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116th Congress      }                                 {         Report
                                 SENATE
 1st Session        }                                 {         116-68
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                     REVIEW OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY

                       DURING THE 115TH CONGRESS

                               __________

                                 REPORT

                                 OF THE

                         COMMITTEE ON RULES AND

                             ADMINISTRATION

                          UNITED STATES SENATE

                               DURING THE

                             115TH CONGRESS

                              (2017-2018)

    PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH 8(b) OF RULE XXVI OF THE STANDING 
                      RULES OF THE SENATE

                                     






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                 July 31, 2019.--Ordered to be printed
                                     



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              U.S. GOVERNMENT PUBLISHING OFFICE

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                COMMITTEE ON RULES AND ADMINISTRATION\1\

                   RICHARD SHELBY, Alabama, Chairman

MITCH McCONNELL, Kentucky            AMY KLOBUCHAR, Minnesota
THAD COCHRAN, Mississippi            DIANNE FEINSTEIN, California
LAMAR ALEXANDER, Tennessee           CHARLES E. SCHUMER, New York
PAT ROBERTS, Kansas                  RICHARD J. DURBIN, Illinois
ROY BLUNT, Missouri                  TOM UDALL, New Mexico
TED CRUZ, Texas                      MARK R. WARNER, Virginia
SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO, West Virginia  PATRICK J. LEAHY, Vermont
ROGER WICKER, Mississippi            ANGUS S. KING, JR., Maine
DEB FISCHER, Nebraska                CATHERINE CORTEZ MASTO, Nevada

          Shannon Hutcherson Hines, Republican Staff Director
              Elizabeth Peluso, Democratic Staff Director

                COMMITTEE ON RULES AND ADMINISTRATION\2\

                     ROY BLUNT, Missouri, Chairman

MITCH McCONNELL, Kentucky            AMY KLOBUCHAR, Minnesota
LAMAR ALEXANDER, Tennessee           DIANNE FEINSTEIN, California
PAT ROBERTS, Kansas                  CHARLES E. SCHUMER, New York
RICHARD SHELBY, Alabama              RICHARD J. DURBIN, Illinois
TED CRUZ, Texas                      TOM UDALL, New Mexico
SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO, West Virginia  MARK R. WARNER, Virginia
ROGER WICKER, Mississippi            PATRICK J. LEAHY, Vermont
DEB FISCHER, Nebraska                ANGUS S. KING, JR., Maine
CINDY HYDE-SMITH, Mississippi        CATHERINE CORTEZ MASTO, Nevada

                   Fitzhugh Elder IV, Staff Director
              Elizabeth Peluso, Democratic Staff Director

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\2\April 2018-Present.
                
                
                
                
                
                
                
                

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                                FOREWORD

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    This report reviewing the legislative activity during the 
115th Congress of the Committee on Rules and Administration is 
submitted pursuant to paragraph 8(b) of Rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate. Paragraph 8 provides that 
standing committees of the Senate shall review and study, on a 
continuing basis, the application, administration, and 
execution of those laws, or parts thereof, the subject matter 
of which is within their jurisdiction, and submit to the 
Senate, not later than March 31 of each odd-numbered year, a 
report detailing the activities of that committee for the 
preceding Congress. The text of paragraph 8(b) of rule XXVI is 
as follows:

          8.(b) In each odd-numbered year, each such committee 
        shall submit, not later than March 31, to the Senate, a 
        report on the activities of that committee under this 
        paragraph during the Congress ending at noon on January 
        3 of such year.
                                                Roy Blunt, Chairman
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          
          

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                            C O N T E N T S

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Committee Membership.............................................    II
Foreword.........................................................   III
Jurisdiction.....................................................     1
Rules of Procedure for the 115th Congress........................     3
Legislative Activity.............................................     6
    Bills and Resolutions Considered by the Senate...............     6
        Original Resolutions from Committee......................     7
        Resolutions Related to Committee Funding.................     7
    Bills and Resolutions Referred to Committee..................     7
Committee Hearings and Business Meetings.........................     9
Nominations......................................................    10
Committee Publications...........................................    10
Executive Communications.........................................    11





















116th Congress      }                                 {         Report
                                 SENATE
 1st Session        }                                 {         116-68

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        REVIEW OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY DURING THE 115TH CONGRESS

                                _______
                                

                 July 31, 2019.--Ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

 Mr. Blunt, from the Committee on Rules and Administration, submitted 
                             the following

                              R E P O R T

 [Pursuant to paragraph 8(b) of rule XXVI of the Standing Rules of the 
                                Senate]

       Jurisdiction of the Committee on Rules and Administration

    The jurisdiction of the Committee on Rules and 
Administration is set forth in paragraph 1(n)(1) of rule XXV of 
the Standing Rules of the Senate. The following are excerpts 
from that paragraph.

