Daily Digest

Monday, June 18, 2018

Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

    Senate passed H.R. 5515, National Defense Authorization Act, as
    amended.

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S3961–S4010

Measures Introduced: Seven bills and one resolution were introduced, as follows: S. 3078–3084, and S. Res. 550.
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Measures Reported:

S. 2221, to repeal the multi-State plan program, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 115–277)

S. 186, to amend the Federal Power Act to provide that any inaction by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that allows a rate change to go into effect shall be treated as an order by the Commission for purposes of rehearing and court review, with an amendment. (S. Rept. No. 115–278)

S. 2852, to reauthorize certain programs under the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 3042, to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
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Measures Passed:

National Defense Authorization Act: By 85 yeas to 10 nays (Vote No. 128), Senate passed 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, after taking action on the following motion proposed thereto:
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By 81 yeas to 14 nays (Vote No. 127), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to waive section 4106(b)(1) of H. Con. Res. 71, establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027, with respect to Inhofe/McCain Modified Amendment No. 2282, in the nature of a substitute, to the bill. Subsequently, the point of order that the pending measure was in violation of section 4106 of H. Con. Res. 71, was not sustained, and thus the point of order fell.
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Congratulating the Golden State Warriors: Senate agreed to S. Res. 550, congratulating the Golden State Warriors for their dominant back-to-back championship victory in the 2018 National Basketball Association Finals.
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Measures Considered:

Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act--Agreement: Senate began consideration of H.R. 5895, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following motion and amendments proposed thereto:
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Pending:

Shelby Amendment No. 2910, in the nature of a substitute.
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Alexander Amendment No. 2911 (to Amendment No. 2910), to make a technical correction.
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During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:

By 92 yeas to 3 nays (Vote No. 129), 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 motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
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A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that for the purpose of Rule XVI in relation to Shelby Amendment No. 2910, Division A of H.R. 5895 serve as the basis for defense of germaneness for Division A of the amendment, Division B of H.R. 5895 serve as the basis for defense of germaneness for Division B of the amendment, and that Division C of H.R. 5895 serve as the basis for defense of germaneness for Division C of the amendment.
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A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.
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Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

Karen S. Evans, of West Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response).

Daniel Simmons, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy).

Mary Bridget Neumayr, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Council on Environmental Quality.

Irving Bailey, of Florida, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation for a term expiring December 17, 2018.

Irving Bailey, of Florida, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation for a term expiring December 17, 2021.

Brian J. Bulatao, of Texas, to be an Under Secretary of State (Management).

Ellen E. McCarthy, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Intelligence and Research).

Rossie David Alston, Jr., of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.

M. Miller Baker, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade.

Shannon Lee Goessling, of Florida, to be Director of the Violence Against Women Office, Department of Justice.

Eric E. Murphy, of Ohio, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

Carl J. Nichols, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.

Chad A. Readler, of Ohio, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit.

Timothy M. Reif, of the District of Columbia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade.

Mary M. Rowland, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

Steven C. Seeger, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

Robert C. Tapella, of Virginia, to be Director of the Government Publishing Office.

Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, and Navy.
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Nomination Withdrawn: Senate received notification of withdrawal of the following nomination:

Eric M. Ueland, of Oregon, to be an Under Secretary of State (Management), which was sent to the Senate on January 8, 2018.
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Messages from the House:
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Measures Referred:
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Measures Placed on the Calendar:
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Executive Communications:
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Petitions and Memorials:
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Additional Cosponsors:
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Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
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Additional Statements:
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Amendments Submitted:
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Authorities for Committees to Meet:
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Privileges of the Floor:
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Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--129)
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Adjournment: Senate convened at 3 p.m. and adjourned at 7:40 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S4008.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

IG REPORT ON DOJ AND FBI ACTIONS IN ADVANCE OF 2016 ELECTION

Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the Inspector General's first report on Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation actions in advance of the 2016 presidential election, after receiving testimony from Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General, and Christopher A. Wray, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, both of the Department of Justice.

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House of Representatives

Chamber Action

The House was not in session today. The House is scheduled to meet at 12 noon on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

Committee Meetings

No hearings were held.

