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Legislative Day of March 16, 2017

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10:00:55 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:01:32 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.
10:47:21 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.
12:00:26 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 16.
12:00:35 P.M. Today's prayer was offered by Rev. Dr. Andrew Chaney, First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, Springfield, Missouri.
12:02:17 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. Wilson (SC) 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. Wilson (SC) demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair announced that further proceedings on the question of agreeing to the Speaker's approval of the Journal would be postponed until later in the legislative day.
12:03:00 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - The Chair designated Mr. Ruiz to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:04:33 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.
12:33:55 P.M. H. Res. 198 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 198 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1259) 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; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1367) to improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes; and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1181) to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the conditions under which certain persons may be treated as adjudicated mentally incompetent for certain purposes."
12:39:05 P.M. H. Res. 198 DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 198.
1:30:52 P.M. H. Res. 198 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on H. Res. 198, the Chair put the question on ordering the previous question, and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Hastings demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of ordering the previous question until later in the legislative day.
1:30:58 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.
1:35:44 P.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 16.
1:35:45 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of ordering the previous question on H. Res. 198, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
1:36:25 P.M. H. Res. 198 Considered as unfinished business. H. Res. 198 — "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1259) 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; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1367) to improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes; and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1181) to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the conditions under which certain persons may be treated as adjudicated mentally incompetent for certain purposes."
1:59:07 P.M. H. Res. 198 On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 227 - 185 (Roll no. 162).
2:06:59 P.M. H. Res. 198 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 229 - 187 (Roll no. 163).
2:07:01 P.M. H. Res. 198 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2:07:12 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker's Approval of the Journal.
2:14:27 P.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 243 - 165, 1 Present (Roll no. 164).
2:15:23 P.M. H.R. 1181 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 198. H.R. 1181 — "To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the conditions under which certain persons may be treated as adjudicated mentally incompetent for certain purposes."
2:16:31 P.M. H.R. 1181 DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 1181.
3:16:23 P.M. H.R. 1181 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
3:17:14 P.M. H.R. 1181 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on H.R. 1181, the Chair put the question on passage of the bill and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Roe (TN) demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on passage of H.R. 1181 until a time to be announced.
3:17:54 P.M. H.R. 1259 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 198. H.R. 1259 — "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."
3:18:48 P.M. H.R. 1259 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 198 and Rule XVIII.
3:18:49 P.M. H.R. 1259 The Speaker designated the Honorable Harold Rogers to act as Chairman of the Committee.
3:18:57 P.M. H.R. 1259 GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1259.
4:25:01 P.M. H.R. 1259 An amendment, offered by Mr. Roe (TN), numbered 1 printed in Part A of House Report 115-39 to insert "to or" after the word "paid" on page 20, line 15.
4:25:05 P.M. H.R. 1259 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Roe (TN) Part A amendment No. 1.
4:25:45 P.M. H.R. 1259 On agreeing to the Roe (TN) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:26:16 P.M. H.R. 1259 An amendment, offered by Mr. Walz, numbered 2 printed in Part A of House Report 115-39 to grant the VA Secretary improved authorities to hold VA senior executives and employees accountable, protects employees' constitutionally guaranteed due process rights, and protects employees' collective bargaining rights under federal law.
4:26:19 P.M. H.R. 1259 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Walz Part A amendment No. 2.
4:35:12 P.M. H.R. 1259 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Walz Part A amendment No. 2, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Walz demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
4:35:50 P.M. H.R. 1259 An amendment, offered by Ms. Kuster (NH), numbered 4 printed in Part A of House Report 115-39 to include as prohibited personnel practices as described in the whistleblower protection subsection of section 3 with those defined in 38 USC 733(c).
4:35:52 P.M. H.R. 1259 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kuster(NH) Part A amendment No. 4.
