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                                           Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S4313-S4377
Measures Introduced: Ten bills and three resolutions were introduced, 
as follows: S. 3315-3324, and S. Res. 500-502.
  Page S4368
Measures Reported:
  S. Res. 385, condemning the Government of Iran for its continued 
persecution, imprisonment, and sentencing of Youcef Nadarkhani on the 
charge of apostasy, and with an amended preamble.
  S. Res. 402, condemning Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army 
for committing crimes against humanity and mass atrocities, and 
supporting ongoing efforts by the United States Government and 
governments in central Africa to remove Joseph Kony and Lord's 
Resistance Army commanders from the battlefield, with an amendment in 
the nature of a substitute and with an amended preamble.
  S. Res. 429, supporting the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day.
  S. Res. 473, commending Rotary International and others for their 
efforts to prevent and eradicate polio.
Page S4366
Measures Passed:
  Celebrating the Accomplishments of Title IX: Senate agreed to S. Res. 
500, celebrating the accomplishments of title IX of the Education 
Amendments of 1972, also known as the Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal 
Opportunity in Education Act, and recognizing the need to continue 
pursuing the goal of equal educational opportunities for all women and 
girls.
  Pages S4375-76
  National Men's Health Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 501, supporting 
National Men's Health Week.
  Page S4376
  150th Anniversary of the Signing of the First Morrill Act: Senate 
agreed to S. Res. 502, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the signing 
of the First Morrill Act.
  Pages S4376-77
Measures Considered:
Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act--Cloture: Senate began 
consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1940, to 
amend the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, to restore the 
financial solvency of the flood insurance fund.
  Page S4313
  A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed 
to consideration of the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of 
Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will 
occur on Friday, June 22, 2012.
Pages S4313-14
Boiler MACT/EPA: Committee on Environment and Public Works was 
discharged from further consideration of the joint resolution pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 802 (c) on June 19, 2012, and Senate began consideration of 
the motion to proceed to consideration of S.J. Res. 37, to disapprove a 
rule promulgated by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection 
Agency relating to emission standards for certain steam generating 
units.
  Pages S4314-34
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 46 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 139), Senate did not agree to the 
motion to proceed to consideration of the joint resolution. 
                                                             Page S4334
Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act--Agreement: Senate continued 
consideration of S. 3240, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 
2017, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto: 
                                                             Page S4334
Adopted:
  Manchin/Ayotte Amendment No. 2345, to require national dietary 
guidelines for pregnant women and children from birth until the age of 
2.
Page S4334
  By 63 yeas to 36 nays (Vote No. 140), Merkley Amendment No. 2382, to 
require the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation to provide crop 
insurance for organic crops under similar terms and conditions to crop 
insurance provided for other crops.
pages S4334-35
  By 63 yeas to 36 nays (Vote No. 143), Coburn Amendment No. 2293, to 
limit subsidies for millionaires.
Pages S4336-38
  Stabenow/Snowe Amendment No. 2453, to provide assistance for certain 
losses.
Page S4338

