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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)

APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Financial Services and 
General Government concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget 
estimates and justification for fiscal year 2018 for the Department of 
the Treasury, after receiving testimony from Steven T. Mnuchin, 
Secretary, John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service, and 
J. Russell

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George, Inspector General, Treasury Inspector General for Tax 
Administration, all of the Department of the Treasury.

NOMINATIONS
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine the nominations of Karen Dunn Kelley, of 
Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, and Peter B. 
Davidson, of Virginia, to be General Counsel, both of the Department of 
Commerce, and Mark H. Buzby, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the 
Maritime Administration, and Ronald L. Batory, of New Jersey, to be 
Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, both of the 
Department of Transportation, after the nominees testified and answered 
questions in their own behalf.

PUBLIC LANDS LEGISLATION
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Public 
Lands, Forests, and Mining concluded a hearing to examine S. 32, to 
provide for conservation, enhanced recreation opportunities, and 
development of renewable energy in the California Desert Conservation 
Area, S. 90, to survey the gradient boundary along the Red River in the 
States of Oklahoma and Texas, S. 357, to direct the Secretary of the 
Interior to convey certain public lands in San Bernardino County, 
California, to the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District, 
and to accept in return certain exchanged non-public lands, S. 436, to 
authorize the Secretary of the Interior to retire coal preference right 
lease applications for which the Secretary has made an affirmative 
commercial quantities determination, to substitute certain land 
selections of the Navajo Nation, to designate certain wilderness areas, 
S. 467, to provide for the disposal of certain Bureau of Land 
Management land in Mohave County, Arizona, S. 468, to establish a 
procedure for resolving claims to certain rights-of-way, S. 614, to 
require the Secretary of the Interior to establish a pilot program for 
commercial recreation concessions on certain land managed by the Bureau 
of Land Management, S. 785, to amend the Alaska Native Claims 
Settlement Act to provide for equitable allotment of land to Alaska 
Native veterans, S. 837, to provide for the conveyance of certain land 
to Washington County, Utah, to authorize the exchange of Federal land 
and non-Federal land in the State of Utah, S. 884, to amend the Omnibus 
Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 to require the Bureau of Land 
Management to provide a claimant of a small miner waiver from claim 
maintenance fees with a period of 60 days after written receipt of 1 or 
more defects is provided to the claimant by registered mail to cure the 
1 or more defects or pay the claim maintenance fee, S. 941, to withdraw 
certain National Forest System land in the Emigrant Crevice area 
located in the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Park County, Montana, 
from the mining and mineral leasing laws of the United States, S. 1149, 
to amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to repeal a provision 
limiting the export of timber harvested from land conveyed to the Kake 
Tribal Corporation under that Act, S. 1230, to prohibit the 
conditioning of any permit, lease, or other use agreement on the 
transfer of any water right to the United States by the Secretaries of 
the Interior and Agriculture, S. 1271, to designate certain mountain 
peaks in the State of Colorado as “Fowler Peak” and “Boskoff Peak”, 
and S. 1548, to designate certain land administered by the Bureau of 
Land Management and the Forest Service in the State of Oregon as 
wilderness and national recreation areas and to make additional wild 
and scenic river designations in the State of Oregon, after receiving 
testimony from Senators Hatch and Tester; Glenn Casamassa, Associate 
Deputy Chief, National Forest System, Forest Service, Department of 
Agriculture; and John Ruhs, Acting Deputy Director for Operations, 
Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior.

BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee ordered favorably 
reported S. 1514, to amend certain Acts to reauthorize those Acts and 
to increase protections for wildlife, with amendments.

SOUTH SUDAN
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on Africa and Global 
Health Policy concluded a hearing to examine South Sudan's conflict and 
famine, after receiving testimony from Joshua Meservey, The Heritage 
Foundation, and Payton Knopf, and Aly Verjee, both of the United States 
Institute of Peace, all of Washington, D.C.

NOMINATIONS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the nominations of Michael Arthur Raynor, of Maryland, to be 
Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Maria E. 
Brewer, of Indiana, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Sierra Leone, 
and John P. Desrocher, of New York, to be Ambassador to the People's 
Democratic Republic of Algeria, all of the Department of State, after 
the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.

BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
ordered favorably reported the following business items:

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   S. 1584, to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to 
reauthorize the Judicial Conference of the United States to redact 
sensitive information contained in financial disclosure reports of 
judicial officers and employees;
  S. 873, to amend section 8433 of title 5, United States Code, to 
provide for flexibility in making withdrawals from the Thrift Savings 
Fund;
  S. 886, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish an 
Acquisition Review Board in the Department of Homeland Security;
  S. 906, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for 
congressional notification regarding major acquisition program 
breaches, with an amendment;
  S. 1199, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to reauthorize 
the Border Enforcement Security Task Force program within the 
Department of Homeland Security, with amendments;
  S. 938, to require notice of cost-free Federal procurement technical 
assistance in connection with registration of small business concerns 
in procurement systems;
  S. 1208, to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide for 
an option under the Secure Mail Initiative under which a person to whom 
a document is sent under that initiative may elect to have the United 
States Postal Service use the Hold for Pickup service or the Signature 
Confirmation service in delivering the document;
  S. Con. Res. 15, expressing support for the designation of October 
28, 2017, as “Honoring the Nation's First Responders Day”;
  H.R. 1293, to amend title 5, United States Code, to require that the 
Office of Personnel Management submit an annual report to Congress 
relating to the use of official time by Federal employees;
  H.R. 1117, to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency to submit a report regarding certain plans regarding 
assistance to applicants and grantees during the response to an 
emergency or disaster;
  H.R. 1679, to ensure that the Federal Emergency Management Agency's 
current efforts to modernize its grant management system includes 
applicant accessibility and transparency;
  H.R. 195, to amend title 44, United States Code, to restrict the 
distribution of free printed copies of the Federal Register to Members 
of Congress and other officers and employees of the United States; and
  H.R. 194, to ensure the effective processing of mail by Federal 
agencies, and an original bill to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 
1978 to reauthorize the Judicial Conference of the United States to 
redact sensitive information contained in financial disclosure reports 
of judicial officers and employees.

ATTEMPTS TO INFLUENCE U.S. ELECTIONS
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee held an oversight hearing to 
examine the Foreign Agents Registration Act and attempts to influence 
United States elections, focusing on lessons learned from current and 
prior Administrations, after receiving testimony from Adam S. Hickey, 
Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Bill Priestap, Assistant Director, 
Counterintelligence Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and 
Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General, Office of the Inspector 
General, all of the Department of Justice. Hearings recessed subject to 
the call and will meet again on Thursday, July 27, 2017.

BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported S. 
1598, to amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain 
improvements in the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans 
Affairs.

TYPE I DIABETES
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
progress toward a cure for Type I Diabetes, focusing on research and 
the artificial pancreas, after receiving testimony from Griffin P. 
Rodgers, Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and 
Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health 
and Human Services; Angie and Jonathan Platt, Encino, California, 
Charlie Albair, Gray, Maine, and Lorynn Watt, Stroudsburg, 
Pennsylvania, all of the JDRF 2017 Children's Congress; and Paul 
Sparks, New York, New York.



    


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