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jointsessioninCongressstands adjourned until 12:00 noon on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

Wrap Up for Tuesday, January 3, 2017

No Roll Call Votes   Legislative Business Adopted S.Res.1, notifying the President that a quorum of each House has assembled.   Adopted S.Res.2, notifying the House that a quorum of the Senate has assembled.   Adopted S.Res.3, fixing the hour of daily meeting of the Senate.   Agreed to S.Con.Res.1, extending the life of the…

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House activity January 4, 2017

Last Floor Action:
1:35:57 P.M. -H.R. 21
DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 21.

10:00:00 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:13 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Glenn Thompson to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:01:03 A.M. MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.
10:30:47 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:36 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of January 4.
12:00:49 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
12:01:08 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:11 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Poe of TX to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:01:38 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 15 per side of the aisle.
12:28:37 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
12:29:01 P.M. H.J. Res. 3 Mr. McClintock moved to suspend the rules and pass the resolution. H.J. Res. 3 — “Approving the location of a memorial to commemorate and honor the members of the Armed Forces who served on active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm or Operation Desert Shield.”
12:29:27 P.M. H.J. Res. 3 Considered under suspension of the rules.
12:29:28 P.M. H.J. Res. 3 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.J. Res. 3.
12:37:27 P.M. H.J. Res. 3 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
12:37:31 P.M. H.J. Res. 3 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:38:04 P.M. H.R. 71 Mr. Chaffetz moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 71 — “To provide taxpayers with an annual report disclosing the cost and performance of Government programs and areas of duplication among them, and for other purposes.”
12:38:26 P.M. H.R. 71 Considered under suspension of the rules.
12:38:29 P.M. H.R. 71 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 71.
12:47:30 P.M. H.R. 71 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
12:47:31 P.M. H.R. 71 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:48:00 P.M. H.R. 73 Mr. Chaffetz moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 73 — “To amend title 44, United States Code, to require information on contributors to Presidential library fundraising organizations, and for other purposes.”
12:48:10 P.M. H.R. 73 Considered under suspension of the rules.
12:48:12 P.M. H.R. 73 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 73.
1:00:11 P.M. H.R. 73 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
1:00:14 P.M. H.R. 73 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:01:15 P.M. H.R. 70 Mr. Chaffetz moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 70 — “To amend the Federal Advisory Committee Act to increase the transparency of Federal advisory committees, and for other purposes.”
1:01:36 P.M. H.R. 70 Considered under suspension of the rules.
1:01:38 P.M. H.R. 70 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 70.
1:12:32 P.M. H.R. 70 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
1:12:34 P.M. H.R. 70 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:13:04 P.M. H.R. 72 Mr. Chaffetz moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 72 — “To ensure the Government Accountability Office has adequate access to information.”
1:13:13 P.M. H.R. 72 Considered under suspension of the rules.
1:13:15 P.M. H.R. 72 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 72.
1:20:09 P.M. H.R. 72 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
1:20:11 P.M. H.R. 72 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:20:40 P.M. H.R. 69 Mr. Chaffetz moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 69 — “To reauthorize the Office of Special Counsel, to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide modifications to authorities relating to the Office of Special Counsel, and for other purposes.”
1:20:50 P.M. H.R. 69 Considered under suspension of the rules.
1:20:51 P.M. H.R. 69 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 69.
1:34:15 P.M. H.R. 69 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
1:34:17 P.M. H.R. 69 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
1:35:19 P.M. H.R. 21 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 5. H.R. 21 — “To amend chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, to provide for en bloc consideration in resolutions of disapproval for “midnight rules”, and for other purposes.”
1:35:35 P.M. H.R. 21 The rule provides for one hour of debate and one motion to recommit.
1:35:57 P.M. H.R. 21 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 21.

