Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
August 15, 2018
115th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 164, No. 135 — Daily Edition
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
S. 2896, to require disclosure by lobbyists of convictions for bribery, extortion, embezzlement, illegal kickbacks, tax evasion, fraud, conflicts of interest, making false statements, perjury, or money laundering. (S. Rept. No. 115–317)
Report to accompany S. 436, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to retire coal preference right lease applications for which the Secretary has made an affirmative commercial quantities determination, to substitute certain land selections of the Navajo Nation, to designate certain wilderness areas. (S. Rept. No. 115–318)
Report to accompany H.R. 497, To direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal lands in San Bernardino County, California, to the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District, and to accept in return certain non-Federal lands. (S. Rept. No. 115–320)
H.R. 1222, to amend the Public Health Service Act to coordinate Federal congenital heart disease research efforts and to improve public education and awareness of congenital heart disease, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
S. 2465, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize a sickle cell disease prevention and treatment demonstration program and to provide for sickle cell disease research, surveillance, prevention, and treatment, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
S. 3016, to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve essential oral health care for low-income and other underserved individuals by breaking down barriers to care, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Department of Defense Appropriations Act--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that following disposition of the nomination of Julius Ness Richardson, of South Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit, Senate begin consideration of H.R. 6157, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and that for the purpose of Rule XIV, in relation to the substitute, Amendment No. 3695, the text of H.R. 6157 serve as the basis for defense of germaneness for Division A of the amendment, and the text of H.R. 6470, making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, as reported by the House Appropriations Committee, serve as the basis for defense of germaneness for Division B of the amendment.
Quattlebaum Nomination--Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr., of South Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.
During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
By 61 yeas to 28 nays (Vote No. 182), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, August 16, 2018, and that notwithstanding Rule XXII, all post-cloture time be considered expired at 12 noon.
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Robert H. McMahon, of Georgia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense.
2 Army nominations in the rank of general.
1 Navy nomination in the rank of admiral.
Messages from the House:
Enrolled Bills Presented:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--182)
Adjournment: Senate convened at 12 noon and adjourned at 6:34 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 16, 2018. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S5669.)
NATIONAL PARKS LEGISLATION
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks concluded a hearing to examine S. 599 and H.R. 1488, bills to redesignate the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as the ``Indiana Dunes National Park'', S. 1644, to clarify the status of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail as a unit of the National Park System, S. 1926 and H.R. 2156, bills to provide for the establishment of a national memorial and national monument to commemorate those killed by the collapse of the Saint Francis Dam on March 12, 1928, S. 1987 and H.R. 2600, bills to provide for the conveyance to the State of Iowa of the reversionary interest held by the United States in and to certain land in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, and to express the sense of Congress relating to the continued provision of information relating to certain national historic trails, S. 1993, to adjust the boundary of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include the Rim of the Valley Corridor, S. 2015, to clarify the status of the North Country, Ice Age, and New England National Scenic Trails as units of the National Park System, S. 2441, to amend the Steel Industry American Heritage Area Act of 1996 to repeal the funding limitation, S. 2570, to repeal the funding authorization sunset and the total funding cap for the Essex National Heritage Area, S. 2604, to amend the Oil Region National Heritage Area Act to reauthorize the Oil Region National Heritage Area, S. 2672, to authorize the Society of the First Infantry Division to make modifications to the First Division Monument located on Federal land in President's Park in Washington, DC, S. 2870, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the site known as ``Amache'' in the State of Colorado, S. 2876, to amend the National Trails System Act to provide for the study of the Pike National Historic Trail, S. 2889 and H.R. 4895, bills to establish the Medgar Evers National Monument in the State of Mississippi, S. 2831 and H.R. 5751, bills to redesignate Golden Spike National Historic Site and to establish the Transcontinental Railroad Network, S. 3176 and H.R. 5979, bills to establish the Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument in the State of Kentucky as a unit of the National Park System, S. 3287 and H.R. 5655, bills to establish the Camp Nelson Heritage National Monument in the State of Kentucky as a unit of the National Park System, S. 3298, to extend the authority of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc., to establish a visitor center for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and H. Con. Res. 33, designating the George C. Marshall Museum and George C. Marshall Research Library in Lexington, Virginia, as the National George C. Marshall Museum and Library, after receiving testimony from P. Daniel Smith, Deputy Director, Exercising the Authority of the Director, National Parks Service, Department of the Interior.
House of Representatives
The House was not in session today. The House is scheduled to meet in Pro Forma session at 9 a.m. on Friday, August 17, 2018.
No hearings were held.
No joint committee meetings were held.
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. Signed on August 1, 2018. (Public Law 115–226)
S. 2850, to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund. Signed on August 1, 2018. (Public Law 115–227)
H.R. 4528, to make technical amendments to certain marine fish conservation statutes. Signed on August 2, 2018. (Public Law 115–228)
H.R. 4645, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate certain segments of East Rosebud Creek in Carbon County, Montana, as components of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Signed on August 2, 2018. (Public Law 115–229)
H.R. 5729, to restrict the department in which the Coast Guard is operating from implementing any rule requiring the use of biometric readers for biometric transportation security cards until after submission to Congress of the results of an assessment of the effectiveness of the transportation security card program. Signed on August 2, 2018. (Public Law 115–230)
S. 2779, to amend the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001. Signed on August 8, 2018. (Public Law 115–231)
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. Signed on August 13, 2018. (Public Law 115–232)
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold an oversight hearing to examine the Federal Communications Commission, 10 a.m., SR–253.
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: to hold hearings to examine the nominations of William Cooper, of Maryland, to be General Counsel, and Lane Genatowski, of New York, to be Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, both of the Department of Energy, 10 a.m., SD–366.
Committee on Environment and Public Works: to hold hearings to examine implementation of Clean Water Act section 401 and S. 3303, Water Quality Certification Improvement Act, 10 a.m., SD–406.
Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of David Hale, of New Jersey, to be an Under Secretary of State (Political Affairs), 10 a.m., SD–419.
Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Lynda Blanchard, of Alabama, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Slovenia, Dereck J. Hogan, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, Kathleen Ann Kavalec, of California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Albania, Philip S. Kosnett, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo, and Judy Rising Reinke, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Montenegro, all of the Department of State, 2:30 p.m., SD–419.
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, to hold an oversight hearing to examine efforts to protect unaccompanied alien children from human trafficking and abuse, 10 a.m., SD–342.
Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider S. 2961, to reauthorize subtitle A of the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990, and the nominations of Ryan Douglas Nelson, of Idaho, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, Richard J. Sullivan, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, Gary Richard Brown, Diane Gujarati, Eric Ross Komitee, and Rachel P. Kovner, each to be a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, Stephen R. Clark, Sr., to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri, Lewis J. Liman, and Mary Kay Vyskocil, both to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, John M. O'Connor, to be United States District Judge for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma, John L. Sinatra, Jr., to be United States District Judge for the Western District of New York, Joshua Wolson, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, James W. Carroll, Jr., of Virginia, to be Director of National Drug Control Policy, and Ariana Fajardo Orshan, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Department of Justice, 10 a.m., SD–226.
Select Committee on Intelligence: to receive a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters, 10 a.m., SH–219.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Thursday: Senate will continue consideration of the nomination of A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr., of South Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit, post-cloture, and vote on confirmation of the nomination at 12 noon.
Following disposition of the nomination of A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr., Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Julius Ness Richardson, of South Carolina, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.
Program for Friday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 9 a.m.