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 83 public bills, H.R. 2938–3020; and 9 resolutions, H. Res. 400–408, were introduced.
Pages H4160–65


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages H4167–68


Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:

H.R. 1716, to direct the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to conduct coastal community vulnerability assessments related to ocean acidification, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 116–81);

H.R. 988, to provide for a study by the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies of Science examining the impact of ocean acidification and other stressors in estuarine environments, with amendments (H. Rept. 116–82, Part 1);

H.R. 2960, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 116–83); and

H.R. 2968, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 116–84).
Page H4160


Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed Representative Luria to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Page H4123


Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Chaplain (Major) Thomas E. Fussell, United States Air Force, Patrick Air Force Base, Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Page H4123


Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a yea-and-nay vote of 223 yeas to 194 nays with two answering ``present'', Roll No. 229.
Page H4123, H4146


Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019: The House passed H.R. 1994, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to encourage retirement savings, by a yea-and-nay vote of 417 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 231.
Pages H4124–46, H4146–49

Rejected the McHenry motion to recommit to the Committee on Ways and Means with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 200 ayes to 222 noes, Roll No. 230.
Pages H4146–48

Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill, modified by the amendment printed in part B of H. Rept. 116–79, shall be considered as adopted.
Page H4124

Agreed that in the engrossment of the bill, the Clerk be authorized to make technical corrections and conforming changes.
Page H4149

H. Res. 389, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1500) and (H.R. 1994) was agreed to Tuesday, May 21st.

Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 11 a.m. tomorrow, May 24th.
Page H4149


Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea-and-nay votes and one recorded vote developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H4146, H4148, and H4148–49. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 1:41 p.m.

Committee Meetings

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies held a markup on the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, FY 2020. The Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, FY 2020 was forwarded to the full Committee, without amendment.

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MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies held a markup on the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, FY 2020. The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, FY 2020 was forwarded to the full Committee, without amendment.

SUMMER DRIVING DANGERS: EXPLORING WAYS TO PROTECT DRIVERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce held a hearing entitled ``Summer Driving Dangers: Exploring Ways to Protect Drivers and their Families''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

THE INSULAR AREAS MEDICAID CLIFF

Committee on Natural Resources: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``The Insular Areas Medicaid Cliff''. Testimony was heard from Esther L. Muna, Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Healthcare Corporation; Helen C. Sablan, Director, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands State Medicaid Agency; Maria Theresa Arcangel, Chief Administrator, Guam Division of Public Welfare; Michal S.A. Rhymer-Browne, Assistant Commissioner, U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Human Services; Sandra King Young, Medicaid Director, American Samoa Government; and Angela Avilá, Executive Director, Puerto Rico State Health Insurance Administration.

MISSION IMPERATIVE: DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Mission Imperative: Diversity and Inclusion in the Intelligence Community''. Testimony was heard from Kari Bingen, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, Department of Defense; Rita Sampson, Chief of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity, Office of the Director of National Intelligence; and Harry Coker, Executive Director, National Security Agency.

CREATING A CLIMATE RESILIENT AMERICA

Select Committee on the Climate Crisis: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Creating a Climate Resilient America''. Testimony was heard from Keith Hodges, State Delegate, 98th District, Virginia; and public witnesses.

BUSINESS MEETING

Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress: Full Committee held a business meeting to consider proposed recommendations on transparency. The proposed recommendations on transparency were ordered reported.

Joint Meetings



No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

MAY 24, 2019

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

No meetings/hearings scheduled.

House

No hearings are scheduled.

Joint Meetings

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: to receive a briefing with the House Committee on Financial Services on trade-based money laundering, 9:30 a.m., 2360, Rayburn Building.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

9:45 a.m., Friday, May 24

Senate Chamber

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

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

11 a.m., Friday, May 24

House Chamber

Program for Friday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 11 a.m.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Barr, Andy, Ky., E662

Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., Ga., E668

Brooks, Susan W., Ind., E662, E669

Burgess, Michael C., Tex., E666

Castro, Joaquin, Tex., E667

Chabot, Steve, Ohio, E668

Correa, J. Luis, Calif., E665

DeFazio, Peter A., Ore., E665

DeSaulnier, Mark, Calif., E661, E670

Dingell, Debbie, Mich., E661, E663, E666, E670

Flores, Bill, Tex., E663

Gallagher, Mike, Wisc., E661, E670

Gianforte, Greg, Mont., E659

Gonzalez, Anthony, Ohio, E665

Gonzalez, Vicente, Tex., E662

Hartzler, Vicky, Mo., E665

Holding, George, N.C., E660, E665

Hudson, Richard, N.C., E668

Jackson Lee, Sheila, Tex., E667, E669

Loebsack, David, Iowa, E660

Mast, Brian J., Fla., E665

McCarthy, Kevin, Calif., E661, E670

McKinley, David B., W.Va., E666

Meng, Grace, N.Y., E659

Neal, Richard E., Mass., E660, E668

Neguse, Joe, Colo., E659, E660

Norton, Eleanor Holmes, The District of Columbia, E665

Pascrell, Bill, Jr., N.J., E662

Payne, Donald M., Jr., N.J., E668

Posey, Bill, Fla., E663

Rogers, Mike, Ala., E663

Rose, John W., Tenn., E663

Rouda, Harley, Calif. E659

Schiff, Adam B., Calif., E660

Schrader, Kurt, Ore., E664

Scott, Robert C. ``Bobby'', Va., E667

Sewell, Terri A., Ala., E664

Shalala, Donna E., Fla., E666

Turner, Michael R., Ohio, E663

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