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Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Routine Proceedings, pages S2179-S2255
Senate continued in the session that began on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
See next volume of the Congressional Record.
Measures Introduced: Twenty bills and six resolutions were introduced,
as follows: S. 807-826, S. Res. 109-113, and S. Con. Res. 12.
S. 254, to amend the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to provide
flexibility and reauthorization to ensure the survival and continuing
vitality of Native American languages. (S. Rept. No. 115-23)
National Read Aloud Month: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged
from further consideration of S. Res. 94, designating March 2017 as
“National Read Aloud Month”, and the resolution was then agreed to.
Alaska Purchase 150th Anniversary: Senate agreed to S. Res. 111,
celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Alaska Purchase.
Gold Star Wives Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 112, designating April
5, 2017, as “Gold Star Wives Day”.
University of Washington Center on Human Development and Disability
50th Anniversary: Senate agreed to S. Res. 113, recognizing and
celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Center on Human Development and
Disability at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.
Gorsuch Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the
nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch, of Colorado, to be an Associate Justice
of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Pages S2190-S2210, S2222-48
Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the
following action: Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative
By 55 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 104), Senate agreed to the motion to
proceed to executive session to consider the nomination.
A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and,
in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of
the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Thursday, April 6, 2017.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further
consideration of the nomination at approximately 9:30 a.m., on
Wednesday, April 5, 2017; that the debate time on the nomination during
Wednesday's session of the Senate be divided as follows: following
Leader remarks until 11 a.m. be equally divided, that the time from 11
a.m. until 12 noon be under the control of the Majority; that the time
from 12 noon until 1 p.m. be under the control of the Minority; and
that the debate time until 9 p.m., on Wednesday be divided in one hour
Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
By 85 yeas to 14 nays (Vote No. EX. 103), Elaine C. Duke, of
Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.
Pages S2180-90, S2255
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Sigal Mandelker, of New York, to be Under Secretary for Terrorism and
Heath P. Tarbert, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of the
Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy.
Messages from the House:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--104)
Pages S2189, S2190
Evening Session: Senate convened at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
(For complete Digest of today's proceedings, see next volume of the
(Committees not listed did not meet)
NATIONAL WATER HAZARDS AND VULNERABILITIES
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice,
Science, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine national
water hazards and vulnerabilities, focusing on improved forecasting for
responses and mitigation, after receiving testimony from Louis
Uccellini, Assistant Administrator, Weather Services, National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration, and Director, National Weather Service;
Bryan Koon, Florida Division of Emergency Management Director,
Tallahassee; Antonio Busalacchi, University Corporation for Atmospheric
Research, Boulder, Colorado; and Mary Glackin, The Weather Company,
IBM, Washington, D.C.
U.S. STRATEGIC COMMAND
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine
United States Strategic Command programs, after receiving testimony
from General John E. Hyten, USAF, Commander, United States Strategic
Command, Department of Defense.
CYBER THREATS TO THE U.S.
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Cybersecurity received a
closed briefing on cyber threats to the United States from Kate
Charlet, Performing the duties of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber
Policy, Brigadier General Mary F. O'Brien, USAF, Director of
Intelligence, United States Cyber Command, and Major General Ed Wilson,
Deputy Principal Cyber Advisor, Office of the Secretary, all of the
Department of Defense; Samuel Liles, Director, Cyber Analysis Division,
Office of Intelligence and Analysis, and Neil Jenkins, Director,
Enterprise Performance Management Office, National Protection and
Programs Directorate, both of the Department of Homeland Security; and
Tonya L. Ugoretz, Director, Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration
Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee ordered
favorably reported the nomination of Jay Clayton, of New York, to be a
Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
MULTIMODAL FREIGHT POLICY AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on
Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and
Security concluded a hearing to examine keeping goods moving, focusing
on continuing to enhance multimodal freight policy and infrastructure,
after receiving testimony from Derek J. Leathers, Werner Enterprises,
and Lance M. Fritz, Union Pacific Corporation, both of Omaha, Nebraska;
Michael L. Ducker, FedEx Freight Corporation, Memphis, Tennessee; and
James Pelliccio, Port Newark Container Terminal, Newark, New Jersey, on
behalf of the Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors.
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a
hearing to examine efforts to protect United States energy delivery
systems from cybersecurity threats, after receiving testimony from
Patricia Hoffman, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity
Delivery and Energy Reliability, and Andrew A. Bochman, Senior Cyber
and Energy Strategist, National and Homeland Security, Idaho National
Laboratory, both of the Department of Energy; Colonel Gent Welsh,
Commander, 194th Wing, Washington Air National Guard, Camp Murray;
Gerry W. Cauley, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, and
Dave McCurdy, American Gas Association, both of Washington, D.C.; and
Duane D. Highley, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation,
Littlerock, on behalf of the National Rural Electric Cooperative
THE EU AS A PARTNER AGAINST RUSSIAN AGGRESSION
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to
examine the European Union as a partner against Russian aggression,
focusing on sanctions, security, democratic institutions, and the way
forward, after receiving testimony from David O'Sullivan, European
Union Delegation to the United States of America, and Kurt Volker,
Arizona State University McCain Institute for International Leadership,
both of Washington, D.C.; and Daniel B. Baer, former Ambassador to the
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Denver, Colorado.
SOUTHWEST BORDER FENCING
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee
concluded a hearing to examine fencing along the southwest border,
testimony from David V. Aguilar, former Acting Commissioner, and Ronald
S. Colburn, former Deputy Chief, Border Patrol, both of Customs and
Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security; and Terence M.
Garrett, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Public Affairs and
Security Studies Department, Brownsville.
FDA USER FEE AGREEMENTS
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee
concluded a hearing to examine FDA user fee agreements, focusing on
improving medical product regulations and innovation for patients,
after receiving testimony from Kay Holcombe, Biotechnology Innovation
Organization, David R. Gaugh, Association for Accessible Medicines,
Scott Whitaker, AvaMed, and Cynthia A. Bens, Alliance for Aging
Research, all of Washington, D.C.
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session to
receive a briefing on certain intelligence matters from officials of
the intelligence community.
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on
intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the
Committee recessed subject to the call.
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