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  By 59 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 144), Kerry/Lugar Amendment No. 2454, 
to prohibit assistance to North Korea under title II of the Food for 
Peace Act unless the President issues a national interest waiver. 
                                                         Pages S4338-39
  By 77 yeas to 22 nays (Vote No. 146), Udall (CO) Amendment No. 2295, 
to increase the amounts authorized to be appropriated for the 
designation of treatment areas.
Pages S4339-40
  Warner Modified Amendment No. 2457, to improve access to broadband 
telecommunication services in rural areas.
Pages S4341-43
  Stabenow (for Schumer) Amendment No. 2427, to support State and 
tribal government efforts to promote research and education related to 
maple syrup production, natural resource sustainability in the maple 
syrup industry, market promotion of maple products, and greater access 
to lands containing maple trees for maple-sugaring activities. 
                                                             Page S4344
  Wyden Amendment No. 2388, to modify a provision relating to purchases 
of locally produced foods.
Pages S4344-45
  Boozman Amendment No. 2355, to support the dissemination of objective 
and scholarly agricultural and food law research and information. 
                                                             Page S4345
  Wyden Amendment No. 2442, to establish a pilot loan program to 
support healthy foods for the hungry.
Pages S4345-46
  Leahy Amendment No. 2204, to support the State Rural Development 
Partnership.
Pages S4346-48
  Nelson (NE) Amendment No. 2242, to amend section 520 of the Housing 
Act of 1949 to revise the census data and population requirements for 
areas to be considered as rural areas for purposes of such Act. 
                                                             Page S4348
  Klobuchar Amendment No. 2299, to require the Secretary of Agriculture 
and Secretary of Transportation to conduct a study on rural 
transportation issues.
Page S4350
  Stabenow (for Ayotte) Amendment No. 2195, to require a GAO report on 
crop insurance fraud.
Page S4351
  Stabenow (for Blunt) Amendment No. 2246, to assist military veterans 
in agricultural occupations.
Page S4351
  Stabenow (for Moran) Amendment No. 2403, to increase the minimum 
level of nonemergency food assistance.
Page S4351
  Stabenow (for Moran) Amendment No. 2443, to improve farm safety at 
the local level.
Page S4351
  Carper/Boozman Amendment No. 2287, to modify a provision relating to 
high-priority research and extension initiatives.
Pages S4351-52
  Sanders Amendment No. 2254, to improve the community wood energy 
program.
Pages S4352-53
  By 88 yeas to 11 nays (Vote No. 154), Vitter/Blumenthal Modified 
Amendment No. 2363, to ensure that extras in films and television who 
bring personal, common domesticated household pets do not face 
unnecessary regulations and to prohibit attendance at an animal 
fighting venture. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing 
that the amendment, having achieved 60 affirmatives votes, be agreed 
to.)
Pages S4351, S4353
  By 52 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 155), Chambliss Amendment No. 2438, 
to establish highly erodible land and wetland conservation compliance 
requirements for the Federal crop insurance program.
Pages S4353-54
  By 66 yeas to 33 nays (Vote No. 157), Coburn/Durbin Amendment No. 
2439, to limit the amount of premium subsidy provided by the Federal 
Crop Insurance Corporation on behalf of any person or legal entity with 
an average adjusted gross income in excess of $750,000, with a delayed 
application of the limitation until completion of a study on the 
effects of the limitation.
Pages S4355-56
  Chambliss/Isakson Amendment No. 2340, to move the sugar import quota 
adjustment date forward in the crop year.
Page S4356
  Stabenow (for Bennet/Crapo) Amendment No. 2202, to improve 
agricultural land easements.
Pages S4357-59
Rejected:
  By 44 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 141), DeMint Amendment No. 2273, to 
eliminate the authority of the Secretary to increase the amount of 
grants provided to eligible entities relating to providing access to 
broadband telecommunications services in rural areas.
Pages S4335-36
  By 30 yeas to 69 nays (Vote No. 142), Coburn Amendment No. 2289, to 
reduce funding for the market access program and to prohibit the use of 
funds for reality television shows, wine tastings, animal spa products, 
and cat or dog food.
Page S4336
  By 43 yeas to 56 nays (Vote No. 145), Kyl Amendment No. 2354, to 
prohibit assistance to North Korea under title II of the Food for Peace 
Act.
Page S4339
  By 21 yeas to 77 nays (Vote No. 147), Lee Amendment No. 2313, to 
repeal the forest legacy program.
Pages S4340-41
  By 15 yeas to 84 nays (Vote No. 148), Lee Amendment No. 2314, to 
repeal the conservation stewardship program and the conservation 
reserve program.
Pages S4343-44
  By 35 yeas to 63 nays, 1 responding present (Vote No. 149), Boozman 
Modified Amendment No. 2360, to provide for emergency food assistance. 
                                                             Page S4346

