Daily Digest

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

    Senate passed H.R. 1256, Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S6481–S6572

Measures Introduced: Twenty-four bills and three resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1234–1257, S. Res. 183–184, and S. Con. Res. 26.
Pages S6542–43

Measures Reported:

H.R. 813, to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 306 East Main Street in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, as the ``J. Herbert W. Small Federal Building and United States Courthouse''.

H.R. 837, to designate the Federal building located at 799 United Nations Plaza in New York, New York, as the ``Ronald H. Brown United States Mission to the United Nations Building''.
Page S6542

Measures Passed:

Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act: By 79 yeas to 17 nays (Vote No. 207), Senate passed H.R. 1256, to protect the public health by providing the Food and Drug Administration with certain authority to regulate tobacco products, to amend title 5, United States Code, to make certain modifications in the Thrift Savings Plan, the Civil Service Retirement System, and the Federal Employees' Retirement System, as amended, clearing the measure for the President.
Pages S6497–S6523


Celebrating the Life and Achievements of Millard Fuller: Senate agreed to S. Res. 183, celebrating the life and achievements of Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity.
Page S6570


Condolences to Family and Friends of Officer Stephen T. Johns: Senate agreed to S. Res. 184, offering deepest condolences to the family and friends of Officer Stephen T. Johns and calling on the leaders of all Nations to speak out against the manifestations of anti-Semitism, bigotry, and hatred.
Pages S6570–71

Measures Considered:

Travel Promotion Act--Cloture Agreement: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1023, to establish a non-profit corporation to communicate United States entry policies and otherwise promote leisure, business, and scholarly travel to the United States.
Pages S6526–28

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, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Thursday, June 11, 2009, a vote on cloture will occur on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.
Page S6526

A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, following a period of morning business, Senate resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, and that there be one hour of debate prior to the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, with time equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders, or their designees; provided further, that upon use or yielding back of that time, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
Page S6526


Slavery Apology Concurrent Resolution--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that on Thursday, June 18, 2009, following a period of morning business, Senate begin consideration of S. Con. Res. 26, apologizing for the enslavement and racial segregation of African Americans, and that there be 60 minutes for debate relative to the resolution, with the time equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders, or their designees; provided that no amendments be in order to the concurrent resolution or preamble; provided further, that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on adoption of the concurrent resolution.
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Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

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John R. Norris, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2012.

Michael Anthony Battle, Sr., of Georgia, to be Representative of the United States of America to the African Union, with the rank and status of Ambassador.

Donald Sternoff Beyer, Jr., of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Switzerland, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Martha Larzelere Campbell, of Michigan, to be Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Donald Henry Gips, of Colorado, to be Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa.

Gordon Gray, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia.

Alfonso E. Lenhardt, of New York, to be Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania.

John R. Nay, of Michigan, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname.

Daniel M. Rooney, of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador to Ireland.

Richard J. Schmierer, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman.

Pamela Jo Howell Slutz, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Burundi.

Vinai K. Thummalapally, of Colorado, to be Ambassador to Belize.

Rocco Landesman, of New York, to be Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts for a term of four years.

Joseph W. Westphal, of New York, to be Under Secretary of the Army.

Routine lists in the Air Force and Army.
Pages S6571–72


Messages from the House:
Page S6540


Measures Placed on the Calendar:
Pages S6481, S6540


Measures Held at the Desk:
Page S6540


Executive Communications:
Pages S6540–42


Executive Reports of Committees:
Page S6542


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S6543–45


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S6545–69


Additional Statements:
Pages S6538–40


Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
Page S6569


Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Pages S6569–70


Privileges of the Floor:
Page S6570


Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--207)
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Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:15 p.m., until 1:45 p.m. on Monday, June 15, 2009. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S6571.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT 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 2010 for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, after receiving testimony from Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2010 for the Department of Veterans Affairs, after receiving testimony from Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary, Gerald M. Cross, Acting Under Secretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration, Patrick W. Dunne, Under Secretary for Benefits, Veterans Benefits Administration, Steve L. Muro, Acting Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, National Cemetery Administration, Rita A. Reed, Acting Assistant Secretary for Management, and Roger W. Baker, Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology, all of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

