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Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 29 public bills, H.R. 1664-
1692; and 3 resolutions, H.J. Res. 37-38; and H. Res. 220 were
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 1215, to improve patient access to health care services and
provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the
liability system places on the health care delivery system, with an
amendment (H. Rept. 115-55, Part 1); and
H. Res. 221, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with
respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the
Committee on Rules, and providing for consideration of motions to
suspend the rules (H. Rept. 115-56).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed
Representative Hultgren to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 11:12 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Dr. Tom
Smiley, Lakewood Baptist Church, Gainesville, Georgia.
Question of Privilege: Representative Polis rose to a question of the
privileges of the House and submitted a resolution. The Chair ruled
that the resolution did not present a question of the privileges of the
House. Subsequently, Representative Polis appealed the ruling of the
chair and Representative Cheney moved to table the appeal. Agreed to
the motion to table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair by a yea-and-
nay vote of 230 yeas to 189 nays with 1 answering “present”, Roll No.
Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017: The House passed H.R.
372, to restore the application of the Federal antitrust laws to the
business of health insurance to protect competition and consumers, by a
recorded vote of 416 ayes to 7 noes, Roll No. 184. Consideration began
yesterday, March 21st.
Rejected the Rosen 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 yea-and-nay vote of 189 yeas to 233
nays, Roll No. 183.
H. Res. 209, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R.
372) was agreed to yesterday, March 21st.
Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017: The House passed H.R. 1101,
to amend title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974
to improve access and choice for entrepreneurs with small businesses
with respect to medical care for their employees, by a recorded vote of
236 ayes to 175 noes, Roll No. 186.
Rejected the Shea Porter motion to recommit the bill to the Committee
on Education and the Workforce with instructions to report the same
back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of
179 yeas to 233 nays, Roll No. 185.
Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute
consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-9 shall be
considered as adopted, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a
substitute recommended by the Committee on Education and the Workforce
now printed in the bill.
Herrera Beutler amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115-51) that
clarifies that existing association
health plans may continue to operate under existing state and federal
H. Res. 210, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R.
1101) was agreed to yesterday, March 21st.
Suspension: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the
Securing our Agriculture and Food Act: H.R. 1238, to amend the
Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make the Assistant Secretary of
Homeland Security for Health Affairs responsible for coordinating the
efforts of the Department of Homeland Security related to food,
agriculture, and veterinary defense against terrorism, by a \2/3\ yea-
and-nay vote of 406 yeas to 6 nays, Roll No. 187.
Pages H2304-07, H2330-31
Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns
today, it adjourn to meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow, March 23.
Congressional Award Board--Reappointment: Read a letter from
Representative Pelosi, Minority Leader, in which she reappointed the
following Member to the Congressional Award Board: Representative
Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following
measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were
Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 2017: H.R. 1302,
to require an exercise related to terrorist and foreign fighter travel;
Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Innovation Act: H.R.
1365, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require
certain acquisition innovation.
Recess: The House recessed at 6:11 p.m. and reconvened at 11:52 p.m.
Presidential Message: Read a message from the President wherein he
notified Congress that the national emergency declared with respect to
South Sudan is to continue in effect beyond April 3, 2017--referred to
the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc.
Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate by the Clerk and
subsequently presented to the House today appear on pages H2302-03.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea-and-nay votes and two recorded votes
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H2310-11,
H2311, H2311-12, H2329, H2330, and H2330-31. There were no quorum
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 11:53 p.m.
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