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                                            Thursday, July 14, 2011

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S4567-S4622
Measures Introduced: Nine bills were introduced, as follows: S. 1367-
1375.
  Page S4608
Measures Considered:
Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act--Agreement: Senate began consideration of H.R. 2055, 
making appropriations for military construction, the Department of 
Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2012, taking action on the following motions and 
amendments proposed thereto:
  Pages S4577-S4605
Pending:
  Coburn (for McCain) Amendment No. 553, to eliminate the additional 
amount of $10,000,000, not included in the President's budget request 
for fiscal year 2012, appropriated for the Department of Defense for 
planning and design for the Energy Conservation Investment Program. 
                                                             Page S4605
  Johnson (SD)/Kirk Amendment No. 556, of a perfecting nature. 
                                                             Page S4605
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 71 yeas to 26 nays (Vote No. 110), 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 Johnson (SD) motion to 
waive the points of order under section 303 of the Congressional Budget 
Act of 1974 for the bill, any amendments thereto and motions thereon. 
                                                             Page S4601
  By 56 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 111), three-fifths of those Senators 
duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed 
to the Johnson (SD) motion to waive the points of order under section 
303 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 for the bill, any 
amendments thereto and motions thereon. Subsequently, the point of 
order that the bill was in violation of section 303 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, was not sustained, and thus the point 
of order fell.
Pages S4601-02
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senate 
resume consideration of the bill at 3:30 p.m., on Monday, July 18, 
2011.
Page S4622
Oetken Nomination--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was 
reached providing that at 5 p.m., on Monday, July 18, 2011, Senate 
begin consideration of the nomination of J. Paul Oetken, of New York, 
to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New 
York; that there be 30 minutes for debate, equally divided in the usual 
form; that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote without 
intervening action or debate on confirmation of the nomination. 
                                                             Page S4622
Messages from the House:
  Page S4606
Measures Read the First Time:
  Pages S4606, S4621-22
Executive Communications:
  Pages S4606-07
Petitions and Memorials:
  Page S4607
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S4607-08
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S4608-09
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S4609-20
Additional Statements:
  Page S4606
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S4620-21
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S4621
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S4621
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S4621
Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--111) 
                                                         Pages S4601-02
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 7:06 p.m., 
until 2 p.m. on Monday, July 18, 2011. (For Senate's program, see the 
remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S4622.)

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
GROWING JOBS IN RURAL AMERICA
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine growing jobs in rural America, after receiving 
testimony from Bruce Graham, Indiana Statewide Association of Rural 
Electric Cooperatives, Inc., Indianapolis; Zac Stewart, Ambient, LLC, 
Ignacio, Colorado; Paul Bony, ClimateMaster, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 
Helen Sanders, SAGE Electrochromics, Faribault, Minnesota; Marc 
Verbruggen, NatureWorks, Wayzata, Minnesota; Oliver P. Peoples, 
Metabolix, Cambridge, Massachusetts; John McIntosh, Signature Crypton 
Carpet, Dalton, Georgia; and Dennis Hall, The Ohio State University 
Bioproducts Innovation Center, Columbus.
LIGHT WATER SMALL MODULAR REACTORS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water 
Development concluded a hearing to examine the safety and economics of 
light water small modular reactors, after receiving testimony from 
Peter Lyons, Assistant Secretary of Energy for Nuclear Energy; William 
D. Magwood, IV, Commissioner, Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Edwin 
Lyman, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Ernest J. Moniz, 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both of Cambridge, 
Massachusetts; E. James Ferland, Jr., Westinghouse Electric Company 
LLC, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania; Christofer M. Mowry, Babcock and 
Wilcox Nuclear Energy, Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina; and Paul 
Lorenzini, NuScale Power, Inc., Corvallis, Oregon.
SEMIANNUAL MONETARY POLICY REPORT TO CONGRESS
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress, 
after receiving testimony from Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman, Board of 
Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
NATIONAL NANOTECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Science and Space concluded a hearing to examine the National 
Nanotechnology Investment, focusing on manufacturing, 
commercialization, and job creation, after receiving testimony from 
Charles H. Romine, Acting Associate Director for Laboratory Programs, 
National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce; 
Chad A. Mirkin, Northwestern University International Institute for 
Nanotechnology, Evanston, Illinois, on behalf of the President's 
Council of Advisors on Science and Technology; Diandra L. Leslie-
Pelecky, West Virginia University Nano Initiative, Morgantown; Thomas 
O'Neal, University of Central Florida, Orlando; and George McLendon, 
Rice University, Houston, Texas.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee ordered favorably 
reported the following business items:
  An original bill to promote domestic development and deployment of 
clean energy technologies;
  S. 201, to clarify the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior 
with respect to the C.C. Cragin Dam and Reservoir;
   S. 270, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain 
Federal land to Deschutes County, Oregon, with an amendment;
  S. 271, to require the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into a 
property conveyance with the city of Wallowa, Oregon, with amendments;
  S. 278, to provide for the exchange of certain land located in the 
Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests in the State of Colorado;
  S. 292, 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, with an amendment;
  S. 333, to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of 
construction of a hydroelectric project involving the Little Wood River 
Ranch;
  S. 334, to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of 
construction of a hydroelectric project involving the American Falls 
Reservoir;
  S. 382, 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 land that is 
subject to ski area permits, and for other permits;
  S. 404, to modify a land grant patent issued by the Secretary of the 
Interior;
  S. 512, to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the 
Secretary of Energy to carry out programs to develop and demonstrate 2 
small modular nuclear reactor designs, with an amendment in the nature 
of a substitute;
  S. 519, to further allocate and expand the availability of 
hydroelectric power generated at Hoover Dam, with amendments;

