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Legislative Day of March 17, 2017

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9:00:01 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:10 A.M. Today's prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.
9:01:46 A.M. SPEAKER'S APPROVAL OF JOURNAL - The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day's proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Thompson (PA) 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. Thompson (PA) 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.
9:01:58 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - The Chair designated Mr. Harper to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:02:12 A.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.
9:10:32 A.M. H. Res. 173 Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 173 — "Providing for the expenses of certain committees of the House of Representatives in the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress."
9:11:25 A.M. H. Res. 173 DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 173.
9:14:15 A.M. H. Res. 173 The previous question was ordered without objection.
9:14:18 A.M. H. Res. 173 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by voice vote.
9:14:24 A.M. H. Res. 173 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
9:14:58 A.M. H.R. 1367 Considered as unfinished business. 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."
9:15:26 A.M. H.R. 1367 The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
9:17:21 A.M. H.R. 1367 An amendment, offered by Mr. Wenstrup, numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 115-39 to extend the timeline to implement the fellowship program from 90 days to one year and extends the GAO reporting deadline from one to two years. Also, the amendment removes the requirement to track a number of hiring effectiveness metrics, changes the establishment of a recruiting database from a "shall" to "may" authority, and stipulates that HR training be accomplished virtually.
9:17:38 A.M. H.R. 1367 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Wenstrup amendment No. 1.
9:20:47 A.M. H.R. 1367 On agreeing to the Wenstrup amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
9:21:11 A.M. H.R. 1367 An amendment, offered by Ms. Meng, numbered 2 printed in Part B of House Report 115-39 to make clear that the Inspector General of the VA must report, pursuant to 38 U.S.C. 7412, on at minimum 5 clinical and 5 nonclinical VA occupations that have the largest staffing shortages, which then triggers special hiring authorities for the Secretary to address such shortages.
9:21:28 A.M. H.R. 1367 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Meng amendment No. 2.
9:25:28 A.M. H.R. 1367 On agreeing to the Meng amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
9:25:44 A.M. H.R. 1367 An amendment, offered by Ms. Sewell (AL), numbered 3 printed in Part B of House Report 115-39 to allow the Secretary to select eligible employees for the Executive Management Fellowship Program who represent or service rural areas, to whatever extent practicable.
9:26:04 A.M. H.R. 1367 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Sewell amendment No. 3.
9:30:48 A.M. H.R. 1367 On agreeing to the Sewell (AL) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
9:30:58 A.M. H.R. 1367 An amendment, offered by Ms. Hanabusa, numbered 4 printed in Part B of House Report 115-39 to strike section 6, "Reemployment of Former Employees," which would allow for the Secretary to appoint former employees at one grade higher than when they last separated, without having to go through the usual competitive application process.
9:31:17 A.M. H.R. 1367 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hanabusa amendment No. 4.
9:34:00 A.M. H.R. 1367 On agreeing to the Hanabusa amendment; Failed by voice vote.
9:34:22 A.M. H.R. 1367 An amendment, offered by Mr. Buck, numbered 5 printed in Part B of House Report 115-39 to prevent former political appointees at the VA from receiving non-political, competitively selected positions at the VA without having to go through the proper selection process.
9:34:46 A.M. H.R. 1367 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Buck amendment No. 5.
9:37:54 A.M. H.R. 1367 On agreeing to the Buck amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
9:38:17 A.M. H.R. 1367 An amendment, offered by Ms. Shea-Porter, numbered 6 printed in Part B of House Report 115-39 to require the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to list open mental health positions in the database established under the bill.
9:38:38 A.M. H.R. 1367 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Shea-Porter amendment No. 6.
9:41:55 A.M. H.R. 1367 On agreeing to the Shea-Porter amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
9:42:21 A.M. H.R. 1367 An amendment, offered by Ms. Brownley (CA), numbered 7 printed in Part B of House Report 115-39 to clarify that "medical facility" referenced in Sec. 10 includes each medical center, domiciliary facility, outpatient clinic, community-based outpatient clinic, and vet center.
9:42:46 A.M. H.R. 1367 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Brownley (CA) amendment No. 7.
9:45:23 A.M. H.R. 1367 On agreeing to the Brownley (CA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
9:45:55 A.M. H.R. 1367 An amendment, offered by Mr. Welch, numbered 8 printed in Part B of House Report 115-39 to add an analysis of succession planning and hiring in rural areas, and requires a study on the ability to hire and recruit veterans in rural areas.
9:46:12 A.M. H.R. 1367 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Welch amendment No. 8.
