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Legislative Day of May 17, 2016

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10:00:15 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:20 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable John J. Duncan Jr. to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:00:56 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.
10:48:28 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:01 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 17.
12:00:14 P.M. Today's prayer was offered by Rabbi Jay Weinstein, Young Israel of East Brunswick, East Brunswick, New Jersey
12:01:37 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.
12:01:39 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - The Chair designated Mr. Lamborn to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:03:22 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.
12:20:11 P.M. H. Res. 732 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 732 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4909) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes."
12:23:36 P.M. H. Res. 732 DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 732.
12:41:27 P.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed H.R. 4957.
12:41:53 P.M. H. Res. 732 DEBATE - The House resumed with one hour of debate on H. Res. 732.
1:18:21 P.M. H. Res. 732 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 732, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Polis demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on ordering the previous question until later in the legislative day.
1:18:47 P.M. The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a notification of the continuance of the national emergency with respect to Burma - referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 114-135).
1:21:16 P.M. The Speaker announced that votes on suspensions, if ordered, will be postponed until a time to be announced.
1:23:19 P.M. H.R. 897 Mr. Gibbs moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 897 — "To amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes."
1:23:49 P.M. H.R. 897 Considered under suspension of the rules.
1:23:50 P.M. H.R. 897 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 897.
2:09:55 P.M. H.R. 897 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
2:10:04 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on ordering the previous question on H. Res. 732, the Esty motion to instruct conferees on S. 524, and a motion to suspend the rules, all of which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
2:10:38 P.M. H. Res. 732 Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 732 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4909) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes."
2:31:35 P.M. H. Res. 732 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 239 - 177 (Roll no. 196).
2:39:03 P.M. H. Res. 732 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 234 - 181 (Roll no. 197).
2:39:05 P.M. H. Res. 732 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:46:16 P.M. S. 524 Considered as unfinished business.
2:46:17 P.M. S. 524 On motion that the House instruct conferees Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 182 - 236 (Roll no. 198).
2:46:19 P.M. S. 524 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:46:22 P.M. H.R. 897 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 897 — "To amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes."
2:53:05 P.M. H.R. 897 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 262 - 159 (Roll no. 199).
2:53:07 P.M. S. 524 The Speaker appointed conferees for consideration of the Senate bill and the House amendments, and modifications committed to conference: Upton, Pitts, Lance, Guthrie, Kinzinger of Illinois, Bucshon, Brooks of Indiana, Goodlatte, Sensenbrenner, Smith of Texas, Marino, Collins of Georgia, Trott, Bishop of Michigan, McCarthy, Pallone, Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Sarbanes, Gene Green of Texas, Conyers, Jackson Lee, Judy Chu of California, Cohen, Esty, Kuster, and Courtney.
2:53:08 P.M. S. 524 The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Education and the Workforce for consideration of title VII of the House amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Barletta, Carter of Georgia, and Scott of Virginia.
2:54:00 P.M. S. 524 The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs for consideration of title III of the House amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Bilirakis, Walorski, and Ruiz.
2:54:01 P.M. S. 524 The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Ways and Means for consideration of sec. 705 of the Senate bill, and sec. 804 of the House amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Meehan, Dold, and McDermott.
2:55:03 P.M. H.R. 4909 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 732. H.R. 4909 — "To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes."
2:55:08 P.M. H.R. 4909 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 4909 with 1 hour of general debate. The bill shall be considered for amendment under the five minute rule. No further amendment to the bill, as amended, shall be in order expect those printed in part B of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution and amendments en bloc described in section 3 of the resolution.
2:55:28 P.M. H.R. 4909 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 732 and Rule XVIII.
2:55:29 P.M. H.R. 4909 The Speaker designated the Honorable Michael K. Simpson to act as Chairman of the Committee.
2:55:44 P.M. H.R. 4909 GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 4909.
3:59:39 P.M. H.R. 4909 An amendment, offered by Mr. Thornberry, numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 114-569 to clarify that the special transfer authority in section 1702 is subject to appropriation Acts.
3:59:43 P.M. H.R. 4909 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 732, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Thornberry Part B amendment no. 1.
4:02:24 P.M. H.R. 4909 On agreeing to the Thornberry amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:04:07 P.M. H.R. 4909 Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, compromised of the following amendments consisting of amendments numbered 4, 5, 6, 7 as modified, 8, 9, 15, 17, 20, 21, 23 and 27 printed in Part B of House Report 114-569.