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  By 36 yeas to 63 nays (Vote No. 150), Toomey Amendment No. 2226, to 
eliminate biorefinery, renewable chemical, and biobased product 
manufacturing assistance.
                                                             Page S4348
  By 46 yeas to 53 nays (Vote No. 151), Toomey Amendment No. 2433, to 
reform the sugar program.
                                                         Pages S4348-50
  By 29 yeas to 70 nays (Vote No. 152), Lee Motion to Recommit the bill 
to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, with 
instructions to report the same back to the Senate with a reduction in 
spending to 2008 levels so that overall spending shall not exceed 
$714,247,000,000.
                                                         Pages S4350-51
  By 40 yeas to 59 nays (Vote No. 153), Johnson (WI) Motion to Recommit 
the bill to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, with 
instructions to report the same back to the Senate after removing the 
title relating to nutrition and to report to the Senate as a separate 
bill the title related to nutrition.
                                                             Page S4352
  By 44 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 156), Thune Amendment No. 2437, to 
limit the amount of premium subsidy provided by the Federal Crop 
Insurance Corporation on behalf of any person or legal entity with an 
average adjusted gross income in excess of $750,000, with a delayed 
application of the limitation until completion of a study on the 
effects of the limitation.
                                                         Pages S4354-55
  Chambliss Amendment No. 2432, to repeal mandatory funding for the 
farmers market and local food promotion program.
                                                             Page S4357
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill and the votes on the remaining amendments to 
the bill, at 11 a.m., on Thursday, June 21, 2012.
                                                             Page S4377
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Polly Ellen Trottenberg, of Maryland, to be Under Secretary of 
Transportation for Policy.
  David Masumoto, of California, to be a Member of the National Council 
on the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2018.
  A routine list in the Foreign Service.
                                                             Page S4377
Nomination Withdrawn: Senate received notification of withdrawal of the 
following nomination:
  Patricia M. Wald, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the 
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for a term expiring January 
29, 2019, which was sent to the Senate on April 16, 2012.
                                                             Page S4377
Messages from the House:
  Page S4363
Measures Referred:
  Page S4363
Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S4363
Executive Communications:
  Pages S4363-66
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S4366-68
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S4368-70
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S4370-75
Additional Statements:
  Pages S4362-63
Notices of Intent:
  Page S4375
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S4375
Record Votes: Nineteen record votes were taken today. (Total--157) 
                Pages S4334-36, S4338-40, S4344, S4346, S4348, S4350-56
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 7:15 p.m., 
until 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2012. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
nominations of William B. Pollard III, of New York, and Scott L. 
Silliman, of North Carolina, both to be a Judge of the United States 
Court of Military Commission Review, both of the Department of Defense, 
and 2,595 nominations in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.
INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING PROCESS
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on 
Securities, Insurance and Investment concluded a hearing to examine the 
initial public offering process, focusing on ordinary investors, after 
receiving testimony from Ann E. Sherman, DePaul University, Chicago, 
Illinois; Joel H. Trotter, Latham and Watkins LLP, Washington, D.C.; 
Lise Buyer, Class V Group, LLC, Portola Valley, California; and Ilan 
Moscovitz, The Motley Fool, Alexandria, Virginia.
COMMERCIAL SPACE
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Science and Space concluded a hearing to examine risks, opportunities, 
and oversight of commercial space, focusing on industry trends, 
government challenges, and international competitiveness issues, after 
receiving testimony from William H. Gerstenmaier, Associate 
Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, National 
Aeronautics and Space Administration; Colonel Pamela Melroy, USAF 
(Ret.), Director, Field Operations, Federal Aviation Administration 
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Transportation, Department of Transportation; Gerald L. Dillingham, 
Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, Government Accountability 
Office; Mike N. Gold, Bigelow Aerospace, Chevy Chase, Maryland; and 
Captain Michael Lopez-Alegria, USN (Ret.), Commercial Spaceflight 
Federation, Washington, D.C.
PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded an oversight hearing to 
examine the United States Patent and Trademark Office, focusing on 
implementation of the Leahy-Smith ``America Invents Act'' and 
international harmonizing efforts, after receiving testimony from David 
J. Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, and 
Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office.
HOLOCAUST-ERA CLAIMS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
Holocaust-era claims in the 21st century, including S. 634, to ensure 
that the courts of the United States may provide an impartial forum for 
claims brought by United States citizens and others against any 
railroad organized as a separate legal entity, arising from the 
deportation of United States citizens and others to Nazi concentration 
camps on trains owned or operated by such railroad, and by the heirs 
and survivors of such persons, and S. 466, to provide for the 
restoration of legal rights for claimants under holocaust-era insurance 
policies, after receiving testimony from Maryland Delegate Samuel I. 
Rosenberg, and Leo Bretholz, Coalition for Holocaust Rail Justice, both 
of Baltimore, Maryland; Edward T. Swaine, George Washington University 
Law School, Washington, D.C.; J.D. Bindenagel, DePaul University, 
Chicago, Illinois; and Renee Firestone, Los Angeles, California.



