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                                            Thursday, July 29, 2010

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 308, Adjournment Resolution.
      The House passed H.R. 5850, Transportation, Housing and Urban 
      Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2011.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S6459-S6539
Measures Introduced: Fourteen bills and one resolution were introduced, 
as follows: S. 3665-3678, and S. Res. 601.
  Pages S6519-20
Measures Reported:
  S. 3676, making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign 
operations, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 
30, 2011. (S. Rept. No. 111-237)
  S. 3677, making appropriations for financial services and general 
government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011. (S. Rept. No. 
111-238)
  S. 3397, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for take-
back disposal of controlled substances in certain instances, with 
amendments.
Page S6519
Measures Passed:
  Saving Kids From Dangerous Drugs Act: Senate passed S. 258, to amend 
the Controlled Substances Act to provide enhanced penalties for 
marketing controlled substances to minors, after agreeing to the 
committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  Pages S6536-37
  Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Act: Senate 
passed H.R. 1454, to provide for the issuance of a Multinational 
Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp, after agreeing to the 
committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  Page S6537
  United States Patent and Trademark Office Supplemental Appropriations 
Act, 2010: Senate passed H.R. 5874, making supplemental appropriations 
for the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2010.
  Pages S6537-38
  Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Week: Committee on the Judiciary 
was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 592, designating 
the week of September 13-19, 2010, as ``Polycystic Kidney Disease 
Awareness Week'', and supporting the goals and ideals of Polycystic 
Kidney Disease Awareness Week to raise awareness and understanding of 
polycystic kidney disease and the impact the disease has on patients 
now and for future generations until it can be cured, and the 
resolution was then agreed to.
  Page S6538
  Authorizing Testimony: Senate agreed to S. Res. 601, to authorize 
testimony of Senate employees in a grand jury proceeding in the 
District of Columbia.
  Pages S6538-39
  Adjournment Resolution: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 308, providing 
for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives. 
                                                             Page S6539
Measures Considered:
  Small Business Lending Fund Act: Senate continued 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, taking action on the 
following amendments and motion proposed thereto:
  Pages S6460-98
Pending:
  Reid (for Baucus/Landrieu) Amendment No. 4519, in the nature of a 
substitute.
Page S6440
  Reid Amendment No. 4520 (to Amendment No. 4519), to change the 
enactment date.
Page S6440
  Reid Amendment No. 4521 (to Amendment No. 4520), of a perfecting 
nature.
Page S6440

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  Reid Amendment No. 4522 (to the language proposed to be stricken by 
Amendment No. 4519), to change the enactment date.
Page S6440
  Reid Amendment No. 4523 (to Amendment No. 4522), of a perfecting 
nature.
Page S6440
  Reid motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Finance with 
instructions, Reid Amendment No. 4524 (the instructions on the motion 
to commit), to provide for a study.
Page S6440
  Reid Amendment No. 4525 (to the instructions (Amendment No. 4524) of 
the motion to commit), of a perfecting nature.
Page S6440
  Reid Amendment No. 4526 (to Amendment No. 4525), of a perfecting 
nature.
Page S6440
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 58 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 221), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate 
rejected the motion to close further debate on Reid (for Baucus/
Landrieu) Amendment No. 4519 (listed above).
Page S6473
  Subsequently, Senator Reid entered a motion to reconsider the vote by 
which cloture was not invoked on Reid (for Baucus/Landrieu) Amendment 
No. 4519.
Page S6473
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the motion 
to invoke cloture on the bill be withdrawn.
Page S6473
  By 70 yeas to 23 nays (Vote No. 222), Senate agreed to the motion to 
instruct the Sergeant at Arms to request the attendance of absent 
Senators.
Page S6497
House Messages:
  FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act: 
Senate began consideration of the amendment of the House of 
Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 1586, to 
modernize the air traffic control system, improve the safety, 
reliability, and availability of transportation by air in the United 
States, provide for modernization of the air traffic control system, 
reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, taking action on the 
following amendments and motions proposed thereto:
  Pages S6498-99
Pending:
  Reid motion to concur in the amendment of the House to the amendment 
of the Senate to the bill, with Reid (for Murray) Amendment No. 4567 
(to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill), in the 
nature of a substitute.
Page S6498
  Reid Amendment No. 4568 (to Amendment No. 4567), to change the 
enactment date.
Page S6498
  Reid motion to refer the message of the House on the bill to the 
Committee on Appropriations, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 4569 
(the instructions on motion to refer), to provide for a study. 
                                                             Page S6498
  Reid Amendment No. 4570 (to the instructions (Amendment No. 4569), of 
the motion to refer), of a perfecting nature.
Pages S6498-99
  Reid Amendment No. 4571 (to Amendment No. 4570), of a perfecting 
nature.
Page 6499
  A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to concur 
in the House amendment to the Senate amendment to the bill, with Reid 
(for Murray) Amendment No. 4567 (listed above), and, in accordance with 
the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote 
on cloture will occur on Monday, August 2, 2010.
Page S6499
Message from the President: Senate received the following message from 
the President of the United States:
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to the continuation 
of the national emergency with respect to the actions of certain 
persons to undermine the sovereignty of Lebanon or its democratic 
processes and institutions; which was referred to the Committee on 
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM-65)
Page S6517
Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
  1 Coast Guard nomination in the rank of admiral.
Page S6539
Messages from the House:
  Pages S6517-18
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
  Page S6518
Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S6518
Executive Communications:
  Pages S6518-19
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S6519
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S6520-21
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S6521-28
Additional Statements:
  Pages S6515-17
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S6528-36
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S6536
Quorum Calls:
  One quorum call was taken today. (Total--4)
Page S6497
Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--222) 
                                                     Pages S6473, S6497
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 7:58 p.m., 
until 10 a.m. on Friday, July 30, 2010. (For Senate's program, see the 
remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S6539.)

