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Thursday, June 8, 2017
Routine Proceedings, pages S3345-S3380
Measures Introduced: Eighteen bills and three resolutions were
introduced, as follows: S. 1315-1332, S.J. Res. 45, and S. Res. 188-
S. 1141, to ensure that the United States promotes the meaningful
participation of women in mediation and negotiation processes seeking
to prevent, mitigate, or resolve violent conflict. (S. Rept. No. 115-93
S. 117, to designate a mountain peak in the State of Montana as
“Alex Diekmann Peak”, with an amendment. (S. Rept. No. 115-94)
S. 167, to designate a National Memorial to Fallen Educators at the
National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kansas, with an amendment.
(S. Rept. No. 115-95)
S. 199, to authorize the use of the active capacity of the Fontenelle
Reservoir. (S. Rept. No. 115-96)
S. 216, to require the Secretary of the Interior to submit to
Congress a report on the efforts of the Bureau of Reclamation to manage
its infrastructure assets. (S. Rept. No. 115-97)
S. 267, to provide for the correction of a survey of certain land in
the State of Alaska. (S. Rept. No. 115-98)
S. 363, to revise the authorized route of the North Country National
Scenic Trail in northeastern Minnesota and to extend the trail into
Vermont to connect with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. (S.
Rept. No. 115-99)
S. 490, to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of
construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Gibson Dam, with
an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 115-100)
S. 491, to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of
construction of a hydroelectric project involving Clark Canyon Dam,
with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 115-101)
S. 703, to extend the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to
carry out the Equus Beds Division of the Wichita Project. (S. Rept. No.
S. 710, to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of
construction of a hydroelectric project involving Jennings Randolph
Dam, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 115-103)
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.
S. 782, to reauthorize the National Internet Crimes Against Children
Task Force Program.
Condemning the deadly attack on May 26, 2017, in Portland, Oregon:
Senate passed S.J. Res. 45, condemning the deadly attack on May 26,
2017, in Portland, Oregon, expressing deepest condolences to the
families and friends of the victims, and supporting efforts to overcome
hatred, bigotry, and violence.
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1st Infantry Division:
Committee on Armed Services was discharged from further consideration
of S. Res. 115, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1st Infantry
Division, and the resolution was then agreed to, after agreeing to the
following amendments proposed thereto:
McConnell (for Moran/Roberts) Amendment No. 227, in the nature of a
McConnell (for Moran/Roberts) Amendment No. 228, in the nature of a
Condemning Recent Terrorist Attacks: Senate agreed to S. Res. 188,
condemning the recent terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom, the
Philippines, Indonesia, Egypt, Iraq, Australia, and Iran and offering
thoughts and prayers and sincere condolences to all of the victims,
their families, and the people of their countries.
Hemp History Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 189, designating the week
of June 5 through June 11, 2017, as “Hemp History Week”.
WILD Act: Senate passed S. 826, to reauthorize the Partners for Fish
and Wildlife Program and certain wildlife conservation funds, to
establish prize competitions relating to the prevention of wildlife
poaching and trafficking, wildlife conservation, the management of
invasive species, and the protection of endangered species, after
agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act--Agreement: Senate
continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S.
722, to impose sanctions with respect to Iran in relation to Iran's
ballistic missile program, support for acts of international terrorism,
and violations of human rights, post-cloture.
Pages S3347-49, S3349-58
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that following
disposition of the nomination of Kenneth P. Rapuano, of Virginia, to be
an Assistant Secretary of Defense, Senate resume consideration of the
motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, with all post-cloture
time considered expired.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at
approximately 4 p.m., on Monday, June 12, 2017, Senate resume
consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill,
Rapuano Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was
reached providing that at 5 p.m., on Monday, June 12, 2017, Senate
begin consideration of the nomination of Kenneth P. Rapuano, of
Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense; and that there be 30
minutes of debate on the nomination, equally divided in the usual form,
and that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on
confirmation of the nomination, with no intervening action or debate.