                                RULE XXV

                          STANDING COMMITTEES

    1. The following standing committees shall be appointed at 
the commencement of each Congress, and shall continue and have 
the power to act until their successors are appointed, with 
leave to report by bill or otherwise on matters within their 
respective jurisdictions:

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

    (n)(1) Committee on Rules and Administration, to which 
committee shall be referred all proposed legislation, messages, 
petitions, memorials, and other matters relating to the 
following subjects:
    1. Administration of the Senate Office Buildings and the 
Senate wing of the Capitol, including the assignment of office 
space.
    2. Congressional organization relative to rules and 
procedures, and Senate rules and regulations, including floor 
and gallery rules.
    3. Corrupt practices.
    4. Credentials and qualifications of Members of the Senate, 
contested elections, and acceptance of incompatible offices.
    5. Federal elections generally, including the election of 
the President, Vice President, and Members of the Congress.
    6. Government Publishing Office, and the printing and 
correction of the Congressional Record, as well as those 
matters provided for under rule XI.
    7. Meeting of the Congress and attendance of Members.
    8. Payment of money out of the contingent fund of the 
Senate or creating a charge upon the same (except that any 
resolution relating to substantive matter within the 
jurisdiction of any other standing committee of the Senate 
shall be first referred to such committee).
    9. Presidential succession.
    10. Purchase of books and manuscripts and erection of 
monuments to the memory of individuals.
    11. Senate Library and statuary, art, and pictures in the 
Capitol and Senate Office Buildings.
    12. Services to the Senate, including the Senate 
restaurant.
    13. United States Capitol and congressional office 
buildings, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution 
(and the incorporation of similar institutions), and the 
Botanic Gardens.
    (2) Such committee shall also----
        (A) make a continuing study of the organization and 
        operation of the Congress of the United States and 
        shall recommend improvements in such organization and 
        operation with a view toward strengthening the 
        Congress, simplifying its operations, improving its 
        relationships with other branches of the United States 
        Government, and enabling it better to meet its 
        responsibilities under the Constitution of the United 
        States; and
        (B) identify any court proceeding or action which, in 
        the opinion of the Committee, is of vital interest to 
        the Congress as a constitutionally established 
        institution of the Federal Government and call such 
        proceeding or action to the attention of the Senate.

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *


    Rules of Procedure for the Committee on Rules and Administration

                   TITLE I--MEETINGS OF THE COMMITTEE

    1. The regular meeting dates of the Committee shall be the 
second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, at 10:00 a.m. in 
room SR-301, Russell Senate Office Building. Additional 
meetings of the Committee may be called by the Chairman as he 
may deem necessary or pursuant to the provision of paragraph 3 
of rule XXVI of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
    2. Meetings of the committee, including meetings to conduct 
hearings, shall be open to the public, except that a meeting or 
series of meetings by the committee on the same subject for a 
period of no more than 14 calendar days may be closed to the 
public on a motion made and seconded to go into closed session 
to discuss only whether the matters enumerated in subparagraphs 
(a) through (f) would require the meeting to be closed followed 
immediately by a recorded vote in open session by a majority of 
the Members of the committee when it is determined that the 
matters to be discussed or the testimony to be taken at such 
meeting or meetings:
        (A) will disclose matters necessary to be kept secret 
        in the interests of national defense or the 
        confidential conduct of the foreign relations of the 
        United States;
        (B) will relate solely to matters of the committee 
        staff personnel or internal staff management or 
        procedure;
        (C) will tend to charge an individual with crime or 
        misconduct, to disgrace or injure the professional 
        standing of an individual, or otherwise to expose an 
        individual to public contempt or obloquy, or will 
        represent a clearly unwarranted invasion of the privacy 
        of an individual;
        (D) will disclose the identity of any informer or law 
        enforcement agent or will disclose any information 
        relating to the investigation or prosecution of a 
        criminal offense that is required to be kept secret in 
        the interests of effective law enforcement;
        (E) will disclose information relating to the trade 
        secrets or financial or commercial information 
        pertaining specifically to a given person if:
                (1) an Act of Congress requires the information 
                to be kept confidential by Government officers 
                and employees; or
                (2) the information has been obtained by the 
                Government on a confidential basis, other than 
                through an application by such person for a 
                specific Government financial or other benefit, 
                and is required to be kept secret in order to 
                prevent undue injury to the competitive 
                position of such person; or
        (F) may divulge matters required to be kept 
        confidential under the provisions of law or Government 
        regulations. (Paragraph 5(b) of rule XXVI of the 
        Standing Rules.)
    3. Written notices of committee meetings will normally be 
sent by the committee's staff director to all Members of the 
committee at least a week in advance. In addition, the 
committee staff will telephone or e-mail reminders of committee 
meetings to all Members of the committee or to the appropriate 
assistants in their offices.
    4. A copy of the committee's intended agenda enumerating 
separate items of legislative business and committee business 
will normally be sent to all Members of the committee and 
released to the public at least 1 day in advance of all 
meetings. This does not preclude any Member of the committee 
from discussing appropriate non-agenda topics.
    5. After the Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member, 
speaking order shall be based on order of arrival, alternating 
between Majority and Minority Members, unless otherwise 
directed by the Chairman.
    6. Any witness who is to appear before the committee in any 
hearing shall file with the clerk of the committee at least 3 
business days before the date of his or her appearance, a 
written statement of his or her proposed testimony and an 
executive summary thereof, in such form as the chairman may 
direct, unless the Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member 
waive such requirement for good cause.
    7. In general, testimony will be restricted to 5 minutes 
for each witness. The time may be extended by the Chairman, 
upon the Chair's own direction or at the request of a Member. 
Each round of questions by Members will also be limited to 5 
minutes.

