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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Senate confirmed the nomination of Daniel Coats, of Indiana, to
be Director of National Intelligence.
Routine Proceedings, pages S1809-S1851
Measures Introduced: Thirty-nine bills and four resolutions were
introduced, as follows: S. 630-668, S. Res. 87-89, and S. Con. Res. 9.
Faleomavaega Eni Fa'aua'a Hunkin VA Clinic: Committee on Veterans'
Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1362, to name
the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in
Pago Pago, American Samoa, the Faleomavaega Eni Fa'aua'a Hunkin VA
Clinic, and the bill was then passed.
Trafficking of illicit fentanyl into the United States from Mexico
and China: Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged from further
consideration of S. Res. 83, expressing the sense of the Senate
regarding the trafficking of illicit fentanyl into the United States
from Mexico and China, and the resolution was then agreed to.
Honoring King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand: Committee on Foreign
Relations was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 9,
honoring in praise and remembrance the extraordinary life, steady
leadership, and remarkable 70-year reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of
Thailand, and the resolution was then agreed to.
National Rosie the Riveter Day: Committee on the Judiciary was
discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 76, expressing support
for the designation of March 21, 2017, as “National Rosie the Riveter
Day”, and the resolution was then agreed to.
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Senate agreed to S. Res.
89, supporting the designation of March 2017 as “National Colorectal
Cancer Awareness Month”.
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: Thursday, March 16, 2017 at
11:30 a.m.; Monday, March 20, 2017 at 10 a.m.; and that when the Senate
adjourns on Monday, March 20, 2017, it next convene at 10:30 a.m., on
Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
Breyer and Reeves Nominations--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement
was reached providing that following morning business on Tuesday, March
21, 2017, Senate begin consideration of the nominations of Charles R.
Breyer, of California, to be a Member of the United States Sentencing
Commission, and Danny C. Reeves, of Kentucky, to be a Member of the
United States Sentencing Commission; that the time until 12 noon be
equally divided, and that following the use or yielding back of time,
Senate vote on confirmation of the nominations en bloc, with no
intervening action or debate; and that no further motion be in order.
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
By 85 yeas to 12 nays (Vote No. EX. 89), Daniel Coats, of Indiana, to
be Director of National Intelligence.
Pages S1811-24, S1851
During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the
By 88 yeas to 11 nays (Vote No. 88), three-fifths of those Senators
duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed
to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
By 86 yeas to 10 nays (Vote No. EX. 90), Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster
Jr., U.S. Army.
Pages S1824-26, S1851
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the motion
to invoke cloture on the nomination be withdrawn.
Messages from the House:
Petitions and Memorials:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Privileges of the Floor:
Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--90)
Pages S1812, S1824-25
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 6:04 p.m.,
until 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2017. (For Senate's program,
see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page
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