4:04:11 P.M. H.R. 4909 Thornberry amendment; modified by unanimous consent. Modification applies to amendment No. 7 in the en bloc package.
4:04:18 P.M. H.R. 4909 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 732, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Thornberry Part B amendments en bloc #1.
4:19:33 P.M. H.R. 4909 On agreeing to the Thornberry amendments; as modified Agreed to by voice vote.
4:20:07 P.M. H.R. 4909 An amendment, offered by Mr. Westerman, numbered 2 printed in Part B of House Report 114-569 to provide an additional $82.4 million for the Surface-To-Air missile MSE program that mitigates critical shortfall in Army War Reserve requirements and to take $82.4 million from the Atomic Energy Defense Activities, National Nuclear Security Administration, Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, Material management and minimization account.
4:20:16 P.M. H.R. 4909 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 732, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Westerman Part B amendment No. 2.
4:30:59 P.M. H.R. 4909 On agreeing to the Westerman amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:31:34 P.M. H.R. 4909 An amendment, offered by Mr. Garamendi, numbered 3 printed in Part B of House Report 114-569 to reduce the authorization for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program by $17.93 million, the amount identified by the Government Accountability Office as in excess of program need for Fiscal Year 2016 and to increase the authorization for Air Force procurement of Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures by $17.93 million to address an unfunded requirement identified by the Air Force.
4:31:38 P.M. H.R. 4909 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 732, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Garamendi Part B amendment No. 3.
4:39:52 P.M. H.R. 4909 On agreeing to the Garamendi amendment; Failed by voice vote.
4:40:34 P.M. H.R. 4909 An amendment, offered by Mr. McKinley, numbered 10 printed in Part B of House Report 114-569 to require the Secretary of Defense to ensure that every tactical missile program of the Department of Defense that uses solid propellant as the primary propulsion system shall have at least two fully certified rocket motor suppliers in the event that one of the rocket motor suppliers is outside the national technology and industrial base.
4:40:37 P.M. H.R. 4909 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 732, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McKinley Part B amendment No. 10.
4:50:10 P.M. H.R. 4909 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the McKinley amendment No. 10, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. McKinley demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
4:51:01 P.M. H.R. 4909 MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE - The Committee of the Whole rose informally to receive a message from the Senate.
4:51:06 P.M. The House received a message from the Senate. The Senate passed S. 2040.
4:51:07 P.M. H.R. 4909 RESUMED SITTING - The Committee of the Whole resumed its sitting.
4:51:45 P.M. H.R. 4909 An amendment, offered by Mr. Thornberry, numbered 11 printed in Part B of House Report 114-569 to amend the National Security Act to address the National Security Council's staff size and subsequent micromangement of military operations and to require Senate confirmation of the National Security Advisor if the staff size of the National Security Council exceeds 100 employees.
4:51:49 P.M. H.R. 4909 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 732, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Thornberry Part B amendment No. 11.
5:03:04 P.M. H.R. 4909 On agreeing to the Thornberry amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
5:03:32 P.M. H.R. 4909 An amendment, offered by Mr. Nadler, numbered 12 printed in Part B of House Report 114-569 to remove funding prohibitions on the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
5:03:35 P.M. H.R. 4909 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 732, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Nadler Part B amendment No. 12.
5:16:53 P.M. H.R. 4909 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Nadler amendment No. 12, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Nadler demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:17:32 P.M. H.R. 4909 An amendment, offered by Mrs. Walorski, numbered 13 printed in Part B of House Report 114-569 to amend the Freedom of Information Act to include the National Security Council (NSC) and makes the FOIA requirement effective after Senate confirmation of National Security Advisor.
5:17:35 P.M. H.R. 4909 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 732, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Walorski Part B amendment No. 13.
5:24:25 P.M. H.R. 4909 On agreeing to the Walorski amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
5:25:05 P.M. H.R. 4909 Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, offered by Mr. Thornberry, compromised of the following amendments consisting of amendments numbered 19, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, and 38.
5:25:12 P.M. H.R. 4909 DEBATE - Purusuant to the provisions of H. Res. 732, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Part B Thornberry amendments en bloc #2.
5:28:16 P.M. H.R. 4909 On agreeing to the Thornberry amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.
5:28:56 P.M. H.R. 4909 An amendment, offered by Mr. Poe (TX), numbered 14 printed in Part B of House Report 114-569, as modified, to direct the Secretary of Defense to give preference to State and Federal agencies who conduct border security functions for distribution of surveillance unmanned aerial vehicles including the MQ-9 Reaper, the Aerostat radar system, night-vision goggles, and Humvees as part of the DOD's Excess Property Program (1033 program).
