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U.S. House of Representatives

March 16, 2017

 Proceedings of

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Met at 10:00 AM

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Morning Hour

 

  1. Gutierrez (D), IL (President’s EO/Rep. Steve King)
  2. Ros-Lehtinen (R), FL (25th Anniversary of Israeli Embassy Bombing in Argentina)
  3. Blumenauer (D), OR (Healthcare Reform/President’s Budget)
  4. Thompson (R), PA (Penn State)
  5. Kennedy (D), MA (Immigration)

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Members were reminded to refrain from engaging in personality attacks on the president.

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  1. Costa (D), CA (Immigration Reform)
  2. DeFazio (D), OR (Affordable Health Care Act)
  3. McEachin (D), VA (Constituent Tribute)

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The Chair reminded members to refrain from engaging in vulgarity.

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  1. McMorris Rogers (R), WA (Affordable Health Care Act)
  2. Sewell (D), AL (Healthcare Reform)

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Chair declared the House in recess at 10:47 AM until 12:00 PM.

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The House reconvened at 12:00 PM.

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On approval of the Journal:

Wilson (R), SC asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote - 12:02 PM

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Ruiz (D), CA led the House in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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One Minutes               12:03 PM

 

  1. Long (R), MO (Guest Chaplain)
  2. Stefanik (R), NY (Climate Change)
  3. Quigley (D), IL (President’s Wiretapping Claims)
  4. Allen (R), GA (VA Accountability First Act)
  5. Ruiz (D), CA (American Health Care Act)
  6. Wilson (R), SC (American Health Care Act)
  7. Green, Gene (D), TX (American Health Care Act)
  8. Poe (R), TX (Russian Invasion of Ukraine)
  9. Krishnamoorthi (D), IL (Hate Crimes)
  10. Roby (R), AL (VA Accountability First Act)
  11. Dingell (D), MI (Great Lakes Restoration Initiative)
  12. Carter (R), GA (American Health Care Act)
  13. Maloney (D), NY (AHCA/Planned Parenthood)
  14. Rice (R), SC (American Health Care Act)
  15. Evans (D), PA (President’s Budget)
  16. Thompson (R), PA (SNAP)
  17. Kaptur (D), OH (Trade Deficit)
  18. Loudermilk (R), GA (American Health Care Act)
  19. Plaskett (D), VI (Island Transfer)
  20. Johnson, Hank (D), GA (Pentagon’s 1033 Program)
  21. Yoho (R), FL (American Health Care Act)

 

 

H.Res. 198 – Providing for consideration of H.R. 1259 – VA Accountability First Act, H.R. 1181 – Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, and H.R. 1367 – To improve the authority of VA to hire and retain physicians and other employees

 

Rule – 1 Hour             12:39 PM

 

  1. Buck (R), CO
  2. Hastings (D), FL
  3. Mast (R), FL                                                             [jjs]
  4. Takano (D), CA
  5. Collins (R), GA

 

On ordering the previous question on the rule:

Hastings (D), FL asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote - 1:30 PM

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Chair declare the House in recess at 1:31 PM for a period of less than 15 minutes.

 

Chair reconvened the House at 1:35 PM.

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Unfinished Business

 

H.Res. 198 – Providing for consideration of H.R. 1259 – VA Accountability First Act, H.R. 1181 – Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, and H.R. 1367 – To improve the authority of VA to hire and retain physicians and other employees

 

On ordering the previous question on the rule:

Hastings (D), FL asked recorded vote – 1:36 PM

[162]

 

YEAS 227      NAYS 185


ORDERED                 1:59 PM

 

On adoption of the rule:

Hastings (D), FL asked recorded vote – 1:59 PM

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YEAS 229      NAYS 187

 

ADOPTED                 2:06 PM

 

On approval of the Journal:

Wilson (R), SC asked recorded vote – 2:07 PM

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YEAS 243      NAYS 165      PRESENT

 

APPROVED              2:14 PM

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H.R. 1181 - Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act

 

Debate – 1 hour           2:16 PM

 

  1. Roe (R), TN
  2. Esty (D), CT
  3. Bost (R), IL
  4. Takano (D), CA
  5. Lamborn (R), CO
  6. Bera (D), CA
  7. Farenthold (R), TX
  8. Thompson (D), CA
  9. Conaway (R), TX
  10. Gallego (D), AZ
  11. Brown (D), MD

