Daily Digest

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S5503–S5635

Measures Introduced: Eight bills and three resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 3543–3550, S. Res. 573–574, and S. Con. Res. 65.
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Measures Reported:

S. 3373, to address the health and economic development impacts of nonattainment of federally mandated air quality standards in the San Joaquin Valley, California, by designating air quality empowerment zones. (S. Rept. No. 111–218)

S. 1382, to improve and expand the Peace Corps for the 21st century, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 111–219)

H.R. 4861, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1343 West Irving Park Road in Chicago, Illinois, as the ``Steve Goodman Post Office Building''.

H.R. 5051, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 23 Genesee Street in Hornell, New York, as the ``Zachary Smith Post Office Building''.

H.R. 5099, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 15 South Main Street in Sharon, Massachusetts, as the ``Michael C. Rothberg Post Office''.

S. 3465, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 15 South Main Street in Sharon, Massachusetts, as the ``Michael C. Rothberg Post Office''.
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Measures Passed:

Year of the Father: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 285, recognizing the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children and families and supporting the goals and ideals of designating 2010 as the Year of the Father.
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National Day of the American Cowboy: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 554, designating July 24, 2010, as ``National Day of the American Cowboy'', and the resolution was then agreed to.
Pages S5629–30


50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Mutual Security and Cooperation with Japan: Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 564, recognizing the 50th anniversary of the ratification of the Treaty of Mutual Security and Cooperation with Japan, and affirming support for the United States-Japan security alliance and relationship, and the resolution was then agreed to.
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Providing for the Use of the Catafalque: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 65, providing for the use of the catafalque situated in the Exhibition Hall of the Capitol Visitor Center in connection with memorial services to be conducted in the United States Senate Chamber for the Honorable Robert C. Byrd, late a Senator from the State of West Virginia.
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Memorial Observances of Robert C. Byrd: Senate agreed to S. Res. 574, relative to the memorial observances of the Honorable Robert C. Byrd, late a Senator from the State of West Virginia.
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Measures Considered:

Small Business Lending Fund Act: Senate began consideration of H.R. 5297, to create the Small Business Lending Fund Program to direct the Secretary of the Treasury to make capital investments in eligible institutions in order to increase the availability of credit for small businesses, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives for small business job creation, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, taking action on the following amendments and motion proposed thereto:
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Pending:

Reid (for Baucus/Landrieu) Amendment No. 4402, in the nature of a substitute.
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Reid Amendment No. 4403 (to Amendment No. 4402), of a perfecting nature.
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Reid Amendment No. 4404 (to Amendment No. 4403), of a perfecting nature.
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Reid Amendment No. 4405 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 4402), to change the enactment date.
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Reid Amendment No. 4406 (to Amendment No. 4405), of a perfecting nature.
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Reid motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Finance with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 4407 (to the instructions on the motion to commit), in the nature of a substitute.
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Reid Amendment No. 4408 (to the instructions (Amendment No. 4407) of the motion to commit), to change the enactment date.
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Reid Amendment No. 4409 (to Amendment No. 4408), of a perfecting nature.
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During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:

By 66 yeas to 33 nays (Vote No. 202), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
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House Messages:
American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act: Senate resumed consideration of the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 4213, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain expiring provisions, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
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Withdrawn:

Reid motion to refer in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 4388, to provide for a study.
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Reid (for Baucus) motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, with Baucus Amendment No. 4386 (to the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill), in the nature of a substitute.
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Pending:

Reid motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, with Reid Amendment No. 4425 (to the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill), in the nature of a substitute.
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Reid Amendment No. 4426 (to Amendment No. 4425), to change the enactment date.
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Reid motion to refer in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 4427, to provide for a study.
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Reid Amendment No. 4428 (to the instructions (Amendment No. 4427) of the motion to refer), of a perfecting nature.
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Reid Amendment No. 4429 (to Amendment No. 4428), of a perfecting nature.
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A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to concur in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 4213, the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act, with Reid Amendment No. 4425, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Thursday, July 1, 2010

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During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:

