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Daily Digest/Highlights + Senate



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                                           Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed H.R. 2055, Military Construction and Veterans 
      Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, as amended.

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S4681-S4739
Measures Introduced: Six bills were introduced, as follows: S. 1389-
1394.
  Page S4721
Measures Passed:
  Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act: By 97 yeas to 2 nays (Vote No. 115), Senate passed 
H.R. 2055, making appropriations for military construction, the 
Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 2012, after agreeing to the substitute 
amendment, and taking action on the following amendments proposed 
thereto:
  Pages S4687-91, S4700-12
Adopted:
  Johnson (SD) Further Modified Amendment No. 556, of a perfecting 
nature.
Pages S4687, S4701-02
  Wyden/Merkley Amendment No. 570, to provide for the closure of 
Umatilla Army Chemical Depot, Oregon.
Page S4687
  Reid (for Hutchison) Amendment No. 562, to restrict the use of funds 
for a permanent United States Africa Command headquarters outside of 
the United States.
Page S4702
  Reid (for Hutchison) Amendment No. 563, to limit the availability of 
funds for military construction projects at Grafenwohr and Baumholder, 
Germany, pending a report on the brigade combat team scheduled to be 
withdrawn from Germany in 2015.
Page S4702
  Ayotte Amendment No. 575, to require the Secretary of Veterans 
Affairs, in coordination with the Defense Advanced Research Projects 
Agency, to submit a report to Congress detailing the Secretary's plans, 
and identifying challenges, both technical and administrative, to 
ensure that advanced, next-generation prosthetics are made available to 
injured members of the Armed Forces and veterans in a timely manner. 
                                                         Pages S4700-01
  Boxer Modified Amendment No. 577, of a perfecting nature. 
                                                     Pages S4701, S4703
Rejected:
  Vitter Amendment No. 568, to provide that none of the funds 
appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be obligated 
or expended at a rate higher than the level of the Senate and House of 
Representatives concurrent budget resolution for fiscal year 2012. (By 
69 yeas to 30 nays (Vote No. 113), Senate tabled the amendment.) 
                                                  Pages S4687, S4690-91
  Coburn Amendment No. 564, to require evidence of causal relationships 
for presumptions by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs of service 
connection for diseases associated with exposure to certain herbicide 
agents. (By 69 yeas to 30 nays (Vote No. 114), Senate tabled the 
amendment.)
Pages S4687, S4702-04
Withdrawn:
  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 S4687
  Senate insisted on its amendment, requested a conference with the 
House thereon, and the Chair was authorized to appoint the following 
conferees on the part of the Senate: Senators Johnson (SD), Inouye, 
Landrieu, Murray, Reed, Nelson (NE), Pryor, Tester, Leahy, Kirk, 
Hutchison, McConnell, Murkowski, Blunt, Hoeven, Coats, and Cochran. 
                                                             Page S4712
  Cut, Cap, and Balance Act--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time 
agreement was reached providing that when the Senate receives H.R. 
2560, to cut, cap, and balance the Federal budget, it be ordered to be 
read twice and placed on the Calendar;

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provided further, that when the Senate considers the motion to proceed 
to the bill, the time until 2:00 p.m. be equally divided and controlled 
between the two Leaders, or their designees, with Senators permitted to 
speak therein for up to 10 minutes each, with the Republicans 
controlling the first 30 minutes and the Majority controlling the next 
30 minutes.
  Page S4729
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 former 
Liberian regime of Charles Taylor and on the continuation of the 
national emergency blocking property of certain persons and prohibiting 
the importation of certain goods from Liberia that was established in 
Executive Order 13348 on July 22, 2004; which was referred to the 
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM-14)
Page S4718
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Michael Walter Fitzgerald, of California, to be United States 
District Judge for the Central District of California.
  Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, and Navy.
Pages S4729-39
Messages from the House:
  Page S4718
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
  Pages S4682, S4718
Executive Communications:
  Pages S4718-21
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S4721
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S4721-22
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S4722-27
Additional Statements:
  Pages S4717-18
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S4727-28
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S4728
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S4728-29
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S4729
Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--115) 
                                                  Pages S4691, S4703-05
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 6:48 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2011. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S4729.)



