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[Pages D681-D683]
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                                           Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S3657-S3695

Measures Introduced: Eighteen bills and three resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 1387-1404, and S. Res. 196-198.
  Page S3686

Measures Reported:
  S. 97, to enable civilian research and development of advanced 
nuclear energy technologies by private and public institutions, to 
expand theoretical and practical knowledge of nuclear physics, 
chemistry, and materials science. (S. Rept. No. 115-115)
Page S3685

Messages from the President: Senate received the following messages 
from the President of the United States:
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report on the continuation of the 
national emergency that was originally declared in Executive Order 
13466 of June 26, 2008, with respect to North Korea; which was referred 
to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM-10) 
                                                             Page S3682
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report on the continuation of the 
national emergency that was originally declared in Executive Order 
13219 of June 26, 2001, with respect to the Western Balkans; which was 
referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM-
11)
Page S3683
Billingslea Nomination--Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of the 
nomination of Marshall Billingslea, of Virginia, to be Assistant 
Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing.
  Pages S3677-78
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 65 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. 151), Senate agreed to the motion to 
close further debate on the nomination.
Page S3678
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 11 
a.m., on Thursday, June 22, 2017; and that all time during morning 
business, recess, adjournment and Leader remarks count post-cloture on 
the nomination.
Page S3690
Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
  By 96 yeas to 4 nays (Vote No. EX. 150), Sigal Mandelker, of New 
York, to be Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes. 
                                                  Pages S3660-78, S3695

Messages from the House:
  Page S3683

Measures Referred:
  Page S3683

Measures Placed on the Calendar:
  Page S3683

Executive Communications:
  Pages S3683-85

Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S3685-86

Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S3686-88

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S3688-90

Additional Statements:
  Pages S3681-82

Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S3668-69

Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--151) 
                                                             Page S3678

Adjournment: Senate convened at 12 p.m. and adjourned at 6:49 p.m., 
until 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S3690.)

Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)

APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Department of the 
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to 
examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 
2018 for the Department of the Interior, after receiving testimony from 
Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior.

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APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Department of Defense 
concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates and 
justification for fiscal year 2018 for the Department of the Air Force, 
after receiving testimony from Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air 
Force, and General David L. Goldfein, USAF, Chief of Staff of the Air 
Force, both of the Department of Defense.

APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water 
Development concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates 
and justification for fiscal year 2018 for the Department of Energy, 
after receiving testimony from Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy.

APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction and 
Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine 
proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2018 and 
2019 for the Department of Veterans Affairs, after receiving testimony 
from David J. Shulkin, Secretary, Poonam L. Alaigh, Acting Under 
Secretary for Health, and Mark W. Yow, Chief Financial Officer, both of 
the Veterans Health Administration, Thomas J. Murphy, Acting Under 
Secretary for Benefits, Veterans Benefits Administration, and Ronald E. 
Walters, Interim Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, National 
Cemetery Administration, all of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

APPROPRIATIONS: GAO AND CBO
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch 
concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates and 
justification for fiscal year 2018 for the Government Accountability 
Office and the Congressional Budget Office, after receiving testimony 
from Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, 
Government Accountability Office; and Keith Hall, Director, 
Congressional Budget Office.

DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION REQUEST AND FUTURE YEARS DEFENSE PROGRAM
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on SeaPower concluded a 
hearing to examine Navy shipbuilding programs in review of the Defense 
Authorization Request for fiscal year 2018 and the Future Years Defense 
Program, after receiving testimony from Allison F. Stiller, performing 
the duties of Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, 
Development, and Acquisition, Vice Admiral William K. Lescher, USN, 
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and 
Resources (N8), and Lieutenant General Robert S. Walsh, USMC, Deputy 
Commandant for Combat Development and Integration, Commanding General, 
Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Commander, United States 
Marine Forces Strategic Command, all of the Department of Defense.

NOMINATION
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine the nomination of David P. Pekoske, of Maryland, 
to be an Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, after the nominee 
testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVES
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Public 
Lands, Forests, and Mining concluded a hearing to examine collaborative 
initiatives, focusing on restoring watersheds and large landscapes 
across boundaries through state and Federal partnerships, after 
receiving testimony from Kristin Bail, Assistant Director for Resources 
and Planning, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; 
Leslie Weldon, Deputy Chief, National Forest System, Forest Service, 
Department of Agriculture; Virgil Moore, Idaho Department of Fish and 
Game Director, Boise, on behalf of the Association of Fish and Wildlife 
Agencies; and Tyler Thompson, Utah Department of Natural Resources 
Watershed Restoration Initiative Director, Salt Lake City.

TRADE POLICY AGENDA BUDGET
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the 
President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2018 and the trade 
policy agenda, after receiving testimony from Robert E. Lighthizer, 
United States Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President.
2017 TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS REPORT
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee received a closed briefing on 
preparing for the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report from Susan 
Coppedge, Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking 
in Persons, Department of State.

BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
ordered favorably reported the nominations of Russell Vought, of 
Virginia, to be Deputy Director, and Neomi Rao, of the District of

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Columbia, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, both of the Office of Management and Budget.

CYBERSECURITY REGULATION HARMONIZATION
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine cybersecurity regulation harmonization, 
after receiving testimony from James Reese, Oklahoma Office of 
Management and Enterprise Services Information Services Chief 
Information Officer, Oklahoma City, on behalf of the National 
Association of State Chief Information Officers; Christopher F. Feeney, 
The Financial Services Roundtable--BITS, and Dean C. Garfield, 
Information Technology Industry Council, both of Washington, D.C.; and 
Daniel Nutkis, HITRUST Alliance, Frisco, Texas.

MS-13 AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the MS-13 problem, focusing on investigating gang membership, its nexus 
to illegal immigration, and Federal efforts to end the threat, after 
receiving testimony from Carla Provost, Acting Chief, Border Patrol, 
Customs and Border Protection, Matthew Albence, Executive Associate 
Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations, and Derek N. Benner, 
Acting Executive Associate Director, Homeland Security Investigations, 
both of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, all of the Department of 
Homeland Security; Scott Lloyd, Director, Office of Refugee 
Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, Department of 
Health and Human Services; and Kenneth A. Blanco, Acting Assistant 
Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice.

RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 U.S. ELECTIONS
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, after 
receiving testimony from Jeanette Manfra, Acting Deputy Under Secretary 
for Cybersecurity and Communications, National Protection and Programs 
Directorate, and Samuel Liles, Acting Director, Cyber Division, Office 
of Intelligence and Analysis, both of the Department of Homeland 
Security; Bill Priestap, Assistant Director, Counterintelligence 
Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice; 
Michael Haas, Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator; Connie 
Lawson, Indiana Secretary of State, on behalf of the National 
Association of Secretaries of State; Steve Sandvoss, Illinois State 
Board of Elections Executive Director; and J. Alex Halderman, 
University of Michigan.



    


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