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Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 47 public bills, H.R. 2303-
2349; and 7 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 53; and H. Res. 307, 309-313 were
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
H. Res. 308, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2192) to
amend the Public Health Service Act to eliminate the non-application of
certain State waiver provisions to Members of Congress and
congressional staff, and providing for further consideration of the
bill (H.R. 1628) to provide for reconciliation pursuant to title ll of
the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2017 (H. Rept.
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed
Representative Lance to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 10:44 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Rabbi
Richard Boruch, Rabinowitz Aish International, New York, NY.
Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a
recorded vote of 236 ayes to 178 noes, Roll No. 251.
Pages H3076, H3308-09
Suspensions--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules
and pass the following measures. Consideration began Tuesday, May 2nd.
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, by a \2/3\ recorded vote of 425 ayes with
none voting “no”, Roll No. 248; and
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, by a \2/3\ recorded
vote of 423 ayes with none voting “no”, Roll No. 250.
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017: The House concurred in the
Senate amendments numbered 2 and 3 to 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 concurred 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 H. Rept.
115-108, by a yea-and-nay vote of 309 yeas to 118 nays, Roll No. 249.
H. Res. 305, the rule providing for consideration of the Senate
amendments to the bill (H.R. 244) was agreed to by a recorded vote of
240 ayes to 186 noes, Roll No. 247, after the previous question was
ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 231 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 246.
Moment of Silence: The House observed a moment of silence in memory of
Matthew McClanahan, a pipefitter for the Architect of the Capitol, who
died in a tragic accident on the Capitol Grounds on April 18.
Providing for a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 244: The House
agreed to H. Con. Res. 53, providing for a correction in the enrollment
of H.R. 244.
Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns
today, it adjourn to meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow, May 4.
Recess: The House recessed at 6:12 p.m. and reconvened at 10:15 p.m.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and
subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H3080.
Senate Referral: S. 141 was referred to the Committees on Science,
Space, and Technology, Armed Services, Transportation and
Infrastructure, Foreign Affairs, and the Permanent Select Committee on
Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea-and-nay votes and four recorded votes
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H3087-88,
H3088-89, H3089, H3306-07, H3307, H3308-09. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 10:16 p.m.
Committee on Agriculture: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 1177,
the “Removing Outdated Restrictions to Allow for Job Growth Act”; and
H.R. 2154, to rename the Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center
in Fargo, North Dakota, as the Edward T. Schafer Agricultural Research
Center. H.R. 1177 was ordered reported, without amendment. H.R. 2154
was ordered reported, as amended.
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science
and Related Agencies held an oversight hearing on the 2020 Census.
Testimony was heard from John H. Thompson, Director, Census Bureau;
Kevin Smith, Chief Information Officer, Census Bureau; Robert
Goldenkoff, Director of Strategic Issues, Government Accountability
Office; and David Powner, Director of Information Technology,
Government Accountability Office.
PUBLIC WITNESS DAY
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water
Development, and Related Agencies held a hearing for public witnesses.
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
MEMBERS AND OUTSIDE WITNESS DAY
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Legislative Branch held a
hearing for Members of Congress and outside witnesses. Testimony was
heard from Representatives Hultgren and McGovern, and public witnesses.
2018 VETERANS AFFAIRS OVERSIGHT
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction,
Veterans Affairs and Related
Agencies held an oversight hearing on 2018 Veterans Affairs. Testimony
was heard from David J. Shulkin, Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
LITTORAL COMBAT SHIPS AND THE TRANSITION TO FRIGATE CLASS
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection
Forces held a hearing entitled “Littoral Combat Ships and the
Transition to Frigate Class”. Testimony was heard from Rear Admiral
John P. Neagley, U.S. Navy, Program Executive Officer, Littoral Combat
Ships; and Rear Admiral Ronald A. Boxall, U.S. Navy, Director, Surface
FAILURES OF FISCAL MANAGEMENT: A VIEW FROM THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL
Committee on the Budget: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“Failures of Fiscal Management: a View from the Comptroller General”.
Testimony was heard from Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the
United States, Government Accountability Office.
LEGISLATION ADDRESSING PIPELINE AND HYDROPOWER INFRASTRUCTURE
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing
entitled “Legislation Addressing Pipeline and Hydropower
Infrastructure Modernization”. Testimony was heard from John Katz,
Deputy Associate General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel,
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Terry Turpin, Director, Office of
Energy Projects, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and public
Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee continued a markup on
H.R. 10, the “Financial CHOICE Act of 2017”.
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Full Committee held a markup on H.R.
1625, the “Targeted Rewards for the Global Eradication of Human
Trafficking Act”; H.R. 1677, the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection
Act of 2017”; and H.R. 2200, the “Frederick Douglass Trafficking
Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017”. H.R.