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Appropriations: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following bills:
  An original bill making appropriations for State, Foreign Operations, 
and Related Programs for fiscal year ending September 30, 2011;
  An original bill making appropriations for Department of Labor, 
Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies for 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2011; and
  An original bill making appropriations for Financial Services and 
General Government for fiscal year ending September 30, 2011.
NEW START TREATY
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation 
on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic 
Offensive Arms, signed in Prague on April 8, 2010, with Protocol 
(Treaty Doc. 111-05), after receiving testimony from Rose Gottmoeller, 
Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance, and 
Implementation; and Edward L. Warner III, Secretary of Defense 
Representative to the New START Negotiations.
NEW START TREATY
Committee on Armed Services: Committee received a closed briefing on 
Department of Defense strategic force structure options under the New 
START from Edward L. Warner III, Secretary Representative to Post-START 
Negotiations, and Michael S. Elliott, Deputy Director, Plans and 
Policy, United States Strategic Command, both of the Department of 
Defense.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the 
nominations of Michael C. Camunez, of California, to be Assistant 
Secretary of Commerce, and Charles P. Blahous III, of Maryland, who was 
introduced by Senator Gregg, and Robert D. Reischauer, of Maryland, who 
was introduced by Senator Conrad, both to be a Member of the Board of 
Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, a Member of the 
Board of Trustees of the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust 
Fund, and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and 
Survivors Insurance Trust Fund and the Federal Disability Insurance 
Trust Fund.
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY MISMANAGEMENT OF CONTRACTS
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Ad Hoc 
Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight concluded a hearing to examine 
mismanagement of contracts at Arlington National Cemetery, after 
receiving testimony from Edward M. Harrington, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary of the Army for Procurement, Office of the Assistant 
Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, 
Claudia L. Tornblom, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for 
Management and Budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army 
for Civil Works, and Kathryn A. Condon, Executive Director, Army 
National Cemeteries Program, all of the Department of Defense; John C. 
Metzler, Jr., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Thurman Higginbotham, 
District Heights, Maryland.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOREIGN LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES
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 closing the 
language gap, focusing on improving the Federal government's foreign 
language capabilities, after receiving testimony from David C. Maurer, 
Director, Homeland Security and Justice Issues, Government 
Accountability Office; Jeffrey R. Neal, Chief Human Capital Officer, 
Department of Homeland Security; Nancy E. Weaver, Director, Defense 
Language Office, Office of the Under Secretary for Personnel and 
Readiness, Department of Defense; David S. C. Chu, Institute for 
Defense Analyses, Alexandria, Virginia; Richard D. Brecht, University 
of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language, College Park; and 
Dan E. Davidson, American Councils for International Education: ACTR/
ACCELS, Washington, D.C.
STATE OF THE AMERICAN CHILD
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Subcommittee on 
Children and Families concluded a hearing to examine the state of the 
American child, focusing on the impact of Federal policies on children, 
after receiving testimony from Cecilia Elena Rouse, Member, Council of 
Economic Advisers; Seth D. Harris, Deputy Secretary of Labor; David A. 
Hansell, Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, and 
Howard K. Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, both of the Department 
of Health and Human Services; and Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana, 
Assistant Secretary of Education for Elementary and Secondary 
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INDIAN GAMING
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee concluded an oversight hearing 
to examine Indian gaming, after receiving testimony from Tracie 
Stevens, Chairwoman, National Indian Gaming Commission; Mark Brnovich, 
Arizona Department of Gaming, Phoenix; Philip N. Hogen, Jacobson, 
Buffalo, Magnuson, Anderson & Hogen, P.C., St. Paul, Minnesota; and 
Ernest Stevens, Jr., National Indian Gaming Commission, Washington, 
D.C.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
following business items:
  S. 3397, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for take-
back disposal of controlled substances in certain instances, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute; and
  The nominations of John F. Walsh, to be United States Attorney for 
the District of Colorado, John William Vaudreuil, to be United States 
Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, William J. Ihlenfeld 
II, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of West 
Virginia, Mark Lloyd Ericks, to be United States Marshal for the 
Western District of Washington, Joseph Patrick Faughnan, Sr., to be 
United States Marshal for the District of Connecticut, Harold Michael 
Oglesby, to be United States Marshal for the Western District of 
Arkansas, and Conrad Ernest Candelaria, to be United States Marshal for 
the District of New Mexico, all of the Department of Justice.
PASSPORT ISSUANCE PROCESS
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland 
Security concluded a hearing to examine the passport issuance process, 
focusing on closing the door to fraud, after receiving testimony from 
Gregory Kutz, Managing Director, Forensic Audits and Special 
Investigations, Government Accountability Office; and Brenda S. 
Sprague, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Passport Services.
BUSINESS MEETING
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee ordered favorably reported 
the nomination of James R. Clapper, of Virginia, to be Director of 
National Intelligence.


