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Legislative Day of April 26, 2018

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8:17:46 P.M. - The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on April 27, 2018.

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10:00:04 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:09 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Gregg Harper to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:25 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.
11:21:42 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:33 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 26.
12:00:35 P.M. Today's prayer was offered by Chaplain Phil Crenshaw, Lubbock, TX.
12:02:23 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:02:25 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - The Chair designated Ms. Gabbard to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:02:45 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.
12:32:22 P.M. H.R. 4 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 839. H.R. 4 — "To reauthorize programs of the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes."
12:32:27 P.M. H.R. 4 The rule provides for consideration of H.R. 4, under a structured rule, and H.R. 3144, under a closed rule. The rule makes in order only those amendments printed in Part A of the committee report for H.R. 4. The rule provides for 1 hour of general debate for both H.R. 4 and H.R. 3144. The rule provides for one motion to recommit for both bills. And, the rule provides that on any legislative day during the period from April 30, 2018 through May 4, 2018, the Journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved.
12:32:45 P.M. H.R. 4 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 839 and Rule XVIII.
12:32:46 P.M. H.R. 4 The Speaker designated the Honorable Daniel M. Donovan, Jr. to act as Chairman of the Committee.
12:33:04 P.M. H.R. 4 GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 4.
1:29:40 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Mr. Shuster, numbered 1 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to improve aviation safety by addressing issues such as airline engines, air ambulances, certification processes, and airspace operations. Adjusts FAA authorization levels to conform with updated CBO baseline for FY 2018. Makes counter-UAS systems AIP eligible. Continues the contract weather observer program and requires the Secretary to define the roles and responsibilities of the FAA Tech Center. Reforms and provides transparency to FAA organization and programs. Addresses consumer concerns, including sexual misconduct on flights, treatment of passengers with disabilities, and harmonization of service animal standards. Improves the Airport Investment Partnership Program.
1:29:44 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Shuster amendment No. 1.
1:39:57 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Shuster amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
1:40:18 P.M. H.R. 4 The Committee rose informally to receive a message from the Senate.
1:40:19 P.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 2758.
1:40:58 P.M. H.R. 4 The Committee resumed its sitting.
1:41:37 P.M. H.R. 4 Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Shuster, printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 consisting of amendments numbered 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, as modified, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30.
1:41:49 P.M. H.R. 4 Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Shuster En bloc amendment No. 1, as modified.
1:41:52 P.M. H.R. 4 Shuster amendment; modified by unanimous consent.
2:00:16 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Shuster amendments; as modified Agreed to by voice vote.
2:00:30 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Mr. Roskam, numbered 13 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to direct the FAA Administrator to study the relationship between jet aircraft approach and takeoff speeds and corresponding noise impacts on communities surrounding airports. It also requires the FAA Administrator to submit the results of the study in a report to Congress.
2:00:35 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Roskam amendment No. 13.
2:04:25 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Roskam amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
2:04:47 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Mr. Denham, numbered 17 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to harmonize the statute of limitations for Section 1309 of Public Law 114-94 with other Department of Transportation projects.
2:04:50 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Denham amendment No. 17.
2:12:07 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Denham amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
2:12:26 P.M. H.R. 4 Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Shuster, printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 consisting of amendments numbered 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 43, 45, 48, 50, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 64, and 65.
2:13:10 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Shuster En bloc amendment No. 2.
2:25:00 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Shuster amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.
2:25:56 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Mr. Higgins (LA), numbered 41 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to require the Administrator of the FAA to initiate a pilot program to permit the operator of a State 2 airplane to operate that airplane in non-revenue service into medium hub airports or non-hub airports if certain parameters are met.
2:25:58 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Higgins (LA) amendment No. 41.
2:29:29 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Higgins (LA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
2:30:05 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Mr. DeFazio, numbered 42 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to repeal a prohibition on U.S. regulation of air transportation of flammable lithium batteries unless there has been an accident. The amendment restores the DOT's authority to regulate lithium batteries beyond international baselines, without waiting for an accident to occur.
2:30:07 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the DeFazio amendment No. 42.