                           TITLE II--QUORUMS

    1. Pursuant to paragraph 7(a)(1) of rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules, a majority of the Members of the committee 
shall constitute a quorum for the reporting of legislative 
measures.
    2. Pursuant to paragraph 7(a)(1) of rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules, one-third of the Members of the committee shall 
constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, including 
action on amendments to measures prior to voting to report the 
measure to the Senate.
    3. Pursuant to paragraph 7(a)(2) of rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules, 2 Members of the committee shall constitute a 
quorum for the purpose of taking testimony under oath and 1 
Member of the committee shall constitute a quorum for the 
purpose of taking testimony not under oath; provided, however, 
that in either instance, once a quorum is established, any one 
Member can continue to take such testimony.
    4. Under no circumstances may proxies be considered for the 
establishment of a quorum.

                           TITLE III--VOTING

    1. Voting in the committee on any issue will normally be by 
voice vote.
    2. If a third of the Members present so demand a roll call 
vote instead of a voice vote, a record vote will be taken on 
any question by roll call.
    3. The results of roll call votes taken in any meeting upon 
any measure, or any amendment thereto, shall be stated in the 
committee report on that measure unless previously announced by 
the committee, and such report or announcement shall include a 
tabulation of the votes cast in favor of and the votes cast in 
opposition to each such measure and amendment by each Member of 
the committee. (Paragraph 7(b) and (c) of rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules.)
    4. Proxy voting shall be allowed on all measures and 
matters before the committee. However, the vote of the 
committee to report a measure or matter shall require the 
concurrence of a majority of the Members of the committee who 
are physically present at the time of the vote. Proxies will be 
allowed in such cases solely for the purpose of recording a 
Member's position on the question and then only in those 
instances when the absentee committee Member has been informed 
of the question and has affirmatively requested that he be 
recorded. (Paragraph 7(a)(3) of rule XXVI of the Standing 
Rules.)

                          TITLE IV--AMENDMENTS

    1. Provided at least five business days' notice of the 
agenda is given, and the text of the proposed bill or 
resolution has been made available at least five business 
calendar days in advance, it shall not be in order for the 
Committee to consider any amendment in the first degree 
proposed to any measure under consideration by the Committee 
unless such amendment has been delivered to the office of the 
Committee and circulated via e-mail to each of the offices by 
at least 5:00 p.m. the day prior to the scheduled start of the 
meeting.
    2. In the event the Chairman introduces a substitute 
amendment or a Chairman's mark, the requirements set forth in 
Paragraph 1 of this Title shall be considered waived unless 
such substitute amendment or Chairman's mark has been made 
available at least five business days in advance of the 
scheduled meeting.
    3. It shall be in order, without prior notice, for a Member 
to offer a motion to strike a single section of any bill, 
resolution, or amendment under consideration.
    4. This section of the rule may be waived by agreement of 
the Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member.

         TITLE V--DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY TO COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

    1. The Chairman is authorized to sign himself or by 
delegation all necessary vouchers and routine papers for which 
the committee's approval is required and to decide in the 
committee's behalf all routine business.
    2. The Chairman is authorized to engage commercial 
reporters for the preparation of transcripts of committee 
meetings and hearings.
    3. The Chairman is authorized to issue, on behalf of the 
committee, regulations normally promulgated by the committee at 
the beginning of each session.

