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U.S. House of Representatives

June 6, 2018

 

 

Proceedings of

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Met at 10:00 AM

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Message from the Senate (agreed to H. Con. Res. 113 - Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby)

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Morning Hour

 

  1. Bost (R), IL (Constituent Tribute – 126th Air Refueling Wing, Wilbert Webb Hennesburg of Masontown, Illinois/D-Day/Staffer Matt McCulloch birthday)
  2. Castor (D), OH (H. Res. 834 - Expressing no confidence in the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and calling for the immediate resignation of the Administrator)
  3. Marshall (R), KS (Economy/Federal Opportunity Zones)
  4. Ros-Lehtinen (R), FL (Alopecia Areata disease/Constituent Tribute - Larry Adams)
  5. Emmer (R), MN (Constituent Tribute - Bruce Price/Constituent Tribute – Minnesota Lynx/Constituent Tribute - 21st Century Bank/Carver County - Exercise)
  6. Fitzpatrick (R), PA (EMS constituents/Central Bucks Rotary Club Ride For The Heroes/Souderton High School and Keystone Opportunity Center)

 

The Chair declared the House in recess at 10:27 AM until 12:00 PM.

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The Chair reconvened the House at 12:00 PM

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On approval of the Journal:

Schneider (D), IL asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote - 12:02 PM

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The House observed a moment of silence for all those killed for our country.

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One Minutes

 

  1. Norcross (D), NJ (Chaplain Tribute)
  2. McHenry (R), NC (Turkish Prisoner)
  3. Schneider (D), IL (Immigration)
  4. Stefanik (D), NY (Constituent Tribute)
  5. Cicilline (D), RI (Medicare Trust Fund)
  6. Poe (R), TX (War)
  7. Veasey (D), TX (Immigration)
  8. Thompson (R), PA (WW2)
  9. Kelly (D), IL (Pride Month)
  10. Wilson (R), SC (IRI/Bulgaria)
  11. McGovern (D), MA (Hunger)
  12. Ros-Lehtinen (R), FL (Nicaragua)

 

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H. Res. 918 - The combined rule providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill H.R. 3249 - Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2017 and of the bill H.R. 8 - Water Resources Development Act of 2018 and of the bill H.R. 5895 - Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019

 

Rule – 1 hour              12:20 PM

 

  1. Woodall (R), GA
  2. McGovern (D), MA
  3. Lieu (D), CA                                                             [jjs]
  4. Welch (D), VT

 

On ordering the previous question:

McGovern (D), MA asked recorded vote - 1:17 PM

[234]

YEAS 224       NAYS 176

 

ORDERED                 1:45 PM

 

On adoption of the rule:

McGovern (D), MA asked recorded vote - 1:45 PM

[235]

 

YEAS 223       NAYS 175

 

ADOPTED                 1:51 PM

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Unfinished Business

 

On approval of the Journal:

Schneider (D), IL asked recorded vote - 1:52 PM

[236]

YEAS 219       NAYS 177      PRESENT 1

APPROVED              1:58 PM

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H.R. 3249 - Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2017 (concur in the Senate Amendment)

 

Debate – 1 hour          x2:05 PM

 

  1. Goodlatte (R), VA
  2. Jackson Lee (D), TX
  3. Comstock (R), VA

 

On passage (concur in Senate amendment):

Goodlatte (R), VA asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote - 2:35 PM

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H.R. 8 - Water Resources Development Act of 2018

 

Debate – 1 hour          2:35 PM

 

  1. Schuster (R), PA
  2. DeFazio (D), OR
  3. Graves (R), LA
  4. Napolitano (D), CA
  5. Graves (R), MO
  6. Lawrence (D), MI                                                     [jjs]
  7. Davis, Rodney (R), IL
  8. Kildee (D), MI
  9. Sanford (R), SC
  10. Gabbard (D), HI
  11. Rouzer (R), NC
  12. LaMalfa (D), CA

 

Amendments – 3:16 PM

 

Shuster (R), PA amendment (#1):

 

Makes technical changes to the bill, including additional provisions relating to Corps of Engineers projects and reports, and addresses direct spending issue in Section 306.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             3:19 PM

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Shuster (R), PA amendment (#6):

 

Provides technical assistance on construction to a state agency that is carrying out congressionally authorized projects.

