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Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 20 public bills, H.R. 1491-
1510; and 8 resolutions, H.J. Res. 87-88; and H.Res. 189-194 were
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 1181, to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the
conditions under which certain persons may be treated as adjudicated
mentally incompetent for certain purposes (H. Rept. 115-33);
H.R. 1259, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the
removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs
based on performance or misconduct, and for other purposes (H. Rept.
115-34, Part 1); and
H.R. 1367, to improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans
Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the
Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115-
35, Part 1).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed
Representative Jenkins (WV) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017: The House passed H.R. 720, to
amend Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to improve
attorney accountability, by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to 188 noes,
Roll No. 158.
Rejected the Lofgren motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on
the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House
forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 186 ayes to 232
noes, Roll No. 157.
Soto amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115-29) that
sought to reinstate the FRCP 11(c)(2) safe harbor provision to allow
parties to avoid penalties by withdrawing or correcting the claims
within 14 days from when the alleged violation of rule 11(b) becomes
known, anytime up until the end of the discovery period (by a recorded
vote of 181 ayes to 225 noes, Roll No. 153);
Pages H2030-31, H2036
Jackson Lee amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115-29)
that sought to strike the provision mandating the award of reasonable
attorney's fees and costs, restoring judicial discretion to award such
fees and costs, when warranted (by a recorded vote of 185 ayes to 225
noes, Roll No. 154);
Pages H2031-33, H2036-37
Conyers amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115-29) that
sought to exempt from the bill civil actions alleging any violation of
a constitutional or civil right (by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 227
noes, Roll No. 155); and
Pages H2033-35, H2037-38
Jeffries amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115-29) that
sought to exempt actions pertaining to whistleblowers (by a recorded
vote of 189 ayes to 229 noes, Roll No. 156).
Pages H2035-36, H2038-39
H. Res. 180, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R.
720) and (H.R. 985) was agreed to yesterday, March 9th.
Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns
today, it adjourn to meet at 12 noon on Tuesday, March 14th for Morning
United States Holocaust Memorial Council--Appointment: The Chair
announced the Speaker's appointment of the following Members on the
part of the House to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council:
Representatives Deutch and Schneider.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Six recorded votes developed during the
proceedings of today and appearon pages H2036, H2037, H2037-38, H2038,
H2039-40, H2040-41. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 1:20 p.m.
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