  TITLE VI--DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY TO COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING 
                            MINORITY MEMBER

    The Chairman and Ranking Minority Member, acting jointly, 
are authorized to approve on behalf of the committee any rule 
or regulation for which the committee's approval is required, 
provided advance notice of their intention to do so is given to 
Members of the committee.

                          Legislative Activity

                       *passed Senate; +obviated

Bills and Resolutions Considered by the Senate
    S. 1010, Register of Copyrights Selection and 
Accountability Act of 2017
    S. 1989, Honest Ads Act
    S. 2261, Secure Elections Act
    S. 2939, Shell Company Abuse Act
    S.J. Res. 30, a joint resolution providing for the 
reappointment of Steve Case as a citizen regent of the Board of 
Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. Public Law No. 115-27.
    S.J. Res. 35, a joint resolution providing for the 
appointment of Michael Govan as a citizen regent of the Board 
of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. Public Law No. 115-
28.
    S.J. Res. 36, a joint resolution providing for the 
appointment of Roger W. Ferguson as a citizen regent of the 
Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. Public Law No. 
115-29.
    S.J. Res. 60, a joint resolution providing for the 
reappointment of Barbara M. Barrett as a citizen regent of the 
Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. Public Law No. 
115-199.
    S. Res. 355, a resolution improving procedures for the 
consideration of nominations in the Senate.
    S. Res. 463, a resolution authorizing a Senator to bring a 
young son or daughter of the Senator onto the floor of the 
Senate during votes. *
    H.R. 1695, Register of Copyrights Selection and 
Accountability Act
    H.R. 3298, Wounded Officers Recovery Act of 2017. Public 
Law No. 115-45. *
    H.R. 4009, Smithsonian National Zoological Park Central 
Parking Facility Authorization Act. Public Law No. 115-178. *
    H. Con. Res. 149, directing the Clerk of the House of 
Representatives to make certain corrections in the enrollment 
of H.R. 4174.
    H. Con. Res. 148, directing the Secretary of the Senate to 
make a correction in the enrollment of the bill S. 3628. *
    H. Con. Res. 112, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall 
in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to celebrate the 
birthday of King Kamehameha I. *
    H. Con. Res. 107, authorizing Reverend Billy Graham to lie 
in honor in the rotunda of the Capitol. *
    H. Con. Res. 106, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall 
for a ceremony to present the Congressional Gold Medal 
collectively to the members of the Office of Strategic 
Services. *
    H. Con. Res. 103, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall 
for a ceremony as part of the commemoration of the days of 
remembrance of victims of the Holocaust. *
    H. Con. Res. 102, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall 
in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to celebrate the 
200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Douglass. *
    H. Con. Res. 18, permitting the use of the rotunda of the 
Capitol for a ceremony as part of the commemoration of the days 
of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust. *
Original Resolutions from the Committee
    S. Res. 62, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by committees of the Senate for the periods March 1, 2017 
through September 30, 2017, October 1, 2017 through September 
30, 2018, and October 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019. *
Resolutions Related to Committee Funding
    S. Res. 20, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. +
    S. Res. 21, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on the Judiciary. +
    S. Res. 22, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. +
    S. Res. 24, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. +
    S. Res. 30, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. +
    S. Res. 31, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Special Committee on Aging. +
    S. Res. 32, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. +
    S. Res. 33, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. +
    S. Res. 34, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. 
+
    S. Res. 36, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. +
    S. Res. 37, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Foreign Relations. +
    S. Res. 39, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. +
    S. Res. 42, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Environment and Public Works. +
    S. Res. 46, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on the Budget. +
    S. Res. 48, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Select Committee on Intelligence. +
    S. Res. 52, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Finance. +
    S. Res. 53, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Armed Services. +
Bills and Resolutions Referred to Committee
    S. 26, Presidential Tax Transparency Act
    S. 27, a bill to establish an independent commission to 
examine and report on the facts regarding the extent of Russian 
official and unofficial cyber operations and other attempts to 
interfere in the 2016 United States national election, and for 
