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                                             Thursday, May 11, 2017

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                              Daily Digest


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S2891-S2922

Measures Introduced: Twenty-five bills and one resolution were 
introduced, as follows: S. 1094-1118, and S. Res. 162.
  Pages S2915-16

Measures Reported:
  S. 174, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to consolidate the 
reporting obligations of the Federal Communications Commission in order 
to improve congressional oversight and reduce reporting burdens. (S. 
Rept. No. 115-61)
  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.
  S. 583, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 
1968 to authorize COPS grantees to use grant funds to hire veterans as 
career law enforcement officers.
  S. 934, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to revise 
and extend the user-fee programs for prescription drugs, medical 
devices, generic drugs, and biosimilar biological products, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  S. 1028, to provide for the establishment and maintenance of a 
National Family Caregiving Strategy.
Page S2915

Measures Passed:
  Merit Systems Protection Board: Committee on Homeland Security and 
Governmental Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 
1083, to amend section 1214 of title 5, United States Code, to provide 
for stays during a period that the Merit Systems Protection Board lacks 
a quorum, and the bill was then passed.
  Page S2921
Rosen Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing that at approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, May 15, 2017, Senate 
resume consideration of the nomination of Jeffrey A. Rosen, of 
Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation; that the time until 
5:30 p.m. be equally divided in the usual form; and that 
notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, the pending cloture 
motions ripen at 5:30 p.m.
  Page S2921
Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
  By 82 yeas to 14 nays (Vote No. EX. 127), Robert Lighthizer, of 
Florida, to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of 
Ambassador.
Page S2906
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 81 yeas to 15 nays (Vote No. 126), Senate agreed to the motion to 
close further debate on the nomination.
Page S2894
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  David J. Kautter, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the 
Treasury.
  Brock Long, of North Carolina, to be Administrator of the Federal 
Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security. 
                                                             Page S2922

Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S2916-17

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S2917-20

Additional Statements:
  Pages S2913-15

Notices of Intent:
  Page S2921

Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S2921

Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--127) 
                                                     Pages S2894, S2906

Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 5:50 p.m., 
until 3 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017. (For Senate's program, see the 
remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S2921.)

Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)

FEDERAL INSECTICIDE, FUNGICIDE, AND RODENTICIDE ACT
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine pesticide registration under the Federal 
Insecticide, Fungicide,

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and Rodenticide Act, focusing on providing stakeholders with certainty 
through the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act, after receiving 
testimony from Richard P. Keigwin, Jr., Acting Director, Office of 
Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency; Sheryl Kunickis, 
Director, Office of Pest Management Policy, Department of Agriculture; 
Gary W. Black, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture, Atlanta, on behalf 
of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture; Dale 
Murden, Texas Citrus Mutual, Mission; and Jay Vroom, CropLife America, 
and Virginia Ruiz, Farmworker Justice, both of Washington, D.C.

VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMUNITY CARE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction and 
Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine 
reducing burden and increasing access to healthcare, focusing on 
improving Department of Veterans Affairs community care, after 
receiving testimony from David J. Shulkin, Secretary, and Baligh R. 
Yehia, Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Community Care, Veterans 
Health Administration, both of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

CYBER POLICY
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
cyber policy, strategy, and organization, after receiving testimony 
from James R. Clapper, Jr., Belfer Center for Science and International 
Affairs, former Director of National Intelligence; Admiral James G. 
Stavridis, USN (Ret.), Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and 
Diplomacy, former Commander, United States European Command; and 
General Michael V. Hayden, USAF (Ret.), The Chertoff Group, former 
Director, Central Intelligence Agency.

HOUSING FINANCE SYSTEM STATUS
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the status of the housing finance system after nine 
years of conservatorship, including S. 838, to amend the Truth in 
Lending Act to include retrofit loans such as property assessed clean 
energy loans, after receiving testimony from Melvin L. Watt, Director, 
Federal Housing Finance Agency.

BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following business items:
  S. 934, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to revise 
and extend the user-fee programs for prescription drugs, medical 
devices, generic drugs, and biosimilar biological products, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute; and
  S. 1028, to provide for the establishment and maintenance of a 
National Family Caregiving Strategy.

BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  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;
  S. 534, to prevent the sexual abuse of minors and amateur athletes by 
requiring the prompt reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement 
authorities, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; and
  S. 583, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 
1968 to authorize COPS grantees to use grant funds to hire veterans as 
career law enforcement officers.

NOMINATION
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the nomination of Althea Coetzee, of Virginia, to be 
Deputy Administrator of the Small Business Administration, after the 
nominee, who was introduced by Senator Risch, testified and answered 
questions in her own behalf.

WORLDWIDE THREATS
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee concluded open and closed 
hearings to examine worldwide threats, after receiving testimony from 
former Senator Daniel R. Coats, Director of National Intelligence; 
Michael Pompeo, Director, Central Intelligence Agency; Andrew McCabe, 
Acting Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Admiral Michael 
Rogers, USN, Director, National Security Agency; Lieutenant General 
Vincent Stewart, USMC, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency; and 
Robert Cardillo, Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, all 
of the Department of Defense.



    


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