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[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 194 (Wednesday, November 29, 2017)]
From the Congressional Record Online through GPO
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Routine Proceedings, pages S7367-S7505
Measures Introduced: Five bills and one resolution were introduced, as
follows: S. 2169-2173, and S. Res. 344.
Honoring the life and achievements of Dr. Robert Lawrence Jr.: Senate
agreed to S. Res. 344, honoring the life and achievements of Dr. Robert
Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Consolidation Act:
Senate passed H.R. 228, to amend the Indian Employment, Training and
Related Services Demonstration Act of 1992 to facilitate the ability of
Indian tribes to integrate the employment, training, and related
services from diverse Federal sources.
Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act: Senate
passed S. 254, to amend the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to
provide flexibility and reauthorization to ensure the survival and
continuing vitality of Native American languages, after agreeing to the
following amendment proposed thereto:
McConnell (for Hoeven) Amendment No. 1637, to amend the authorization
of appropriations for the Native American languages grant program under
section 803C of the Native American Programs Act of 1974.
John P. Smith Act: Senate passed S. 302, to enhance tribal road
Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act
Amendments: Senate passed S. 245, to amend the Indian Tribal Energy
Development and Self-Determination Act of 2005.
RESPECT Act: Senate passed S. 343, to repeal certain obsolete laws
relating to Indians.
Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement
Act: Senate passed S. 669, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior
to assess sanitation and safety conditions at Bureau of Indian Affairs
facilities that were constructed to provide affected Columbia River
Treaty tribes access to traditional fishing grounds and expend funds on
construction of facilities and structures to improve those conditions,
after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
McConnell (for Hoeven) Amendment No. 1638, to authorize a study of
the program to assess sanitation and safety conditions at Bureau of
Indian Affairs facilities that were constructed to provide affected
Columbia River Treaty tribes access to traditional fishing grounds and
make related improvements.
AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act: Senate passed S. 772, to amend the
PROTECT Act to make Indian tribes eligible for AMBER Alert grants.
Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Land Transfer Act: Senate
passed S. 825, to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the
Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium located in Sitka, Alaska,
after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a
Oregon Tribal Economic Development Act: Senate passed S. 1285, to
allow the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw
Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of
Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon, the
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe
of Indians, the Klamath Tribes, and the Burns Paiute Tribes to lease or
transfer certain lands, after agreeing to the committee amendments.
National Defense Authorization Act: Senate began consideration of the
motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1519, to authorize
appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for military activities of the
Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense
activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel
strengths for such fiscal year.
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act--Agreement: Senate began consideration of H.R. 1,
to provide for reconciliation
pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget
for fiscal year 2018, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and
taking action on the following motion and amendment proposed thereto:
Pages S7393-S7402, S7499-S7504
By 48 yeas to 51 nays (Vote No. 285), Wyden motion to commit the bill
to the Committee on Finance, with instructions.
McConnell (for Hatch/Murkowski) Amendment No. 1618, of a perfecting
During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the
By 52 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 284), Senate agreed to the motion to
proceed to consideration of the bill.
A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further
consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Thursday,
November 30, 2017, with one hour of debate remaining on McConnell (for
Hatch/Murkowski) Amendment No. 1618 (listed above).
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that a correction
to appointments made on November 28, 2017 be printed in the Record. For
the information of the Senate, this correction is clerical and does not
change membership of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission
made by the appointments.
Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission: The Chair, on behalf of
the Majority Leader, pursuant to the provisions of Public Law 115-77,
appointed the following individuals to the Frederick Douglass
Bicentennial Commission: Kay Cole James of Virginia, and Star Parker of
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Marvin Goodfriend, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Board of
Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of fourteen years
from February 1, 2016.
Joseph E. Macmanus, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of
2 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
Nomination Withdrawn: Senate received notification of withdrawal of the
1 Air Force nomination in the rank of general.
Messages from the House:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Privileges of the Floor:
Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--285)
Pages S7393-94, S7402
Adjournment: Senate convened at 12 noon and adjourned at 9:52 p.m.,
until 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2017. (For Senate's program,
see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page
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