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On the Senate Floor


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Mr. Dean Heller, from the State of Nevada, called the Senate to order at 9:45 a.m., the Chaplain offered a prayer, and Mr. Heller ledthe Senate in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the UnitedStates of America.

The Journal

Pursuant to the order of yesterday, the Journal of the proceedings of the Senate was deemed approved to date.

Certain Procedures Dispensed With

Pursuant to the order of yesterday,the morning hour being deemed expired, and the times for the recognition of the two leaders being reserved.

Transaction of Morning Business

Pursuant to the order of yesterday,the Senate proceeded to a period for the transaction of morning business.

Legislative Business (Thursday, June 21)

H.R. 2 (Rep. Conaway): To provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes.
-- Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 483.
-- Motion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate.
-- Cloture motion on the motion to proceed to the measure presented in Senate.

H.R. 5895 (Rep. Simpson): Making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes.
-- Considered by Senate.
-- Cloture motion on the measure withdrawn by unanimous consent in Senate.
S.Amdt. 2910 (Sen. Shelby): In the nature of a substitute.
--Amendment pending in Senate.
--Cloture motion on amendment SA 2910 withdrawn by unanimous consent in Senate.
--Amendment SA 2910 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 2911 (Sen. Alexander): To make a technical correction.
--Amendment pending in Senate.
--Amendment SA 2911 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 2915 (Sen. Alexander): To make a technical correction.
--Amendment SA 2915 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Alexander toAmendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 2915 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 2924 (Sen. Boozman): To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a plan to avoid clinical mistakes by employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs that result in adverse events that require certain disclosures.
--Amendment SA 2924 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Boozman to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 2924 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 2925 (Sen. Boozman): To make a technical correction to title III of division C.
--Amendment SA 2925 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Boozman to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 2925 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 2934 (Sen. Tester): To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop a means to track and monitor information on debts of persons to theUnited States by virtue of the persons' participation in a benefits programadministered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, including because of an overpayment by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
--Amendment SA 2934 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Tester to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 2934 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 2939 (Sen. Whitehouse): To require a report on Corps of Engineers activities relating to inland and coastal projects.
--Amendment SA 2939 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Whitehouse to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 2939 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 2949 (Sen. Heller): To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a report on the program of support services for caregivers of veterans of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
--Amendment SA 2949 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Heller to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 2949 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 2953 (Sen. Hyde-Smith): To provide adequate funds for the Surplus Books Program of the Library of Congress.
--Amendment SA 2953 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Hyde-Smith to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 2953 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 2955 (Sen. Hassan): To prevent the use of funds made available by thisAct to modernize or realign facilities of the Veterans Health Administration in States in which the Department does not operate a full-service medical facility unless the Secretary of Veterans Affairs certifies to Congress that such modernization or realignment will not result in a disruption or reduction of services for veterans.
--Amendment SA 2955 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Hassan to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 2955 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 2957 (Sen. Whitehouse): To require the Secretary of Energy to conduct a study on the potential for natural gas demand response across energy sectors and geographic regions.
--Amendment SA 2957 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Whitehouse to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 2957 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 2960 (Sen. Klobuchar): To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish within the Department of Veterans Affairs a center of excellence in the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of health conditions relating to exposure to burn pits.
--Amendment SA 2960 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Klobuchar toAmendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 2960 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 2961 (Sen. Tester): To extend the authorization for the Fort Peck Rural Water System.
--Amendment SA 2961 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Tester to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 2961 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 2963 (Sen. Sanders): To set aside funds for the Regional Test Centers for Solar Technologies of the Department of Energy.
--Amendment SA 2963 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Sanders to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 2963 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 2978 (Sen. Thune): To provide funding for water infrastructure projects.
--Amendment SA 2978 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Thune to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 2978 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 2980 (Sen. Heinrich): To clarify certain cost-sharing requirements applicable to awards from the Energy Technology Commercialization Fund.
--Amendment SA 2980 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Heinrich to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 2980 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 2983 (Sen. Bennet): To increase employment for members of the Armed Forces in emerging industries.
--Amendment SA 2983 proposed by Senator Alexander for Senator Bennet to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 2983 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 96 - 0. Record Vote Number: 137

