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[Pages D385-D387]
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                                             Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
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. 
                                                         Pages S2214-15

Measures Reported:
  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) 
                                                             Page S2214

Measures Passed:
  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. 
                                                             Page S2220
  Alaska Purchase 150th Anniversary: Senate agreed to S. Res. 111, 
celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Alaska Purchase.
  Page S2220
  Gold Star Wives Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 112, designating April 
5, 2017, as “Gold Star Wives Day”.
  Page S2220
  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. 
                                                             Page S2220
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 
Session.
Page S2190
  By 55 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 104), Senate agreed to the motion to 
proceed to executive session to consider the nomination.
Page S2190
  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. 
                                                             Page S2210
  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 
alternating blocks.
Pages S2220-21
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 
Financial Crimes.
  Heath P. Tarbert, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of the 
Treasury.
  Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy. 
                                                         Pages S2248-55

Messages from the House:
  Page S2214

Measures Referred:
  Page S2214

Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S2214

Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S2215-16

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S2216-20

Additional Statements:
  Pages S2213-14

Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S2220

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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 
Congressional Record.)

Committee Meetings
(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.

BUSINESS MEETING
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.

CYBERSECURITY THREATS
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 
Association.

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, 
after receiving

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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.

INTELLIGENCE

Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session to receive a briefing on certain intelligence matters from officials of the intelligence community. INTELLIGENCE Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the intelligence community. Committee recessed subject to the call.


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