November 13, 2006 - Issue: Vol. 152, No. 127 — Daily Edition109th Congress (2005 - 2006) - 2nd Session
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Monday, November 13, 2006
Report to accompany S. 1838, to provide for the sale, acquisition, conveyance, and exchange of certain real property in the District of Columbia to facilitate the utilization, development, and redevelopment of such property. (S. Rept. No. 109–359.)
Pueblo of Isleta Settlement and Natural Resources Restoration Act: Senate passed H.R. 5842, to compromise and settle all claims in the case of Pueblo of Isleta v. United States, to restore, improve, and develop the valuable on-reservation land and natural resources of the Pueblo, clearing the measure for the President.
Clint Independent School District: Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 860, to provide for the conveyance of the reversionary interest of the United States in certain lands to the Clint Independent School District, El Paso County, Texas, and the bill was then passed, clearing the measure for the President.
Shivwits Band of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah Water Rights Settlement Act Amendment: Senate passed S. 3501, to amend the Shivwits Band of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah Water Rights Settlement Act to establish an acquisition fund for the water rights and habitat acquisition program, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
Frist (for McCain) Amendment No. 5133, to modify a provision relating to transfers to the Acquisition Fund.
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act Waiver Application Act: Senate passed S. 3687, to waive application of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to a specific parcel of real property transferred by the United States to 2 Indian tribes in the State of Oregon.
Military Construction/VA Appropriations: Senate began consideration of H.R. 5385, making appropriations for the military quality of life functions of the Department of Defense, military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, which will be considered as original text for the purpose of further amendment, and taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:
Akaka/Obama Amendment No. 5128, to provide, with an offset, an additional $2,500,000 for the Department of Veterans Affairs for the Office of Inspector General.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, 2006.
Removal of Injunction of Secrecy: The injunction of secrecy was removed from the following treaty:
Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs (Treaty Doc. 109–21);
The treaty was transmitted to the Senate today, considered as having been read for the first time, and referred, with accompanying papers, to the Committee on Foreign Relations and ordered to be printed.
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Mark Everett Keenum, of Mississippi, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services.
Mark Everett Keenum, of Mississippi, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Commodity Credit Corporation.
Scott A. Keller, of Florida, to be Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Charles E. Dorkey III, of New York, to be a Member of the Advisory Board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.
Daine Humetewa, of Arizona, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation for a term expiring August 25, 2012.
Anthony W. Ryan, of Massachusetts, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.
Andrew G. Biggs, of New York, to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security for the remainder of the term expiring January 19, 2007.
Andrew G. Biggs, of New York, to be Deputy Commissioner of Social Security for a term expiring January 19, 2013.
Leon R. Sequeira, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor.
William Francis Price, Jr., of California, to be a Member of the National Council of the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2012.
Robert Bretley Lott, of Louisiana, to be a Member of the National Council of the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2012.
Charlotte P. Kessler, of Ohio, to be a Member of the National Council of the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2012.
Joan Israelite, of Missouri, to be a Member of the National Council of the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2012.
Benjamin Donenberg, of California, to be a Member of the National Council of the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2012.
Forestsorn Hamilton, of New York, to be a Member of the National Council of the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2012.
Richard Allan Hill, of Montana, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a term expiring June 10, 2009.
Terry L. Cline, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services.
Paul A. Schneider, of Maryland, to be Under Secretary for Management, Department of Homeland Security.
Dan Gregory Blair, of the District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Postal Rate Commission for a term expiring October 14, 2012.
Ellen C. Williams, of Kentucky, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2016.
31 Army nominations in the rank of general.
Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Foreign Service, and Navy.
Measures Placed on Calendar:
Measures Read First Time:
Enrolled Bills Presented:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Privileges of the Floor:
Adjournment: Senate convened at 2 p.m., and adjourned at 6:02 p.m., until 2:15 p.m., on Tuesday, November 14, 2006. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S10886.)
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Susan E. Dudley, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senator Warner, testified and answered questions in her own behalf.
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: On September 20, 2006, Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of John Peyton, of Florida, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: There were no reports filed today.
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Gingrey to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today.