 

ADOPTED – VOICE             3:24 PM

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Shuster (R), PA asked u.c. that amendments 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 be considered out of order.

 

AGREED TO - VOICE                     3:30 PM

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Gibbs (R), OH amendment (#3):

 

Amends language to ensure all factors are considered in order for the mitigation bank to provide sufficient financial assurances.

 

WITHDRAWN          3:34 PM

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Soto (D), FL amendment (#2):

 

Expands areas of consideration to include water storage.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             3:37 PM

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Royce (R), CA amendment (#4):

 

Adds flexibility in Section 120 so that future projects can also qualify for the pilot program.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             3:40 PM

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Keating (D), MA amendment (#5):

 

Authorizes Army Corps to give technical assistance to regional coalitions as they prepare for water resources development projects with potential connections to Army Corps projects or properties.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             3:42 PM

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Denham (R), CA amendment (#7):

 

Extends authority of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to enter into cost recovery agreements for evaluation and processing of permits.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             3:45 PM

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Esty (D), CT amendment (#8):

 

Adds to a National Academy of Sciences report consideration of an analysis on whether the Corps considers cumulative benefits of locally developed projects, including Master Plans, and if the Corps uses these benefits for purposes of benefit-cost analysis for potential projects within such master plans.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             3:51 PM

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Soto (D), FL amendment (#9):

 

Adds universities to the list of entities that the Army Corps should consider when submitting a report to Congress on the use of innovative materials in water resource development projects.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             3:53 PM

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Krishnamoorthi (D), IL amendment (#10):

 

Requires the U.S. Comptroller to provide recommendations for improving the capacity and preparedness of the Army Corps.

 

ADOPTED                 3:57 PM

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Jayapal (D), WA amendment (#11):

 

Adds to a GAO study consideration of how changes to the navigation industry workforce with which the Army Corps collaborates may affect safety and operations within the navigation industry.

 

ADOPTED – VOICE             4:00 PM

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Soto (D), FL amendment (#12):

 

Directs the GAO to specifically consider trough bars, coastal wetlands and barrier coral reefs for their study on the feasibility of projects for flood risk management, hurricane and storm damage reduction, and ecosystem restoration.

 

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             4:06 PM

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Sanford (R), SC amendment (#13)

 

Ensures timely payback for advanced funds paid for by a non-federal sponsor.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             4:09 PM

 

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Nolan (D), MN amendment (#14)

 

The amendment requires the Secretary to conduct a study of the status of the project for flood damage reduction and environmental restoration for the Muddy River authorized by WRDA 2000. The Secretary is required to submit a report to Congress describing the study and reasons for deauthorizing the project.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             4:13 PM

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Moore (D), WI amendment (#15):

 

Requires the Corps to take steps to better engage with and meaningfully consult with communities of color, low-income communities, tribes, and rural communities.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             4:15 PM

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Meadows (R), NC amendment (#16):

 

Prioritizes the operation, maintenance, and improvement of existing infrastructure.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             4:19 PM

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Mast (R), FL amendment (#17):

 

Clarifies the Secretary’s authority under WRDA 2000 to provide credit for Comprehensive Everglades Restoration in-kind work completed during design or construction, including work after a partnership agreement is signed. The Secretary and non-Federal sponsor must agree to the terms and conditions for in-kind work not expressly defined in the partnership agreement and the Secretary must determine the work is integral to the project.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             4:21 PM

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Pearce (R), NM amendment (#18):

 

Requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to pay back the Federal cost share for projects carried out under section 593 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1999 in the next fiscal year.

ADOPTED - VOICE             4:24 PM

 

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Kelly (R-PA), Thompson, Glenn (R-PA) amendment (#19):

 

States that in regards to WRDA funding determinations, the Corps of Engineers may consider operation and maintenance of the locks on Allegheny River for purposes of recreational boat traffic levels and related economic benefits.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             4:27 PM

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Schrader (D), OR amendment (#20):

 

Provides the Army Corps of Engineers with the authority to help mitigate any detrimental impacts to municipal water supply resulting from a Corps construction project.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             4:28 PM

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Jayapal (D), WA amendment (#21):

 

