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[Pages D359-D362]
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                                          Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S2055-S2118

Measures Introduced: Twenty bills and two resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 755-774, and S. Res. 102-103.
  Pages S2098-99

Measures Reported:
  Special Report entitled “Report of the Select Committee on 
Intelligence United States Senate Covering the Period January 6, 2015 
to January 2, 2017”. (S. Rept. No. 115-13)
Page S2098

Measures Passed:
  National Asbestos Awareness Week: Committee on the Judiciary was 
discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 98, designating the 
first week of April 2017 as “National Asbestos Awareness Week”, and 
the resolution was then agreed to.
  Page S2115
  Vietnam Veterans Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 103, designating March 
29, 2017, as “Vietnam Veterans Day”.
  Pages S2103-14, S2115
  Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act: Senate passed H.R. 
353, to improve the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 
weather research through a focused program of investment on affordable 
and attainable advances in observational, computing, and modeling 
capabilities to support substantial improvement in weather forecasting 
and prediction of high impact weather events, to expand commercial 
opportunities for the provision of weather data, after agreeing to the 
following amendments proposed thereto:
  Pages S2115-16
  McConnell (for Thune) Amendment No. 204, in the nature of a 
substitute.
Page S2116
  McConnell (for Cantwell) Amendment No. 205 (to the language proposed 
by Amendment No. 204), to authorize and strengthen the tsunami 
detection, forecast, warning, research, and mitigation program of the 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Page S2116

Measures Considered:
Savings Arrangements Established by Qualified State Political 
Subdivisions for Non-Governmental Employees Rule--Agreement: Senate 
began consideration of H.J. Res. 67, disapproving the rule submitted by 
the Department of Labor relating to savings arrangements established by 
qualified State political subdivisions for non-governmental employees, 
after agreeing to the motion to proceed to consideration of the joint 
resolution.
  Pages S2055-96
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the joint resolution at approximately 9:30 a.m., on 
Thursday, March 30, 2017, with all debate time being expired; and that 
Senate vote on passage of the joint resolution with no intervening 
action or debate.
Page S2116

Appointments:
  Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress: The Chair announced, 
on behalf of the Majority Leader, pursuant to Public Law 101-509, the 
reappointment of the following individual to serve as a member of the 
Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress: Deborah Skaggs Speth, of 
Kentucky.
  Page S2115

Message from the President: Senate received the following message from 
the President of the United States:
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report of the continuation of the 
national emergency with respect to significant malicious cyber-enabled 
activities that was declared in Executive Order 13694 on April 1, 2015; 
which was referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban 
Affairs. (PM-4)
Pages S2096-97

Messages from the House:
  Page S2097

Executive Communications:
  Pages S2097-98

Petitions and Memorials:
  Page S2098

Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S2099-S2100

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S2100-04

Additional Statements:
  Page S2096

Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S2104-14

Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S2114-15

Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S2115

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Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:10 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S2116.)

Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)

DEFENSE HEALTH PROGRAM AND MILITARY MEDICINE FUNDING
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Department of Defense 
concluded a hearing to examine a review of the defense health program 
and military medicine funding, after receiving testimony from 
Lieutenant General Nadja West, Surgeon General of the Army, Vice 
Admiral C. Forrest Faison, III, Surgeon General of the Navy, Lieutenant 
General Mark A. Ediger, Surgeon General of the Air Force, and Stacy 
Cummings, Program Executive Officer of the Defense Healthcare 
Management Systems, all of the Department of Defense.

CIVIL SOCIETY PERSPECTIVES ON RUSSIA
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, 
and Related Programs concluded a hearing to examine civil society 
perspectives on Russia, after receiving testimony from Vladimir Kara-
Murza, Open Russia; Laura Jewett, National Democratic Institute; and 
Jan Erik Surotchak, International Republican Institute.

RUSSIAN INFLUENCE AND UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE OPERATIONS IN THE “GREY 
ZONECommittee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and 
Capabilities concluded a hearing to examine Russian influence and 
unconventional warfare operations in the “Grey Zone”, focusing on 
lessons from Ukraine, after receiving testimony from Lieutenant General 
Charles T. Cleveland, USA (Ret.), former Commanding General, United 
States Army Special Operations Command, Department of Defense, and 
Madison Policy Forum; Olga Oliker, Center for Strategic and 
International Studies Russia and Eurasia Program; and Michael R. 
Carpenter, University of Pennsylvania Biden Center for Diplomacy and 
Global Engagement.

DOD INDUSTRIAL BASE
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness and Management 
Support concluded a hearing to examine on the health of the Department 
of Defense industrial base, and its role in providing readiness to the 
warfighter, after receiving testimony from Lieutenant General Larry D. 
Wyche, USA, Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Materiel 
Command, Vice Admiral Paul A. Grosklags, USN, Commander, United States 
Naval Air Systems Command, Vice Admiral Thomas J. Moore, USN, 
Commander, United States Naval Sea Systems Command, Lieutenant General 
Michael G. Dana, USMC, Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics, 
United States Marine Corps, and Lieutenant General Lee K. Levy II, 
USAF, Commander, Air Force Sustainment Center, United States Air Force 
Materiel Command, Department of Defense.

AIR FORCE MODERNIZATION
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Airland concluded a 
hearing to examine Air Force modernization, after receiving testimony 
from Lieutenant General Mark C. Nowland, USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff 
for Operations, Headquarters, Lieutenant General Arnold W. Bunch, Jr., 
USAF, Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for 
Acquisition, and Lieutenant General Jerry D. Harris, Jr., USAF, Deputy 
Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans, Programs and Requirements, 
Headquarters, all of the United States Air Force, Department of 
Defense.

