Daily Digest

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S3929–S3959

Measures Introduced: Thirteen bills and four resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 3065–3077, S. Res. 547–549, and S. Con. Res. 40.
Pages S3951–52

Measures Reported:

S. 3071, making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019. (S. Rept. No. 115–274)

S. 3072, making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019. (S. Rept. No. 115–275)

S. 3073, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019. (S. Rept. No. 115–276)

H.R. 1496, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3585 South Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles, California, as the ``Marvin Gaye Post Office''.

H.R. 2673, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 514 Broadway Street in Pekin, Illinois, as the ``Lance Corporal Jordan S. Bastean Post Office''.

H.R. 3183, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 13683 James Madison Highway in Palmyra, Virginia, as the ``U.S. Navy Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby Post Office''.

H.R. 4301, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 201 Tom Hall Street in Fort Mill, South Carolina, as the ``J. Elliott Williams Post Office Building''.

H.R. 4406, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 99 Macombs Place in New York, New York, as the ``Tuskegee Airmen Post Office Building''.

H.R. 4463, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6 Doyers Street in New York, New York, as the ``Mabel Lee Memorial Post Office''.

H.R. 4574, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 108 West Schick Road in Bloomingdale, Illinois, as the ``Bloomingdale Veterans Memorial Post Office Building''.

H.R. 4646, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1900 Corporate Drive in Birmingham, Alabama, as the ``Lance Corporal Thomas E. Rivers, Jr. Post Office Building''.

H.R. 4685, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 515 Hope Street in Bristol, Rhode Island, as the ``First Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna Jr. Post Office''.

H.R. 4722, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 111 Market Street in Saugerties, New York, as the ``Maurice D. Hinchey Post Office Building''.

H.R. 4840, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 567 East Franklin Street in Oviedo, Florida, as the ``Sergeant First Class Alwyn Crendall Cashe Post Office Building''.

S. 2549, to designate the United States Postal Service located at 1234 Saint Johns Place in Brooklyn, New York, as the ``Major Robert Odell Owens Post Office''.

S. 2692, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4558 Broadway in New York, New York, as the ``Stanley Michels Post Office Building''.
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Measures Passed:

Stephen Michael Gleason Congressional Gold Medal Act: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of S. 2652, to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Stephen Michael Gleason, and the bill was then passed.
Pages S3943–45


Tricentennial of the City of San Antonio, Texas: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 503, commemorating the tricentennial of the City of San Antonio, Texas, and the resolution was then agreed to, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
Page S3958

McConnell (for Cornyn) Amendment No. 2907, to amend the preamble.
Page S3958


Juneteenth Independence Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 547, designating June 19, 2018, as ``Juneteenth Independence Day'' in recognition of June 19, 1865, the date on which slavery legally came to an end in the United States.
Page S3958

Measures Considered:

National Defense Authorization Act--Agreement: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S3932–43

Adopted:

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By a unanimous vote of 97 yeas (Vote No. 125), Reed Amendment No. 2885 (to Amendment No. 2276), of a perfecting nature.
Pages S3935–36, S3943

Inhofe (for Boozman) Amendment No. 2276 (to Amendment No. 2282), to require a report on the permanent stationing of the United States forces in the Republic of Poland.
Pages S3934–35, S3939, S3943

Inhofe/McCain Modified Amendment No. 2282, in the nature of a substitute.
Page S3932

Withdrawn:

Inhofe (for Rounds) Amendment No. 2273 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 2282), to require a report on participation in the Transition Assistance Program.
Pages S3936–39, S3943

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

By 35 yeas to 62 nays (Vote No. 123), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on McConnell (for Toomey) Amendment No. 2700 (to Amendment No. 2282), to require congressional review of certain regulations issued by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
Pages S3933–34

By 83 yeas to 14 nays (Vote No. 124), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on Inhofe/McCain Modified Amendment No. 2282 (listed above).
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Chair sustained a point of order that Lee Amendment No. 2366 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 2282), to clarify that an authorization to use military force, a declaration of war, or any similar authority does not authorize the detention without charge or trial of a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States, was not germane, and the amendment thus fell.
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Reed Amendment No. 2842 (to Amendment No. 2366), to require the authorization of appropriation of amounts for the development of new or modified nuclear weapons, fell when Lee Amendment No. 2366 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 2282) fell.
Page S3932

Chair sustained a point of order that McConnell (for Toomey) Amendment No. 2700 (to Amendment No. 2282) (listed above), was not germane, and the amendment thus fell.
Page S3934

Reed/Warren Amendment No. 2756 (to Amendment No. 2700), to require the authorization of appropriation of amounts for the development of new or modified nuclear weapons, fell when McConnell (for Toomey) Amendment No. 2700 (to Amendment No. 2282) fell.
Page S3932

By 81 yeas to 15 nays (Vote No. 126), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the bill.
Page S3943