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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 64 public bills, H.R. 5917-
5980; and 16 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 307-310; and H. Res. 1570-1573, 
1575-1582, were introduced.
  Pages H6402-05, H6454-57
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H6406-07, H6457-58
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 5663, to improve compliance with mine and occupational safety 
and health laws, empower workers to raise safety concerns, prevent 
future mine and other workplace tragedies, and establish rights of 
families of victims of workplace accidents, with an amendment (H. Rept. 
111-579, Pt. 1);
  H.R. 5226, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the 
Appalachian Regional Commission to carry out a program of outreach for 
veterans who reside in Appalachia (H. Rept. 111-580, Pt. 1);
  H.R. 5626, to protect public health and safety and the environment by 
requiring the use of safe well control technologies and practices for 
the drilling of high-risk oil and gas wells in the United States, with 
an amendment (H. Rept. 111-581, Pt. 1); and
  H. Res. 1574, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3534) to 
provide greater efficiencies, transparency, returns, and accountability 
in the administration of Federal mineral and energy resources by 
consolidating administration of various Federal energy minerals 
management and leasing programs into one entity to be known as the 
Office of Federal Energy and Minerals Leasing of the Department of the 
Interior, and for other purposes; and providing for consideration of 
the bill (H.R. 5851) to provide whistleblower protections to certain 
workers in the offshore oil and gas industry (H. Rept. 111-582). 
                                                  Pages H6402, H6453-54
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein she appointed 
Representative Loretta Sanchez to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
                                                             Page H6285
Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest chaplain, Reverend Bruce 
Scott, Pentecostals of South Lake, Merrillville, Indiana.
  Page H6285
Adjournment Resolution--Senate: The House agreed to H. Con. Res. 307, 
providing for a conditional recess or adjournment of the Senate, by 
voice vote.
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Adjournment Resolution--House of Representatives: The House agreed to 
H. Con. Res. 308, providing for a conditional adjournment of the House 
of Representatives, by a yea-and-nay vote of 231 yeas to 189 nays, Roll 
No. 483.
  Pages H6306-07
Suspensions--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules 
and pass the following measures which were debated on Tuesday, July 
27th:
  Senior Financial Empowerment Act: H.R. 3040, amended, to prevent 
mail, telemarketing, and Internet fraud targeting seniors in the United 
States, to promote efforts to increase public awareness of the enormous 
impact that mail, telemarketing, and Internet fraud have on seniors, 
and to educate the public, seniors, their families, and their 
caregivers about how to identify and combat fraudulent activity, by a 
2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 335 yeas to 81 nays, Roll No. 487 and 
                                                             Page H6309
  Expressing the sense of Congress that Taiwan should be accorded 
observer status in the International Civil Aviation Organization 
(ICAO): H. Con. Res. 266, to express the sense of Congress that Taiwan 
should be accorded observer status in the International Civil Aviation 
Organization (ICAO).
  Page H6418
Privileged Resolution--Intent to Offer: Representative Price (GA) 
announced his intent to offer a privileged resolution.
  Pages H6354-55
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act, 2011: The House passed H.R. 5850, making 
appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and 
Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2011, by a yea-and-nay vote of 251 yeas to 167 nays, Roll 
No. 499.
  Pages H6310-53, H6368-82, H6412-18
Agreed to:
  Boehner amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 111-578) that 
terminates the HUD program for doctoral dissertation research grants on 
housing and urban development issues;
Page H6345
  Boehner amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 111-578) that 
reduces the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs, 
Office of the Secretary, Salaries and Expenses, within the Department 
of Transportation by $1.6 million;
Page H6346
  Kaptur amendment (No. 5 printed in part A of H. Rept. 111-578) that 
eliminates all travel funds for the Department of Housing and Urban 
Development;
Pages H6346-48
  Arcuri amendment (No. 6 printed in part A of H. Rept. 111-578) that 
reduces funding for the Office of Policy Development and Research 
within HUD by $2,978,450--resulting in a 2.5% reduction in funding 
below the amount appropriated in fiscal year 2010;
Pages H6348-53
  Perlmutter amendment (No. 7 printed in part A of H. Rept. 111-578) 
that strikes $50 million in incentive grants to states to enact laws to 
make it a primary traffic violation for occupants to not use a seat 
belt;
Page H6349
  DeFazio amendment (No. 9 printed in part A of H. Rept. 111-578) that 
prohibits any funds under the Act from being used to reallocate Federal 
highway formula funding for the livable communities program unless the 
program is first authorized by Congress;
Page H6351
  Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX) amendment (No. 11 printed in part A of H. 
Rept. 111-578) that increases by $10 million activities under Section 
107, under the Community Development Grant program at HUD. Specifically 
