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Daily Digest - Friday, April 12, 2013

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Senate

 

Chamber Action


The Senate was not in session and stands adjourned until 2 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2013.

Committee Meetings


No committee meetings were held.

House of Representatives

 

Chamber Action

 

Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 29 public bills, H.R. 1520-1548; and 8 resolutions, H.J. Res. 38; and H. Res. 153-159 were introduced.

Pages H1990-92 

 

Additional Cosponsors:

Pages H1993-94 

 

Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 882, to prohibit the awarding of a contract or grant in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold unless the prospective contractor or grantee certifies in writing to the agency awarding the contract or grant that the contractor or grantee has no seriously delinquent tax debts, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 113-35);
H.R. 1162, to amend title 31, United States Code, to make improvements in the Government Accountability Office (H. Rept. 113-36);
H.R. 1246, to amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to provide that the District of Columbia Treasurer or one of the Deputy Chief Financial Officers of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia may perform the functions and duties of the Office in an acting capacity if there is a vacancy in the Office (H. Rept. 113-37); and
H.R. 249, to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide that persons having seriously delinquent tax debts shall be ineligible for Federal employment (H. Rept. 113-38, Pt. 1).

Page H1990

 

Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Westmoreland to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

Page H1961 

 

Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a yea-and-nay vote of 277 yeas to 131 nays with 1 answering ``present'', Roll No. 102.

Pages H1961, H1975-76

 

Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act: The House passed H.R. 1120, to prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from taking any action that requires a quorum of the members of the Board until such time as Board constituting a quorum shall have been confirmed by the Senate, the Supreme Court issues a decision on the constitutionality of the appointments to the Board made in January 2012, or the adjournment sine die of the first session of the 113th Congress, by a recorded vote of 219 ayes to 209 noes, Roll No. 101.

Pages H1963-75


Rejected the Bustos motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Education and the Workforce with instructions to report the bill back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 197 yeas to 229 nays, Roll No. 100.

Pages H1973-75


Pursuant to the rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113-6 shall be considered as adopted, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Education and the Workforce now printed in the bill.

Page H1963 


H. Res. 146, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was agreed to yesterday, April 11th.

Modifying the requirements under the STOCK Act regarding online access to certain financial disclosure statements and related forms: The House passed S. 716, to modify the requirements D306under the STOCK Act regarding online access to certain financial disclosure statements and related forms.

Pages H1978-79 

 

Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 12 noon on Monday, April 15th.

Page H1979 

 

Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea-and-nay votes and one recorded vote developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H1974-75, H1975, H1975-76. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 2:38 p.m.

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Committee Meetings

 

APPROPRIATIONS--NATIONAL PARK SERVICE


Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies held a hearing on National Park Service. Testimony was heard from Jon Jarvis, Director, National Park Service.

APPROPRIATIONS--COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION BUDGET


Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies held a hearing on Commodity Futures Trading Commission Budget. Testimony was heard from Gary Gensler, Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and Scott O'Malia, Commissioner, Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

APPROPRIATIONS--DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION BUDGET


Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science and Related Agencies held a hearing on Drug Enforcement Administration Budget Request. Testimony was heard from Michele M. Leonhart, Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration.

APPROPRIATIONS--INSTALLATIONS, ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY AND BRAC BUDGET


Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing on Installations, Environment, Energy and BRAC Budget and Oversight. Testimony was heard from John Conger, Deputy Under Secretary, Installations and Environment, Department of Defense; Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary, Installations, Energy and Environment, United States Army; Roger Natsuhara, Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary, Installations and Environment, United States Navy; Kathleen I. Ferguson, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Installations, Environment and Logistics, United States Air Force.
Committee on Armed Services: Full Committee held a hearing on Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of the Air Force. Testimony was heard from Michael B. Donley, Secretary of the Air Force; and Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, USAF, Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force.

ENERGY CONSUMERS RELIEF ACT OF 2013


Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on the ``Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

IMPACT OF SEQUESTRATION ON HOMELAND SECURITY


Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency held a hearing entitled ``The Impact of Sequestration on Homeland Security: Scare Tactics or Possible Threat?''. Testimony was heard from Richard Daddario, Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism, New York City Police Department; Huban Gowadia, M.D., Acting Director, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Department of Homeland Security; Scott McAllister, Deputy Under Secretary, State and Local Program Officer, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURE


Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, hearing on H.R. 1208, to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Hanford, Washington, and for other purposes. Testimony was heard from Chairman Hastings (WA); Victor W. Knox, Associate Director, Park Planning, Facilities, and Public Lands, National Park Service, Department of the Interior; Thomas I. Beehan, Mayor, City Of Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Steve C. Young, Mayor, City of Kennewick, Washington; and Fran Berting, County Councilor, County of Los Alamos.

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BUDGET PROPOSALS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014


Committee on Ways and Means: Full Committee held a hearing on President Obama's budget proposals for the Department of Health and Human Services for fiscal year 2014. Testimony was heard from Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Service.

Joint Meetings


No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR MONDAY,

 

APRIL 15, 2013

 

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

 

Senate

 

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No meetings/hearings scheduled.

House


House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Ongoing Intelligence Activities'', 4:30 p.m., HVC-304. This is a closed hearing.

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Next Meeting of the SENATE

 

2 p.m., Monday, April 15

 

Senate Chamber

 

Program for Monday: After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 5 p.m.), Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Beverly Reid O'Connell, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, with a vote on confirmation of the nomination at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

12 p.m., Monday, April 15

 

House Chamber

 

Program for Monday: To be announced.






Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue

 

HOUSE

Aderholt, Robert B., Ala., E452, E453

Bonner, Jo, Ala., E440, E446, E453

Carson, Andre, Ind., E449

Cartwright, Matt, Pa., E449

Davis, Rodney, Ill., E438

Diaz-Balart, Mario, Fla., E436

Duffy, Sean P., Wisc., E438

Fincher, Stephen Lee, Tenn., E438

Frankel, Lois, Fla., E441

Frelinghuysen, Rodney P., N.J., E435, E436, E437, E440, E442, E444, E445, E447, E448, E449, E450, E452, E452, E453

Grijalva, Raul M., Ariz., E448

Hahn, Janice, Calif., E437, E443, E446, E450

Hurt, Robert, Va., E453

Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E445, E448

Kildee, Daniel T., Mich., E444, E449

Levin, Sander M., Mich., E442

Lynch, Stephen F., Mass., E444

Maloney, Sean Patrick, N.Y., E443, E444

Mica, John L., Fla., E454

Murphy, Patrick, Fla., E435

Pallone, Frank, Jr., N.J., E445

Peters, Gary C., Mich., E437, E451

Petri, Thomas E., Wisc., E448

Poe, Ted, Tex., E436, E438

Pompeo, Mike, Kans., E447

Ryan, Tim, Ohio, E435, E436

Serrano, Jose E., N.Y., E445

Smith, Adam, Wash., E435, E440, E442, E444, E446, E447

Smith, Christopher H., N.J., E438, E441, E442

Swalwell, Eric, Calif., E452

Van Hollen, Chris, Md., E450

Walden, Greg, Ore., E451

Whitfield, Ed, Ky., E441

 

Daily Digest - Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Senate

 

Chamber Action


Routine Proceedings, pages S2571-S2627

Measures Introduced: Seventeen bills and one resolution were introduced, as follows: S. 703-719, and S. Res. 96.