NOMINATIONS

Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Gordon S. Heddell, of the District of Columbia, to be Inspector General, J. Michael Gilmore, of Virginia, to be Director of Operational Test and Evaluation, Zachary J. Lemnios, of Massachusetts, to be Director of Defense Research and Engineering, Dennis M. McCarthy, of Ohio, to be Assistant Secretary for Reserve Affairs, and Jamie Michael Morin, of Michigan, to be Assistant Secretary for Financial Management and Comptroller, who was introduced by Senator Conrad, and Daniel Ginsberg, of the District of Columbia, to be Assistant Secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, who was introduced by Senator Leahy, both of the Department of the Air Force, all of the Department of Defense, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.

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NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION BUDGET

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard concluded a hearing to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2010 for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, after receiving testimony from Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce.

NORTH KOREA

Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine certain North Korea issues, after receiving testimony from Stephen Bosworth, Special Representative for North Korea Policy, Department of State; Evan J.R. Revere, The Korea Society, New York, New York; Leon V. Signal, Social Science Research Council Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project, Brooklyn, New York; and Victor D. Cha, Georgetown University, and Nancy Lindborg, Mercy Corps, both of Washington, D.C.

THE WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION ENHANCEMENT ACT

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia concluded a hearing to examine S. 372, to amend chapter 23 of title 5, United States Code, to clarify the disclosures of information protected from prohibited personnel practices, require a statement in nondisclosure policies, forms, and agreements that such policies, forms, and agreements conform with certain disclosure protections, provide certain authority for the Special Counsel, after receiving testimony from Rajesh De, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, Department of Justice; and William L. Bransford, Senior Executives Association, Danielle Brian, Project on Government Oversight, Thomas Devine, Government Accountability Project, and Robert Vaughn, American University Washington College of Law, all of Washington, D.C.

HEALTH CARE

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded a hearing to examine health care, after receiving testimony from Sandy Praeger, Kansas Insurance Commissioner, Topeka; Margaret Flowers, Physicians for a National Health Program, and Samantha Rosman, American Medical Association, both of Chicago, Illinois; Ron Williams, Aetna Inc., Hartford, Connecticut; Randel Johnson, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, William Dennis, National Federation of Independent Business, Mary Andrus, Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, Ray Scheppach, National Governors' Association, Gerald Shea, AFL–CIO, Dennis Rivera, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Scott Gottlieb, American Enterprise Institute; Katherine Baicker, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts; Jonathan Gruber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Economics, Cambridge; Janet Trautwein, National Association of Health Underwriters, Arlington, Virginia; and Steve Burd, Safeway, Inc., Pleasanton, California.

INDIAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM REFORM

Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine reforming the Indian health care system, after receiving testimony from Jefferson Keel, National Congress of American Indians, Buford Rolin, Poarch Band of Creek Indians, on behalf of the National Indian Health Board, and Geoffrey Roth, National Council of Urban Indian Health, all of Washington, D.C.; Valerie Davidson, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Legal and Intergovernmental Affairs, Anchorage; and Paul K. Carlton, Jr., Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Gerard E. Lynch, of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, and Mary L. Smith, of Illinois, to be Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, Department of Justice.

NATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT

Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs concluded a hearing to examine the National Criminal Justice Act of 2009, after receiving testimony from Chief William J. Bratton, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles, California; Pat Nolan, Prison Fellowship, Lansdowne, Virginia; Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Harvard Law School Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Brian W. Walsh, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.

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BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Rules and Administration: Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of John J. Sullivan, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission.

BUSINESS MEETING

Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Robert S. Litt, of Maryland, to be General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and Stephen Woolman Preston, of the District of Columbia, to be General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 26 public bills, H.R. 2817–2842; and 12 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 147–150; and H. Res. 529–531, 533–537 were introduced.
Pages H6617–18


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages H6619–20


Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:

H. Res. 532, providing for the consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 1256) to protect the public health by providing the Food and Drug Administration with certain authority to regulate tobacco products, to amend title 5, United States Code, to make certain modifications in the Thrift Savings Plan, the Civil Service Retirement System, and the Federal Employees' Retirement System (H. Rept. 111–145).
Pages H6616–17


