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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action

Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 40 public bills, H.R. 2183-
2222; and 7 resolutions, H.J. Res. 100; and H. Res. 286-288, 290-292 
were introduced.
  Pages H2939-41

Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H2942-44

Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
  H. Res. 289, providing for consideration of the joint resolution 
(H.J. Res. 99) making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 
2017, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115-97).
Page H2939

Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative Mitchell to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H2901

Recess: The House recessed at 10:49 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon. 
                                                             Page H2906

Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Pastor 
Melissa Hatch, Prosper United Methodist Church, Prosper, TX. 
                                                             Page H2906

Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a 
recorded vote of 249 ayes to 163 noes with answering 2 “present”, 
Roll No. 234.
  Pages H2906, H2925

Suspension--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules 
and pass the following measure. Consideration began Tuesday, April 
25th.
  Repealing the rule issued by the Federal Highway Administration and 
the Federal Transit Administration entitled “Metropolitan Planning 
Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform”: S. 496, to repeal 
the rule issued by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal 
Transit Administration entitled “Metropolitan Planning Organization 
Coordination and Planning Area Reform”, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 
417 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 231.
  Pages H2019-20

Recess: The House recessed at 2:44 p.m. and reconvened at 3 p.m. 
                                                             Page H2923
Fannie and Freddie Open Records Act of 2017: The House passed 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), by a yea-and-nay vote of 425 yeas with 
none voting “nay”, Roll No. 233.
  Pages H2910-19, H2920-25
  Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute 
consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-14 shall be 
considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the 
five-minute rule, modified by the amendment printed in part B of H. 
Rept. 115-96, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute 
recommended by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform now 
printed in the bill.
Pages H2910, H2921

Agreed to:
  Ross amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115-96) that 
makes technical and conforming changes to the bill;
Pages H2921-22
  Clay amendment (No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115-96) that 
clarifies that nothing in the bill may be construed to preclude or 
restrict disclosure of information regarding new products or 
significant new product terms prior to loan purchasing; and 
                                                         Pages H2922-23
  Johnson (GA) amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115-96) 
that ensures that the traditional Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 
exemptions apply to this sub-section (by a recorded vote of 410 ayes to 
5 noes, Roll No. 232).
Pages H2922, H2923-24
  H. Res. 280, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 
1694) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 226 ayes to 192 noes, Roll 
No. 230, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote 
of 230 yeas to 193 nays, Roll No. 229.
Pages H2910-19

Recess: The House recessed at 5:41 p.m. and reconvened at 11:03 p.m. 
                                                             Page H2938

Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes and three recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H2918, 
H2918-19, H2919-20, H2923-24, H2924-25, H2925. There were no quorum 
calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 11:04 p.m.

Committee Meetings

MEMBER DAY
Committee on Armed Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
“Member Day”. Testimony was heard from Chairman Chabot, and 
Representatives Walz, Carter of Texas, Loebsack, Crawford, Dunn, and 
Johnson of Louisiana.

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POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER/TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a 
hearing entitled “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/Traumatic Brain 
Injury”. Testimony was heard from Captain Mike Colston, U.S. Navy, 
Director, Department of Defense, Defense Centers of Excellence for 
Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury; Lieutenant Colonel 
Chris Ivany, M.D., Chief, Behavior Health Division, Office of the 
Surgeon General, U.S. Army; Captain Thomas Johnson, M.D., U.S. Navy, 
Site Director, Intrepid Spirit Concussion Recovery Center, Camp 
Lejeune, North Carolina; and Colonel Steven Pflanz, Deputy Director of 
Psychological Health, U.S. Air Force.

STRENGTHENING ACCREDITATION TO BETTER PROTECT STUDENTS AND TAXPAYERS
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Full Committee held a hearing 
entitled “Strengthening Accreditation to Better Protect Students and 
Taxpayers”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

OUTDOOR RECREATION: VAST IMPACT OF THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and 
Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled “Outdoor Recreation: Vast 
Impact of the Great Outdoors”. Testimony was heard from Representative 
Beyer, and public witnesses.