S.Amdt. 2986 (Sen. Hatch): To clarify coal to carbon fiber research and development expenditures.
--Amendment SA 2986 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Hatch to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 2986 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 2992 (Sen. Kennedy): To prohibit the use of funds made available under this Act in a manner that would increase wait times for veterans who seek care at medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
--Amendment SA 2992 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Kennedy to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 2992 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 2996 (Sen. Warner): To provide that funds made available for the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Energy shall be used to fully meet certain data transparency requirements.
--Amendment SA 2996 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Warner to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 2996 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 2997 (Sen. Brown): To support the development and deployment of high-efficiency linear generator power plant technology.
--Amendment SA 2997 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Brown to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 2997 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 2999 (Sen. Rubio): To prohibit the use of funds for certain releases or discharges of water from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee Estuary or the Indian River Lagoon.
--Amendment SA 2999 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Rubio to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 2999 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 3013 (Sen. Cassidy): To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to publish the quality rating of each nursing home of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
--Amendment SA 3013 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Cassidy to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 3013 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 3021 (Sen. Lee): To terminate a rule relating to the definition of "waters of the United States".
--Amendment SA 3021 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Lee to Amendment SA 2911.
--Motion to table amendment SA 3021, as modified, agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 62 - 34. Record Vote Number: 138

S.Amdt. 3032 (Sen. Nelson): To limit the conversion of funds for the Department of Veterans Affairs program to improve retention of housing by formerly homeless veterans and veterans at risk of becoming homeless.
--Amendment SA 3032 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Nelson to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 3032 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 3038 (Sen. Wyden): To require a report on cell site simulators detected near facilities of the Department of Defense.
--Amendment SA 3038 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Wyden to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 3038 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 3042 (Sen. Hatch): To include a provision relating to transfers from the Upper Colorado River Basin Fund.
--Amendment SA 3042 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Hatch to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 3042 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 3048 (Sen. Heller): To reauthorize Colorado River System pilot projects.
--Amendment SA 3048 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Heller to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 3048 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 3050 (Sen. Cortez Masto): To require the Inspector General of the Departmentof Veterans Affairs to conduct an investigation of all nursing homes of theDepartment of Veterans Affairs with an overall one-star rating as determined by the rating system of the Department.
--Amendment SA 3050 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Cortez Mastoto Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 3050 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 3051 (Sen. Boozman): To appropriate funds for the Veterans History Project.
--Amendment SA 3051 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Boozman to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 3051 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 3053 (Sen. Coons): To provide funds to reduce or eliminate the use ofplastic straws in facilities under the care of the Architect of the Capitol.
--Amendment SA 3053 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Coons to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 3053 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 3054 (Sen. Perdue): To ensure the use of certain funds for projects relating to deep-draft navigation.
--Amendment SA 3054 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Perdue to Amendment SA 2978.
--Amendment SA 3054 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 3056 (Sen. Heller): To protect programs for homeless veterans.
--Amendment SA 3056 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Heller to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 3056 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 3057 (Sen. Lee): To require that funds made available for the Congressional Budget Office be used to improve the transparency of scoring and the availability and replicability of models, economic assumptions, anddata to Members of Congress.
--Amendment SA 3057 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Lee to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 3057 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 3059 (Sen. Murkowski): To include certain provisions relating to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydroelectric projects.
--Amendment SA 3059 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Murkowski toAmendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 3059 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 3066 (Sen. Rubio): To express the sense of Congress relating to the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan.
--Amendment SA 3066 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Rubio to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 3066 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.Amdt. 3068 (Sen. Kennedy): To express the sense of the Senate that certain Corps of Engineers projects should receive consideration for additional funding.
--Amendment SA 3068 proposed by Senator McConnell for Senator Kennedy to Amendment SA 2910.
--Amendment SA 3068 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.


S. 1091 (Sen. Collins): An Act to establish a Federal Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.
-- Senate agreed to the House amendments to S. 1091 by Unanimous Consent.

S.Res. 551 (Sen. Carper): A resolution expressing support for the designationof the week of June 18 through June 22, 2018, as National GI Bill Commemoration Week.
-- Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs discharged by Unanimous Consent.
-- Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

Executive Business (Thursday, June 21)

PN1641: Jean Carol Hovland, of South Dakota, to be Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans, Department of Health and Human Services
-- Motion to proceed to executive session to consideration of nomination agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
-- Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.

Adjournment

By unanimous consent, on the request of Mr. McConnell, at5:35 p.m., the Senate adjourned, under its order of today, until 3 p.m. on Monday, June 25, 2018.