Daily Digest

Monday, February 23, 2009

Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

    Senator Johanns read Washington's Farewell Address.

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S2349–S2388

Measures Introduced: Six bills and two resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 451–456, and S. Res. 51–52.
Page S2365

Measures Reported:

S. Res. 51, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
Page S2365

Measures Passed:

Read Across America Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 52, designating March 2, 2009, as ``Read Across America Day.''
Pages S2381–82

Measures Considered:

District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act: Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 160, to provide the District of Columbia a voting seat and the State of Utah an additional seat in the House of Representatives.
Pages S2353–60

A unanimous-consent time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, February 24, 2009, and that the time until 11 a.m. be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders, or their designees.
Page S2382


Washington's Farewell Address: Senator Johanns performed the traditional reading of Washington's Farewell Address.
Pages S2349–53


Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

Lanny A. Breuer, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Attorney General.

Christine Anne Varney, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Attorney General.

1 Army nomination in the rank of general.

3 Coast Guard nominations in the rank of admiral.

Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy.
Pages S2383–88


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S2365–66


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S2366–71


Additional Statements:
Pages S2363–65


Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
Page S2371


Authorities for Committees To Meet:
Page S2371


Adjournment: Senate convened at 2 p.m. and adjourned at 5:48 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 24, 2009. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S2382.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee ordered favorably reported an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the Committee.

PRINCIPLES OF INTEGRATED HEALTH

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded a hearing to examine principles of integrative health, focusing on a path to health care reform, after receiving testimony from Catherine M. Base, The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, Michigan; James S. Gordon, Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Washington, DC; Wayne B. Jonas, Samueli Institute, Alexandria, Virginia; Mary Jo Kreitzer, University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing, Minneapolis; and Robert Duggan, and Charlotte R. Kerr, both of the Tai Sophia Institute, Laurel, Maryland.

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House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 36 public bills, H.R. 1105–1140; 1 private bill, H.R. 1140; and 8 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 55–57; and H. Res. 179–183 were introduced.
See Book II


Additional Cosponsors:
See Book II


Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows: H.R. 786, to make permanent the temporary increase in deposit insurance coverage, with an amendment (H. Rept. 111–18).
See Book II


Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed Representative Hastings (FL) to act as Speaker Pro Tempore for today.
Page H1609


Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act: H.R. 44, to implement the recommendations of the Guam War Claims Review Commission, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 299 yeas to 99 nays, Roll No. 73;
Pages H1610–16 H1635–36


Authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to lease certain lands in Virgin Islands National Park: H.R. 714, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to lease certain lands in Virgin Islands National Park;
Pages H1622–23


Honoring the life and memory of the Chiricahua Apache leader Goyathlay or Goyaale, also known as Geronimo: H. Res. 132, to honor the life and memory of the Chiricahua Apache leader Goyathlay or Goyaale, also known as Geronimo, and to recognize the 100th anniversary of his death on February 17, 2009, as a time of reflection and the commencement of a ``Healing'' for all Apache people;
Pages H1623–26


Box Elder Utah Land Conveyance Act: H.R. 601, to provide for the conveyance of parcels of land to Mantua, Box Elder County, Utah, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 396 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 74;
Pages H1626–27, S1636


Utah National Guard Readiness Act: H.R. 603, to require the conveyance of certain public land within the boundaries of Camp Williams, Utah, to support the training and readiness of the Utah National Guard; and
Pages H1627–28


Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2009: H.R. 911, to require certain standards and enforcement provisions to prevent child abuse and neglect in residential programs, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 295 yeas to 102 nays, Roll No. 72.
Pages H1629–35


Recess: The House recessed at 4:31 p.m. and reconvened at 6:33 p.m.
Page H1634


Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed:
Captive Primate Safety Act: H.R. 80, to amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to treat nonhuman primates as prohibited wildlife species under that Act and to make corrections in the provisions relating to captive wildlife offenses under that Act and
Pages H1616–22


South Orange County Recycled Water Enhancement Act: H.R. 637, to authorize the Secretary, in cooperation with the City of San Juan Capistrano, California, to participate in the design, planning, and construction of an advanced water treatment plant facility and recycled water system.
Pages H1628–29


Privileged Resolution--Intent to Offer: Representative Flake announced his intent to offer a privileged resolution.
Pages H1636–37


Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H6109.

