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Committee Meetings

THE STATE OF INFRASTRUCTURE IN RURAL AMERICA
Committee on Agriculture: Full Committee held a hearing entitled “The 
State of Infrastructure in Rural America”. Testimony was heard from 
public witnesses.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Appropriations: Full Committee held a markup on the State, 
Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill, FY 2018; 
the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Bill, FY 2018; and the Report on the Revised Interim 
Suballocation of Budget Allocations. The State, Foreign Operations, and 
Related Programs Appropriations Bill, FY 2018; and the Labor, Health 
and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations 
Bill, FY 2018 were ordered reported, as amended. The Report on the 
Revised Interim Suballocation of Budget Allocations passed.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
Committee on the Budget: Full Committee held a markup on the Concurrent 
Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The concurrent 
resolution was ordered reported, without amendment.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Full Committee held a markup 
on H.R. 2823, the “Affordable Retirement Advice for Savers Act”. H.R. 
2823 was ordered reported, as amended.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and 
Consumer Protection held a markup on legislation on the Highly 
Automated Vehicle Testing and Deployment Act of 2017. The legislation 
was forwarded to the full committee, as amended.

RESTRICTING NORTH KOREA'S ACCESS TO FINANCE
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and 
Trade held a hearing entitled “Restricting North Korea's Access to 
Finance”. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

IMPLEMENTING THE U.S.-CARIBBEAN STRATEGIC ENGAGEMENT ACT
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere 
held a hearing entitled “Implementing the U.S.-Caribbean Strategic 
Engagement Act”. Testimony was heard from Kenneth H. Merten, Acting 
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Special Coordinator for Haiti, 
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Terrorism, 
Nonproliferation, and Trade held a markup on H.R. 425, the “FTO 
Passport Revocation Act of 2017”; and H.R. 1196, the 
“Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2017”. H.R. 425 and 
H.R. 1196 were forwarded to the full committee, as amended.

SAUDI ARABIA'S TROUBLING EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Terrorism, 
Nonproliferation held a hearing entitled “Saudi Arabia's Troubling 
Educational Curriculum”. Testimony was heard from former Member Frank 
Wolf and public witnesses.

AGRICULTURAL GUESTWORKERS: MEETING THE GROWING NEEDS OF AMERICAN 

AGRICULTURE
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration and Border 
Security held a hearing entitled “Agricultural Guestworkers: Meeting 
the Growing Needs of American Agriculture”. Testimony was

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heard from David Valadao, Congressman, 21st District, California House 
of Representatives; and public witnesses.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURES
Committee on Natural Resources: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 
424, the “Gray Wolf State Management Act of 2017”; H.R. 717, the 
“Listing Reform Act”; H.R. 1274, the “State, Tribal, and Local 
Species Transparency and Recovery Act”; H.R. 2603, the “SAVES Act”; 
and H.R. 3131, the “Endangered Species Litigation Reasonableness 
Act”. Testimony was heard from Representatives Newhouse, Peterson, 
Olson, Gohmert, and Huizenga; Glenn Hegar, Comptroller of Public 
Accounts, Texas; Greg Sheehan, Deputy Director, Fish and Wildlife 
Service; David Willms, Policy Advisor for Governor, Wyoming; and public 
witnesses.

EXPLORING THE SUCCESSES AND CHALLENGES OF THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans 
held a hearing entitled “Exploring the Successes and Challenges of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Act”. Testimony was heard from Nick Wiley, Executive 
Director, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and public 
witnesses.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a 
markup on H.R. 378, the “Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2017”; H.R. 
2897, to authorize the Mayor of the District of Columbia and the 
Director of the National Park Service to enter into cooperative 
management agreements for the operation, maintenance, and management of 
units of the National Park System in the District of Columbia, and for 
other purposes; H.R. 2989, the “Frederick Douglass Bicentennial 
Commission Act”; H.R. 3031, the “TSP Modernization Act of 2017”; 
H.R. 3210, the “Securely Expediting Clearances Through Reporting 
Transparency Act of 2017”; H.R. 3243, the “FITARA Enhancement Act of 
2017”; and H.R. 3244, to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide 
for annual surveys of Federal employees, and for other purposes. H.R. 
378, H.R. 2989, H.R. 3210, and H.R. 3244 were ordered reported, as 
amended. H.R. 2897, H.R. 3031, and H.R. 3243 were ordered reported, 
without amendment.