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  S. 535, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to lease certain 
lands within Fort Pulaski National Monument;
  S. 683, to provide for the conveyance of certain parcels of land to 
the town of Mantua, Utah, with amendments;
  S. 684, to provide for the conveyance of certain parcels of land to 
the town of Alta, Utah, with amendments;
  S. 714, to reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act, 
with an amendment;
  S. 734, to provide for a program of research, development, 
demonstration, and commercial application in vehicle technologies at 
the Department of Education, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute;
  S. 808, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to allow for 
prepayment of repayment contracts between the United States and the 
Uintah Water Conservancy District;
  S. 897, to amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 
1977 to clarify that uncertified States and Indian tribes have the 
authority to use certain payments for certain noncoal reclamation 
projects and acid mine remediation programs;
  S. 997, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to extend a water 
contract between the United States and the East Bench Irrigation 
District;
  S. 1000, to promote energy savings in residential and commercial 
buildings and industry, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute;
  S. 1001, to reduce oil consumption and improve energy security, with 
an amendment in the nature of a substitute; and
  S. 1067, to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require the 
Secretary of Energy to carry out a research and development and 
demonstration program to reduce manufacturing and construction costs 
relating to nuclear reactors, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute.
SUDAN
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine Sudan, focusing on a roadmap forward, after receiving testimony 
from Princeton Lyman, Special Envoy to Sudan, Department of State.
EMPLOYMENT FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine learning from what works for employment 
for persons with disabilities, after receiving testimony from Kathleen 
Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment 
Policy; former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, National Organization 
on Disability, Washington, D.C.; Deborah Dagit, Merck, Whitehouse 
Station, New Jersey; and Amelia Wallrich, Frankfort, Illinois.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
nominations of Cynthia Chavez Lamar, of New Mexico, Barbara Jeanne 
Ells, of Colorado, and Deborah Downing Goodman, of Oklahoma, all to be 
a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of American Indian 
and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development.
NATIVE WOMEN
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee concluded an oversight hearing 
to examine native women, after receiving testimony from Thomas J. 
Perrelli, Associate Attorney General, Department of Justice; Rose 
Weahkee, Director, Division of Behavioral Health, Indian Health 
Service, Department of Health and Human Services; Donald W. Rodgers, 
Cawtawba Indian Nation, Rock Hill, South Carolina, on behalf of the 
United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc.; Carmen O'Leary, Native Women's 
Society of the Great Plains, Timber Lake, South Dakota; Sherry Sanchez 
Tibbetts, American Indian Community Housing Organization, Duluth, 
Minnesota; Mickey Peercy, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Durant; and Sarah 
Deer, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, on behalf 
of the Amnesty International USA's Native American and Alaska Native 
Advisory Council.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
nominations of Stephen A. Higginson, of Louisiana, to be United States 
Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit, Jane Margaret Triche-Milazzo, to 
be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 
Alison J. Nathan, and Katherine B. Forrest, both to be a United States 
District Judge for the Southern District of New York, Susan Owens 
Hickey, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of 
Arkansas, and David V. Brewer, of Oregon, to be a Member of the Board 
of Directors of the State Justice Institute.
VETERANS' AFFAIRS MENTAL HEALTH CARE
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine Veterans' Affairs mental health care, focusing on closing the 
gaps, after receiving testimony from William Schoenhard, Deputy Under 
Secretary for Health Operations and Management, George Arana, Assistant 
Deputy Under Secretary for Clinical Operations, Antonette Zeiss, Acting 
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Health, and Mary Schohn, Acting Director, Mental Health Operations, all 
of the Veterans Health Administration, and John D. Daigh, Jr., 
Assistant Inspector General for Health Care Inspections, and Michael 
Shepherd, Senior Physician, both of the Office of Inspector General, 
all of the Department of Veterans Affairs; Dave Underriner, Providence 
Health and Services, Oregon Region, Portland; Daniel Williams, National 
Alliance on Mental Illness, Homewood, Alabama; and Andrea Sawyer, 
Wounded Warrior Project, Colonial Heights, Virginia.
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.



