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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action

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 
were introduced.
  Pages H3066-68

Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H3068-69

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).
Page H3066

Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative Fleischmann to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H3005

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Recess: The House recessed at 10:31 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon. 
                                                             Page H3008

Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Rev. Ric 
Metzgar, Sr., The Church of God, Essex, MD.
  Page H3009

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.
  Pages H3050-51
Committee Resignation: Read a letter from Representative Russell 
wherein he resigned from the Committee on Education and the Workforce. 
                                                         Pages H3012-13
Committee Election: The House agreed to H. Res. 303, electing a Member 
to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives. 
                                                             Page H3013

Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measure:
  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. 
242.
  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.
Pages H3048-49
  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.
Page H3038
  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.
Pages H3024-26

Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following 
measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were 
postponed.
  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;
  Pages H3019-22
  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
  Pages H3023-24
  Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act: H.R. 1644, 
amended, to enhance sanctions with respect to transactions relating to 
North Korea.
  Pages H3026-38
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 
Affairs.
  Page H3064

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 
calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:58 p.m.

Committee Meetings

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.

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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 
PROGRAM
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.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
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 

REAUTHORIZATION ACT
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 
witnesses.

EXAMINING THE CONSEQUENCES OF EXECUTIVE BRANCH OVERREACH OF THE 
ANTIQUITIES ACT
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.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
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 
witnesses.
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

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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.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
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.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURE
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 
witnesses.

BUSINESS MEETING
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.

Joint Meetings

POST-REFERENDUM TURKEY
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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