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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
 Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 38 public bills, H.R. 10, 
2146-2182; and 7 resolutions, H.J. Res. 99; and H. Res. 279, 281-285 
were introduced.
  Pages H2894-97

Additional Cosponsors:
  Page H2898
 Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
  H. Res. 280, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1694) to 
require additional entities to be subject to the requirements of 
section 552 of title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the 
Freedom of Information Act), and for other purposes; providing for 
consideration of motions to suspend the rules; and waiving a 
requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration 
of certain

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resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules (H. Rept. 115-96). 
                                                             Page H2894
 Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative Woodall to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H2851

Recess: The House recessed at 10:43 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon. 
                                                             Page H2856
 Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Rev. 
Michael D. Gutierrez, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Baldwin 
Park, CA.
  Page H2856

Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a 
yea-and-nay vote of 237 yeas to 161 nays with 2 answering “present”, 
Roll No. 228.
  Pages H2856, H2877-78
 Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017: The 
House passed H.R. 1695, to amend title 17, United States Code, to 
provide additional responsibilities for the Register of Copyrights, by 
a yea-and-nay vote of 378 yeas to 48 nays, Roll No. 227. 
                                                         Pages H2860-77
  Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute 
consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-13 shall be 
considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the 
five-minute rule, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a 
substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in 
the bill.
Page H2860

Agreed to:
  Judy Chu (CA) amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 115-95) that 
specifies that nothing in the bill shall impact the mandatory deposit 
requirements of title 17; and
Pages H2875-76
  Deutch amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115-95) that requires the 
Register of Copyrights to be capable of identifying and supervising a 
Chief Information Officer or similar official responsible for managing 
information technology systems (by a recorded vote of 410 ayes to 14 
noes, Roll No. 226).
Pages H2874-75, H2876
  H. Res. 275, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 
1695) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 237 ayes to 186 noes, Roll 
No. 225, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote 
of 234 yeas to 191 nays, Roll No. 224.
Pages H2860-68
  Pursuant to section 2 of H. Res. 275, H. Res. 254 was laid on the 
table.
Page H2860

Health Information Technology Advisory Committee--Appointment: Read a 
letter from Representative Pelosi, Minority Leader, in which she 
appointed the following individual to the Health Information Technology 
Advisory Committee: Dr. Steven Lane of Palo Alto, California. 
                                                             Page H2880

Recess: The House recessed at 6:22 p.m. and reconvened at 11:31 p.m. 
                                                             Page H2893

Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes and two recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H2867, 
H2867-68, H2876, H2877, H2877-78. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 11:32 p.m.

Committee Meetings

OVERSIGHT ON U.S. PACIFIC COMMAND
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense held an oversight 
hearing on U.S. Pacific Command. Testimony was heard from Admiral Harry 
Harris, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. This hearing was closed.

MILITARY ASSESSMENT OF THE SECURITY CHALLENGES IN THE INDO-ASIA-PACIFIC 
REGION
Committee on Armed Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
“Military Assessment of the Security Challenges in the Indo-Asia-
Pacific Region”. Testimony was heard from Admiral Harry Harris, 
Commander, U.S. Pacific Command.

CREATING A FLEXIBLE AND EFFECTIVE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT AND 
ACQUISITION SYSTEM: ELEMENTS FOR SUCCESS IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING 
LANDSCAPE
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and 
Capabilities held a hearing entitled “Creating a Flexible and 
Effective Information Technology Management and Acquisition System: 
Elements for Success in a Rapidly Changing Landscape”. Testimony was 
heard from public witnesses.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Full Committee held a markup 
on H.R. 1180, the “Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017”. H.R. 
1180 was ordered reported, as amended.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURE
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment held a 
hearing on the “Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017”. 
Testimony was heard from Senator Heller, Representatives Kihuen, Rosen, 
Titus, and Wilson of South Carolina, and public witnesses.

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A LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL TO CREATE HOPE AND OPPORTUNITY FOR INVESTORS, 
CONSUMERS, AND ENTREPRENEURS
Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
“A Legislative Proposal to Create Hope and Opportunity for Investors, 
Consumers, and Entrepreneurs”. Testimony was heard from public 
witnesses.

THE QUESTIONABLE CASE FOR EASING SUDAN SANCTIONS
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, 
Global Human Rights, and International Organizations held a hearing 
entitled “The Questionable Case for Easing Sudan Sanctions”. 
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

CHINA'S TECHNOLOGICAL RISE: CHALLENGES TO U.S. INNOVATION AND SECURITY
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific held 
a hearing entitled “China's Technological Rise: Challenges to U.S. 
Innovation and Security”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

OVERSIGHT OF THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS AND THE U.S. MARSHALS 
SERVICE
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland 
Security, and Investigations held a hearing entitled “Oversight of the 
Federal Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Marshals Service”. Testimony 
was heard from Thomas Kane, Acting Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons; 
and David Harlow, Acting Director and Deputy Director, U.S. Marshals 
Service.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Natural Resources: Full Committee began a markup on H.R. 
220, to authorize the expansion of an existing hydroelectric project, 
and for other purposes; H.R. 497, the “Santa Ana River Wash Plan Land 
Exchange Act”; H.R. 660, the “Bureau of Reclamation Transparency 
Act”; H.R. 1073, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to 
establish a structure for visitor services on the Arlington Ridge 
tract, in the area of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, and for other 
purposes; H.R. 1135, to reauthorize the Historically Black Colleges and 
Universities Historic Preservation program; H.R. 1500, the “Robert 
Emmet Park Act of 2017”; H.R. 1654, the “Water Supply Permitting 
Coordination Act”; H.R. 1715, the “Medgar Evers House Study Act”; 
H.R. 1769, the “San Luis Unit Drainage Resolution Act”; H.R. 1807, 
the “Public Water Supply Invasive Species Compliance Act of 2017”; 
H.R. 1873, the “Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act”; 
H.R. 1967, the “Bureau of Reclamation Pumped Storage Hydropower 
Development Act”; and H.R. 2085, to approve an agreement between the 
United States and the Republic of Palau, and for other purposes.