Page S2589 

 

Measures Reported:

S. 689, to reauthorize and improve programs related to mental health and substance use disorders, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

Pages S2588-89

 

Measures Passed:

STOCK Act: Senate passed S. 716, to modify the requirements under the STOCK Act regarding online access to certain financial disclosure statements and related forms.

Pages S2583-84 

 

Measures Considered:

Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act: Senate began consideration of S. 649, to ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:

Pages S2572-81, S2581-83, S2584


Pending:
Manchin Amendment No. 715, to protect Second Amendment rights, ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and provide a responsible and consistent background check process.

Page S2584


During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
By 68 yeas to 31 nays (Vote No. 95), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.

Page S2580

 

O'Connell, Torres, Watson Nominations--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 5 p.m., on Monday, April 15, 2013, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Beverly Reid O'Connell, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, and that there be 30 minutes for debate equally divided in the usual form; that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, without intervening action or debate; provided further, that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, after consultation with the Republican Leader, Senate begin consideration of the nominations of Analisa Torres, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and Derrick Kahala Watson, to be United States District Judge for the District of Hawaii; and Senate vote on confirmation of the nominations in the order listed, without intervening action or debate; and that no further motions be in order.

Page S2619 

 

Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Matthew C. Armstrong, of Illinois, to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring August 13, 2015.
Tulinabo Salama Mushingi, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Burkina Faso.
Harry R. Hoglander, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the National Mediation Board for a term expiring July 1, 2014.
Linda A. Puchala, of Maryland, to be a Member of the National Mediation Board for a term expiring July 1, 2015.
Rick Lowe, of Texas, to be a Member of the National Council on the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2018.
Dorothy Kosinski, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2016.
83 Army nominations in the rank of general.
Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Foreign Service, Marine Corps, and Navy.

Pages S2619-27 

 

Executive Communications:

Page S2588 

 

Executive Reports of Committees:

Page S2589 

 

Additional Cosponsors:

Pages S2589-90 

 

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:

Pages S2590-98 

 

Additional Statements:

Pages S2587-88 

 

Amendments Submitted:

Pages S2598-S2618 

 

Notices of Hearings/Meetings:

Page S2618 

 

Authorities for Committees to Meet:

Page S2618-19 D299

 

Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--95)

Page S2580 

 

Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 6:37 p.m., until 2 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S2619.)

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Committee Meetings


(Committees not listed did not meet)

APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE


Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2014 for the Department of Commerce, after receiving testimony from Rebecca Blank, Deputy Secretary, and Todd J. Zinser, Inspector General, both of the Department of Commerce.

APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT


Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2014 for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, after receiving testimony from Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

NOMINATION


Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of General Philip M. Breedlove, USAF for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Commander, United States European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, after the nominee testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

INDEPENDENT CONSULTANTS


Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection concluded a hearing to examine outsourcing accountability, focusing on examining the role of independent consultants, after receiving testimony from Daniel P. Stipano, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Department of the Treasury; Richard M. Ashton, Deputy General Counsel, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Konrad Alt, Promontory Financial Group, LLC, Piedmont, California; James F. Flanagan, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Huntington, New York; and Owen Ryan, Deloitte and Touche LLP, Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

BUDGET


Committee on the Budget: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2014, after receiving testimony from Jeff Zients, Acting Director, Office of Management and Budget.

NOMINATION


Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Regina McCarthy, of Massachusetts, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senators Cowan and Warren, testified and answered questions in her own behalf.

PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST


Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2014, after receiving testimony from Jacob J. Lew, Secretary of the Treasury.

U.S. POLICY TOWARD SYRIA


Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine United States policy toward Syria, after receiving testimony from Robert Ford, Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic, and Beth Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, both of the Department of State; Daniel Glaser, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing; and Dennis Ross, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Washington, DC.

OPEN MARKETPLACE


Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded a hearing to examine an open marketplace, focusing on the effect of guaranteed issue and new rating rules, after receiving testimony from Gary Cohen, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services; Kevin Counihan, Access Health CT, Hartford, Connecticut; Sabrina Corlette, Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms, Washington, DC; Christopher Carlson, Oliver Wyman, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Stacy Cook, Carroll, Iowa.

BUSINESS MEETING


Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of Kenneth John Gonzales, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico.

INTELLIGENCE


Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the intelligence community.
Committee recessed subject to the call.

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House of Representatives

 

Chamber Action

 

Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 36 public bills, H.R. 1483-1518; 1 private bill, H.R. 1519; and 2 resolutions, H. Res. 151-152 were introduced.

Pages H1955-57 

 

Additional Cosponsors:

Pages H1958-59  

 

Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 756, to advance cybersecurity research, deelopment, and technical standards, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113-33) and
H.R. 967, to amend the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 to authorize activities for support of networking and information technology research, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113-34).

Page H1955

 

Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Foxx to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

Page H1913 

 

Recess: The House recessed at 10:48 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.

Page H1918 

 

Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a yea-and-nay vote of 272 yeas to 136 nays with 1 answering ``present'', Roll No. 99.

Pages H1918, H1931

 

Oath of Office--Second Congressional District of Illinois: Representative-elect Robin L. Kelly presented herself in the well of the House and was administered the Oath of Office by the Speaker. Earlier, the Clerk of the House transmitted a scanned copy of a letter from Mr. Rupert T. Borgsmiller, Executive Director, Illinois State Board of Elections, indicating that, according to the unofficial returns of the Special Election held April 9, 2013, the Honorable Robin L. Kelly was elected Representative to Congress for the Second Congressional District, State of Illinois.

Pages H1929-30

 

Whole Number of the House: The Speaker announced to the House that, in light of the administration of the oath to the gentlewoman from Illinois, Ms. Kelly, the whole number of the House is 433.

Page H1930

 

Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act--Rule for Consideration: The House agreed to H. Res. 146, the rule that is providing for consideration of H.R. 1120, to prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from taking any action that requires a quorum of the members of the Board until such time as Board constituting a quorum shall have been confirmed by the Senate, the Supreme Court issues a decision on the constitutionality of the appointments to the Board made in January 2012, or the adjournment sine die of the first session of the 113th Congress, by a yea-and-nay vote of 226 yeas to 194 nays, Roll No. 98, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 226 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 97.

Pages H1923-29, H1930-31 

 

Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Page H1932

 

Discharge Petition: Representative DeLauro presented to the clerk a motion to discharge the Committee on Education and the Workforce from the consideration of H.R. 377, to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes (Discharge Petition No. 1).

Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page H1929 and H1951.

Senate Referral: S. 716 was held at the desk.

Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H1929, H1930-31, H1931. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 5:45 p.m.

Committee Meetings

 

APPROPRIATIONS--DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education held a hearing on the Department of Education. Testimony was heard from Arne Duncan, Secretary, Department of Education.

APPROPRIATIONS--DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY


Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Homeland Security held a hearing on FY 2014 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security. Testimony was heard from Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security.

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APPROPRIATIONS--NUCLEAR WASTE PROGRAMS AND STRATEGIES


Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development held a hearing on Oversight Hearing: Nuclear Waste Programs and Strategies. Testimony was heard from Peter B. Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy; Michael Weber, Deputy Executive Director for Operations for Materials, Waste, Research, State, Tribal, and Compliance Programs, Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Frank Rusco, Director of Natural Resources and Environment, Energy and Science, Government Accountability Office; Rodney C. Ewing, Chairman, Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board; and public witnesses.

