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[Pages D104-D105]
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                                         Thursday, February 4, 2016

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S635-691.
Measures Introduced: Thirteen bills and three resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 2497-2509, and S. Res. 362-364. 
                                                          Pages S669-70
Measures Passed:
  Authorizing the Use of Emancipation Hall: Senate agreed to H. Con. 
Res. 109, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol 
Visitor Center for a ceremony to present the Congressional Gold Medal 
to the foot soldiers who participated in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery 
marches.
  Page S691
  Congratulating the University of Mount Union Football Team: Senate 
agreed to S. Res. 363, congratulating the University of Mount Union 
football team for winning the 2015 National Collegiate Athletic 
Association Division III Football Championship.
  Page S691
  Honoring Former Senator Marlow Cook: Senate agreed to S. Res. 364, 
relative to the death of Marlow Cook, former United States Senator for 
the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
  Page S691
Measures Considered:
Energy Policy Modernization Act: Senate continued consideration of S. 
2012, to provide for the modernization of the energy policy of the 
United States, and taking action on the following amendments proposed 
thereto:
  Pages S637-46, S649
Pending:
  Murkowski Amendment No. 2953, in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                              Page S637
  Murkowski (for Cassidy/Markey) Amendment No. 2954 (to Amendment No. 
2953), to provide for certain increases in, and limitations on, the 
drawdown and sales of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Page S637
  Murkowski Amendment No. 2963 (to Amendment No. 2953), to modify a 
provision relating to bulk-power system reliability impact statements. 
                                                              Page S637
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
   By 46 yeas to 50 nays, 1 responding present (Vote No. 16), three-
fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the 
affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on 
Murkowski Amendment No. 2953 (listed above).
Pages S645-46
  Senator McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which 
cloture was not invoked on Murkowski Amendment No. 2953. 
                                                          Pages S645-46
  By 43 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 17), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to close further debate on the bill.
Page S646
  Senator McConnell entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which 
cloture was not invoked on the bill.
Page S646
Appointments:
  Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies: The Chair, on 
behalf of the Vice President, pursuant to the provisions of S. Con. 
Res. 28 (114th Congress), appointed the following Senators to the Joint 
Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies: Senators McConnell, 
Blunt, and Schumer.
  Page S691
Ebinger Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was 
reached providing that at 5 p.m., on Monday, February 8, 2016, Senate 
begin consideration of the nomination of Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger, of 
Iowa, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of 
Iowa; that there be 30 minutes for debate on the nomination equally 
divided in the usual form; that upon the use or yielding back of time, 
Senate vote, without intervening action or debate, on confirmation of 
the nomination.
  Page S650
Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
  1 Army nomination in the rank of general.
Page S691
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Patrick A. Burke, of the District of Columbia, to be United States 
Marshal for the District of Columbia for the term of four years.

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  Stephanie A. Finley, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge 
for the Western District of Louisiana.
  Claude J. Kelly III, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge 
for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Page S691
Messages from the House:
  Page S669
Measures Referred:
  Page S669
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S669
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S670-71
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S671-75
Additional Statements:
  Pages S667-69
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S675-90
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S690
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S690
Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--17) 
                                                              Page S646
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned, as a further 
mark of respect to the memory of the late Senator Marlow Cook, in 
accordance with S. Res. 364, at 5:47 p.m., until 2 p.m. on Monday, 
February 8, 2016. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting 
Majority Leader in today's Record on page S691.)



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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings



[Daily Digest]
[Page D105]
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported one 
nomination in the Army.
AFGHANISTAN
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the situation in Afghanistan, after receiving testimony from General 
John F. Campbell, USA, Commander, Resolute Support, and Commander, 
United States Forces--Afghanistan, Department of Defense.
INTERMODAL USF SUPPORT FOR RURAL AMERICA
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet concluded a 
hearing to examine ensuring intermodal Universal Service Fund support 
for rural America, after receiving testimony from Darrington Seward, 
Seward and Son Planting Company, Louise, Mississippi; Steven K. Berry, 
Competitive Carriers Association, Washington, D.C.; James G. Carr, All 
Points Broadband, Ashburn, Virginia, on behalf of the Wireless Internet 
Service Providers Association; Michael Rapelyea, ViaSat, Inc., 
Arlington, Virginia; and LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr., United States Cellular 
Corporation, Chicago, Illinois.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the 
nominations of Mary Katherine Wakefield, of North Dakota, to be Deputy 
Secretary of Health and Human Services, who was introduced by Senators 
Hoeven, Heitkamp, and former Senator Kent Conrad, Andrew LaMont Eanes, 
of Kansas, to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security, who was 
introduced by Senator Roberts, and Elizabeth Ann Copeland, of Texas, 
who was introduced by Senator Cornyn, and Vik Edwin Stoll, of Missouri, 
both to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court, after the nominees 
testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
NOMINATION
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Beth F. Cobert, of 
California, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management for a 
term of four years, after the nominee testified and answered questions 
in her own behalf.
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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Daily Digest/House of Representatives



