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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.
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