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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 23 public bills, H.R. 2527-
2549; and 3 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 65; and H. Res. 350-351 were 
introduced.
  Pages H5084-86
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H5087-88
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
  First Semiannual Activities and Summary Report of the Committee on 
the Budget for the 112th Congress (H. Rept. 112-147).
Page H5084
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative Webster to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H5021
Recess: The House recessed at 11 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon. 
                                                             Page H5028
Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest chaplain, Reverend Dr. 
George Dillard, Peachtree City Christian Church, Peachtree City, 
Georgia.
  Page H5028
Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 
2012: The House resumed consideration of H.R. 2354, making 
appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies 
for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012. Consideration of the 
measure began on Friday, July 8th.
  Pages H5033-50, H5050-80
Agreed to:
  Reed amendment that was debated on July 13th that increases funding, 
by offset, for Non-Defense Environmental Cleanup by $41 million (by a 
recorded vote of 261 ayes to 162 noes, Roll No. 575);
Page H5045
  Schiff amendment that was debated on July 13th that increases 
funding, by offset, for the Advanced Research Projects Agency--Energy 
by $79,640,000 (by a recorded vote of 214 ayes to 213 noes, Roll No. 
579);
Pages H5047-48
  Shimkus amendment that was debated on July 13th that increases 
funding, by offset, for the Yucca Mountain license application by $10 
million (by a recorded vote of 297 ayes to 130 noes, Roll No. 581); 
                                                             Page H5049
  Gosar amendment (No. 66 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
12, 2011) that prohibits funds from being used to implement or enforce 
section 327.13(a) of title 36, Code of Federal Regulations; 
                                                         Pages H5053-54
  Jackson Lee (TX) amendment that prohibits funds from being used in 
contravention of the Department of Energy Organization Act; 
                                                         Pages H5056-58
  Hastings (WA) amendment that prohibits funds from being used to 
implement or enforce the recommendations or guidance proposed by the 
Army Corps of Engineers in the final draft of the McNary Shoreline 
Management Plan, Lake Wallula, Washington;
Pages H5058-59
  Hastings (WA) amendment that prohibits funds from being used by the 
Department of Energy to move the Office of Environmental Management 
under the authority of the Under Secretary for Nuclear Security of the 
Department of Energy;
Page H5060
  Engel amendment that prohibits funds from being used by the 
Department of Energy or any other Federal agency to lease or purchase 
new light duty vehicles, for any executive fleet, or for an agency's 
fleet inventory, except in accordance with Presidential Memorandum-
Federal Fleet Performance, dated May 24, 2011;
Pages H5060-61
  Hastings (WA) amendment that prohibits funds from being used for the 
removal or associated mitigation of Federal Energy Regulatory 
Commission Project number 2342;
Page H5061
  Denham amendment that prohibits funds from being used to implement 
section 10011(b) of Public Law 111-11;
Pages H5064-65