[Daily Digest]
[Page D106]
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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 27 public bills, H.R. 4460-
4486; 6 resolutions, H. Res. 602-607, were introduced.
  Pages H589-91
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page H592
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
  H.R. 901, to prohibit accessing pornographic web sites from Federal 
computers, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 114-415).
Page H589
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative Mooney (WV) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. 
                                                              Page H569
Financial Institution Customer Protection Act: The House passed H.R. 
766, to provide requirements for the appropriate Federal banking 
agencies when requesting or ordering a depository institution to 
terminate a specific customer account, and to provide for additional 
requirements related to subpoenas issued under the Financial 
Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989, by a yea-
and vote of 250 yeas to 169 nays, Roll No. 63.
  Pages H570-83
  Rejected the Castor (FL) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee 
on Financial Services with instructions to report the same back to the 
House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 177 yeas to 
240 nays, Roll No. 62.
Pages H581-82
  Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute 
consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-41 shall be 
considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the 
five-minute rule.
Page H578
Agreed to:
  Sherman amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-414) that 
clarifies that H.R. 766 does not prevent federal banking regulators 
from requesting or requiring a financial institution to terminate a 
relationship with a customer because (1) the customer poses a threat to 
national security, (2) is engaged in terrorist financing, (3) is doing 
business with Iran, North Korea, Syria, or another State Sponsor of 
Terrorism, or (4) is doing business with an entity in any of those 
countries; and
Pages H578-79
  Gosar amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-414) that 
requires notice to banking customers if a customer account is 
terminated at the direction of federal banking regulators. 
                                                          Pages H579-80
  H. Res. 595, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 
1675) and (H.R. 766) was agreed to yesterday, February 3rd.
Committee Resignation: Read a letter from Representative Johnson (OH) 
wherein he resigned from the Committee on Science, Space, and 
Technology.
  Page H583
Committee Resignation: Read a letter from Representative Bost wherein 
he resigned from the Committee on Small Business.
  Pages H583-84
Committee Resignation: Read a letter from Representative Blackburn 
wherein she resigned from the Committee on the Budget.
  Page H584
Committee Elections: The House agreed to H. Res. 602, electing certain 
Members to standing committees of the House of Representatives. 
                                                              Page H584
Ranking Members of a certain standing committee of the House of 
Representatives: The House agreed to H. Res. 603, ranking Members of a 
certain standing committee of the House of Representatives.
  Page H584
READ Act: The House agreed to take from the Speaker's table and concur 
in the Senate amendment to H.R. 3033, to require the President's annual 
budget request to Congress each year to include a line item for the 
Research in Disabilities Education program of the National Science 
Foundation and to require the National Science Foundation to conduct 
research on dyslexia.
  Page H584
Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns 
today, it adjourn to meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 8th and that 
the order of the House of January 5, 2016, regarding morning-hour 
debate not apply on that day.
  Page H587
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and 
subsequently presented to the House today appear on page 570.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea-and-nay votes developed during the 
proceedings of today and appear on pages H582 and H583. There were no 
quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 12:54 p.m.



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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings



[Daily Digest]
[Pages D106-D107]
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Committee Meetings
NAVAL STRIKE FIGHTERS: ISSUES AND CONCERNS
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land 
Forces held a hearing entitled ``Naval Strike Fighters: Issues and 
Concerns''. Testimony was heard from Lieutenant General Jon M.

