Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
January 11, 2018
115th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 164, No. 7 — Daily Edition
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Thursday, January 11, 2018
Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act: Committee on Indian Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 984, to extend Federal recognition to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., the Monacan Indian Nation, and the Nansemond Indian Tribe, and the bill was then passed.
Congratulating the North Dakota State University football team: Senate agreed to S. Res. 372, congratulating the North Dakota State University football team for winning the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Football Championship Subdivision title.
Medal of Honor: Senate passed H.R. 4641, to authorize the President to award the Medal of Honor to John L. Canley for acts of valor during the Vietnam War while a member of the Marine Corps.
FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act--Agreement: Senate began consideration of the amendment of the House to S. 139, to implement the use of Rapid DNA instruments to inform decisions about pretrial release or detention and their conditions, to solve and prevent violent crimes and other crimes, to exonerate the innocent, to prevent DNA analysis backlogs, taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill.
McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill, with McConnell Amendment No. 1870 (to the House Amendment to the bill), to change the enactment date.
McConnell Amendment No. 1871 (to Amendment No. 1870), of a perfecting nature.
McConnell motion to refer the message of the House on the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary, with instructions, McConnell Amendment No. 1872, to change the enactment date.
McConnell Amendment No. 1873 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 1872), of a perfecting nature.
McConnell Amendment No. 1874 (to Amendment No. 1873), of a perfecting nature.
A motion was entered to close further debate on McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
By 68 yeas to 27 nays (Vote No. 10), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to consideration of the House message to accompany the bill.
Prior to the consideration of this measure today, Senate took the following action:
Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to Legislative Session.
A unanimous consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, Senate resume consideration of the amendment of the House to the bill; and that the filing deadlines under Rule XXII, with respect to the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill, be at the following times on Tuesday, January 16, 2018: 4:45 p.m. for all first-degree amendments, and 5:15 p.m. for all second-degree amendments.
United States Semiquincentennial Commission: The Chair announced, on behalf of the Democratic Leader, pursuant to the provisions of Public Law 114–196, the appointment of the following individual to serve as a member of the United States Semiquincentennial Commission: Rosa G. Rios of Maryland.
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
By a unanimous vote of 92 yeas (Vote No. EX. 7), Michael Lawrence Brown, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia.
By a unanimous vote of 96 yeas (Vote No. EX. 9), Walter David Counts III, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Texas.
During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
By 90 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 8), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
Messages from the House:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Privileges of the Floor:
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 4:29 p.m., until 1 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S170.)
U.S. POLICY IN SYRIA POST-ISIS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine United States policy in Syria post-ISIS, after receiving testimony from David M. Satterfield, Senior Bureau Official for Near Eastern Affairs, Department of State.
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:
S. 2152, to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for assistance for victims of child pornography, with an amendment; and
The nominations of Fernando Rodriguez, Jr., to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, and Joseph D. Brown, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, Matthew D. Krueger, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Norman Euell Arflack, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Ted G. Kamatchus, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Iowa, all of the Department of Justice.
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session to receive a briefing on certain intelligence matters from officials of the intelligence community.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Simpson to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Rapid DNA Act: The House passed S. 139, to implement the use of Rapid DNA instruments to inform decisions about pretrial release or detention and their conditions, to solve and prevent violent crimes and other crimes, to exonerate the innocent, and to prevent DNA analysis backlogs, by a yea-and-nay vote of 256 yeas to 164 nays, Roll No. 16.
Rejected the Himes motion to commit the bill to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 227 noes, Roll No. 15.
Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–53 shall be considered as adopted.
Amash amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 115–504) that sought to replace the text of S. 139 with the text of the USA RIGHTS Act (by a yea-and-nay vote of 183 yeas to 233 nays, Roll No. 14).
Suspension--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure. Consideration began Tuesday, January 9th.
Counter Terrorist Network Act: H.R. 4578, to authorize certain counter terrorist networks activities of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 17.
Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act: The House agreed to discharge from committee and pass H.R. 4708, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue Department of Homeland Security-wide guidance and develop training programs as part of the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign.
Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 10 a.m. tomorrow, January 12th and further, when the House adjourns on that day, it adjourns to meet at 12 noon on Tuesday, January 16th for Morning Hour debate.
Directing the Secretary of the Senate to make a correction in the enrollment of the bill S. 139: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 78, directing the Secretary of the Senate to make a correction in the enrollment of the bill S. 139.
Committee Chairwoman Resignation: Read a letter from Representative Black wherein she resigned as the Chairwoman of the Committee on the Budget.
Committee Resignation: Read a letter from Representative Gowdy wherein he resigned from the Committee on Ethics.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page H160.
Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 12:31 p.m.
No hearings were held.
No joint committee meetings were held.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Friday: Senate will meet in a pro forma session.
Program for Friday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 10 a.m.
Buck, Ken, Colo., E33
Cohen, Steve, Tenn., E34
Esty, Elizabeth H., Conn., E34
Huffman, Jared, Calif., E36
Hurd, Will, Tex., E36
Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E35
Kind, Ron, Wisc., E33
Lee, Barbara, Calif., E36
Lofgren, Zoe, Calif., E33
Pocan, Mark, Wisc., E36
Poe, Ted, Tex., E34
Quigley, Mike, Ill., E35
Ruiz, Raul, Calif., E35
Shuster, Bill, Pa., E33
Turner, Michael R., Ohio, E36
Wagner, Ann, Mo., E36
Watson Coleman, Bonnie, N.J., E35