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                                              Thursday, May 4, 2017

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HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the amendment of the 
      House to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 244, Consolidated 
      Appropriations Act.

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S2735-S2781

Measures Introduced: Twenty-seven bills and five resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 1037-1063, and S. Res. 154-158. 
                                                         Pages S2774-75

Measures Reported:
  Special Report entitled “Further Revised Allocation to Subcommittees 
of Budget Totals for Fiscal Year 2017”. (S. Rept. No. 115-43)
  S. 585, to provide greater whistleblower protections for Federal 
employees, increased awareness of Federal whistleblower protections, 
and increased accountability and required discipline for Federal 
supervisors who retaliate against whistleblowers, with amendments. (S. 
Rept. No. 115-44)
Page S2773

Measures Passed:
  U.S. Wants to Compete for a World Expo Act: Senate passed 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, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of 
a substitute.
  Pages S2737-38
  Enrollment Correction: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 53, providing 
for a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 244.
  Pages S2754, S2761
  Cinco de Mayo Holiday: Senate agreed to S. Res. 158, recognizing the 
cultural and historical significance of the Cinco de Mayo holiday. 
                                                             Page S2781

House Messages:
  Consolidated Appropriations Act: By 79 yeas to 18 nays (Vote No. 
121), Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the amendment of the 
House to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 244, making appropriations 
for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, after taking action on 
the following amendments and motions proposed thereto: 
                                               Pages S2735-37, S2738-61

Withdrawn:
  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. 
                                                     Pages S2735, S2741
  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.
Pages S2735, S2741
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  McConnell Amendment No. 213 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 
212), of a perfecting nature, fell when 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, was withdrawn.
                           Pages S2735, S2741
  McConnell Amendment No. 214 (to Amendment No. 213), of a 
perfecting nature, fell when McConnell Amendment No. 213 (to (the 
instructions) Amendment No. 212), fell.
                           Pages S2735, S2741
  McConnell Amendment No. 211 (to Amendment No. 210), of a perfecting 
nature, fell when 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), was 
withdrawn.
Pages S2735, S2741
  Subsequently, the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in 
the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, 
was rendered moot.
Page S2741

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Appointments:
  Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: 
The Chair, on behalf of the Majority Leader, after consultation with 
the Democratic Leader, pursuant to Public Law 93-415, as amended by 
Public Law 102-586, announced the appointment of the following 
individual to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and 
Delinquency Prevention: The Honorable David Tapp of Kentucky (3 year 
term), vice Richard Vincent.
  Page S2781
Gottlieb Nomination--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the 
nomination of Scott Gottlieb, of Connecticut, to be Commissioner of 
Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services.
  Page S2761
  A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, 
in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of 
the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Monday, May 8, 2017, 
following disposition of the nomination of Heather Wilson, of South 
Dakota, to be Secretary of the Air Force.
Page S2761

Messages from the House:
  Pages S2772-73

Measures Referred:
  Page S2773

Executive Communications:
  Page S2773

Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S2773-74

Additional Cosponsors:
  Page S2775

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S2775-80

Additional Statements:
  Pages S2771-72

Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S2780-81

Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--121) 
                                                             Page S2761

Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 4:30 p.m., 
until 12 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017. (For Senate's program, see the 
remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S2781.)

Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)

TELEMEDICINE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction and 
Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine 
telemedicine in the Department of Veterans Affairs, focusing on 
leveraging technology to increase access, improve health outcomes, and 
lower costs, after receiving testimony from Kevin Galpin, Executive 
Director, Telehealth Services, and Thandiwe Nelson-Brooks, Facility 
Telehealth Coordinator, VA Pacific Islands Health Care System, both of 
the Veterans Health Administration, and Bill James, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary (Enterprise Program Management Office), Office of Information 
and Technology, all of the Department of Veterans Affairs; Michael P. 
Adcock, University of Mississippi Medical Center Center for Telehealth, 
Jackson; and Norman Okamura, Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center, 
Honolulu, Hawaii.

U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
United States Special Operations Command, after receiving testimony 
from Theresa M. Whelan, Acting Assistant Secretary for Special 
Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, and General Raymond A. Thomas III, 
USA, Commander, United States Special Operations Command, both of the 
Department of Defense.

NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance 
Program, including S. 563, to amend the Flood Disaster Protection Act 
of 1973 to require that certain buildings and personal property be 
covered by flood insurance, after receiving testimony from Steve Ellis, 
Taxpayers for Common Sense, Washington, D.C.; Michael Hecht, Greater 
New Orleans, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana, on behalf of the Coalition 
for Sustainable Flood Insurance; and Larry Larson, Association of State 
Floodplain Managers, Madison, Wisconsin.

AIRLINE TRAVEL
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security concluded a hearing to 
examine questions, answers, and perspectives on the current state of 
airline travel, after receiving testimony from Ginger Evans, Chicago 
Department of Aviation, and Scott Kirby, United Airlines, both of 
Chicago, Illinois; and Sharon Pinkerton, Airlines for America, Sara 
Nelson, Association of Flight Attendants, and Sally Greenberg, National 
Consumers League, all of Washington, D.C.

ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the threat posed by electromagnetic pulse and policy 
options to protect energy infrastructure and to improve capabilities 
for

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adequate system restoration, after receiving testimony from former 
Representative Newt Gingrich; Cheryl LaFleur, Acting Chairman, Federal 
Energy Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy; Robin E. Manning, 
Electric Power Research Institute, Charlotte, North Carolina; Kevin 
Wailes, Lincoln Electric System, Lincoln, Nebraska, on behalf of the 
American Public Power Association; and Caitlin Durkovich, Toffler 
Associates, and Henry F. Cooper, both of Reston, Virginia.

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine international development, focusing on value added through 
private sector engagement, after receiving testimony from former 
Representative Jim Kolbe, Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, 
Washington, D.C.; Walt M. Macnee, Mastercard, Purchase, New York; 
Michael Goltzman, The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, Georgia; and Kelly 
Goodejohn, Starbucks, Seattle, Washington.

INTELLIGENCE
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on 
intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the 
intelligence community.
  Committee recessed subject to the call.

BUSINESS MEETING
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee ordered favorably reported 
the nomination of Courtney Elwood, of Virginia, to be General Counsel 
of the Central Intelligence Agency.



    


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