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[Pages D485-D487]
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                                             Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S2687-S2733

Measures Introduced: Twenty-four bills and four resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 1013-1036, and S. Res. 150-153. 
                                                         Pages S2720-21

Measures Reported:
  S. 35, to transfer administrative jurisdiction over certain Bureau of 
Land Management land from the Secretary of the Interior to the 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs for inclusion in the Black Hills National 
Cemetery, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. 

No. 115-35)
  S. 99, to require the Secretary of the Interior to study the 
suitability and feasibility of designating the President James K. Polk 
Home in Columbia, Tennessee, as a unit of the National Park System. (S. 
Rept. No. 115-36)
  S. 189, to modify the boundary of the Fort Scott National Historic 
Site in the State of Kansas, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute. (S. Rept. No. 115-37)
  S. 287, to update the map of, and modify the maximum acreage 
available for inclusion in, the Florissant Fossil Beds National 
Monument. (S. Rept. No. 115-38)
  S. 331, to remove the use restrictions on certain land transferred to 
Rockingham County, Virginia. (S. Rept. No. 115-39)
  S. 432, to designate the Cerro del Yuta and Rio San Antonio 
Wilderness Areas in the State of New Mexico. (S. Rept. No. 115-40)
  S. 466, to clarify the description of certain Federal land under the 
Northern Arizona Land Exchange and Verde River Basin Partnership Act of 
2005 to include additional land in the Kaibab National Forest. (S. 
Rept. No. 115-41)
  S. 501, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate certain 
segments of East Rosebud Creek in Carbon County, Montana, as components 
of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System. (S. Rept. No. 115-42)
  H.R. 534, to require the Secretary of State to take such actions as 
may be necessary for the United States to rejoin the Bureau of 
International Expositions, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute.
Page S2720

Measures Passed:
  Rule Relating to States Savings Arrangements for Non-governmental 
Employees: By 50 yeas to 49 nays (Vote No. 120), Senate passed H.J. 
Res. 66, disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor 
relating to savings arrangements established by States for non-
governmental employees.
  Pages S2692-S2715
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 51 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 119), Senate agreed to the motion to 
proceed to consideration of the joint resolution.
Page S2692
  Commending the Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats: Senate 
agreed to S. Res. 151, commending the Northwest Missouri State 
University Bearcats on their National Collegiate Athletic Association 
Division II national championship victories.
  Page S2728
  National Donate Life Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 152, expressing 
support for the designation of April 2017 as “National Donate Life 
Month”.
  Page S2728
  Public Service Recognition Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 153, 
expressing the sense of the Senate that, during Public Service 
Recognition Week, public servants should be commended for their 
dedication and continued service to the United States.
  Page S2728
  National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and 
Girls: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further 
consideration of S. Res. 60, designating May 5, 2017, as the “National 
Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls”, and 
the resolution was then agreed to.
  Page S2728

House Messages:
Omnibus Appropriations Act--Agreement: Senate began consideration of 
the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 244,

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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, taking 
action on the following amendments and motions proposed thereto: 
                                                         Pages S2715-16

Pending:
  McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the 
amendment of the Senate to the bill.
Pages S2715-16
  McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the 
amendment of the Senate to the bill, with McConnell Amendment No. 210 
(to the House Amendment to the Senate amendment), to change the 
enactment date.
Page S2716
  McConnell Amendment No. 211 (to Amendment No. 210), of a perfecting 
nature.
Page S2716
  McConnell motion to refer the message of the House on the bill to the 
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, with instructions, 
McConnell Amendment No. 212, to change the enactment date.
Page S2716
  McConnell Amendment No. 213 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 
212), of a perfecting nature.
Page S2716
  McConnell Amendment No. 214 (to Amendment No. 213), of a perfecting 
nature.
Page S2716
  A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to concur 
in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the 
bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Friday, 
May 5, 2017.
Pages S2715-16
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the 
bill, at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017.
Page S2728
Wilson Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was 
reached providing that following Leader remarks, on Monday, May 8, 
2017, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Heather Wilson, 
of South Dakota, to be Secretary of the Air Force; that there be 4 
hours of debate on the nomination, equally divided in the usual form; 
that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on 
confirmation of the nomination.
  Page S2716

