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From the Congressional Record Online through GPO
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Routine Proceedings, pages S2659-S2685
Measures Introduced: Twelve bills and one resolution were introduced,
as follows: S. 1001-1012, and S. Res. 149.
Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act: Senate passed S. 141, to
improve understanding and forecasting of space weather events, after
agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Modernizing Government Travel Act: Senate passed H.R. 274, to provide
for reimbursement for the use of modern travel services by Federal
employees traveling on official Government business.
DHS SAVE Act: Senate passed H.R. 366, to amend the Homeland Security
Act of 2002 to direct the Under Secretary for Management of the
Department of Homeland Security to make certain improvements in
managing the Department's vehicle fleet, after agreeing to the
National Safe Digging Month: Committee on Commerce, Science, and
Transportation was discharged from further consideration of S. Res.
137, supporting the goals and ideals of National Safe Digging Month,
and the resolution was then agreed to.
World Malaria Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 149, supporting the goals
and ideals of World Malaria Day.
Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
By 61 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. EX. 118), Jay Clayton, of New York,
to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for a term
expiring June 5, 2021.
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Marshall Billingslea, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for
Terrorist Financing, Department of the Treasury.
Russell Vought, of Virginia, to be Deputy Director of the Office of
Management and Budget.
Messages from the House:
Enrolled Bills Presented:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--118)
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 5:59 p.m.,
until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (For Senate's program, see
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S2685.)
(Committees not listed did not meet)
U.S. EUROPEAN COMMAND
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction and
Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies concluded open and closed
hearings to examine United States European Command, focusing on theater
assessment and European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) progress, after
receiving testimony from General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, USA, Commander,
United States European Command, Department of Defense.
U.S. TRANSPORTATION COMMAND
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine
United States Transportation Command, after receiving testimony from
General Darren W. McDew, USAF, Commander, United
States Transportation Command, Department of Defense.
U.S.-EU COVERED AGREEMENT
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a
hearing to examine the United States-European Union covered agreement,
after receiving testimony from Michael T. McRaith, former Director,
Federal Insurance Office, Department of Treasury, Chicago, Illinois;
Julie Mix McPeak, Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance
Commissioner, Nashville, on behalf of the National Association of
Insurance Commissioners; Michael C. Sapnar, Transatlantic Reinsurance
Company, New York, New York; Stuart Henderson, Western National Mutual
Insurance Company, Excelsior, Minnesota, on behalf of the National
Association of Mutual Insurance Companies; and David Zaring, The
Wharton School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY SELF DETERMINATION ACT AND THE
PAYMENT IN LIEU OF TAXES PROGRAM
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a
hearing to examine federal payments to local governments provided
through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act
and the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program and the need to provide
greater fiscal certainty for resource-dependent communities with tax-
exempt federal lands, after receiving testimony from Olivia Barton
Ferriter, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Budget,
Finance, Performance and Acquisition; Glenn Casamassa, Associate Deputy
Chief, National Forest System, Forest Service, Department of
Agriculture; Mayor David Landis, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska;
Gordon Cruickshank, Valley County, McCall, Idaho, and Mark Whitney,
Beaver County, Milford, Utah, both on behalf of the National
Association of Counties; Mike Manus, Pend Oreille County, Newport,
Washington; and Mark Haggerty, Headwaters Economics, Bozeman, Montana.
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to
examine the nomination of Terry Branstad, of Iowa, to be Ambassador to
the People's Republic of China, Department of State, after the nominee,
who was introduced by Senators Grassley and Ernst, testified and
answered questions in his own behalf.
RELIGIOUS HATE CRIMES
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine
responses to the increase in religious hate crimes, including S. 662,
to provide incentives for hate crime reporting, grants for State-run
hate crime hotlines, a Federal private right of action for victims of
hate crimes, and additional penalties for individuals convicted under
the Matthew Shephard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act,
after receiving testimony from Eric Treene, Special Counsel for
Religious Discrimination, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice;
Jonathan A. Greenblatt, Anti-Defamation League, and Prabhjot Singh,
Mount Sinai Health System, both of New York, New York; Vanita Gupta,
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Washington, D.C.;
and Will D. Johnson, International Association of Chiefs of Police,
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