Requests from the Army Corps of Engineers a report to Congress on the potential opportunity for integrating noise abatement and noise mitigation technologies and practices into improvements and operations in harbors and inland harbors.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             4:31 PM

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Higgins (R), LA amendment (#22)

 

Directs the Secretary to prefer acquiring the minimum interest necessary in real property needed to support a project or action. Requires consideration of the use of a temporary easement estate or other interests designed to reduce overall costs, reduce project time, and minimize conflict with property owners related to such project or action.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             4:36 PM

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Babin (R), TX amendment (#23)

 

Expresses the sense of Congress stating the importance and benefits of projects to improve 2-way traffic safety on high volume, deep draft navigation channels.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             4:42 PM

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Bost (R), IL amendment (#24)

 

Permits a non-federal flood control project sponsor to pay, or contribute to, the difference between the cost of repairing a damaged flood control project and its projected economic benefits.

ADOPTED - VOICE             4:46 PM

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Heck (D), WA amendment (#25)

 

Directs GAO to conduct a study on USACE’s ability to comply with Federal stormwater runoff requirements.

ADOPTED - VOICE             4:51 PM

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González-Colón (R), PR amendment (#26)

 

Expresses the sense of Congress that the Corps of Engineers should consider urgently and favorably projects and proposals pending before them for flood control, dam repair, beach erosion, harbor navigation in Puerto Rico, as well as for repair and mitigation required by natural disasters in 2017-2018; and that the Secretary should advance the project for ecosystem restoration at Caño Martin Peña, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             4:57 PM

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Gibbs (R), OH amendment (#27)

 

Instructs the Secretary to expedite the DMMP process in order that studies reach completion within two years of their initiation and shall make maximum use of existing information and studies and avoid all redundant information collection and studies for purposes of Dredged Material Management Plans initiated in fiscal year 2018 and afterward.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             5:00 PM

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Davis, Rodney (R), IL amendment (#29):

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Clarifies that operation and maintenance of any project authorized under the chief’s report for the Brandon Road Ssudy is done at an 80/20 federal/non-federal cost share. Also requires the Army Corps, following construction of any project authorized under the Chief’s Report for the Brandon Road Study, to consult with the governor of the state where the project is located and seek congressional approval prior to implementing any additional technologies at the project. Also, adds to the list of feasibility studies in the base bill the USACE must expedite completion of the Great Lakes Mississippi River Interbasin Study Brandon Road Study.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             5:07 PM

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González-Colón (R), PR amendment (#30):

 

Expedites reports for the navigation project for San Juan Harbor, PR, per the study authorized by resolution of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in Sept. 20, 2006.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             5:12 PM

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Lance (R), NJ amendment (#31):

 

Expedites the completion of a feasibility study for the Warren Glen Dam Removal Project in the Musconetcong River, NJ.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             5:15 PM

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Lujan (D), NM amendment (#32):

 

Authorizes the expansion of the Abiquiu Reservoir.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             5:19 PM

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Larsen, Rick (D), WA amendment (#33):

 

Increases the per project funding cap for Section 544 Puget Sound and Adjacent Waters Restoration (PSAW) to $10 million.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             5:22 PM

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Keating (D), MA amendment (#34):

 

Directs the Army Corps to expedite and complete dredging in Plymouth Harbor, MA.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             5:27 PM

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Joyce (R), OH amendment (#35):

 

Requires the Army Corps to complete its chief’s report for the Brandon Road Study by February 2019.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             5:30 PM

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Bishop, Sanford (D), GA amendment (#36):

 

Conveys three parcels of land, known as the Earle May Recreational Area, from the Army Corps to the City of Bainbridge.

 

ADOPTED – VOICE             5:33 PM

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Blum (R), IA amendment (#37):

 

Expedites the completion of the Cedar River flood risk management project authorized in 2014.