4:39:56 P.M. H.R. 1259 On agreeing to the Kuster (NH) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:40:25 P.M. H.R. 1259 An amendment, offered by Mr. Taylor, numbered 6 printed in Part A of House Report 115-39 to require the Veterans Administration to provide a semi-annual report to the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs outlining all instances of Senior Executives who are detailed to a new position within the agency. The report will contain details on the purpose of the reassignment as well as the costs associated with the reassignment.
4:40:28 P.M. H.R. 1259 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Taylor Part A amendment No. 6.
4:45:18 P.M. H.R. 1259 On agreeing to the Taylor amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:45:42 P.M. H.R. 1259 An amendment, offered by Ms. Tenney, numbered 7 printed in Part A of House Report 115-39 to require that bonuses awarded to senior-level executives within the Department of Veterans Affairs be reported to Congress on an annual basis.
4:45:44 P.M. H.R. 1259 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tenney Part A amendment No. 7.
4:50:09 P.M. H.R. 1259 On agreeing to the Tenney amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:50:37 P.M. H.R. 1259 An amendment, offered by Ms. Kuster (NH), numbered 8 printed in House Report 115-39 to require VA supervisors to develop performance plans for employees, to include steps taken to address poor performance. It would also improve training for supervisors.
4:50:38 P.M. H.R. 1259 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kuster(NH) Part A amendment No. 8.
4:54:39 P.M. H.R. 1259 On agreeing to the Kuster (NH) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
4:55:09 P.M. H.R. 1259 An amendment, in the nature of a substitute offered by Mr. Takano, numbered 9 printed in Part A of House Report 115-39 to provide for the suspension and removal of VA employees for performance or misconduct that is a threat to public health and safety in place of the proposed removal process.
4:55:11 P.M. H.R. 1259 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Takano Part A amendment No. 9.
5:04:24 P.M. H.R. 1259 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Takano Part A amendment No. 9, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes 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.
5:05:27 P.M. H.R. 1259 UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on adoption of amendments, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
5:30:42 P.M. H.R. 1259 On agreeing to the Walz amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 194 - 223 (Roll no. 165).
5:35:01 P.M. H.R. 1259 On agreeing to the Takano amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 183 - 232 (Roll no. 166).
5:35:13 P.M. H.R. 1259 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1259.
5:36:53 P.M. H.R. 1259 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
5:37:10 P.M. H.R. 1259 The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
5:39:08 P.M. H.R. 1259 Mr. Kihuen moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
5:39:36 P.M. H.R. 1259 DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the 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 language to the bill further defining protections to whistleblowers who file complaints.
5:46:27 P.M. H.R. 1259 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
5:53:00 P.M. H.R. 1259 On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 189 - 229 (Roll no. 167).
5:59:13 P.M. H.R. 1259 On passage Passed by recorded vote: 237 - 178 (Roll no. 168).
5:59:15 P.M. H.R. 1259 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5:59:17 P.M. UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on H.R. 1181, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
5:59:51 P.M. H.R. 1181 Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 1181 — "To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the conditions under which certain persons may be treated as adjudicated mentally incompetent for certain purposes."
6:06:13 P.M. H.R. 1181 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 240 - 175 (Roll no. 169).
6:06:15 P.M. H.R. 1181 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
6:10:31 P.M. H.R. 1367 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 198. H.R. 1367 — "To improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes."
6:11:14 P.M. H.R. 1367 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 198 and Rule XVIII.
6:11:15 P.M. H.R. 1367 The Speaker designated the Honorable Ted Budd to act as Chairman of the Committee.
6:11:42 P.M. H.R. 1367 GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1367.
6:34:10 P.M. H.R. 1367 Mr. Wenstrup moved that the committee rise.
6:34:24 P.M. H.R. 1367 On motion to rise Agreed to by voice vote.
6:34:40 P.M. H.R. 1367 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 1367 as unfinished business.
6:35:23 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
6:38:37 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES - The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
7:50:00 P.M. Mr. Blumenauer moved that the House do now adjourn.
7:50:23 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
7:50:24 P.M. The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on March 17, 2017.
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