Daily Digest

Friday, May 7, 2010

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S3385–S3450

Measures Introduced: Five bills and four resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 3329–3333, and S. Res. 515–518.
Page S3407

Measures Passed:

Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve: Senate agreed to S. Res. 297, to recognize the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve as a unique and precious ecosystem.
Page S3430


Minute Man National Historical Park: Senate agreed to S. Res. 275, honoring the Minute Man National Historical Park on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
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National Law Enforcement Museum Act: Senate passed S. 1053, to amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date.
Page S3430


Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site Designation Act: Senate passed S. 1405, to redesignate the Longfellow National Historic Site, Massachusetts, as the ``Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site''.
Page S3430


Shasta-Trinity National Forest Administrative Jurisdiction Transfer Act: Senate passed H.R. 689, to interchange the administrative jurisdiction of certain Federal lands between the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Page S3431


Blue Ridge Parkway and Town of Blowing Rock Land Exchange Act: Senate passed H.R. 1121, to authorize a land exchange to acquire lands for the Blue Ridge Parkway from the Town of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, clearing the measure for the President.
Page S3431


Mount Olivet Cemetery Association: Senate passed H.R. 1442, to provide for the sale of the Federal Government's reversionary interest in approximately 60 acres of land in Salt Lake City, Utah, originally conveyed to the Mount Olivet Cemetery Association under the Act of January 23, 1909, clearing the measure for the President.
Page S3431


Adams Memorial Foundation: Senate passed H.R. 2802, to provide for an extension of the legislative authority of the Adams Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in honor of former President John Adams and his legacy, clearing the measure for the President.
Page S3431


Coast Guard Authorization Act: Senate passed H.R. 3619, to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal year 2010, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
Pages S3431–32

Whitehouse (for Cantwell) Amendment No. 3912, to substitute the text of S. 1194, as reported by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, with modifications.
Page S3432


Detention of Burmese Democracy Leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi: Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 480, condemning the continued detention of Burmese democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and calling on the military regime in Burma to permit a credible and fair election process and the transition to civilian, democratic rule, and the resolution was then agreed to, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
Pages S3432–33

Whitehouse (for Gregg) Amendment No. 3913, to amend the resolving clause.
Page S3432


Authorizing the Use of the Capitol Grounds: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 247, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby.
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Authorizing the Use of the Capitol Grounds: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 263, authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.
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Endangered Species Day: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 503, designating May 21, 2010, as ``Endangered Species Day'', and the resolution was then agreed to.
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National Physical Education and Sport Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 515, designating the week beginning May 2, 2010, as ``National Physical Education and Sport Week''.
Pages S3433–34


Recognizing the Contributions of AmeriCorps: Senate agreed to S. Res. 516, recognizing the contributions of AmeriCorps members to the lives of the people of the United States.
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National Train Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 517, in support and recognition of National Train Day, May 8, 2010.
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National Nursing Home Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 518, designating the week beginning May 9, 2010, as ``National Nursing Home Week''.
Pages S3434–35


Statutory License for Secondary Transmissions: Senate passed S. 3333, to extend the statutory license for secondary transmissions under title 17, United States Code.
Pages S3435–46

Measures Considered:

Restoring American Financial Stability Act--Agreement: Senate continued consideration of S. 3217, 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, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S3385–S3404

Pending:

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Reid (for Dodd/Lincoln) Amendment No. 3739, in the nature of a substitute.
Page S3386

Sanders/Dodd Modified Amendment No. 3738 (to Amendment No. 3739), to require the non-partisan Government Accountability Office to conduct an independent audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System that does not interfere with monetary policy, to let the American people know the names of the recipients of over $2,000,000,000,000 in taxpayer assistance from the Federal Reserve System.
Page S3386

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senate resume consideration of the bill at approximately 3 p.m., on Monday, May 10, 2010.
Pages S3448–49


Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:

55 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.

7 Army nominations in the rank of general.

24 Marine Corps nominations in the rank of general.

43 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.

Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy.
Pages S3446–48, S3449–50


Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

Phillip Carter III, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire.

Gerald M. Feierstein, of Pennsylvania, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen.

Peter Michael McKinley, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia.

5 Air Force nominations in the rank of general.
Page S3449


Nomination Withdrawn: Senate received notification of withdrawal of the following nomination:

Steven L. Jacques, of Kansas, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, which was sent to the Senate on September 29, 2009.
Page S3450


Measures Referred:
Page S3407


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S3407–08


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S3408–11


Additional Statements:
Pages S3406–07


Amendments Submitted:
Pages S3411–29


Notices of Intent:
Page S3429


Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 1:04 p.m., until 2 p.m. on Monday, May 10, 2010. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on pages S3448–49.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

No committee meetings were held.