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  Flores amendment (No. 27 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
11, 2011) that prohibits funds from being used to enforce section 526 
of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007;
Page H5068
  Young (IN) amendment (No. 75 printed in the Congressional Record of 
July 13, 2011) that prohibits funds from being used to pay the salaries 
of Department of Energy employees to carry out section 407 of division 
A of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; 
                                                         Pages H5068-69
  Luetkemeyer amendment (No. 21 printed in the Congressional Record of 
July 7, 2011) that prohibits funds from being used for the study of the 
Missouri River Projects authorized in section 108 of the Energy and 
Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2009; 
                                                         Pages H5073-74
  Luetkemeyer amendment that prohibits funds from being used to 
continue the study conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers pursuant to 
section 5018(a)(1) of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007; and 
                                                         Pages H5074-75
  Cravaack amendment (No. 80 printed in the Congressional Record of 
July 13, 2011) that prohibits funds from being used to develop or 
submit a proposal to expand the authorized uses of the Harbor 
Maintenance Trust Fund.
Page H5076
Rejected:
  Matheson amendment that was debated on July 13th that sought to 
increase funding, by offset, for Non-Defense Environmental Cleanup by 
$10 million (by a recorded vote of 168 ayes to 257 noes, Roll No. 574);
                                                         Pages H5044-45
  Holt amendment (No. 65 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
12, 2011) that was debated on July 13th that sought to increase 
funding, by offset, for Science by $42,665,000 (by a recorded vote of 
164 ayes to 261 noes, Roll No. 576);
Pages H5045-46
  Royce amendment (No. 68 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
12, 2011) that was debated on July 13th that sought to reduce funding 
for Science by $10 million and apply the savings to the spending 
reduction account (by a recorded vote of 136 ayes to 291 noes, Roll No. 
577);
Pages H5046-47
  Broun (GA) amendment (No. 43 printed in the Congressional Record of 
July 11, 2011) that was debated on July 13th that sought to reduce 
funding for Science by $820,488,000 and apply the savings to the 
spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 99 ayes to 328 noes, 
Roll No. 578);
Page H5047
  Broun (GA) amendment (No. 48 printed in the Congressional Record of 
July 11, 2011) that was debated on July 13th that sought to eliminate 
funding for the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program 
and apply the savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded 
vote of 114 ayes to 309 noes, Roll No. 580); and
Pages H5048-49
  Broun (GA) amendment (No. 47 printed in the Congressional Record of 
July 11, 2011) that was debated on July 13th that sought to eliminate 
funding for the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission and apply the 
savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 187 
ayes to 239 noes, Roll No. 582).
Pages H5049-50
Withdrawn:
  Rohrabacher amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn 
that sought to require that not less than 10 percent of the funds made 
available by the Act for carrying out section 1703 of the Energy Policy 
Act of 2005 be available for carrying out projects described in 
subsection (b)(4) of such section that use coolants different from 
those commercial technologies that are in service at the time the 
guarantee is issued.
Page H5078
Point of Order sustained against:
  Eshoo amendment that sought to prohibit funds from being used to 
enter into a contract with a corporation or other business entity that 
does not disclose its political expenditures;
Pages H5052-53
  Capps amendment that sought to prohibit funds from being expended by 
the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the purposes of the license 
renewal process for the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Units 1 and 
2, until advanced, peer-reviewed seismic studies are completed; and 
                                                         Pages H5061-62
  Rohrabacher amendment that sought to prohibit the funds made 
available for carrying out projects described in subsection (b)(5) of 
section 1703 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 from exceeding the amount 
of funds made available to carry out projects described in subsection 
(b)(4) that use coolants different from those commercial technologies 
that are in service at the time the guarantee is issued. 
                                                         Pages H5076-77
Proceedings Postponed:
  Cole amendment (No. 26 printed in the Congressional Record of July 8, 
2011) that seeks to prohibit funds from being used to implement any 
rule, regulation, or executive order regarding the disclosure of 
political contributions that takes effect on or after the date of 
enactment of this Act;
Pages H5051-52
  Cohen amendment that seeks to increase funding, by offset, for the 
Solar Energy Program by $16 million;
Pages H5054-55
  Gosar amendment that seeks to prohibit funds from being used to 
administer or enforce the requirements of subchapter IV of chapter 31 
or title 40, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Davis-
Bacon Act), except with respect to a contract that exceeds $20 million;
                                                         Pages H5055-56