additional funding would be requested for the HBCU Community 
Development Grant Program. Subsequently, reverse mortgages would be 
decreased by $10 million;
Page H6353
  Moore (WI) amendment (No. 13 printed in part A of H. Rept. 111-578) 
that increases funding for the Office of Small and Disadvantaged 
Business Utilization by $100,000 and increases funding for the Minority 
Business Research Center 's outreach activities by $225,000 to help 
ensure that the small and disadvantaged business policies and goals of 
the Department are developed and implemented;
Page H6372
  Braley amendment (No. 15 printed in part A of H. Rept. 111-578) that 
increases funding to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) by 
$20 million and offsets this increase with a decrease of $20 million 
for non-personnel expenses within the Department of Housing and Urban 
Development. The purpose of the CDBG funding increase is to provide 
CDBG disaster relief and recovery funds to assist communities in the 
Midwest affected by the flooding that occurred during July of 2010; and
                                                         Pages H6373-74
  Turner amendment (No. 16 printed in part A of H. Rept. 111-578) that 
prevents funds in the bill from being used to prohibit the 
establishment of any occupancy preference for veterans in supporting 
housing for the elderly that is assistance by HUD and is located on 
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) property or is subject to an 
enhanced use lease with the VA.
Page H6374
Rejected:
  Boehner amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 111-578) that 
sought to reduce HUD's Transformation Initiative (technical assistance 
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capacity building) by $40 million (by a recorded vote of 206 ayes to 
217 noes, Roll No. 488);
Pages H6345-46, H6368-69
  Latham amendment (No. 8 printed in part A of H. Rept. 111-578) that 
sought to cut $1.8 billion from specific accounts that were increased 
over and above the President's request (by a recorded vote of 197 ayes 
to 225 noes, Roll No. 489);
Pages H6349-51, H6369-70
  Culberson amendment (No. 10 printed in part A of H. Rept. 111-578) 
that sought to reduce the bill's funding level by $12.4 billion 
dollars, returning the bill to the FY2009 funding level. This is an 18% 
cut in the bill's spending (by a recorded vote of 169 ayes to 252 noes, 
Roll No. 490);
Pages H6351-53, H6370-71
  Graves (MO) amendment (No. 12 printed in part A of H. Rept. 111-578) 
that sought to prohibit the Federal Aviation Administration from using 
funds in the Act to require a sponsor of a public general aviation 
airport to terminate existing residential through-the-fence agreements, 
or otherwise withhold funds from a sponsor of a general aviation 
airport, solely because the sponsor enters into a residential through-
the-fence agreement;
Pages H6371-72
  Kirkpatrick amendment (No. 17 printed in part A of H. Rept. 111-578) 
that sought to make an across the board cut of 5% from the base text of 
the bill. It would have reduced the cost of the bill by $3.37 billion, 
bringing the total cost of the bill down to $64.03 billion; 
                                                         Pages H6374-75
  Neugebauer amendment (No. 14 printed in part A of H. Rept. 111-578) 
that sought to reduce spending in the bill by $10.52 billion. This 
amount represents the uncommitted funds from the $61.7 billion in 2009 
stimulus funds that were appropriated for transportation and housing 
related programs (by a recorded vote of 177 ayes to 247 noes, Roll No. 
492);
Pages H6372-73, H6412-13
  Jordan amendment (No. 18 printed in part A of H. Rept. 111-578) that 
sought to reduce spending by $18,579,000,000 in order to reflect FY 
2008 levels (by a recorded vote of 159 ayes to 265 noes, Roll No. 493);
                                               Pages H6375-76, H6413-14
  Flake amendment (No. 20 printed in part A of H. Rept. 111-578) that 
sought to reduce funding for Capital and Debt Service Grants to the 
National Railroad Passenger Corporation for capital investments by 
$1,203,500,000 (by a recorded vote of 129 ayes to 293 noes, Roll No. 
494);
Pages H6376-77, H6414
  Flake amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 111-578) that 
sought to prohibit $1,000,000 from being made available for the 
Blackstone River Bikeway in Rhode Island and reduce the overall cost of 
the bill by the same amount (by a recorded vote of 163 ayes to 260 
noes, Roll No. 495);
Pages H6377-78, H6414-15
  Flake amendment (No. 4 printed in Part B of H. Rept. 111-578) that 
sought to prohibit $1,000,000 from being made available for the 
downtown Tacoma streetscapes improvement project in Washington and 
reduce the overall cost of the bill by the same amount (by a recorded 
vote of 157 ayes to 267 noes, Roll No. 496);
Pages H6378-79, H6415-16
  Flake amendment (No. 10 printed in part B of H. Rept. 111-578) that 
sought to prohibit $1,000,000 from being made available for the 
restoration and improvements to the historical Darwin Martin House Home 
and complex in New York and reduce the overall cost of the bill by the 
same amount (by a recorded vote of 165 ayes to 258 noes, Roll No. 497); 
and
Pages H6379-81, H6416
  Flake amendment (No. 11 printed in part B of H. Rept. 111-578) that 
sought to prohibit $150,000 from being made available for the 
construction of a children's playground in the Municipality of Yauco, 
Puerto Rico and reduce the overall cost of the bill by the same amount 
(by a recorded vote of 159 ayes to 264 noes, Roll No. 498). 
                                               Pages H6381-82, H6416-17
  H. Res. 1569, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was 