Reid Amendment No. 4389 (to the instructions (Amendment No. 4388) of the motion to refer), of a perfecting nature, fell when Reid motion to refer in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill to the Committee on Finance, with instructions, Reid Amendment No.4388, to provide for a study, was withdrawn.
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Reid Amendment No. 4390 (to Amendment No. 4389), of a perfecting nature, fell when Reid Amendment No. 4389 (to the instructions (Amendment No. 4388) of the motion to refer), of a perfecting nature fell.
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Reid (for Baucus) Amendment No. 4387 (to Amendment No. 4386), to change the enactment date, fell when Reid (for Baucus) motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill, with Baucus Amendment No. 4386 (to the amendment of the House to the amendment of the Senate to the bill), in the nature of a substitute, was withdrawn.
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Appointments:
United States Commission on International Religious Freedom: The Chair, on behalf of the President pro tempore, upon the recommendation of the Republican Leader, pursuant to Public Law 105–292, as amended by Public Law 106–55, and as further amended by Public Law 107–228, appointed the following individual to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom:

Richard D. Land of Tennessee
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Printing of Robert C. Byrd Tributes--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that tributes to Robert C. Byrd, late a Senator from West Virginia, be printed as a Senate document, and that Members have until 12 noon, Friday, August 6, 2010, to submit said tributes.
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Robert C. Byrd Tributes--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, after any Leader time, there be a 2 hour period of morning business, with Senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each, and that during this period of time, Senators may offer tributes to the late Senator Robert C. Byrd.
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Removal of Injunction of Secrecy: The injunction of secrecy was removed from the following treaty:

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Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with Bermuda (Treaty Doc. No. 111–6).

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.
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Petraeus Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, following morning business, Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of General David H. Petraeus, and that there be 20 minutes of debate with respect to the nomination, with the time equally divided and controlled between Senators Levin and McCain, or their designees; that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination.
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Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

Norman L. Eisen, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Czech Republic.

Scot Alan Marciel, of California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia.

Terence Patrick McCulley, of Oregon, to be Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Larry Leon Palmer, of Georgia, to be Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

1 Marine Corps nomination in the rank of general.

Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, and Navy.
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Messages from the House:
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Measures Referred:
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Measures Placed on the Calendar:
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Measures Read the First Time:
Pages S5535, S5631


Executive Communications:
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Executive Reports of Committees:
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Additional Cosponsors:
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Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
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Additional Statements:
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Amendments Submitted:
Pages S5545–S5628


Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
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Authorities for Committees to Meet:
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Privileges of the Floor:
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Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--202)
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Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 8:01 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S5631.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Appropriations: Committee announced Senator Lautenberg as interim Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security.

NOMINATION

Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of General David H. Petraeus, USA for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Commander, International Security Assistance Force and Commander, United States Forces Afghanistan, after the nominee testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of David H. Petraeus, USA for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Commander, International Security Assistance Force and Commander, United States Forces Afghanistan, and 3,839 nominations in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported an original bill entitled, ``Public Transportation Safety Act of 2010''.

NOMINATIONS

Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Rose M. Likins, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Peru, and Peter Michael McKinley, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia, both of the Department of State, Mark Feierstein, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, and Mimi E. Alemayehou, of the District of Columbia, to be Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.

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PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE ACT

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the continuing needs of workers and communities affected by 9/11, including S. 1334, to amend the Public Health Service Act to extend and improve protections and services to individuals directly impacted by the terrorist attack in New York City on September 11, 2001, after receiving testimony from Senator Gillibrand; John Howard, Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services; James Melius, New York State Laborers' Health and Safety Trust Fund, Albany; and David Prezant, and Martin Fullam, both of the New York City Fire Department, and Margrily Garcia, all of New York, New York.

NOMINATION

Committee on the Judiciary: Committee continued hearings to examine the nomination of Elena Kagan, of Massachusetts, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, after the nominee testified and answered questions in her own behalf.

Hearings recessed subject to the call and will meet again on Wednesday, June 30, 2010.