 

On passage:

Roe (R), TN asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote - 3:17 PM

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H.R. 1259 - VA Accountability First Act

 

Debate –1 hour            3:19 PM

[Rogers (R), KY presiding]

  1. Roe (R), TN
  2. Walz (D), MN
  3. McMorris Rodgers (R), WA
  4. Hoyer (D), MD
  5. Bilirakis (R), FL
  6. Takano (D), CA
  7. Coffman (R), CO                                            [jjs]
  8. Dunn (R), FL
  9. Rutherford (R), FL
  10. Chaffetz (R), UT
  11. Banks (R), IN
  12. Lamborn (R), CO

 

Amendments - 4:25 PM

 

Roe (R), TN manager’s amendment (#1):

 

Makes a technical change, inserting "to or" after the word "paid" on page 20, line 1.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             4:25 PM

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Walz (D), MN amendment (#2):

 

Grants 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.

 

Walz (D), MN asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote – 4:35 PM

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Kuster (D), NH amendment (#4):

 

Includes as prohibited personnel practices as described in the whistleblower protection subsection of section 3 with those defined in 38 USC 733(c). 

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             4:39 PM

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Taylor (R), VA amendment (#6):

 

Requires the VA to provide a semi-annual report to the House and Senate outlining all instances of senior executives who are detailed to a new position within the agency.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             4:45 PM

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Tenney, (R), NY amendment (#7):

 

Requires that performance awards and bonuses provided to senior-level executives within VA be reported to Congress on an annual basis.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             4:50 PM

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Kuster (D), NH amendment (#8):

 

Requires VA supervisors to develop performance plans for employees, to include steps taken to address poor performance. It would also improve training for supervisors.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE             4:54 PM

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Takano (D), CA substitute amendment (#9):

 

Provides for the suspension and removal of VA employees for performance or misconduct that is a threat to public health and safety.

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Takano (D), CA asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote – 5:04 PM

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Unfinished Business

Walz (D), MN amendment (#2):

 

Grants 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.

 

Walz (D), MN asked recorded vote- 5:06 PM

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YEAS 194      NAYS 223

 

REJECTED                 5:30 PM

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Takano (D), CA substitute amendment (#9):

 

Provides for the suspension and removal of VA employees for performance or misconduct that is a threat to public health and safety.

 

Takano (D), CA asked recorded vote - 5:31 PM

[166]

YEAS 183      NAYS 232

 

REJECTED                 5:34 PM

Committee Arose

(No resolution thereon.)

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H.R. 1259 - VA Accountability First Act

 

On Kihuen (D), NV motion to recommit (exempts veterans, service members and whistleblowers from the expedited firing procedure as well as extend additional protections for workers who file a whistle blower complaint or retaliation against an employee who files a whistleblower complaint):

Kihuen (D), NV asked recorded vote – 5:47 PM

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YEAS 189      NAYS 229

 

REJECTED                 5:52 PM

 

On passage:

Takano (D), CA asked recorded vote – 5:53 PM

[168]

YEAS 237      NAYS 178

 

PASSED                     5:58 PM

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H.R. 1181 - Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act

 

On passage:

Roe (R), TN asked recorded vote- 6:00 PM

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YEAS 240      NAYS 175

 

PASSED                     6:06 PM

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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

 

Debate –1 hour            6:12 PM

 

  1. Wenstrup (R), OH
  2. Walz (D), MN
  3. Chaffetz (R), UT
  4. Soto (D), FL
  5. Poliquin (R), ME

 

Committee Arose        6:34 PM

(No resolution thereon.)

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One Minutes

 

  1. Arrington (R), TX (Louise Hopkins Underwood)
  2. Gottheimer (D), NJ (American Health Care Act)

 

Special Orders

 

  1. Jayapal (D), WA (President’s Budget) 6:38 PM
  2. Franks (R), AZ (Victor Marx Story) 7:14 PM
  3. Blumenauer (D), OR (American Health Care Act) 7:19 PM

 

The House adjourned at 7:50 PM until 9:00 AM Friday.