agreed to by a recorded vote of 231 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 485, 
after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 236 
yeas to 179 nays, Roll No. 484.
Pages H6289-97, H6307-08
  A point of order was raised against the consideration of H. Res. 1569 
and it was agreed to proceed with consideration of the resolution by 
voice vote.
Pages H6289-90
Investing in American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010: The 
House began consideration of H.R. 5893, to amend the Internal Revenue 
Code of 1986 to create jobs through increased investment in 
infrastructure and to eliminate loopholes which encourage companies to 
move operations offshore. Further proceedings were postponed. 
                                                         Pages H6355-68
  H. Res. 1568, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was 
agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 233 yeas to 182 nays, Roll No. 486, 
after the previous question was ordered without objection. 
                                            Pages H6297-H6306, H6308-09
Suspension--Failed: The House failed to agree to suspend the rules and 
pass the following measure:
  James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010: H.R. 847, 
amended, to amend the Public Health Service Act to extend and improve 
protections and services to individuals directly impacted by the 
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September 11, 2001, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 255 yeas to 159 nays, 
Roll No. 491.
  Pages H6382-H6400, H6409-12
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 
2010: H.R. 5900, 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 airport 
improvement program project grant authority and to improve airline 
safety;
  Pages H6418-28
  Modifying the date on which the Administrator of the Environmental 
Protection Agency and applicable States may require permits for 
discharges from certain vessels: S. 3372, to modify the date on which 
the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and applicable 
States may require permits for discharges from certain vessels; 
                                                         Pages H6428-29
  Assistance, Quality, and Affordability Act of 2010: H.R. 5320, 
amended, to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to increase assistance 
for States, water systems, and disadvantaged communities; to encourage 
good financial and environmental management of water systems; to 
strengthen the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to enforce the 
requirements of the Act; to reduce lead in drinking water; and to 
strengthen the endocrine disruptor screening program;
  Pages H6431-40
  Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act: H.R. 2476, 
amended, to amend the National Forest Ski Area Permit Act of 1986 to 
clarify the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture regarding 
additional recreational uses of National Forest System lands that are 
subject to ski area permits;
  Pages H6445-46
  Expressing support for designation of September 2010 as ``Gospel 
Music Heritage Month'': H.J. Res. 90, to express support for 
designation of September 2010 as ``Gospel Music Heritage Month'' and to 
honor gospel music for its valuable and longstanding contributions to 
the culture of the United States; and
  Pages H6446-49
  Congratulating the United States Men's National Soccer Team for its 
inspiring performance in the 2010 FIFA World Cup: H. Res. 1527, to 
congratulate the United States Men's National Soccer Team for its 
inspiring performance in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  Pages H6449-50
Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following 
measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were 
postponed:
  Real Estate Jobs and Investment Act of 2010: H.R. 5901, to amend the 
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt certain stock of real estate 
investment trusts from the tax on foreign investment in United States 
real property interests;
  Pages H6429-31
  Recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Student Nonviolent 
Coordinating Committee (SNCC): H. Res. 1566, to recognize the 50th 
anniversary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and 
the pioneering of college students whose determination and nonviolent 
resistance led to the desegregation of lunch counters and places of 
public accommodation over a 5-year period; and 
                                               Pages H6440-42, H6442-44
  Providing for the conveyance of a small parcel of National Forest 
System land in the Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina: 
H.R. 5414, amended, to provide for the conveyance of a small parcel of 
National Forest System land in the Francis Marion National Forest in 
South Carolina.
  Pages H6444-45
Presidential Message: Read a message from the President wherein he 
notified Congress that the national emergency declared with respect to 
the actions of certain persons to undermine the sovereignty of Lebanon 
or its democratic processes and institutions is to continue in effect 
beyond August 1, 2010--referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and 
ordered printed (H. Doc. 111-136).
  Page H6355
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H6289.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Six yea-and-nay votes and 11 recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H6306-07, 
H6307, H6307-08, H6308-09, H6309, H6369, H6369-70, H6370, H6412, H6412-
13, H6413-14, H6414, H6414-15. H6415-16, H6416, H6416-17, and H6417-18. 
There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 1:10 a.m. on 
Friday, July 30, 2010.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings

