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Daily Digest - Friday, February 1, 2013

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Senate

 

Chamber Action


The Senate was not in session and stands adjourned until 2 p.m. on Monday, February 4, 2013.

Committee Meetings


No committee meetings were held.

House of Representatives

 

Chamber Action

 

Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 9 public bills, H.R. 443-451 were introduced.

Page H315

 

Additional Cosponsors:

Page H316 

 

Reports Filed: There were no reports filed today.

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

Page H307

 

Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest chaplain, Reverend Andrew Heintz, Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Alexandria, VA.

Page H307

 

Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appear on page H307.

Quorum Calls--Votes: There were no Yea and Nay votes, and there were no Recorded votes. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 11 a.m. and adjourned at 11:05 a.m.

Committee Meetings


No hearings were held.

Joint Meetings


No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR MONDAY,

 

FEBRUARY 4, 2013

 

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

 

Senate


No meetings/hearings scheduled.

House


Committee on Rules, Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 444, the ``Require a PLAN ACT'', 5 p.m., H-313, Capitol.

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Next Meeting of the SENATE

 

2 p.m., Monday, February 4

 

Senate Chamber

 

Program for Monday: After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 5 p.m.), Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 47, Violence Against Women Act, and vote on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at 5:30 p.m.

Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

2 p.m., Monday, February 4

 

House Chamber

 

Program for Monday: To be announced.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue

 

HOUSE

Barletta, Lou, Pa., E79

Denham, Jeff, Calif., E80, E80, E81

Dent, Charles W., Pa., E79

Hahn, Janice, Calif., E80

Latham, Tom, Iowa, E79, E80

Roe, David P., Tenn., E79

Veasey, Marc A., Tex., E80

 

Daily Digest - Thursday, January 31, 2013

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Senate

 

Chamber Action


Routine Proceedings, pages S411-S448

Measures Introduced: Eighteen bills and three resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 190-207, and S. Res. 23-25.

Pages S438-39

 

Measures Passed:

Debt Limit : By 64 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. 11), Senate passed H.R. 325, to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until May 19, 2013, after taking action on the following amendments and motion proposed thereto:

Pages S413-26, S426-29 


Rejected:
Portman Amendment No. 6, to require that any debt limit increase be balanced by equal spending cuts over the next decade. (By 54 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 6), Senate tabled the amendment.)

Pages S414-17, S425-26 


Portman Amendment No. 7, to amend title 31, United States Code, to provide for automatic continuing resolutions. (By 52 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 7), Senate tabled the amendment.)

Pages S414-17, S426 


Toomey Amendment No. 8, to protect Social Security benefits and military pay and require that the United States Government prioritize all obligations on the debt held by the public in the event that the debt limit is reached. (By 53 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 8), Senate tabled the amendment.)

Pages S417-23, S427 


Paul/Lee Amendment No. 9, to prohibit the sale, lease, transfer, retransfer, or delivery of F-16 aircraft, M1 tanks, or certain other defense articles or services to the Government of Egypt. (By 79 yeas to 19 nays (Vote No. 9), Senate tabled the amendment.)

Pages S424-25, S427-28 


Vitter motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions. (By 53 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 10), Senate tabled the motion.)

Page S428 


10th Anniversary of the Loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia: Senate agreed to S. Res. 24, commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia.

Page S448


125th Anniversary of Gonzaga University: Senate agreed to S. Res. 25, honoring Gonzaga University on its 125th anniversary.

Page S448

 

Measures Considered:

Violence Against Women Act--Agreement: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 47, to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.

Page S433 


A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 5 p.m., on Monday, February 4, 2013, Senate resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill; that the time until 5:30 p.m., be equally divided and controlled in the usual form; and that at 5:30 p.m., Senate vote on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.

Page S448 

 

Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Jane Kelly, of Iowa, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit.

Page S448


Gregory Alan Phillips, of Wyoming, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.