1625 was ordered reported, without amendment. H.R. 1677 and H.R. 2200
were ordered reported, as amended.
Committee on Homeland Security: Full Committee held a markup on H.R.
625, the “Reporting Efficiently to Proper Officials in Response to
Terrorism Act of 2017”; H.R. 1351, the “Strengthening Oversight of
TSA Employee Misconduct Act”; H.R. 2131, the “Fixing Internal
Response to Misconduct Act”; H.R. 2132, the “Traveler Redress
Improvement Act of 2017”; H.R. 2169, the “Improving Fusion Centers'
Access to Information Act”; H.R. 2188, the “Community
Counterterrorism Preparedness Act”; H.R. 2190, the “Streamlining DHS
Overhead Act”; H.R. 2213, the “Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization
Act of 2017”; H.R. 2283, the “Department of Homeland Security Morale,
Recognition, Learning and Engagement Act of 2017”; and H.R. 2281, the
“Border Enforcement Security Task Force Reauthorization Act of 2017”.
H.R. 2188, H.R. 2283, H.R. 2131, H.R. 2190, H.R. 625, H.R. 2169, H.R.
2132, H.R. 2213, H.R. 1351, and H.R. 2281 were ordered reported, as
DENYING TERRORISTS ENTRY TO THE UNITED STATES: EXAMINING VISA SECURITY
Committee on Homeland Security: Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry
into the United States held a hearing entitled “Denying Terrorists
Entry to the United States: Examining Visa Security”. Testimony was
heard from Edward Ramotowski, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of
Visa Services, Department of State; John Wagner, Deputy Executive
Assistant Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection, Department of
Homeland Security; Michael Dougherty, Acting Assistant Secretary,
Border, Immigration, and Trade Policy Office of Policy, Department of
Homeland Security; Clark E. Settles, Assistant Director, National
Security Investigations Division, Immigration and Customs Enforcement,
Department of Homeland Security; and Rebecca Gambler, Director,
Homeland Security and Justice, Government Accountability Office.
Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 1892,
the “Honoring Hometown Heroes Act”; H.R. 1761, the “Protecting
Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017”; H.R. 1039, the “Probation
Officer Protection Act of 2017”; and H.R. 2266, the “Bankruptcy
Judgeship Act of 2017”. H.R. 1892 and H.R. 1039 were ordered reported,
without amendment. H.R. 1761 and H.R. 2266 were ordered reported, as
THE CHALLENGES OF KEEPING HYDROPOWER AFFORDABLE AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans
held a hearing entitled “The Challenges of Keeping Hydropower
and Opportunities for New Development”. Testimony was heard from David
Montagne, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Sabine River
Authority of Texas; and public witnesses.
REVIEWING THE FAFSA DATA BREACH
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a
hearing entitled “Reviewing the FAFSA Data Breach”. Testimony was
heard from James W. Runcie, Chief Operating Officer, Office of Federal
Student Aid, Department of Education; Jason K. Gray, Chief Information
Officer, Department of Education; Ken Corbin, Deputy Commissioner Wage
and Investment Division, Internal Revenue Service; Gina Garza, Chief
Information Officer, Internal Revenue Service; and Tim Camus, Deputy
Inspector General, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT OF 2017; TO AMEND THE PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE
ACT TO ELIMINATE THE NON-APPLICATION OF CERTAIN STATE WAIVER PROVISIONS
TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF
Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 1628, the
“American Health Care Act of 2017”; and H.R. 2192, to amend the
Public Health Service Act to eliminate the non-application of certain
State waiver provisions to Members of Congress and congressional staff.
The Committee granted, by record vote of 8-3, a closed rule for H.R.
2192. The rule provides one hour of debate equally divided and
controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on
Energy and Commerce. The rule waives all points of order against
consideration of the bill. The rule provides that the bill shall be
considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against
provisions in the bill. The rule provides one motion to recommit.
Additionally, section 2 of the rule provides for further consideration
of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017. The rule provides
that the further amendments printed in the Rules Committee Report shall
be considered as adopted. Testimony was heard from Representatives
Upton, MacArthur, and McSally.
OIL AND GAS TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Energy
held a hearing entitled “Oil and Gas Technology Innovation”.
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
EMPOWERING SMALL BUSINESSES: THE ACCELERATOR MODEL
Committee on Small Business: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“Empowering Small Businesses: The Accelerator Model”. Testimony was
heard from public witnesses.
MARITIME TRANSPORTATION REGULATORY ISSUES
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Coast
Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing entitled “Maritime
Transportation Regulatory Issues”. Testimony was heard from Rear
Admiral Paul F. Thomas, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy,
U.S. Coast Guard; Michael A. Khouri, Acting Chairman, Federal Maritime
Commission; and public witnesses.
No joint committee meetings were held.
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