9:50:06 A.M. H.R. 1367 On agreeing to the Welch amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
9:50:38 A.M. H.R. 1367 An amendment, offered by Mr. Gottheimer, numbered 9 printed in Part B of House Report 115-39 to add veterans who are recent graduates and/or recipients of Post-9/11 GI Bill Educational Assistance as a distinct category of individuals who are allowed for excepted service appointments.
9:51:02 A.M. H.R. 1367 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gottheimer amendment No. 9.
9:55:13 A.M. H.R. 1367 On agreeing to the Gottheimer amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
9:55:20 A.M. H.R. 1367 An amendment, offered by Ms. Herrera Beutler, numbered 10 printed in Part B of House Report 115-39 to strengthen anonymity protections for employees filling out exit surveys, and requires exit survey data to be compiled at the VISN level to identify and acknowledge regional differences.
9:55:41 A.M. H.R. 1367 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Herrera Beutler amendment No. 10.
9:59:19 A.M. H.R. 1367 On agreeing to the Herrera Beutler amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
9:59:39 A.M. H.R. 1367 An amendment, offered by Ms. Hanabusa, numbered 11 printed in Part B of House Report 115-39 to require the total number of employees that voluntarily separated and the percentage of those employees that took the voluntary exit survey.
10:00:02 A.M. H.R. 1367 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hanabusa amendment No. 11.
10:02:43 A.M. H.R. 1367 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Hanabusa amendment No. 11, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes 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.
10:03:12 A.M. H.R. 1367 An amendment, offered by Ms. Meng, numbered 12 printed in Part B of House Report 115-39 to encourage the transition of military medical professionals into employment with the Veterans Health Administration upon discharge or separation from the Armed Forces.
10:03:38 A.M. H.R. 1367 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Meng amendment No. 12.
10:05:32 A.M. H.R. 1367 On agreeing to the Meng amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:05:56 A.M. H.R. 1367 An amendment, offered by Mr. Bost, numbered 13 printed in Part B of House Report 115-39 to direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop and implement a plan to hire a director for each VA medical center without a permanent director.
10:06:14 A.M. H.R. 1367 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Bost amendment No. 13.
10:10:16 A.M. H.R. 1367 On agreeing to the Bost amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:10:53 A.M. H.R. 1367 An amendment, offered by Mr. O'Rourke, numbered 14 printed in Part B of House Report 115-39 to allow the VA to offer physicians conditional job offers two years prior to the completion of their residency program. Also, the amendment requires VA recruiters or similar official to visit each teaching institution with a residency program at least once annually.
10:11:14 A.M. H.R. 1367 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 198, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the O'Rourke amendment No. 14.
10:14:19 A.M. H.R. 1367 On agreeing to the O'Rourke amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
10:14:36 A.M. H.R. 1367 Mr. Wenstrup moved that the committee rise.
10:14:51 A.M. H.R. 1367 On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
10:15:02 A.M. H.R. 1367 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 1367 as unfinished business.
10:15:38 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is subject to the call of the Chair.
11:02:08 A.M. The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of March 17.
11:02:12 A.M. H.R. 1367 Considered as unfinished business. 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."
11:02:33 A.M. H.R. 1367 The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
11:02:35 A.M. H.R. 1367 UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on adoption of the Hanabusa amendment No. 11, which was debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
11:29:24 A.M. H.R. 1367 On agreeing to the Hanabusa amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 400 - 8 (Roll no. 170).
11:29:47 A.M. H.R. 1367 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1367.
11:30:34 A.M. H.R. 1367 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
11:30:47 A.M. H.R. 1367 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.
11:37:10 A.M. H.R. 1367 On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 412 - 0 (Roll no. 171).
11:37:12 A.M. H.R. 1367 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11:44:55 A.M. On approving the Journal Agreed to by recorded vote: 246 - 143, 2 Present (Roll no. 172).
11:48:38 A.M. COLLOQUY ON HOUSE SCHEDULE - The Chair recognized Mr. Hoyer for the purpose of engaging in a colloquy with Mr. McCarthy on the expectations regarding the legislative schedule for the House during the upcoming week.
12:25:10 P.M. Mr. McCarthy asked unanimous consent That, when the House adjourns on Friday, March 17, 2017, it adjourn to meet at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017, for Morning-Hour debate. Agreed to without objection.
12:26:19 P.M. ONE MINUTE SPEECHES - The House proceeded with further one minute speeches.
12:43:28 P.M. SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES - The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.
1:52:58 P.M. Mr. Gallego moved that the House do now adjourn.
1:53:07 P.M. On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.
1:53:09 P.M. The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on March 20, 2017.
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