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Congressional Record2017/3/16Senate | House | Extensions

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37 public bills, H.R. 1556–1592; and 7 resolutions, H.J. Res. 90; and H. Res. 200–205 were introduced.
Pages H2147–49

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H.R. 1238, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Health Affairs responsible for coordinating the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security related to food, agriculture, and veterinary defense against terrorism, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115–42, Part 1).
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The House recessed at 10:47 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
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The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Andrew Chaney, First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, Springfield, Missouri.
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The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a yea-and-nay vote of 243 yeas to 165 nays with 1 answering “present”, Roll No. 164.
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The House recessed at 1:30 p.m. and reconvened at 1:35 p.m.
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The House passed H.R. 1259, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, by a recorded vote of 237 ayes to 178 noes, Roll No. 168.
Pages H2114–35
Rejected the Kihuen motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with amendments, by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 229 noes, Roll No. 167.
Pages H2133–35
Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–7 shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
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Roe (TN) amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–39) that inserts “to or” after the word “paid” on page 20, line 15;
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Kuster amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–39) that includes as prohibited personnel practices as described in the whistleblower protection subsection of section 3 with those defined in 38 USC 733(c);
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Taylor amendment (No. 6 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–39) that requires the Veterans Administration to provide a semi-annual report to the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs outlining all instances of Senior Executives who are detailed to a new position within the agency; the report will contain details on the purpose of the reassignment as well as the costs associated with the reassignment;
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Tenney amendment (No. 7 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–39) that requires that bonuses awarded to senior-level executives within the Department of Veterans Affairs be reported to Congress on an annual basis; and
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Kuster amendment (No. 8 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–39) that requires VA supervisors to develop performance plans for employees, to include steps taken to address poor performance; it would also improve training for supervisors.
Pages H2129–30
Walz amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–39) that sought to grant the VA Secretary improved authorities to hold VA senior executives and employees accountable, protects employees' constitutionally guaranteed due process rights, and protects employees' collective bargaining rights under federal law (by a recorded vote of 194 ayes to 223 noes, Roll No. 165); and
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Takano substitute amendment (No. 9 printed in part A of H. Rept. 115–39) that sought to provide for the suspension and removal of VA employees for performance or misconduct that is a threat to public health and safety in place of the proposed removal process (by a recorded vote of 183 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 166).
Pages H2130–32, H2132–33
H. Res. 198, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1259), (H.R. 1367), and (H.R. 1181) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 229 ayes to 187 noes, Roll No. 163, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 227 yeas to 185 nays, Roll No. 162.
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The House passed H.R. 1181, to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the conditions under which certain persons may be treated as adjudicated mentally incompetent for certain purposes, by a yea-and-nay vote of 240 yeas to 175 nays, Roll No. 169.
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H. Res. 198, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1259), (H.R. 1367), and (H.R. 1181) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 229 ayes to 187 noes, Roll No. 163, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 227 yeas to 185 nays, Roll No. 162.
Pages H2094–H2100, H2100–02
The House considered H.R. 1367, to improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, March 17th.
Pages H2136–39
H. Res. 198, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1259), (H.R. 1367), and (H.R. 1181) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 229 ayes to 187 noes, Roll No. 163, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 227 yeas to 185 nays, Roll No. 162.
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