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: 19 public bills, H.R. 5622–5640; and 5 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 291; and H. Res. 1484–1486, 1488 were introduced.
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Additional Cosponsors:
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Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:

H. Res. 1487, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 111–516). 11Conference report to accompany H.R. 1473, to provide for financial regulatory reform, to protect consumers and investors, to enhance Federal understanding of insurance issues, to regulate the over-the-counter derivatives markets, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 111–517).
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Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed Representative Edwards (MD) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
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Recess: The House recessed at 9:35 a.m. and reconvened at 10:30 a.m.
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Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Reverend Dr. Paul Powell, First Baptist Church, Tyler, Texas.
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Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a yea-and-nay vote of 219 yeas to 175 nays with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 395.
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Moment of Silence: The House observed a moment of silence in memory of the late Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia.
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Suspensions--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and agree to the following measures which were debated on Monday, June 28th:
Congratulating the Chicago Blackhawks on winning the 2010 Stanley Cup Championship: H. Res. 1439, to congratulate the Chicago Blackhawks on winning the 2010 Stanley Cup Championship, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 395 yeas to 5 nays with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 396 and
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Recognizing the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition: H. Res. 1244, amended, to recognize the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition for its now five-year effort to promote cyber security curriculum in institutions of higher learning, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 412 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 399.
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Motion to Adjourn: Rejected the Broun (GA) motion to adjourn by a yea-and-nay vote of 23 yeas to 379 nays, Roll No. 397.
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Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Providing for the reconsideration and revision of the proposed constitution of the United States Virgin Islands: S.J. Res. 33, to provide for the reconsideration and revision of the proposed constitution of the United States Virgin Islands to correct provisions inconsistent with the Constitution and Federal law;
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Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2010, Part II: H.R. 5611, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund and to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend authorizations for the airport improvement program;
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Firearms Excise Tax Improvement Act of 2010: H.R. 5552, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require that the payment of the manufacturers' excise tax on recreational equipment be paid quarterly and to provide for the assessment by the Secretary of the Treasury of certain criminal restitution, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 412 yeas to 6 nays, Roll No. 400;
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Homebuyer Assistance and Improvement Act of 2010: H.R. 5623, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the homebuyer tax credit for the purchase of a principal residence before October 1, 2010, in the case of a written binding contract entered into with respect to such principal residence before May 1, 2010, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 409 yeas to 5 nays, Roll No. 401; and
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Recognizing the heroic efforts of the West Virginia National Guard and local responders for their work rescuing 17 individuals from a downed military helicopter: H. Res. 1153, to recognize the heroic efforts of the West Virginia National Guard and local responders for their work rescuing 17 individuals from a downed military helicopter on a rugged, snow-covered mountain on the Pocahontas-Randolph county line.
Pages H4939–41


Suspension--Failed: The House failed to agree to suspend the rules and pass the following measure:
Continuing Federal unemployment programs: H.R. 5618, to continue Federal unemployment programs, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 261 yeas to 155 nays, Roll No. 398.
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Moment of Silence: The House observed a moment of silence in memory of Marvin Esch, former Member of Congress.
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Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed:
Enabling State homes to furnish nursing home care to parents any of whose children died while serving in the Armed Forces: H.R. 4505, to enable State homes to furnish nursing home care to parents any of whose children died while serving in the Armed Forces;
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Recognizing the residents of the City of Tracy, California, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the city's incorporation: H. Res. 1446, to recognize the residents of the City of Tracy, California, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the city's incorporation, for their century of dedicated service to the United States;
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Honoring the veterans of Helicopter Attack Light Squadron Three and their families: H. Res. 1228, amended, to honor the veterans of Helicopter Attack Light Squadron Three and their families;
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Alejandro Renteria Ruiz Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic Designation Act: H.R. 4307, to name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Artesia, New Mexico, as the ``Alejandro Renteria Ruiz Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic'';
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Fountainhead Property Land Transfer Act: 1554, amended, to take certain property in McIntosh County, Oklahoma, into trust for the benefit of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation;
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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Clarification Act: H.R. 4445, amended, to amend Public Law 95–232 to repeal a restriction on treating as Indian country certain lands held in trust for Indian pueblos in New Mexico;
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Salmon Lake Land Selection Resolution Act: H.R. 2340, amended, to resolve the claims of the Bering Straits Native Corporation and the State of Alaska to land adjacent to Salmon Lake in the State of Alaska and to provide for the conveyance to the Bering Straits Native Corporation of certain other public land in partial satisfaction of the land entitlement of the Corporation under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act; and
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Recognizing the important role pollinators play in supporting the ecosystem and supporting the goals and ideals of National Pollinator Week: H. Res. 1460, to recognize the important role pollinators play in supporting the ecosystem and supporting the goals and ideals of National Pollinator Week.
Pages H4930–31


In Memory of the late Honorable Robert C. Byrd, Senator from the State of West Virginia: The House agreed to H. Res. 1484, expressing the condolences of the House on the death of the Honorable Robert C. Byrd, a Senator from the State of West Virginia.
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Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on pages H4908, H4970–71.