[Daily Digest]
[Pages D880-D883]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

Committee Meetings
FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Financial Services and 
General Government approved for full Committee action the FY 2011 
Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill.

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QUADRENNIAL DEFENSE REVIEW
Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on the Final Report of the 
Independent Panel's Assessment of the Quadrennial Defense Review. 
Testimony was heard from the following officials of the United States 
Institute of Peace: William J. Perry, Co- Chairman; and Stephen J. 
Hadley, Co-Chairman, Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel.
TOXIC CHEMICALS SAFETY ACT OF 2010
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and 
Consumer Protection held a hearing on H.R. 5820, Toxic Chemicals Safety 
Act of 2010. Testimony was heard from Steve Owens, Assistant 
Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, EPA; 
and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES; COMMERCIAL REAL STATE LIQUIDITY OPTIONS
Committee on Financial Services: Ordered reported, as amended, the 
following bills: H.R. 4790, Shareholder Protection Act of 2010; and 
H.R. 2267, Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and 
Enforcement Act.
  The Committee also held a hearing entitled ``Alternatives for 
Promoting Liquidity in the Commercial Real Estate Markets, Supporting 
Businesses and Increasing Job Growth.'' Testimony was heard from public 
witnesses.
PRIVATE MORTGAGE INSURANCE
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets, 
Insurance, and Government Sponsored enterprises held a hearing entitled 
``Future of Housing Finance: The Role of Private Mortgage Insurance.'' 
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
HAITI CRISIS
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere held a 
hearing on The Crisis in Haiti: Are We Moving Fast Enough? Testimony 
was heard from Rajiv Shah, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International 
Development, Department of State; and public witnesses.
CAPITOL POLICE BUDGET CONCERNS
Committee on House Administration: Subcommittee on Capitol Security 
held a hearing on U.S. Capitol Police Budget Concerns. Testimony was 
heard from the following officials of the United State Capitol Police: 
Phillip D. Morse, Sr., Chief; and Carl W. Hoeker, Inspector General.
FAIR HOUSING ACT AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil 
Rights, and Civil Liberties held a hearing on the American Dream Part 
III: Advancing and Improving the Fair Housing Act at the 5-year 
Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Testimony was heard from public 
witnesses.
SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS PROGRAM
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests 
and Public Lands held an oversight hearing entitled ``Building Success: 
Implementation of the Secure Rural Schools Program.'' Testimony was 
heard from Joel Holtrop, Deputy Chief, Forest Service, USDA; Ed 
Roberson, Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning, Bureau 
of Land Management, Department of the Interior; and public witnesses.
SMALL HYDROPOWER PROJECT INVESTMENT
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power held an 
oversight hearing entitled ``Investment in Small Hydropower: Prospects 
of Expanding Low-Impact and Affordable Hydropower Generation in the 
West.'' Testimony was heard from Michael L. Connor, Commissioner, 
Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior; Michael G. Ensch, 
SES, Chief, Operations and Regulatory Community of Practice, U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense; the following officials of 
the Department of Energy: Jeff Wright, Director, Office of Energy 
Projects, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and Sonya Baskerville, 
Manager, National Relations Officer, Bonneville Power Administration; 
and public witnesses.
IRAN SANCTIONS IMPLEMENTATION
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Held a hearing entitled 
Implementations of Iran Sanctions. Testimony was heard from Robert J. 
Einhorn, Special Advisor, Nonproliferation and Arms Control, Department 
of State; Daniel Glaser, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Terrorist 
Financing and Financial Crimes, Department of the Treasury; Joseph A. 
Neurauter, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Acquisition 
Policy, GSA; Joseph A. Christoff, Director, International Affairs and 
Trade, GAO; and public witnesses.
FEDERALLY-FUNDED RESEARCH PUBLIC ACCESS
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on 
Information Policy, Census, and the National Archives held a hearing 
entitled ``Public Access to Federally-Funded Research.'' Testimony

