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Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 23 public bills, H.R. 2972-
2994; and 3 resolutions, H. Res. 397-399 were introduced.
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
H. Res. 396, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2842) to
provide for the conduct of demonstration projects to test the
effectiveness of subsidized employment for TANF recipients, and
providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules (H. Rept.
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed
Representative Duncan (TN) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 10:41 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Rabbi
Hershel Lutch, MEOR Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Question of Privilege: Pursuant to the foregoing notification and the
previous order of the House of June 15, 2017, Representative Doggett
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
Doggett appealed the ruling of the chair and Representative Newhouse
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 227 yeas to 188 nays
with 1 answering “present”, Roll No. 311.
Oath of Office--At Large Congressional District of Montana:
Representative-elect Greg Gianforte presented himself in the well of
the House and was administered the Oath of Office by the Speaker.
Earlier, the Clerk of the House transmitted a copy of
a letter received from the Honorable Corey Stapleton, Montana Secretary
of State, indicating that, at the Special Election held May 25, 2017,
the Honorable Greg Gianforte was elected Representative to Congress for
the At Large Congressional District, State of Montana.
Pages H5016, H5045-46
Whole Number of the House: The Speaker announced to the House that, in
light of the administration of the oath to the gentleman from Montana,
the whole number of the House is 432.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the
Fixing Internal Response to Misconduct Act: H.R. 2131, amended, to
amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Chief Human
Capital Officer of the Department of Homeland Security to improve
consistency regarding discipline and adverse actions in the
Department's workforce; and
DHS Acquisition Review Board Act of 2017: H.R. 1282, amended, to
amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish Acquisition Review
Boards in the Department of Homeland Security;
Agreed to amend the title so as to read: “To amend the Homeland
Security Act of 2002 to establish Acquisition Review Board in the
Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.”.
Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act: The House passed
H.R. 1873, to amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976
to enhance the reliability of the electricity grid and reduce the
threat of wildfires to and from electric transmission and distribution
facilities on Federal lands by facilitating vegetation management on
such lands, by a recorded vote of 300 ayes to 118 noes, Roll No. 315.
Pages H5005-13, H5017-18, H5022-32
Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute
recommended by the Committee on Natural Resources now printed in the
bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of
amendment under the five-minute rule.
Sinema amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115-186) that
ensures personnel of the Department of the Interior and the Forest
Service involved in vegetation management decisions on transmission and
distribution rights-of-way receive training on how unmanned
technologies can be used to identify vegetation management needs, lower
energy costs, and reduce the risk of wildfires; and
Beyer amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115-186) that
prohibits any loss of funds for wild-fire suppression.
Carbajal amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115-186) that
sought to ensure that owners and operators of electric transmission and
distribution facilities submit management plans to the Secretary (by a
recorded vote of 171 ayes to 243 noes, Roll No. 314).
H. Res. 392, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R.
1873) and (H.R. 1654) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 230 ayes to
185 noes, Roll No. 313, after the previous question was ordered by a
yea-and-nay vote of 229 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 312.
Presidential Messages: Read a message from the President wherein he
notified Congress that the national emergency declared with respect to
the Western Balkans is to continue in effect beyond June 26, 2017--
referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed
(H. Doc. 115-48).
Read a message from the President wherein he notified Congress that
the national emergency declared with respect to North Korea is to
continue in effect beyond June 26, 2017--referred to the Committee on
Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 115-49).
Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea-and-nay votes and three recorded votes
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H5015-16,
H5017, H5017-18, H5031, H5032. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:44 p.m.
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