Senate Referral: S. 3249 was held at the desk.
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Quorum Calls--Votes: Seven yea-and-nay votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H4908–09, H4909–10, H4910, H4941–42, H4942, H4943–44 and H4944. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 9:30 a.m. and at 8:31 p.m., pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1484, it stands adjourned in memory of the Honorable Robert C. Byrd, Senator from West Virginia.

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Committee Meetings

COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies approved for full Committee action the FY 2011 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

DEFENSE LANGUAGE TRANSFORMATION ROADMAP

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on Beyond the Defense Language Transformation Roadmap: Bearing the Burden for Today's Education Shortcomings. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Defense: Nancy Weaver, Director, Defense Language Office, Office of the Under Secretary (Personnel and Readiness); and BG Walter Golden, USA, Director, J–1 Manpower and Personnel, Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Sharon Pickup, Director, Office of Defense Capabilities and Management, GAO.

WIND FARMS; IMPACT ON MILITARY READINESS

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness held a hearing on Wind Farms: Compatible with Military Readiness? Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Defense: Dorothy Robyn, Deputy Under Secretary, Installations and Environment; and MG Lawrence Stutzriem, USAF, Director, Plans, Policy and Strategy, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command; Nancy B. Kalinowski, Vice President, System Operations Services, Air Traffic Organization, FAA, Department of Transportation; and a public witness.

FEMA's GRANT PROGRAMS DIRECTORATE

Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness and Response held a hearing entitled ``The Future of FEMA's Grant Programs Directorate.'' Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Homeland Security: Elizabeth Harman, Assistant Administrator, Grant Programs Directorate, FEMA; and Anne L. Richards, Assistant Inspector General, Audits, Office of the Inspector General; and public witnesses.

U.S. SECRET SERVICE OPERATIONS

Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security held a hearing on the Role and Operations of the United States Secret Service. Testimony was heard from Mark Sullivan, Director, U.S. Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security.

COMBAT ZONE SUBCONTRACTORS

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs held a hearing entitled ``Contracting in Combat Zones: Who Are Our Subcontractors?'' Testimony was heard from William Solis, Director, Defense Capabilities and Management, GAO; the following officials of the Department of Defense: Mary Ugone, Deputy Inspector General, Auditing; and Stuart Bowen, Jr., Special Inspector General, Iraq Reconstruction; and a public witness.

SAME-DAY CONSIDERATION OF CERTAIN RESOLUTIONS REPORTED BY THE RULES COMMITTEE

Committee on Rules: Granted, by a non-record vote, a rule to waive clause 6(a) of rule XIII (requiring a two-thirds vote to consider a rule on the same day it is reported from the Rules Committee) against certain resolutions reported from the Rules Committee. The rule applies the waiver to any resolution reported from the Rules Committee through the legislative day of July 3, 2010, providing for consideration or disposition of any of the following: (1) A conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 4173) to provide for financial regulatory reform, to protect consumers and investors, to enhance Federal understanding of insurance issues, to regulate the over-the-counter derivatives markets, and for other purposes. (2) A measure that includes a subject matter addressed by H.R. 4213 or any amendment pertaining thereto.

The rule authorizes the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules at any time through the legislative day of July 3, 2010. The Speaker or her designee shall consult with the Minority Leader or his designee on the designation of any matter for consideration pursuant to this rule. Finally, the rule provides that it shall be in order without intervention of any point of order to consider concurrent resolutions providing for adjournment during the month of July.