5:29:18 P.M. H.R. 4909 Poe (TX) amendment; modified by unanimous consent. Modification inserts a proposed new text for Sec. 1048.
5:29:32 P.M. H.R. 4909 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 732, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Poe (TX) Part B amendment No. 14, as modified.
5:41:26 P.M. H.R. 4909 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Poe (TX) amendment No. 14, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Poe (TX) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
5:43:33 P.M. H.R. 4909 An amendment, offered by Mr. Kelly (PA), numbered 16 printed in Part B of House Report 114-569 to prohibit funds from being used to destroy anti-personnel landmine munitions unless the Secretary of Defense submits a report on research into operational alternatives to these munitions.
5:43:35 P.M. H.R. 4909 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 732, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kelly (PA) Part B amendment No. 16.
5:52:16 P.M. H.R. 4909 On agreeing to the Kelly (PA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
5:52:50 P.M. H.R. 4909 An amendment, offered by Mrs. Walorski, numbered 16 printed in Part B of House Report 114-569 to require the United States Government and the government of a foreign country to enter into a written memorandum of understanding regarding the transfer of an individual from Guantanamo Bay and transmitted to the Congress.
5:52:52 P.M. H.R. 4909 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 732, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Walorski Part B amendment No. 18.
6:02:59 P.M. H.R. 4909 On agreeing to the Walorski amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
6:03:17 P.M. H.R. 4909 Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, comprised of amendments numbered 22, 24, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 49, and 50 printed in Part B of House Report 114-569.
6:03:18 P.M. H.R. 4909 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 732, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Thornberry Part B amendments en bloc #3.
6:08:09 P.M. H.R. 4909 On agreeing to the Thornberry amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.
6:08:20 P.M. H.R. 4909 Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, comprised of amendments numbered 48, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, and 61 printed in Part B of House Report 114-569.
6:08:28 P.M. H.R. 4909 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 732, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 20 minutes of debate on the Thornberry Part B amendments en bloc #4.
6:15:01 P.M. H.R. 4909 On agreeing to the Thornberry amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.
6:15:30 P.M. H.R. 4909 An amendment, offered by Mr. Larsen (WA), numbered 25 printed in Part B of House Report 114-569 to amend waiver on prohibition of use of atomic energy defense funding for work with Russia to allow the Secretary of Energy to issue waiver if activity will significantly reduce the nuclear threat, regardless of backlog at DOE defense nuclear facilities.
6:15:32 P.M. H.R. 4909 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 732, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Larsen (WA) Part B amendment No. 25.
6:21:45 P.M. H.R. 4909 On agreeing to the Larsen (WA) amendment Failed by voice vote.
6:25:28 P.M. H.R. 4909 An amendment, offered by Mr. Rogers (AL), numbered 26 printed in House Report 116-569 to fence 50% of the funds for the Office of the Secretary of Energy until he provides a specific report to the specified congressional committees.
6:25:33 P.M. H.R. 4909 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 732, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rogers (AL) Part B amendment No. 26.
6:30:49 P.M. H.R. 4909 On agreeing to the Rogers (AL) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
6:31:24 P.M. H.R. 4909 An amendment, offered by Mr. Zinke, Amendment numbered 60 printed in House Report 114-569 to ensure the security of our land-based nuclear forces and ensures an acquisition strategy that will field a UH 1N replacement aircraft in fiscal year 2018. The modification adds a new section titled Requests for Forces to Meet Security Requirements for Land-Based Nuclear Forces.
6:31:54 P.M. H.R. 4909 Zinke amendment; modified by unanimous consent.
6:31:58 P.M. H.R. 4909 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 732, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Zinke Part B amendment No. 60, as modified.
6:38:11 P.M. H.R. 4909 On agreeing to the Zinke amendment; as modified Agreed to by voice vote.
6:38:50 P.M. H.R. 4909 Mr. Thornberry moved that the committee rise.
6:39:15 P.M. H.R. 4909 On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
6:39:25 P.M. H.R. 4909 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 4909 as unfinished business.
6:39:35 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
11:51:00 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of May 17.
11:52:13 P.M. Mr. Byrne filed reports from the Committee on Rules, H. Res. 735 and H. Res. 736.
11:53:00 P.M. Mr. Byrne moved that the House do now adjourn.
11:53:01 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
11:53:03 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on May 18, 2016.
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