UNFUNDED MANDATES: EXAMINING FEDERALLY IMPOSED BURDENS ON STATE AND 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on 
Intergovernmental Affairs held a hearing entitled “Unfunded Mandates: 
Examining Federally Imposed Burdens on State and Local Government”. 
Testimony was heard from Wayne Niederhauser, President, Utah State 
Senate; Jim Davis, Senator, North Carolina State Senate; Gary Moore, 
Judge/Executive, Boone County, Kentucky; Jermaine Reed, Councilman, 
City of Kansas City, Missouri; and Jeff McKay, Supervisor, Fairfax 
County Board of Supervisors, Virginia.

REVIEWING THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF THE FOREIGN ACCOUNT TAX 
COMPLIANCE ACT
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on 
Government Operations held a hearing entitled “Reviewing the 
Unintended Consequences of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act”. 
Testimony was heard from Senator Paul and public witnesses.

FANNIE AND FREDDIE OPEN RECORDS ACT OF 2017
Committee on Rules: Full Committee concluded a hearing on H.R. 1694, 
the “Fannie and Freddie Open Records Act of 2017”. The Committee 
granted, by record vote of 8-3, a structured rule for H.R. 1694. The 
rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled 
by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Oversight 
and Government Reform. The rule waives all points of order against 
consideration of the bill. The rule makes in order as original text for 
purpose of amendment an amendment in the nature of a substitute 
consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-14, modified by the 
amendment printed in part A of the Rules Committee report, and provides 
that it shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of 
order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute. The rule 
makes in order only those further amendments printed in part B of the 
Rules Committee report. Each such amendment may be offered only in the 
order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated 
in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be

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debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and 
controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to 
amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the 
question. The rule waives all points of order against the amendments 
printed in part B of the report. The rule provides one motion to 
recommit with or without instructions. In section 2, the rule provides 
that it shall be in order at any time through the legislative day of 
April 29, 2017, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House 
suspend the rules and that the Speaker or his designee shall consult 
with the Minority Leader or her designee on the designation of any 
matter for consideration pursuant to this section. Finally, section 3 
of the rule waives clause 6(a) of rule 13 (requiring a two-thirds vote 
to consider a rule on the same day it is reported from the Rules 
Committee) against any resolution reported through the legislative day 
of April 29, 2017.

ADVANCES IN THE SEARCH FOR LIFE
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Full Committee held a 
hearing entitled “Advances in the Search for Life”. Testimony was 
heard from Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator, Science Mission 
Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and public 
witnesses.

STORM WATCH: MAKING SURE SBA'S DISASTER LOAN PROGRAM IS PREPARED
Committee on Small Business: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
“Storm Watch: Making Sure SBA's Disaster Loan Program is Prepared”. 
Testimony was heard from James Rivera, Associate Administrator, Office 
of Disaster Assistance, Small Business Administration; Hannibal 
“Mike” Ware, Acting Inspector General, Small Business Administration; 
William Shear, Director, Financial Markets and Community Investment, 
Government Accountability Office.

BUILDING A 21ST CENTURY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR AMERICA: THE STATE OF 
RAILROAD, PIPELINE, AND HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SAFETY REGULATIONS AND 
OPPORTUNITIES FOR REFORM
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing entitled 
“Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: The State of 
Railroad, Pipeline, and Hazardous Materials Safety Regulations and 
Opportunities for Reform”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

STOPPING DISABILITY FRAUD: RISK, PREVENTION, AND DETECTION
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Social Security held a 
hearing entitled “Stopping Disability Fraud: Risk, Prevention, and 
Detection”. Testimony was heard from Sean Brune, Assistant Deputy 
Commissioner, Office of Budget, Finance, Quality and Management, Social 
Security Administration; and Seto J. Bagdoyan, Director, Forensic 
Audits and Investigative Service, Government Accountability Office.

EXAMINING THE 2017 TAX FILING SEASON
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing 
entitled “Examining the 2017 Tax Filing Season”. Testimony was heard 
from Kirsten Wielobob, Deputy Commissioner for Services and 
Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service; Michael McKenney, Deputy 
Inspector General for Audit, Treasury Inspector General for Tax 
Administration; and Jessica Lucas-Judy, Acting Director, Strategic 
Issues, Government Accountability Office.

Joint Meetings

DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN RUSSIA
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Commission concluded 
a hearing to examine democracy and human rights abuses in Russia, after 
receiving testimony from Vladimir Kara-Murza, Open Russia, and Daniel 
Calingaert, Freedom House, both of Washington, D.C.; and Rachel Denber, 
Human Rights Watch, New York, New York.



    


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