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[Pages D478-D479]
From the Congressional Record Online through GPO


                                               Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S2659-S2685

Measures Introduced: Twelve bills and one resolution were introduced, 
as follows: S. 1001-1012, and S. Res. 149.
  Page S2680

Measures Passed:
  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. 
                                                         Pages S2672-74
  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.
  Page S2683
  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 
committee amendments.
  Pages S2683-84
  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.
  Pages S2684-85
  World Malaria Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 149, supporting the goals 
and ideals of World Malaria Day.
  Page S2685
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.
Page S2685
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.
Page S2685

Messages from the House:
  Page S2679

Measures Referred:
  Page S2679

Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Pages S2679-80

Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S2680-81

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S2681-83

Additional Statements:
  Pages S2678-79

Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S2683

Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--118) 
                                                             Page S2677

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.)

Committee Meetings
(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

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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.

NOMINATION
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, 
Arlington, Texas.



    


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