Pekoske Nomination Referral--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement
was reached providing that upon the reporting of the nomination of
David P. Pekoske, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Homeland
Security, by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation,
the nomination be referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and
Governmental Affairs for a period not to exceed 30 calendar days,
except that if the 30 days lapses while the Senate is in recess, the
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs shall have an
additional 5 session days after the Senate reconvenes to report the
nomination, after which the nomination, if still in committee, be
discharged and placed on the Executive Calendar.
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
By 94 yeas to 4 nays (Vote No. EX. 141), Scott P. Brown, of New
Hampshire, to be Ambassador to New Zealand, and to serve concurrently
and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Independent
State of Samoa.
Pages S3349, S3380
Routine lists in the Foreign Service.
Pages S3358, S3380
Messages from the House:
Petitions and Memorials:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Privileges of the Floor:
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--141)
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 5:43 p.m.,
until 4 p.m. on Monday, June 12, 2017. (For Senate's program, see the
remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S3380.)
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice,
Science, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine proposed
budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2018 for the
Department of Commerce, after receiving testimony from Wilbur Ross,
Secretary of Commerce.
FOSTERING ECONOMIC GROWTH
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a
hearing to examine fostering economic growth, focusing on the role of
financial institutions in local communities, including S. 366, to
require the Federal financial institutions regulatory agencies to take
risk profiles and business models of institutions into account when
taking regulatory actions, S. 1002, to enhance the ability of community
financial institutions to foster economic
growth and serve their communities, boost small businesses, increase
individual savings, S. 1152, to create protections for depository
institutions that provide financial services to cannabis-related
businesses, and S. 1310, to amend the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act of
1975 to specify which depository institutions are subject to the
maintenance of records and disclosure requirements of such Act, after
receiving testimony from Dorothy A. Savarese, American Bankers
Association, Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Steve Grooms, 1st Liberty Federal
Credit Union, Great Falls, Montana, on behalf of the National
Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions; R. Scott Heitkamp,
Value Bank, Corpus Christi, Texas, on behalf of the Independent
Community Bankers of America; Dallas Bergl, Inova Federal Credit Union,
Elkhart, Indiana, on behalf of the Credit Union National Association;
John Bissell, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Pittsfield, Massachusetts;
and Adam J. Levitin, Georgetown University Law Center, Somerset,
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded
a hearing to examine the nominations of Derek Kan, of California, to be
Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, David J. Redl, of New
York, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and
Information, and Robert L. Sumwalt III, of South Carolina, to be a
Member of the National Transportation Safety Board, after the nominees,
who were all introduced by Senator Gardner, testified and answered
questions in their own behalf.
EMERGING ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a
hearing to examine cost reductions in emerging energy technologies with
a specific focus on how recent trends may affect today's energy
landscape, after receiving testimony from Lily Donge, Rocky Mountain
Institute Business Renewables Center, and Kevin Yates, Siemens Energy
Management Division, both of Washington, D.C.; Greg Merritt, Cree,
Inc., Durham, North Carolina; David Greeson, NRG Energy, Houston,
Texas; Steve Simonton, Cimarex Energy Co., Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Russell
Vare, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC, Sunnyvale, California.
DEPARTMENT OF HHS BUDGET
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the
President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2018 for the
Department of Health and Human Services, after receiving testimony from
Thomas Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services.
ISIS'S GLOBAL REACH
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to
examine ISIS's global reach beyond Iraq and Syria, after receiving
testimony from Lorenzo Vidino, The George Washington University Program
on Extremism, and Daniel Byman, Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh
School of Foreign Service, both of Washington, D.C.
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the
following business items:
S. 782, to reauthorize the National Internet Crimes Against Children
Task Force Program; and
The nominations of Noel J. Francisco, of the District of Columbia, to
be Solicitor General of the United States, and Makan Delrahim, of
California, and Steven Andrew Engel, of the District of Columbia, each
to be an Assistant Attorney General, all of the Department of Justice.
FBI INTELLIGENCE MATTERS
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee concluded a hearing to
examine certain intelligence matters relating to the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, after receiving testimony from James B. Comey, former
Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice.
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on
intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the
Committee recessed subject to the call.
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