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[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 127 (Thursday, July 27, 2017)]
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CONTINUED OVERSIGHT OF THE TRANSFER OF EXCESS MILITARY EQUIPMENT TO
CIVILIAN LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness held a hearing
entitled “Continued Oversight of the Transfer of Excess Military
Equipment to Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies”. Testimony was heard
from Mike Cannon, Disposition Services, Defense Logistics Agency; Wayne
McElrath, Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service,
Government Accountability Office; Zina Merritt, Director, Defense
Capabilities and Management, Government Accountability Office; and Mike
Scott, Deputy Director, Logistics Operations, Defense Logistics Agency.
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Full Committee held a markup on H.R.
767, the “SOAR to Health and Wellness Act of 2017”; H.R. 772, the
“Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017”; H.R. 880, the
“MISSION ZERO Act”; H.R. 931, the “Firefighter Cancer Registry Act
of 2017”; H.R. 2422, the “Action for Dental Health Act of 2017”;
H.R. 3387, the “Drinking Water System Improvement Act”; and H.R.
3388, the “Designating Each Car's Automation Level Act”. H.R. 767,
H.R. 772, H.R. 880, H.R. 931, H.R. 2422, H.R. 3387, and H.R. 3388 were
ordered reported, as amended.
THE ANNUAL TESTIMONY OF THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY ON THE STATE OF
THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM
Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“The Annual Testimony of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of
the International Financial System”. Testimony was heard from Steven
Mnuchin, Secretary, Department of the Treasury.
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Full Committee held a markup on H. Res.
259, expressing concern and condemnation over the political, economic,
social, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela; H. Res. 311, recognizing
that for 50 years the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)
has worked toward stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia;
H.R. 2061, the “North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of
2017”; H.R. 2408, the “Protecting Girls' Access to Education in
Vulnerable Settings Act”; H. Res. 128, supporting respect for human
rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia; H. Res. 357,
reaffirming the strategic partnership between the United States and
Canada, recognizing bilateral cooperation that advances United States
national interests, and urging increased bilateral cooperation on
security, economic issues, and energy, and for other purposes; H. Res.
359, urging the European Union to designate Hizballah in its entirety
as a terrorist organization and increase pressure on it and its
members; H. Res. 449, urging the Government of Kenya and Kenya's
political parties to respect democratic principles and hold credible,
peaceful, and transparent elections in August 2017; and H.R. 1918, the
“Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act of 2017”. H. Res. 128, H.
Res. 259, H. Res. 311, H. Res. 357, H. Res. 359, H.R. 1918, and H.R.
2061 were ordered reported, as amended. H. Res. 449 and H.R. 2408 were
ordered reported, without amendment.
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific held
a markup on H. Res. 422, urging adherence to the “one country, two
systems” policy as prescribed in the Joint Declaration between the
Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the Government of
the People's Republic of China on the Question of Hong Kong; H. Res.
445, honoring the life and legacy of Liu Xiaobo for his steadfast
commitment to the protection of human rights, political freedoms, free
markets, democratic elections, government accountability, and peaceful
change in the People's Republic of China; H.R. 2732, the “North Korea
Travel Control Act”; and H.R. 3320, to direct the Secretary of State
to develop a strategy to regain observer status for Taiwan in the World
Health Organization, and for other purposes. H. Res. 422 and H.R. 3320
were forwarded to the full Committee, without amendment. H. Res. 445
and H.R. 2732 were forwarded to the full Committee, as amended.
U.S. INTERESTS IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC: FY 2018 BUDGET HEARING
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific held
a hearing entitled “U.S. Interests in the Asia-Pacific: FY 2018 Budget
Hearing”. Testimony was heard from Susan Thornton, Acting Assistant
Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of
State; and Gloria Steele, Acting Assistant Administrator, Bureau for
Asia, U.S. Agency for International Development.
EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT: HOW CAN FEMA IMPROVE THE INTEGRITY OF ITS
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Oversight and
Management Efficiency held a hearing
entitled “Employee Misconduct: How Can FEMA Improve the Integrity of
its Workforce”. Testimony was heard from David Grant, Acting Deputy
Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of
Homeland Security; Chris P. Currie, Director, Homeland Security and
Justice Issues, Government Accountability Office; and a public witness.
THE NEED FOR THE BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT
Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“The Need for the Balanced Budget Amendment”. Testimony was heard
from Representatives Ratcliffe, Scott of Virginia, Buchanan, Stivers,
Amash, Loudermilk, and Murphy of Florida; and public witnesses.