Senate Referrals: S. 234 was held at the desk.
Page H1609


Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H1634–35, H1635–36 and H1636. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 2:00 p.m. and adjourned at 9:42 p.m.

Committee Meetings

No committee meetings were held.

Joint Meetings

No joint committee meetings were held.

NEW PUBLIC LAWS

(For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D 151)

H.R. 1, making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009. Signed on February 17, 2009. (Public Law 111–5)

CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM AHEAD

Week of February 24 through February 28, 2009

Senate Chamber
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On Tuesday, at 11 a.m., Senate will continue consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 160, District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture thereon; to be followed by a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Hilda L. Solis, of California, to be Secretary of Labor.

During the balance of the week, Senate may consider any cleared legislative and executive business.

Senate Committees

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: February 25, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Gary Gensler, of Maryland, to be Chairman and Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 2:30 p.m., SD–106.

Committee on Armed Services: February 25, to hold closed hearings on Afghanistan and Pakistan, receiving testimony from officials of the intelligence community, 9:30 a.m., SVC–217.

February 26, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine strategic options for the way ahead in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 9:30 a.m., SH–216.

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: February 24, to hold hearings to examine the semiannual monetary policy report to the Congress, 10 a.m., SH–216.

February 26, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the Administration's Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan, 10 a.m., SD–538.

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: February 26, to hold hearings to examine consumer protection and the credit crisis, 10 a.m., SR–253.

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: February 26, to hold hearings to examine recommendations for reducing energy consumption in buildings through improved implementation of authorized Department of Energy (DOE) programs and through other innovative Federal energy efficiency policies and programs, 2:30 p.m., SD–366.

Committee on Environment and Public Works: February 25, to hold hearings to examine an update on the latest global warming science, 10 a.m., SD–406.

Committee on Finance: February 25, to hold hearings to examine scoring health care reform, focusing on Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) budget options, 10 a.m., SD–215.

Committee on Foreign Relations: February 24, Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, to hold hearings to examine recent developments in Sri Lanka, 2:30 p.m., SD–419.

February 26, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine engaging with Muslim communities around the world, 2:30 p.m., SD–419.

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: February 24, to hold hearings to examine addressing underinsurance in national health reform, 10 a.m., SD–430.

February 26, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine integrative care, focusing on a pathway to a healthier nation, 10 a.m., SD–430.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: February 26, Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia, to hold hearings to examine protecting public and animal health, focusing on homeland security and the Federal veterinarian workforce, 2:30 p.m., SD–342.

Committee on Indian Affairs: February 26, to hold an oversight hearing to examine youth suicide in Indian country, 10 a.m., SD–628.

Committee on the Judiciary: February 24, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, to hold hearings to examine the Ticketmaster/Live Nation merger, focusing on consumers and the concert business, 2:30 p.m., SD–226.

February 25, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine ensuring television carriage in the digital age, 10 a.m., SD–226.

February 25, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of David S. Kris, of Maryland, and Dawn Elizabeth Johnsen, of Indiana, both to be an Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice, 2 p.m., SD–226.

February 26, Full Committee, organizational Business meeting to consider committee's rules of procedure for the 111th Congress; S. 386, to improve enforcement of mortgage fraud, securities fraud, financial institution fraud, and other frauds related to Federal assistance and relief programs, for the recovery of funds lost to these frauds, S. 49, to help Federal prosecutors and investigators combat public corruption by strengthening and clarifying the law, S. 146, to amend the Federal antitrust laws to provide expanded coverage and to eliminate exemptions from such laws that are contrary to the public interest with respect to railroads, and the nominations of David W. Ogden, of Virginia, to be Deputy Attorney General, Elena Kagan, of Massachusetts, to be Solicitor General of the United States, and Thomas John Perrelli, of Virginia, to be Associate Attorney General, all of the Department of Justice, 10 a.m., SD–226.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: February 24, to hold joint hearings to examine the legislative presentation of the Disabled American Veterans, 2 p.m., 345 Cannon Building.

February 26, Full Committee, to hold an oversight hearing to examine caring for veterans in rural areas, 10 a.m., SR–418.

Select Committee on Intelligence: February 24, closed business meeting to consider pending intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.

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February 26, Full Committee, to hold closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters from officials of the intelligence community, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.