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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 12 public bills, H.R. 5974-
5985; and 3 resolutions, H. Res. 694-696 were introduced.
  Page H3914
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H3915-16
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 5972, making appropriations for the Department of 
Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies 
for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, and for other purposes 
(H. Rept. 112-541);
  H.R. 5973, making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, 
Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 
112-542);
  Activities and Summary Report of the Committee on the Budget Third 
Quarter 112th Congress (H. Rept. 112-543); and
  H.R. 4264, to help ensure the fiscal solvency of the FHA mortgage 
insurance programs of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, 
and for other purposes (H. Rept. 112-544).
Page H3914
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative McClintock to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H3809
Recess: The House recessed at 10:12 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon. 
                                                             Page H3810
Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest chaplain, Reverend 
Richard Haynes, Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Lilburn, Georgia. 
                                                             Page H3810
Motion to Instruct Conferees: The House agreed to the Walz (MN) motion 
to instruct conferees on H.R. 4348 by a yea-and-nay vote of 386 yeas to 
34 nays with 1 answering ``present,'' Roll No. 391. The motion was 
debated yesterday, June 19th.
  Page H3824
Notice of Intent to Offer Motion: Representative Hoyer announced his 
intent to offer a motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 4348. 
                                                             Page H3824
Notice of Intent to Offer Motion: Representative Black announced her 
intent to offer a motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 4348. 
                                                             Page H3824
Suspension: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measure:
  Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act: S. 3187, 
amended, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to revise 
and extend the user-fee programs for prescription drugs and medical 
devices and to establish user-fee programs for generic drugs and 
biosimilars.
  Pages H3825-68

