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Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 28 public bills, H.R. 2795-
2822; and 1 resolution, H. Res. 377, were introduced.
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
H.R. 2353, to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical
Education Act of 2006, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115-164).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed
Representative Johnson (LA) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 10:57 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts
Development--Reappointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's
appointment of the following Member on the part of the House to the
Board of Trustees of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native
Culture and Arts Development: Representative Ben Ray Lujan (NM).
Privileged Resolution--Intent to Offer: Representative Capuano
announced his intent to offer a privileged resolution.
Financial CHOICE Act of 2017--Rule for Consideration: The House agreed
to H. Res. 375, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 10) to
create hope and opportunity for investors, consumers, and entrepreneurs
by ending bailouts and Too Big to Fail, holding Washington and Wall
Street accountable, eliminating red tape to increase access to capital
and credit, and repealing the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that
make America less prosperous, less stable, and less free, by a yea-and-
nay vote of 231 yeas to 188 nays, Roll No. 291, after the previous
question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 185 nays,
Roll No. 290.
Pages H4664-71, H4673-74
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the
Designating the George C. Marshall Museum and George C. Marshall
Research Library in Lexington, Virginia, as the National George C.
Marshall Museum and Library: H. Con. Res. 33, designating the George C.
Marshall Museum and George C. Marshall Research Library in Lexington,
Virginia, as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library.
Unanimous Consent Agreement: Agreed by unanimous consent that the
question of adopting amendment number 1 to H.R. 2213 may be subject to
postponement as though under clause 8 of rule 20.
Question of Privilege: Representative Capuano rose to a question of the
privileges of the House and submitted a resolution. The Chair ruled
that the resolution did not present a question of the privileges of the
House. Subsequently, Representative Capuano appealed the ruling of the
chair and Representative McCaul moved to table the appeal. Agreed to
the motion to table the appeal of the ruling of the Chair by a yea-and-
nay vote of 228 yeas to 186 nays with one answering “present”, Roll
Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act of 2017: The House passed
H.R. 2213, to amend the Anti-Border Corruption Act of 2010 to authorize
certain polygraph waiver authority, by a recorded vote of 282 ayes to
137 noes, Roll No. 294.
Pages H4676-84, H4687-88
Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute
recommended by the Committee on Homeland Security now printed in the
bill shall be considered as adopted.
Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM) amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115-
162) that sought to prohibit the bill from going into effect until (1)
the CBP completes its evaluation and pilot program of the Test for
Espionage, Sabotage, and Corruption (TES-C) which is then certified by
the DHS Inspector General and reported to Congress and (2) the DHS
Inspector General completes a risk assessment of the population that
could receive waivers and certifies to Congress that providing waivers
to these individuals would not endanger national security, undermine
workforce integrity, or increase corruption in the agency (by a yea-
and-nay vote of 179 yeas to 238 nays, Roll No. 293).
Pages H4683-84, H4687
H. Res. 374, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R.
2213) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 231 ayes to 185 noes, Roll
No. 289, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote
of 228 yeas to 189 nays, Roll No. 288.
Pages H4660-64, H4671-72
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and
subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H4660.
Senate Referral: S. 1094 was held at the desk.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Five yea-and-nay votes and two recorded votes
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H4671,
H4672, H4673, H4674, H4686, H4687, and H4688. There were no quorum
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:49 p.m.
THE NEXT FARM BILL: THE FUTURE OF INTERNATIONAL FOOD AID AND
Committee on Agriculture: Full Committee held a hearing entitled “The
Next Farm Bill: The Future of International Food Aid and Agricultural
Development”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
APPROPRIATIONS--DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human
Services, Education and Related Agencies held a budget hearing on the
Department of Labor. Testimony was heard from Alexander Acosta,
Secretary, Department of Labor.
APPROPRIATIONS--NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science
and Related Agencies held a budget hearing on the National Science
Foundation. Testimony was heard from France Cordova, Director, National
FISCAL YEAR 2018 PRIORITIES AND POSTURE OF MISSILE DEFEAT PROGRAMS AND
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Strategic Forces held a
hearing entitled “Fiscal Year 2018 Priorities and Posture of Missile
Defeat Programs and Activities”. Testimony was heard from Lieutenant
General James Dickinson, Commander, Joint Functional Component Command
for Integrated Missile Defense, U.S. Strategic Command, and Commander,
U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Strategic Forces
Command; Todd Harvey, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for
Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities, Department of
Defense; Barry Pike, Program Executive Officer, U.S. Army Missiles and
Space; and Vice Admiral James Syring, U.S. Navy, Director, Missile
COMBAT AVIATION MODERNIZATION PROGRAMS AND THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 BUDGET
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land
Forces held a hearing entitled “Combat Aviation Modernization Programs
and the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request”. Testimony was heard from
Lieutenant General Arnold W. Bunch, Military Deputy, Office of the
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition; Lieutenant
General Jon M. Davis, Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Headquarters
Marine Corps; Vice Admiral Paul Grosklags, Commander, Naval Air Systems
Command; Lieutenant General Jerry D. Harris, Deputy Chief of Staff for
Strategic Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force; and Rear
Admiral Upper Half Dewolfe Miller III, Director, Air Warfare Division,
THE ECONOMIC AND FISCAL BENEFITS OF PRO-GROWTH POLICIES
Committee on the Budget: Full Committee held a hearing entitled “The
Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Pro-Growth Policies”. Testimony was
heard from public witnesses.