APPROPRIATIONS--DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE


Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies held a hearing on Department of Commerce Budget Request. Testimony was heard from Rebecca M. Blank, Acting Secretary, Department of Commerce.

APPROPRIATIONS--DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR


Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies held a hearing on Department of the Interior Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2014. Testimony was heard from Ken Salazar, Secretary, Department of the Interior.

NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET


Committee on Armed Services: Full Committee held a hearing on Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of Defense. Testimony was heard from General Martin Dempsey, USA, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense.

EQUIPPING THE INDIVIDUAL SOLDIER AND MARINE: CURRENT AND FUTURE YEAR ACQUISITION AND MODERNIZATION STRATEGIES AND THE FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET REQUEST


Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces held a hearing on Equipping the Individual Soldier and Marine: Current and Future Year Acquisition and Modernization Strategies and the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request. Testimony was heard from Peter B. Bechtel, Director, Capabilities Integration, Prioritization, and Analysis, Department of the Army; Brigadier General Paul Ostrowski, USA, Program Executive Officer, Soldier, U.S. Army; Brigadier General Frank Kelley, USMC, Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command, U.S. Marine Corps.

PRESIDENT'S FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET


Committee on the Budget: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``The President's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget''. Testimony was heard from Jeffrey Zients, Acting Director and Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURE


Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing on H.R. 1406, the ``Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

STRENGTHENING MEDICARE FOR SENIORS: UNDERSTANDING THE CHALLENGES OF TRADITIONAL MEDICARE'S BENEFIT DESIGN


Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled ``Strengthening Medicare for Seniors: Understanding the Challenges of Traditional Medicare's Benefit Design''. Testimony was heard from a public witness.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURE


Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing on a draft discussion on the ``Coal Ash Recycling and Oversight Act of 2013''. Testimony was heard from Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator for Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Environmental Protection Agency; Robert J. Martineau, Jr., Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation; Stephen A. Cobb, Chief, Governmental Hazardous Waste Branch Land Division, Alabama Department of Environmental Management; and public witnesses.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE


Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a markup on legislation to affirm the policy of the United States regarding Internet governance. The discussion draft to affirm the policy of the United States regarding Internet governance was passed without amendment.

LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS REGARDING DERIVATIVES AND SEC ECONOMIC ANALYSIS


Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets held a hearing entitled ``Legislative Proposals Regarding Derivatives and SEC Economic Analysis''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

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HIGHLIGHTING VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN ADVANCE OF THE U.S.-VIETNAM DIALOGUE


Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations held a hearing entitled ``Highlighting Vietnamese Government Human Rights Violations in Advance of the U.S.-Vietnam Dialogue''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

BREAKING THE IRAN, NORTH KOREA, AND SYRIA NEXUS


Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa; Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific; and Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade held a hearing entitled ``Breaking the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nexus''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

ENERGY OPPORTUNITIES IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN


Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere held a hearing entitled ``Energy Opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean''. Testimony was heard from Carlos Pascual, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Department of State; Matthew M. Rooney, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State; and public witnesses.

COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS TO COMBAT A CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL, AND NUCLEAR ATTACK ON THE HOMELAND


Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence held a hearing entitled ``Counterterrorism Efforts to Combat a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Attack on the Homeland''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

TSA'S EFFORTS TO ADVANCE RISK-BASED SECURITY: STAKEHOLDER PERSPECTIVES


Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Transportation Security held a hearing entitled ``TSA's Efforts to Advance Risk-Based Security: Stakeholder Perspectives''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE


Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 367, the ``Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2013''. The bill was ordered reported, as amended.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURES


Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held a hearing on the following: legislation regarding ``Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act''; H.R. 1294, the ``Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act''; H.R. 818, the ``Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act''; H.R. 1345, the ``Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2013''; legislation regarding the ``O&C Trust, Conservation, and Jobs Act''; and H.R. 1442, the ``Depleting Risk from Insect Infestation, Soil Erosion, and Catastrophic Fire Act of 2013''. Testimony was heard from Chairman Hastings (WA); and Representatives Labrador, Tipton, Gosar, Markey, DeFazio, Walden, Schrader, and Tom Tidwell, Chief, Forest Service, Department of Agriculture; Ray Campbell, Commissioner, Okanogan County, WA; Judy Morris, Supervisor, Trinity County, CA; Skip Brandt, Commissioner, Idaho County, ID; John Maisch, State Forester and Director, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry; John Martin, Commissioner, Garfield County, CO; Cindy Dozier, Commissioner, Hinsdale County, CO; Tommie Martin, District Supervisor and Vice Chair, Gila County, AZ; Tom Tuchmann, Forestry and Conservation Finance Advisor, Office of the Governor, State of Oregon; Doug Robertson, Commissioner, Douglas County, OR; and public witnesses.

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HEALTH BENEFIT PROGRAM: IS IT A GOOD VALUE FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES


Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and the Census held a hearing entitled ``The Federal Employees Health Benefit Program: Is It a Good Value for Federal Employees?''. Testimony was heard from Jonathan Foley, Director, Planning and Policy Analysis, Office of Personnel Management; and public witnesses.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES


Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 875, to provide for a comprehensive assessment of the scientific and technical research on the implications of the use of mid-level ethanol blends, and for other purposes; and H.R. 1422, the ``EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2013''. The bills, H.R. 875 and H.R. 1422, were ordered reported, as amended.

JOBS ACT IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE


Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations held a hearing D303entitled ``JOBS Act Implementation Update''. Testimony was heard from Lona Nallengara, Acting Director, Division of Corporation Finance, Securities and Exchange Commission; John Ramsay, Acting Director, Division of Trading and Markets, Securities and Exchange Commission; and public witnesses.

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AMTRAK'S FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET: THE STARTING POINT FOR REAUTHORIZATION


Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing entitled ``Amtrak's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget: The Starting Point for Reauthorization''. Testimony was heard from Joseph H. Boardman, President and CEO, Amtrak; and Joseph C. Szabo, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration.

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS BUDGET REQUEST FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014


Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Full Committee held a hearing on Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2014. Testimony was heard from Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs.

PRESIDENT'S FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET PROPOSAL WITH U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY


Committee on Ways and Means: Full Committee held a hearing on President's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Proposal with U.S. Department of the Treasury. Testimony was heard from Jacob Lew, Secretary, Department of Treasury.

WORLDWIDE THREATS


House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Worldwide Threats''. Testimony was heard from James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence; John O. Brennan, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense; Robert S. Meuller, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Joint Meetings


No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

 

APRIL 12, 2013

 

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

 

Senate


No meetings/hearings scheduled.

House


Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, hearing on National Park Service, 9:30 a.m., B-308 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, hearing on Commodity Futures Trading Commission Budget, 10 a.m., 2362-A Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science and Related Agencies, hearing on Drug Enforcement Administration Budget Request, 10 a.m., H-309 Capitol.

Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, hearing on Installations, Environment, Energy and BRAC Budget and Oversight, 10:30 a.m., 2359 Rayburn.
Committee On Armed Services, Full Committee, hearing on Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of the Air Force, 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.
Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and Power, hearing on the ``Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013'', 9:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
Committee On Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, hearing entitled ``The Impact of Sequestration on Homeland Security: Scare Tactics of Possible Threat?'', 9 a.m., 311 Cannon.
Committee on Natural Resources, April 12, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, hearing on H.R. 1208, to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Hanford, Washington, and for other purposes, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
Committee on Ways and Means, Full Committee, hearing on President Obama's budget proposals for the Department of Health and Human Services for fiscal year 2014, 9 a.m., 1100 Longworth.