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House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 1 public bill, H.R. 5255; was introduced.
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Additional Cosponsors:
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Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:

H. Res. 1284, supporting the goals and ideals of National Learn to Fly Day, with amendments (H. Rept. 111–477), and

H.R. 5116, to invest in innovation through research and development and to improve the competitiveness of the United States, with an amendment (H. Rept. 111–478, Pt. 1).
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Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed Representative Driehaus to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Page H3277


Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Reverend Clete Kiley, Faith and Politics Institute, Washington, DC.
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Quorum Calls--Votes: There were no yea-and-nay votes, and there were no recorded votes. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 10:01 a.m.

Committee Meetings

No committee meetings were held.

Joint Meetings

EMPLOYMENT

Joint Economic Committee: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the employment situation for April 2010, after receiving testimony from Keith Hall, Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor.

CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM AHEAD

Week of May 10 through May 15, 2010

Senate Chamber

On Monday, at approximately 3 p.m., Senate will resume consideration of S. 3217, Restoring American Financial Stability Act.

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 Appropriations: May 12, Subcommittee on Defense, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2011 for the Air Force, 10:30 a.m., SD–192.

May 13, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, to hold an oversight hearing to examine the Federal Housing Administration and its role in the housing market, 9:30 a.m., SD–138.

Committee on Armed Services: May 12, Subcommittee on Personnel, to hold hearings to examine Reserve component programs in review of the Defense Authorization request for fiscal year 2011 and the Future Years Defense Program, 10 a.m., SR–222.

May 13, Full Committee, to receive a closed briefing on operations in Afghanistan, 2:30 p.m., SVC–217.

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: May 12, to hold hearings to examine the future of United States human space flight, 2:30 p.m., SR–253.

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: May 11, to hold hearings to examine current issues related to offshore oil and gas development including the Department of the Interior's recent five year planning announcements and the accident in the Gulf of Mexico involving the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, 10 a.m., SR–325.

Committee on Environment and Public Works: May 11, Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, with the Subcommittee on Oversight, to hold joint hearings to examine the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) role in protecting ocean health, 10 a.m., SD–406.

May 11, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine economic and environmental impacts of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, 2:30 p.m., SD–406.

Committee on Finance: May 11, to resume hearings to examine the President's proposed fee on financial institutions regarding the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), part 3, 10 a.m., SD–215.

May 13, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Alan D. Bersin, of California, to be Commissioner of Customs, Department of Homeland Security, 10 a.m., SD–215.

Committee on Foreign Relations: May 12, to hold hearings to examine Sudan, focusing on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), Darfur and the region, 11 a.m., SD–419.

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: May 11, Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, to hold hearings to examine safe patient handling and lifting standards for a safer American workforce, 2:30 p.m., SD–430.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: May 12, to hold hearings to examine Iran sanctions, focusing on why the United States Government does business with companies who do business with Iran, 10 a.m., SD–342.

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May 12, Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery, to hold hearings to examine Stafford Act reform, focusing on sharper tools for a smarter recovery, 2:30 p.m., SD–342.

Committee on Indian Affairs: May 13, to hold an oversight hearing to examine Indian school safety, 9:30 a.m., SD–628.

Committee on the Judiciary: May 11, to hold an oversight hearing to examine United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, 10 a.m., SD–226.

May 12, Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security, to hold hearings to examine espionage statutes, 10 a.m., SD–226.

May 13, Full Committee, business meeting to consider the nominations of Goodwin Liu, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, Raymond Joseph Lohier, Jr., of New York, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, Leonard Philip Stark, to be United States District Judge for the District of Delaware, and Kerry Joseph Forestal, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Indiana, John Dale Foster, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of West Virginia, Gary Michael Gaskins, to be United States Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia, and Dallas Stephen Neville, to be United States Marshal for the Western District of Wisconsin, 10 a.m., SD–226.

May 13, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Scott M. Matheson, Jr., of Utah, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit, John J. McConnell, Jr., to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island, James Kelleher Bredar, and Ellen Lipton Hollander, both to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland, and Susan Richard Nelson, to be United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota, 2:30 p.m., SD–226.

Select Committee on Intelligence: May 11, to hold closed hearings to consider certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.

May 13, Full Committee, to hold closed hearings to consider certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.

House Committees

Committee on Agriculture, May 12, Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research, hearing on H.R. 4785, Rural Energy Savings Program Act, 10 a.m., 1334 Longworth.

May 13, full Committee, hearing to review U.S. agriculture policy in advance of the 2012 Farm Bill, 9 a.m., 1300 Longworth.

Committee on Appropriations, May 12, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, on Public Witnesses, 10 a.m., and 2 p.m., 2358–C Rayburn.

May 13, Subcommittee on Defense, on Pacific Command/U.S. Forces Korea, 10 a.m., H–140 Capitol.

