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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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
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
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
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”.
No joint committee meetings were held.
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