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POLAR WEATHER SATELLITES EARTH OBSERVATIONS

Committee on Science and Technology: Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight held a hearing on Setting New Courses for Polar Weather Satellites and Earth Observations. Testimony was heard from Shere Abbott, Associate Director, Energy and Environment Division, Office of Science and Technology Policy; Mary Glackin, Deputy Under Secretary, Oceans and Atmosphere, NOAA, Department of Commerce; Christopher Scolese, Associate Administrator, NASA; Gil Klinger, Director, Space and Intelligence Office, Assistant Secretary, Acquisition, Department of Defense; and David Powner, Director, Information Technology Management Issues, GAO.

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY BIOLOGY

Committee on Science and Technology: Subcommittee on Research and Science Education held a hearing on 21st Century Biology. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

HAZARDOUS LIQUID PIPELINE SAFETY

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing on the Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines: Regulated vs. Unregulated Pipelines. Testimony was heard from Cynthia Quarterman, Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation; Deborah A. Hersman, Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board; and public witnesses.

BRIEFING--CIA ACTIVITIES

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Subcommittee on Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis, and Counterintelligence, and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations met in executive session to receive a joint Briefing on CIA Activities. The Subcommittees were briefed by departmental witnesses.

Joint Meetings

LOCAL ECONOMIES

Joint Economic Committee: Committee concluded a hearing to examine fueling local economies, focusing on research, innovation and jobs, after receiving testimony from Dane Stangler, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri; Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York; and Zachary J. Shulman, Cornell University Johnson School, Ithaca, New York.

RESTORING AMERICAN FINANCIAL STABILITY ACT

Conferees agreed to file a conference report on the differences between the Senate and House passed versions of H.R. 4173, to promote the financial stability of the United States by improving accountability and transparency in the financial system, to end ``too big to fail'', to protect the American taxpayer by ending bailouts, to protect consumers from abusive financial services practices.

NEW PUBLIC LAWS

(For last listing of Public Laws, see
Daily Digest, p. D741)

H.R. 3951, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2000 Louisiana Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana, as the ``Roy Rondeno, Sr. Post Office Building''. Signed on June 28, 2010. (Public Law 111–193)

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY,

JUNE 30, 2010

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: to hold hearings to examine farm bill reauthorization, focusing on maintaining our domestic food supply through a strong United States farm policy, 9:30 a.m., SD–G50.

Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine expanding our food and fiber supply through a strong United States farm policy; to be immediately followed by a business meeting to consider the nominations of Elisabeth Ann Hagen, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary for Food Safety, and Catherine E. Woteki, of the District of Columbia, to be Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, both of the Department of Agriculture, and Sara Louise Faivre-Davis, of Texas, Lowell Lee Junkins, of Iowa, and Myles J. Watts, of Montana, all to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, Farm Credit Administration, 9:30 a.m., SD–G50.

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development, to hold hearings to examine green housing for the 21st century, focusing on retrofitting the past and building an energy-efficient future, 10 a.m., SD–562.

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold hearings to examine the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, focusing on holding industry accountable, 10 a.m., SR–253.

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Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: business meeting to consider S. 3516, to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to reform the management of energy and mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf, 9:30 a.m., SD–366.

Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine S. 3452, to designate the Valles Caldera National Preserve as a unit of the National Park System, 2:30 p.m., SD–366.

Committee on Environment and Public Works: business meeting to consider S. 3305, to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to require oil polluters to pay the full cost of oil spills, S. 3515, to authorize and enhance the programs of the Department of the Interior relating to the detection of, response to, and mitigation and cleanup of oil spills on Federal land managed by the Department, S. 1311, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to expand and strengthen cooperative efforts to monitor, restore, and protect the resource productivity, water quality, and marine ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico, an original bill entitled, ``Columbia River Basin Restoration Act of 2010'', S. 3073, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to protect and restore the Great Lakes, S. 3539, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to establish a grant program to assist in the restoration of San Francisco Bay, H.R. 4715, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the National Estuary Program, S. 1816, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to improve and reauthorize the Chesapeake Bay Program, S. 2739, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide for the establishment of the Puget Sound Program Office, S. 3119, to amend and reauthorize certain provisions relating to Long Island Sound restoration and stewardship, S. 3481, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Federal responsibility for stormwater pollution, S. 3354, to redesignate the North Mississippi National Wildlife Refuges Complex as the Sam D. Hamilton North Mississippi National Wildlife Refuges Complex, and H.R. 3562, to designate the federally occupied building located at 1220 Echelon Parkway in Jackson, Mississippi, as the ``James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner Federal Building'', and a proposed resolution relating to the General Services Administration, 9 a.m., SD–406.

