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                                           Thursday, March 30, 2017

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S2119-S2157

Measures Introduced: Twenty-six bills and five resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 775-800, S.J. Res. 39, and S. Res. 104-107. 
                                                             Page S2152

Measures Reported:
  Special Report entitled “Legislative and Oversight Activities During 
the 114th Congress by the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs”. (S. 
Rept. No. 115-17)
  Special Report entitled “Report on the Legislative Activities of the 
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation During the 
114th Congress”. (S. Rept. No. 115-18)
  Special Report entitled “Report on the Activities of the Senate 
Committee on the Judiciary During the 114th Congress”. (S. Rept. No. 
115-19)
  Special Report entitled “Review of Legislative Activity During the 
114th Congress”. (S. Rept. No. 115-20)
  Special Report entitled “Legislative Activities Report of the 
Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred 
Fourteenth Congress”. (S. Rept. No. 115-22)
  S. 110, to require the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the 
Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 
to establish a constituent-driven program to provide a digital 
information platform capable of efficiently integrating coastal data 
with decision-support tools, training, and best practices and to 
support collection of priority coastal geospatial data to inform and 
improve local, State, regional, and Federal capacities to manage the 
coastal region. (S. Rept. No. 115-14)
  S. 129, to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College 
Program Act. (S. Rept. No. 115-15)
  S. 168, to amend and enhance certain maritime programs of the 
Department of Transportation. (S. Rept. No. 115-16)
  S. 141, to improve understanding and forecasting of space weather 
events, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 
115-21)
Page S2151

Measures Passed:
  Savings Arrangements Established by Qualified State Political 
Subdivisions for Non-Governmental Employees Rule: By 50 yeas to 49 nays 
(Vote No. 99), Senate passed 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.
  Pages S2121-22
  Health and Human Services Relating to Compliance with Title X 
Requirements Rule: By 51 yeas to 50 nays, Vice President voting yea 
(Vote No. 101), Senate passed H.J. Res. 43, providing for congressional 
disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the 
final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating 
to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in 
selecting subrecipients.
  Pages S2122-38
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 51 yeas to 50 nays, Vice President voting yea (Vote No. 100), 
Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to consideration of the joint 
resolution.
Page S2122
  National Collegiate Athletic Association Rifle Championship: Senate 
agreed to S. Res. 107, congratulating the rifle team of West Virginia 
University on winning the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association 
Rifle Championship.
  Page S2157

Delta Queen--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing that following Leader remarks on Monday, April 3, 2017, 
Senate begin consideration of S. 89, to amend title 46, United States 
Code, to exempt old vessels that only operate within inland waterways 
from the fire-retardant materials requirement if the owners of such 
vessels make annual structural alterations to at least 10 percent of 
the areas of the vessels that are not constructed of fire-retardant 
materials, with the time until 5:30 p.m. equally divided in the usual 
form, and that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote 
on passage, with no intervening action or debate.
  Page S2138

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Duke Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing that following the vote on passage of S. 89, to amend title 
46, United States Code, to exempt old vessels that only operate within 
inland waterways from the fire-retardant materials requirement if the 
owners of such vessels make annual structural alterations to at least 
10 percent of the areas of the vessels that are not constructed of 
fire-retardant materials, Senate begin consideration of the nomination 
of Elaine C. Duke, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland 
Security; and that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, 
with concurrence of the Democratic Leader, on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 
Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  Page S2138

Messages from the House:
  Page S2151

Measures Referred:
  Page S2151

Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S2151

Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S2151-52

Additional Cosponsors:
  Page S2153

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S2153-56

Additional Statements:
  Pages S2149-51

Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S2156

Privileges of the Floor:
  Pages S2156-57

Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--101) 
                                                     Pages S2122, S2138

Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 6:17 p.m., 
until 3 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2017. (For Senate's program, see the 
remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S2157.)

Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)

BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the nomination of Sonny Perdue, of Georgia, to be 
Secretary of Agriculture.

NOMINATION
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the nomination of Heather Wilson, of South Dakota, to be Secretary of 
the Air Force, Department of Defense, after the nominee, who was 
introduced by Senators Thune and Rounds, testified and answered 
questions in her own behalf.

BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee ordered favorably 
reported the following business items:
  S. 35, to transfer administrative jurisdiction over certain Bureau of 
Land Management land from the Secretary of the Interior to the 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs for inclusion in the Black Hills National 
Cemetery, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 55/H.R. 46, bills to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to 
conduct a special resource study of Fort Ontario in the State of New 
York, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 97, to enable civilian research and development of advanced 
nuclear energy technologies by private and public institutions, to 
expand theoretical and practical knowledge of nuclear physics, 
chemistry, and materials science;
  S. 99, to require the Secretary of the Interior to study the 
suitability and feasibility of designating the President James K. Polk 
Home in Columbia, Tennessee, as a unit of the National Park System;
  S. 117, to designate a mountain peak in the State of Montana as 
“Alex Diekmann Peak”, with an amendment;
  S. 131, to provide for the exchange of certain National Forest System 
land and non-Federal land in the State of Alaska, with an amendment in 
the nature of a substitute;
  S. 167, to designate a National Memorial to Fallen Educators at the 
National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kansas, with an amendment;
  S. 189, to modify the boundary of the Fort Scott National Historic 
Site in the State of Kansas, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute;
  S. 190, to provide for consideration of the extension under the 
Energy Policy and Conservation Act of nonapplication of No-Load Mode 
energy efficiency standards to certain security or life safety alarms 
or surveillance systems;
  S. 199, to authorize the use of the active capacity of the Fontenelle 
Reservoir;
  S. 213, to designate the wilderness within the Lake Clark National 
Park and Preserve in the State of Alaska as the Jay S. Hammond 
Wilderness Area;
  S. 214, to authorize the expansion of an existing hydroelectric 
project;
  S. 215, to authorize the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to 
issue an order continuing a stay of a hydroelectric license for the 
Mahoney Lake hydroelectric project in the State of Alaska;
  S. 216, to require the Secretary of the Interior to submit to 
Congress a report on the efforts of the Bureau of Reclamation to manage 
its infrastructure assets;

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  S. 217, to amend the Denali National Park Improvement Act to clarify 
certain provisions relating to the natural gas pipeline authorized in 
the Denali National Park and Preserve;
  S. 225/H.R. 699, bills to amend the Omnibus Public Land Management 
Act of 2009 to modify provisions relating to certain land exchanges in 
the Mt. Hood Wilderness in the State of Oregon;
  S. 226, to exclude power supply circuits, drivers, and devices to be 
connected to, and power, light-emitting diodes or organic light-
emitting diodes providing illumination or ceiling fans using direct 
current motors from energy conservation standards for external power 
supplies;
  S. 239, to amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to 
encourage the increased use of performance contracting in Federal 
facilities;
  S. 267, to provide for the correction of a survey of certain land in 
the State of Alaska;
  S. 280/H.R. 618, bills to authorize, direct, expedite, and facilitate 
a land exchange in El Paso and Teller Counties, Colorado;
  S. 285/H.R. 689, bills to ensure adequate use and access to the 
existing Bolts Ditch headgate and ditch segment within the Holy Cross 
Wilderness in Eagle County, Colorado;
  S. 286/H.R. 698, bills to require a land conveyance involving the 
Elkhorn Ranch and the White River National Forest in the State of 
Colorado;
  S. 287, to update the map of, and modify the maximum acreage 
available for inclusion in, the Florissant Fossil Beds National 
Monument;
  S. 289/H.R. 688, bills to adjust the boundary of the Arapaho National 
Forest, Colorado;
  S. 331, to remove the use restrictions on certain land transferred to 
Rockingham County, Virginia;
  S. 346, to provide for the establishment of the National Volcano 
Early Warning and Monitoring System, with an amendment;
  S. 363, to revise the authorized route of the North Country National 
Scenic Trail in northeastern Minnesota and to extend the trail into 
Vermont to connect with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail;
  S. 385, to promote energy savings in residential buildings and 
industry;
  S. 392, to establish the 400 years of African-American History 
Commission;
  S. 432, to designate the Cerro del Yuta and Rio San Antonio 
Wilderness Areas in the State of New Mexico;
  S. 466, to clarify the description of certain Federal land under the 
Northern Arizona Land Exchange and Verde River Basin Partnership Act of 
2005 to include additional land in the Kaibab National Forest;
  S. 490, to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of 
construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Gibson Dam, with 
an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 491, to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of 
construction of a hydroelectric project involving Clark Canyon Dam, 
with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 501, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate certain 
segments of East Rosebud Creek in Carbon County, Montana, as components 
of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System;
  S. 502, to modify the boundary of Voyageurs National Park in the 
State of Minnesota;
  S. 508, to provide for the conveyance of certain Federal land in the 
State of Oregon;
  S. 513, to designate the Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead 
Special Management Area in the State of Oregon;
  S. 566, to withdraw certain land in Okanogan County, Washington, to 
protect the land;
  S. 590, to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to maintain or 
replace certain facilities and structures for commercial recreation 
services at Smith Gulch in Idaho;
  S. 617, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate certain 
segments of the Farmington River and Salmon Brook in the State of 
Connecticut as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers 
System;
  S. 644, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a 
special resource study of the Medgar Evers House, located in Jackson, 
Mississippi, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 703, to extend the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to 
carry out the Equus Beds Division of the Wichita Project;
  S. 710, to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of 
construction of a hydroelectric project involving Jennings Randolph 
Dam, with an amendment;
  S. 713, to establish the Mountains to Sound Greenway National 
Heritage Area in the State of Washington, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute;
  S. 714, to amend Public Law 103-434 to authorize Phase III of the 
Yakima River Basin Water Basin Water Enhancement Project for the 
purposes of improving water management in the Yakima River basin;
  S. 723, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a 
hydroelectric project, with an amendment;
  S. 724, to amend the Federal Power Act to modernize authorizations 
for necessary hydropower approvals;