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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERALS' CORPS
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Personnel concluded a 
hearing to examine providing legal services by members of the Judge 
Advocate Generals' Corps, after receiving testimony from Colonel Daniel 
J. Dell'Orto, JAGC, USA (Ret.), Chairman, and Lieutenant General Pete 
Osman, USMC (Ret.), Panel Member, both of the Independent Panel Review 
of Judge Advocate Requirements of the Department of the Navy, 
Lieutenant General Dana K. Chipman, JAGC, USA, Judge Advocate General 
of the United States Army, Vice Admiral James W. Houck, JAGC, USN, 
Judge Advocate General of the United States Navy, Lieutenant General 
Richard C. Harding, JAGC, USAF, Judge Advocate General of the United 
States Air Force, and Major General Vaughn A. Ary, USMC, Staff Judge 
Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, all of the Department 
of Defense.
ACCESS TO CAPITAL
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on 
Economic Policy concluded a hearing to examine access to capital, 
focusing on fostering job creation and innovation through high-growth 
startups, after receiving testimony from Ted D. Zoller, Ewing Marion 
Kauffman Foundation, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Elizabeth Conner 
Marchi, Frontier Angel Fund, LLC, Polson, Montana; and Robert F. 
Bargatze, Ligocyte Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Bozeman, Montana.
AMERICAN TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine building American transportation infrastructure 
through innovative funding, after receiving testimony from Polly 
Trottenberg, Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Transportation 
Policy; Stephen J. Bruno, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and 
Trainmen, Robert Dove, Carlyle Group, and T. Peter Ruane, American Road 
and Transportation Builders Association, all of Washington, D.C.; and 
J. Perry Offutt, Morgan Stanley and Co., LLC, New York, New York.
GULF OIL SPILL
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard concluded a hearing to 
examine looking to the future, focusing on lessons in prevention, 
response, and restoration from the Gulf oil spill, after receiving 
testimony from Rear Admiral Paul F.

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Zukunft, Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and 
Stewardship, United States Coast Guard, Department of Homeland 
Security; David M. Kennedy, Assistant Administrator, National Ocean 
Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of 
Commerce; Grover Robinson, Escambia County Commissioner, Pensacola, 
Florida; R. Eugene Turner, Louisiana State University Department of 
Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Baton Rouge; Erik Milito, American 
Petroleum Institute (API), Washington, D.C.; and Jim Ayers, Ocean 
Conservancy, Juneau, Alaska.
YELLOWSTONE RIVER OIL SPILL
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Subcommittee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure concluded an oversight hearing to 
examine the Yellowstone River oil spill, after receiving testimony from 
Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency; 
Cynthia L. Quarterman, Administrator, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials 
Safety Administration, Department of Transportation; William Kennedy, 
Yellowstone County Commissioner, Billings, Montana; Gary W. Pruessing, 
ExxonMobil Pipeline Company, Washington, D.C.; and Scott McBurney, 
Laurel, Montana.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the nominations of Earl Anthony Wayne, of Maryland, to be 
Ambassador to Mexico, and Arnold A. Chacon, of Virginia, to be 
Ambassador to the Republic of Guatemala, both of the Department of 
State, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own 
behalf.
FEDERAL REGULATION
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
concluded hearings to examine Federal regulation, focusing on S. 1030, 
to reform the regulatory process to ensure that small businesses are 
free to compete and to create jobs, S. 1189, to amend the Unfunded 
Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.) to provide for 
regulatory impact analyses for certain rules, consideration of the 
least burdensome regulatory alternative, S. 128, to amend title 44 of 
the United States Code, to provide for the suspension of fines under 
certain circumstances for first-time paperwork violations by small 
business concerns, S. 299, to amend chapter 8 of title 5, United States 
Code, to provide that major rules of the executive branch shall have no 
force or effect unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted into 
law, S. 358, to codify and modify regulatory requirements of Federal 
agencies, S. 602, to require regulatory reform, S. 1338, to amend 
chapter 5 of title 31, United States Code, to establish the Office of 
Regulatory Integrity within the Office of Management and Budget, and S. 
1339, to provide for the compilation and reporting of participation 
data relating to Federal rulemaking, after receiving testimony from 
Senator Whitehouse; and Sally Katzen, former Administrator, Office of 
Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 
Susan E. Dudley, George Washington University Regulatory Studies 
Center, David Goldston, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Karen 
Harned, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), all of 
Washington, D.C.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the nominations of Phyllis Nichamoff Segal, of 
Massachusetts, Lisa M. Quiroz, of New York, John D. Podesta, of the 
District of Columbia, Matthew Francis McCabe, of Pennsylvania, 
Marguerite W. Kondracke, of Tennessee, Jane D. Hartley, of New York, 
and Richard Christman, of Kentucky, all to be a Member of the Board of 
Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, Dan 
Arvizu, of Colorado, Alan I. Leshner, of Maryland, and William Carl 
Lineberger, of Colorado, all to be a Member of the National Science 
Board, National Science Foundation, Aaron Paul Dworkin, of Michigan, to 
be a Member of the National Council on the Arts, and Eric S. Edelman, 
of Virginia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the United 
States Institute of Peace.
DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine S. 
598, to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and ensure respect for State 
regulation of marriage, focusing on assessing the impact of the Defense 
of Marriage Act on American families, after receiving testimony from 
Representatives John Lewis and Nadler; Tom Minnery, Focus on the 
Family, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Joe Solmonese, Human Rights 
Campaign, Austin R. Nimocks, Alliance Defense Fund, and Edward Whelan, 
Ethics and Public Policy Center, all of Washington, D.C.; Evan Wolfson, 
Freedom to Marry, New York, New York; Ron Wallen, Indio, California; 
Andrew Sorbo, Cheshire, Connecticut; and Susan M. Murray, Ferrisburgh, 
Vermont.
COUNTERNARCOTICS EFFORTS IN AFGHANISTAN
United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control: Caucus 
concluded a hearing to examine counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan, 
focusing on future counternarcotics efforts in the country as United 
States troop levels are reduced in the coming

