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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action

Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 23 public bills, H.R. 2972-
2994; and 3 resolutions, H. Res. 397-399 were introduced. 
                                                         Pages H5047-48

Additional Cosponsors: 
  Pages H5049-50

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. 
115-187).
Pages H5046-47
 Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative Duncan (TN) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H4997

Recess: The House recessed at 10:41 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon. 
                                                             Page H5001

Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Rabbi 
Hershel Lutch, MEOR Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
  Pages H5001-02
 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.
  Pages H5013-16

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

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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.
  Page H5017
 Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  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
  Pages H5018-20
  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;
  Pages H5021-22
  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.”. 
                                                             Page H5022

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.
Page H5005

Agreed to:
  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
Pages H5029-30
  Beyer amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115-186) that 
prohibits any loss of funds for wild-fire suppression.
Pages H5030-31

Rejected:
  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).
Pages H5031-32
  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. 
                                                         Pages H5017-18

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).
  Page H5034
  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). 
                                                             Page H5034

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.

Committee Meetings

APPROPRIATIONS--OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Financial Services and 
General Government held a budget hearing on the Office of Management 
and Budget. Testimony was heard from Mick Mulvaney, Director, Office of 
Management and Budget.

APPROPRIATIONS--FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science 
and Related Agencies held a budget hearing on the Federal Bureau of 
Investigation. Testimony was heard from Andrew G. McCabe, Acting 
Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and 
Capabilities held a markup on H.R. 2810, the “National Defense 
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018”. H.R. 2810 was forwarded to 
the full committee, without amendment.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land 
Forces held a markup on H.R. 2810, the “National Defense Authorization 
Act for Fiscal Year 2018”. H.R. 2810 was forwarded to the full 
committee, without amendment.

DEFINING AND MAPPING BROADBAND COVERAGE IN AMERICA
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Communications and 
Technology held a hearing entitled “Defining and Mapping Broadband 
Coverage in America”. Testimony was heard from Robert Wack, President, 
Westminster City Council, Maryland; and public witnesses.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee continued a markup on 
H.R. 2868, the “National Flood Insurance Program Policyholder 
Protection Act of 2017”; H.R. 2874, the “21st Century Flood Reform 
Act of 2017”; H.R. 1422, the “Flood Insurance Market Parity and 
Modernization Act”; H.R. 1558, the “Repeatedly Flooded Communities 
Preparation Act”; H.R. 2246, the “Taxpayer Exposure Mitigation Act of 
2017”; H.R. 2565, to require the use of replacement cost value in 
determining the premium rates for flood insurance coverage under the 
National Flood Insurance Act, and for other purposes; and H.R. 2875, 
the “National Flood Insurance Program Administrative Reform Act of 
2017”. H.R. 2874, H.R. 1558, H.R. 1422, H.R. 2565, and H.R. 2246 were 
ordered reported, as amended. H.R. 2868 and H.R. 2875 were ordered 
reported, without amendment.

GRADING THE EGYPTIAN AND TUNISIAN ENTERPRISE FUNDS
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on the Middle East and North 
Africa held a hearing entitled “Grading the Egyptian and Tunisian 
Enterprise Funds”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee began a markup on H.R. 495, 
the “Protection of Children Act of 2017”; H.R. 2826, the “Refugee 
Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2017”; and H.R. 1096, the 
“Judgment Fund Transparency Act of 2017”.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURE
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral 
Resources held a hearing on legislation to amend the Mineral Leasing 
Act to provide that extraction of helium from gas produced under a 
Federal mineral lease shall maintain the lease as if the helium were 
oil and gas. Testimony was heard from Tim Spisak, Acting Assistant 
Director, Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management, Bureau of Land 
Management, Department of the Interior; and public witnesses.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURE
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and 
Alaska Native Affairs held a hearing on H.R. 2662, the “Restoring 
Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act of 2017”. Testimony 
was heard from Representative Noem; Rear Admiral Chris Buchanan, 
Assistant Surgeon General, Public Health Service, and Deputy Director, 
Indian Health Service; and public witnesses.

ACCELERATING INDIVIDUALS INTO THE WORKFORCE
Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 2842, the 
“Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act”. The Committee 
granted, by voice vote, a structured rule for H.R. 2842. The rule 
provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by 
the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and 
Means. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the 
bill. The rule makes in order as original text for purpose of amendment 
an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of 
Rules Committee Print 115-22 and provides that it shall be considered 
as read. The rule waives all points of order against that amendment in 
the nature of a substitute. The rule makes in order only those further 
amendments printed in the Rules Committee report. Each such amendment 
may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered 
only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, 
shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided 
and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject 
to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the 
question. The rule waives all points of order against the amendments 
printed in the report. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or 
without instructions. Additionally, section 2 of the rule provides that 
it shall be in order at any time on the legislative day of June 22, 
2017, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the 
rules relating to the bill H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and 
Technical Education for

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the 21st Century Act. Testimony was heard from Representatives Neal, 
Davidson, and Smith of Nebraska.

LEADING THE WAY: EXAMINING ADVANCES IN ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on 
Environment held a hearing entitled “Leading the Way: Examining 
Advances in Environmental Technologies”. Testimony was heard from 
public witnesses.

PARTNERS IN COMMERCE: THE TRADE PROMOTION COORDINATING COMMITTEE
Committee on Small Business: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
“Partners in Commerce: The Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee”. 
Testimony was heard from Patrick Kirwan, Director, Trade Promotion 
Coordinating Committee, International Trade Administration, Department 
of Commerce; Peter J. Cazamias, Associate Administrator, Office of 
International Trade, Small Business Administration; and Ann Pardalos, 
Manager, International Trade and Investment Office, Missouri Department 
of Economic Development.

HEARING WITH FORMER SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY JEH JOHNSON
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Russia Investigation Task 
Force held a hearing entitled “Hearing with Former Secretary of 
Homeland Security Jeh Johnson”. Testimony was heard from a public 
witness.

ONGOING INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES: FY 18 BUDGET REQUEST
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on National 
Security Agency and Cybersecurity held a hearing entitled “Ongoing 
Intelligence Activities: FY 18 Budget Request”.

Joint Meetings
  No joint committee meetings were held.



    


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