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Next Meeting of the SENATE

 

2 p.m., Monday, April 15

 

Senate Chamber

 

Program for Monday: After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 5 p.m.), Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Beverly Reid O'Connell, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, with a vote on confirmation of the nomination at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

10 a.m., Friday, April 12

 

House Chamber

 

Program for Friday: Complete consideration of H.R. 1120--Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue

 

HOUSE

Alexander, Rodney, La.,E431

Bilirakis, Gus M., Fla., E422

Bonner, Jo, Ala., E431

Butterfield, G.K., N.C., E428

Camp, Dave, Mich., E433

Cicilline, David N., R.I., E432

Clarke, Yvette D., N.Y., E422, E424

Cleaver, Emanuel, Mo., E421

Coffman, Mike, Colo., E428

Courtney, Joe, Conn., E430

Duncan, John J., Tenn., E428

Enyart, William L., Ill., E421

Graves, Sam, Mo., E421, E422, E424, E425, E428, E429, E431

Johnson, Sam, Tex., E432

Keating, William R., Mass., E430

Kilmer, Derek, Wash., E421

Lujan Grisham, Michelle, N.M., E430

McDermott, Jim, Wash., E429

Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E428

Marchant, Kenny, Tex., E428

Miller, Jeff, Fla., E423

Rahall, Nick J., II, W.Va., E424

Reichert, David G., Wash., E427

Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana, Fla., E424

Schakowsky, Janice D., Ill., E423

Schneider, Bradley S., Ill., E421

Scott, Robert C. ``Bobby'', Va., E423

Sires, Albio, N.J., E422

Thompson, Bennie G., Miss., E425

Walz, Timothy J., Minn., E431

Wolf, Frank R., Va., E425

 

Daily Digest - Wednesday, April 10, 2013

HIGHLIGHTS

 

    Senate confirmed the nomination of Sarah Jewell, of Washington, to be Secretary of the Interior.

 

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Senate

 

Chamber Action


Routine Proceedings, pages S2511-S2569

Measures Introduced: Eleven bills and two resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 692-702, S. Res. 95, and S. Con. Res. 12.

Page S2564 

 

Measures Passed:

National Lineman Appreciation Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 95, recognizing linemen, the profession of linemen, the contributions of these brave men and women who protect the public safety, and expressing support for the designation of April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day.

Page S2569 

 

Measures Considered:

Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act--Agreement: Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 649, to ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale.

Pages S2512-42, S2547-51 


A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 11, 2013; that the time until 11 a.m. be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders, or their designees, with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes, and that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.

Page S2569  

 

Message from the President: Senate received the following message from the President of the United States:
Transmitting, pursuant to law, the Budget of the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2014; referred jointly, pursuant to the order of January 30, 1975 as modified by the order of April 11, 1986; which was referred to the Committees on Appropriations; and the Budget. (PM-7)

Pages S2559-62 

 

Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
By 87 yeas to 11 nays (Vote No. EX. 94), Sarah Jewell, of Washington, to be Secretary of the Interior.

Pages S2542-47

 

Messages from the House:

Page S2562 

 

Measures Referred:

Page S2562 

 

Executive Communications:

Pages S2562-64 

 

Executive Reports of Committees:

Page S2564 

 

Additional Cosponsors:

Pages S2564-65 

 

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:

Pages S2565-68 

 

Additional Statements:

Page S2559 

 

Authorities for Committees to Meet:

Pages S2568-69 

 

Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--94)

Page S2547 

 

Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 6:45 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S2569.)

Committee Meetings


(Committees not listed did not meet)

NOMINATION


Committee on the Budget: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell, of West Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senator Manchin, testified and answered questions in her own behalf.

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AMERICAN FREIGHT AND INFRASTRUCTURE


Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded a hearing to examine expanding the Panama Canal, focusing on what it means for American freight and infrastructure, after receiving testimony from Jeff Keever, Virginia Port Authority, Senior Deputy Executive Director, Norfolk; John Vickerman, Vickerman and Associates, Williamsburg, Virginia; Edward R. Hamberger, Association of American Railroads, Washington, DC; and Philip L. Byrd, Sr., Bulldog Hiway Express, Arlington, Virginia, on behalf of The American Trucking Associations.

INTELLIGENCE UPDATE ON SYRIA


Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee received a closed briefing on an intelligence update on Syria from national security briefers.

BORDER SECURITY


Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine border security, focusing on frontline perspectives on progress and remaining challenges, after receiving testimony from Randolph Alles, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Air and Marine, Michael J. Fisher, Chief, United States Border Patrol, and Kevin McAleenan, Acting Deputy Commissioner, all of United States Customs and Border Protection, and James A. Dinkins, Executive Associate Director, Homeland Security Investigations, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, all of the Department of Homeland Security.

BUSINESS MEETING


Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:
S. 689, Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act of 2013, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; and
The nomination of Jenny R. Yang, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

INDIAN HOUSING DEVELOPMENT


Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee concluded an oversight hearing to examine identifying barriers to Indian housing development and finding solutions, after receiving testimony from Rodger J. Boyd, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Native American Programs, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development; Cheryl A. Causley, National American Indian Housing Council, Washington, DC; Annette Bryan, Puyallup Nation Housing Authority, Tacoma, Washington; Paul Iron Cloud, Oglala Sioux (Lakota) Housing, Pine Ridge, South Dakota; and Russell Sossamon, Choctaw National Housing Authority, Durant, Oklahoma.

NOMINATION


Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Srikanth Srinivasan, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senators Warner and Kaine, testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

TAX-RELATED IDENTITY THEFT


Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine tax-related identity theft, focusing on an epidemic facing seniors and taxpayers, after receiving testimony from Kathryn Keneally, Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, Department of Justice; J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, Department of the Treasury; Sal Augeri, Tampa Police Department, Tampa, Florida; and Marcy Hossli, Palm Beach, Florida.

House of Representatives

 

Chamber Action

 

Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 29 public bills, H.R. 1454-1482; and 7 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 29-30; and H.Res. 145, 147-150 were introduced.

Pages H1908-09 

 

Additional Cosponsors:

Pages H1910-12

 

Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
H. Res. 146, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1120) to prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from taking any action that requires a quorum of the members of the Board until such time as Board constituting a quorum shall have been confirmed by the Senate, the Supreme Court issues D291a decision on the constitutionality of the appointments to the Board made in January 2012, or the adjournment sine die of the first session of the 113th Congress (H. Rept. 113-32).

Pages H1899-H1900, H1908

 

Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Ribble to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

Page H1863 

 

Recess: The House recessed at 10:56 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.

Page H1869

 

Electing Members to the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library and the Joint Committee on Printing: The House agreed to discharge from committee and agree to H. Res. 142, to elect Members to the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library and the Joint Committee on Printing.

Page H1878

 

Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act: The House passed H.R. 678, to authorize all Bureau of Reclamation conduit facilities for hydropower development under Federal Reclamation law, by a yea-and-nay vote of 416 yeas to 7 nays, Roll No. 96.

Pages H1874-78, H1878-90

 

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Rejected the Garamendi motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Natural Resources with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 194 yeas to 226 nays, Roll No. 95.