other purposes.
    S. 298, Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act
    S. 360, Same Day Registration Act
    S. 402, a bill to direct the Joint Committee on the Library 
to enter into an agreement with the Harriet Tubman Statue 
Commission of the State of Maryland for the acceptance of a 
statue of Harriet Tubman for display in a prominent location in 
the United States Capitol.
    S. 589, Real Time Transparency Act
    S. 1231, Vote By Mail Act of 2017
    S. 1353, Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017
    S. 1364, National Museum of the American Latino Act
    S. 1437, Voter Empowerment Act of 2017
    S. 1498, Smithsonian American Women's History Museum Act
    S. 1510, Helping State and Local Governments Prevent Cyber 
Attacks (HACK) Act
    S. 1547, Anti-Voter Suppression Act
    S. 1569, a bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to 
eliminate the non-application of certain State waiver 
provisions to Members of Congress and congressional staff.
    S. 1585, DISCLOSE Act of 2017
    S. 1604, Daniel Webster Congressional Clerkship Act of 2017
    S. 1608, Wounded Officers Recovery Act of 2017
    S. 1660, Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our Elections Act
    S. 1683, Restoring Integrity to America's Elections Act
    S. 1772, Confederate Monument Removal Act
    S. 1783, PROVE Act
    S. 1821, a bill to establish the National Commission on the 
Cybersecurity of United States Election Systems, and for other 
purposes.
    S. 1828, Weekend Voting Act
    S. 1929, Empower Act of 2017
    S. 1931, Empowering Citizens Act
    S. 1954, Smithsonian National Zoological Park Central 
Parking Facility Authorization Act
    S. 2035, SAVE Act
    S. 2106, Register America to Vote Act
    S. 2240, Students VOTE Act
    S. 2330, Earmark Elimination Act of 2018
    S. 2467, a bill to direct the Joint Committee on the 
Library to obtain a statue of Shirley Chisholm for placement in 
the United States Capitol.
    S. 2593, Secure Elections Act
    S. 2673, PAPER Act of 2018
    S. 2917, Pay for Printing Act
    S. 2944, PAPER Act of 2018
    S. 3049, Protecting American Votes and Elections Act of 
2018
    S. 3090, Save Voters Act
    S. 3116, PRIDE Voting Act
    S. 3150, DISCLOSE Act of 2018
    S. 3274, CLEAN Act of 2018
    S. 3572, ESIA
    S. 3573, Protect our Elections Act
    S. 3708, One Subject at a Time Act
    S. 3709, Read the Bills Act
    S. 3735, SuperPAC Elimination Act of 2018
    S. Con. Res. 19, a concurrent resolution commemorating the 
50th anniversary of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
    S. Res. 23, a resolution establishing the Select Committee 
on Cybersecurity.
    S. Res. 110, Shutdown Accountability Resolution
    S. Res. 197, a resolution to provide sufficient time for 
legislation to be read.
    S. Res. 198, a resolution expressing the sense of the 
Senate that any sweeping health care legislation must be 
drafted in public under the watchful eye of the people of the 
United States.
    S. Res. 251, a resolution amending rule XXXI of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate, to provide for timely 
consideration of nominations.
    S. Res. 268, a resolution recognizing September 26, 2017, 
as ``National Voter Registration Day''.
    S. Res. 323, STOP Sexual Harassment Resolution Sponsor
    S. Res. 396, a resolution to establish a special committee 
of the Senate to address sexual abuse within United States 
Olympic Gymnastics.
    S. Res. 581, a resolution authorizing the Senate Legal 
Counsel to represent the Senate in Texas v. United States, No. 
4:18-cv-00167-O (N.D. Tex.).
    S. Res. 594, a resolution expressing the sense of the 
Senate regarding the Government of the Russian Federation's 
ongoing attacks against the United States election system to 
undermine our democracy by interfering with our election 
system, and affirming the Senate's unequivocal commitment to 
holding the Russian Federation, President Putin, and those who 
carried out the attacks accountable.
    S. Res. 626, a resolution designating September 2018 as 
``National Voting Rights Month''.
    S. Res. 718, A resolution establishing the John S. McCain 
III Human Rights Commission.
    S. Res. 724, a resolution amending rule XXXI of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate to limit the time during which a 
nomination shall be confirmed or rejected, and for other 
purposes.
    S. Res. 725, a resolution modifying extended debate in the 
Senate to improve the legislative process.
    S. Res. 726, a resolution amending rule XXVIII of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate to provide for timely 
establishment of conference committees.
    S. Res. 727, a resolution providing for consideration of 
changes to rules for the proceedings of the Senate.
    S. Res. 728, a resolution amending rule XXII of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate to limit debate on motions to 
proceed.
    S. Res. 729, a resolution amending rule XV of the Standing 
Rules of the Senate to provide for consideration of a minimum 
number of amendments.
    S. Res. 734, a resolution authorizing the Senate Legal 
Counsel to represent the Senate in Texas v. United States, No. 
4:18-cv-00167-O (N.D. Tex.).
    H. Con. Res. 118, authorizing the printing of ``United 
States Capitol Grounds: Landscape Architect Frederick Law 
Olmstead's Design for Democracy'' as a House document.

