Congressional Record Summary

Thursday, October 11, 2018

  • Thursday, the Senate began consideration of the amendment of the House of Representatives to S. 140, to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund, taking action of the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
  • The Senate began consideration of the nomination of Michelle Bowman, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
  • The Senate passed the following sixteen measures:
    • H.R. 6896, United States Parole Commission Extension Act.
    • H.R. 1037, to authorize the National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs.
    • H.R. 2615, the Gulf Islands National Seashore Land Exchange Act.
    • H.R. 6758, the SUCCESS Act.
    • H.R. 390, to provide relief for victims of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes who are members of religious and ethnic minority groups in Iraq and Syria, for accountability for perpetrators of these crimes, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • H.R. 6870, the Representative Louise McIntosh Slaughter Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act.
    • S. 2465, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize a sickle cell disease prevention and treatment D1131demonstration program and to provide for sickle cell disease research, surveillance, prevention, and treatment, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
    • H.R. 2422, 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, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
    • S. Res. 680, calling on Congress, schools, and State and local educational agencies to recognize the significant educational implications of dyslexia that must be addressed, and designating October 2018 as ``National Dyslexia Awareness Month''.
    • S. Res. 681, designating the week beginning October 21, 2018, as ``National Character Counts Week''.
    • S. Res. 682, designating October 30, 2018, as a national day of remembrance for nuclear weapons program workers.
    • S. Res. 683, recognizing and commemorating the bicentennial of the State of Illinois.
    • S. Res. 684, relative to the death of the Honorable Joseph D. ``Joe'' Tydings, former United States Senator for the State of Maryland.
    • H.R. 3342, the Sanctioning Hizballah's Illicit Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act, after agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • S. 2765, the RBIC Advisers Relief Act.
    • H.R. 3834, the 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor Act.
  • The Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to S. 1595, to amend the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 to impose additional sanctions with respect to Hizballah.
  • The Senate confirmed the following thirty nine nominations:
    • By 52 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 228), Jeffrey Bossert Clark, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
    • By 50 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 230), Eric S. Dreiband, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
      • During consideration of this nomination today,  the Senate also took the following action:
        • By 50 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 229), the Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • James N. Stewart, of North Carolina, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense.
    • By 50 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 231), David James Porter, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.
    • By 51 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 232), Ryan Douglas Nelson, of Idaho, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.
    • By 79 yeas to 16 nays (Vote No. 233), Richard J. Sullivan, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit.
    • By 54 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 234), William M. Ray II, of Georgia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Georgia.
    • By 55 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 235), Liles Clifton Burke, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama.
    • By 54 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 236), Michael Joseph Juneau, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.
    • By 51 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 237), Mark Saalfield Norris, Sr., of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee.
    • By 52 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 238), Eli Jeremy Richardson, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee.
    • By 65 yeas to 30 nays (Vote No. 239), Thomas S. Kleeh, of West Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia.
    • Jeremy D. Kernodle, of Texas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas.
    • Peter J. Phipps, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
    • Susan Brnovich, of Arizona, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona.
    • Chad F. Kenney, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
    • James Patrick Hanlon, of Indiana, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana.
    • Lance E. Walker, of Maine, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maine.
    • Adam I. Klein, of the District of Columbia, to be Chairman and Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for a term expiring January 29, 2024.
    • Kimberly Breier, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Western Hemisphere Affairs).
    • Dallas L. Carlson, of North Dakota, to be United States Marshal for the District of North Dakota for the term of four years.
    • Edward W. Felten, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for the remainder of the term expiring January 29, 2019.
    • Jane Nitze, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for a term expiring January 29, 2023.
    • Denise Natali, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Conflict and Stabilization Operations).
    • Peter Gaynor, of Rhode Island, to be Deputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.
    • Jason R. Dunn, of Colorado, to be United States Attorney for the District of Colorado for the term of four years.
    • John Cotton Richmond, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking, with the rank of Ambassador at Large.
    • Karen L. Williams, of Missouri, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname.
    • James Morhard, of Virginia, to be Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
    • Kevin K. Sullivan, of Ohio, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Nicaragua.
    • Donald Y. Yamamoto, of Washington, to be Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Somalia.
    • Earl Robert Miller, of Michigan, to be Ambassador to the People's Republic of Bangladesh.
    • Harold B. Parker, of New Hampshire, to be Federal Cochairperson of the Northern Border Regional Commission.
    • Robert H. McMahon, of Georgia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense.
    • Mary Elizabeth Taylor, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Legislative Affairs).
    • 1 Air Force nomination in the rank of general.
    • 1 Army nomination in the rank of general.
    • 2 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
    • Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, and Navy.
  • The Judiciary Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:
    • S. 2785, to designate foreign persons who improperly interfere in United States elections as inadmissible aliens, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;
    • S. 3178, to amend title 18, United States Code, to specify lynching as a deprivation of civil rights, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; and
    • The nominations of Jonathan A. Kobes, of South Dakota, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit, Kenneth D. Bell, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina, Stephanie A. Gallagher, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland, Mary S. McElroy, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island, Carl J. Nichols, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia, and Martha Maria Pacold, Mary M. Rowland, and Steven C. Seeger, each to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
  • Sen. Leahy cosponsored the following measures:
    • S. Res. 679, a resolution designating October 16, 2018, as ``World Food Day''.
    • S. 2863, a bill to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint a coin in commemoration of the opening of the National Law Enforcement Museum in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.
  • The following nine measures were introduced and referred to the Judiciary Committee:
    • S. Res. 673, a resolution recognizing the 80th anniversary of Ingalls Shipbuilding.
    • S. Res. 675, a resolution designating the week beginning on October 14, 2018, as "National Wildlife Refuge Week".
    • S. Res. 678, a resolution recognizing the month of October 2018 as Filipino American History Month and celebrating the history and culture of Filipino Americans and their immense contributions to the United States.
      • Sen. Sanders is a cosponsor of this measure.
    • S. Res. 679, a resolution designating October 16, 2018, as "World Food Day".
      • Sen. Leahy is a cosponsor of this measure.
    • S. 3588, a bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to establish an Office of Federal Correctional Education, and for other purposes.
    • S. 3591, a bill to extend authorization for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 through fiscal year 2090, and for other purposes.
    • S. 3597, a bill to strengthen protections for child trafficking victims testifying against human traffickers.
    • S. 3598, a bill to limit private antitrust damages against occupational licensing boards, to promote beneficial reforms of State occupational licensing, and for other purposes.
    • S. 3601, a bill to amend the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to provide for a program that employs pay-for-performance financing for workforce development projects.
  • The following nomination was received in the Senate and referred to the Judiciary Committee:
    • Douglas J. Strike, of Iowa, to be United States Marshal for the Northern District of Iowa for the term of four years.
  • Sen. Sanders introduced the following measure:
    • S. 3586, a bill to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to provide emergency payments to dairy producers.
  • Sen. Sanders cosponsored the following two measures:
    • S. Res. 678, a resolution recognizing the month of October 2018 as Filipino American History Month and celebrating the history and culture of Filipino Americans and their immense contributions to the United States.
    • S. 3449, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain tax credits related to electric cars.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