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ADOPTED - VOICE             5:35 PM

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Keating (D), MA amendment (#38):

Grants the Army Corps the authority to repair or replace bridges in New England that serve as emergency evacuation routes.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             5:38 PM

 

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------McMorris Rodgers (R), WA amendment (#39):

Authorizes a land transfer between the Port of Whitman and the Army Corps.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             5:41 PM

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Shea-Porter (D), NH amendment (#40):

Directs the secretary to use existing authority to mitigate severe shoaling at Hampton Harbor, NH.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             5:44 PM

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Shea-Porter (D), NH amendment (#41):

Expedites the navigation project for Portsmouth Harbor and the Piscataqua River.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             5:46 PM

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Lewis, Jason (R), MN amendment (#42):

Encourages the secretary to consider reasonable alternative agreements between state or local entities, private partners, and the Army Corps to dispose of dredged material.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             5:50 PM

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Olson (R), TX amendment (#43):

 

Looks to expedite already authorized Army Corps projects in the declared disaster areas of Texas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             5:55 PM

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Culberson (R), TX amendment (#44):

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Requires the Army Corps to carry out flood and storm damage reduction studies expeditiously in order to reduce the risk of damage from future floods and hurricanes in the Houston and Coastal Texas areas.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             6:02 PM

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Weber (R), TX amendment (#45):

 

Enhances the Levee Safety Action Classification (LSAC) risk categorization tool, developed internally by the Army Corps.

 

WITHDRAWN          6:08 PM

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Meeks (D), NY amendment (#46):

 

Expedites the Army Corps’ reformulation project in certain Sandy Superstorm affected areas of Queens, NY.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             6:12 PM

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Requires the Army Corps to include in future workplans, to the maximum extent practicable, any project or facility for disposition for which the corps has a final report from the Director of Civil Works.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             6:14 PM

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Smith, Jason (R), MO amendment (#48):

 

Ensures prompt restoration and rebuilding in the event of an activation of any floodway or backwater feature within the Mississippi Rivers and Tributaries system.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             6:19 PM

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Young, Don (R), AK amendment (#49):

 

Requires the secretary to conduct an assessment of dams classified as Class III under the Dam Safety Action Classification of the Army Corps of Engineers.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             6:22 PM

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Costa (D) CA amendment (#50):

 

Authorizes the Army Corps to accept contributed funds from the owners of non-federal Section 7 reservoirs for the purpose of reviewing/revising operational documents, including flood control manuals and rule curves.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             6:30 PM

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Soto (D), FL amendment (#51):

 

Directs the secretary, to the maximum extent practicable, to endeavor to provide information to all adjoining residential property stakeholders, next to property which the Army Corps holds an interest.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             6:33 PM

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Paulsen (R) MN amendment (#52):

 

Expedites the completion of a disposition study and requires the secretary to report on the feasibility of preserving and enhancing recreational opportunities and the health of the ecosystem of Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             6:36 PM

 

Moulton (D), MA amendment (#53):

 

            Raises the cap on coastal resiliency programs.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             6:42 PM

 

Comte Arose – 6:42 PM

(No resolution thereon)

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Velazquez (D), NY motion to recommit (report back forthwith with language requiring the Army secretary to take all necessary actions to restore and increase the resiliency of public infrastructure damaged by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in the continental United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands):

Velasquez (D), NY asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote - 6:54 PM

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Chair declared the House in recess at 6:54 PM for a period of less than 15 minutes.

 

Chair reconvened the House at 7:09 PM

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Rules Committee filed report on H.R. 5895 - Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY 2019.

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Chair declared the House in recess at 7:09 PM subject to the call of the Chair.

 

Chair reconvened the House at 9:00 PM

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Unfinished Business

 

H.R. 8 - Water Resources Development Act of 2018, Rules Committee Print

 

On Velazquez (D), NY motion to recommit (report back with language to require repairs for damage from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in the continental U.S., Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands):

Velasquez (D), NY asked recorded vote - 9:00 PM

[237]

YEAS 180       NAYS 227

 

REJECTED                9:26 PM

 

On passage:

Shuster (R), PA asked recorded vote - 9:26 PM

[238]

YEAS 408       NAYS 2

 

PASSED                     9:33 PM

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H.R. 3249 - Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2017 (concur in the Senate Amendment)

On passage (concur in Senate amendment):

Goodlatte (R), VA asked recorded vote - 9:34 PM

[239]

YEAS 394       NAYS 13        PRESENT  2

 

PASSED                     9:39 PM

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One Minutes

 

  1. LaMalfa (R), CA (D-Day 74th Anniversary)
  2. Norman (R), SC (2018 Sheriff of the Year)

 

Chair declared the House adjourned at 9:45 PM until 10:00 AM on Thursday.