Pages H1888-89


Agreed to:
Tipton amendment (No. 3 printed in the Congressional Record of April 9, 2013) that requires the Bureau of Reclamation to apply its categorical exclusion process under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 to small conduit hydropower development, excluding siting of associated transmission facilities on Federal lands and

Pages H1884-85


Tipton amendment (No. 2 printed in the Congressional Record of April 9, 2013) that makes technical changes relating to policy and procedure-setting with respect to irrigation districts or water users associations.

Pages H1886-87 


Rejected:
Napolitano amendment (No. 1 printed in the Congressional Record of April 9, 2013) that sought to strike the paragraph in the bill containing requirements regarding the application of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 to small conduit hydropower development and to change the definition of small conduit hydropower to mean a facility capable of producing 15 megawatts or less of electric capacity (by a recorded vote of 189 ayes to 232 noes, Roll No. 94).

Pages H1885-86, H1887-88 


H. Res. 140, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was agreed to by voice vote after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 236 yeas to 190 nays, Roll No. 93.

Pages H1874-78 

 

Presidential Message: Read a message from the President wherein he transmitted to Congress his Budget of the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2014--referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 113-3).

Pages H1890-92 

 

Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes and one recorded vote developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H1877-78, H1887-88, H1889, H1889-90. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:42 p.m.

Committee Meetings

 

APPROPRIATIONS--U.S. PACIFIC COMMAND AND U.S. FORCES KOREA


Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense held a hearing on U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Forces Korea. Testimony was heard from Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, U.S. Navy, Commander, United States Pacific Command; General James D. Thurman, U.S. Army, Commander, United Nations Command; Commander, Republic of Korea-United States Combined Forces Command; and Commander United States Forces Korea.

APPROPRIATIONS--CAPITOL POLICE


Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Legislative Branch held a hearing on U.S. Capitol Police. Testimony was heard from Chief Kim Dine, Chief of Police.

APPROPRIATIONS--SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION OVERSIGHT


Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government held a hearing on Small Business Administration Oversight. Testimony was heard from Peggy Gustafson, Inspector General, Small Business Administration.

APPROPRIATIONS--REGULATORY APPROACHES TO FOSTER ECONOMIC GROWTH


Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education held a hearing entitled ``Regulatory Approaches to Foster Economic Growth''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

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MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH


Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a hearing on mental health research. Testimony was heard from Jonathan Woodson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, U.S. Department of Defense; Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho, USA, Surgeon General, U.S. Army; Vice Admiral Matthew L. Nathan, MC, USN, Surgeon General, U.S. Navy; Lieutenant General Thomas W. Travis, USAF, Surgeon General, U.S. Air Force; and Commander Russell B. Carr, M.D., USN, Service Chief, Adult Behavioral Health Clinic, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, U.S. Navy.

REVIEWING STEM EDUCATION IN AMERICA


Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education held a hearing entitled ``Raising the Bar: Reviewing STEM Education in America''. Testimony was heard from George A. Scott, Director for Education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues, Government Accountability Office; and public witnesses.

NORTHERN ROUTE APPROVAL ACT


Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on H.R. 3, the ``Northern Route Approval Act''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

OUR NATION OF BUILDERS: POWERING U.S. AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURING FORWARD


Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing entitled ``Our Nation of Builders: Powering U.S. Automobile Manufacturing Forward''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE


Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Communications and Technology began a markup on legislation to affirm the policy of the United States regarding Internet governance.

SUSTAINABLE HOUSING FINANCE: PERSPECTIVES ON REFORMING THE FHA


Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance held a hearing entitled ``Sustainable Housing Finance: Perspectives on Reforming the FHA''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

EXAMINING CREDIT UNION REGULATORY BURDENS


Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Financial Institutions held a hearing entitled ``Examining Credit Union Regulatory Burdens''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

LUXURY JETS AND EMPTY PRISONS: WASTEFUL AND DUPLICATIVE SPENDING AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE


Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Luxury Jets and Empty Prisons: Wasteful and Duplicative Spending at the Department of Justice''. Testimony was heard from Senator Coburn; Lee J. Lofthus, Assistant Attorney General for Administration, Department of Justice; Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General, Department of Justice, David C. Maurer, Director, Homeland Security and Justice, Government Accountability Office; and public witnesses.

U.S. FOREIGN ASSISTANCE: WHAT OVERSIGHT MECHANISMS ARE IN PLACE TO ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY


Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``U.S. Foreign Assistance: What Oversight Mechanisms are in Place to Ensure Accountability?''. Testimony was heard from Harold W. Geisel, Deputy Inspector General, Department of State; Kenneth Moorefield, Deputy Inspector General for Special Plans and Operations, Department of Defense; Michael G. Carroll, Deputy Inspector General, Agency for International Development; John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction; Paul Cooksey, Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

AHEAD OF POSTAL REFORM: HEARING FROM USPS BUSINESS PARTNERS


Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and the Census held a hearing entitled ``Ahead of Postal Reform: Hearing from USPS Business Partners''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

PREVENTING GREATER UNCERTAINTY IN LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS ACT


Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 1120, the ``Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act''. The Committee granted, by record vote of 7-3, a closed rule for H.R. 1120. The rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The D293rule provides that an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of the Rules Committee Print 113-6 shall be considered as adopted. The bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from Chairman Kline and Representative Andrews.

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REVIEW OF PRIVATE SECTOR EFFORTS TO TRACK AND MITIGATE ASTEROIDS AND METEORS


Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Threats from Space, Part II: A Review of Private Sector Efforts to Track and Mitigate Asteroids and Meteors''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

SMALL BUSINESS TAX REFORM: GROWTH THROUGH SIMPLICITY


Committee on Small Business: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Small Business Tax Reform: Growth Through Simplicity''. Testimony was heard from Chairman Camp; and public witnesses.

UPDATE OF EFFORTS TO COMBAT PIRACY


Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime held a hearing on the efforts to combat piracy. Testimony was heard from Rear Admiral Servidio, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, United States Coast Guard; Rear Admiral Joseph Kuzmick, Director, Operations and Plans, United States Navy; David Matsuda, Administrator, Maritime Administration; Thomas Kelly, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Department of State; and a public witness.

LEGISLATIVE MEASURES


Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing on H.R. 357, the ``GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013''; H.R. 562, the ``VRAP Extension Act of 2013''; H.R. 631, the ``Servicemembers' Choice in Transition Act of 2013''; H.R. 844, the ``VetSuccess Enhancement Act''; H.R. 1305, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide clarification regarding eligibility for services under the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program; H.R. 1316, to amend title 38, United States Code, to specify the responsibilities of the Directors and Assistant Directors of Veterans' Employment and Training; H.R. 1402, the ``Veterans Paralympic Act of 2013''; H.R. 1453, the ``Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2013''; and H.R. 1453 to amend title 39, United States Code, to extend the authority to provide work-study allowance for certain activities by individuals receiving educational assistance by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Testimony was heard from Curtis L. Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; Susan Kelly, Deputy Director, Transition to Veterans Program Office, Department of Defense; Keith Kelly, Assistant Secretary, Veterans' Employment and Training Service, Department of Labor; and public witnesses.