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years, after receiving testimony from Thomas M. Harrigan, Assistant 
Administrator and Chief of Operations, Drug Enforcement Administration, 
Department of Justice; William F. Wechsler, Deputy Assistant Secretary 
of Defense for Counternarcotics and Global Threats; and Brian A. 
Nichols, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for 
International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.



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Daily Digest/House of Representatives



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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 10 public bills, H.R. 2494-
2495, 2597-2604 and 2 resolutions, H. Res. 360-361 were introduced. 
                                                         Pages H5284-85
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page H5285
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 290, to amend title 36, United States Code, to ensure that 
memorials commemorating the service of the United States Armed Forces 
may contain religious symbols, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 112-
156);
  H.R. 295, to amend the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998 
to authorize funds to acquire hydrographic data and provide 
hydrographic services specific to the Arctic for safe navigation, 
delineating the United States extended continental shelf, and the 
monitoring and description of coastal changes (H. Rept. 112-157);
  H.R. 441, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to issue permits 
for a microhydro project in nonwilderness areas within the boundaries 
of Denali National Park and Preserve, to acquire land for Denali 
National Park and Preserve from Doyon Tourism, Inc., and for other 
purposes, with amendments (H. Rept. 112-158);
  H.R. 470, to further allocate and expand the availability of 
hydroelectric power generated at Hoover Dam, and for other purposes (H. 
Rept. 112-159, Pt. 1);
  H.R. 489, to clarify the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the 
Interior with respect to the C.C. Cragin Dam and Reservoir, and for 
other purposes (H. Rept. 112-160);
  H.R. 643, to provide for the exchange of certain land located in the 
Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests in the State of Colorado, and for 
other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 112-161);
  H.R. 670, to convey certain submerged lands to the Commonwealth of 
the Northern Mariana Islands in order to give that territory the same 
benefits in its submerged lands as Guam, the Virgin Islands, and 
American Samoa have in their submerged lands (H. Rept. 112-162);
  H.R. 686, to require the conveyance of certain public land within the 
boundaries of Camp Williams, Utah, to support the training and 
readiness of the Utah National Guard, with an amendment (H. Rept. 112-
163);
  H.R. 765, 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 purposes (H. Rept. 112-164, 
Pt. 1);
  H.R. 944, to eliminate an unused lighthouse reservation, provide 
management consistency by incorporating the rocks and small islands 
along the coast of Orange County, California, into the California 
Coastal National Monument managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and 
meet the original Congressional intent of preserving Orange County's 
rocks and small islands, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 112-165);
  H.R. 1022, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a 
study of alternatives for commemorating and interpreting the role of 
the Buffalo Soldiers in the early years of the National Parks, and for 
other purposes (H. Rept. 112-166);
  H.R. 1141, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to study the 
suitability and feasibility of designating prehistoric, historic, and 
limestone forest sites on Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana 
Islands, as a unit of the National Park System (H. Rept. 112-167);
  H.R. 1160, to require the Secretary of the Interior to convey the 
McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery to the State of North Carolina, 
and for other purposes (H. Rept. 112-168);
  H.R. 2596, making appropriations for Departments of Commerce and 
Justice, and Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2012, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 112-169);
  H.R. 320, to designate a Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial 
at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California (H. Rept. 112-
