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Thursday, May 4, 2017
Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the amendment of the
House to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 244, Consolidated
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.
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)
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
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.
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
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
Pages S2735, S2741
During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the
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Amendment No. 212, was withdrawn.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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Messages from the House:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--121)
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.)
(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,
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on
intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the
Committee recessed subject to the call.
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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