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Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 22 public bills, H.R. 2281-
2302 and 5 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 51-52; and H. Res. 303-304, 306
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 1679, to ensure that the Federal Emergency Management Agency's
current efforts to modernize its grant management system includes
applicant accessibility and transparency, and for other purposes (H.
Rept. 115-107); and
H. Res. 305, providing for consideration of the Senate amendments to
the bill (H.R. 244) to encourage effective, voluntary investments to
recruit, employ, and retain men and women who have served in the United
States military with annual Federal awards to employers recognizing
such efforts, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115-108).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed
Representative Fleischmann to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 10:31 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Rev. Ric
Metzgar, Sr., The Church of God, Essex, MD.
Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a
recorded vote of 237 ayes to 176 noes with 3 answering “present”,
Roll No. 245.
Committee Resignation: Read a letter from Representative Russell
wherein he resigned from the Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Committee Election: The House agreed to H. Res. 303, electing a Member
to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the
Federal Emergency Management Agency Accountability, Modernization and
Transparency Act of 2017: H.R. 1679, to ensure that the Federal
Emergency Management Agency's current efforts to modernize its grant
management system includes applicant accessibility and transparency, by
a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 419 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No.
Pages H3022, H3026-38
Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017: The House passed H.R. 1180,
to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide compensatory
time for employees in the private sector, by a recorded vote of 229
ayes to 197 noes, Roll No. 244.
Pages H3013-19, H3024-26, H3038-50
Rejected the Scott (VA) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee
on Education and the Workforce with instructions to report the same
back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of
192 yeas to 234 nays, Roll No. 243.
Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute
consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-15 shall be
considered as adopted, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a
substitute recommended by the Committee on Education and the Workforce
now printed in the bill.
H. Res. 299, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R.
1180) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 231 ayes to 193 noes, Roll
No. 241, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote
of 233 yeas to 190 nays, Roll No. 240.
Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following
measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were
Disaster Declaration Improvement Act: H.R. 1665, amended, to ensure
that Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency considers
severe local impact in making a recommendation to the President for a
major disaster declaration;
Amending the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency
Assistance Act concerning the statute of limitations for actions to
recover disaster or emergency assistance payments: H.R. 1678, amended,
to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency
Assistance Act concerning the statute of limitations for actions to
recover disaster or emergency assistance payments; and
Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act: H.R. 1644,
amended, to enhance sanctions with respect to transactions relating to
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and
subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H3019.
Senate Referral: S. 371 was referred to the Committee on Foreign
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes and three recorded votes
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H3024-25,
H3025-26, H3026, H3049, H3049-50 and H3050-51. There were no quorum
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:58 p.m.
THREE DECADES LATER: A REVIEW AND ASSESSMENT OF OUR SPECIAL OPERATIONS
FORCES 30-YEARS AFTER THE CREATION OF U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and
Capabilities held a hearing entitled “Three Decades Later: A Review
and Assessment of Our Special Operations Forces 30-Years After the
Creation of U.S. Special Operations Command”. Testimony was heard from
General Raymond A. Thomas, U.S. Army, Commander, Special Operations
Command; and Theresa Whelan, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of
Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict.
OVERVIEW OF THE ANNUAL REPORT ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE AT THE
MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMIES
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a
hearing entitled “Overview of the Annual Report on Sexual Harassment
and Violence at the Military Service Academies”. Testimony was heard
from Elizabeth P. Van Winkle, Performing the Duties of Assistant
Secretary of Defense for Readiness, Office of the Secretary of Defense;
Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen Jr., Superintendent, U.S. Military
Academy; Vice Admiral Walter E. Carter Jr., Superintendent, U.S. Naval
Academy; Lieutenant General Michelle D. Johnson, Superintendent, U.S.
Air Force Academy; and public witnesses.
EXAMINING IMPROVEMENTS TO THE REGULATION OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing
entitled “Examining Improvements to the Regulation of Medical
Technologies”. Testimony was heard from Jeffrey Shuren, Director,
Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug
Administration; and public witnesses.
COMBATING WASTE, FRAUD, AND ABUSE IN MEDICAID'S PERSONAL CARE SERVICES
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and
Investigations held a hearing entitled “Combating Waste, Fraud, and
Abuse in Medicaid's Personal Care Services Program”. Testimony was
heard from Christi Grimm, Chief of Staff, Office of Inspector General,
Department of Health and Human Services; Timothy Hill, Deputy Director,
Center for Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program Services,
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and
Human Services; and Katherine Iritani, Director, Health Care,
Government Accountability Office.
Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee began a markup on H.R.
10, the “Financial CHOICE Act of 2017”.
WINNING THE FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING: THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health,
Global Human Rights, and International Organizations held a hearing
entitled “Winning the Fight Against Human Trafficking: The Frederick
Douglass Reauthorization Act”. Testimony was heard from public
EXAMINING THE CONSEQUENCES OF EXECUTIVE BRANCH OVERREACH OF THE
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a
hearing entitled “Examining the Consequences of Executive Branch
Overreach of the Antiquities Act”. Testimony was heard from Paul
LePage, Governor, Maine; Kathleen Clarke, Director, Public Lands
Coordinating Office, Salt Lake City, Utah; and public witnesses.
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a
markup on H.R. 2227, the “Modernizing Government Technology Act of
2017”; H.R. 2196, to amend title 5, United States Code, to allow
whistleblowers to disclose information to certain recipients; H.R.
2195, the “OSC Access Act”; and H.R. 2229, the “All Circuit Review
Act”. H.R. 2227, H.R. 2196, and H.R. 2229 were ordered reported,
without amendment. H.R. 2195 was ordered reported, as amended.
EXAMINING THE MANAGEMENT OF RED SNAPPER FISHING IN THE GULF OF MEXICO
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on the
Interior, Energy and Environment held a hearing entitled “Examining
the Management of Red Snapper Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico”.
Testimony was heard from Earl Comstock, Director, Office of Policy and
Strategic Planning, Department of Commerce; Jamie M. Miller, Executive
Director, Department of Marine Resources, Mississippi; and public
SENATE AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE BILL: HIRE VETS ACT
Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on Senate Amendments
to H.R. 244, the “HIRE Vets Act”. The Committee granted, by voice
vote, a rule that provides for the consideration of Senate amendments
to H.R. 244. The rule makes in order a single motion offered by the
chair of the Committee on Appropriations or his designee that the House
concur in the Senate amendments numbered 2 and 3, and that the House
concur in the Senate amendment numbered 1 with an amendment consisting
of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-16 modified by the amendment
printed in the Rules Committee report. The rule waives all points of
order against consideration of the motion and provides that it shall
not be subject to a demand for division of the question. The rule
provides that the Senate amendments and the motion shall be considered
as read. The rule provides one hour of debate on the motion equally
divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the
Committee on Appropriations. In section 2, the rule provides that the
chair of the Committee on Appropriations may insert in the
Congressional Record not later than May 3, 2017, such material as he
may deem explanatory of the Senate amendments and the motion specified
in section 1 of the rule. Finally, section 3 of the rule provides that
the chair of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence may insert
in the Congressional Record not later than May 3, 2017, such material
as he may deem explanatory of intelligence authorization measures for
the fiscal year 2017. Testimony was heard from Chairman Frelinghuysen,
Chairman Bishop of Utah, Representatives Lowey, Polis, Graves of
Louisiana, and Richmond.
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Full Committee held a
markup on H.R. 2105, the “NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of
2017”. H.R. 2105 was ordered reported, as amended.
OVERSIGHT OF U.S. AIRLINE CUSTOMER SERVICE
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Full Committee held a
hearing entitled “Oversight of U.S. Airline Customer Service”.
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Full Committee held a hearing on the
“Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017”.
Testimony was heard from Representative Titus, David C. Spickler,
Executive in Charge, Acting Vice Chairman, Board of Veterans' Appeals,
Department of Veterans Affairs, and public witnesses.
VA SPECIALIZED SERVICES: LOWER EXTREMITY CONDITIONS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing
entitled “VA Specialized Services: Lower Extremity Conditions”.
Testimony was heard from Jeffrey Robbins, Chief of Podiatry, Veterans
Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, and public
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee held a
business meeting on consideration of access request. The committee
granted access to all Members of the House the Classified Annex and
Schedule of Authorizations that is anticipated to accompany Division N
of H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2017.
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Commission received a
briefing on post-referendum Turkey, focusing on institutions and human
rights, from Henri Barkey, Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.; Beata
Martin-Rozumilowicz, International Foundation for Electoral Systems,
Arlington, Virginia; Nate Schenkkan, Freedom House, New York, New York,
and Ebru Erdem-Akcay, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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