2:39:51 P.M. H.R. 4 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the DeFazio amendment, the Chair put the question on the amendment and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Mr. DeFazio demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
2:40:53 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Mr. Cohen, numbered 46 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to alleviate delays in compliance with existing federal regulations to vet prospective pilots, by enabling 3rd party access to the National Driver Register.
2:41:51 P.M. H.R. 4 Cohen amendment; modified by unanimous consent.
2:41:55 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cohen amendment No. 46, as modified.
2:44:27 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Cohen amendment; as modified Agreed to by voice vote.
2:45:07 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Mr. Burgess, numbered 47 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to establish prohibitions to prevent the use of unmanned aircraft systems as a weapon while operating in the national airspace.
2:45:09 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Burgess amendment No. 47.
2:50:39 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Burgess amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
2:51:08 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Mr. Perlmutter, numbered 49 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to implement recommendations from the FAA's Rotorcraft Occupant Protection Working Group to require all newly manufactured helicopters to meet certain standards to improve helicopter fuel system crash resistance within 18 months.
2:51:09 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Perlmutter amendment No. 49.
2:57:54 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Perlmutter amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
2:58:56 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Mr. Rohrabacher, numbered 60 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to ensure that aircraft transitioning from flight over ocean to flight over land fly at safe altitude and no lower than specific flight operations require.
2:58:57 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rohrbacher amendment No. 60.
3:06:00 P.M. H.R. 4 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Rohrbacher amendment, the Chair put the question on the amendment and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Mr. Rohrbacher demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
3:07:12 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Mr. King (IA), numbered 63 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to ensure that none of the funds authorized by the Act are used to implement, administer, or enforce the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act.
3:07:14 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the King (IA) amendment No. 63.
3:15:33 P.M. H.R. 4 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the King (IA) amendment, the Chair put the question on the amendment and by voice vote, announced the ayes had prevailed. Mr. DeFazio demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
3:17:19 P.M. H.R. 4 Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Shuster, printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 consisting of amendments numbered 66, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 76, 77, 80, 82, 83, 85, 86, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 98, 99, 100, and 101.
3:17:26 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Shuster En bloc amendment No. 3.
3:28:16 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Shuster amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:28:37 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Mr. Beyer, numbered 67 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to require the FAA to review and revise helicopter flight paths for all helicopters, including military helicopters, flying in the National Capital Region--identifying and issuing new official paths if helicopters are able to fly at higher altitudes.
3:28:39 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Beyer amendment No. 67.
3:33:41 P.M. H.R. 4 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Beyer amendment, the Chair put the question on the amendment and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Mr. Beyer demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
3:34:26 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Mr. Smith (NE), numbered 68 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to direct the Comptroller General to assess the current state of the aviation workforce, barriers to entry to the aviation workforce, and options to increase the future supply of individuals in the aviation workforce.
3:34:28 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Smith (NE) amendment No. 68.
3:38:24 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Smith (NE) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:39:31 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Mr. Lewis (MN), numbered 75 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to clarify that MPOs established prior to December 18, 1991 should also have local elected officials on their governing boards.
3:39:32 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lewis (MN) amendment No. 75.
3:46:11 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Lewis (MN) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:46:26 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Mr. Lipinski, numbered 78 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to direct a DOT rulemaking to require airlines to interline and provide accommodations to passengers who are displaced due to events within an airline's control.
3:46:28 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lipinski amendment No. 78.
3:53:35 P.M. H.R. 4 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Lipinski amendment, the Chair put the question on the amendment and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Mr. Lipinski demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
3:54:17 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Mr. Denham, numbered 79 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to clarify the intent of the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 for motor carrier meal and rest regulations.
3:54:19 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Denham amendment No. 79.
4:08:37 P.M. H.R. 4 POSTPONED PROCEEDING - At the conclusion of debate on the Denham amendment, the Chair put the question on the amendment and by voice vote, announced the ayes had prevailed. Mr. DeFazio demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
4:08:38 P.M. H.R. 4 VACATED PROCEEDINGS - Mr. Shuster asked unanimous consent to vacate the proceedings on Beyer amendment No. 67 of House Report 115-650, which was postponed, to the end that the Chair put the question de novo. Agreed to without objection.
