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Legislative Day of September 14, 2016

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10:00:59 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:01:15 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Doug Collins to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:01:42 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.
11:27:06 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:39 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of September 14.
12:00:46 P.M. Today's prayer was offered by Reverend Dr. Phillip L. Pointer, Sr., St. Mark Baptist Church, Little Rock, AR
12:02:07 P.M. SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL - The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day's proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Kildee demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker's approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Kildee objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of the Speaker's approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.
12:03:09 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - The Chair designated Mr. Rothfus to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:04:10 P.M. INTRODUCTION OF GUEST CHAPLAIN - The Chair recognized Mr. Hill for the purpose of introducing today's Guest Chaplain.
12:05:19 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.
12:49:20 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on September 14, 2016 at 9:45 a.m.: that the Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 131.
12:50:19 P.M. H. Res. 863 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 863 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5351) to prohibit the transfer of any individual detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R 5226) to amend chapter 3 of title 5, United States Code, to require the publication of information relating to pending agency regulatory actions, and for other purposes."
12:53:51 P.M. H. Res. 863 DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 863.
2:05:00 P.M. H. Res. 863 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by recorded vote: 232 - 172 (Roll no. 505).
2:11:05 P.M. H. Res. 863 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 238 - 171 (Roll no. 506).
2:11:08 P.M. H. Res. 863 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:17:16 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by recorded vote: 252 - 145, 2 Present (Roll no. 507).
2:17:32 P.M. The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a notification regarding the exectutive order that terminates the national emergency with respect to Cote d'Ivoire. - referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 114-163).
2:19:47 P.M. The Speaker laid before the House a message from the President transmitting a notification of intent to end suspension of preferential treatment for Burma as a beneficiary developing country under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program - referred to the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 114-164).
2:21:06 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
3:00:34 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of September 14.
3:00:54 P.M. H.R. 5620 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 5620 — "To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, and for other purposes."
3:01:53 P.M. H.R. 5620 The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
3:02:03 P.M. H.R. 5620 An amendment, offered by Mr. Lujan, Ben Ray (NM), numbered 14 printed in House Report 114-742 to direct the VA to produce a report on the number of part-time active duty military physicians in VA health facilities, the hiring process for part-time active duty military physicians, the hiring process for part-time civilian physicians in, and the steps the VA is taking to recruit active duty military physicians for part-time employment in VA health facilities.
3:02:06 P.M. H.R. 5620 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 859, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lujan, Ben Ray (NM) amendment No. 14.
3:06:15 P.M. H.R. 5620 On agreeing to the Lujan, Ben Ray (NM) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:06:52 P.M. H.R. 5620 An amendment, offered by Mr. Takano, numbered 15 printed in House Report 114-742 to extend the Department of Veterans Affairs authority for the performance of medical disability evaluations by contract physicians by one year.
3:06:57 P.M. H.R. 5620 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 859, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Takano amendment No. 15.
3:10:22 P.M. H.R. 5620 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Takano amendment No. 15, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Takano demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
3:10:56 P.M. H.R. 5620 An amendment, offered by Mr. O'Rourke, numbered 16 printed in House Report 114-742 to provide the VA with the authority to offer physicians conditional job offers two years earlier and increases the VA's recruiting outreach efforts to academic affiliate institutions.
3:11:03 P.M. H.R. 5620 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 859, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the O'Rourke amendment No. 16.
3:15:18 P.M. H.R. 5620 On agreeing to the O'Rourke amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:15:28 P.M. H.R. 5620 An amendment, offered by Mr. O'Rourke, numbered 17 printed in House Report 114-742 to provide the VA with the authority to share a patient's electronic health record with VA community-based providers, while maintaining HIPPA protections.
3:15:30 P.M. H.R. 5620 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 859, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the O'Rourke amendment No. 17.
3:18:36 P.M. H.R. 5620 On agreeing to the O'Rourke amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:18:58 P.M. H.R. 5620 An amendment, offered by Mr. O'Rourke, numbered 18 printed in House Report 114-742 to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct annual surveys of veterans on experiences obtaining hospital care and medical services from medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
3:19:01 P.M. H.R. 5620 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 859, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the O'Rourke amendment No. 18.
3:23:02 P.M. H.R. 5620 On agreeing to the O'Rourke amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:23:30 P.M. H.R. 5620 An amendment, offered by Mr. Takano, numbered 19 printed in House Report 114-742 to enable any person who is entitled to retired pay for nonregular (reserve) service or who, but for age, would be so entitled to be honored as a veteran. A person shall not be entitled to any benefit by reason of such recognition.
3:23:33 P.M. H.R. 5620 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 859, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Takano amendment No. 19.
3:26:17 P.M. H.R. 5620 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Takano amendment No. 19, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Takano demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
3:27:05 P.M. H.R. 5620 An amendment, offered by Mr. Takano, numbered 20 printed in House Report 114-742 to allow the Secretary of the VA to furnish rehabilitative equipment to Veterans entitled to prosthetic appliances, and modify non-rehabilitative equipment owned by the Veteran to meet that purpose, if the Veteran elects. Rehabilitative equipment includes recreational sports equipment that provides an adaption or accommodation for the Veteran.
3:27:13 P.M. H.R. 5620 Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 859, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Takano amendment No. 20.
3:29:35 P.M. H.R. 5620 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Takano amendment No. 20, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Takano demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
3:29:54 P.M. H.R. 5620 An amendment, offered by Mr. Duffy, numbered 21 printed in House Report 114-742 to allow the VA to also use hearing aid specialists, who are more available, and are qualified to fit, program, adjust, and repair hearing aids.
3:29:56 P.M. H.R. 5620 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 859, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Duffy amendment No. 21.