                Committee Hearings and Business Meetings

    February 16, 2017--Business Meeting: Adopt proposed Rules 
of Procedure for the Senate Committee on Rules and 
Administration for the 115th Congress
    December 19, 2017--Committee Hearing: Review of S. Res. 355
    April 25, 2018--Markup: Improving Procedures for the 
Consideration of Nominations in the Senate
    June 20, 2018--Committee Hearing: Election Security 
Preparations: A State and Local Perspective
    July 11, 2018--Committee Hearing: Election Security 
Preparations: Federal and Vendor Perspectives
    September 26, 2018--Committee Hearing: Register of 
Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act
    November 28, 2018--Nomination Hearing: Nomination Hearing 
for Donald L. Palmer and Benjamin W. Hovland
    December 5, 2018--Business Meeting: To Consider the 
Nominations of Donald L. Palmer and Benjamin W. Hovland
    December 6, 2018--Committee Hearing: Oversight of the 
Architect of the Capitol's Human Resources Policies

                              Nominations

    PN2559 Benjamin Hovland, of Maryland, to be a Member of the 
Election Assistance Commission for a term expiring December 12, 
2019, vice Rosemary E. Rodriguez, term expired.
    Latest Action: January 02, 2019--Confirmed by the Senate by 
Voice Vote.
    PN2284 Donald L. Palmer, of Florida, to be a Member of the 
Election Assistance Commission for a term expiring December 12, 
2021, vice Matthew Vincent Masterson, resigned.
    Latest Action: January 02, 2019--Confirmed by the Senate by 
Voice Vote.
    PN2150 Robert C. Tapella, of Virginia, to be Director of 
the Government Publishing Office, vice Davita Vance-Cooks.
    Latest Action: January 03, 2019--Returned to the President 
under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate.
    PN1425 James E. Trainor III, of Texas, to be a Member of 
the Federal Election Commission for a term expiring April 30, 
2023, vice Matthew S. Petersen, term expired.
    Latest Action: January 03, 2019--Returned to the President 
under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate.
    PN1024 James E. Trainor III, of Texas, to be a Member of 
the Federal Election Commission for a term expiring April 30, 
2023, vice Matthew S. Petersen, term expired.
    Latest Action: January 03, 2018--Returned to the President 
under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate.

                         Committee Publications

    S. Prt. 115-3--Expenditure Authorizations and Requirements 
for Senate Committees
    S. Prt. 115-4--Congressional Pictorial Directory
    S. Rept. 115-20--Review of Legislative Activity during the 
114th Congress
    S. Pub. 115-7--The Congressional Directory
    S. Doc. 115-4--Authority and Rules of Senate Committees, 
2017-2018
    S. Doc. 115-18--Tributes Delivered in Congress: Kelly 
Ayotte, United States Senator--2011-2017
    S. Doc. 115-19--Tributes Delivered in Congress: Barbara 
Boxer, United States Congresswoman--1983-1993, United States 
Senator--1993-2017
    S. Doc. 115-20--Tributes Delivered in Congress: Daniel 
Coats, United States Congressman--1981-1989, United States 
Senator--2011-2017
    S. Doc. 115-21--Tributes Delivered in Congress: Mark Kirk, 
United States Senator--2010-2017
    S. Doc. 115-22--Tributes Delivered in Congress: Barbara A. 
Mikulski, United States Congressman--1977-1987, United States 
Senator--1987-2017
    S. Doc. 115-23--Tributes Delivered in Congress: Harry Reid, 
United States Congressman--1933-1987, United States Senator--
1987-2017
    S. Doc. 115-24--Tributes Delivered in Congress: David 
Vitter, United States Congressman--1999-2005, United States 
Senator--2005-2017
    S. Doc. 115-25--Tributes Delivered in Congress: Joseph R. 
Biden, Jr.,--United States Vice President of the Senate--2009-
2017, United States Senator--1973-2009

                        Executive Communications

    POM9 Senate Rules and Administration (January 12, 2017)
    A petition from a citizen of the State of Minnesota 
relative to the Minnesota Presidential Certificate of Vote; to 
the Committee on Rules and Administration.

    EC212 Senate Rules and Administration (January 04, 2017)
    A communication from the Director, Office of Congressional 
Affairs, Federal Election Commission, transmitting, pursuant to 
law, a report relative to the Commission's competitive sourcing 
efforts during fiscal year 2016; to the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.

