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[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 186 (Tuesday, November 14, 2017)]
[Daily Digest]
[Pages D1216-D1218]
From the Congressional Record Online through GPO

Committee Meetings

RESPONSE AND RECOVERY TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS FROM THE 2017 HURRICANE 
SEASON
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment held a 
hearing entitled “Response and Recovery to Environmental Concerns from 
the 2017 Hurricane Season”. Testimony was heard from Sam Coleman, 
Acting Regional Administrator, Region 6, Environmental Protection 
Agency; Trent Epperson, Assistant City Manager, Pearland, Texas; Trey 
Glenn, Regional Administrator, Region 4, Environmental Protection 
Agency; Peter Lopez, Regional Administrator, Region 2, Environmental 
Protection Agency; Bryan Shaw, Chairman, Texas Department of 
Environmental Quality; and public witnesses.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee began a markup on H.R. 
1153, the “Mortgage Choice Act of 2017”; H.R. 1638, the “Iranian 
Leadership Asset Transparency Act”; H.R. 3093, the “Investor Clarity 
and Bank Parity Act”; H.R. 3221, the “Securing Access to Affordable 
Mortgages Act”; H.R. 3299, the “Protecting Consumers' Access to 
Credit Act of 2017”; H.R. 3978, the “TRID Improvement Act of 2017”; 
H.R. 4015, the “Corporate Governance Reform and Transparency Act of 
2017”; H.R. 4247, the “Restoring Financial Market Freedom Act of 
2017”; H.R. 4248, to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to 
repeal certain disclosure requirements related to conflict minerals, 
and for other purposes; H.R. 4258, the “Family Self-Sufficiency Act”; 
H.R. 4263, the “Regulation A+ Improvement Act of 2017”; H.R. 4267, 
the “Small Business Credit Availability Act”; H.R. 4270, the 
“Monetary Policy Transparency and Accountability Act of 2017”; H.R. 
4278, the “Independence from Credit Policy Act of 2017”; H.R. 4279, 
the “Expanding Investment Opportunities Act”; H.R. 4281, the 
“Expanding Access to Capital for Rural Job Creators Act”; H.R. 4289, 
to amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act 
to repeal certain disclosure requirements related to coal and mine

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safety; H.R. 4292, the “Financial Institution Living Will Improvement 
Act”; H.R. 4293, to reform the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and 
Review process, the Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test process, and for other 
purposes; H.R. 4294, the “Prevention of Private Information 
Dissemination Act of 2017”; H.R. 4296, to place requirements on 
operational risk capital requirements for banking organizations 
established by an appropriate Federal banking agency; H.R. 4302, the 
“Congressional Accountability for Emergency Lending Programs Act of 
2017”; and H.R. 4324, the “Strengthening Oversight of Iran's Access 
to Finance Act”.

LOOKING NORTH: ASSESSING THE CURRENT THREAT AT THE U.S.-CANADA BORDER
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Border and Maritime 
Security held a hearing entitled “Looking North: Assessing the Current 
Threat at the U.S.-Canada Border”. Testimony was heard from the 
following Department of Homeland Security officials: Michael Dougherty, 
Assistant Secretary for Border, Immigration, and Trade Policy, Office 
of Strategy, Policy, and Plans; Scott A. Luck, Acting Deputy Chief, 
Border Patrol; Kevin Kelly, Special Agent in Charge, Immigration and 
Customs Enforcement; and a public witness.

PREVENTING SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE CONGRESSIONAL WORKPLACE
Committee on House Administration: Full Committee held a hearing 
entitled “Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Congressional 
Workplace”. Testimony was heard from Representatives Speier and Byrne; 
Gloria Lett, Counsel, Office of House Employment Counsel; and Barbara 
Childs Wallace, Chair, Board of Directors, Office of Compliance.

OVERSIGHT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
“Oversight of the Department of Justice”. Testimony was heard from 
Jefferson Sessions III, Attorney General, Department of Justice.

THE NEED FOR TRANSPARENT FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY IN TERRITORIES' 
DISASTER RECOVERY EFFORTS
Committee on Natural Resources: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
“The Need for Transparent Financial Accountability in Territories' 
Disaster Recovery Efforts”. Testimony was heard from Ricardo Rossello, 
Governor, Puerto Rico; and Kenneth Mapp, Governor, United States Virgin 
Islands.

REGULATORY REFORM TASK FORCES CHECK-IN: PART II
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on 
Intergovernmental Affairs; and Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits, 
and Administrative Rules held a joint hearing entitled “Regulatory 
Reform Task Forces Check-In: Part II”. Testimony was heard from 
Rebeckah Adcock, Senior Advisor, Office of the Secretary, Department of 
Agriculture; Robert Eitel, Senior Counselor, Office of the Secretary, 
Department of Education; and Charles Keckler, Associate Deputy 
Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human 
Services.

TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT
Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 1, the “Tax 
Cuts and Jobs Act”. The Committee granted, by record vote of 8-3, a 
closed rule for H.R. 1. The rule provides four hours of debate equally 
divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the 
Committee on Ways and Means. The rule waives all points of order 
against consideration of the bill. The rule provides that an amendment 
in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee 
Print 115-39 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. The rule provides that 
clause 5(b) of rule XXI shall not apply to the bill or amendments 
thereto. In section 2, the rule provides that upon passage of H.R. 1, 
the amendment to the title of such bill recommended by the Committee on 
Ways and Means now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted. 
In section 3, the rule provides that on any legislative day during the 
period from November 17, 2017, through November 27, 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. Finally, section 4 of 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. Testimony was heard from Chairman 
Brady of Texas and Representatives Neal, Doggett, Barton, Hultgren, 
King of Iowa, McClintock, Walker, Jackson Lee, and Polis.

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BOLSTERING THE GOVERNMENT'S CYBERSECURITY: A SURVEY OF COMPLIANCE WITH 
THE DHS DIRECTIVE
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Oversight 
held a hearing entitled “Bolstering the Government's Cybersecurity: A 
Survey of Compliance with the DHS Directive”. Testimony was heard from 
Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Secretary, Cybersecurity and Communications, 
National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland 
Security; Renee Wynn, Chief Information Officer, National Aeronautics 
and Space Administration; Essye Miller, Deputy Chief Information 
Officer for Cybersecurity, Department of Defense; and a public witness.

Joint Meetings
  No joint committee meetings were held.



    


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