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Motion to Instruct Conferees: The House debated the McKinley motion to 
instruct conferees on H.R. 4348. Further proceedings were postponed. 
                                                             Page H3868
Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012: The House began consideration 
of H.R. 4480, to provide for the development of a plan to increase oil 
and gas exploration, development, and production under oil and gas 
leases of Federal lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of 
Agriculture, the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of the Interior, 
and the Secretary of Defense in response to a drawdown of petroleum 
reserves from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Further proceedings were 
postponed.
  Pages H3814-24, H3875-H3912
  Pursuant to the rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute 
consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 112-24 shall be 
considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the 
five-minute rule, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a 
substitute recommended by the Committee on Energy and Commerce now 
printed in the bill.
Page H3890
Agreed to:
  McKinley amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 112-540) that requires 
the consultation and input of the National Energy Technology Laboratory 
(NETL) under the Transportation Fuels Regulatory Committee within Title 
II of the legislation. NETL will work with the Committee to analyze and 
report on the impacts of the rules and actions of the EPA on our 
nation's gasoline, diesel fuel, and natural gas prices;
Page H3898
  McKinley amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 112-540) that requires 
under section 203 of the bill to conduct an analysis relating to any 
other matters that affect the growth, stability, and sustainability of 
the nation's oil and gas industries, particularly relating to that of 
other nations. Requires the Committee to look at the actions, or 
inactions, of other nations' regulations, enforcements, and matters 
relating to the oil and gas industry, and how they have either helped 
positively or negatively towards the oil and gas industries in those 
other nations; and
Pages H3898-99
  Terry amendment (No. 10 printed in H. Rept. 112-540) that gives the 
EPA the ability to waive certain fuel requirements in a geographic 
area, when there is a problem with distribution or delivery of fuel or 
fuel additives, for a period of 20 days, which could also be extended 
for another 20 days if the conditions exist. Directs the EPA and 
Department of Energy to conduct the Fuel Harmonization Study required 
by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 by June 2014.
Pages H3902-04
Rejected:
  Polis amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 112-540) that sought to 
exclude hydraulic fracturing activities within 1,000 feet of a primary 
or secondary school and
Pages H3896-97
  Quigley amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 112-540) that sought to 
ensure that protection of the marine and coastal environment is of 
primary importance in making areas of the outer Continental Shelf 
available for leasing, exploration, and development rather than 
expeditious development of oil and gas resources, to prohibit oil and 
gas leasing, exploration, and development in important ecological areas 
of the outer Continental Shelf, and for other purposes. 
                                                         Pages H3897-98
Proceedings Postponed:
  Hastings (WA) Manager's amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 112-540) 
that seeks to make technical corrections, eliminate the designation of 
the Colville River as an Aquatic Resource of National Importance, and 
require additional right of ways planned into and out of the National 
Petroleum Reserve Alaska;
Pages H3895-96
  Waxman amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 112-540) that seeks to 
provide that the rules described in section 205(a) shall not be delayed 
if the pollution that would be controlled by the rules contributes to 
asthma attacks, acute and chronic bronchitis, heart attacks, cancer, 
birth defects, neurological damage, premature death, or other serious 
harms to human health;
Pages H3899-H3900
  Connolly amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 112-540) that seeks to 
define the term ``public health'' in the Clean Air Act;
Page H3901
  Gene Green (TX) amendment (No. 9 printed in H. Rept. 112-540) that 
seeks to strike section 206 of the bill, which would require the 
consideration of feasibility and costs in revising or supplementing 
national ambient air quality standards for ozone;
Pages H3901-02
  Rush amendment (No. 11 printed in H. Rept. 112-540) that seeks to 
provide that Sections 205 and 206 shall cease to be effective if the 
Administrator of the Energy Information Administration determines that 
implementation of this title is not projected to lower gasoline prices 
and create jobs in the United States within 10 years;
Pages H3904-05
  Holt amendment (No. 12 printed in H. Rept. 112-540) that seeks to 
reduce the number of onshore leases on which oil and gas production is 
not occurring as an incentive for oil and gas companies to begin 
producing on the leases that they already hold;
Pages H3905-06
  Connolly amendment (No. 13 printed in H. Rept. 112-540) that seeks to 
clarify that the section requiring a $5,000 protest fee shall not 
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the protections afforded by the First Amendment to the Constitution to 
petition for the redress of grievances;
Pages H3906-07
  Amodei amendment (No. 14 printed in H. Rept. 112-540) that seeks to 
prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from moving any aspect of the 
Solid Minerals program administered by the Bureau of Land Management 
(BLM) to the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 
(OSM);
Pages H3907-09
  Markey amendment (No. 15 printed in H. Rept. 112-540) that seeks to 
prohibit oil and gas produced under new leases authorized by this 
legislation from being exported to foreign countries;
Pages H3909-10
  Landry amendment (No. 16 printed in H. Rept. 112-540) that seeks to 
raise the cap of revenue shared among the Gulf States who produce 
energy on the Outer Continental Shelf starting in FY2023 from $500 
million to $750 million; and
Pages H3910-11
  Rigell amendment (No. 17 printed in H. Rept. 112-540) that seeks to 
require the Secretary of the Interior to include Outer Continental 
Shelf (OCS) Lease Sale 220 off the coast of Virginia in the 5 Year Plan 
for OCS oil and gas drilling and to conduct Lease Sale 220 within one 
year of enactment. In addition, the amendment would also ensure that no 
oil and gas drilling may be conducted off the coast of Virginia which 
would conflict with military operations.
Pages H3911-12
  H. Res. 691, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was 
agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 245 yeas to 178 nays, Roll No. 390, 
after the previous question was ordered by a recorded vote of 242 ayes 
to 183 noes, Roll No. 389.
Pages H3814-24
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to 
meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
  Page H3912
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H3810.
Senate Referral: S. 3314 is held at the desk.
  Page H3810
Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea-and-nay votes and one recorded vote 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H3822-23, 
H3823-24, H3824. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 9:25 p.m.



