Daily Digest

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

    Senate confirmed the nomination of Jerome H. Powell, of Maryland, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S445–S476

Measures Introduced: Four bills and five resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 2329–2332, and S. Res. 376–380.
Pages S467–68

Measures Passed:

John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System: Senate passed S. 1395, to revise the boundaries of certain John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in Delaware.
Page S471


Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act: Senate passed S. 2152, to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for assistance for victims of child pornography, after agreeing to the committee amendments.
Pages S471–76


Authorize the Production of Records: Senate agreed to S. Res. 379, to authorize the production of records by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
Page S475


Congratulating the University of Charleston Men's Soccer Team: Senate agreed to S. Res. 380, congratulating the University of Charleston men's soccer team for winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Men's Soccer Championship at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri.
Page S475


Azar Nomination--Agreement: Senate continued consideration of the nomination of Alex Michael Azar II, of Indiana, to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Pages S458–63

During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:

By 54 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 20), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
Page S460

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, all post-cloture time on the nomination expire at 2:15 p.m., on Wednesday, January 24, 2018; and that Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination with no intervening action or debate.
Pages S460–63

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m., on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.
Page S463


James Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, following the cloture vote on the nomination of Samuel Dale Brownback, of Kansas, to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Department of State, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of R.D. James, of Missouri, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army; and Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, with no intervening action or debate; that no further motions be in order, and Senate resume consideration of the nomination of Samuel Dale Brownback, of Kansas, to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Department of State.
Page S463


Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:

By 84 yeas to 13 nays (Vote No. EX. 19), Jerome H. Powell, of Maryland, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of four years.
Pages S446–60

During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:

By 84 yeas to 12 nays (Vote No. 18), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
Pages S447–48


Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

J. Campbell Barker, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas.

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Jeremy D. Kernodle, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas.

Michael J. Truncale, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas.

Wendy Vitter, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Pages S475–76


Messages from the House:
Page S466


Executive Communications:
Page S466


Petitions and Memorials:
Pages S466–67


Executive Reports of Committees:
Page S467


Additional Cosponsors:
Page S468


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S468–71


Additional Statements:
Pages S464–65


Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Page S471


Privileges of the Floor:
Page S471


Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--20)
Pages S448, S459–60, S460


Adjournment: Senate convened at 12:02 p.m. and adjourned at 6:38 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S475.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW

Committee on Armed Services: Committee received a closed briefing on the Nuclear Posture Review from John C. Rood, Under Secretary for Policy, and General Paul J. Selva, USAF, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both of the Department of Defense.

CYBER WARFIGHTING POLICY

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Cybersecurity concluded a closed hearing to examine cyber warfighting policy, after receiving testimony from Kenneth P. Rapuano, Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense and Global Security, Lieutenant General Richard D. Clarke, USA, Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, J5, Joint Staff, and Neill Tipton, Director, Information Sharing and Partner Engagement Directorate, Office of the Under Secretary for Intelligence, all of the Department of Defense.

NOMINATIONS

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be Chairperson of the Board of Directors, and to be a Member of the Board of Directors, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Marvin Goodfriend, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and Thomas E. Workman, of New York, to be a Member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.

SURFACE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security concluded a hearing to examine surface transportation security, focusing on addressing current and emerging threats, after receiving testimony from David P. Pekoske, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration, and John V. Kelly, Acting Inspector General, both of the Department of Homeland Security.

ELECTRIC POWER SYSTEM DURING RECENT WINTER WEATHER EVENTS

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded an oversight hearing to examine the performance of the electric power system in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic during recent winter weather events, including the bomb cyclone, after receiving testimony from Kevin J. McIntyre, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Bruce J. Walker, Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, both of the Department of Energy; Charles A. Berardesco, North American Electric Reliability Corporation, Washington, D.C.; Allison Clements, goodgrid LLC, Salt Lake City, Utah; Andrew L. Ott, PJM Interconnection, LLC, Audubon, Pennsylvania; and Gordon van Welie, ISO New England, Holyoke, Massachusetts.

PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded a hearing to examine facing 21st century public health threats, focusing on our Nation's preparedness and response capabilities, after receiving testimony from John Dreyzehner, Tennessee Department of Health, Nashville; Tom Inglesby, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Health Security, Baltimore, Maryland; Brent MacGregor, Seqirus, Summit, New Jersey; and Steven E. Krug, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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INTELLIGENCE

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

Chamber Action

The House was not in session today. The House is scheduled to meet in a Pro Forma session at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018.

Committee Meetings

No hearings were held.

Joint Meetings

No joint committee meetings were held.

NEW PUBLIC LAWS

(For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D61)

S. 139, to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to improve foreign intelligence collection and the safeguards, accountability, and oversight of acquisitions of foreign intelligence, to extend title VII of such Act. Signed on January 19, 2018. (Public Law 115–118)

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY,

JANUARY 24, 2018

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, to receive a closed briefing on global nuclear developments, 2:30 p.m., SVC–217.

Subcommittee on Personnel, to hold hearings to examine officer personnel management and the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act of 1980, 3 p.m., SR–222.

Committee on the Budget: to hold an oversight hearing to examine the Congressional Budget Office, 10:30 a.m., SD–608.

Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Michael B. Brennan, of Wisconsin, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit, Daniel Desmond Domenico, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado, and Adam I. Klein, of the District of Columbia, to be Chairman and Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, 10 a.m., SD–226.

Special Committee on Aging: to hold hearings to examine turning 65, focusing on navigating critical decisions to age well, 9:30 a.m., SD–562.

House

No hearings are scheduled.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

10 a.m., Wednesday, January 24

Senate Chamber

Program for Wednesday: Senate will continue consideration of the nomination of Alex Michael Azar II, of Indiana, to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, post-cloture, and vote on confirmation of the nomination at 2:15 p.m.

Following disposition of the nomination of Alex Michael Azar II, Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Samuel Dale Brownback, of Kansas, to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Department of State.

Following the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Samuel Dale Brownback, Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination of R. D. James, of Missouri, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

4 p.m., Thursday, January 25

House Chamber

Program for Thursday: House will meet in a Pro Forma session at 4 p.m.

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