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  Kaptur amendment that seeks to increase funding, by offset, for 
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $10 million;
                                                         Pages H5059-60
  Flake amendment that seeks to prohibit funds from being used for the 
Advanced Research Projects Agency--Energy;
                                                         Pages H5062-63
  Capps amendment that seeks to prohibit funds from being expended by 
the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to issue a draft supplemental 
environmental impact statement (SEIS) for Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power 
Plant, Units 1 and 2;
Pages H5063-64
  Flake amendment that seeks to prohibit funds from being used for the 
Fossil Energy Research and Development program of the Department of 
Energy;
Page H5064
  Scalise amendment that seeks to increase funding, by offset, for 
Corps of Engineers-Civil--Construction by $1 million;
Pages H5065-66
  Broun (GA) amendment (No. 81 printed in the Congressional Record of 
July 13, 2011) that seeks to eliminate funding for the Department of 
Energy--Energy Programs--Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; 
                                                         Pages H5066-67
  Broun (GA) amendment (No. 63 printed in the Congressional Record of 
July 12, 2011) that seeks to prohibit funds from being used to carry 
out the activities specified in section 505 of the Energy Policy Act of 
1992;
Pages H5067-68
  Landry (No. 76 printed in the Congressional Record of July 13, 2011) 
that seeks to prohibit funds from being used to pay the salary of 
individuals appointed to the current position through, or otherwise 
carry out, paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of section 5503(a) of title 5, 
United States Code;
Page H5069
  Blackburn amendment that seeks to reduce each amount made available 
by this Act by 5 percent;
Pages H5069-70
  Blackburn amendment that seeks to reduce each amount made available 
by this Act by 1 percent;
Pages H5070-71
  Harris amendment (No. 53 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
11, 2011) that seeks to prohibit funds from being used to fund any 
portion of the International program activities at the Office of Energy 
Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy with the 
exception of activities authorized in section 917 of the Energy 
Independence and Security Act of 2007;
Pages H5071-72
  Burgess amendment (No. 70 printed in the Congressional Record of July 
13, 2011) that seeks to prohibit funds from being used to implement or 
enforce section 430.32(x) of title 10, Code of Federal Regulations or 
to implement or enforce the standards established by the tables 
contained in section 325(i)(1)(B) of the Energy Policy and Conservation 
Act with respect to BPAR incandescent reflector lamps, BR incandescent 
reflector lamps, and ER incandescent reflector lamps;
Pages H5075-76
  Rohrabacher amendment that seeks to prohibit funds from being used to 
carry out projects described in section 1703(b)(5) of the Energy Policy 
Act of 2005; and
Pages H5077-78
  Adams amendment that seeks to prohibit funds from being used by the 
Department of Energy for maintaining, developing, or creating any Web 
site which disseminates information regarding energy efficiency and 
educational programs on energy efficiency specifically to children 
under 18 years of age.
Pages H5078-79
  H. Res. 337, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was 
agreed to on Friday, July 8th.
Committee Resignation: Read a letter from Representative Hirono, 
wherein she resigned from the Committee on Ethics.
  Page H5050
Committee Election: The House agreed to H. Res. 350, electing a Member 
to a certain standing committee of the House of Representatives. 
                                                             Page H5050
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to 
meet at 10 a.m. tomorrow, July 15th.
  Page H5080
Discharge Petition: Representative Gohmert presented to the clerk a 
motion to discharge the Committees on Armed Services and Transportation 
and Infrastructure from the consideration of H.R. 1297, to appropriate 
such funds as may be necessary to ensure that members of the Armed 
Forces, including reserve components thereof, continue to receive pay 
and allowances for active service performed when a funding gap caused 
by the failure to enact interim or full-year appropriations for the 
Armed Forces occurs, which results in the furlough of non-emergency 
personnel and the curtailment of Government activities and services 
(Discharge Petition No. 2).
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on 
page H5088.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Nine recorded votes developed during the 
proceedings of today and appear on pages H5044-45, H5045, H5045-46, 
H5046-47, H5047, H5047-48, H5048-49, H5049, H5049-50. There were no 
quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:58 p.m.