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  S. 729, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire 
approximately 44 acres of land in Martinez, California, for inclusion 
in the John Muir National Historic Site;
  S. 730, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of 
certain hydroelectric projects;
  S. 733, to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational 
hunting, fishing, and shooting;
  S. 734, to extend a project of the Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission involving the Cannonsville Dam, with an amendment;
  H.R. 88, to modify the boundary of the Shiloh National Military Park 
located in Tennessee and Mississippi, to establish Parker's Crossroads 
Battlefield as an affiliated area of the National Park System, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  H.R. 267, to redesignate the Martin Luther King, Junior, National 
Historic Site in the State of Georgia;
  H.R. 381, to designate a mountain in the John Muir Wilderness of the 
Sierra National Forest as “Sky Point”;
  H.R. 494, to expand the boundary of Fort Frederica National Monument 
in the State of Georgia, with an amendment;
  H.R. 538, to redesignate Ocmulgee National Monument in the State of 
Georgia and revise its boundary, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute;
  H.R. 558, to adjust the boundary of the Kennesaw Mountain National 
Battlefield Park to include the Wallis House and Harriston Hill, with 
an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  H.R. 560, to amend the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area 
Improvement Act to provide access to certain vehicles serving residents 
of municipalities adjacent to the Delaware Water Gap National 
Recreation Area; and
  H.R. 863, to facilitate the addition of park administration at the 
Coltsville National Historical Park.
  Also, committee announced the following subcommittee assignments:
Subcommittee on Energy: Senators Gardner (Chair), Risch, Flake, Daines, 
Alexander, Hoeven, Cassidy, Portman, Strange, Manchin, Wyden, Sanders, 
Franken, Heinrich, King, Duckworth, and Cortez Masto.
Subcommittee on National Parks: Senators Daines (Chair), Barrasso, Lee, 
Gardner, Alexander, Hoeven, Portman, Hirono, Sanders, Stabenow, 
Heinrich, King, and Duckworth.
Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining: Senators Lee 
(Chair), Barrasso, Risch, Flake, Daines, Gardner, Alexander, Hoeven, 
Cassidy, Strange, Wyden, Stabenow, Franken, Manchin, Heinrich, Hirono, 
and Cortez Masto.
Subcommittee on Water and Power: Senators Flake (Chair), Barrasso, 
Risch, Lee, Cassidy, Portman, Strange, King, Wyden, Sanders, Franken, 
Manchin, and Duckworth.
Senators Murkowski and Cantwell are ex officio members of each 
subcommittee.

ALASKAN INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS AND JOB CREATION
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the potential for infrastructure improvements to 
create jobs and reduce the cost of living through all-of-the-above 
energy and mineral production in Alaska, after receiving testimony from 
Steven Masterman, Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of 
Geological and Geophysical Surveys State Geologist and Director, 
Fairbanks; Deputy Mayor Robert Potrzuski, Sitka, Alaska; Joy Baker, 
Port of Nome, Nome, Alaska; Kara Moriarty, Alaska Oil and Gas 
Association, and Chris Rose, Renewable Energy Alaska Project, both of 
Anchorage; and Della Trumble, King Cove Village Corporation, King Cove, 
Alaska.

U.S. INTERESTS, VALUES, AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine United States interests, values, and the American people, after 
receiving testimony from Madeleine K. Albright, former Secretary of 
State, and Stephen J. Hadley, former U.S. National Security Advisor, 
both of Washington, D.C.

BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the nomination of R. Alexander Acosta, of Florida, 
to be Secretary of Labor.

RUSSIAN ACTIVE MEASURES AND INFLUENCE CAMPAIGNS

Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee concluded a hearing to examine disinformation, focusing on a primer in Russian active measures and influence campaigns, after receiving testimony from Roy Godson, Georgetown University; Eugene Rumer, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Russia and Eurasia Program; Clint Watts, Foreign Policy Research Institute Program on National Security; Kevin Mandia, FireEye, Inc.; General Keith Alexander (Ret.), former Director, National Security Agency, and Chief, Central Security Service, IronNet Cybersecurity; and Thomas Rid, King's College London Department of War Studies.


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