Joint Meetings

CORRUPTION IN UKRAINE'S ENERGY SECTOR

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Commission received a briefing on corruption in Ukraine's energy sector from Bill Courtney, RAND Corporation, and Ed Chow, Center for Strategic and International Studies, both of Washington, D.C.; and Nataliya Katser-Buchkovska, Member of the Verkhovna Rada, Kiev, Ukraine.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR TUESDAY,

JUNE 19, 2018

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security, business meeting to markup an original bill making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, 10 a.m., SD–124.

Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, business meeting to markup an original bill making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, 11 a.m., SD–138.

Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, business meeting to markup an original bill making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, 3 p.m., SD–138.

Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Lieutenant General Austin S. Miller, USA, to be general and Commander, Resolute Support Mission, North Atlantic Treaty Organization/Commander, United States Forces-Afghanistan, Department of Defense, 9:30 a.m., SD–G50.

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security, to hold hearings to examine Cambridge Analytica and other Facebook partners, focusing on data privacy risks, 2:30 p.m., SH–216.

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold hearings to examine effective administration of the 340B Drug Pricing Program, 10 a.m., SD–430.

Committee on the Judiciary: to hold an oversight hearing to examine the EB–5 investor visa program, 10 a.m., SD–226.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: business meeting to consider the nomination of John Lowry III, of Illinois, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans' Employment and Training, Time to be announced, Room to be announced.

Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.

Special Committee on Aging: to hold hearings to examine changing the trajectory of Alzheimer's, focusing on reducing risk, detecting early symptoms, and improving data, 2:30 p.m., SD–106.

House

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Full Committee; and full Committee of the House Committee on the Judiciary, joint hearing entitled ``Oversight of the FBI and DOJ Actions in Advance of the 2016 Election'', 10 a.m., HVC–210.

Committee on Rules, Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 5797, the ``Individuals in Medicaid Deserve Care that is Appropriate and Responsible in its Delivery Act''; H.R. 6082, the ``Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act''; and H.R. 6, the ``Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act'', 5 p.m., H–313 Capitol.

CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM AHEAD

Week of June 19 through June 22, 2018

Senate Chamber

On Tuesday, Senate will continue consideration of H.R. 5895, Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act.

During the balance of the week, Senate may consider any cleared legislative and executive business.

Senate Committees

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Committee on Appropriations: June 19, Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security, business meeting to markup an original bill making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, 10 a.m., SD–124.

June 19, Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, business meeting to markup an original bill making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, 11 a.m., SD–138.

June 19, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, business meeting to markup an original bill making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, 3 p.m., SD–138.

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June 21, Full Committee, business meeting to markup an original bill making appropriations for the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, an original bill making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and an original bill making appropriations for Financial Services and General Government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, 10:30 a.m., SD–106.

Committee on Armed Services: June 19, to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Lieutenant General Austin S. Miller, USA, to be general and Commander, Resolute Support Mission, North Atlantic Treaty Organization/Commander, United States Forces-Afghanistan, Department of Defense, 9:30 a.m., SD–G50.

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: June 20, Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance, to hold hearings to examine combating money laundering and other forms of illicit finance, focusing on how criminal organizations launder money and innovative techniques for fighting them, 2:30 p.m., SD–538.

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: June 19, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security, to hold hearings to examine Cambridge Analytica and other Facebook partners, focusing on data privacy risks, 2:30 p.m., SH–216.

June 20, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Geoffrey Adam Starks, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission, and Peter A. Feldman, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 10 a.m., SR–253.

Committee on Environment and Public Works: June 20, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of William Charles McIntosh, of Michigan, to be an Assistant Administrator, and Peter C. Wright, of Michigan, to be Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste, both of the Environmental Protection Agency, 10 a.m., SD–406.

Committee on Finance: June 20, to hold hearings to examine current and proposed tariff actions administered by the Department of Commerce, 9 a.m., SD–215.

Committee on Foreign Relations: June 20, to hold hearings to examine United States Agency for International Development resources and redesign, 10:15 a.m., SD–419.