A unanimous-consent agreement was reach providing that Senate resume consideration of the bill, post-cloture, at approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, June 18, 2018; that it be in order for Senator Sanders, or his designee, to raise a single Congressional Budget Act point of order that lay against Inhofe/McCain Modified Amendment No. 2282, as amended, and that a motion to waive then be considered to have been made and Senate vote on the motion, without intervening action or debate; that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, all post-cloture time on the bill, as amended, expire at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, June 18, 2018; and that the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 5895, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, ripen following disposition of the bill.
Page S3959


Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 5895, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019.
Pages S3930–32

A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of H.R. 5515, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year.
Page S3930


Messages from the House:
Page S3950


Measures Referred:
Page S3950


Enrolled Bills Presented:
Page S3950


Executive Communications:
Page S3950


Petitions and Memorials:
Pages S3950–51


Executive Reports of Committees:
Page S3951


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S3952–53


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S3953–56


Additional Statements:
Pages S3948–50


Amendments Submitted:
Pages S3956–57


Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Pages S3957–58


Privileges of the Floor:
Page S3958


Record Votes: Four record votes were taken today. (Total--126)
Pages S3934, S3943


Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 4:33 p.m., until 3 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S3959.)

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Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Appropriations: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:

An original bill (S. 3071) making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019;

An original bill (S. 3072) making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019; and

An original bill (S. 3073) making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019.

COMPTROLLER OF THE CURRENCY

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine an update from the Comptroller of the Currency, after receiving testimony from Joseph M. Otting, Comptroller of the Currency, Department of the Treasury.

NOMINATIONS

Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine Harry B. Harris, Jr., of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, who was introduced by Senators Hirono and Nelson, Tibor Peter Nagy, Jr., of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary (African Affairs), and David Schenker, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary (Near Eastern Affairs), all of the Department of State, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:

S. 2837, to improve the systems for identifying the diversion of controlled substances, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;

S. 974, to promote competition in the market for drugs and biological products by facilitating the timely entry of lower-cost generic and biosimilar versions of those drugs and biological products, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; and

The nominations of Allen Cothrel Winsor, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Florida, Patrick R. Wyrick, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Oklahoma, and Susan Llewellyn Pamerleau, to be United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, Gadyaces S. Serralta, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Florida, R. Don Ladner, Jr., to be United States Marshal for the Northern District of Florida, and Charles L. Goodwin, to be United States Marshal for the District of Hawaii, all of the Department of Justice.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 21 public bills, H.R. 6101–6121; and 5 resolutions, H. Res. 941–945 were introduced.
Pages H5199–H5200


Additional Cosponsors:
Page H5201


Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:

H.R. 5762, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize a Joint Task Force to enhance integration of the Department of Homeland Security's border security operations to detect, interdict, disrupt, and prevent narcotics, such as fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, from entering the United States, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–755);

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H.R. 4991, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 115–756); and

H.R. 4627, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize expenditures to combat emerging terrorist threats, including vehicular attacks, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 115–757).
Page H5199


Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Weber (TX) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Page H5155


Recess: The House recessed at 10:58 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Page H5161


Recess: The House recessed at 2:45 p.m. and reconvened at 4 p.m.
Pages H5183–84


Securing the International Mail Against Opioids Act of 2018: The House passed H.R. 5788, to provide for the processing by U.S. Customs and Border Protection of certain international mail shipments and to require the provision of advance electronic information on international mail shipments of mail, by a yea-and-nay vote of 353 yeas to 52 nays, Roll No. 265.
Pages H5163–72, H5184

Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part C of H. Rept. 115–751, modified by the amendment printed in part D of H. Rept. 115–751, shall be considered as adopted, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill.
Page H5164

H. Res. 934, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 2851), (H.R. 5735), and (H.R. 5788) was agreed to yesterday, June 13th.

Transitional Housing for Recovery in Viable Environments Demonstration Program Act: The House passed H.R. 5735, to amend the United States Housing Act of 1937 to establish a demonstration program to set aside section 8 housing vouchers for supportive and transitional housing for individuals recovering from opioid use disorders or other substance use disorders, by a yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 173 nays, Roll No. 266.
Pages H5172–83, H5184–85

Pursuant to the Rule, it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115–73, in lieu of the amendments recommended by the Committee on Financial Services now printed in the bill.
Page H5179

Agreed to:

Barr amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–751) that clarifies selection requirements for eligible entities, removes recovery treatment time limits, and makes additional technical changes;
Pages H5180–81

Rohrabacher amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–751) that alters the application section to require eligible entities to provide proof to the Secretary that the supportive housing facilities to which they provide financial assistance have authorization to operate by the local government with jurisdiction over that zone;
Pages H5181–82

Moore amendment (No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–751) that addresses the devastating opioid crisis in tribal communities by ensuring that tribal housing authorities are designated as eligible entities to receive vouchers and ensuring that the selection criteria for awarding vouchers reflects the impact that opioids is having in tribal communities; and
Pages H5182–83

Biggs amendment (No. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 115–751) that removes a requirement to include recommendations for further continuation and expansion of the voucher program in a report to Congress.
Page H5183

H. Res. 934, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 2851), (H.R. 5735), and (H.R. 5788) was agreed to yesterday, June 13th.