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Committee Meetings
USDA FARM LOAN PROGRAMS
Committee on Agriculture:  Subcommittee on Department Operations, 
Oversight, and Credit held a hearing on Agricultural Program Audit: 
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USDA Farm Loan Programs. Testimony was heard from Bruce Nelson, 
Administrator, Farm Service Agency, Department of Agriculture.
HUMAN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT: A HIGH RISK AREA FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF 
DEFENSE
Committee on Armed Services:  Full Committee held a hearing on Human 
Capital Management: A High Risk Area for the Department of Defense. 
Testimony was heard from Brenda Farrell, Director, Defense Capabilities 
and Management, GAO; John Hutton, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing 
Management Team, GAO; Pasquale (Pat) M. Tamburrino, Jr., Deputy 
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Civilian Personnel Policy); and Keith 
Charles, Director, Human Capital Initiatives (Acquisitions, Technology 
and Logistics), Department of Defense.
FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT
Committee on Education and the Workforce:  Subcommittee on Workforce 
Protections held a hearing entitled ``The Fair Labor Standards Act: Is 
It Meeting the Needs of the Twenty-First Century Workplace?'' Testimony 
was heard from public witnesses.
REGULATORY CHAOS: FINDING LEGISLATIVE SOLUTIONS TO BENEFIT JOBS AND THE 
ECONOMY
Committee on Energy and Commerce:  Subcommittee on the Environment and 
the Economy held a hearing entitled ``Regulatory Chaos: Finding 
Legislative Solutions to Benefit Jobs and the Economy.'' Testimony was 
heard from public witnesses.
INTERNET PRIVACY
Committee on Energy and Commerce:  Subcommittee on Commerce, 
Manufacturing, and Trade and the Subcommittee on Communications and 
Technology held a joint hearing entitled ``Internet Privacy: The Views 
of the FTC, the FCC, and NTIA.'' Testimony was heard from Julius 
Genachowski, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission; Edith 
Ramirez, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission; and Lawrence 
Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and 
Administrator, National Telecommunication and Information 
Administration.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Energy and Commerce:  Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a business meeting to consider a motion authorizing 
the issuance of a subpoena for certain records of the Office of 
Management and Budget relating to the Department of Energy's issuance 
of a loan guarantee to Solyndra, Inc. on September 2, 2009. The 
subcommittee passed a resolution authorizing the full Committee 
Chairman to authorize and issue a subpoena duces tecum to the Office of 
Management and Budget, related to or arising from the investigation of 
a loan guarantee made to Solyndra, Inc.
OFFICE OF FINANCIAL RESEARCH AND THE FINANCIAL STABILITY OVERSIGHT 
COUNCIL
Committee on Financial Services:  Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Office of 
Financial Research and the Financial Stability Oversight Council.'' 
Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary:  Full Committee held a markup of the 
following: H.R. 1932, the ``Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2011''; 
H.R. 2480, the ``Administrative Conference of the United States 
Reauthorization Act of 2011''; H.R. 704, the ``Security and Fairness 
Enhancement for America Act of 2011''; and H.R. 1002, the ``Wireless 
Tax Fairness Act of 2011.'' H.R. 1932, H.R. 2480, and H.R. 1002 were 
ordered reported, as amended. The markup of H.R. 704, the ``Security 
and Fairness Enhancement for America Act of 2011,'' will continue on 
July 15, 11 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
LEGISLATIVE MEASURES
Committee on Natural Resources:  Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, 
Oceans, and Insular Affairs held a hearing on the following: P.L. 110-
229, the ``Consolidated Natural Resources Act''; H.R. 1466, to resolve 
the status of certain persons legally residing in the Commonwealth of 
the Northern Mariana Islands under the immigration laws of the United 
States; and H.R. 44, the ``Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act.'' 
Testimony was heard from Benigno Repeki Fitial, Governor, Commonwealth 
of the Northern Mariana Islands; Eddie Baza Calvo, Governor, Guam; 
David Gootnik, Director, International Affairs and Trade, GAO; Kelly 
Ryan, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Border 
Security, Office of Policy, Department of Homeland Security; Nik Pula, 
Director, Office of Insular Affairs, Department of the Interior; 
Mauricio Tamargo, former Chairman, Guam War Claims Review Commission, 
former Chairman, United States Foreign Claims Settlement Commission; 
and Brig. Gen. V.G. Ben Blaz, USMC (Ret.), former Member of Congress; 
and public witnesses.
SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS REAUTHORIZATION AND FOREST MANAGEMENT OPTIONS
Committee on Natural Resources:  Subcommittee on National Parks, 
Forests and Public Lands held a hearing