House Floor Activities
Legislative Day of January 03, 2017

11:00:00 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
11:00:01 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Robert J. Dold to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
11:00:02 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
11:00:52 A.M. Pursuant to section 2(a) of H. Res. 944, the Journal of the last day’s proceedings was approved.
11:00:55 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. Duncan of TN to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
11:01:00 A.M. ADJUSTMENT OF WHOLE HOUSE – Under Clause 5(d) of rule 20, the Chair announced to the House that, in light of the resignation of the gentlewoman from Michigan, Mrs. Miller, the whole number of the House is 433.
11:02:41 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for approximately 11:55 a.m. today.
11:55:51 A.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of January 3.
11:56:35 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn Sine Die.
12:00:53 P.M. House convened, starting a new legislative day, pursuant to the 20th amendment to the Constitution, for the meeting of the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress of the United States.
12:01:02 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Very Rev. Paul Ugo Arinze, St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church, Janesville, WI.
12:02:30 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Clerk led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:03:46 P.M. CERTIFICATION OF ELECTION – The Clerk announced that Certificates of Election covering 435 seats in the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress had been received and the names of those persons whose credentials show that they were regularly elected as Representatives in accordance with the laws of their respective States of the United States would be called. Without objection, the Representatives-elect were directed to record their presence by electronic device in order to determine whether a quorum was present.
12:36:21 P.M. Call by States Quorum responded: 434 present (Roll no. 1).
12:37:07 P.M. ELECTION CREDENTIALS FOR DELEGATES – The Clerk notified the House that election credentials for all Delegates and Resident Commissioners had been received.
12:37:34 P.M. NOMINATIONS FOR OFFICE OF SPEAKER – Pursuant to law and precedent, the Clerk announced that the next order of business was the election of Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 115th Congress and that nominations would now be in order. Accordingly, the Honorable Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington placed the name of the Honorable Paul D. Ryan into nomination for the Office of Speaker and the Honorable Joseph Crowley placed the name of the Honorable Nancy Pelosi into nomination for the Office of Speaker.
12:47:12 P.M. APPOINTMENT OF TELLERS – The Clerk announced the appointment of the following Members-elect to act as Tellers during the Roll Call for Election of Speaker: Mr. Harper; Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania; Ms. Kaptur; and Ms. Ros-Lehtinen.
1:43:50 P.M. Roll call 2 – Election of the Speaker. Mr. Ryan (WI) 239, Ms. Pelosi 189, Mr. Ryan (OH) 2, Mr. Webster (FL) 1, Mr. Cooper 1, and Mr. Lewis (GA) 1 (Roll no. 2). Mr. Ryan (WI) was elected Speaker.
1:52:29 P.M. COMMITTEE TO ESCORT THE SPEAKER-ELECT – The Clerk appointed a Committee of Members-elect to escort the Speaker-elect into the Chamber and to the Chair.
2:05:55 P.M. The Speaker-elect was escorted into the Chamber by the Escort Committee and introduced by Representative-elect Pelosi, Democratic Leader, before assuming the Chair.
2:15:29 P.M. ADDRESS BY THE SPEAKER-ELECT – The Speaker-elect addressed the House prior to taking the Oath of Office which will be administered by the Dean of the House, Representative-elect John Conyers of Michigan.
2:27:00 P.M. ADMINISTRATION OF THE OATH OF OFFICE – The Dean of the House administered the Oath of Office to the Speaker-elect.
2:27:31 P.M. ADMINISTRATION OF THE OATH OF OFFICE – The Speaker administered the Oath of Office to the Members-elect of the 115th Congress.
2:30:00 P.M. ANNOUNCEMENT OF LEADERSHIP POSTS – Mrs. McMorris Rodgers notified the House that, at the direction of the Republican Conference, Mr. McCarthy of California had been elected as Majority Leader and Mr. Scalise of Louisiana had been elected as Majority Whip.
2:30:01 P.M. ANNOUNCEMENT OF LEADERSHIP POSTS – Mr. Crowley notified the House that, at the direction of the Democratic Causcus, Ms. Pelosi of California had been elected as Minority leader, Mr. Hoyer of Maryland had been elected as Minority Whip, and Mr. Clyburn had been elected as Assistant Democratic Leader.
2:31:15 P.M. H. Res. 1 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 1 — “Electing officers of the House of Representatives.”
2:31:16 P.M. Mr. Crowley demanded that the question be divided on the adoption of the resolution so as to have a separate vote on the election of the Chaplain. Agreed to without objection.
2:31:17 P.M. On agreeing to that portion electing the Chaplain. Agreed to by voice vote.
2:32:38 P.M. H. Res. 1 An amendment, offered by Mr. Crowley, to nominate Democrat candidates for Officers of the House.
2:33:33 P.M. H. Res. 1 On agreeing to the Crowley amendment Failed by voice vote.
2:33:52 P.M. H. Res. 1 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
2:34:00 P.M. H. Res. 1 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:35:28 P.M. ADMINISTRATION OF THE OATH OF OFFICE – The Speaker administered the Oath of Office to a Member-elect of the 115th Congress.
2:36:00 P.M. H. Res. 2 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 2 — “To inform the Senate that a quorum of the House has assembled and of the election of the Speaker and the Clerk.”
2:36:25 P.M. H. Res. 2 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
2:36:33 P.M. H. Res. 2 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:36:39 P.M. H. Res. 3 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 3 — “Authorizing the Speaker to appoint a committee to notify the President of the assembly of the Congress.”
