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[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 187 (Wednesday, November 15, 2017)]
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2018 VETERANS AFFAIRS ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction,
Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing entitled “2018
Veterans Affairs Electronic Health Record”. Testimony was heard from
the following Department of Veterans Affairs officials: David J.
Shulkin, Secretary; John H. Windom, Program Executive, Electronic
Health Record Modernization; and Scott R. Blackburn, Executive in
Charge, Office of Information and Technology.
EXAMINING THE POLICIES AND PRIORITIES OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Full Committee held a hearing
entitled “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department
of Labor”. Testimony was heard from R. Alexander Acosta, Secretary,
Department of Labor.
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment held a
markup on H.R. 1917, the “Blocking Regulatory Interference from
Closing Kilns Act of 2017”; H.R. 453, the “Relief from New Source
Performance Standards Act of 2017”; H.R. 350, the “Recognizing the
Protection of Motorsports Act of 2017”; and H.R. 1119, the
“Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment Act”. H.R. 1917,
H.R. 453, and H.R. 350 were ordered reported, without amendment. H.R.
1119 was ordered reported, as amended.
Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee completed 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
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”. H.R. 1638, H.R. 4292, H.R. 4279, and H.R. 4293 were
ordered reported, as amended. H.R. 4258, H.R. 4324, H.R. 4270, H.R.
4278, H.R. 4302, H.R. 1153, H.R. 3093, H.R. 3221, H.R. 3978, H.R. 4294,
H.R. 4296, H.R. 4015, H.R. 4248, H.R. 4263, H.R. 4267, H.R. 4281, H.R.
3299, H.R. 4247, and H.R. 4289 were ordered reported, without
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Full Committee held a markup on H. Res.
336, reaffirming a strong commitment to the United States-Mexico
Partnership; H. Res. 401, urging China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand,
the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, India, and all nations to
outlaw the dog and cat meat trade and to enforce existing laws against
the trade; H. Res. 407, condemning the persecution of Christians around
the world; H.R. 1164, the “Taylor Force Act”; H.R. 1415, the “End
Neglected Tropical Diseases Act”; H.R. 2712, the “Palestinian
International Terrorism Support Prevention Act of 2017”; H.R. 3542,
the “Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act”; H.R. 3776, the “Cyber
Diplomacy Act of 2017”; and H. Con. Res. 90, condemning ethnic
cleansing of the Rohingya and calling for an end to the attacks in and
an immediate restoration of humanitarian access to the state of Rakhine
in Burma. H. Res. 336 was ordered reported, without amendment. H. Res.
401, H. Res. 407, H.R. 1164, H.R. 1415, H.R. 2712, H.R. 3542, H.R.
3776, and H. Con. Res. 90 were ordered reported, without amendment.
DEVELOPMENT FINANCE IN ASIA: U.S. ECONOMIC STRATEGY AMID CHINA'S BELT
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific held
a hearing entitled “Development Finance in Asia: U.S. Economic
Strategy Amid China's Belt and Road”. Testimony was heard from
Jonathan N. Stivers, Commissioner, U.S.-China Economic and Security
Review Commission; and public witnesses.
MAXIMIZING THE VALUE OF CYBER THREAT INFORMATION SHARING
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and
Infrastructure Protection held a hearing entitled “Maximizing the
Value of Cyber Threat Information Sharing”. Testimony was heard from
Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 170,
the “Protect and Grow American Jobs Act”. H.R. 170 was ordered
reported, as amended.
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and
Alaska Native Affairs held a hearing on H.R. 212, the “EFFECT Act”;
H.R. 2320, the “Samish Indian Nation Land Conveyance Act of 2017”;
and H.R. 3225, the “Oregon Tribal Economic Development Act”.
Testimony was heard from John Tahsuda III, Acting Assistant Secretary--
Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior; and public witnesses.
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a
hearing on H.R. 801, the “Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation
Act”; H.R. 2888, the “Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park
Establishment Act”; H.R. 3979, the “Keep America's Refuges
Operational Act”; and H.R. 4266, the “Acadia National Park Boundary
Clarification Act”. Testimony was heard from Representatives LaHood,
Smith of Missouri, Jeffries, and Poliquin; Sue Masica, Acting Deputy
Director for Operations, National Park Service; and public witnesses.
RECOMMENDATIONS AND REFORMS FROM THE INSPECTORS GENERAL
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a
hearing entitled “Recommendations and Reforms from the Inspectors
Testimony was heard from Michael E. Horowitz, Chair, Council of the
Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, Inspector General,
Department of Justice; John Roth, Inspector General, Department of
Homeland Security; and a public witness.
THE FEDERAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACQUISITION REFORM ACT (FITARA)
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on
Information Technology; and Subcommittee on Government Operations held
a joint hearing entitled “The Federal Information Technology
Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) Scorecard 5.0”. Testimony was heard
from Max Everett, Chief Information Officer, Department of Energy;
Alison Doone, Acting Chief Financial Officer, Department of Energy;
John Bashista, Director of Acquisition Management, Department of
Energy; Barbara Helland, Associate Director of Advanced Scientific
Computing Research, Department of Energy; Dave Powner, Director of IT
Management Issues, Government Accountability Office; Jay Mahanand,
Chief Information Officer, U.S. Agency for International Development;
Reginald Mitchell, Chief Financial Officer, U.S. Agency for
International Development; Wade Warren, Acting Deputy Administrator,
U.S. Agency for International Development; Maria Roat, Chief
Information Officer, Small Business Administration; Tim Gribben, Chief
Financial Officer, Small Business Administration; and Althea Coetzee
Leslie, Deputy Administrator, Small Business Administration.
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Full Committee held a
markup on H.R. 4376, the “Department of Energy Research Infrastructure
Act of 2017”; H.R. 4377, the “Accelerating American Leadership in
Science Act of 2017”; H.R. 4378, the “Nuclear Energy Research
Infrastructure Act of 2017”; H.R. 4375, the “STEM Research and
Education Effectiveness and Transparency Act”; H.R. 4323, the
“Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act”; H.R. 4254, the “Women in
Aerospace Education Act”; and H.R. 3397, the “Building Blocks of STEM
Act”. H.R. 3397 and H.R. 4254 were ordered reported, as amended. H.R.
4323, H.R. 4375, H.R. 4376, H.R. 4377, and H.R. 4378 were ordered
reported, without amendment.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND SMALL BUSINESSES: PROMOTING GREATER INFORMATION
SHARING FOR STRONGER CYBERSECURITY
Committee on Small Business: Full Committee held a hearing entitled
“Federal Government and Small Businesses: Promoting Greater
Information Sharing for Stronger Cybersecurity”. Testimony was heard
from public witnesses.
TURKEY'S FAILING RULE OF LAW
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Commission concluded
a hearing to examine the victims of Turkey's failing rule of law, after
receiving testimony from Jonathan R. Cohen, Deputy Assistant Secretary
of State for European and Eurasian Affairs; CeCe Heil, American Center
for Law and Justice, Franklin, Tennessee; Nate Schenkkan, Freedom
House, New York, New York; and Jacqueline Furnari, Chapel Hill, North
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