Congressional Record Summary

Monday, December 17, 2018

  • On Monday, the Senate began consideration of the nomination of Joseph Maguire, of Florida, to be Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
  • The Senate resumed consideration of the amendment of the House of Representatives to S. 756, to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris, taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
  • The Senate passed the following five measures:
    • S. 1520, the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act, and agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • S. 1862, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • S. 3191, the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act, after withdrawing the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • S. 3238, the READI Act, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • H.R. 2200, the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendment proposed thereto:

Thursday, December 13, 2018

  • On Thursday, the Senate began consideration of the amendment of the House of Representatives to S. 756, to reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris, taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
  • The Senate passed the following eighteen measures:
    • S. 3749, to amend the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to reform the procedures provided under such Act for the initiation, review, and resolution of claims alleging that employing offices of the legislative branch have violated the rights and protections provided to their employees under such Act, including protections against sexual harassment.
    • S.J. Res. 54, to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress, after taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
      • Adopted:
        • By 58 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 263), Young Amendment No. 4080, to clarify that this resolution prohibits United States Armed Forces from refueling non-United States aircraft conducting missions as part of the ongoing civil war in Yemen.
        • By a unanimous vote of 99 yeas (Vote No. 264), Corker (for Cornyn) Modified Amendment No. 4096, to provide that nothing in the joint resolution shall be construed to influence or disrupt any military operations and cooperation with Israel.
        • Cornyn Amendment No. 4090, to require a report assessing risks posed by ceasing support operations with respect to the conflict between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis in Yemen.
        • Cornyn Amendment No. 4095, to require a report assessing the increased risk of terrorist attacks in the United States if the Government of Saudi Arabia were to cease Yemen-related intelligence sharing with the United States.
      • Rejected:
        • Cotton Amendment No. 4097, to clarify that the requirement to remove United States Armed Forces does not apply to the provision of materials and advice intended to reduce civilian casualties or further enable adherence to the Law of Armed Conflict.
        • By 45 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 265), Cotton Amendment No. 4098, to clarify that the requirement to remove United States Armed Forces does not apply to forces engaged in operations to support efforts to disrupt Houthi attacks against locations outside of Yemen, such as ballistic missile attacks, unmanned aerial vehicle attacks, maritime attacks against United States or international vessels, or terrorist attacks against civilian targets.
      • Sen. Sanders is the sponsor of this measure.
      • Sen. Leahy is a cosponsor of this measure.
    • S.J. Res. 69, supporting a Diplomatic Solution in Yemen and Condemning the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
      • Sen. Sanders is a cosponsor of this measure.
    • H.R. 2606, to amend the Act of August 4, 1947 (commonly known as the Stigler Act), with respect to restrictions applicable to Indians of the Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • S. 2599, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act.
    • H.R. 4032, the Gila River Indian Community Federal Rights-of-Way, Easements and Boundary Clarification Act.
    • S. Res. 707, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, and the resolution was then agreed to.
    • S. 2827, to amend the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation Act, after withdrawing the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • S. 645, the Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act.
    • H.R. 4431, the Correcting Miscalculations in Veterans' Pensions Act.
    • H.R. 6160, the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act.
    • H.R. 1318, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act.
    • S. 2322, the CURD Act, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • S. 2863, National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act.
    • S. 3461, the AMBER Alert Nationwide Act, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • S. Res. 717, honoring the life and legacy of Rebecca Teresa Weichhand
    • S. Res. 731, designating December 10, 2018, as ``Human Rights Day'' and recognizing the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
    • H.R. 6227, the National Quantum Initiative Act, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
  • Sen. Leahy gave a floor statement on S.J. Res. 54.
  • Sen. Leahy cosponsored the following three measures:
    • S. 693, the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act.
    • S. 2690, a bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit review of certain Medicare payment determinations for disproportionate share hospitals, and for other purposes.
    • S. 3759, a bill to designate Venezuela under section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit nationals of Venezuela to be eligible for temporary protected status under such section and to strengthen internal migration systems in countries surrounding Venezuela.
  • The following two measures were introduced and referred to the Judiciary Committee:
    •  S. Res. 730, a resolution condemning the tragic mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, supporting all of the people impacted by the horrific event, and thanking law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical teams for their courageous efforts to respond to the attack and save lives.
    •  S. 3753, a bill to amend title 36, United States Code, to grant a Federal charter to the Forest and Refuge County Foundation, to provide for the establishment of the Natural Resources Permanent Fund, and for other purposes.
  • Sen. Sanders gave a floor statement on S.J. Res. 54.
  • Sen. Sanders cosponsored the following two measures:
    • S.J. Res. 69, a joint resolution supporting a Diplomatic Solution in Yemen and Condemning the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
    • S. 2227, a bill to reauthorize the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Program.