SUSTAINING THE SACRED TRUST: AN UPDATE ON OUR NATIONAL CEMETERIES


Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Disability and Memorial Affairs held a hearing entitled ``Sustaining the Sacred Trust: An Update on our National Cemeteries''. Testimony was heard from Steve L. Muro, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, National Cemetery Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; Kathryn Condon, Executive Director of Army National Cemeteries Program, Department of Defense; Raymond Wollman, Deputy Secretary, American Battle Monuments Commission; Linda Halliday, Assistant Inspector General for Audits and Evaluations, Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General; and public witnesses.

ABILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT TO PRIORITIZE ITS OBLIGATIONS SHOULD THE U.S. TREASURY REACH ITS STATUTORY DEBT LIMIT


Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing on examining the government's ability to prioritize its obligations and continue operations should the U.S. Treasury reach its statutory debt limit. Testimony was heard from Representatives Bachmann, McClintock, Scalise, Schweikert, and Webster (FL).

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE


House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 624, the ``Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act''. The bill was ordered reported, with amendments.

Joint Meetings


No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

 

APRIL 11, 2013

 

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

 

Senate


Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal D294year 2014 for the Department of Commerce, 10 a.m., SD-192.

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Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2014 for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 10 a.m., SD-138.
Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of General Philip M. Breedlove, USAF for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Commander, United States European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, 9:30 a.m., SD-G50.

Full Committee, to receive a briefing on the situation in Syria, 2:30 p.m., SD-G50.
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, to hold hearings to examine outsourcing accountability, focusing on examining the role of independent consultants, 10 a.m., SD-538.
Committee on the Budget: to hold hearings to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2014, 2 p.m., SD-608.
Committee on Environment and Public Works: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Regina McCarthy, of Massachusetts, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, 10:30 a.m., SD-406.
Committee on Finance: to hold hearings to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2014, 2:30 p.m., SD-215.
Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine United States policy toward Syria, 2:15 p.m., SD-419.
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold hearings to examine an open marketplace, focusing on the effect of guaranteed issue and new rating rules, 10 a.m., SD-430.
Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider the nominations of Kenneth John Gonzales, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico, Gregory Alan Phillips, of Wyoming, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit, and Karol Virginia Mason, of Georgia, to be an Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice, 10 a.m., SD-226.
Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH-219.

House


Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, hearing on the Department of Education, 10 a.m., 2358-C Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Homeland Security, hearing on FY 2014 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security, 10 a.m., 2359 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, hearing on Oversight Hearing: Nuclear Waste Programs and Strategies, 10 a.m., 2362-B Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, Department of Commerce Budget Request, 1:30 p.m., 2359 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, hearing on Department of the Interior Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2014, 1 p.m., B-308 Rayburn.
Committee on Armed Services, Full Committee, hearing on Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of Defense, 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, hearing on Equipping the Individual Soldier and Marine: Current and Future Year Acquisition and Modernization Strategies and the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request, 3:30 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.
Committee on the Budget, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``The President's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget'', 10 a.m., 210 Cannon.
Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, hearing on H.R. 1406, the ``Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013'', 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.
Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``Strengthening Medicare for Seniors: Understanding the Challenges of Traditional Medicare's Benefit Design'', 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, hearing on a draft discussion on the ``Coal Ash Recycling and Oversight Act of 2013'', 10:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Communications and Technology continued markup on legislation to affirm the policy of the United States regarding Internet governance, 2:15 p.m., 2123 Rayburn.
Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Capital Markets, hearing entitled ``Legislative Proposals Regarding Derivatives and SEC Economic Analysis'', 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, hearing entitled ``Highlighting Vietnamese Government Human Rights Violations in Advance of the U.S.-Vietnam Dialogue'', 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa; Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific; and Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, hearing entitled ``Breaking the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nexus'', 2:30 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, hearing entitled ``Energy Opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean'', 3 p.m., 2200 Rayburn.
Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, hearing entitled ``Counterterrorism Efforts to Combat a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Attack on the Homeland'', 10 a.m., 311 Cannon.

Subcommittee on Transportation Security, hearing entitled ``TSA's Efforts to Advance Risk-Based Security: Stakeholder Perspectives'', 1 p.m., 311 Cannon.
Committee on the Judiciary, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 367, the ``Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2013'', 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.

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Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, hearing on the following: legislation regarding ``Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act''; H.R. 1294, the ``Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act''; H.R. 818, the ``Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act''; H.R. 1345, the ``Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2013''; legislation regarding the ``O&C Trust, Conservation, and Jobs Act''; and legislation regarding the ``Depleting Risk from Insect Infestation, Soil Erosion, and Catastrophic Fire Act of 2013'', 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and the Census, hearing entitled ``The Federal Employees Health Benefit Program: Is It a Good Value for Federal Employees?'', 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 875, to provide for a comprehensive assessment of the scientific and technical research on the implications of the use of mid-level ethanol blends, and for other purposes; and H.R. 1422, the ``EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2013'', 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations, hearing entitled ``JOBS Act Implementation Update'', 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, hearing entitled ``Amtrak's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget: The Starting Point for Reauthorization'', 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Full Committee, hearing on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2014, 10 a.m., 334 Cannon.
Committee on Ways and Means, Full Committee, hearing on President's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Proposal with U.S. Department of the Treasury, 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth.
House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Worldwide Threats'', 10 a.m., HVC-210. Portions of this meeting may close, HVC-304.

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Next Meeting of the SENATE

 

9:30 a.m., Thursday, April 11

 

Senate Chamber

 

Program for Thursday: Senate will continue consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 649, Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, with a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at approximately 11 a.m.

Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

10 a.m., Thursday, April 11

 

House Chamber

 

Program for Thursday: Begin consideration of H.R. 1120--Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act (Subject to a Rule).


Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue

 

HOUSE

Alexander, Rodney, La.,E409

Bachmann, Michele, Minn., E418

Barr, Andy, Ky., E412

Bilirakis, Gus M., Fla., E411, E416

Brady, Robert A., Pa., E407, E411

Brownley, Julia, Calif., E410

Butterfield, G.K., N.C., E417

Capps, Lois, Calif., E405

Christensen, Donna M., The Virgin Islands, E410

Cohen, Steve, Tenn., E405

Courtney, Joe, Conn., E418

Cuellar, Henry, Tex., E415

Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E413

Farr, Sam, Calif., E405

Fitzpatrick, Michael G., Pa., E417

Gingrey, Phil, Ga., E409

Goodlatte, Bob, Va., E416

Green, Gene, Tex., E414

Higgins, Brian, N.Y., E406, E408

Honda, Michael M., Calif., E417

Issa, Darrell E., Calif., E412

Lee, Barbara, Calif., E415

Lowenthal, Alan S., Calif., E407

Lujan Grisham, Michelle, N.M., E411, E416

McCarthy, Carolyn, N.Y., E405

McCaul, Michael T., Tex., E406

McIntyre, Mike, N.C., E412

Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E407, E411, E414

Marchant, Kenny, Tex., E414

Messer, Luke, Ind., E411

Norton, Eleanor Holmes, D.C., E413

Perlmutter, Ed, Colo., E410, E411, E412, E413, E414, E415, E416, E416, E417, E418

Peters, Gary C., Mich., E406

Rahall, Nick J., II, W.Va., E413

Reed, Tom, N.Y., E414

Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana, Fla., E410

Ryan, Tim, Ohio, E409

Thompson, Bennie G., Miss., E407

Thompson, Mike, Calif., E417, E418

Waxman, Henry A., Calif., E408

Wilson, Frederica S., Fla., E415

 

Daily Digest - Tuesday, April 9, 2013

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Senate

 

Chamber Action


Routine Proceedings, pages S2475-S2510

Measures Introduced: Twenty-three bills and one resolution were introduced, as follows: S. 669-691, and S. Res. 94.

