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[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 187 (Wednesday, November 15, 2017)]
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Routine Proceedings, pages S7225-S7268
Measures Introduced: Ten bills and three resolutions were introduced,
as follows: S. 2126-2135, and S. Res. 332-334.
Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act: Senate passed S. 807, to
provide anti-retaliation protections for antitrust whistleblowers.
VALOR Act: Senate passed H.R. 3949, to amend title 38, United States
Code, to provide for the designation of State approving agencies for
multi-State apprenticeship programs for purposes of the educational
assistance programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
VA Prescription Data Accountability Act 2017: Committee on Veterans'
Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1545, to
amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the authority of the
Secretary of Veterans Affairs to disclose certain patient information
to State controlled substance monitoring programs, and the bill was
USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams: Senate agreed to S. Res. 332,
commemorating the christening of the USNS Hershel “Woody” Williams.
Permitting the Collection of Charitable Items: Senate agreed to S.
Res. 333, permitting the collection of clothing, toys, food, and
housewares during the holiday season for charitable purposes in Senate
Authorizing the Taking of a Photograph: Senate agreed to S. Res. 334,
authorizing the taking of a photograph in the Senate Chamber.
Otting Nomination--Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of the
nomination of Joseph Otting, of Nevada, to be Comptroller of the
Currency, Department of the Treasury.
During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the
By 54 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 276), Senate agreed to the motion to
close further debate on the nomination.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further
consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 9:30
a.m., on Thursday, November 16, 2017.
Nominations--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached
providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, that at 11:30 a.m., on
Thursday, November 16, 2017, there be 30 minutes of post-cloture time
remaining on the nomination of Joseph Otting, of Nevada, to be
Comptroller of the Currency, Department of the Treasury, equally
divided between the two Leaders, or their designees; that following the
use or yielding back of that time, Senate vote on confirmation of the
nomination; and that following disposition of the nomination of Joseph
Otting, Senate vote on the pending motions to invoke cloture on the
nominations of Donald C. Coggins, Jr., to be United States District
Judge for the District of South Carolina, and Dabney Langhorne
Friedrich, of California, to be United States District Judge for the
District of Columbia, in the order filed, and that if cloture is
invoked, the post-cloture time on the nominations run consecutively.
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
By 89 yeas to 6 nays (Vote No. EX. 274), Mark T. Esper, of Virginia,
to be Secretary of the Army.
By 52 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. EX. 275), David G. Zatezalo, of West
Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and
Bobby L. Christine, of Georgia, to be United States Attorney for the
Southern District of Georgia for the term of four years.
David J. Freed, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Attorney for the
Middle District of Pennsylvania for the term of four years.
Pages S7266, S7268
Messages from the House:
Petitions and Memorials:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--276)
Pages S7230, S7231
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 7:04 p.m.,
until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 16, 2017. (For Senate's program,
see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page
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