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From the Congressional Record Online through GPO
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Routine Proceedings, pages S2539-S2564
Measures Introduced: Twelve bills and one resolution were introduced,
as follows: S. 942-953, and S. Con. Res. 13.
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.
Acosta Nomination--Agreement: Senate continued consideration of the
nomination of R. Alexander Acosta, of Florida, to be Secretary of
During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the
By 61 yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 115), Senate agreed to the motion to
close further debate on the nomination.
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.
Messages from the House:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--115)
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.)
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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