2:37:07 P.M. H. Res. 3 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
2:37:24 P.M. H. Res. 3 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:37:25 P.M. H. Res. 3 Pursuant to H. Res. 3, the Chair appointed the following Members to the committee on the part of the House to join a committee on the part of the Senate to notify the President of the United States that a quorum of each house has assembled and that Congress is ready to receive any communication that he may be pleased to make: Mr. McCarthy of California, and Ms. Pelosi of California.
2:37:53 P.M. H. Res. 4 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 4 — “Authorizing the Clerk to inform the President of the election of the Speaker and the Clerk.”
2:38:18 P.M. H. Res. 4 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
2:38:25 P.M. H. Res. 4 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:38:28 P.M. H. Res. 5 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 5 — “Adopting rules for the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress.”
2:40:06 P.M. H. Res. 5 Ms. Norton moved to refer the resolution to a select committee of five members, to be appointed by the Speaker, not more than three of whom shall be from the same political party, with instructions not to report back the same until it has conducted a full and complete study of, and made a determination on, whether there is any reason to deny Delegates voting right in the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
2:40:19 P.M. H. Res. 5 Mr. McCarthy moved to table the motion to refer
3:03:53 P.M. H. Res. 5 On motion to table the motion to refer Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 228 – 184 (Roll no. 3).
3:06:00 P.M. H. Res. 5 DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 5.
3:59:48 P.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 1, S. Con. Res. 2, and S. Res. 2.
3:59:49 P.M. H. Res. 5 DEBATE – The House resumed debate on H. Res. 5.
3:59:49 P.M. H. Res. 5 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 237 – 193 (Roll no. 4).
4:00:51 P.M. H. Res. 5 Mr. Lewis (GA) moved that the resolution be committed to a select committee composed of the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader with instructions to report it forthwith back to the House with an amendment to strike subsection (a) of Section 2.
4:01:49 P.M. H. Res. 5 On motion to commit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 193 – 236 (Roll no. 5).
4:02:49 P.M. H. Res. 5 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 234 – 193 (Roll no. 6).
4:03:00 P.M. H. Res. 5 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:35:29 P.M. The Chair announced a statement with respect to rule changes regarding the use of electronic equipment on the House floor. Pursuant to changes to rules 2 and 17, adopted for the 115th Congress, the Sergeant-at-Arms is charged with enforcement of clause 3(g) rule 2, which prohibits the use of electronic devices for still photography or for audio or visual recording or broadcasting in contravention of clause 5 of rule 17 and related policies. The Sergeant-at-Arms will enforce the prohibition with respect to violations observed first-hand on the House floor as well as violations that become apparent at a later time, such as through publication online or broadcast on television. In the case of violations observed on the floor, the Sergeant-at-Arms will hand the offending Member a card noting the violation, and will follow up by sending the Member a written letter. In the case of other violations, Members will receive a written letter. In the case of other violat ions, Members will receive a written letter detailing the offending conduct. The fi ne for a first offense is $500. The fine for each Subsequent offense is $2500. The Sergeant-at-Arms will endeavor to provide Members a written wa rning prior to assessing a fine for a firs t offense. Members may appeal a fine to the C ommittee on Ethics.
5:36:15 P.M. H. Res. 6 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 6 — “Electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.”
5:36:34 P.M. H. Res. 6 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
5:36:38 P.M. H. Res. 6 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:36:41 P.M. H. Res. 7 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 7 — “Electing Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.”
5:36:55 P.M. H. Res. 7 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
5:37:09 P.M. H. Res. 7 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:37:10 P.M. H. Res. 8 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 8 — “Providing for the designation of certain minority employees.”
5:37:34 P.M. H. Res. 8 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
5:37:37 P.M. H. Res. 8 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:37:38 P.M. H. Res. 9 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 9 — “Fixing the daily hour of meeting of the First Session of the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress.”
5:38:10 P.M. H. Res. 9 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
5:38:13 P.M. H. Res. 9 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:38:14 P.M. H. Con. Res. 1 Considered as privileged matter. H. Con. Res. 1 — “Regarding consent to assemble outside the seat of government.”
5:39:02 P.M. H. Con. Res. 1 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
5:39:05 P.M. H. Con. Res. 1 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:39:06 P.M. Mr. McCarthy asked unanimous consent that during the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, the Speaker, Majority Leader, and Minority Leader be authorized to accept resignations and to make appointments authorized by law or by the House. Agreed to without objection.
5:39:08 P.M. Mr. McCarthy asked unanimous consent that during the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, all Members be permitted to extend their remarks and to include extraneous material within the permitted limit in that section of the record entitled “Extension of Remarks”. Agreed to without objection.