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[Pages D632-D634]
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Committee Meetings
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
Committee on Appropriations: Full Committee held a markup of Financial 
Services Appropriations Bill, FY 2013. The bill was ordered reported, 
as amended.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
  Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, markup 
of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, FY 
2013. The bill was forwarded, without amendment.
ADDRESSING THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR CHALLENGE: UNDERSTANDING THE MILITARY 
OPTIONS
Committee on Armed Services: Full Committee held a hearing on 
Addressing the Iranian Nuclear Challenge: Understanding the Military 
Options. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
AFGHAN NATIONAL SECURITY FORCES: RESOURCES, STRATEGY, AND TIMETABLE FOR 
SECURITY LEAD TRANSITIONS
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing on Afghan National Security Forces: 
Resources, Strategy, and Timetable for Security Lead Transitions. 
Testimony was heard from David S. Sedney, Deputy Assistant Secretary of 
Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia; and Major General 
Stephen Townsend, USA, Director, Pakistan/Afghanistan Coordination 
Cell, The Joint Staff.
ASSESSING THE CHALLENGES FACING MULTIEMPLOYER PENSION PLANS
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Health, 
Employment, Labor, and Pensions, hearing entitled ``Assessing the 
Challenges Facing Multiemployer Pension Plans''. Testimony was heard 
from public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Full Committee completed markup of 
H.R. 5859, to repeal an obsolete provision in title 49, United States 
Code, requiring motor vehicle insurance cost reporting; H.R. 5865, the 
``American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2012''; H.R. 4273, the 
``Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act of 2012''; 
H.R. 5892, the ``Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2012''; H. 
Con. Res. 127, providing for the acceptance of a statue of Gerald R. 
Ford from the people of Michigan for placement in the United States 
Capitol; and Semi-Annual Committee Activity Report. The following 
measures and report were ordered reported, without amendment: H.R. 
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H.R. 5892; H. Con. 127; and the Semi-Annual Committee Activity Report. 
The following measures were ordered reported, as amended: H.R. 5859 and 
H.R. 4273.
MARKET STRUCTURE: ENSURING ORDERLY, EFFICIENT, INNOVATIVE AND 
COMPETITIVE MARKETS FOR ISSUERS AND INVESTORS
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets and 
Government Sponsored Enterprises held a hearing entitled ``Market 
Structure: Ensuring Orderly, Efficient, Innovative and Competitive 
Markets for Issuers and Investors''. Testimony was heard from public 
witnesses.
MORTGAGE DISCLOSURES: HOW DO WE CUT RED TAPE FOR CONSUMERS AND SMALL 
BUSINESSES
  Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity held a 
hearing, ``Mortgage Disclosures: How Do We Cut Red Tape for Consumers 
and Small Businesses?''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
REFLECTIONS ON THE REVOLUTION IN EGYPT, PART II
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on the Middle East and South 
Asia held a hearing entitled ``Reflections on the Revolution in Egypt, 
Part II''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT: ENSURING SUCCESS
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Terrorism, 
Nonproliferation, and Trade, and Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, 
and Human Rights, joint subcommittee hearing entitled ``The African 
Growth and Opportunity Act: Ensuring Success''. Testimony was heard 
from public witnesses.
AMERICAN MUSLIM RESPONSE TO HEARINGS ON RADICALIZATION WITHIN THEIR 
COMMUNITY
Committee on Homeland Security: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
``The American Muslim Response to Hearings on Radicalization within 
their Community''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and 
Homeland Security held a hearing entitled ``The Drug Enforcement 
Administration''. Testimony was heard from Michele M. Leonhart, 
Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice.
LEGISLATIVE MEASURE
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and 
Enforcement held a hearing on H.R. 2899, the ``Chinese Media 
Reciprocity Act of 2011''. Testimony was heard from Representative 
Rohrabacher; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a 
markup to consider a report holding Attorney General Eric Holder in 
contempt of Congress for his failure to produce documents specified in 
the Committee's October 12, 2011 subpoena. The report of contempt was 
ordered reported, as amended.
EXAMINING PRIORITIES AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE NATION'S SCIENCE POLICIES
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Full Committee held a 
hearing entitled ``Examining Priorities and Effectiveness of the 
Nation's Science Policies''. Testimony was heard from John P. Holdren, 
Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director, 
Office of Science and Technology Policy.
LEGISLATIVE MEASURES
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing on the following measures: H.R. 2985, the 
``Veteran's I.D. Card Act''; H.R. 3730, the ``Veterans Data Breach 
Timely Notification Act''; H.R. 4481, the ``Veterans Affairs Employee 
Accountability Act''; and H.R. 5948 the, ``Veterans Fiduciary Reform 
Act of 2012''. Testimony was heard from Representative Akin; Dave 
McLenachen, Director of Pension and Fiduciary Service, Department of 
Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses.
RUSSIA'S ACCESSION TO THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION AND GRANTING RUSSIA 
PERMANENT NORMAL TRADE RELATIONS
Committee on Ways and Means: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
``Russia's Accession to the World Trade Organization and Granting 
Russia Permanent Normal Trade Relations''. Testimony was heard from 
Ambassador Ron Kirk, United States Trade Representative; Ambassador 
William Burns, Deputy Secretary, United States Department of State; and 
public witnesses.

Joint Meetings
  No joint committee meetings were held.