4:10:09 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Beyer amendment; Failed by voice vote.
4:10:25 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Miss Gonzalez-Colon (PR), numbered 81 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to require a study/assessment and data collection of the air cargo traffic in the Caribbean region.
4:10:55 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gonzalez-Colon amendment No. 81.
4:15:28 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Gonzalez-Colon (PR) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:16:14 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Mrs. Comstock, numbered 84 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to require a study on possible funding options for a potential federal grant program for spaceport activities. Requires a report on a National Spaceports Policy which evaluates the national security and civil space launch demands; proposes policies designed to ensure a robust and resilient orbital and suborbital spaceport infrastructure; reviews the development and investments made by international competitors; and other aspects. Establishes an Office of Spaceports within the FAA to support, promote, and enable infrastructure improvements at FAA-licensed spaceports in the U.S.
4:16:20 P.M. H.R. 4 Comstock amendment; modified by unanimous consent.
4:16:39 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Comstock amendment No. 84, as modified.
4:21:09 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Comstock amendment; as modified Agreed to by voice vote.
4:21:36 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Mr. Lynch, numbered 87 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to direct the FAA Administrator to engage and cooperate with air carriers to identify and facilitate opportunities for air carriers to retrofit aircraft with devices that mitigate noise, including vortex generators.
4:22:12 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lynch amendment No. 87.
4:29:37 P.M. H.R. 4 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Lynch amendment, the Chair put the question on the amendment and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Mr. Lynch demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
4:30:12 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Ms. Meng, numbered 88 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to require the FAA to develop global-scale probabilistic convection guidance capability so that aircraft can avoid encounters with convection that causes turbulence.
4:30:44 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Meng amendment No. 88.
4:33:50 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Meng amendment; Failed by voice vote.
4:34:15 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Mr. Zeldin, numbered 96 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to require the FAA administrator to review the North Shore Helicopter Route to address the noise impact on affected communities, to improve altitude enforcement, and to assess alternatives including an all water route over the Atlantic Ocean.
4:34:33 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Zeldin amendment No. 96.
4:42:16 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Zeldin amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:42:26 P.M. H.R. 4 An amendment, offered by Mrs. Lawrence, numbered 97 printed in Part A of House Report 115-650 to require the FAA Administrator to conduct a study on the diversity of the cybersecurity workforce of the FAA in order to develop recommendations to increase the size, quality and diversity of such workforce.
4:42:56 P.M. H.R. 4 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 839, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lawrence amendment No. 97.
4:48:04 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Lawrence amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
5:17:55 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the DeFazio amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 192 - 223 (Roll no. 155).
5:21:52 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Rohrabacher amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 37 - 375 (Roll no. 156).
5:28:38 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the King (IA) amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 172 - 243 (Roll no. 157).
5:33:50 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Lipinski amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 92 - 323 (Roll no. 158).
5:37:08 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Denham amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 222 - 193 (Roll no. 159).
5:40:38 P.M. H.R. 4 On agreeing to the Lynch amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 187 - 227 (Roll no. 160).
5:40:50 P.M. H.R. 4 Mr. Shuster moved that the committee rise.
5:41:03 P.M. H.R. 4 On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
5:41:15 P.M. H.R. 4 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 4 as unfinished business.
5:41:16 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of a motion to suspend the rules which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
5:41:25 P.M. H.R. 4744 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 4744 — "To impose additional sanctions with respect to serious human rights abuses of the Government of Iran, and for other purposes."
5:48:51 P.M. H.R. 4744 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 410 - 2 (Roll no. 161).
5:48:52 P.M. H.R. 4744 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:49:17 P.M. H. Con. Res. 118 Mr. Harper asked unanimous consent to discharge from committee and consider.
5:49:30 P.M. H. Con. Res. 118 Considered by unanimous consent. 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."
5:49:32 P.M. H. Con. Res. 118 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
5:49:52 P.M. H. Con. Res. 118 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:50:58 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
6:16:49 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES - The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
8:17:36 P.M. Mr. Thompson (PA) moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:17:40 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:17:46 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on April 27, 2018.
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