    EC213 Senate Rules and Administration (January 04, 2017)
    A communication from the Librarian of Congress, 
transmitting, pursuant to law, the Annual Report of the 
Librarian of Congress for fiscal year 2015; to the Committee on 
Rules and Administration.

    EC471 Senate Rules and Administration (January 12, 2017)
    A communication from the Assistant Attorney General, Office 
of Legislative Affairs, Department of Justice, transmitting, 
pursuant to law, the annual report from the Attorney General to 
Congress relative to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens 
Absentee Voting Act; to the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.

    EC472 Senate Rules and Administration (January 12, 2017)
    A communication from the Assistant Attorney General, Office 
of Legislative Affairs, Department of Justice, transmitting, 
pursuant to law, the annual report from the Attorney General to 
Congress relative to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens 
Absentee Voting Act; to the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.

    EC1031 Senate Rules and Administration (March 15, 2017)
    A communication from the Chairman, Dwight D. Eisenhower 
Memorial Commission, transmitting, pursuant to law, a report 
relative to the memorial construction; to the Committee on 
Rules and Administration.

    EC1666 Senate Veterans' Affairs and other committees ... 
(June 06, 2017)
    A communication from the Director, Office of Management and 
Budget, Executive Office of the President, transmitting, 
pursuant to law, a report entitled ``OMB Sequestration Preview 
Report to the President and Congress for Fiscal Year 2018''; to 
the Special Committee on Aging; Agriculture, Nutrition, and 
Forestry; Appropriations; Armed Services; Banking, Housing, and 
Urban Affairs; the Budget; Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation; Energy and Natural Resources; Environment and 
Public Works; Select Committee on Ethics; Finance; Foreign 
Relations; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Homeland 
Security and Governmental Affairs; Indian Affairs; Select 
Committee on Intelligence; the Judiciary; Rules and 
Administration; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and 
Veterans' Affairs.

    EC1667 Senate Veterans' Affairs and other committees ... 
(June 06, 2017)
    A communication from the Director, Office of Management and 
Budget, Executive Office of the President, transmitting, 
pursuant to law, a report entitled ``OMB Final Sequestration 
Report to the President and Congress for Fiscal Year 2017''; to 
the Special Committee on Aging; Agriculture, Nutrition, and 
Forestry; Appropriations; Armed Services; Banking, Housing, and 
Urban Affairs; the Budget; Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation; Energy and Natural Resources; Environment and 
Public Works; Select Committee on Ethics; Finance; Foreign 
Relations; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Health, 
Education, Labor, and Pensions; Indian Affairs; Select 
Committee on Intelligence; the Judiciary; Rules and 
Administration; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and 
Veterans' Affairs.

    EC2860 Senate Rules and Administration (September 19, 2017)
    A communication from the Chair, Federal Election 
Commission, transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to 
its budget request for fiscal year 2019; to the Committee on 
Rules and Administration.

    EC2984 Senate Rules and Administration (October 04, 2017)
    A communication from the Librarian of Congress, 
transmitting, pursuant to law, the Annual Report of the 
Librarian of Congress for fiscal year 2016; to the Committee on 
Rules and Administration.

    EC3415 Senate Rules and Administration (November 08, 2017)
    A communication from the Chairman, Board of Trustees, and 
the President, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 
transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to the 
Center's consolidated financial statements, supplemental 
schedules of operations, and independent auditor's report for 
years ended October 2, 2016, and September 27, 2015, and a 
report relative to the Center's schedule of expenditures of 
federal awards and independent auditor's reports for the year 
ended October 2, 2016; to the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.

    EC3865 Senate Rules and Administration (January 04, 2018)
    A communication from the Chairman, Federal Election 
Commission, transmitting proposed legislation; to the Committee 
on Rules and Administration.

    EC3971 Senate Rules and Administration (January 09, 2018)
    A communication from the Assistant Attorney General, Office 
of Legislative Affairs, Department of Justice, transmitting, 
pursuant to law, the annual report from the Attorney General to 
Congress relative to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens 
Absentee Voting Act; to the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.

    EC3972 Senate Rules and Administration (January 09, 2018)
    A communication from the Assistant Attorney General, Office 
of Legislative Affairs, Department of Justice, transmitting, 
pursuant to law, the annual report from the Attorney General to 
Congress relative to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens 
Absentee Voting Act; to the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.

    EC4039 Senate Rules and Administration (January 11, 2018)
    A communication from the Director, Office of Congressional 
Affairs, Federal Election Commission, transmitting, pursuant to 
law, a report relative to the Commission's competitive sourcing 
efforts during fiscal year 2017; to the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.