ANTITRUST CONCERNS AND THE FDA APPROVAL PROCESS
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform,
Commercial and Antitrust Law held a hearing entitled “Antitrust
Concerns and the FDA Approval Process”. Testimony was heard from Scott
Gottlieb, M.D., Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration; Markus
Meier, Acting Director, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade
Commission, and Assistant Director, Health Care Division, Federal Trade
Commission; and public witnesses.
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral
Resources held a hearing on H.R. 1778, to provide that an order by the
Secretary of the Interior imposing a moratorium on Federal coal leasing
shall not take effect unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted,
and for other purposes; H.R. 3117, the “Transparency and Honesty in
Energy Regulations Act of 2017”; and legislation to require
congressional approval of any mineral withdrawal or monument
designation involving the National Forest System lands in the State of
Minnesota, to provide for the renewal of certain mineral leases in such
lands, and for other purposes. Testimony was heard from Representatives
Cheney, Jenkins of West Virginia, and Emmer; and public witnesses.
CHALLENGES TO THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Health
Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules; and Subcommittee on
Intergovernmental Affairs held a joint hearing entitled “Challenges to
the Freedom of Speech on College Campuses”. Testimony was heard from
COMBATTING HOMEGROWN TERRORISM
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on National
Security held a hearing entitled “Combatting Homegrown Terrorism”.
Testimony was heard from Kerry Sleeper, Assistant Director, Office of
Partner Engagement, Federal Bureau of Investigation; George Selim,
Director of Countering Violent Extremism, Department of Homeland
Security; and public witnesses.
INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018; DEPARTMENT OF
VETERANS AFFAIRS BONUS TRANSPARENCY ACT
Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 3180, the
“Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018”; and S. 114,
the “Department of Veterans Affairs Bonus Transparency Act”. The
Committee granted, by record vote of 7-3, a closed rule for H.R. 3180.
The rule provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by
the chair and ranking minority member of the Permanent Select Committee
on Intelligence. The rule waives all points of order against
consideration of the bill. The rule provides that the amendment in the
nature of a substitute recommended by the Permanent Select Committee on
Intelligence now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted,
and the bill as amended, shall be considered as read. The rule waives
all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended. The
rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. In
section 2, the rule waives clause 6(a) of rule XIII (requiring a two-
thirds vote to consider a rule on the same day it is reported from the
Rules Committee) against any resolution reported through the
legislative day of August 1, 2017. In section 3, the rule provides that
on any legislative day during the period from July 31, 2017, through
September 4, 2017: the Journal of the proceedings of the previous day
shall be considered as approved; and the Chair may at any time declare
the House adjourned to meet at a date and time to be announced by the
Chair in declaring the adjournment. In section 4, the rule provides
that the Speaker may appoint Members to perform the duties of the Chair
for the duration of the period addressed by section 3. In section 5,
the rule provides that each day during the period addressed by section
3 of the resolution shall not constitute a calendar day for the
purposes of section 7 of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1546). In
section 6, the rule provides that each day during the period addressed
by section 3 of the resolution shall not constitute a legislative day
for purposes of clause 7 of rule XIII (resolutions of inquiry).
Finally, section 7 of the rule provides that each day during the period
by section 3 of the resolution shall not constitute a calendar or
legislative day for the purposes of clause 7(c)(1) of rule XXII.
(motions to instruct conferees). The Committee granted, by voice vote,
a closed rule for S. 114. The rule provides one hour of debate equally
divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the
Committee on Veterans' Affairs. The rule waives all points of order
against consideration of the bill. The rule provides that the amendment
in the nature of a substitute printed in the Rules Committee report
shall be considered as adopted and the bill, as amended, shall be
considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against
provisions in the bill, as amended. The rule provides one motion to
recommit with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from
Chairman Roe of Tennessee and Representatives Walz, Nunes, Schiff,
Hill, and Khanna.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Full Committee held a
markup on H. Res. 437, of inquiry requesting the President to provide
certain documents in the President's possession; H.R. 1735, the
“Community Empowerment for Mitigated Properties Act of 2017”; H.R.
3176, the “Disaster Assistance Fairness and Accountability Act of
2017”; H. Con. Res. 69, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for
the District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run;
and H.R. 1758, the “Brownfields Reauthorization Act of 2017”. H. Res.
437 and H. Con. Res 69 were ordered reported, without amendment. H.R.
1735, H.R. 3176, and H.R. 1758 were ordered reported, as amended.
No joint committee meetings were held.
COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,
JULY 28, 2017
(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
No hearings are scheduled.
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