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                                          Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S2539-S2564

Measures Introduced: Twelve bills and one resolution were introduced, 
as follows: S. 942-953, and S. Con. Res. 13.
  Pages S2553-54

Measures Passed:
  Kids to Parks Day: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from 
further consideration of S. Res. 123, designating May 20, 2017, as 
“Kids to Parks Day”, and the resolution was then agreed to. 
                                                             Page S2564
Acosta Nomination--Agreement: Senate continued consideration of the 
nomination of R. Alexander Acosta, of Florida, to be Secretary of 
Labor.
  Pages S2541-47
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 61 yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 115), Senate agreed to the motion to 
close further debate on the nomination.
Pages S2544-45
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the nomination at approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, 
April 27, 2017; and that all time during recess, adjournment, morning 
business and Leader remarks count post-cloture on the nomination. 
                                                             Page S2564

Messages from the House:
  Page S2550

Measures Referred:
  Page S2550

Executive Communications:
  Pages S2550-53

Additional Cosponsors:
  Page S2554

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S2554-63

Additional Statements:
  Pages S2549-50

Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S2563-64

Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--115) 
                                                         Pages S2544-45

Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 2:05 p.m., 
until 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 27, 2017. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S2564.)

Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)

NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Department of Defense 
concluded a hearing to examine review of National Guard and Reserve 
programs and readiness, after receiving testimony from General Joseph 
L. Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Lieutenant General 
Charles D. Luckey, Chief of the Army Reserve, Lieutenant General 
Maryanne Miller, Chief of the Air Force Reserve, Vice Admiral Luke M. 
McCollum, Chief of the Navy Reserve, and Lieutenant General Rex C. 
McMillian, Commander of Marine Corps Forces Reserve, all of the 
Department of Defense.

AMERICAN FREE ENTERPRISE IN SPACE
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Space, Science, and Competitiveness concluded a hearing to examine 
reopening the American frontier, focusing on reducing regulatory 
barriers and expanding American free enterprise in space, after 
receiving testimony from Robert T. Bigelow, Bigelow Aerospace, LLC, 
North Las Vegas, Nevada; Robert Meyerson, Blue Origin, Kent, 
Washington; George Whitesides, Galactic Ventures, Mojave, California; 
and Andrew Rush, Made in Space, Inc., Moffett Field, California.

WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES RULE
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the technical, scientific, and legal basis of the 
Waters of the United States Rule, after receiving testimony from Major 
General John Peabody, USA (Ret.), Arlington, Virginia; Misha Tseytlin, 
Wisconsin Solicitor General, Madison; Michael Josselyn, WRA, Inc., San 
Rafael, California; Ken Kopocis, American University Washington College 
of Law, Washington, D.C.; and Collin O'Mara, National Wildlife 
Federation, Reston, Virginia.

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NOMINATIONS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the nominations of Tulinabo Salama Mushingi, of Virginia, to be 
Ambassador to the Republic of Senegal, and to serve concurrently and 
without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Republic of 
Guinea-Bissau, and Todd Philip Haskell, of Florida, to be Ambassador to 
the Republic of the Congo, both of the Department of State, after the 
nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.

DUPLICATION, WASTE, AND FRAUD IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine duplication, waste, and fraud in Federal 
programs, including opportunities to reduce fragmentation and achieve 
other financial benefits, after receiving testimony from Gene L. 
Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, Government 
Accountability Office; J. Russell George, Inspector General for Tax 
Administration, Department of the Treasury; Keith D. Repko, Medical 
Center Director, St. Louis Health Care System, Veterans Health 
Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; and Rebecca M. Blank, 
University of Wisconsin, Madison.

BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following business items:
  S. 652, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize a 
program for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment regarding deaf 
and hard-of-hearing newborns, infants, and young children, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute;
  S. 849, to support programs for mosquito-borne and other vector-borne 
disease surveillance and control, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute;
  S. 916, to amend the Controlled Substances Act with regard to the 
provision of emergency medical services, with an amendment in the 
nature of a substitute; and
  S. 920, to establish a National Clinical Care Commission.

NOMINATION
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the nomination of Amul R. Thapar, of Kentucky, to be United States 
Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit, Department of Justice, after the 
nominee, who was introduced by Senator McConnell, testified and 
answered questions in his own behalf.

RUNNING A SMALL BUSINESS IN RURAL AMERICA
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the challenges and opportunities of running a small 
business in rural America, including S. 203, to reaffirm that the 
Environmental Protection Agency may not regulate vehicles used solely 
for competition, S. 929, to improve the HUBZone program, and S. 444, 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, after receiving testimony from 
John Lettieri, Economic Innovation Group, Washington, D.C.; James E. 
Hobart, Alpaca Direct LLC, Hayden, Idaho; and Rob Riley, Northern 
Forest Center, Concord, New Hampshire.

NOMINATION
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the nomination of Courtney Elwood, of Virginia, to be General 
Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency, after the nominee testified 
and answered questions in her own behalf.



    


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