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Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 63 public bills, H.R. 1902-
1964; and 5 resolutions, H.J. Res. 94; H. Con. Res. 47; and H. Res.
249-251, were introduced.
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
H.R. 1667, to amend title 11 of the United States Code in order to
facilitate the resolution of an insolvent financial institution in
bankruptcy (H. Rept. 115-80).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed
Representative Webster (FL) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 10:49 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Supporting America's Innovators Act of 2017--Rule for Consideration:
The House agreed to H. Res. 242, providing for consideration of the
bill (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, by a recorded
vote of 240 ayes to 181 noes, Roll No. 218, after the previous question
was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 231 yeas to 182 nays, Roll No.
Pages H2708-15, H2720-22
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the
Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of 2017: H.R. 1667, amended, to
amend title 11 of the United States Code in order to facilitate the
resolution of an insolvent financial institution in bankruptcy; and
Amending Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to
modify the termination date for the Veterans Choice Program: S. 544, to
amend Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to modify
the termination date for the Veterans Choice Program.
Question of Privilege: Representative Jeffries rose to a question of
the privileges of the House and submitted a resolution. The Chair ruled
that the resolution did not present a question of the privileges of the
House. Subsequently, Representative Jeffries appealed the ruling of the
chair and Representative Foxx moved to table the appeal. Agreed to the
motion to table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair by a yea-and-nay
vote of 228 yeas to 185 nays with 2 answering “present”, Roll No.
Self-Insurance Protection Act: The House passed H.R. 1304, to amend the
Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Public Health
Service Act, and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude from the
definition of health insurance coverage certain medical stop-loss
insurance obtained by certain plan sponsors of group health plans, by a
yea-and-nay vote of 400 yeas to 16 nays, Roll No. 220.
Pages H2726-29, H2731-32
Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute
recommended by the Committee on Education and the Workforce now printed
in the bill shall be considered as adopted.
H. Res. 241, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R.
1304) was agreed to yesterday, April 4th.
Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns
today, it adjourn to meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow, April 6.
House Democracy Partnership--Appointment: Read a letter from
Representative Pelosi, Minority
Leader, in which she appointed the following Members to the House
Democracy Partnership: Representative Price (NC), Ranking Member;
Representatives Ellison, Davis (CA), Moore, Titus, Roybal-Allard,
Connolly, Ted Lieu (CA), and Torres.
Congressional-Executive Commission on the People's Republic of China--
Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the
following Member on the part of the House to the Congressional-
Executive Commission on the People's Republic of China: Representative
Ted Lieu (CA).
Discharge Petition: Representative Eshoo presented to the clerk a
motion to discharge the Committees on Ways and Means and Oversight and
Government Reform from the consideration of H.R. 305, to amend the
Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to require the disclosure of certain
tax returns by Presidents and certain candidates for the office of the
President, and for other purposes (Discharge Petition No. 1).
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes and one recorded vote
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H2720-21,
H2721, H2731, and H2731-32. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:28 p.m.
AGRICULTURE AND TAX REFORM: OPPORTUNITIES FOR RURAL AMERICA
Committee on Agriculture: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“Agriculture and Tax Reform: Opportunities for Rural America”.
Testimony was heard from James M. Williamson, Economist, Economic
Research Service, Department of Agriculture; and public witnesses.
FEDERAL RESPONSE TO THE OPIOID ABUSE CRISIS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human
Services, Education and Related Agencies held a hearing entitled
“Federal Response to the Opioid Abuse Crisis”. Testimony was heard
from Barbara Cimaglio, Deputy Commissioner, Vermont Department of
Health; and public witnesses.
CONSEQUENCES TO THE MILITARY OF A CONTINUING RESOLUTION
Committee on Armed Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“Consequences to the Military of a Continuing Resolution”. Testimony
was heard from General David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff, U.S. Air
Force; General Mark A. Milley, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army; General
Robert B. Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps; and Admiral John M.
Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy.
THE CURRENT STATE OF THE U.S. MARINE CORPS
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness held a hearing
entitled “The Current State of the U.S. Marine Corps”. Testimony was
heard from the following officials from U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters:
Lieutenant General Ronald L. Bailey, Deputy Commandant for Plans,
Policies, and Operations; Lieutenant General Michael G. Dana, Deputy
Commandant for Installations and Logistics; and William E. Taylor,
Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation.