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entitled ``Secure Rural Schools Reauthorization and Forest Management 
Options for a Viable County Payments Program.'' Testimony was heard 
from Mary Wagner, Associate Chief, U.S. Forest Service, Department of 
Agriculture; David Tenney, President, County Supervisors Association of 
Arizona, Navajo County Board of Supervisors; David Crews, 
Superintendent, Norwood, Colorado School District; and public 
witnesses.
ABANDONED MINED LANDS
Committee on Natural Resources:  Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral 
Resources held a hearing entitled ``Abandoned Mined Lands: Innovative 
Solutions for Restoring the Environment, Improving Safety and Creating 
Jobs.'' Testimony was heard from Marcilynn Burke, Deputy Director, 
Bureau of Land Management; Joel Holtrop, Deputy Chief, U.S. Forest 
Service; and Anu Mittal, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, 
GAO; and public witnesses.
CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION EFFORTS
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:  Full Committee held a 
hearing entitled ``Consumer Financial Protection Efforts: Answers 
Needed.'' Testimony was heard from Elizabeth Warren, Assistant to the 
President, and Special Adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury.
EPA'S APPALACHIAN ENERGY PERMITORIUM
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:  Subcommittee on 
Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending held a 
hearing entitled ``EPA's Appalachian Energy Permitorium: Job Killer or 
Job Creator?'' Testimony was heard from Rep. Capito, Nancy Stoner, 
Acting Assistant Administrator for Water, EPA; Margaret E. Gaffney-
Smith, Chief, Regulatory Community of Practice, Army Corps of 
Engineers; and public witnesses.
TRANSPARENCY AND FEDERAL MANAGEMENT IT SYSTEMS
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:  Subcommittee on 
Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and 
Procurement Reform held a hearing entitled ``Transparency and Federal 
Management IT Systems.'' Testimony was heard from Vivek Kundra, Chief 
Information Officer, OMB; Roger Baker, Chief Information Officer, 
Department of Veterans Affairs; Lawrence Gross, Deputy Chief 
Information Officer, Department of the Interior; Owen Barwell, Acting 
Chief Financial Officer, Department of Energy; and Joel Willemssen, 
Managing Director, Information Technology Issues, GAO.
EPA'S IRIS PROGRAM
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology:  Subcommittee on 
Investigations and Oversight held a hearing entitled ``EPA's IRIS 
Program: Evaluating the Science and Process Behind Chemical Risk 
Assessment.'' Testimony was heard from Paul Anastas, Assistant 
Administrator, Office of Research and Development, EPA; David Trimble, 
Acting Director, Natural Resources and Environment, GAO; J. Christian 
Bollwage, Mayor, Elizabeth, New Jersey; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology:  Subcommittee on Energy 
and Environment held a markup of legislation regarding Harmful Algal 
Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2011. The 
bill was forwarded, as amended.
FEMA REAUTHORIZATION AND CUTTING THE RED TAPE IN RECOVERY
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure:  Subcommittee on 
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a 
hearing entitled ``FEMA Reauthorization and Cutting the Red Tape in 
Recovery.'' Testimony was heard from W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, 
FEMA; Lt. Col. Jerome Hatfield, Deputy Superintendent for Homeland 
Security, New Jersey State Police, National Emergency Management 
Association; and public witnesses.
PIPELINE SAFETY
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure:  Subcommittee on 
Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing entitled 
``Silvertip Pipeline Oil Spill in Yellowstone County, Montana''. 
Testimony was heard from Rep. Tester; Cynthia Quarterman, 
Administrator, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration; 
and public witnesses.
INTELLIGENCE OVERSIGHT
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee held a 
hearing on Intelligence Oversight. This was a closed hearing.
PREVENTING VIOLENT EXTREMISM IN AMERICA
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:  Subcommittee on 
Terrorism, HUMINT, Analysis, and Counterintelligence held a hearing 
entitled ``Preventing Violent Extremism in America: A Report from the 
Bipartisan Policy Center''. This is an open hearing.