    EC4362 Senate Veterans' Affairs and other committees ... 
(February 27, 2018)
    A communication from the Director, Office of Management and 
Budget, Executive Office of the President, transmitting, 
pursuant to law, a report entitled ``OMB Report to the Congress 
on the Joint Committee Reductions for Fiscal Year 2019''; to 
the Special Committee on Aging; Agriculture, Nutrition, and 
Forestry; Appropriations; Armed Services; Banking, Housing, and 
Urban Affairs; the Budget; Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation; Energy and Natural Resources; Environment and 
Public Works; Select Committee on Ethics; Finance; Foreign 
Relations; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Homeland 
Security and Governmental Affairs; Indian Affairs; Select 
Committee on Intelligence; the Judiciary; Rules and 
Administration; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and 
Veterans' Affairs.

    EC4363 Senate Veterans' Affairs and other committees ... 
(February 27, 2018)
    A communication from the Director, Office of Management and 
Budget, Executive Office of the President, transmitting, 
pursuant to law, a report entitled ``OMB Sequestration Preview 
Report to the President and Congress for Fiscal Year 2019''; to 
the Special Committee on Aging; Agriculture, Nutrition, and 
Forestry; Appropriations; Armed Services; Banking, Housing, and 
Urban Affairs; the Budget; Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation; Energy and Natural Resources; Environment and 
Public Works; Select Committee on Ethics; Finance; Foreign 
Relations; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Homeland 
Security and Governmental Affairs; Indian Affairs; Select 
Committee on Intelligence; the Judiciary; Rules and 
Administration; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and 
Veterans' Affairs.

    EC4774 Senate Veterans' Affairs and other committees ... 
(April 11, 2018)
    A communication from the Director, Office of Management and 
Budget, Executive Office of the President, transmitting, 
pursuant to law, a report entitled ``OMB Final Sequestration 
Report to the President and Congress for Fiscal Year 2018''; to 
the Special Committee on Aging; Agriculture, Nutrition, and 
Forestry; Appropriations; Armed Services; Banking, Housing, and 
Urban Affairs; the Budget; Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation; Energy and Natural Resources; Environment and 
Public Works; Select Committee on Ethics; Finance; Foreign 
Relations; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Homeland 
Security and Governmental Affairs; Indian Affairs; Select 
Committee on Intelligence; the Judiciary; Rules and 
Administration; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and 
Veterans' Affairs.

    EC6339 Senate Rules and Administration (August 27, 2018)
    A communication from the Secretary of Homeland Security, 
transmitting a report relative to efforts to protect the United 
States' election infrastructure; to the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.

    EC6366 Senate Veterans' Affairs and other committees ... 
(September 06, 2018)
    A communication from the Director, Office of Management and 
Budget, Executive Office of the President, transmitting, 
pursuant to law, a report entitled ``OMB Sequestration Update 
Report to the President and Congress for Fiscal Year 2019''; to 
the Special Committee on Aging; Agriculture, Nutrition, and 
Forestry; Appropriations; Armed Services; Banking, Housing, and 
Urban Affairs; the Budget; Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation; Energy and Natural Resources; Environment and 
Public Works; Select Committee on Ethics; Finance; Foreign 
Relations; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Homeland 
Security and Governmental Affairs; Indian Affairs; Select 
Committee on Intelligence; the Judiciary; Rules and 
Administration; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and 
Veterans' Affairs.

    EC6516 Senate Rules and Administration (September 17, 2018)
    A communication from the Librarian of Congress, 
transmitting, pursuant to law, the Annual Report of the 
Librarian of Congress for fiscal year 2017; to the Committee on 
Rules and Administration.

    EC6517 Senate Rules and Administration (September 17, 2018)
    A communication from the Chair, Federal Election 
Commission, transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to 
its budget request for fiscal year 2020; to the Committee on 
Rules and Administration.

    EC7070 Senate Rules and Administration (November 15, 2018)
    A communication from the Chairman, Board of Trustees, and 
the President, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 
transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to the 
Center's consolidated financial statements, supplemental 
schedules of operations, and independent auditor's report for 
years ended October 1, 2017, and October 2, 2016, and a report 
relative to the Center's schedule of expenditures of federal 
awards and independent auditor's reports for the year ended 
October 1, 2017; to the Committee on Rules and Administration.

    EC7577 Senate Rules and Administration (December 20, 2018)
    A communication from the Assistant General Counsel, Federal 
Election Commission, transmitting, pursuant to law, the report 
of a rule entitled ``Reporting Multistate Independent 
Expenditures and Electioneering Communications'' (Notice 2018-
17) received in the Office of the President of the Senate on 
December 20, 2018; to the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.

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