Page S448

 

Measures Read the First Time:

Pages S436, S448

 

Executive Communications:

Pages S436-37

 

Executive Reports of Committees:

Pages S437-38

 

Additional Cosponsors:

Page S439

 

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:

Pages S439-46

 

Additional Statements:

Pages S435-36

 

Amendments Submitted:

Pages S446-47

 

Authorities for Committees to Meet:

Page S447

 

Privileges of the Floor:

Page S447

 

Record Votes: Six record votes were taken today. (Total--11)

Pages S426-29

 

Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:32 a.m. and adjourned at 6:09 p.m., until 2 p.m. on Monday, February 4, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S448.)

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Committee Meetings


(Committees not listed did not meet)

NOMINATION


Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel, of Nebraska, to be Secretary of Defense, after the nominee, who was introduced by former Senators John Warner and Sam Nunn, testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

BUSINESS MEETING


Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported 952 nominations in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.

HARBOR MAINTENANCE TRUST FUND


Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and the need to invest in the nation's ports, after receiving testimony from Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Department of Defense; Michael R. Christensen, Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, California, on behalf of the California Association of Port Authorities, and the California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference; Michael R. Lorino, Jr., Associated Branch Pilots, Metairie, Louisiana; James K. Lyons, Alabama State Port Authority, Mobile; and Andrew H. Cairns, Washington, DC, on behalf of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

PENSION SAVINGS


Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded a hearing to examine pension savings, focusing on if workers are saving enough for retirement, after receiving testimony from Edward Moslander, TIAA-CREF, New York, New York; Julia McCarthy, Fidelity Investments, Boston, Massachusetts; M. Cindy Hounsell, Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement, Washington, DC; and Brigitte Madrian, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

BUSINESS MEETING


Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported its rules of procedure for the 113th Congress and announced the following subcommittee assignments:
Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights: Senators Klobuchar (Chair), Schumer, Franken, Coons, Blumenthal, Lee, Graham, Grassley, and Flake.
Subcommittee on Bankruptcy and the Courts: Senators Coons (Chair), Durbin, Whitehouse, Klobuchar, Franken, Sessions, Grassley, Flake, and Cruz.
Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights: Senators Durbin (Chair), Franken, Coons, Blumenthal, Hirono, Cruz, Graham, Cornyn, and Hatch.
Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism: Senators Whitehouse (Chair), Feinstein, Schumer, Durbin, Klobuchar, Graham, Cruz, Sessions, and Lee.
Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security: Senators Schumer (Chair), Leahy, Feinstein, Durbin, Klobuchar, Blumenthal, Hirono, Cornyn, Grassley, Hatch, Sessions, Flake, and Cruz.
Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Action: Senators Blumenthal (Chair), Leahy, Klobuchar, Hatch, and Flake.
Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law: Senators Franken (Chair), Feinstein, Schumer, Whitehouse, Coons, Hirono, Flake, Hatch, Lee, Cornyn, and Graham.

House of Representatives

 

Chamber Action


The House was not in session today. The House is scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 1, 2013 in pro forma session.

Committee Meetings


No hearings were held.

Joint Meetings


No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

 

FEBRUARY 1, 2013

 

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

 

Senate


No meetings/hearings scheduled.

House


No hearings are scheduled.

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Next Meeting of the SENATE

 

2 p.m., Monday, February 4

 

Senate Chamber

 

Program for Monday: After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 5 p.m.), Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 47, Violence Against Women Act, and vote on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at 5:30 p.m.

Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

11 a.m., Friday, February 1

 

House Chamber


Program for Friday: The House will meet in pro forma session at 11 a.m.

 

Daily Digest - Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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Senate

 

Chamber Action


Routine Proceedings, pages S369-S409

Measures Introduced: Twelve bills and two resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 178-189, and S. Res. 21-22.

Page S400

 

Measures Passed:

Congratulating the Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 13, congratulating the members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for 100 years of service to communities throughout the United States and the world, and commending Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for its promotion of sisterhood, scholarship, and service, and the resolution was then agreed to.

Pages S407-08


Catholic Schools Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 22, recognizing the goals of Catholic Schools Week and honoring the valuable contributions of Catholic schools in the United States.

Page S408

 

Appointments:

National Council on the Arts: The Chair announced, on behalf of the Majority Leader, pursuant to Public Law 105-83, his reappointment and appointment of the following Senators to serve as members of the National Council on the Arts: Senator Whitehouse (reappointment), and Senator Baldwin, vice Senator McCaskill.