Committee on Finance: business meeting to consider S.J. Res. 29, approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003, and the nominations of Francisco J. Sanchez, of Florida, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, and Richard Sorian, of New York, to be Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, Time to be announced, Room to be announced.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: to hold hearings to examine nuclear terrorism, focusing on strengthening our domestic defenses, part 1, 10 a.m., SD–342.

Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, to hold hearings to examine interagency contracts (part II), 2:30 p.m., SD–342.

Committee on Indian Affairs: business meeting to consider pending calendar business; to be immediately followed by an oversight hearing to examine diabetes in Indian country and beyond, 9:30 a.m., SD–628.

Committee on the Judiciary: to continue hearings to examine the nomination of Elena Kagan, of Massachusetts, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, 9 a.m., SH–216.

Special Committee on Aging: to hold hearings to examine drug waste and disposal, focusing on when prescriptions become poison, 2 p.m., SD–106.

House

Committee on Agriculture, to consider the following bills: H.R. 2476, Ski Area recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act; H.R. 4658, Benton MacKaye Cherokee National Forest Land Consolidation Act; H.R. 5414, To provide for the conveyance of a small parcel of National Forest System land in the Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina; and H.R. 4645, Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, 2 p.m., 1300 Longworth.

Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, to mark up the FY 2011 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, 1 p.m., 2362–A Rayburn.

Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, to mark up the FY 2001 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations bill, 4 p.m., H–140 Capitol.

Committee on Armed Services, hearing to review the Army investigation of Arlington National Cemetery, 10:30 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.

Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, to mark the following bills: H.R. 4501, Guarantee of a Legitimate Deal Act of 2009; H.R. 2480, Truth in Fur Labeling Act of 2009; H.R. 5156, Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Act of 2010; and H.R. 1796, Residential Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act, and H.R. 4678, Foreign Manufacturer Legal Accountability Act of 2010, 9 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, to mark up H.R. 3101, Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009, 2 p.m., 2123 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, hearing entitled ``Legislation to Respond to the BP Oil Spill and to Prevent Future Oil Well Blowouts,'' 9:30 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.

Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection, hearing entitled ``100% Air Cargo Screening: Remaining Steps to Secure Passenger Aircraft,'' 2 p.m., 311 Cannon.

Committee on Natural Resources, hearing on the Discussion Draft, Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to H.R. 3534, Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2009, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia, hearing entitled ``Temporary Employees Practices: How Long Does Temporary Last?'' 2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.

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Committee on Small Business, hearing entitled ``Recovery in the Gulf: What the $20 Billion BP Claims Fund Means for Small Businesses,'' 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, hearing on Update on Federal Maritime Commission's Examination of Vessel Capacity, 2 p.m., 2167 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, hearing on Utilization and Impacts of Automated Traffic Enforcement, 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing on Evaluating the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of General Counsel, 10 a.m., 334 Cannon.

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive, to receive a Briefing on Intelligence Activities, 12 p.m., 304–HVC.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

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

Senate Chamber

Program for Wednesday: After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond two hours), Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of General David H. Petraeus, and after a period of debate, vote on confirmation of the nomination; following which, Senate expects to continue consideration of H.R. 5297, Small Business Lending Fund Act, with rollcall votes expected to occur throughout the day.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

10 a.m., Wednesday, June 30

House Chamber

Program for Wednesday: Consideration of the following suspensions: (1) Senate Amendments to H.R. 3360--Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act; (2) H. Res. 1321--Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the political situation in Thailand be solved peacefully and through democratic means; (3) H. Res. 1412--Congratulating the Government of South Africa upon its first two successful convictions for human trafficking; (4) S. 3104--Permanently authorizing Radio Free Asia; (5) H. Res. 1405--Congratulating the people of the 17 African nations that in 2010 are marking the 50th year of their national independence; and (6) H.R. 5503--Securing Protections for the Injured from Limitations on Liability Act.  

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