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                    COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                             JUNE 21, 2012

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Personnel, to hold 
hearings to examine Department of Defense programs and policies to 
support military families with special needs in review of the 
Defense Authorization request for fiscal year 2013 and the Future 
Years Defense Program, 2:30 p.m., SD-106.
  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold hearings 
to examine perspectives on money market mutual fund reforms, 10 
a.m., SD-538.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold 
hearings to examine the nomination of Michael Peter Huerta, of the 
District of Columbia, to be Administrator of the Federal Aviation 
Administration, Department of Transportation, 10 a.m., SR-253.
  Committee on Environment and Public Works: business meeting to 
consider H.R. 1160, to require the Secretary of the Interior to 
convey the McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery to the State of 
North Carolina, S. 1324, to amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 
to prohibit the importation, exportation, transportation, and sale, 
receipt, acquisition, or purchase in interstate or foreign commerce, 
of any live animal of any prohibited wildlife species, S. 1201, to 
conserve fish and aquatic communities in the United States through 
partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation, to improve the 
quality of life for the people of the United States, S. 2018, to 
amend and reauthorize certain provisions relating to Long Island 
Sound restoration and stewardship, S. 3264, to amend the Federal 
Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the Lake Pontchartrain 
Basin Restoration Program, S. 2104, to amend the Water Resources 
Research Act of 1984 to reauthorize grants for and require applied 
water supply research regarding the water resources research and 
technology institutes established under that Act, S. 3304, to 
redesignate the Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters located 
at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. in Washington, D.C., as the 
``William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building'', to redesignate the 
Federal building and United States Courthouse located at 200 East 
Wall Street in Midland, Texas, as the ``George H. W. Bush and George 
W. Bush United States Courthouse and George Mahon Federal 
Building'', and to designate the Federal building housing the Bureau 
of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Headquarters located 
at 99 New York Avenue N.E., Washington D.C., as the ``Eliot Ness ATF 
Building'', H.R. 1791, to designate the United States courthouse 
under construction at 101 South United States Route 1 in Fort 
Pierce, Florida, as the ``Alto Lee Adams, Sr., United States 
Courthouse'', S. 3311, to designate the United States courthouse 
located at 2601 2nd Avenue North, Billings, Montana, as the ``James 
F. Battin United States Courthouse'', the nominations of Allison M. 
Macfarlane, of Maryland, and Kristine L. Svinicki, of Virginia, both 
to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and a proposed 
resolution relating to the General Services Administration, Time to 
be announced, Room to be announced.
  Committee on Finance: to hold hearings to examine Russia's World 
Trade Organization (WTO) accession, focusing on the Administration's 
views on the implications for the United States, 9:45 a.m., SD-215.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine 
implementation of the New Start Treaty, and related matters, 10 
a.m., SD-419.
  Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold 
hearings to examine an update on Olmstead enforcement, focusing on 
using the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to promote community 
integration, 10 a.m., SD-430.
  Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: to hold 
hearings to examine the nominations of Katherine C. Tobin, of New 
York, and James C. Miller III, of Virginia, both to be a Governor of 
the United States Postal Service, 10 a.m., SD-342.
  Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal 
Workforce, and the District of Columbia, to hold hearings to examine 
security clearance reform, focusing on sustaining progress for the 
future, 2:30 p.m., SD-342.
  Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider S. 250, 
to protect crime victims' rights, to eliminate the substantial 
backlog of DNA samples collected from crime scenes and convicted 
offenders, to improve and expand the DNA testing capacity of 
Federal, State, and local crime laboratories, to increase research 
and development of new DNA testing technologies, to develop new 
training programs regarding the collection and use of DNA evidence, 
to provide post conviction testing of DNA evidence to exonerate the 
innocent, to improve the performance of counsel in State capital 
cases, S. 285, for the relief of Sopuruchi Chukwueke, S. 1744, to 
provide funding for State courts to assess and improve the handling 
of proceedings relating to adult guardianship and conservatorship, 
to authorize the Attorney General to carry out a pilot program for 
the conduct of background checks on individuals to be appointed as 
guardians or conservators, and to promote the widespread adoption of 
information technology to better monitor, report, and audit 
conservatorships of protected persons, and the nominations of Brian 
J. Davis, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District 
of Florida, Terrence G. Berg, to be United States District Judge for 
the Eastern District of Michigan, Jesus G. Bernal, to be United 
States District Judge for the Central District of California, Lorna 
G. Schofield, to be United States District Judge for the Southern 
District of New York, Grande Lum, of California, to be Director, 
Community Relations Service, and Jamie A. Hainsworth, to be United 
States Marshal for the District of Rhode Island, John S. Leonardo, 
to be United States Attorney for the District of Arizona, Patrick A. 
Miles, Jr., to be United States Attorney for the Western District of 
Michigan, and Danny Chappelle Williams, Sr., to be United States 
Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma, all of the 
Department of Justice, 10 a.m., SD-226.

