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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
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).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed
Representative Mitchell to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 10:49 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Pastor
Melissa Hatch, Prosper United Methodist Church, Prosper, TX.
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
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.
Recess: The House recessed at 2:44 p.m. and reconvened at 3 p.m.
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
Ross amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115-96) that
makes technical and conforming changes to the bill;
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
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.
Recess: The House recessed at 5:41 p.m. and reconvened at 11:03 p.m.
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
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 11:04 p.m.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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