House Democracy Assistance Commission--Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the following Members of the House of Representatives to the House Democracy Assistance Commission: Representative Price (NC), Chairman; Representatives Capps, Holt, Schiff, Schwartz, Payne, Pomeroy, Farr, Ellison, Hirono, and Roybal-Allard.
Page H6545


House Democracy Assistance Commission--Appointment: Read a letter from Representative Boehner, Minority Leader, in which he appointed the following Members of the House of Representatives to the House Democracy Assistance Commission: Representatives Dreier, Boozman, Fortenberry, Biggert, Shuster, Granger, Boustany, Conaway, and Buchanan.
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Recess: The House recessed at 11:18 a.m. and reconvened at 11:55 a.m.
Page H6550


Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009--Motion to go to Conference: The House disagreed to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 2346, making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and agreed to a conference.
Pages H6545–50

Agreed to the Lewis (CA) motion to instruct conferees on the bill by a yea-and-nay vote of 267 yeas to 152 nays, Roll No. 329.
Page H6550

The Chair appointed the following conferees: Representatives Obey, Murtha, DeLauro, Lowey, Edwards (TX), Lewis (CA), Young (FL), and Granger.
Page H6551


Moment of Silence: The House observed a moment of silence in honor of the men and women in uniform who have given their lives in the service of our nation in Iraq and Afghanistan, their families, and all who serve in the armed forces and their families.
Pages H6550–51


Suspension--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure which was debated on Tuesday, June 9th:
Ralph Regula Federal Building and United States Courthouse Designation Act: H.R. 1687, amended, to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at McKinley Avenue and Third Street, SW., Canton, Ohio, as the ``Ralph Regula Federal Building and United States Courthouse'', by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 416 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 330.
Page H6551

Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To designate the federally occupied building located at McKinley Avenue and Third Street, SW., Canton, Ohio, as the `Ralph Regula Federal Building and United States Courthouse'.''.
Page H6551


Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation Enhancement Act of 2009: The House passed H.R. 1886, to authorize democratic, economic, and social development assistance for Pakistan and to authorize security assistance for Pakistan, by a recorded vote of 234 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 333.
Pages H6551–84

Rejected the Rogers (MI) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Foreign Affairs with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 164 ayes to 245 noes, Roll No. 332.
Pages H6580–83

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Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Foreign Affairs now printed in the bill, modified by the amendment printed in part A of H. Rept. 111–143, shall be considered as adopted.
Page H6551

Rejected:

Ros-Lehtinen amendment in the nature of a substitute (printed in part B of H. Rept. 111–143) that sought to fully fund the administration's request for non-military assistance to Pakistan ($1.5 billion) for FY 2010 and to provide ``such sums'' as may be necessary through 2013. It also would require that the administration submit a comprehensive interagency strategy and implementation plan; require quarterly briefings on developments in Pakistan; as well as written notification to the Congress of adjustments in strategy and related changes in allocations and expenditures (by a yea-and-nay vote of 173 yeas to 246 nays, Roll No. 331).
Pages H6563–80

Pursuant to section 3 of the rule, in the engrossment of H.R. 2410, the Clerk shall add the text of H.R. 1886, as passed by the House, as new matter at the end of H.R. 2410; conform the title of H.R. 2410 to reflect the addition to the engrossment of H.R. 1886; assign appropriate designations to provisions within the engrossment; and conform provisions for short titles within the engrossment.

H. Res. 522, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1886 and H.R. 2410), was agreed to on Wednesday, June 10th.

Order of Procedure: Agreed that the Speaker be authorized on this legislative day to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules relating to H. Res. 529.
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Moment of Silence: The House observed a moment of silence in honor of Carl Pursell, former Member of Congress.
Page H6584


Suspension: The House agreed to suspend the rules and agree to the following measure:
Condemning the violent attack on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on June 10, 2009 and honoring the bravery and dedication of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum employees and security personnel: H. Res. 529, to condemn the violent attack on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on June 10, 2009 and to honor the bravery and dedication of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum employees and security personnel, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 413 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 334.
Pages H6585–93


Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page H6585.

