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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
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
resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules (H. Rept. 115-96).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed
Representative Woodall to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 10:43 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Rev.
Michael D. Gutierrez, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Baldwin
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.
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
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
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.
Pursuant to section 2 of H. Res. 275, H. Res. 254 was laid on the
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.
Recess: The House recessed at 6:22 p.m. and reconvened at 11:31 p.m.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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