SAFEGUARDING THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM FROM TERRORIST FINANCING
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit 
Finance held a hearing entitled “Safeguarding the Financial System 
from Terrorist Financing”. Testimony was heard from Jamal El-Hindi, 
Acting Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Department of 
the Treasury.

SYRIA AFTER THE MISSILE STRIKES: POLICY OPTIONS
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
“Syria After the Missile Strikes: Policy Options”. Testimony was 
heard from public witnesses.

AFGHANISTAN'S TERRORIST RESURGENCE: AL-QAEDA, ISIS, AND BEYOND
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Terrorism, 
Nonproliferation, and Trade held a hearing entitled “Afghanistan's 
Terrorist Resurgence: Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and Beyond”. Testimony was heard 
from public witnesses.

CHECKPOINT OF THE FUTURE: EVALUATING TSA'S INNOVATION TASK FORCE 

INITIATIVE
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Transportation and 
Protective Security held a hearing entitled “Checkpoint of the Future: 
Evaluating TSA's Innovation Task Force Initiative”. Testimony was 
heard from Steve Karoly, Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of 
Requirements and Capabilities Analysis, Transportation Security 
Administration, Department of Homeland Security; Roosevelt Council, 
Jr., General Manager Hatsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, 
Department of Aviation, City of Atlanta, Georgia; and Jeanne M. 
Olivier, Assistant Director, Aviation Security and Technology, Security 
Operations and Programs Department, The Port Authority of New York and 
New Jersey.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 115, 
the “Thin Blue Line Act”; H.R. 510, the “Rapid DNA Act of 2017”; 
H.R. 613, the “Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-
Protection Act of 2017”. H.R. 115, H.R. 510, and H.R. 613, were 
ordered reported, without amendment.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Natural Resources: Full Committee concluded 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. H.R. 
660, H.R. 1073, H.R. 1135, H.R. 1500, H.R. 1715, and H.R. 2085 were 
ordered reported, without amendment. H.R. 220, H.R. 497, H.R. 1654, 
H.R. 1769, H.R. 1807, H.R.

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1873, and H.R. 1967 were ordered reported, as amended.

THE BORDER WALL: STRENGTHENING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on National 
Security held a hearing entitled “The Border Wall: Strengthening our 
National Security”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

MAKING FURTHER CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017, AND FOR 
OTHER PURPOSES
Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.J. Res. 99, 
making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2017, and for 
other purposes. The Committee granted, by record vote of 8-2, a closed 
rule for H.J. Res. 99. The rule provides one hour of debate equally 
divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the 
Committee on Appropriations. The rule waives all points of order 
against consideration of the joint resolution. The rule provides that 
the joint resolution shall be considered as read. The rule waives all 
points of order against provisions in the joint resolution. Finally, 
the rule provides one motion to recommit. Testimony was heard from 
Chairman Frelinghuysen and Representative Lowey.

SMALL BUSINESS: THE KEY TO ECONOMIC GROWTH
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and 
Capital Access held a hearing entitled “Small Business: The Key to 
Economic Growth”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

BUILDING A 21ST CENTURY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR AMERICA: MITIGATING DAMAGE 
AND RECOVERING QUICKLY FROM DISASTERS
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a 
hearing entitled “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: 
Mitigating Damage and Recovering Quickly from Disasters”. Testimony 
was heard from Andrew Phelps, Director, Oregon Office of Emergency 
Management; and public witnesses.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Disability Assistance 
and Memorial Affairs held a markup on H.R. 105, the “Protect Veterans 
from Financial Fraud 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 H.R. 1725, the 
“Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017”. H.R. 1329, H.R. 
1390, and H.R. 1725 were forwarded to the full committee, as amended. 
H.R. 105, H.R. 1328, and H.R. 1564 were forwarded to the full 
committee, without amendment.

Joint Meetings

HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Commission received a 
briefing on Russia's human rights violations against Ukrainian citizens 
from Halya Coynash, Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, Mustafa 
Nayyem, Member of Ukrainian Parliament, and Natalya Kaplan, all of 
Kiev, Ukraine.



    


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