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  S. 266, to redesignate the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge as the 
Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge (H. Rept. 112-171);
  H. Res. 358, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1315) to 
amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to 
strengthen the review authority of the Financial Stability Oversight 
Council of regulations issued by the Bureau of Consumer Financial 
Protection, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 112-172); and
  H. Res. 359, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2551) 
making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 112-173). 
                                                             Page H5284
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative Webster to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H5241
Recess: The House recessed at 11:07 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon. 
                                                             Page H5248
  Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2011, Part IV: The House passed 
H.R. 2553, 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 the airport 
improvement program, by a recorded vote of 243 ayes to 177 noes, Roll 
No. 611.
  Pages H5251-66
  Rejected the Rahall motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure with instructions to report the same 
back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 
187 yeas to 233 noes, Roll No. 610.
Pages H5264-65
  H. Res. 357, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was 
agreed to by a recorded vote of 242 ayes to 178 noes, Roll No. 609, 
after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 239 
yeas to 183 nays, Roll No. 608.
Pages H5251, H5255-57
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measure:
  Approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese 
Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003: H.J. Res. 66, amended, to approve 
the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and 
Democracy Act of 2003.
  Pages H5266-69
Recess: The House recessed at 5:54 p.m. and reconvened at 6:35 p.m. 
                                                             Page H5283
Presidential Message: Read a message from the President wherein he 
notified Congress that the national emergency and related measures 
dealing with the former regime of Charles Taylor are to continue in 
effect beyond July 22, 2011--referred to the Committee on Foreign 
Affairs and ordered printed (H. Doc. 112-45).
  Page H5282
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on 
page H5286.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea-and-nay votes and two recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H5255-56, 
H5256-57, H5264-65 and H5265-66. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:37 p.m.



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Committee Meetings
USDA ENERGY AND FORESTRY PROGRAMS
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and 
Forestry held a hearing on Agricultural Program Audit: Examination of 
USDA Energy and Forestry Programs. Testimony was heard from the 
following Department of Agriculture officials: Tom Tidwell, Chief, U.S. 
Forest Service; Judy Canales, Administrator, Rural Business Cooperative 
Service; and Juan Garcia, Deputy Administrator, Farm Service Agency.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Commerce, 
Manufacturing, and Trade held a markup of legislation regarding the 
``SAFE DATA Act.'' The bill was forwarded, as amended.
REGULATORY REFORM SERIES #5--FDA MEDICAL DEVICE REGULATION
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Regulatory Reform Series #5--
FDA Medical Device Regulation: Impact on American Patients, Innovation 
and Jobs.'' Testimony was heard from Jeffrey E. Shuren, Director, 
Center for Devices and Radiolical Health, Food and Drug Administration; 
and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee held a markup of the 
following: H.R. 2527, the ``Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin 
Act''; H.R. 1751, the ``CJ's Home Protection Act of 2011''; H.R. 2056, 
to instruct the Inspector General of the Federal Deposit Insurance 
Corporation to study the impact of insured depository institution on 
failures, and for other purposes; and H.R. 1539, the ``Asset-Backed 
Market Stabilization Act of 2011''. The following were ordered 
reported, as amended: H.R. 2056 and H.R. 2527. The following were 
ordered