June 21, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Gordon D. Sondland, of Washington, to be Representative of the United States of America to the European Union, with the rank and status of Ambassador, Department of State, 2 p.m., SD–419.

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: June 19, to hold hearings to examine effective administration of the 340B Drug Pricing Program, 10 a.m., SD–430.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: June 20, to hold hearings to examine Medicaid fraud and overpayments, focusing on problems and solutions, 10 a.m., SD–342.

Committee on Indian Affairs: June 20, to hold an oversight hearing to examine promoting traditional subsistence activities in Native communities, 2:30 p.m., SD–628.

Committee on the Judiciary: June 19, to hold an oversight hearing to examine the EB–5 investor visa program, 10 a.m., SD–226.

June 20, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr., of South Carolina, and Julius Ness Richardson, of South Carolina, both to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit, Roy Kalman Altman, and Rodolfo Armando Ruiz II, both to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, and Raul M. Arias-Marxuach, to be United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico, 10 a.m., SD–226.

June 21, Full Committee, business meeting to consider S. 2245, to include New Zealand in the list of foreign states whose nationals are eligible for admission into the United States as E–1 and E–2 nonimmigrants if United States nationals are treated similarly by the Government of New Zealand, S. 2823, to modernize copyright law, and the nominations of Britt Cagle Grant, of Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, David James Porter, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit, Holly A. Brady, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana, Andrew Lynn Brasher, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama, James Patrick Hanlon, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana, David Steven Morales, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Lance E. Walker, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maine, Edward W. Felten, of New Jersey, and Jane Nitze, of the District of Columbia, both to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, and John D. Jordan, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Missouri, Department of Justice, 10 a.m., SD–226.

Committee on Rules and Administration: June 20, to hold hearings to examine election security preparations, focusing on a state and local perspective, 10:30 a.m., SR–301.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: June 19, business meeting to consider the nomination of John Lowry III, of Illinois, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans' Employment and Training, Time to be announced, Room to be announced.

Select Committee on Intelligence: June 19, to hold closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.

June 20, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the policy response to Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections; to be immediately followed by a closed session in SH–219, 10 a.m., SH–216.

Special Committee on Aging: June 19, to hold hearings to examine changing the trajectory of Alzheimer's, focusing on reducing risk, detecting early symptoms, and improving data, 2:30 p.m., SD–106.

House Committees

Committee on Appropriations, June 20, Full Committee, markup on the FY 2019 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill; the FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill; and the Revised Report on the Suballocation of Budget Allocations for FY 2019, 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.

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Committee on Armed Services, June 20, Subcommittee on Military Personnel, hearing entitled ``Military Health System Reform: Pain Management, Opioids Prescription Management and Reporting Transparency'', 3:30 p.m., 2212 Rayburn.

June 21, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Military Technology Transfer: Threats, Impacts, and Solutions for the Department of Defense'', 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.

June 21, Subcommittee on Readiness, hearing entitled ``Aviation Mishap Prevention-a Progress Report'', 3:30 p.m., 2212 Rayburn.

June 22, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces; and Subcommittee on Space of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, joint hearing entitled ``Space Situational Awareness: Whole of Government Perspectives on Roles and Responsibilities'', 9 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.

Committee on the Budget, June 20, Full Committee, begin markup on the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2019, 12:30 p.m., 1334 Longworth.

June 21, Full Committee, continue markup on the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2019, 9 a.m., 1334 Longworth.

Committee on Education and the Workforce, June 20, Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, hearing entitled ``Occupational Licensing: Reducing Barriers to Economic Mobility and Growth'', 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.

June 21, Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, hearing entitled ``Growth, Opportunity, and Change in the U.S. Labor Market and the American Workforce: A Review of Current Developments, Trends, and Statistics'', 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.

Committee on Energy and Commerce, June 20, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing entitled ``Examination of the GAO Audit Series of HHS Cybersecurity'', 1 p.m., 2123 Rayburn.

June 20, Subcommittee on Energy, hearing entitled ``The Benefits of Tax Reform on the Energy Sector and Consumers'', 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

June 22, Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, hearing on H.R. 2651, the ``Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017'', 9 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

June 22, Subcommittee on Environment, hearing entitled ``Advanced Biofuels Under the Renewable Fuel Standard: Current Status and Future Prospects'', 9:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.