Special Committee on Aging: February 25, business meeting to consider committee's rules of procedure for the 111th Congress; to be followed by a hearing to examine securing retirement in a volatile economy, 10:30 a.m., SD–106.

House Committees

Committee on Appropriations, February 24, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies, hearing on Corps of Engineers Oversight, 12 p.m., 2362–B Rayburn.

February 24, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, hearing on Possible Move of Forest Service to the Department of the Interior, 9:30 a.m., B–308 Rayburn.

February 25, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, hearing on Building a 21st Century Workforce, 9:30 a.m., 2358 Rayburn.

February 26, Subcommittee on Defense, hearing on Outsourcing, 10 a.m., H–140 Capitol.

February 26, Subcommittee on Homeland Security, hearing on Disaster Response: Is FEMA up to the Challenge? 10 a.m., 2359 Rayburn.

Committee on Armed Services, February 24, Subcommittee on Readiness, hearing on Acquisition and Disposal of Military Lands: Department of Defense's Real Property Management Challenges in the 21st Century, 9 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.

February 25, Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces and the Subcommittee on Seapower and Expeditionary Forces, joint hearing on U.S. Transportation Command's (USTRANSCOM) airlift, sealift, and surface lift programs, 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.

February 25, Subcommittee on Military Personnel, hearing on beneficiary and advocacy overview, 3 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.

February 25, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, hearing on the future of missile defense testing, 1 p.m., 2212 Rayburn.

Committee on Education and Labor, February 24, hearing on Strengthening Worker Retirement Security, 10:30 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.

February 25, hearing on Renewing America through National Service and Volunteerism, 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.

February 26, Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning and Competitiveness, hearing on New Innovations and Best Practices Under the Workforce Investment Act, 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.

Committee on Energy and Commerce, February 24, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, hearing on Reauthorization of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act, 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

February 24, Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, hearing on Energy Efficiency: Complementary Policies for Climate Legislation, 9:30 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.

February 26, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, hearing on Revisiting the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

February 26, Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, hearing on Renewable Energy: Complementary Policies for Climate Legislation, 9:30 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.

Committee on Financial Services, February 24, Subcommittee on Housing and Community, hearing entitled ``Loan Modifications: Are Mortgage Servicers Assisting Borrowers with Unaffordable Mortgages,'' 2:30 p.m., 2128 Rayburn.

February 24, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing entitled ``A Review of TARP Oversight, Accountability and Transparency for U.S. Taxpayers,'' 2 p.m., 2220 Rayburn.

February 25 and 26, full Committee, hearings on monetary policy and the state of the economy, 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.

Committee on Foreign Affairs, February 25, hearing on From Competition to Collaboration: Strengthening the U.S.-Russia Relationship, 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.

February 26, Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, hearing on Building a Strategic Partnership: U.S.-India Relations in the Wake of Mumbai, 11 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.

Committee on Homeland Security, February 25, hearing entitled ``DHS: The Path Forward,'' 10 a.m., 311 Cannon.

Committee on House Administration, February 25, to continue hearings on Committee Funding for the 111th Congress, 1 p.m., 1310 Longworth.

Committee on the Judiciary, February 25, hearing on Copyright Licensing in a Digital Age: Competition, Compensation and the Need to Update the Cable and Satellite TV Licenses, 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.

February 25, to mark up the following bills: H.R. 157, District of Columbia Voting Rights Act of 2009; H.R. 1110, Preventing Harassment through Outbound Number Enforcement Act of 2009; H.R. 628, To establish a pilot program in certain United States district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges; and H.R. 1107, To enact certain laws relating to public contracts as title 41, United States Code, ``Public Contracts,'' 2 p.m., 2141 Rayburn.

February 26, Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, hearing on Competition in the Ticketing and Promotion Industry, 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Committee on Natural Resources, February 24, to continue oversight hearings entitled ``Offshore Drilling: State Perspectives,'' 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.

February 25, to continue oversight hearings entitled ``Offshore Drilling: Industrial Perspectives,'' 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.

February 25, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife, to hold a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 860, Coral Reef Conservation Act Reauthorization and Enhancement Amendments of 2009; and H.R. 934, To convey certain submerged lands to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in order to give that territory the same benefits in its submerged lands as Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa in their submerged lands, 2 p.m., 1334 Longworth.