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reported without amendment: H.R. 1751 and H.R. 1539.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Full Committee held a markup of the 
Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2012. The bill was 
ordered reported, as amended.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee held a markup of the 
following: H.R. 704, the ``Security and Fairness Enhancement for 
America Act of 2011''; H.R. 1550, the ``Federal Law Enforcement 
Recruitment and Retention Act of 2011''; H.R. 2076, the ``Investigative 
Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2011''; H.R. 963, the ``See 
Something, Say Something Act of 2011''; H.R. 1059, to protect the 
safety of judges by extending the authority of the Judicial Conference 
to redact sensitive information contained in their financial disclosure 
reports, and for other purposes; and H.R. 2552, the ``Identity Theft 
Improvement Act of 2011''. H.R. 1550 was ordered reported, as amended. 
The following were ordered reported without amendment: H.R. 704, H.R. 
2076, H.R. 963, H.R. 1059, and H.R. 2552.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Natural Resources: Full Committee held a markup of the 
following: H.R. 241, to authorize the conveyance of certain National 
Forest System lands in the Los Padres National Forest in California; 
H.R. 258, the ``Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act of 
2011''; H.R. 461, the ``South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance Act''; 
H.R. 473, the ``HALE Scouts Act'' or the ``Help to Access Land for the 
Education of Scouts''; H.R. 795, the ``Small-Scale Hydropower 
Enhancement Act of 2011''; H.R. 818, to direct the Secretary of the 
Interior to allow for prepayment of repayment contracts between the 
United States and the Uintah Water Conservancy District; H.R. 1158, the 
``Montana Mineral Conveyance Act''; H.R. 1258, the ``Box Elder Utah 
Land Conveyance Act''; H.R. 1421, to amend the Water Resources 
Development Act of 1986 to clarify the role of the Cherokee Nation of 
Oklahoma with regard to the maintenance of the W.D. Mayo Lock and Dam 
in Oklahoma; H.R. 1560, to amend the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama 
and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act to allow the 
Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribe to determine blood quantum requirement for 
membership in that tribe; and H.R. 2011, the ``National Strategic and 
Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2011''. The following were ordered 
reported, as amended: H.R. 241, H.R. 258, H.R. 461, H.R. 473, H.R. 795, 
H.R. 1158, and H.R. 2011. The following were ordered reported without 
amendment: H.R. 818, H.R. 1258, H.R. 1421, and H.R. 1560.
CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION SAFETY AND SOUNDNESS IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 
2011
Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 1315, the 
``Consumer Financial Protection Safety and Soundness Improvement Act of 
2011.'' The Committee granted, by voice vote, a structured rule 
providing one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by 
the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Financial 
Services. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of 
the bill. The rule makes in order as original text for the purpose of 
amendment the Rules Committee Print of H.R. 1316 dated July 14, 2011 
and provides that the print shall be considered as read. The rule makes 
in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report 
accompanying the resolution. Each such amendment may 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. The rule waives all points of order against the amendments 
printed in the Rules Committee report. The rule provides one motion to 
recommit with or without instructions. Finally, the rule directs the 
Clerk to, in the engrossment of H.R. 1315, add the text of H.R. 830 as 
passed by the House as a new matter at the end of H.R. 1315. Testimony 
on H.R. 1315 was heard from the following: Rep. Capito, Rep. Frank of 
Massachusetts, Rep. Miller of North Carolina, Rep. Jackson Lee of 
Texas, and Rep. Chu.
LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS ACT, FY 2012
Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 1315, the 
``Consumer Financial Protection Safety and Soundness Improvement Act of 
2011''; and H.R. 2551, the ``Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, FY 
2012.'' The Committee granted, by voice vote, a structured rule 
providing one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by 
the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on 
Appropriations. The rule waives all points of order against 
consideration of the bill. The rule provides that the bill shall be 
considered as read. The rule waives points of order against provisions 
in the bill for failure to comply with clause 2 of rule XXI. The rule 
provides that the chair and ranking minority member or their designees 
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forma amendments for the purpose of debate at any time. The rule makes 
in order only those further amendments printed in the Rules Committee 
report accompanying the resolution. Each such amendment may 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. The rule waives all points of order against the amendments 
printed in the report. Finally, the rule provides one motion to 
recommit with or without instructions. Testimony on H.R. 2551 was heard 
from the following: Rep. Crenshaw, Rep. Honda, Rep. Moran, Rep. 
Thompson of Pennsylvania, Rep. Watt, Rep. Gosar, Rep. Holt, Rep. 
Schweikert, Rep. Wasserman Schultz, and Rep. Altmire.
LEGISLATIVE MEASURES
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing on the following: H.R. 2383, the 
``Modernizing Notice to Claimants Act''; H.R. 2243, the ``Veterans 
Employment Promotion Act''; H.R. 2388, the ``Access to Timely 
Information Act''; and draft legislation. Testimony was heard from 
Thomas Murphy, Director, Compensation Service Veterans Benefits 
Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; John H. ``Jack'' 
Thompson, Deputy Assistant General Counsel, Department of Veterans 
Affairs; Elizabeth A. McGrath, Deputy Chief Management Officer, 
Department of Defense; Debra Filippi, Former Director, U.S. Department 
of Defense/U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Interagency Program 
Office; and public witnesses.