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was heard from David Lipman, M.D., Director, NCBI, NLM, National 
Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services; and 
public witnesses.
CONSOLIDATED LAND, ENERGY, AND AQUATIC RESOURCES (CLEAR) ACT OF 2009; 
AND OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS WORKER WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION ACT OF 2010
Committee on Rules: Granted, by a non-record vote, a rule for 
consideration of H.R. 3534, the ``Consolidated Land, Energy, and 
Aquatic Resources Act of 2009,'' and H.R. 5851, the ``Offshore Oil and 
Gas Worker Whistleblower Protection Act of 2010.''
  The rule provides a structured rule for consideration of H.R. 3534. 
The rule provides one hour of general debate with 40 minutes equally 
divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the 
Committee on Natural Resources and 20 minutes equally divided and 
controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure. The rule waives all points of order 
against consideration of the bill except those arising under clause 9 
or 10 of rule XXI. The rule provides that in lieu of the amendment in 
the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Natural 
Resources printed in the bill, the amendment in the nature of a 
substitute printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules 
shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment 
and shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order 
against the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part A 
of the report except those arising under clause 10 of rule XXI. The 
rule further makes in order only those amendments printed in part B of 
the report. The amendments made in order my be offered only in the 
order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated 
in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the 
time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the 
proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall 
not be subject to a demand for division of the question. All points of 
order against the amendments printed in part B of the report are waived 
except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI. The rule 
provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. The rule 
provides that the Chair may entertain a motion that the Committee rise 
only if offered by the chair of the Committee on Natural Resources or a 
designee. The rule provides that the Chair may not entertain a motion 
to strike out the enacting words of the bill.
  The rule also grants a closed rule for consideration of H.R. 5851, 
the ``Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Whistleblower Protection Act of 
2010.'' The rule provides one hour of debate equally divided and 
controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on 
Education and Labor. The rule waives all points of order against 
consideration of the bill except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of 
rule XXI. The rule provides that the amendment printed in part C of the 
report shall be considered as adopted. The rule provides that the bill, 
as amended, shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of 
order against provisions of the bill, as amended. The rule provides one 
motion to recommit with or without instructions. The rule provides that 
in the engrossment of H.R. 3534, the Clerk shall add the text of H.R. 
5851, as passed by the House, as new matter at the end of H.R. 3534. 
Upon the addition of the text of H.R. 5851 to the end of H.R. 3534, 
H.R. 5851 shall be laid on the table. Testimony was heard by Chairman 
George Miller (CA), Chairman Rahall, Representatives Bordallo, 
Cummings, Jackson Lee (TX), Altmire, Kline (MN), Hastings (WA), Young 
(AK), Lamborn, Lummis, Cassidy, Brady (TX), and Scalise.
SMALL BUSINESS INTERCHANGE FEES
Committee on Small Business; Held a hearing entitled ``The Impact of 
Interchange Fees on Small Businesses.'' Testimony was heard from public 
witnesses.
IN THE MATTER OF REPRESENTATIVE CHARLES B. RANGEL
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct: Adjudicatory Subcommittee 
met to organize regarding a Statement of Alleged Violations in the 
Matter of Representative Charles B. Rangel.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Ordered reported the 
following measures: H.R. 5892, amended, Water Resources Development Act 
of 2010; H.R. 5897, Economic Revitalization and Innovation Act of 2010; 
H.R. 5112, Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010; H.R. 5282, 
amended, To provide funds to the Army Corps of Engineers to hire 
veterans and members of the Armed Forces to assist the Corps with 
curation and historic preservation activities; H.R. 305, Horse 
Transportation Safety Act of 2009; H.R. 5717, amended, Smithsonian 
Conservation Biology Institute Enhancement Act; H.R. 1997, To direct 
the Secretary of Transportation to update a research report and issue 
guidance to the States with respect to reducing lighting on the 
Federal-aid system during periods of low traffic density;