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourn today, it adjourn to meet at 10 a.m. tomorrow, November 14th for Morning Hour debate, thereafter to resume its session at 11 a.m.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Sierra National Forest Land Exchange Act of 2006: Concur in Senate amendment to H.R. 409, to provide for the exchange of land within the Sierra National Forest, California--clearing the measure for the President;
Amending the National Trails System Act to update the feasibility and suitability study originally prepared for the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail and provide for the inclusion of new trail segments, land components, and campgrounds associated with that trail: Concur in Senate amendment to H.R. 3085, to amend the National Trails System Act to update the feasibility and suitability study originally prepared for the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail and provide for the inclusion of new trail segments, land components, and campgrounds associated with that trail, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 383 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 517--clearing the measure for the President;
Pages H8583–84, H8604–05
Idaho Land Enhancement Act: S. 1131, to authorize the exchange of certain Federal land within the State of Idaho--clearing the measure for the President;
Pitkin County Land Exchange Act of 2006: Concur in Senate amendment to H.R. 1129, to authorize the exchange of certain land in the State of Colorado--clearing the measure for the President;
Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Study Act of 2005: S. 435, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a segment of the Farmington River and Salmon Brook in the State of Connecticut for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System--clearing the measure for the President;
Pactola Reservoir Reallocation Authorization Act of 2005: S. 819, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to reallocate costs of the Pactola Dam and Reservoir, South Dakota, to reflect increased demands for municipal, industrial, and fish and wildlife purposes, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 387 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 518--clearing the measure for the President;
Pages H8588–89, H8605
Amending the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize a program relating to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin: H.R. 6121, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize a program relating to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin;
Designating the State Route 1 Bridge in the State of Delaware as the ``Senator William V. Roth, Jr. Bridge'': S. 1140, to designate the State Route 1 Bridge in the State of Delaware as the ``Senator William V. Roth, Jr. Bridge''--clearing the measure for the President; and
Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act: S. 3880, to provide the Department of Justice the necessary authority to apprehend, prosecute, and convict individuals committing animal enterprise terror--clearing the measure for the President.
Suspension Failed: The House failed to agree to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
Authorizing the extension of nondiscriminatory treatment (normal trade relations treatment) to the products of Vietnam: H.R. 5602, amended, to authorize the extension of nondiscriminatory treatment (normal trade relations treatment) to the products of Vietnam, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 161 nays, Roll No. 519.
Pages H8595–S8602, H8605–06
Recess: The House recessed at 4:02 p.m. and reconvened at 6:27 p.m.
Oath of Office--Twenty-Second Congressional District of Texas: Representative-elect Shelley Sekula Gibbs 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 facsimile copy of the unofficial returns of the Special Election held on November 7, 2006 from Ms. Ann McGeehan, Director of Elections, State of Texas, indicating that the Honorable Shelley Sekula Gibbs was elected Representative in Congress for the Twenty-Second Congressional District, State of Texas.
Oath of Office--Thirteenth Congressional District of New Jersey: Representative-elect Albio Sires presented himself in the well of the House and was administered the Oath of Office by the Speaker. Earlier the Clerk of the House transmitted a facsimile copy of the unofficial returns of the Special Election held on November 7, 2006 from Ms. Donna Kelly, Assistant Attorney General, State of New Jersey, indicating that the Honorable Albio Sires was elected Representative in Congress for the Thirteenth Congressional District, State of New Jersey.
Whole Number of the House: The Chair announces to the House that, in light of the administration of the oath to the gentlewoman from Texas, Ms. Shelley Sekula Gibbs, and the gentleman from New Jersey, Mr. Albio Sires, the whole number of the House is adjusted to 433.
Senate Referrals: S. 1409 was referred to the Committees on Energy and Commerce and Transportation; S. 1726 and S. 3845 were referred to the Committee on Government Reform; S. 3523 was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means; S. 3526 was referred to the Committee on Resources; S. 3879 was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce; and S. 3880 and S. 4044 were referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Adjournment: The House met at 2 p.m. and adjourned at 7:38 p.m.
No Committee meetings were held.
Committee on Finance: to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Michele A. Davis, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Robert F. Hoyt, of Maryland, to be General Counsel, and Paul Cherecwich, Jr., of Utah, and Deborah L. Wince-Smith, of Virginia, each to be a Member of the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board, all of the Department of the Treasury, 11 a.m., SD–215.
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: to hold hearings to examine the nominations of James H. Bilbray, of Nevada, and Thurgood Marshall, Jr., of Virginia, each to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service, and Dan G. Blair, to be Chairman, Postal Rate Commission, 10 a.m., SD–342.
Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, to hold hearings to examine the issue of states incorporating new, non-publicly traded companies in the United States each year without obtaining the identity of corporate owners, and its impact on law enforcement investigations into persons misusing U.S. shell corporations for money laundering, tax evasion, terrorist financing, or other crimes, and a GAO report entitled ``Company Formations: Minimal Ownership Information Is Collected and Available,'' 2:30 p.m., SD–342.
Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings to examine competition in sports programming and broadcasting,Ð9 a.m., SD–226.
Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine judicial and executive nominations, 2 p.m., SD–226.
Committee on Armed Services, hearing on national security implications of the Lucent/Alcatel merger, 2 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.
Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations, oversight hearing on the Hague Convention on International Adoptions: Status and the Framework for Implementation, 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, oversight hearing on the Administrative Law, Process and Procedure Project for the 21st Century, 2 p.m., 2141 Rayburn.
Program for Tuesday: Senate will continue consideration of H.R. 5385, Military Construction/VA Appropriations.
Program for Tuesday and Wednesday: Consideration of suspensions as follows: (1) H.J. Res. 96--Recognizing the contributions of the Christmas tree industry to the United States economy; (2) H.R.
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