Joint Meetings
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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2011-07-21



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                    COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                             JULY 21, 2011

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

                                 Senate

  Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: to hold 
hearings to examine the nomination of Mark P. Wetjen, of Nevada, to 
be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 10 
a.m., SD-G50.
  Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine the 
nominations of James A. Winnefeld, Jr., USN for reappointment to the 
grade of admiral and to be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of 
Staff, General Raymond T. Odierno, USA for reappointment to the 
grade of general and to be Chief of Staff, United States Army, and 
General William M. Fraser III, USAF for reappointment to the grade 
of general and to be Commander, United States Transportation 
Command, all of the Department of Defense, 9:30 a.m., SH-216.
  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold hearings 
to examine enhanced oversight after the financial crisis, focusing 
on the ``Wall Street Reform Act'' at one year, 10 a.m., SD-538.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee 
on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, 
Safety, and Security, to hold hearings to examine making our roads 
safer, focusing on reauthorization of the Motor Carrier Safety 
Programs, 2:30 p.m., SR-253.
  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: business meeting to 
consider S. 916, to facilitate appropriate oil and gas development 
on Federal land and waters, to limit dependence of the United States 
on foreign sources of oil and gas, and S. 917, to amend the Outer 
Continental Shelf Lands Act to reform the management of energy and 
mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf, 10 a.m., SD-366.
  Committee on Environment and Public Works: to hold hearings to 
examine legislative issues for transportation reauthorization, 10 
a.m., SD-406.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine the 
nomination of Sung Y. Kim, of California, to be Ambassador to the 
Republic of Korea, Department of State, 10:30 a.m., SD-419.
  Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold 
hearings to examine improving for-profit higher education, focusing 
on a roundtable discussion of policy solutions, 2 p.m., SH-216.
  Committee on Indian Affairs: to hold an oversight hearing to 
examine floods and fires, focusing on emergency preparedness for 
natural disasters in the native communities, 2:15 p.m., SD-628.
  Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider S. 1231, 
to reauthorize the Second Chance Act of 2007, S. 27, to prohibit 
brand name drug companies from compensating generic drug companies 
to delay the entry of a generic drug into the market, S. 1228, to 
prohibit trafficking in counterfeit military goods or services, S. 
401, to help Federal prosecutors and investigators combat public 
corruption by strengthening and clarifying the law, S. 657, to 
encourage, enhance, and integrate Blue Alert plans throughout the 
United States in order to disseminate information when a law 
enforcement officer is seriously injured or killed in the line of 
duty, S. 409, to ban the sale of certain synthetic drugs, S. 605, to 
amend the Controlled Substances Act to place synthetic drugs in 
Schedule I, S. 839, to ban the sale of certain synthetic drugs, and 
the nominations of Steve Six, of Kansas, to be United States Circuit 
Judge for the Tenth Circuit, Christopher Droney, of Connecticut, to 
be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit, Robert David 
Mariani, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District 
of Pennsylvania, Cathy Bissoon, and Mark Raymond Hornak, both to be 
a United States District Judge for the Western District of 
Pennsylvania, Robert N. Scola, Jr., to

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be United States District Judge for the Southern District of 
Florida, and Clayton D. Johnson, to be United States Marshal for the 
Northern District of Oklahoma, Department of Justice, 10 a.m., SD-
226.
  Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold closed hearings to 
examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH-219.
  Special Committee on Aging: to hold hearings to examine reducing 
drug costs to Medicare, 2 p.m., SD-106.