Messages from the House:
  Page S2720

Measures Referred:
  Page S2720

Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S2721-22

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S2723-27

Additional Statements:
  Pages S2719-20

Amendments Submitted:
  Page S2727

Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S2728

Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--120) 
                                                     Pages S2692, S2715

Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 6:50 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S2728.)

Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)

DEFENSE INNOVATION AND RESEARCH FUNDING
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Department of Defense 
concluded a hearing to examine defense innovation and research funding, 
after receiving testimony from Robert O. Work, Deputy Secretary, 
William B. Roper, Jr., Director, Strategic Capabilities Office, and 
Steven H. Walker, Acting Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects 
Agency, all of the Department of Defense.

DOD LABORATORIES
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and 
Capabilities concluded a hearing to examine Department of Defense 
laboratories and their contributions to military operations and 
readiness, after receiving testimony from Melissa L. Flagg, former 
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research, Office of the 
Secretary of Defense; Jeffery P. Holland, former Director, Engineer 
Research and Development Center, United States Army Corps of Engineers; 
John A. Montgomery, former Director of Research, Naval Research 
Laboratory, United States Navy; and Ricky L. Peters, former Executive 
Director, Air Force Research Laboratory, United States Air Force.

FLEXIBLE PERSONNEL SYSTEM
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Personnel concluded a 
hearing to examine building a flexible personnel system (F.A.S.T. 
Force) for a modern military, after receiving testimony from former 
Senator James M. Talent, Kathy Roth-Douquet, and Major General Arnold 
L. Punaro, USMC (Ret.), all of the Bipartisan Policy Center Task Force 
on Defense Personnel.

ECONOMIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR GROWTH
Committee on the Budget: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the 
economy and private sector growth, after receiving testimony from 
Michael R.

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Strain, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.; William C. 
Dunkelberg, National Federation of Independent Business, Wynnewood, 
Pennsylvania; and Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University, New York, New 
York.

BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine investing in America's broadband infrastructure, 
focusing on exploring ways to reduce barriers to deployment, after 
receiving testimony from Arizona Representative Jeff Weninger, 
Chandler; Mayor Gary Resnick, Wilton Manors, Florida; and Patricia 
Cooper, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), Larry 
Downes, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy, and Brian M. 
Hendricks, Nokia Corporation, all of Washington, D.C.

INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT STREAMLINING AND EFFICIENCY
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine infrastructure project streamlining and efficiency, 
focusing on achieving faster, better, and cheaper results, after 
receiving testimony from William T. Panos, Wyoming Department of 
Transportation Director, Cheyenne; Leah F. Pilconis, The Associated 
General Contractors of America, Arlington, Virginia; and John D. 
Porcari, U.S. Advisory Services, Washington, D.C.

PHILANTHROPY, REMITTANCES, AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on Multilateral 
International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International 
Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy concluded a hearing to 
examine global philanthropy and remittances and international 
development, after receiving testimony from Una Osili, Indiana 
University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indianapolis; and 
Daniel F. Runde, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Sam 
Worthington, InterAction, and Semhar Araia, UNICEF USA, all of 
Washington, D.C.

BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee ordered favorably reported 
H.R. 534, to require the Secretary of State to take such actions as may 
be necessary for the United States to rejoin the Bureau of 
International Expositions, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute.

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including S. 139, to implement the 
use of Rapid DNA instruments to inform decisions about pretrial release 
or detention and their conditions, to solve and prevent violent crimes 
and other crimes, to exonerate the innocent, to prevent DNA analysis 
backlogs, after receiving testimony from James B. Comey, Director, 
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice.



    


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