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February 26, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, hearing on H.R. 699, Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2009, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, February 26, hearing on How Convicts and Con Artists Receive New Federal Contracts, 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.

Committee on Rules, February 24, to consider H.R. 1105, Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, 2 p.m., H–313 Capitol.

February 25, to consider H.R. 1106, Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009, 4 p.m., H–313 Capitol.

Committee on Science and Technology, February 24, Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, hearing on How Do We Know What We Are Emitting? Monitoring, Reporting and Verifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions, 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.

February 25, full Committee, hearing on Impacts of U.S. Export Control Policies on Science and Technology and Competitiveness, 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.

February 26, Subcommittee on Research and Science Education, hearing on Beyond the Classroom: Informal STEM Education, 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.

Committee on Small Business, February 25, hearing entitled ``Drop in Retirement Savings: The Challenges Small Businesses Face Funding and Maintaining Retirement Plans in a Struggling Economy,'' 1 p.m., 2360 Rayburn.

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, February 24, Subcommittee on Aviation, hearing on U.S. Airways Flight 1549 Accident, 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

February 25, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, hearing on Post-Katrina Disaster Response and Recovery: Evaluating FEMA's Continuing Efforts in the Gulf Coast and Response to Recent Disasters, 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs, February 26, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, hearing on VA's Update on Short and Long-Term Strategies for Implementing New G.I. Bill Requirements, 1 p.m., 334 Cannon.

Committee on Ways and Means, February 24, Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, to meet for organizational purposes, 2 p.m., 1100 Longworth.

February 25, full Committee, to continue hearings on climate change, with emphasis on Scientific Objectives for Climate Change legislation, 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth.

February 26, Subcommittee on Oversight, hearing on IRS Assistance for Taxpayers Experiencing Economic Difficulties, 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth.

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, February 25, executive, hearing on World Wide Threats, 9 a.m., 304 HVC.

February 26, executive, to consider pending business, 3 p.m., 304 HVC.

Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, February 25, hearing entitled ``Get Smart on the Smart Grid: How Technology Can Revolutionize Efficiency and Renewable Solutions,'' 9:30 a.m., 2247 Rayburn.

Joint Meetings

Joint Economic Committee: February 26, to hold hearings to examine restoring the economy, focusing on strategy for short-term and long-term change, 10 a.m., SD–106.

Joint Hearing: February 24, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, to hold joint hearings to examine the legislative presentation of the Disabled American Veterans, 2 p.m., 345 Cannon Building.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

10 a.m., Tuesday, February 24

Senate Chamber

Program for Tuesday: Senate will continue consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 160, District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at 11 a.m.; to be followed by a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Hilda L. Solis, of California, to be Secretary of Labor.

(Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for their respective party conferences.)

(At 8:40 p.m., Senate will proceed as a body to the House of Representatives for a joint session to receive a message from the President of the United States.)

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 24

House Chamber

Program for Tuesday: Joint Meeting with the Senate for the purpose of receiving an address from the President of the United States.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Boozman, John, Ark., E297

Brown-Waite, Ginny, Fla., E294, E299

Calvert, Ken, Calif., E304

Clarke, Yvette D., N.Y., E301

Conyers, John, Jr., Mich., E295

Emerson, Jo Ann, Mo., E303

Gingrey, Phil, Ga., E296

Graves, Sam, Mo., E301

Green, Gene, Tex., E294

Hare, Phil, Ill., E293

Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E294

Honda, Michael M., Calif., E304

Johnson, Sam, Tex., E299

Lamborn, Doug, Colo., E302

Latham, Tom, Iowa, E295, E296, E296, E297, E298, E299, E299, E300, E300, E300

Lewis, Jerry, Calif., E297, E305

McMorris Rodgers, Cathy, Wash., E296

Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E296, E299

Miller, Jeff, Fla., E293, E294, E295

Payne, Donald M., N.J., E294

Putnam, Adam H., Fla., E300, E302, E303, E305, E306

Reyes, Silvestre, Tex., E293

Roskam, Peter J., Ill., E293

Sessions, Pete, Tex., E295

Upton, Fred, Mich., E302, E304

Wilson, Joe, S.C., E300, E303, E303

Young, Don, Alaska, E295


(Explanatory material relating to appropriations measures for fiscal year 2009 will be continued in Book II of the Record dated Monday, February 23, 2009.) 
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