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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action

Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 30 public bills, H.R. 1770-
1799; and 2 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 41-42, were introduced. 
                                                         Pages H2557-59

Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H2560-61

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. 
115-69);
  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-
70); and
  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).
Page H2557

Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative Fleischmann to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H2519

Recess: The House recessed at 11 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon. 
                                                         Pages H2525-26

Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Rev. 
Robert Dillingham, Farina United Methodist, Church Farina, IL. 
                                                             Page H2526
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.
  Pages H2529-36

Recess: The House recessed at 2:52 p.m. and reconvened at 4:20 p.m. 
                                                             Page H2547
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.
  Page H2548

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

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effect beyond April 1, 2017--referred to the Committee on Foreign 
Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-26).
  Page H2557
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.

Committee Meetings

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 
witnesses.

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 
EAST
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. 
Central Command.

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.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURE
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 
public witnesses.

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, 
AND CONSUMERS
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.

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MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
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.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
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 
amended.

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 
Accountability Office.

CLIMATE SCIENCE: ASSUMPTIONS, POLICY IMPLICATIONS, AND THE SCIENTIFIC 
METHOD
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.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
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 
declaration;

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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.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURES
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.

Joint Meetings
  No joint committee meetings were held.



    


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