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  Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, 
to hold hearings to examine the Universal Music Group/EMI merger and 
the future of online music, 1:30 p.m., SD-226.
  Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold closed hearings to 
examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH-219.


                                 House

  Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, 
Science, and Related Agencies, hearing entitled ``Mismanagement of 
Appropriated Funds within the National Weather Service'', 9:30 a.m., 
H-309 Capitol.
  Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, hearing 
entitled ``The National Institutes of Health--A Review of Its 
Reforms, Priorities, and Progress'', 9:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, hearing entitled 
``Electronic Submission of Hazardous Waste Manifests--Modernizing 
for the 21st Century'', 10:15 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.
  Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Financial 
Institutions and Consumer Credit, hearing entitled ``Safe and Fair 
Supervision of Money Services Businesses'', 9:30 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Committee on Homeland Security,  Subcommittee on Oversight 
Investigations and Management, hearing entitled ``U.S.-Caribbean 
Border: Open Road for Drug Traffickers and Terrorists'', 9 a.m., 311 
Cannon.
  Committee on Rules, Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 5972, the 
``Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development 
and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013''; and H.R. 5973, the 
``Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and 
Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013'', 11 a.m., H-313 Capitol.
  Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on 
Energy and Environment, hearing entitled ``Department of Energy User 
Facilities: Utilizing the Tools of Science to Drive Innovation 
through Fundamental Research'', 9:30 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
  Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Investigations, 
Oversight and Regulations, hearing entitled ``Small Business 
Lending: Perspectives from the Private Sector'', 10 a.m., 2360 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic 
Opportunity, hearing on the following measures: H.R. 4115, the 
``Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2012''; 
H.R. 4740, the ``Fairness for Military Homeowners Act of 2012''; 
H.R. 3860, the ``Help Veterans Return to Work Act''; and H.R. 5747, 
the ``Military Family Home Protection Act'', 10 a.m., 334 Cannon.
  Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security, 
hearing entitled ``The 2012 Annual Report of the Social Security 
Board of Trustees'', 9 a.m., B-318 Rayburn.
  House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Full Committee, 
hearing on ongoing intelligence activities, 9 a.m., HVC-304, 
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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                     10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 21 

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: The Majority Leader will be recognized. At 11 
a.m., Senate will continue consideration of S. 3240, Agriculture 
Reform, Food, and Jobs Act and resume votes on or in relation to the 
remaining amendments and final passage of the bill.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       9 a.m., Thursday, June 21

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: Complete consideration of H.R. 4480--Strategic 
Energy Production Act of 2012.
_______________________________________________________________________


            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Adams, Sandy, Fla., E1097
Akin, W. Todd, Mo., E1095
Barletta, Lou, Pa., E1097
Bass, Karen, Calif., E1094
Brady, Robert A., Pa., E1094
Capito, Shelley Moore, W.Va., E1096
Cardoza, Dennis A., Calif., E1089
Cicilline, David N., R.I., E1089
Clyburn, James E., S.C., E1091
Coffman, Mike, Colo., E1094
Duncan, John J., Tenn., E1091
Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E1095
Griffin, Tim, Ark., E1090, E1097
Griffith, H. Morgan, Va., E1092, E1093
Hahn, Janice, Calif., E1096
Holt, Rush D., N.J., E1098
Hurt, Robert, Va., E1092
Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E1098
Kucinich, Dennis J., Ohio, E1096
Lofgren, Zoe, Calif., E1089
Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E1093
Olson, Pete, Tex., E1094
Petri, Thomas E., Wisc., E1093
Reyes, Silvestre, Tex., E1090
Richardson, Laura, Calif., E1093
Roby, Martha, Ala., E1096
Sessions, Pete, Tex., E1098
Smith, Adam, Wash., E1089, E1091, E1092, E1094, E1097
Stark, Fortney Pete, Calif., E1098
Tipton, Scott R., Colo., E1095
Towns, Edolphus, N.Y., E1089, E1090, E1092, E1092, E1095
Webster, Daniel, Fla., E1096 



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