ENERGY INNOVATION: LETTING TECHNOLOGY LEAD
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Full Committee held a 
hearing on “Energy Innovation: Letting Technology Lead”. Testimony 
was heard from public witnesses.

REVERSING THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP DECLINE
Committee on Small Business: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
“Reversing the Entrepreneurship Decline”. Testimony was heard from 
public witnesses.

BUILDING A 21ST CENTURY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR AMERICA: IMPLEMENTATION OF 
THE WATER RESOURCES REFORM AND DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2014 AND THE WATER 
RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2016
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Water 
Resources and Environment held a hearing entitled “Building a 21st 
Century Infrastructure for America: Implementation of the Water 
Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 and the Water Resources 
Development Act of 2016”. Testimony was heard from Douglas W. Lamont, 
Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary, 
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army--Civil Works; Lieutenant 
General Todd T. Semonite, Commanding General, Chief of Engineers, U.S. 
Army Corps of Engineers.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 
95, the “Veterans' Access to Child Care Act”; H.R. 282, the 
“Military Residency Choice Act”; H.R. 918, the “Veteran Urgent 
Access to Mental Healthcare Act”; H.R. 1058, the “VA Provider Equity 
Act”; H.R. 1690, the “Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus 
Transparency Act”; H.R. 2006, the “VA Procurement Efficiency and 
Transparency Act”; H.R. 2749, the “Protecting Business Opportunities 
for Veterans Act of 2017”; H.R. 2772, the “SEA Act”; H.R. 2781, the 
“Ensuring Veteran Enterprise Participation in Strategic Sourcing 
Act”; H.R. 3218, the “Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational 
Assistance Act of 2017”; and H.R. 3262, to require the Secretary of 
Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide educational 
assistance to certain former members of the Armed Forces for education 
and training as physician assistants of the Department of Veterans 
Affairs, to establish pay grades and require competitive pay for 
physician assistants of the Department, and for other purposes. H.R. 
95, H.R. 918, H.R. 1058, H.R. 2781, H.R. 3218, and H.R. 3262 were 
ordered reported, as amended. H.R. 1690, H.R. 282, H.R. 2006, H.R. 
2749, and H.R. 2772 were ordered reported, without amendment.

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EFFORTS TO COMBAT WASTE, FRAUD, AND ABUSE IN THE MEDICARE PROGRAM
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing 
entitled “Efforts to Combat Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in the Medicare 
Program”. Testimony was heard from James Cosgrove, Director, Health 
Care, Government Accountability Office; and Jonathan Morse, Acting 
Director, Center for Program Integrity, Centers for Medicare and 
Medicaid Services.

HOW TAX REFORM WILL SIMPLIFY OUR BROKEN TAX CODE AND HELP INDIVIDUALS 
AND FAMILIES
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Tax Policy held a hearing 
entitled “How Tax Reform Will Simplify Our Broken Tax Code and Help 
Individuals and Families”. Testimony was heard from former Member Bill 
Archer and public witnesses.

Joint Meetings

CIGARETTE SMUGGLING IN THE OSCE REGION
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Commission concluded 
a hearing to examine illicit cigarette smuggling in the Organization 
for Security and Co-operation in Europe region, after receiving 
testimony from Louise Shelley, George Mason University Terrorism, 
Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, Williamsburg, Virginia; 
David T. Sweanor, University of Ottawa Centre for Health Law, Policy, 
and Ethics, Ottawa, Canada; and Marc Firestone, Philip Morris 
International, Inc., Lausanne, Switzerland.



    


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