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Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 30 public bills, H.R. 1770-
1799; and 2 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 41-42, were introduced.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 369, to eliminate the sunset of the Veterans Choice Program, and
for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115-65);
H.R. 194, to ensure the effective processing of mail by Federal
agencies, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115-66);
H.R. 657, to amend title 5, United States Code, to extend certain
protections against prohibited personnel practices, and for other
purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115-67);
H.R. 679, to amend title 41, United States Code, to improve the
manner in which Federal contracts for design and construction services
are awarded, to prohibit the use of reverse auctions for design and
construction services procurements, and for other purposes, with
amendments (H. Rept. 115-68);
Authorization and Oversight Plans for all House Committees (H. Rept.
H.R. 1219, to amend the Investment Company Act of 1940 to expand the
investor limitation for qualifying venture capital funds under an
exemption from the definition of an investment company (H. Rept. 115-
H.R. 1343, to direct the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise
its rules so as to increase the threshold amount for requiring issuers
to provide certain disclosures relating to compensatory benefit plans
(H. Rept. 115-71).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed
Representative Fleischmann to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 11 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Rev.
Robert Dillingham, Farina United Methodist, Church Farina, IL.
EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2017--Rule for Consideration:
The House agreed to H. Res. 233, providing for consideration of the
bill (H.R. 1431) to amend the Environmental Research, Development, and
Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to provide for Scientific
Advisory Board member qualifications and public participation, by a
recorded vote of 232 ayes to 188 noes, Roll No. 204, after the previous
question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 232 yeas to 191 nays,
Roll No. 203.
Recess: The House recessed at 2:52 p.m. and reconvened at 4:20 p.m.
Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act of 2017: The House passed
H.R. 1430, to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from
proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments
based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible, by a
recorded vote of 228 ayes to 194 noes, Roll No. 206.
Pages H2536-47, H2547-48
Rejected the McEachin motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on
Science, Space, and Technology with instructions to report the same
back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of
189 yeas to 232 nays, Roll No. 205.
Pages H2546-47, H2547-48
H. Res. 229, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R.
1430) was agreed to yesterday, March 28th.
Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns
today, it adjourn to meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow, March 30.
Presidential Message: Read a message from the President wherein he
notified Congress that the national emergency declared with respect to
significant malicious cyber-enabled activities is to continue in
effect beyond April 1, 2017--referred to the Committee on Foreign
Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-26).
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and
subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H2529.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea-and-nay votes and two recorded votes
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H2535,
H2535-36, H2547-48, and H2548. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:15 p.m.
REVIEW OF THE FARM CREDIT SYSTEM
Committee on Agriculture: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“Review of the Farm Credit System”. Testimony was heard from Dallas
P. Tonsager, Chairman and CEO, Farm Credit Administration; Jeffery S.
Hall, Member of the Board, Farm Credit Administration; and public
U.S. EUROPEAN COMMAND
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense held a closed
hearing on U.S. European Command. Testimony was heard from General
Curtis M. Scaparrotti, U.S. Army.
APPROPRIATIONS--DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human
Services, Education and Related Agencies held a budget hearing on the
Department of Health and Human Services. Testimony was heard from Tom
Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services.
PUBLIC WITNESS DAY
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction,
Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing for public
witnesses. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
MILITARY ASSESSMENT OF THE SECURITY CHALLENGES IN THE GREATER MIDDLE
Committee on Armed Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“Military Assessment of the Security Challenges in the Greater Middle
East”. Testimony was heard from General Joseph Votel, Commander, U.S.
THREATS TO SPACE ASSETS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR HOMELAND SECURITY
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Strategic Forces; and
Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications of
the Committee on Homeland Security held a joint hearing entitled
“Threats to Space Assets and Implications for Homeland Security”.
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
MILITARY PILOT SHORTAGE
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a
hearing entitled “Military Pilot Shortage”. Testimony was heard from
Lieutenant General Mark A. Brilakis, Deputy Commandant, Manpower and
Reserve Affairs, U.S. Marine Corps; Vice Admiral Robert P. Burke, Chief
Personnel, U.S. Navy; Lieutenant General Gina M. Grosso, Deputy Chief
of Staff, Manpower and Personnel Services, U.S. Air Force; and Major
General Erik C. Peterson, Director, Aviation, U.S. Army.
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Health,
Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing on H.R. 986, the
“Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017”. Testimony was heard from
REALIZING NATIONWIDE NEXT-GENERATION 911
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Communications and
Technology held a hearing entitled “Realizing Nationwide Next-
Generation 911”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
FEDERAL ENERGY RELATED TAX POLICY AND ITS EFFECTS ON MARKETS, PRICES,
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing
entitled “Federal Energy Related Tax Policy and its Effects on
Markets, Prices, and Consumers”. Testimony was heard from Terry Dinan,
Senior Advisor, Congressional Budget Office; and public witnesses.
EXAMINING THE IMPACT OF THE VOLCKER RULE ON THE MARKETS, BUSINESSES,
INVESTORS, AND JOB CREATORS
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets,
Securities, and Investment held a hearing entitled “Examining the
Impact of the Volcker Rule on the Markets, Businesses, Investors, and
Job Creators”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Full Committee held a markup on H. Res.