Senate Referral: S. 407 was held at the desk.
Page H6585


Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea-and-nay votes and two recorded votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H6550, H6551, H6580, H6583, H6584 and H6593. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Committee Meetings

CLIMATE LEGISLATION

Committee on Agriculture: Held a hearing to review pending climate legislation. Testimony was heard from Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture; and public witnesses.

CONDITIONS IN RURAL AMERICA

Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research held a hearing to review conditions in rural America. Testimony was heard from Doug Caruso, Administrator, Farm Services Agency, USDA; Leland A. Strom, Chairman of the Board, Credit administration; and public witnesses.

AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION APPROPRIATIONS

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agriculture approved for full Committee action the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations for fiscal year 2010.

NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Military Personnel approved for full Committee action H.R. 2647, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010.

NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Strategic Forces approved for full Committee action, H.R. 2647, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010.

NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities approved for full Committee action, as amended, H.R. 2647, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010.

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MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES

Committee on Education and Labor: Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 2339, Family Income to Response to Significant Transitions Act, and H.R. 2460, Healthy Families Act. Testimony was heard from Representatives DeLauro and Grayson; Sandra Poole, Deputy Director, Employment Development Department Disability Insurance Branch; Rajiv Bhatia, Director, Occupational and Environmental Health, Department of Public Health, San Francisco, California; and public witnesses.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES

Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet held a hearing on the following bills: H.R. 1084, Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM); H.R. 1147, Local Community Radio Act of 2009; and H.R. 1133, Family Telephone Connection Protection At of 2009. Testimony was heard from Peter Doyle, Chief, Audio Division, Media Bureau, FCC; and public witnesses.

EMERGING HEALTH CARE ISSUES

Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on the forthcoming Federal Trade Commission report entitled ``Emerging Health Care Issues: Follow-on Biologic Drug Competition.'' Testimony was heard from Pamela Jones Harbo, Commissioner, FTC.

COMPENSATION STRUCTURE AND SYSTEMIC RISK

Committee on Financial Services, Held a hearing entitled ``Compensation Structure and Systemic Risk.'' Testimony was heard from Gene Sperling, Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury; Scott Alvarez, General Counsel, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System; Brian Breheny, Deputy Director, Corporate Finance, SEC; Lynn Turner, former Chief Accountant, SEC; and public witnesses.

GREEN ACT OF 2009

Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity held a hearing on H.R. 2336, GREEN Act of 2009. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT, CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION AND U.S. COAST GUARD BUDGET

Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism held a hearing entitled `` The FY 2010 Budget for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Coast Guard.'' Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Homeland Security: John T. Morton, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Jayson P. Ahern, Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; and ADM Thad W. Allen, USCG, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES

Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties approved for full Committee action the following bills: H.R. 1843, John Hope Franklin Tulsa-Greenwood Race Riot Claims Accountability Act of 2009; and H.R. 984, as amended, State Secret Protection Act of 2009.

EQUAL JUSTICE FOR OUR MILITARY ACT

Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy held a hearing on H.R. 569, Equal Justice For Our Military Act of 2009. Testimony was heard from Representative Davis of California; MG John D. Altenburg, Jr., USA, (ret.); and a public witness.

NATIVE HAWAIIAN GOVERNMENT REORGANIZATION ACT OF 2009

Committee on Natural Resources: Held a hearing on H.R. 2314, Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009. Testimony was heard from Representative Hirono; the following officials of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: Gail Heriot and Michael Yaki, both Commissioners; the following officials of the State of Hawaii: Micah Kane, Chairman, Department of Hawaiian Homelands; and Haunani Apoliana, Chairwoman, Office of Hawaiian Affairs; and a public witness.

BANK OF AMERICA AND MERRILL LYNCH

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Subcommittee on the Domestic Policy held a joint hearing entitled ``Bank of America and Merrill Lynch: How Did a Private Deal Turn Into a Federal Bailout?'' Testimony was heard from Kenneth D. Lew, CEO, Bank of America.

FAMILY SMOKING PREVENTION AND TOBACCO CONTROL ACT

Committee on Rules: Granted, by a non-record vote, a rule providing for the consideration of the Senate amendment to H.R. 1256, the ``Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.'' The rule makes in order a motion offered by the chair of the Committee on Energy and Commerce or his designee that the House concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 1256. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the motion except those arising under clause 10 of rule XXI. The rule provides that the Senate amendment shall be considered as read. The rule provides one hour of debate on the motion equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Testimony was heard from Representative Pallone.