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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                             JULY 15, 2011

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

  Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Military Readiness, 
hearing on military voting, 11 a.m., 2212 Rayburn.
  Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and 
Power, hearing entitled ``The American Energy Initiative.'' The 
hearing will focus on legislation regarding the ``Pipeline 
Infrastructure and Community Protection Act of 2011,'' 9:30 a.m., 
2322 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, hearing entitled 
``Legislative Hearing to Address Spectrum and Public Safety 
Issues,'' 9 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Oversight, 
Investigations, and Management, hearing entitled ``Homeland Security 
Contracting: Does the Department Effectively Leverage Emerging 
Technologies?'' 10 a.m., 311 Cannon.
  Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, 
Competition and the Internet, hearing on legislation regarding the 
``Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act,'' 10 a.m., 
2141 Rayburn.
  Full Committee, markup of H.R. 704, the ``Security and Fairness 
Enhancement for America Act of 2011,'' 11 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Committee on Natural Resources, Full Committee, hearing entitled 
``Offshore Energy: Interior Department's Plans for Offshore Energy, 
Revenue, and Safety Reorganization,'' 9 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 
2433, to amend title 38, United States Code, to make certain 
improvements in the laws relating to the employment and training of 
veterans, and for other purposes; H.R. 1941, the ``Hiring Heroes Act 
of 2011''; and H.R. 169, to require the Secretary of Veterans 
Affairs to include on the main page of the Internet Web site of the 
Department of Veterans Affairs a hyperlink to the VetSuccess 
Internet Web site and to publicize such Internet Web site, 10 a.m., 
334 Cannon.


                             Joint Meetings

  Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: To hold hearings 
to examine Internet freedom in the Organization for Security and Co-
operation in Europe (OSCE) region, focusing on current trends in 
Internet governance, 10 a.m., 210 Cannon Building.



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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                        2 p.m., Monday, July 18

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Monday: After the transaction of any morning business (not 
to extend beyond 3:30 p.m.), Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 
2055, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act. Following which, at 5 p.m., Senate will begin 
consideration of the nomination of J. Paul Oetken, of New York, to be 
United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, 
with a vote on confirmation of the nomination, at approximately 5:30 
p.m.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        10 a.m., Friday, July 15

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Friday: Complete consideration of H.R. 2354--Energy and 
Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012.
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            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Austria, Steve, Ohio, E1319
Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., Ga., E1327
Bishop, Timothy H., N.Y., E1324
Bonner, Jo, Ala., E1325
Brady, Robert A., Pa., E1321
Buchanan, Vern, Fla., E1323
Carnahan, Russ, Mo., E1327
Cicilline, David N., R.I., E1328
Coffman, Mike, Colo., E1325
Cohen, Steve, Tenn., E1328
Davis, Danny K., Ill., E1323
Fudge, Marcia L., Ohio, E1320
Gibson, Christopher P., N.Y., E1320
Graves, Sam, Mo., E1321, E1322, E1322, E1323, E1323
Holt, Rush D., N.J., E1320, E1322
Inslee, Jay, Wash., E1324, E1326
Israel, Steve, N.Y., E1323
Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E1328
Kildee, Dale E., Mich., E1325
Kucinich, Dennis J., Ohio, E1326
Lowey, Nita M., N.Y., E1323
McCollum, Betty, Minn., E1321
McIntyre, Mike, N.C., E1329
McMorris Rodgers, Cathy, Wash., E1322
Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E1325
Marino, Tom, Pa., E1319
Pascrell, Bill, Jr., N.J., E1330
Petri, Thomas E., Wisc., E1322
Sarbanes, John P., Md., E1321
Sessions, Pete, Tex., E1324
Sewell, Terri A., Ala., E1326
Sires, Albio, N.J., E1320
Wasserman Schultz, Debbie, Fla., E1329
Woolsey, Lynn C., Calif., E1322, E1327
Young, Don, Alaska, E1319 



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