Daily Digest

Friday, March 17, 2017

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

The Senate was not in session and stands adjourned until 10 a.m., on Monday, March 20, 2017.––––––

Committee Meetings

No committee meetings were held.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action

Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced:
31 public bills, H.R. 1593–1623; and 4 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 34; and H. Res. 206–208 were introduced.


Pages H2182–83  

Additional Cosponsors:


Page H2185

Report Filed:
A report was filed today as follows:

H.R. 1101, to amend title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to improve access and choice for entrepreneurs with small businesses with respect to medical care for their employees, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–43).


Page H2182 

Journal:
The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a recorded vote of 246 ayes to 143 noes with 2 answering ``present'', Roll No. 172.


Pages H2153, H2168–69

Providing for the expenses of certain committees of the House of Representatives in the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress:
The House agreed to H. Res. 173, providing for the expenses of certain committees of the House of Representatives in the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress.


Pages H2154–55

Improving the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs:
The House passed 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, by a yea-and-nay vote of 412 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 171.


Pages H2155–67, H2167–68

Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–6 shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.


Page H2156

Agreed to:

Wenstrup amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–39) that extends the timeline to implement the fellowship program from 90 days to one year and extends the GAO reporting deadline from one to two years; additionally, it removes the requirement to track a number of hiring effectiveness metrics, changes the establishment of a recruiting database from a ``shall'' to ``may'' authority, and stipulates that HR training be accomplished virtually;


Pages H2158–59

Meng amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–39) that makes clear that the Inspector General of the VA must report, pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 7412, on at minimum five clinical and five nonclinical VA occupations that have the largest staffing shortages, which then triggers special hiring authorities for the Secretary to address such shortages;


Page H2159

Sewell (AL) amendment (No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–39) that allows the Secretary to select eligible employees for the Executive Management Fellowship Program who represent or service rural areas, to whatever extent practicable;


Pages H2159–60

Buck amendment (No. 5 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–39) that prevents former political appointees at the VA from receiving non-political, competitively selected positions at the VA without having to go through the proper selection process;


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Shea-Porter amendment (No. 6 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–39) that requires the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to list open mental health positions in the database established under the bill;


Pages H2161–62

Brownley (CA) amendment (No. 7 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–39) that clarifies that ``medical facility'' referenced in Sec. 10 includes each medical center, domiciliary facility, outpatient clinic, community-based outpatient clinic, and vet center;


Page H2162

Welch amendment (No. 8 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–39) that adds an analysis of succession planning and hiring in rural areas, and requires a study on the ability to hire and recruit veterans in rural areas;


Pages H2162–63

Gottheimer amendment (No. 9 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–39) that adds veterans who are recent graduates and/or recipients of Post-9/11 GI Bill Educational Assistance as a distinct category of individuals who are allowed for excepted service appointments;


Pages H2163–64

Herrera Beutler amendment (No. 10 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–39) that strengthens anonymity protections for employees filling out exit surveys, and requires exit survey data to be compiled at the VISN level to identify and acknowledge regional differences;


Page H2164

Meng amendment (No. 12 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–39) that encourages the transition of military medical professionals into employment with the Veterans Health Administration upon discharge or separation from the Armed Forces;


Page H2165

Bost amendment (No. 13 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–39) that directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop and implement a plan to hire a director for each VA medical center without a permanent director;


Pages H2165–66

O'Rourke amendment (No. 14 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–39) that allows the VA to offer physicians conditional job offers two years prior to the completion of their residency program; requires VA recruiters or similar official to visit each teaching institution with a residency program at least once annually; and


Pages H2166–67

Hanabusa amendment (No. 11 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–39) that requires the total number of employees that voluntarily separated and the percentage of those employees that took the voluntary exit survey (by a recorded vote of 400 ayes to 8 noes, Roll No. 170).


Pages H2164–65, H2167–68

Rejected:

Hanabusa amendment (No. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–39) that sought to strike section 6, ``Reemployment of Former Employees,'' which would allow for the Secretary to appoint former employees at one grade higher than when they last separated, without having to go through the usual competitive application process.


Page H2160

H. Res. 198, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1259), (H.R. 1367), and (H.R. 1181) was agreed to yesterday, March 16th.

Recess:
The House recessed at 10:15 a.m. and reconvened at 11:02 a.m.


Page H2167

Meeting Hour:
Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 12 noon on Monday, March 20th for Morning Hour debate.


Page H2173

Quorum Calls--Votes:
One yea-and-nay vote and two recorded votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H2167–68, H2168 and H2169. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment:
The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 1:53 p.m.

Committee Meetings

No hearings are scheduled.

Joint Meetings

No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR MONDAY,

MARCH 20, 2017

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on the Judiciary:
to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch, of Colorado, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, 11 a.m., SH–216.

House

Committee on Rules,
Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 372, the ``Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017''; and H.R. 1101, the ``Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017'', 5 p.m., H–313 Capitol.

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence,
Full Committee, hearing on ongoing investigation into Russian Active Measures, 10 a.m., 1100 LHOB.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

10 a.m., Monday, March 20

Senate Chamber

Program for Monday:
Senate will meet in a pro forma session.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

12 noon, Monday, March 20

House Chamber

Program for Monday:
To be announced.



Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE



Black, Diane, Tenn., E339

Boyle, Brendan F., Pa., E343, E344

Capuano, Michael E., Mass., E342

Cartwright, Matt, Pa., E340, E341, E342, E342

Comstock, Barbara, Va., E340

Costa, Jim, Calif., E344

Davis, Rodney, Ill., E344

Donovan, Daniel M., Jr, N.Y., E339

Frankel, Lois, Fla., E343

Frelinghuysen, Rodney P., N.J., E341

Graves, Garret, La., E342

Hudson, Richard, N.C., E341

Huffman, Jared, Calif., E339

Kelly, Trent, Miss., E342, E343

King, Peter T., N.Y., E339

Labrador, Raú R., Idaho, E341

Palazzo, Steven M., Miss., E343

Rooney, Francis, Fla., E344

Schakowsky, Janice D., Ill., E340

Slaughter, Louise McIntosh, N.Y., E342

Speier, Jackie, Calif., E340

Swalwell, Eric, Calif., E339

Young, David, Iowa, E342, E343, E344

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