Pages S2500-01 

 

Measures Passed:

United States and the Kingdom of Thailand Diplomatic Relations: Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 77, expressing the sense of Congress relating to the commemoration of the 180th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Kingdom of Thailand, and the resolution was then agreed to.

Page S2508 


Sinking of the U.S.S. Thresher: Senate agreed to S. Res. 94, recognizing the 50th anniversary of the sinking of the U.S.S. Thresher (SSN 593).

Page S2508 

 

Measures Considered:

Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 649, to ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale.

Pages S2475-78, S2482-92  


A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Thursday, April 11, 2013.

Page S2492  


A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, and the next hour be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders, or their designees, with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each, with the first half controlled by the Republicans and the second half controlled by the Majority.

Page S2509  

 

Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
By 64 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. EX. 93), Patty Shwartz, of New Jersey, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.

Pages S2478-82, S2510

 

Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Harry I. Johnson III, of Virginia, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring August 27, 2015.
Philip Andrew Miscimarra, of Illinois, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring December 16, 2017.
Mark Gaston Pearce, of New York, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring August 27, 2018.
3 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
3 Army nominations in the rank of general.
1 Marine Corps nomination in the rank of general.
5 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, and Navy.

Pages S2509-10 

 

Measures Read the First Time:

Pages S2496, S2508 

 

Executive Communications:

Pages S2496-S2500 

 

Additional Cosponsors:

Pages S2501-02 

 

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:

Pages S2502-07 

 

Additional Statements:

Page S2496 

 

Notices of Hearings/Meetings:

Pages S2507-08 

 

Authorities for Committees to Meet:

Page S2508 

 

Privileges of the Floor:

Page S2508 

 

Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--93)

Pages S2481-82 

 

Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S2509.)

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Committee Meetings


(Committees not listed did not meet)

DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION REQUEST AND FUTURE YEARS DEFENSE PROGRAM


Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine United States Pacific Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program, after receiving testimony from Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, USN, Commander, United States Pacific Command, Department of Defense.
Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities concluded open and closed hearings to examine the Department of Defense programs and policies with respect to emerging counterterrorism threats in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program, after receiving testimony from Derek H. Chollet, Assistant Secretary for International Security Affairs, Michael A. Sheehan, Assistant Secretary for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities, and Admiral William H. McRaven, USN, Commander, United States Special Operations Command, all of the Department of Defense.

STATE OF RURAL COMMUNICATIONS


Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet concluded a hearing to examine the state of rural communications, after receiving testimony from John Strode, Ritter Communications, Jonesboro, Arkansas, on behalf of NTCA--The Rural Broadcast Association; Steve Davis, CenturyLink, Denver, Colorado; Patricia Jo Boyers, BOYCOM Cablevision, Inc., Poplar Bluff, Missouri, on behalf of the American Cable Association; and LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr., United States Cellular Corporation, Chicago, Illinois.

NOMINATION


Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Ernest J. Moniz, of Massachusetts, to be Secretary of Energy, after the nominee, who was introduced by former Senator Jeff Bingaman, testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

NOMINATION


Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Marilyn B. Tavenner, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senators Warner and Kaine, and Representative Cantor, testified and answered questions in her own behalf.

NOMINATION


Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell, of West Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senator Rockefeller, testified and answered questions in her own behalf.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW ENFORCEMENT


Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism concluded a hearing to examine current issues in campaign finance law enforcement, after receiving testimony from Mythili Raman, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice; Patricia Haynes, Deputy Chief, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Department of the Treasury; Lawrence M. Noble, Americans for Campaign Reform, Washington, DC; Gregory L. Colvin, Adler and Colvin, San Francisco, California; and Bradley A. Smith, Center for Competitive Politics, Columbus, Ohio.

INTELLIGENCE


Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the intelligence community.
Committee recessed subject to the call.

House of Representatives

 

Chamber Action

 

Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 48 public bills, H.R. 1406-1453; and 5 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 28; and H. Res. 141-144 were introduced.

Pages H1856-58 

 

Additional Cosponsors:

Pages H1859-62 

 

Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 254, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to facilitate the development of hydroelectric D285power on the Diamond Fork System of the Central Utah Project (H. Rept. 113-25, Pt. 1);

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H.R. 291, to provide for the conveyance of certain cemeteries that are located on National Forest System land in Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota (H. Rept. 113-26);
H.R. 507, to provide for the conveyance of certain land inholdings owned by the United States to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 113-27);
H.R. 588, to provide for donor contribution acknowledgments to be displayed at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Visitor Center, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 113-28);
H.R. 1033, to authorize the acquisition and protection of nationally significant battlefields and associated sites of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 under the American Battlefield Protection Program (H. Rept. 113-29);
H.R. 1120, to prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from taking any action that requires a quorum of the members of the Board until such time as Board constituting a quorum shall have been confirmed by the Senate, the Supreme Court issues a decision on the constitutionality of the appointments to the Board made in January 2012, or the adjournment sine die of the first session of the 113th Congress, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113-30); and
H. Res. 140, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 678) to authorize all Bureau of Reclamation conduit facilities for hydropower development under Federal Reclamation law, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 113-31).

Pages H1855-56

 

Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Harris to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

Page H1839 

 

Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a yea-and-nay vote of 294 yeas to 104 nays with 1 answering ``present'', Roll No. 92.

Pages H1839, H1846-47 

 

Recess: The House recessed at 2:20 p.m. and reconvened at 5:03 p.m.

Page H1841

 

Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act: H.R. 254, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to facilitate the development of hydroelectric power on the Diamond Fork System of the Central Utah Project, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 400 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 90 and

Pages H1841-42, H1845


American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act of 2013: H.R. 1033, to authorize the acquisition and protection of nationally significant battlefields and associated sites of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 under the American Battlefield Protection Program, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 283 yeas to 122 nays, Roll No. 91.

Pages H1843-44, H1846 

 

Recess: The House recessed at 5:25 p.m. and reconvened at 6:30 p.m.

Page H1844

 

Privileged Resolution: The House agreed to H. Res. 141, expressing the condolences of the House of Representatives on the death of the Baroness Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Pages H1845-46

 

Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H1841.

Senate Referral: S. Con. Res. 10 was referred to the Committee on House Administration.

Page H1854 

 

Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H1845, H1846, H1846-47. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 2 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m., pursuant to H. Res. 141, it stands adjourned as a further mark of respect to the memory of the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher.

Committee Meetings

 

APPROPRIATIONS--INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE OVERSIGHT


Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government held a hearing on Internal Revenue Service Oversight. Testimony was heard from Steven Miller, Acting Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service.

REAUTHORIZATION OF ANIMAL DRUG USER FEES


Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled ``Reauthorization of Animal Drug User Fees: ADUFA and AGDUFA''. Testimony was heard from Bernadette Dunham, Director, Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration; and public witnesses.

HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA


Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations held a hearing entitled ``Chen Guangcheng and Gao Zhisheng: Human Rights in China''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

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ADDRESSING GAO'S 2013 REPORT ON DUPLICATIVE FEDERAL PROGRAMS


Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Reducing Waste in Government: Addressing GAO's 2013 Report on Duplicative Federal Programs''. Testimony was heard from Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, Government Accountability Office.