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Workforce
Protections held a hearing on H.R. 1180, the “Working Families
Flexibility Act of 2017”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
FACILITATING THE 21ST CENTURY WIRELESS ECONOMY
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Communications and
Technology held a hearing entitled “Facilitating the 21st Century
Wireless Economy”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
THE 2016 SEMI-ANNUAL REPORTS OF THE BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL
Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“The 2016 Semi-Annual Reports of the Bureau of Consumer Financial
Protection”. Testimony was heard from Richard Cordray, Director,
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
TURKEY'S DEMOCRACY UNDER CHALLENGE
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and
Emerging Threats held a hearing entitled “Turkey's Democracy Under
Challenge”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Committee on Homeland Security: Full Committee held a markup on H. Res.
235, directing the Secretary of Homeland Security to transmit certain
documents to the House of Representatives relating to the Department of
Homeland Security's research, integration, and analysis activities
relating to Russian Government interference in the elections for
held in 2016. H. Res. 235 was ordered reported, without amendment.
Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 1842,
the “Strengthening Children's Safety Act of 2017”; H.R. 1862, the
“Global Child Protection Act of 2017”; and H.R. 659, the “Standard
Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act of 2017”. H.R.
1842, H.R. 1862, and H.R. 659 were ordered reported, without amendment.
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral
Resources held a hearing on H.R. 1731, the “Revitalizing the Economy
of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More
Act of 2017”. Testimony was heard from Representative Rogers of
Alabama and public witnesses.
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a
hearing on H.R. 218, the “King Cove Road Land Exchange Act”; H.R.
497, the “Santa Ana River Wash Plan Land Exchange Act”; H.R. 1157, to
clarify the United States interest in certain submerged lands in the
area of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, and for other purposes;
and H.R. 1728, to modify the boundaries of the Morley Nelson Snake
River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, and for other purposes.
Testimony was heard from Representatives Young of Alaska; Simpson;
Keating; Cook; and Aguilar; Seth T. Taylor, Selectman, Chatham,
Massachusetts; and public witnesses.
OVERSIGHT OF THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY'S RESPONSE TO THE
BATON ROUGE FLOOD DISASTER: PART II
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a
hearing entitled “Oversight of the Federal Emergency Management
Agency's Response to the Baton Rouge Flood Disaster: Part II”.
Testimony was heard from John Bel Edwards, Governor, Louisiana; Robert
J. Fenton, Jr., Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management
Agency; Mark Harrell, Emergency Coordinator, Livingston Parish,
Louisiana; and a public witness.
IMPROVING THE VISITOR EXPERIENCE AT NATIONAL PARKS
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on the
Interior, Energy and Environment held a hearing entitled “Improving
the Visitor Experience at National Parks”. Testimony was heard from
Glenn Casamassa, Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System, Forest
Service, Department of Agriculture; Linda Lanterman, Director, Division
of State Parks, Kansas; and public witnesses.
ASSESSING THE IRAN DEAL
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on National
Security held a hearing entitled “Assessing the Iran Deal”. Testimony
was heard from public witnesses.
TAKING CARE OF SMALL BUSINESS: WORKING TOGETHER FOR A BETTER SBA
Committee on Small Business: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“Taking Care of Small Business: Working Together for a Better SBA”.
Testimony was heard from Linda McMahon, Administrator, Small Business
FAST ACT IMPLEMENTATION: STATE AND LOCAL PERSPECTIVES
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on
Highways and Transit held a hearing entitled “FAST Act Implementation:
State and Local Perspectives”. Testimony was heard from public
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Disability Assistance
and Memorial Affairs held a hearing on H.R. 105, the “Protect Veterans
from Financial Fraud Act of 2017”; H.R. 299, the “Blue Water Navy
Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017”; H.R. 1328, the “American Heroes COLA
Act of 2017”; H.R. 1329, the “Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living
Adjustment Act of 2017”; H.R. 1390, to amend title 38, United States
Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay costs
relating to the transportation of certain deceased veterans to
veterans' cemeteries owned by a State or tribal organization; H.R.
1564, the “VA Beneficiary Travel Act of 2017”; and a draft bill
entitled “Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017”. Testimony
was heard from Representatives Bost; Brownley of California; Banks of
Indiana; Bergman; and Valadao; Beth Murphy, Director, Compensation
Service, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans
Affairs; and public witnesses.
DECLINE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY IN THE U.S.
Joint Economic Committee: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the
decline of economic opportunity in the United States, focusing on
consequences, after receiving testimony from Timothy Kane, Hoover
Institution JP Conte Fellow on Immigration Studies, Stanford,
California; and John W. Lettieri, Economic Innovation Group, and Jared
Bernstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, both of Washington,
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