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H.R. 4387, To designate the Federal building located at 100 North 
Palafox Street in Pensacola, Florida, as the ``Winston E. Arnow Federal 
Building''; H.R. 5651, To designate the Federal building and United 
States courthouse located at 515 9th Street in Rapid City, South 
Dakota, as the ``Andrew W. Bogue Federal Building and United States 
Courthouse''; H.R. 5706, amended, To designate the facility of the 
Government Printing Office located at 31451 East United Avenue in 
Pueblo, Colorado, as the ``Frank Evans Government Printing Office 
Building''; H.R. 5773, amended, To designate the Federal building 
located at 6401 Security Boulevard in Baltimore, Maryland, as the 
``Robert M. Ball Federal Building''; H.R. 5591, amended, To designate 
the facility of the Federal Aviation Administration located at Spokane 
International Airport in Spokane, Washington, as the ``Ray Daves Air 
Traffic Control Tower''; and H. Res. 1473, amended, Supporting 
backcountry airstrips and recreational aviation.
LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity 
held a hearing on Licensure and Certification. Testimony was heard from 
Raymond M. Jefferson, Assistant Secretary, Veterans' Employment and 
Training, Department of Labor; the following officials of the 
Department of Defense: John R. Campbell, Deputy Under Secretary, 
Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy; and Ron Horne, Deputy 
Director, Transition Assistance Program, Wounded Warrior Care, 
Transition Policy; Margarita Cocker, Deputy Director, Vocational 
Rehabilitation and Employment Service, Veterans Benefits 
Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; and representatives of 
veterans organizations.
STATE CHILD WELFARE PROGRAM WAIVERS
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Income Security and Family 
Support held a hearing to Review the Use of Child Welfare Waiver 
Demonstration Projects to Promote Child Well-Being. Testimony was heard 
from Ruth Kagi, member, House of Representatives, State of Washington; 
George Sheldon, Secretary, Department of Children and Families, State 
of Florida; and public witnesses.
CLASSIFIED INFORMATION--NON-COMMITTEE REQUESTS FOR ACCESS
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee approved 
three requests from non-Committee members for access to classified 
information.
BRIEFING--DOD QUARTERLY UPDATE
  Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive 
session to receive a briefing on DOD Quarterly Update. The Committee 
was briefed by departmental witnesses.

Joint Meetings
  No joint committee meetings were held.


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Daily Digest/NEW PUBLIC LAWS

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[Page D883]
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                            NEW PUBLIC LAWS

      (For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D846)
  H.R. 689, to interchange the administrative jurisdiction of certain 
Federal lands between the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land 
Management. Signed on July 27, 2010. (Public Law 111-206)
  H.R. 3360, to amend title 46, United States Code, to establish 
requirements to ensure the security and safety of passengers and crew 
on cruise vessels. Signed on July 27, 2010. (Public Law 111-207)
  H.R. 4840, to designate the facility of the United States Postal 
Service located at 1981 Cleveland Avenue in Columbus, Ohio, as the 
``Clarence D. Lumpkin Post Office''. Signed on July 27, 2010. (Public 
Law 111-208)
  H.R. 5502, to amend the effective date of the gift card provisions of 
the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 
2009. Signed on July 27, 2010. (Public Law 111-209)
  H.J. Res. 83, approving the renewal of import restrictions contained 
in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003. Signed on July 27, 
2010. (Public Law 111-210)


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2010-07-30

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[Page D883]
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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                             JULY 30, 2010

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

  No committee meetings are scheduled.


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Daily Digest/Next Meeting of the SENATE + Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES + Other End Matter

[Daily Digest]
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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                        10 a.m., Friday, July 30

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

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        9 a.m., Friday, July 30

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Friday: Consideration of H.R. 3534--Consolidated Land, 
Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2010 (Subject to a Rule) and H.R. 
5851--Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Whistleblower Protection Act of 2010 
(Subject to a Rule). 


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