5:42:17 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
5:42:24 P.M. H.R. 27 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 27 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to retain a copy of any reprimand or admonishment received by an employee of the Department in the permanent record of the employee.”
5:42:39 P.M. H.R. 27 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:42:44 P.M. H.R. 27 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 27.
5:52:07 P.M. H.R. 27 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
5:52:10 P.M. H.R. 27 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:52:11 P.M. H.R. 28 Mr. Roe (TN) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. H.R. 28 — “To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to adopt and implement a standard identification protocol for use in the tracking and procurement of biological implants by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.”
5:52:27 P.M. H.R. 28 Considered under suspension of the rules.
5:52:42 P.M. H.R. 28 DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 28.
5:59:38 P.M. H.R. 28 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
5:59:41 P.M. H.R. 28 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:00:12 P.M. Joint Economic Committee – Pursuant to 15 U.S.C. 1024(a), and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following member of the House to the Joint Economic Committee: Mr. Tiberi.
6:00:34 P.M. Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence – Pursuant to clause 11 of rule 10, clause 11 of rule 1, and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following member of the House to the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Mr. Nunes.
6:00:55 P.M. House Office Building Commission – Pursuant to 2 U.S.C. 2001, and the order of the House of January 3, 2017, the Speaker appointed the following members of the House to the House Office Building Commission: Mr. McCarthy and Ms. Pelosi.
6:01:22 P.M. The House received a communication from the Honorable Paul D. Ryan, Speaker. Pursuant to H. Con. Res. 1, and also for purposes of such concurrent resolutions of the current Congress as may contemplate my designation of Members to act in similar circumstances, the Speaker notified the Clerk of his designation of Representative Kevin McCarthy of California to act in the event of his death or inability, to notify the Members of the House, of any reassembly under any such concurrent resolution. In the event of death or inability of that designee, alternate Members of the House are listed in the letter from the Speaker bearing the date January 3, 2017 for the same purposes.
6:02:17 P.M. The Chair announced that the Speaker has delivered to the Clerk a letter dated January 3, 2017, listing Members in the order in which each shall act as Speaker pro tempore under clause 8(b)(3) of rule I.
6:02:18 P.M. SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE – The Speaker appointed the Honorable Jeff Denham, the Honorable Mac Thornberry, the Honorable Fred Upton, the Honorable Andy Harris, the Honorable Barbara Comstock, and the Honorable Luke Messer to act as Speaker pro tempore to sign enrolled bills and joint resolutions through the remainder of the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress.
6:02:52 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Under Clause 2(g) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she designated Mr. Robert Reeves, Deputy Clerk, and Mr. Robert Borden, Legal Counsel, to sign any and all papers and do all other acts for her under the name of the Clerk of the House which they would be authorized to do by virtue of this designation, except such as are provided by statute, in case of her temporary absence or disability. This designation shall remain in effect for the 115th Congress or until modified by the Clerk.
6:03:34 P.M. The Chair announced the Speaker’s policies with respect to particular aspects of the legislative process and inserted in the Congressional Record announcements concerning: first, privileges of the floor; second, introduction of bills and resolutions; third, unanimous-consent requests for the consideration of legislation; fourth, recognition for 1-minute speeches; fifth, recognition for special-order speeches; sixth, decorum in debate; seventh, conduct of votes by electronic device; eighth, use of handouts on the House floor; ninth, use of electronic equipment on the House floor; and tenth, use of the Chamber. The Chair further announced that these announcements will reiterate the origins of the stated policies and that the Chair intends to continue in the 115th Congress the policies reflected in those statements and that the policy announced in the 102nd Congress with respect to jurisdictional concepts related to clause 5(a) of rule 21.
6:04:32 P.M. S. Con. Res. 1 Considered as privileged matter. S. Con. Res. 1 — “Extending the life of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.”
6:05:52 P.M. S. Con. Res. 1 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
6:05:56 P.M. S. Con. Res. 1 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:05:57 P.M. S. Con. Res. 2 Considered as privileged matter. S. Con. Res. 2 — “To provide for the counting on January 6, 2017, of the electoral votes for President and Vice President of the United States.”
6:07:08 P.M. S. Con. Res. 2 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
6:07:13 P.M. S. Con. Res. 2 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:07:19 P.M. ADJUSTMENT OF WHOLE HOUSE – Under clause 5(d) of rule 20, the Chair announced to the House that the whole number of the House is 434.
6:08:00 P.M. Mr. Franks (AZ) moved that the House do now adjourn.
6:08:02 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
6:08:05 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on January 4, 2017.
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