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Davis, USMC, Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps for Aviation 
(DC(A)), U.S. Marine Corps; Rear Admiral Michael C. Manazir, USN, 
Director, Air Warfare Division (N98), U.S. Navy; and Rear Admiral 
Michael T. Moran, USN, Program Executive Officer Tactical Aircraft, 
U.S. Navy.
THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE'S BUDGET AND ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
Committee on the Budget: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``The 
Congressional Budget Office's Budget and Economic Outlook''. Testimony 
was heard from Keith Hall, Director, Congressional Budget Office.
EXAMINING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BIOLOGICS PRICE COMPETITION AND 
INNOVATION ACT
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing 
entitled ``Examining Implementation of the Biologics Price Competition 
and Innovation Act''. Testimony was heard from Sean Cavanaugh, Deputy 
Administrator and Director of the Center of Medicare, Centers for 
Medicare and Medicaid Services; and Janet Woodcock, Director, Center 
for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration.
ANOTHER SURGE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ALONG THE SOUTHWEST BORDER: IS THIS 
THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S NEW NORMAL?
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration and Border 
Security held a hearing entitled ``Another Surge of Illegal Immigrants 
Along the Southwest Border: Is this the Obama Administration's New 
Normal?''. Testimony was heard from Steven McCraw, Director, Texas 
Department of Public Safety; and public witnesses.
DEVELOPMENTS IN THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG MARKET: OVERSIGHT
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a 
hearing entitled ``Developments in the Prescription Drug Market: 
Oversight''. Testimony was heard from Janet Woodcock, Director, Center 
for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration; Keith 
Flanagan, Director, Office of Generic Drug Policy, Food and Drug 
Administration; and public witnesses.
A REVIEW OF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NSF PROJECT MANAGEMENT REFORM
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Research 
and Technology; and Subcommittee on Oversight, held a joint hearing 
entitled ``A Review of Recommendations for NSF Project Management 
Reform''. Testimony was heard from Richard Buckius, Chief Operating 
Officer, National Science Foundation; Allison Lerner, Inspector 
General, National Science Foundation; and a public witness.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Small Business: Full Committee held a markup on Views and 
Estimates on the President's FY 2017 Budget for the Small Business 
Administration. The Views and Estimates were adopted.
BUSINESS MEETING
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee held a 
business meeting on consideration of a Committee Report. The Committee 
Report was adopted. A portion of the meeting was closed.

Joint Meetings
  No joint committee meetings were held.



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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2016-02-08



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[Page D107]
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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR MONDAY,

                            FEBRUARY 8, 2016

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

  No hearings are scheduled.



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Daily Digest/Next Meeting of the SENATE + Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES + Other End Matter



[Daily Digest]
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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                      2 p.m., Monday, February 8 

                               
                             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 Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger, of Iowa, to be United States 
District Judge for the Southern District of Iowa, and vote on 
confirmation of the nomination at approximately 5:30 p.m.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                      2 p.m., Monday, February 8 

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Monday: House will meet in Pro Forma session at 2 p.m.
    
    
    
    
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            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Benishek, Dan, Mich., E117
Bilirakis, Gus M., Fla., E119
Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., Ga., E122
Blumenauer, Earl, Ore., E116, E120, E122
Carter, Earl L. ``Buddy'', Ga., E116
Castro, Joaquin, Tex., E120
Cleaver, Emanuel, Mo., E117
Cohen, Steve, Tenn., E120
Conyers, John, Jr., Mich., E115, E119, E121
Costello, Ryan A., Pa., E114
Courtney, Joe, Conn., E120
Duncan, John J., Jr., Tenn., E114
Goodlatte, Bob, Va., E119
Graves, Sam, Mo., E117, E118
Guinta, Frank C., N.H., E114, E116, E116
Himes, James A., Conn., E116
Jenkins, Evan H., W.Va., E121
King, Steve, Iowa, E120
Marchant, Kenny, Tex., E115
McCollum, Betty, Minn., E122
Meehan, Patrick, Pa., E114
Miller, Jeff, Fla., E118
Norton, Eleanor Holmes, The District of Columbia, E121
Simpson, Michael K., Idaho, E121
Sinema, Kyrsten, Ariz., E119
Smith, Christopher H., N.J., E113
Torres, Norma J., Calif., E118
Vargas, Juan, Calif., E119
Yoder, Kevin, Kans., E118



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