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[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 198 (Tuesday, December 5, 2017)]
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House of Representatives
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 12 public bills, H.R. 4546-
4557 were introduced.
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 2897, to authorize the Mayor of the District of Columbia and the
Director of the National Park Service to enter into cooperative
management agreements for the operation, maintenance, and management of
units of the National Park System in the
District of Columbia, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115-436, Part
H.R. 4477, to enforce current law regarding the National Instant
Criminal Background Check System, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115-437);
H.R. 3979, to amend the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to reauthorize
the volunteer services, community partnership, and refuge education
programs of the National Wildlife Refuge System, and for other
purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115-438);
H.R. 1132, to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for a 2-
year prohibition on employment in a career civil service position for
any former political appointee, and for other purposes, with an
amendment (H. Rept. 115-439); and
H. Res. 645, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 38) to
amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a means by which
nonresidents of a State whose residents may carry concealed firearms
may also do so in the State (H. Rept. 115-440).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed
Representative Hice (GA) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 11:04 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a
yea-and-nay vote of 224 yeas to 183 nays with one answering
“present”, Roll No. 657.
Pages H9630, H9641
Change of Conferee: The Chair announced the removal of Representative
Walden as a conferee on H.R. 1, to provide for reconciliation pursuant
to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for
fiscal year 2018, and appointed Representative Upton to fill the
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the
Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017: H.R. 3731,
amended, to provide overtime pay for employees of the United States
Secret Service, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 407 yeas to 4 nays, Roll
Pages H9633-37, H9639-40
Stopping Abusive Female Exploitation Act: H.R. 3317, amended, to
amend title 18, United States Code, to increase the penalty for female
genital mutilation, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 409 yeas with none
voting “nay”, Roll No. 656; and
Pages H9637-39, H9640
Taylor Force Act: H.R. 1164, amended, to condition assistance to the
West Bank and Gaza on steps by the Palestinian Authority to end
violence and terrorism against Israeli citizens.
Member Resignation: Read a letter from Representative Conyers, wherein
he resigned as Representative for the Thirteenth Congressional District
of Michigan, effective Tuesday, December 5, 2017.
Whole Number of the House: The Chair announced to the House that, in
light of the resignation of the gentleman from Michigan, Mr. Conyers,
the whole number of the House is 433.
Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following
measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were
Enhancing Veteran Care Act: S. 1266, to authorize the Secretary of
Veterans Affairs to enter into contracts with nonprofit organizations
to investigate medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs;
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. Con. Res. 90, amended, 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;
Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic
Governance Act of 2017: H.R. 2658, amended, to provide humanitarian
assistance for the Venezuelan people, to defend democratic governance
and combat widespread public corruption in Venezuela; and
Expressing concern and condemnation over the political, economic,
social, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela: H. Res. 259, amended,
expressing concern and condemnation over the political, economic,
social, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes developed during the
proceedings of today and appear on pages H9639-41. There were no quorum
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 4:24 p.m.
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