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Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 15 public bills, H.R. 3089-
3103; and 5 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 67; and H. Res. 418-421 were
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 91, to amend title 38, United States Code, to make permanent the
pilot program on counseling in retreat settings for women veterans
newly separated from service in the Armed Forces (H. Rept. 115-197);
H.R. 2825, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make certain
improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Homeland
Security, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115-198).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed
Representative Bost to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 10:51 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Rev. Dr.
Howard Siplin, Beulah Missionary Baptist Church, Coconut Grove, FL.
Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a
yea-and-nay vote of 232 yeas to 183 nays with two answering
“present”, Roll No. 333.
Pages H5241, H5262
No Sanctuary for Criminals Act--Rule for Consideration: The House
agreed to H. Res. 414, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R.
3003) to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify provisions
relating to assistance by States, and political subdivision of States,
in the enforcement of Federal immigration laws, by a recorded vote of
235 ayes to 190 noes, Roll No. 332, after the previous question was
ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 235 yeas to 190 nays, Roll No. 331.
Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017: The House passed H.R. 1215, to
improve patient access to health care services and provide improved
medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system
places on the health care delivery system, by a recorded vote of 218
ayes to 210 noes, Roll No. 337.
Rejected the Kuster motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on
the Judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the House
forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 191 ayes to 235
noes, Roll No. 336.
Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute
consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-10 shall be
considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the
five-minute rule, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a
substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in
Sessions amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115-179) that begins
the tolling of the statute of limitations on the date of the alleged
breach or tort, rather than the date of the injury, which is not always
a date certain; the statute of limits will be three years after the
alleged breach or one year after the claimant discovers the breach,
whichever occurs first;
Sessions amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 115-179) that clarifies
that health care services as defined in H.R. 1215 include safety,
professional, and administrative services directly related to health
Roe (TN) amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 115-179) that limits
who qualifies as an expert witness, in medical malpractice negligence
cases, based on professional qualifications as well as geographic
relation to where the case in chief is being litigated; and
Hudson amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 115-179) that allows a
physician to apologize to a patient for an unintended outcome without
having the apology count against them in the court of law; requires a
plaintiff to provide a notice of intent to the physician 90 days before
the lawsuit is filed; defers to sundry state laws regarding lawsuits
and outlines requirements witnesses must meet for testimony during
trial (by a recorded vote of 222 ayes to 197 noes, Roll No. 334).
Pages H5279-81, H5283-84
Barr amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 115-179) that sought to
give affirmative defense to defendants in health care liability cases
if they can show they complied with clinical practice guidelines (by a
recorded vote of 116 ayes to 310 noes, Roll No. 335).
Pages H5281-83, H5284
H. Res. 382, the rule providing for consideration off the bill (H.R.
1215) was agreed to yesterday, June 27th.
Suspension--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules
and pass the following measure. Consideration began Tuesday, June 27th.
Robert Emmet Park Act of 2017: H.R. 1500, to redesignate the small
triangular property located in Washington, DC, and designated by the
National Park Service as reservation 302 as “Robert Emmet Park”, by a
\2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 423 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and
subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H5262.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes and five recorded votes
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H5261,
H5261-62, H5262, H5283-84, H5284, H5286, H5286-87 and H5287. There were
no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:42 p.m.
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