CLOSING THE SKILLS GAP
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine closing the skills gap and boosting United States 
competitiveness, after receiving testimony from John Ratzenberger, 
American Museum of Manufacturing, Rancho Mirage, California; Rory 
DeJohn, Turner Construction Company, Branford, Connecticut; Colonel 
Michael Cartney, USAF (Ret.), Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown, 
South Dakota; John J. Neely III, Gulfstream Aerospace, a General 
Dynamics Company, Savannah, Georgia; and Judy Marks, Siemens USA, 
Washington, D.C.

NOMINATION
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine the nomination of Jeffrey A. Rosen, of Virginia, 
to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation, after the nominee testified 
and answered questions in his own behalf.

CLEANING UP COLD WAR LEGACY SITES
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine cleaning up our nation's Cold War legacy sites, 
after receiving testimony from Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite, 
Commanding General and Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers, Department of Defense; Barry Breen, Acting Assistant 
Administrator, Office of Land and Emergency Management, Environmental 
Protection Agency; Kevin Frederick,

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Administrator, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Water 
Quality Division, Cheyenne; Alexandra K. Smith, Washington State 
Department of Ecology, Lacey; and Sarah Lukin, Afognak Native 
Corporation, Anchorage, Alaska.

U.S.-MEXICO RELATIONSHIP
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, 
Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and 
Global Women's Issues concluded a hearing to examine United States-
Mexico relationship, focusing on advancing security and prosperity on 
both sides of the border, after receiving testimony from former New 
Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Santa Fe; and Robert F. Noriega, 
American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.

AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, 
and International Cybersecurity Policy concluded a hearing to examine 
American leadership in the Asia-Pacific, focusing on security issues, 
after receiving testimony from J. Randy Forbes, United States Naval War 
College, Newport, Rhode Island; and Robert L. Gallucci, Georgetown 
University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Washington, D.C.

EFFECT OF BORROWING ON FEDERAL SPENDING
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management concluded a 
hearing to examine the effect of borrowing on Federal spending, after 
receiving testimony from David M. Walker, former Comptroller General of 
the United States, Government Accountability Office, Bridgeport, 
Connecticut; Veronique de Rugy, George Mason University Mercatus 
Center, Arlington Virginia; and Mark Zandi, Moody's Analytics, West 
Chester, Pennsylvania.

BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
   S.304, to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to allow the 
Indian Health Service to cover the cost of a copayment of an Indian or 
Alaska Native veteran receiving medical care or services from the 
Department of Veterans Affairs;
  S.343, to repeal certain obsolete laws relating to Indians;
  S.381, to repeal the Act entitled “An Act to confer jurisdiction on 
the State of Iowa over offenses committed by or against Indians on the 
Sac and Fox Indian Reservation”;
  S.607, to establish a business incubators program within the 
Department of the Interior to promote economic development in Indian 
reservation communities; and
  S.669, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to assess 
sanitation and safety conditions at Bureau of Indian Affairs facilities 
that were constructed to provide affected Columbia River Treaty tribes 
access to traditional fishing grounds and expend funds on construction 
of facilities and structures to improve those conditions.

NATIVE YOUTH
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee concluded an oversight hearing 
to examine native youth, focusing on promoting diabetes prevention 
through healthy living, after receiving testimony from Rear Admiral 
Chris Buchannan, Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS, Acting Director, 
Indian Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services; Vinton 
Hawley, National Indian Health Board, Washington, D.C.; Jared Eagle, 
Forth Berthold Diabetes Program, New Town, North Dakota; Martin 
Sensmeier, Boys and Girls Club of America, Atlanta, Georgia; and Alton 
Villegas, and Rachel Seepie, both of the Salt River Pima Maricopa 
Indian Community, Scottsdale, Arizona.

SMALL BUSINESSES AND REGULATIONS
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine how small businesses confront and shape regulations, 
including H.R. 33, to amend chapter 6 of title 5, United States Code 
(commonly known as the Regulatory Flexibility Act), to ensure complete 
analysis of potential impacts on small entities of rules, H.R. 26, to 
amend chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, to provide that major 
rules of the executive branch shall have no force or effect unless a 
joint resolution of approval is enacted into law, and H.R. 5, to reform 
the process by which Federal agencies analyze and formulate new 
regulations and guidance documents, to clarify the nature of judicial 
review of agency interpretations, to ensure complete analysis of 
potential impacts on small entities of rules, after receiving testimony 
from Randy Noel, National Association of Home Builders, Laplace, 
Louisiana; and Frank Knapp, Jr., American Sustainable Business Council, 
Columbia, South Carolina.

INTELLIGENCE
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session to 
receive a briefing on certain intelligence matters from officials of 
the intelligence community.

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ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the arc of Alzheimer's, focusing on preventing cognitive decline in 
Americans to assuring quality care for those living with the disease, 
after receiving testimony from Maria Shriver, The Women's Alzheimer's 
Movement, Los Angeles, California; Kristine Yaffe, University of 
California Weill Institute of Neurosciences, San Francisco; Christopher 
M. Callahan, Indiana University Center for Aging Research, 
Indianapolis; and Phyllis Gallagher, Frackville, Pennsylvania.



    


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