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Full Committee held a markup on H.R.
338, to promote a 21st century energy and manufacturing workforce; H.R.
627, the “Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2017”;
H.R. 723, the “Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act
of 2017”; H.R. 1109, to amend section 203 of the Federal Power Act;
H.R. 446, to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a
hydroelectric project; H.R. 447, to extend the deadline for
commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project; H.R. 951, to
extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric
project; H.R. 2122, to reinstate and extend the deadline for
commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving
Jennings Randolph Dam; H.R. 2274, the “HYPE Act”; H.R. 2292, to
extend a project of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission involving
the Cannonsville Dam; H.R. 2457, the “J. Bennett Johnston Waterway
Hydropower Extension Act of 2017”; H.R. 1222, the “Congenital Heart
Futures Reauthorization Act of 2017”; H.R. 1492, the “Medical
Controlled Substances Transportation Act of 2017”; H.R. 2410, the
“Sickle Cell Disease Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment
Act of 2017”; and H.R. 2430, the “FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017”.
H.R. 338, H.R. 627, H.R. 1109, H.R. 446, H.R. 447, H.R. 951, H.R. 2122,
H.R. 2274, H.R. 2292, H.R. 1492, and H.R. 2410 were ordered reported,
without amendment. H.R. 2430, H.R. 723, H.R. 2457, H.R. 1222 were
ordered reported, as amended.
FLOOD INSURANCE REFORM: A TAXPAYER'S PERSPECTIVE
Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“Flood Insurance Reform: A Taxpayer's Perspective”. Testimony was
heard from Rebecca Kagan Sternhell, Deputy Director, General Counsel,
Office of Federal Affairs, City of New York, Office of the Mayor; and
ENERGY OPPORTUNITIES IN NORTH AMERICA
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere
held a hearing entitled “Energy Opportunities in North America”.
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY REAUTHORIZATION AND THE PRESIDENT'S FY
2018 BUDGET REQUEST
Committee on Homeland Security: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“Department of Homeland Security Reauthorization and the President's
FY 2018 Budget Request”. Testimony was heard from John F. Kelly,
Secretary, Department of Homeland Security.
OVERSIGHT HEARING ON THE OFFICE OF SURFACE MINING RECLAMATION AND
ENFORCEMENT'S ABANDONED MINE LANDS PROGRAM
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral
Resources held a hearing entitled “Oversight Hearing on the Office of
Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's Abandoned Mine Lands
Program”. Testimony was heard from Glenda Owens, Acting Director,
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Department of the
Interior; Todd Parfitt, Director, Wyoming Department of Environmental
Quality; Rob Rice, Chief, West Virginia Office of Abandoned Mine Lands
and Reclamation; and public witnesses.
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and
Alaska Native Affairs held a hearing on H.R. 1074, to repeal the Act
entitled “An Act to confer jurisdiction on the State of Iowa over
offenses committed by or against Indians on the Sac and Fox Indian
Reservation”; H.R. 1901, the “Southeast Alaska Regional Health
Transfer Act of 2017”; and S. 249, to provide that the pueblo of Santa
Clara may lease for 99 years certain restricted land, and for other
purposes. Testimony was heard from Bruce Loudermilk, Director, Bureau
of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior; and public witnesses.
FAST AND FURIOUS, SIX YEARS LATER
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a
hearing entitled “Fast and Furious, Six Years Later”. Testimony was
heard from Senator Grassley; John Dodson, Special Agent, Phoenix Field
Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and
BUILDING A 21ST CENTURY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR AMERICA: COAST GUARD SEA,
LAND, AND AIR CAPABILITIES
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Coast
Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing entitled “Building a
21st Century Infrastructure for America: Coast Guard Sea, Land, and Air
Capabilities”. Testimony was heard from Vice Admiral Charles W. Ray,
Deputy Commandant for Operations, U.S. Coast Guard; Vice Admiral Sandra
L. Stosz, Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, U.S. Coast Guard;
Marie A. Mak, Director, Acquisition Sourcing and Management Team,
Government Accountability Office; and a public witness.
OVERCOMING PTSD: ASSESSING VA'S EFFORTS TO PROMOTE WELLNESS AND HEALING
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“Overcoming PTSD: Assessing VA's Efforts to Promote Wellness and
Healing”. Testimony was heard from Harold Kudler M.D., Acting
Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Patient Care Services, Veterans
Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public
MEDICARE ADVANTAGE HEARING ON PROMOTING INTEGRATED AND COORDINATED CARE
FOR MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing
entitled “Medicare Advantage Hearing on Promoting Integrated and
Coordinated Care for Medicare Beneficiaries”. Testimony was heard from
No joint committee meetings were held.
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