Page S408


Board of Trustees of Gallaudet University: The Chair, on behalf of the Vice President, pursuant to Public Law 83-420, as amended by Public Law 99-371, reappointed Senator Brown to the Board of Trustees of Gallaudet University.

Page S408


President's Export Council: The Chair, pursuant to Executive Order 12131, as amended and extended, appointed the following Members to the President's Export Council: Senator Klobuchar, Senator Begich, and Senator Gillibrand.

Page S408

 

Debt Limit--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that following Leader remarks on Thursday, January 31, 2013, Senate begin consideration of H.R. 325, to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until May 19, 2013; that the following amendments, the text of which are at the desk, be the only first-degree amendments in order to the bill: Portman (dollar for dollar cuts--S. 43 text); Portman (government shutdown prevention S. 29 text); Toomey (full faith and credit); and Paul (prohibition of F-16s to Egypt); that the only motion to commit in order to the bill be a Vitter motion to commit regarding spending cuts; that the time until 12:15 p.m. be for debate on the amendments, motion and the bill, to run concurrently, and be equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees, prior to votes on or in relation to the amendments and the Vitter motion in the order listed; that upon disposition of the amendments and the Vitter motion, Senate vote on passage of the bill, as amended, if amended; that the amendments and the Vitter motion be subject to a 60 affirmative vote threshold; that there be no amendments in order to any of the amendments or the Vitter motion prior to the votes; and that there be two minutes equally divided prior to each vote and that all after the first vote be ten minute votes.

Page S407

 

Measures Placed on the Calendar:

Pages S369, S399

 

Executive Communications:

Pages S399-S400

 

Additional Cosponsors:

Pages S400-01

 

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:

Pages S401-06

 

Authorities for Committees to Meet:

Page S406

 

Privileges of the Floor:

Page S407

 

Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 6:27 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S408.)

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Committee Meetings


(Committees not listed did not meet)

GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA


Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine gun violence in America, including S. 150, to regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, after receiving testimony from former Representative Gabrielle Giffords; Captain Mark E. Kelly, USN (Ret.), Americans for Responsible Solutions, Tucson, Arizona; David B. Kopel, Independence Institute, Denver, Colorado; Jim Johnson, Baltimore County Chief of Police, Towson, Maryland, on behalf of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence; Gayle S. Trotter, Independent Women's Forum, Washington, DC; and Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association of America, Fairfax, Virginia.

House of Representatives

 

Chamber Action


The House was not in session today. The House is scheduled to meet 11 a.m. on Friday, February 1, 2013 in pro forma session.

Committee Meetings


No hearings were held.

Joint Meetings


No joint committee meetings were held.

NEW PUBLIC LAWS

 

(For last listing of Public Laws, see

Daily Digest, p. D34)
H.R. 152, making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, to improve and streamline disaster assistance for Hurricane Sandy. Signed on January 29, 2013. (Public Law 113-2)

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

 

JANUARY 31, 2013

 

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

 

Senate


Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Charles Timothy Hagel, of Nebraska, to be Secretary of Defense; with the possibility of a closed session in SVC-217 following the open session, 9:30 a.m., SD-G50.
Committee on Environment and Public Works: to hold hearings to examine the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and the need to invest in the nation's ports, 10 a.m., SD-406.
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold hearings to examine pension savings, focusing on if workers are saving enough for retirement, 10 a.m., SD-430.
Committee on the Judiciary: organizational business meeting to consider the nominations of Robert E. Bacharach, of Oklahoma, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit, William J. Kayatta, Jr., of Maine, to be United States Circuit Judge for the First Circuit, Richard Gary Taranto, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit, and an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the Committee and rules of procedure for the 113th Congress., 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


No hearings are scheduled.

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Next Meeting of the SENATE

 

9:30 a.m., Thursday, January 31

 

Senate Chamber

 

Program for Thursday: Senate will begin consideration of H.R. 325, Debt Limit, with a vote on or in relation to the Portman amendment at 12:15 p.m., and a series of votes on the remaining amendments, motion to commit, and final passage of the bill beginning at 2:15 p.m.
(Senate will recess following the 12:15 p.m. vote until 2:15 p.m. for their respective party conferences.)

Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

11 a.m., Friday, February 1

 

House Chamber


Program for Friday: The House will meet in pro forma session at 11 a.m.

 

Daily Digest - Tuesday, January 29, 2013

HIGHLIGHTS

 

    Senate confirmed the nomination of John Forbes Kerry, of Massachusetts, to be Secretary of State.

 

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Senate

 

Chamber Action


Routine Proceedings, pages S335-S368

Measures Introduced: Eleven bills and two resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 167-177, S.J. Res. 6, and S. Res. 20.

Pages S357-58

 

Measures Passed:

National Stalking Awareness Month: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 14, raising awareness and encouraging prevention of stalking by designating January 2013 as ``National Stalking Awareness Month'', and the resolution was then agreed to.

Page S368


Designating Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Senate agreed to S. Res. 20, designating Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Page S368


Senator Kerry Farewell Address--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 2:30 p.m., on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, Senator Kerry be recognized for up to 30 minutes for the purposes of delivering his farewell address.

Page S368 


Resignation of Senator John Kerry Senator John Kerry, of Massachusetts, submitted a letter of resignation from the United States Senate, effective at 4 p.m., on Friday, February 1, 2013, in order to assume the responsibility of Secretary of State.

Page S368 

 

Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination: By 94 yeas to 3 nays, 1 responding present (Vote No. EX. 5), John Forbes Kerry, of Massachusetts, to be Secretary of State.

Pages S344-52 

 

Messages from the House:

Page S356

 

Measures Placed on the Calendar:

Pages S335, S356

 

Measures Read the First Time:

Pages S356, S368

 

Executive Communications:

Pages S356-57

 

Executive Reports of Committees:

Page S357

 

Additional Cosponsors:

Page S358

 

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:

Pages S358-67

 

Additional Statements:

Pages S355-56

 

Amendments Submitted:

Page S367

 

Notices of Hearings/Meetings:

Page S367

 

Authorities for Committees to Meet:

Page S367

 

Privileges of the Floor:

Pages S367-68

 

Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--5)

Page S352

 

Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:47 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S368.)

Committee Meetings


(Committees not listed did not meet)

BUSINESS MEETING


Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of John Forbes Kerry, of Massachusetts, to be Secretary of State.

PRIMARY CARE


Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging concluded a hearing to examine primary care, after receiving testimony from Fitzhugh Mullan, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Policy, Washington, DC; Tess Kuenning, Bi-State Primary Care Association, Montpelier, Vermont, on behalf of the National Association of Community Health Centers; Toni Decklever, Wyoming Nurses Association, Cheyenne; Andrew P. D55Wilper, University of Washington School of Medicine, Boise, Idaho; Uwe E. Reinhardt, Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton, New Jersey; and Claudia M. Fegan, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois.

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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: 11 public bills, H.R. 432-442 were introduced.

Page H300 

 

Additional Cosponsors:

Page H301 

 

Reports Filed: There were no reports filed today.

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

Page H295 

 

Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 1st; and when the House adjourns on that day, it adjourn to meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 4th.

Page H295 

 

Senate Messages: Messages received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appear on page H295.

Quorum Calls--Votes: There were no Yea and Nay votes, and there were no Recorded votes. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 1 p.m. and adjourned at 1:03 p.m.

Committee Meetings


No hearings were held.

Joint Meetings


No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY,

 

JANUARY 30, 2013

 

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

 

Senate


Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings to examine gun violence in America, 10 a.m., SH-216.

House


No hearings are scheduled.

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Next Meeting of the SENATE

 

9:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 30

 

Senate Chamber

 

Program for Wednesday: Senate will be in a period of morning business until approximately 11:30 a.m. At 2:30 p.m., Senator Kerry will deliver his farewell address.

Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

11 a.m., Friday, February 1

 

House Chamber

 

Program for Friday: The House will meet in pro forma session at 11 a.m.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue

 

HOUSE

Burgess, Michael C., Tex., E73

Chu, Judy, Calif., E74

Fitzpatrick, Michael G., Pa., E74

Meehan, Patrick, Pa., E73

Norton, Eleanor Holmes, D.C., E73, E74, E74

 
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