Committee on Armed Services, May 12, Subcommittee on Military Personnel, to mark up H.R. 5136, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, 9 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.

May 12, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, to mark up H.R. 5136, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, 11 a.m., 2212 Rayburn.

May 13, Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces, to mark up H.R. 5136, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, 2 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.

May 13, Subcommittee on Readiness, to mark up H.R. 5136, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, 10:30 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.

May 13, Subcommittee on Seapower and Expeditionary Forces, to mark up H.R. 5136, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, 12:30 p.m., 2212 Rayburn.

May 13, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities, to mark up H.R. 5136, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, 9 a.m., 2212 Rayburn.

Committee on Energy and Commerce, May 12, Subcommittee on Health, hearing on Prematurity and Infant Mortality: What Happens When Babies Are Born Too Early? 2 p.m., 2322 Rayburn.

May 12, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing entitled ``Inquiry into the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Coast Oil Spill,'' 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

May 13, Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, hearing on the following bills: H.R. 4501, Guarantee of a Legitimate Deal Act of 2009; and H.R. 2480, Truth in Fur Labeling Act of 2009, 1 p.m., 2322 Rayburn.

May 13, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, hearing entitled `` The National Broadband Plan: Promoting Broadband Adoption,'' 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

May 13, Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, hearing on the following measures to reauthorize the Safe Drinking Water Act State Revolving Fund and, the Assistance, Quality and Affordability Act of 2010 (AQUA) 9:30 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.

Committee on Financial Services, May 11, Subcommittee on Capitol Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises, hearing entitled ``The Stock Market Plunge: What Happened and What is Next?'' 3 p.m., 2128 Rayburn.

May 11, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing entitled ``TARP Oversight: An Update on Warrant Repurchases and Benefits to Taxpayers,'' 11 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.

May 12, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, hearing entitled ``Use of Credit Information Beyond Lending: Issues and Reform Proposals,'' 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.

May 12, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, joint hearing entitled ``Minorities and Women in Financial Regulatory Reform: The Need for Increasing Participation and Opportunities for Qualified Persons and Businesses,'' 2 p.m., 2128 Rayburn.

Committee on Homeland Security, May 12, Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment, hearing entitled ``A DHS Intelligence Enterprise: Still Just a Vision or Reality?'' 10 a.m., 311 Cannon.

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Committee on House Administration, May 11, to continue hearings on H.R. 5175, Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act, 5 p.m., 1310 Longworth.

Committee on the Judiciary, May 11, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, hearing on the following bills: H.R. 4080, Criminal Justice Reinvestment Act of 2009; and H.R. 4055, Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) Initiative Act of 2009, 4 p.m., 2141 Rayburn.

May 13, full Committee, hearing on the United States Department of Justice, 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Committee on Natural Resources, May 13, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, oversight hearing entitled ``Up in the Air: The BLM's Disappearing Helium Program,'' 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, May 12, hearing on H.R. 4869, Restroom Gender Parity in Federal Buildings Act, 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.

May 12, Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia, oversight hearing entitled ``The Price is Right, or Is It?: An Examination of USPS Workshare Discounts and Products That Do Not Cover Their Costs,'' 2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.

May 12, Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement, to mark up H.R. 2142, Government Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Performance Improvement Act of 2009, 2 p.m., 2247 Rayburn.

Committee on Rules, May 11, to consider H.R. 5116, America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010,Ð 5 p.m., H–313 Capitol.

Committee on Small Business, May 12, hearing entitled ``Small Businesses and Broadband: An Engine for Economic Growth and Job Creation,'' 1 p.m., 2360 Rayburn.

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, May 12, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, hearing on Update on Metro New Orleans Storm Protection and Louisiana Coastal Area Program, 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs, May 12, to mark up pending business, 10 a.m., 334 Cannon.

Committee on Ways and Means, May 13, Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, hearing on the proposals to establish an infrastructure bank, 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth.

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, May 12, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence, executive, briefing on Indication and Warning Methodologies, 10:30 a.m., and executive, briefing on Financial Intelligence, 1 p.m., 304–HVC.

May 13, full Committee, executive, briefing on National Counterterrorism Center Budget for Fiscal Year 2011, time to be announced, 304–HVC.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

2 p.m., Monday, May 10

Senate Chamber

Program for Monday: After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 3 p.m.), Senate will resume consideration of S. 3217, Restoring American Financial Stability Act.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

12:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 11

House Chamber

Program for Tuesday: To be announced.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Carnahan, Russ, Mo., E792

Castle, Michael N., Del., E791, E793

Costello, Jerry F., Ill., E793

Hare, Phil, Ill., E792

Jackson Lee, Sheila, Tex., E793

Mica, John L., Fla., E791

Price, David E., N.C., E791 

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