United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission--Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the following individual on the part of the House to the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission for a term expiring on December 31, 2019: Rear Admiral Michael McDevitt, U.S. Navy, Retired, Arlington, VA.
Page H5188


Quorum Calls Votes: Two yea-and-nay votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H5184, H5184–85. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:28 p.m.

Committee Meetings

NAVY AND AIR FORCE DEPOT POLICY ISSUES AND INFRASTRUCTURE CONCERNS

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness held a hearing entitled ``Navy and Air Force Depot Policy Issues and Infrastructure Concerns''. Testimony was heard from Lieutenant General Lee Levy, Commander, Air Force Sustainment Center and Material Command, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force; Vice Admiral Thomas Moore, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, Headquarters, U.S. Navy; and Vice Admiral Dean Peters, Commander, Naval Air Systems Command, Headquarters, U.S. Navy.

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UNDERSTANDING THE DIGITAL ADVERTISING ECOSYSTEM

Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection held a hearing entitled ``Understanding the Digital Advertising Ecosystem''. Testimony was heard from Dave Wulf, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Infrastructure Protection, Department of Homeland Security; Chris P. Currie, Director, Emergency Management, National Preparedness, and Critical Infrastructure Protection, Homeland Security and Justice Team, Government Accountability Office; and public witnesses.

THE CHEMICAL FACILITIES ANTI-TERRORISM STANDARDS PROGRAM (CFATS)--A PROGRESS REPORT

Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing entitled ``The Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards Program (CFATS)--A Progress Report''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES

Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 5749, the ``Options Markets Stability Act''; H.R. 5953, the ``Building Up Independent Lives and Dreams Act''; H.R. 6035, the ``Streamlining Communications for Investors Act''; and H.R. 6069, the ``Fight Illicit Networks and Detect Trafficking Act''. H.R. 5953 and H.R. 6035 were ordered reported, without amendment. H.R. 6069 and H.R. 5749 were ordered reported, as amended.

DEMOCRACY PROMOTION IN A CHALLENGING WORLD

Committee on Foreign Affairs: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Democracy Promotion in a Challenging World''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURE

Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing on legislation on the ``Enhancing State Management of Federal Lands and Waters Act''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

NASA COST AND SCHEDULE OVERRUNS: ACQUISITION AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Space held a hearing entitled ``NASA Cost and Schedule Overruns: Acquisition and Program Management Challenges''. Testimony was heard from Cristina T. Chaplain, Director, Contracting and National Security Acquisitions, Government Accountability Office; Stephen Jurczyk, Associate Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Paul K. Martin, Inspector General, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and a public witness.

SHRINKING THE SKILLS GAP: SOLUTIONS TO THE SMALL BUSINESS WORKFORCE SHORTAGE

Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access held a hearing entitled ``Shrinking the Skills Gap: Solutions to the Small Business Workforce Shortage''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

Joint Meetings

No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

JUNE 15, 2018

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

No meetings/hearings scheduled.

House

Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, markup on the FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 9:30 a.m., 2358–C Rayburn.

Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing entitled ``The State of U.S. Public Health Biopreparedness: Responding to Biological Attacks, Pandemics, and Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks'', 9 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

Joint Meetings

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: to receive a briefing on the Trump Administration's Russia policy, 10 a.m., SD–562.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

3 p.m., Monday, June 18

Senate Chamber

Program for Monday: Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 5515, National Defense Authorization Act, post-cloture, and vote on a motion to waive a budget point of order thereon, followed by a vote on passage of the bill, at 5:30 p.m.

Following disposition of H.R. 5515, Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 5895, Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

9 a.m., Friday, June 15

House Chamber

Program for Friday: Consideration of H.R. 2851--Stop Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Bacon, Don, Nebr., E847

Bishop, Rob, Utah, E839

Boyle, Brendan F., Pa., E839

Bustos, Cheri, Ill., E840, E841, E841, E842, E843, E843, E844, E846, E847, E848

Cartwright, Matt, Pa., E841

Collins, Chris, N.Y., E846

Collins, Doug, Ga., E840, E842, E843, E844, E845, E847

Esty, Elizabeth H., Conn., E840

Gianforte, Greg, Mont., E839

Graves, Sam, Mo., E839

Gutiérrez, Luis V., Ill., E842

Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E841

Kennedy, Joseph P., III, Mass., E840

Lamborn, Doug, Colo., E844

Neal, Richard E., Mass., E843

Olson, Pete, Tex., E843, E844, E845, E846, E847, E847, E848

Poe, Ted, Tex., E845, E848

Ruiz, Raul, Calif., E846

Sanford, Mark, S.C., E841

Sessions, Pete, Tex., E841

Smith, Christopher H., N.J., E845

Speier, Jackie, Calif., E840

Taylor, Scott, Va., E843

Titus, Dina, Nev., E842

Torres, Norma J., Calif., E844, E846, E847

Turner, Michael R., Ohio, E842

Walz, Timothy J., Minn., E839

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