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[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 182 (Wednesday, November 8, 2017)]
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House of Representatives
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 24 public bills, H.R. 4294-
4317; and 1 resolution, H. Con. Res. 91, were introduced.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 3071, to require executive agencies to consider equipment rental
in any cost-effectiveness analysis for equipment acquisition, and for
other purposes (H. Rept. 115-402); and
H.R. 3244, to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for
annual surveys of Federal employees, and for other purposes, with an
amendment (H. Rept. 115-403).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed
Representative Bacon to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 10:57 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Pastor
Jeff Williams, Faith Community Church, Janesville, WI.
Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act--Rule for Consideration: The House
agreed to H. Res. 609, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R.
2201) to amend the Securities Act of 1933 to exempt certain micro-
offerings from the registration requirements of such Act, by a yea-and-
nay vote of 233 yeas to 190 nays, Roll No. 617 , after the previous
question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 190 nays,
Roll No. 616.
Recess: The House recessed at 3:20 p.m. and reconvened at 4:30 p.m.
Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns
today, it adjourn to meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow, November 9.
Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017: The House passed H.R.
3043, to modernize hydropower policy, by a recorded vote of 257 ayes to
166 noes, Roll No. 620.
Pursuant to the Rule, it shall be in order to consider as an original
bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the
amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on
Energy and Commerce now printed in the bill.
Grothman amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115-391) that requires
the U.S. Department of Interior consider the threat of invasive species
when it makes decisions on hydropower licensing;
Babin amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 115-391) that allows FERC
to examine the licenses of any project located in an area that was
declared by the President to be a disaster area in 2017; and
Jenkins (WV) amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 115-391) that
ensures that when hydro projects have an existing Memorandum of
Understanding for non-federal hydropower with FERC that all relevant
federal agencies are authorized to fully study and review the potential
expansion of non-federal hydropower, including a review of seasonal
pool levels and slowing flood releases.
Rush amendment in the nature of a substitute (No. 4 printed in H.
Rept. 115-391) that sought to add a new section to the Federal Power
Act (FPA) to improve the hydropower licensing process; direct the
Commission and the Federal resource agencies to convene a negotiated
rulemaking within 90 days of enactment with state and local government
representatives, Indian tribes, and stakeholders to develop a process
that will coordinate all necessary Federal authorizations and enable
the Commission to make a final decision on a license not later than 3
years of receiving a completed license application (by a recorded vote
of 185 ayes to 234 noes, Roll No. 619).
Pages H8635-41, H8641-42
H. Res. 607, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R.
3043) and (H.R. 3441) was agreed to yesterday, November 7th.
Suspensions--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules
and pass the following measures. Consideration began Tuesday, November
Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017: H.R. 4173, amended, to direct
the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study on the Veterans
Crisis Line, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 420 yeas with none voting
“nay”, Roll No. 618; and
Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act of 2017: H.R. 3705, amended, to direct
the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to require the use of certified mail
and plain language in certain debt collection activities, by a 2/3 yea-
and-nay vote of 422 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 621.
Senate Referrals: S. 1088 was referred to the Committee on Oversight
and Government Reform. S. 1015 was referred to the Committee on Energy
and Commerce and the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and
subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H8609.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea-and-nay votes and two recorded votes
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H8612-13,
H8613-14, H8614, H8641-42, H8642, and H8643. There were no quorum
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:57 p.m.
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