  • Wednesday, the Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Jeffrey Bossert Clark, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General.
    • During consideration of this nomination, the Senate also took the following action:
      • By 53 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 227), the Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
  • The Senate passed the following measures:
    • S. Res. 670, recognizing the tenth anniversary of the enactment of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.
    • S. Res. 671, designating September 29, 2018, as ``National Urban Wildlife Refuge Day''.
    • S. Res. 672, expressing the sense of Congress that electric cooperative voluntary energy reduction programs reduce energy consumption and save participants money.
    • S. 1305, the CBP HiRe Act.
    • By 99 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 225), the Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the amendments of the House of Representatives to S. 3021, America’s Water Infrastructure Act, to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to provide for water pollution control activities, after taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
      • Withdrawn:
        • McConnell motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill, with McConnell Amendment No. 4048 (to the motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the bill), to change the enactment date.
      • During consideration of this measure today, the Senate also took the following action:
  • The Senate failed to pass the following measure:
    • By 50 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 226), the Senate failed to pass S.J. Res. 63, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Labor, and Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to ``Short-Term, Limited Duration Insurance'', after agreeing to the motion to proceed.
  • Sen. Leahy cosponsored the following measure:
    • S.J. Res. 64, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of the Treasury relating to ``Returns by Exempt Organizations and Returns by Certain Non-Exempt Organizations''.
      • Sen. Sanders is a cosponsor of this measure.
  • The Judiciary Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Eric E. Murphy, of Ohio, and Chad A. Readler, of Ohio, both to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit, Pamela A. Barker, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio, and Sarah Daggett Morrison, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio, who were introduced by Senators Brown and Portman, and Rossie David Alston, Jr., to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, who was introduced by Senator Kaine, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
  • The following measure was introduced and referred to the Judiciary Committee:
    • S. 3567, a bill to prohibit the use of funds for the operation or construction of internment camps, and for other purposes.
  • Sen. Sanders cosponsored the following measure:
    • S.J. Res. 64, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of the Treasury relating to ``Returns by Exempt Organizations and Returns by Certain Non-Exempt Organizations''.
      • Sen. Leahy is a cosponsor of this measure.