Committee on Financial Services, June 20, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Empowering a Pro-Growth Economy by Cutting Taxes and Regulatory Red Tape'', 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.

June 20, Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, hearing entitled ``Illicit Use of Virtual Currency and the Law Enforcement Response'', 2 p.m., 2128 Rayburn.

June 21, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Oversight of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission'', 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.

Committee on Foreign Affairs, June 20, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``U.S. Policy Toward Afghanistan'', 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.

June 20, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, hearing entitled ``The Trump-Kim Summit: Outcomes and Oversight'', 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.

June 20, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, hearing entitled ``Human Rights Concerns in Sri Lanka'', 2:30 p.m., 2200 Rayburn.

June 21, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, hearing entitled ``Russian and Chinese Nuclear Arsenals: Posture, Proliferation, and the Future of Arms Control'', 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.

Committee on the Judiciary, June 21, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, hearing entitled ``Examining The Need for New Federal Judges'', 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.

June 21, Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, hearing on H.R. 3553, the ``Bankruptcy Administration Improvement Act of 2017'', 11:30 a.m., 2237 Rayburn.

June 21, Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, hearing entitled ``The State of Intellectual Freedom in America'', 2 p.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Committee on Natural Resources, June 20, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 6087, the ``Removing Barriers to Energy Independence Act''; H.R. 6088, the ``Streamlining Permitting Efficiency in Energy Development Act''; H.R. 6106, the ``Common Sense Permitting Act''; and H.R. 6107, the ``Ending Duplicative Permitting Act'', 10:15 a.m., 1324 Longworth.

June 21, Subcommittee on Federal Lands, hearing on H.R. 4599, the ``Rock Creek National Park Act of 2017''; H.R. 5148, the ``Protect Public Use of Public Lands Act''; H.R. 5149, the ``Unlocking Public Lands Act''; H.R. 5613, the ``Quindaro Townsite National Historic Landmark Act''; and H.R. 5727, the ``Emery County Public Land Management Act of 2018'', 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.

June 21, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, hearing on H.R.4644, the ``Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act''; and H.R.5859, the ``Education and Energy Act of 2018'', 2 p.m., 1324 Longworth.

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, June 20, Subcommittee on National Security, hearing entitled ``Holding Cuban Leaders Accountable'', 2 p.m., 2247 Rayburn.

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, June 21, Subcommittee on Environment, hearing entitled ``State Perspectives on Regulating Background Ozone'', 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.

June 22, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces; and Subcommittee on Space, joint hearing entitled ``Space Situational Awareness: Whole of Government Perspectives on Roles and Responsibilities'', 9 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.

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Committee on Small Business, June 20, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Communities That Think Small and Win Big'', 11 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.

June 21, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade, hearing entitled ``Accelerating Agriculture: How Federal Regulations Impact America's Small Farmers'', 10:30 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, June 21, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, hearing entitled ``PIPES Act of 2016 Implementation: Oversight of Pipeline Safety Programs'', 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs, June 21, Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``More Than Just Filling Vacancies: A Closer Look at VA Hiring Authorities, Recruiting, and Retention'', 10 a.m., 334 Cannon.

Committee on Ways and Means, June 20, Subcommittee on Oversight, hearing entitled ``Update on IRS and DOJ Efforts to Return Seized Funds to Taxpayers'', 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth.

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, June 21, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``DIA Roles and Mission'', 9 a.m., HVC–304. This hearing will be closed.

Joint Meetings

Joint Economic Committee: June 21, to hold hearings to examine the need for United States leadership on digital trade, 2:30 p.m., 2318, Rayburn Building.

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: June 21, to receive a briefing on illicit trade, 1 p.m., SR–485.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

10 a.m., Tuesday, June 19

Senate Chamber

Program for Tuesday: Senate will continue consideration of H.R. 5895, Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act.

(Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for their respective party conferences.)

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

12 noon, Tuesday, June 19

House Chamber

Program for Tuesday: To be announced.







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