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[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 127 (Thursday, July 27, 2017)]
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Thursday, July 27, 2017
Senate passed H.R. 3364, Countering America's Adversaries Through
Routine Proceedings, pages S4349-S4608
Measures Introduced: Thirty-one bills and three resolutions were
introduced, as follows: S. 1641-1671, and S. Res. 234-236.
S. 1648, making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the
fiscal year ending September 30, 2018. (S. Rept. No. 115-137)
S. 1655, making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation,
and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal
year ending September 30, 2018. (S. Rept. No. 115-138)
S. 1662, making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and
Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending
September 30, 2018. (S. Rept. No. 115-139)
S. Con. Res. 15, expressing support for the designation of October
28, 2017, as “Honoring the Nation's First Responders Day”, with an
Wounded Officers Recovery Act: Committee on Rules and Administration
was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 3298, to authorize
the Capitol Police Board to make payments from the United States
Capitol Police Memorial Fund to employees of the United States Capitol
Police who have sustained serious line-of-duty injuries, and the bill
was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed
Flake Amendment No. 409, in the nature of a substitute.
Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act: By 98 yeas to
2 nays (Vote No. 175), Senate passed H.R. 3364, to provide
congressional review and to counter aggression by the Governments of
Iran, the Russian Federation, and North Korea.
American Health Care Act: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 1628,
to provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent
resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2017, taking action on the
following amendments and motions proposed thereto:
Pages S4349-61, S4362-87, S4389-S4415
By 52 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 177), Enzi (for Heller) Amendment No.
502 (to Amendment No. 267), to strike the sunset of the repeal of the
tax on employee health insurance premiums and health plan benefits.
By a unanimous vote of 57 nays, 43 responding present (Vote No. 173),
McConnell (for Daines) Modified Amendment No. 340 (to Amendment No.
267), to provide for comprehensive health insurance coverage for all
United States residents, improved healthcare delivery.
By 43 yeas to 57 nays (Vote No. 176), Schumer motion to commit the
bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions.
By 48 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 178), Murray motion to commit the
bill to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, with
By 49 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 179), McConnell Amendment No. 667 (to
Amendment No. 267), in the nature of a substitute.
McConnell Amendment No. 267, of a perfecting nature.
During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the
By 50 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 174), three-fifths of those Senators
duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate
rejected the motion
to waive all applicable sections of the Congressional Budget Act of
1974 and the waiver provisions of applicable budget resolutions, with
respect to Enzi (for Strange) Amendment No. 389 (to Amendment No. 267),
to provide for premium assistance for low-income individuals.
Subsequently, the point of order that the amendment was in violation of
section 302(f) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, was sustained,
and the amendment thus fell.
Subsequently, H.R. 1628 was returned to the Senate Calendar.
Newsom Nomination--Agreement: Senate began consideration of the
nomination of Kevin Christopher Newsom, of Alabama, to be United States
Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit.
Prior to the consideration of this nomination, Senate took the
Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Executive Session to
consider the nomination.
A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination and,
in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of
the Senate, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement, a vote on
cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, July 31, 2017.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senate
resume consideration of the nomination at approximately 4 p.m., on
Monday, July 31, 2017.
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Ann Marie Buerkle, of New York, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer
Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27,
Ann Marie Buerkle, of New York, to be Chairman of the Consumer
Product Safety Commission.
C.J. Mahoney, of Kansas, to be Deputy United States Trade
Representative (Investment, Services, Labor, Environment, Africa,
China, and the Western Hemisphere), with the rank of Ambassador.
John R. Bass, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Islamic Republic
Samuel Dale Brownback, of Kansas, to be Ambassador at Large for
International Religious Freedom.
Michael James Dodman, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Islamic
Republic of Mauritania.
J. Steven Dowd, of Florida, to be United States Director of the
African Development Bank for a term of five years.
Peter Hoekstra, of Michigan, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of the
Daniel J. Kritenbrink, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Socialist
Republic of Vietnam.
Justin Hicks Siberell, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom
Michele Jeanne Sison, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Republic
Halsey B. Frank, of Maine, to be United States Attorney for the
District of Maine for the term of four years.
Jeffrey B. Jensen, of Maryland, to be United States Attorney for the
Eastern District of Missouri for the term of four years.
Mark A. Klaassen, of Wyoming, to be United States Attorney for the
District of Wyoming for the term of four years.
Byung J. Pak, of Georgia, to be United States Attorney for the
Northern District of Georgia for the term of four years.
Brian D. Schroder, of Alaska, to be United States Attorney for the
District of Alaska for the term of four years.
D. Michael Hurst, Jr., of Mississippi, to be United States Attorney
for the Southern District of Mississippi for the term of four years.
William C. Lamar, of Mississippi, to be United States Attorney for
the Northern District of Mississippi for the term of four years.
Routine lists in the Army.
Messages from the House:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S4426-31, S4433-34
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Privileges of the Floor:
Record Votes: Seven record votes were taken today. (Total--179)
Pages S4370, S4386-87, S4389, S4398-99, S4415
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2017 and
adjourned at 1:56 a.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017, until 4 p.m. on
Monday, July 31, 2017. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the
Majority Leader in today's Record on page S4606.)
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