54, reaffirming the United States-Argentina partnership and recognizing
Argentina's economic reforms; H. Res. 92, condemning North Korea's
development of multiple intercontinental ballistic missiles, and for
other purposes; H. Res. 137, honoring the life of Shimon Peres; H. Res.
145, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the
fight against corruption in Central America; H. Res. 187, relating to
efforts to respond to the famine in South Sudan; H.R. 390, the “Iraq
and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017”;
H.R. 479, the “North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act
of 2017”; H.R. 672, the “Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of
2017”; and H.R. 1644, the “Korean Interdiction and Modernization of
Sanctions Act of 2017”. H. Res. 137 was ordered reported, without
amendment. H. Res. 54, H. Res. 145, H. Res. 187, H. Res. 92, H.R. 390,
H.R. 672 H.R. 479, and H.R. 1644 were ordered reported, as amended.
TESTING THE LIMITS: IRAN'S BALLISTIC MISSILE PROGRAM, SANCTIONS, AND
THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY GUARD CORPS
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on the Middle East and North
Africa held a hearing entitled “Testing the Limits: Iran's Ballistic
Missile Program, Sanctions, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard
Corps”. Testimony was heard from Kenneth Katzman, Specialist, Middle
Eastern Affairs, Congressional Research Service; and public witnesses.
TERRORISM IN NORTH AFRICA: AN EXAMINATION OF THE THREAT
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and
Intelligence held a hearing entitled “Terrorism in North Africa: An
Examination of the Threat”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 1667,
the “Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of 2017”; H.R. 1695, the
“Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017”; H.
Res. 184, a resolution of inquiry requesting the President and
directing the Attorney General to transmit, respectively, certain
documents to the House of Representatives relating to communications
with the government of Russia; and H. Res. 203, a resolution of inquiry
requesting the President, and directing the Attorney General, to
transmit, respectively, certain documents to the House of
Representatives relating to certain communications by the President of
the United States. H.R. 1667 was ordered reported, without amendment.
H.R. 1695, H. Res. 184, and H. Res. 203 were ordered reported, as
FEDERALLY FUNDED CANCER RESEARCH: COORDINATION AND INNOVATION
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a
hearing entitled “Federally Funded Cancer Research: Coordination and
Innovation”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
WMATA AFTER SAFETRACK
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on
Government Operations held a hearing entitled “WMATA After
SafeTrack”. Testimony was heard from Paul Wiedefeld, General Manager,
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; Dennis Anosike, Chief
Financial Officer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; and
Mark L. Goldstein, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, Government
CLIMATE SCIENCE: ASSUMPTIONS, POLICY IMPLICATIONS, AND THE SCIENTIFIC
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Full Committee held a
hearing entitled “Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications,
and the Scientific Method”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
EVALUATING THE PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT: ARE BURDENS BEING REDUCED?
Committee on Small Business: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“Evaluating the Paperwork Reduction Act: Are Burdens Being Reduced?”.
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Full Committee held a
markup on H.R. 1346, to repeal the rule issued by the Federal Highway
Administration and the Federal Transit Administration entitled
“Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area
Reform”; H.R. 1726, the “Coast Guard Improvement and Reform Act of
2017”; H.R. 1093, to require the Federal Railroad Administration and
the Federal Transit Authority to provide appropriate Congressional
notice of safety audits conducted with respect to railroads and rail
transit agencies; H.R. 1665, to ensure that Administrator of the
Federal Emergency Management Agency considers severe local impact in
making a recommendation to the President for a major disaster
H.R. 1678, to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and
Emergency Assistance Act concerning the statute of limitations for
actions to recover disaster or emergency assistance payments, and for
other purposes; H.R. 1679, the “FEMA Accountability, Modernization and
Transparency Act of 2017”; H. Con. Res. 35, authorizing the use of the
Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and
the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition; H. Con. Res. 36,
authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington
Soap Box Derby; and H.R. 455, to designate the United States courthouse
located at 501 East Court Street in Jackson, Mississippi, as the “R.
Jess Brown United States Courthouse”. H.R. 1346, H.R. 1726, H.R. 1678,
H.R. 1679, H. Con. Res. 35, H. Con. Res. 36, and H.R. 455 were ordered
reported, without amendment. H.R. 1093 and H.R. 1665 were ordered
reported, as amended.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing
on a draft of the “Veterans Affairs Medical Scribe Pilot Act of
2017”; H.R. 91, the “Building Supportive Networks for Women Veterans
Act”; H.R. 95, the “Veterans' Access to Child Care Act”; H.R. 467,
the “VA Scheduling Accountability Act”; H.R. 907, the “Newborn Care
Improvement Act”; H.R. 918, the “Veterans Urgent Access to Mental
Health Care Act”; H.R. 1005, to improve the provision of adult day
health care services for veterans; H.R. 1162, the “No Hero Left
Untreated Act”; H.R. 1545, to clarify VA's authority to disclose
certain patient information to State controlled substance monitoring
programs; and H.R. 1662, to prohibit smoking in any facility of the
Veterans Health Administration. Testimony was heard from Chairman Roe
of Tennessee, Representatives Walorski, Collins of Georgia, Coffman,
Knight, and Kuster of New Hampshire; Jennifer S. Lee, M.D., Deputy
Under Secretary, Health for Policy and Services, Veterans Health
Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses.
No joint committee meetings were held.
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