3:33:20 P.M. H.R. 5620 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Duffy amendment No. 21, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Takano demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
3:33:40 P.M. H.R. 5620 An amendment, offered by Mr. Miller (FL), numbered 22 printe in House Report 114-742 to insert the legislative text of H.R. 658 which requires a V.A. Regional Office carry out claim adjudication within 125 days with 98% accuracy. Regional Offices must submit a three step report every time it fails to meet its 125 day goal with explanation, reasoning and solutions for improvement. It will also contain a description of additional resources necessary for the office to reach its goals, from staffing to policy changes, and an action plan to enable the office to meet its goal.
3:33:44 P.M. H.R. 5620 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 859, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Miller (FL) amendment No. 22.
3:35:30 P.M. H.R. 5620 On agreeing to the Miller (FL) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
3:35:56 P.M. H.R. 5620 Mr. Miller (FL) moved that the Committee now rise.
3:36:14 P.M. H.R. 5620 On motion that the Committee now rise Agreed to by voice vote.
3:36:27 P.M. H.R. 5620 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 5620 as unfinished business.
3:38:20 P.M. H.R. 5226 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 863. H.R. 5226 — "To amend chapter 3 of title 5, United States Code, to require the publication of information relating to pending agency regulatory actions, and for other purposes."
3:38:25 P.M. H.R. 5226 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 5351 and H.R. 5226. Rule provides for one hour of debate on both H.R. 5351 and H.R. 5226.
3:38:42 P.M. H.R. 5226 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 863 and Rule XVIII.
3:38:44 P.M. H.R. 5226 The Speaker designated the Honorable Keith J. Rothfus to act as Chairman of the Committee.
3:39:15 P.M. H.R. 5226 GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 5226.
4:12:54 P.M. H.R. 5226 An amendment, offered by Mr. Boustany, numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 114-744 to require the results of a Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) or a similar cost-benefit analysis, as well as the formula and data for the analysis to be included in the details disclosed by the agency on either regulations.gov or on the executive agency's website.
4:13:16 P.M. H.R. 5226 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 863, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Boustany amendment No. 1.
4:19:29 P.M. H.R. 5226 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Boustany amendment No. 1, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Clay demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
4:19:48 P.M. H.R. 5226 An amendment, offered by Mr. Fleming, numbered 2 printed in Part B of House Report 114-744 to add a requirement that proposed regulations that duplicate or overlap with other existing regulations must be disclosed.
4:20:51 P.M. H.R. 5226 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 863, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Fleming amendment No. 2.
4:26:01 P.M. H.R. 5226 On agreeing to the Fleming amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:26:31 P.M. H.R. 5226 An amendment, offered by Mr. McKinley, numbered 3 printed in Part B of House Report 114-744 to restrict employees or officers of an Executive Agency from usin g private email accounts when discussing a pending agency regulatory action with the public.
4:27:22 P.M. H.R. 5226 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 863, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McKinley amendment No. 3.
4:30:44 P.M. H.R. 5226 On agreeing to the McKinley amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:54:50 P.M. H.R. 5226 On agreeing to the Boustany amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 241 - 154 (Roll no. 508).
4:55:01 P.M. H.R. 5226 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 5226.
4:55:54 P.M. H.R. 5226 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
4:57:21 P.M. H.R. 5226 Mr. Kildee moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Oversight and Government.
4:57:35 P.M. H.R. 5226 DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kildee motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to combat a public health crisis including the Zika virus, opioid abuse, and lead poisoning.
5:09:16 P.M. H.R. 5226 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
5:15:55 P.M. H.R. 5226 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 185 - 238 (Roll no. 509).
5:22:34 P.M. H.R. 5226 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 250 - 171 (Roll no. 510).
5:22:36 P.M. H.R. 5226 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:22:49 P.M. H.R. 5620 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 5620 — "To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, and for other purposes."
5:23:04 P.M. H.R. 5620 The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
5:28:20 P.M. H.R. 5620 On agreeing to the Walz amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 173 - 250 (Roll no. 511).
5:31:35 P.M. H.R. 5620 On agreeing to the Takano amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 184 - 240 (Roll no. 512).
5:34:41 P.M. H.R. 5620 On agreeing to the Kuster amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 183 - 236 (Roll no. 513).
5:39:35 P.M. H.R. 5620 On agreeing to the Takano amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 426 - 0 (Roll no. 514).
5:42:43 P.M. H.R. 5620 On agreeing to the Takano amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 421 - 1 (Roll no. 515).
5:46:05 P.M. H.R. 5620 On agreeing to the Takano amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 421 - 0 (Roll no. 516).
5:49:16 P.M. H.R. 5620 On agreeing to the Duffy amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 423 - 1 (Roll no. 517).
5:49:22 P.M. H.R. 5620 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 5620.
5:50:19 P.M. H.R. 5620 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
5:50:27 P.M. H.R. 5620 The House adopted the amendment as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
5:51:40 P.M. H.R. 5620 Ms. Titus moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
5:52:13 P.M. H.R. 5620 DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Titus motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to add a new section at the end of the bill pertaining to the Definiiton of Spouse for Purposes of Veteran Benefits to Reflect New State Definitions of Spouse pending a reservation of a point of order. Subsequently, the reservation was removed.
5:58:30 P.M. H.R. 5620 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
6:04:59 P.M. H.R. 5620 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 185 - 239 (Roll no. 518).
6:12:02 P.M. H.R. 5620 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 310 - 116 (Roll no. 519).
6:12:04 P.M. H.R. 5620 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:12:55 P.M. Mr. Miller (FL) asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. on September 15. Agreed to without objection.
6:13:50 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
6:17:50 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES - The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
8:18:00 P.M. Mr. Jordan moved that the House do now adjourn.
8:18:02 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
8:18:03 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on September 15, 2016.
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