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION SMALL CONDUIT HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT AND RURAL JOBS ACT


Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 678, the ``Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act''. The Committee granted, by voice vote, a modified open rule for H.R. 678. The rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Natural Resources. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule provides that the bill shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against provisions in the bill. The rule makes in order only those amendments that are submitted for printing in the Congressional Record dated at least one day before the day of consideration of the amendment and pro forma amendments for the purpose of debate. Each amendment submitted for printing may be offered only by the Member who submitted it for printing or the Member's designee and shall be considered as read if printed. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from Representatives McClintock and Napolitano.

Joint Meetings


No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY,

 

APRIL 10, 2013

 

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

 

Senate


Committee on the Budget: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell, of West Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget, 10:30 a.m., SD-608.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold hearings to examine expanding the Panama Canal, focusing on what it means for American freight and infrastructure, 2:30 p.m., SR-253.
Committee on Foreign Relations: to receive a closed briefing on an intelligence update on Syria, 11 a.m., SVC-217.
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: business meeting to consider S. 689, Mental Health Awareness and Improvement Act of 2013, and the nomination of Jenny R. Yang, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 10 a.m., SD-430.
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: to hold hearings to examine border security, focusing on frontline perspectives on progress and remaining challenges, 9:30 a.m., SD-342.
Committee on Indian Affairs: to hold an oversight hearing to examine identifying barriers to Indian housing development and finding solutions, 2:15 p.m., SD-628.
Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Srikanth Srinivasan, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2:30 p.m., SD-226.
Special Committee on Aging: to hold hearings to examine tax-related identity theft, focusing on an epidemic facing seniors and taxpayers, 2 p.m., SD-562.

House


Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense, hearing on U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Forces Korea, 10 a.m., H-140 Capitol. This is a closed hearing.

Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, hearing on U.S. Capitol Police, 10 a.m., HT-2 Capitol.

Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, hearing on Small Business Administration Oversight, 10 a.m., H-309 Capitol.

Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, hearing entitled ``Regulatory Approaches to Foster Economic Growth'', 10 a.m., 2358-C Rayburn.
Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Military Personnel, hearing on mental health research, 3:30 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.
Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, hearing entitled ``Raising the Bar: Reviewing STEM Education in America'', 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.
Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and Power, hearing on H.R. 3, the ``Northern Route Approval Act'', 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, hearing entitled ``Our Nation of Builders: Powering U.S. Automobile Manufacturing Forward'', 10:15 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, markup on legislation to affirm the policy of the United States regarding Internet governance, 4 p.m., 2123 Rayburn.
Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, hearing entitled ``Sustainable Housing Finance: Perspectives on Reforming the FHA'', 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Financial Institutions, hearing entitled ``Examining Credit Union Regulatory Burdens'', 2 p.m., 2128 Rayburn.
Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, hearing entitled ``Luxury Jets and Empty Prisons: Wasteful and D287Duplicative Spending at the Department of Justice'', 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.

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Committee On Oversight And Government Reform, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``U.S. Foreign Assistance: What Oversight Mechanisms are in Place to Ensure Accountability?'', 9:30 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and the Census, hearing entitled ``Ahead of Postal Reform: Hearing from USPS Business Partners'', 1:30 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
Committee on Rules, Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 1120, the ``Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act'', 3 p.m., H-313 Capitol.
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Threats from Space, Part II: A Review of Private Sector Efforts to Track and Mitigate Asteroids and Meteors'', 2 p.m., 2318 Rayburn.
Committee on Small Business, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Small Business Tax Reform: Growth Through Simplicity'', 1 p.m., 2360 Rayburn.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime, hearing on the efforts to combat piracy, 2 p.m., 2167 Rayburn.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, hearing on H.R. 357, the ``GI Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013''; H.R. 562, the ``VRAP Extension Act of 2013''; H.R. 631, the ``Servicemembers' Choice in Transition Act of 2013''; H.R. 844, the ``VetSuccess Enhancement Act''; H.R. 1305, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide clarification regarding eligibility for services under the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program; H.R. 1316, to amend title 38, United States Code, to specify the responsibilities of the Directors and Assistant Directors of Veterans' Employment and Training; H.R. 1402, the ``Veterans Paralympic Act of 2013''; H.R. 1412, the ``Improving Job Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2013''; and a draft bill to amend title 39, United States Code, to extend the authority to provide work-study allowance for certain activities by individuals receiving educational assistance by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, 10 a.m., 334 Cannon.

Subcommittee on Disability and Memorial Affairs, hearing entitled ``Sustaining the Sacred Trust: An Update on our National Cemeteries'', 2:30 p.m., 334 Cannon.
Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Oversight, hearing on examining the government's ability to prioritize its obligations and continue operations should the U.S. Treasury reach its statutory debt limit, 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth.
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 624, the ``Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act'', 2 p.m., HVC-304. Open, in restricted spaces.

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Next Meeting of the SENATE

 

9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 10

 

Senate Chamber

 

Program for Wednesday: Senate will continue consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 649, Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act.

Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

10 a.m., Wednesday, April 10

 

House Chamber

 

Program for Wednesday: Consideration of H.R. 678--Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act (Subject to a Rule).

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue

 

HOUSE

Beatty, Joyce, Ohio, E401

Bonamici, Suzanne, Ore., E381, E400

Bordallo, Madeleine Z., Guam, E384, E388, E391, E395, E398, E401

Cartwright, Matt, Pa., E384, E385

Coffman, Mike, Colo., E396

Costa, Jim, Calif., E392, E394

Dingell, John D., Mich., E402

Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E401, E403

Farr, Sam, Calif., E400

Fattah, Chaka, Pa., E400

Foster, Bill, Ill., E384

Frankel, Lois, Fla., E402

Gabbard, Tulsi, Hawaii, E386

Gerlach, Jim, Pa., E382

Gingrey, Phil, Ga., E387

Gohmert, Louie, Tex., E382

Hahn, Janice, Calif., E391

Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E392

Hoyer, Steny H., Md., E385, E388

Jackson Lee, Sheila, Tex., E390, E393

Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E401, E402, E403

Kind, Ron, Wisc., E383, E385, E386

Kuster, Ann M., N.H., E381

Latham, Tom, Iowa, E381, E398

Luetkemeyer, Blaine, Mo., E399

McCollum, Betty, Minn., E395

McDermott, Jim, Wash., E396

Marchant, Kenny, Tex., E390

Messer, Luke, Ind., E391, E395

Michaud, Michael H., Me., E385

Miller, George, Calif., E396, E398

Miller, Jeff, Fla., E387

Pascrell, Bill, Jr., N.J., E385

Perlmutter, Ed, Colo., E387, E389, E390, E391, E391, E392, E394, E395, E396, E397

Peters, Gary C., Mich., E393

Pingree, Chellie, Me., E389

Price, Tom, Ga., E387

Quigley, Mike, Ill., E388, E390

Rigell, E. Scott, Va., E386

Rokita, Todd, Ind., E383, E389

Roskam, Peter J., Ill., E400

Roybal-Allard, Lucille, Calif., E402

Runyan, Jon, N.J., E389

Sarbanes, John P., Md., E396

Speier, Jackie, Calif., E382, E383, E398, E399

Swalwell, Eric, Calif., E389

Tipton, Scott R., Colo., E382

 
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