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FIXING EPA'S BROKEN INTEGRATED RISK INFORMATION SYSTEM

Committee on Science and Technology: Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight held a hearing on Fixing EPA's Broken Integrated Risk Information System. Testimony was heard Kevin Teichman, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Science, Office of Research and Development, EPA; and John H. Stephenson, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, GAO.

NATIONAL EARTHQUAKE HAZARDS REDUCTION PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION

Committee on Science and Technology: Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation held a hearing on the Reauthorization of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: R&D for Disaster Resilient Communities. Testimony was heard from Jack Hayes, Director, National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology; and public witnesses.

SMALL BUSINESS LEGISLATION

Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Contracting and Technology approved for full Committee action the following bills: H.R. 2769, Commercializing Small Business Research and Development Act; H.R. 2767, Investing in Tomorrow's Technology Act; H.R. 2772, SBIIR and STTR Enhancement Act; and H.R. 2747, Technology Development and Outreach Act.

REGIONAL AIR CARRIERS AND PILOT WORKFORCE ISSUES

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Aviation held a hearing on Regional Air Carriers and Pilot Workforce Issues. Testimony was heard from Representatives Slaughter, and Lee of New York; Mark V. Rosenker, Acting Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board; the following officials of the Department of Transportation: J. Randolph Babbitt, Administrator, FAA; and Calvin L. Scovel III, Inspector General; and public witnesses.

CYBER UPDATE BRIEFING

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to receive a briefing on Cyber Update. The Committee was briefed by departmental witnesses.

Joint Meetings

SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT

Conferees met to resolve the differences between the Senate and House passed versions of H.R. 2346, making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, but did not complete action thereon, and recessed subject to the call.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

JUNE 12, 2009

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold hearings to examine health care, 10 a.m., SH–216.

House

Committee on Appropriations, to mark up the following appropriations for fiscal year 2010: Homeland Security and Legislative Branch, 9 a.m., 2359 Rayburn.

Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces, to mark up H.R. 2647, National Defense Authorization for Fiscal Year 2010, 9 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Readiness, to mark up H.R. 2647, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, 2118 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Seapower and Expeditionary Forces, to mark up H.R. 2647, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, 11 a.m., 2212 Rayburn.

Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, hearing on the Future of the Grid: Proposals for Reforming National Transmission Policy, 9:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing entitled ``GM and Chrysler Dealership Closures and Restructuring,'' 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

1:45 p.m., Monday, June 15

Senate Chamber

Program for Monday: Senate will be in a period of morning business.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

9 a.m., Friday, June 12

House Chamber

Program for Friday: Consideration of the Senate amendment to H.R. 1256--Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Subject to a Rule).

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Andrews, Robert E., N.J., E1377

Berman, Howard L., Calif., E1378

Butterfield, G.K., N.C., E1376

Camp, Dave, Mich., E1376

Cleaver, Emanuel, Mo., E1377

Courtney, Joe, Conn., E1375

Graves, Sam, Mo., E1383, E1383, E1383, E1384, E1384, E1384, E1385, E1385

Grijalva, Raúl M., Ariz., E1381

Harman, Jane, Calif., E1379

Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E1380

Hirono, Mazie K., Hawaii, E1381

Holt, Rush D., N.J., E1379, E1384

Jackson-Lee, Sheila, Tex., E1382

Kilpatrick, Carolyn C., Mich., E1375

Latta, Robert E., Ohio, E1379, E1382

Lowey, Nita M., N.Y., E1375

McCarthy, Carolyn, N.Y., E1378

McCollum, Betty, Minn., E1375

McDermott, Jim, Wash., E1379, E1384

Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E1377

Moore, Dennis, Kans., E1379

Nadler, Jerrold, N.Y., E1379

Neal, Richard E., Mass., E1380

Norton, Eleanor Holmes, D.C., E1380

Nunes, Devin, Calif., E1381

Peters, Gary C., Mich., E1378

Rogers, Harold, Ky., E1376

Scalise, Steve, La., E1383

Woolsey, Lynn C., Calif., E1376 

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