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  Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Nutrition and 
Horticulture, hearing on Agricultural Program Audit: Examination of 
Title IV Nutrition Programs, 10 a.m., 1300 Longworth.
  Full Committee, hearing on Derivatives Reform: The View from Main 
Street, 2 p.m., 1300 Longworth.
  Committee on Education and the Workforce, Full Committee, markup 
of legislation regarding the ``Protecting Jobs from Government 
Interference Act.'' 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.
  Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, hearing 
entitled ``Legislative Hearing to Address Bioterrorism, Controlled 
Substances and Public Health Issues.'' 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Energy and Power, continue hearing entitled ``The 
American Energy Initiative.'' The hearing will continue to focus on 
legislation regarding the ``Pipeline Infrastructure and Community 
Protection Act of 2011.'' 9 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.
  Committee on Rules, Full Committee, hearing on legislation 
regarding the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act, FY 2012. 3 p.m., H-313 Capitol.
  Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Full Committee, 
markup of H.R. 2096, the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2011.'' 10 
a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic 
Opportunity, hearing on H.R. 2274, to amend title 38, United States 
Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary 
of Defense to submit to Congress annual reports on the Post-9/11 
Educational Assistance Program, and for other purposes; H.R. 1911, 
the ``Protecting Veterans' Homes Act''; H.R. 2329, the ``Ensuring a 
Response for Servicemembers Act''; H.R. 1263, to amend the 
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide surviving spouses with 
certain protections relating to mortgages and mortgage foreclosures; 
H.R. 2302 to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs to notify Congress of conferences 
sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs; and H.R. 2345, to 
amend title 38, United States Code, to extend the authorization of 
appropriations for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to pay a 
monthly assistance allowance to disabled veterans training or 
competing for the Paralympic Team and the authorization of 
appropriations for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide 
assistance to United States Paralympics, Inc. 10 a.m., 334 Cannon.



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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                     9:30 a.m., Thursday, July 21 

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: The Majority Leader will move to proceed to 
consideration of H.R. 2560, Cut, Cap, and Balance Act.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       10 a.m., Thursday, July 21

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: Consideration of H.R. 1315--Consumer Financial 
Protection Safety and Soundness Improvement Act of 2011 (Subject to a 
Rule). Begin consideration of H.R. 2551--Legislative Branch 
Appropriations Act, 2012 (Subject to a Rule).
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            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Aderholt, Robert B., Ala., E1364
Bilirakis, Gus M., Fla., E1366
Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., Ga., E1369
Burton, Dan, Ind., E1369
Clyburn, James E., S.C., E1370, E1371
Coffman, Mike, Colo., E1369
Costa, Jim, Calif., E1369
Dent, Charles W., Pa., E1366
Duncan, John J., Tenn., E1367
Fitzpatrick, Michael G., Pa., E1364
Guinta, Frank C., N.H., E1363
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E1366, E1368
King, Steve, Iowa, E1365
Lowey, Nita M., N.Y., E1364
McCollum, Betty, Minn., E1370
Markey, Edward J., Mass., E1369
Miller, Jeff, Fla., E1363
Palazzo, Steven M., Miss., E1368
Pallone, Frank, Jr., N.J., E1366
Paul, Ron, Tex., E1365
Pompeo, Mike, Kans., E1365
Quigley, Mike, Ill., E1364
Rangel, Charles B., N.Y., E1366
Richardson, Laura, Calif., E1368
Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana, Fla., E1370
Ryan, Tim, Ohio, E1363
Slaughter, Louise McIntosh, N.Y., E1371
Smith, Christopher H., N.J., E1364
Van Hollen, Chris, Md., E1371
Wittman, Robert J., Va., E1363



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