Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
November 13, 2012
112th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 158, No. 144 — Daily Edition
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
- See Résumé of Congressional Activity.
Reported on Friday, November 2, 2012:
S. 1998, to obtain an unqualified audit opinion, and improve financial accountability and management at the Department of Homeland Security, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 112–230)
Reported on Tuesday, November 13, 2012:
S. 2215, to create jobs in the United States by increasing United States exports to Africa by at least 200 percent in real dollar value within 10 years, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 112–231)
S. 2318, to authorize the Secretary of State to pay a reward to combat transnational organized crime and for information concerning foreign nationals wanted by international criminal tribunals, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 112–232)
S. 3310, to direct the President, in consultation with the Department of State, United States Agency for International Development, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Department of Defense, to establish guidelines for United States foreign assistance programs, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 112–233)
S. 1268, to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the Government by providing for greater interagency experience among national security and homeland security personnel through the development of a national security and homeland security human capital strategy and interagency rotational service by employees, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 112–235)
S. 1950, to amend title 49, United States Code, to improve commercial motor vehicle safety and reduce commercial motor vehicle-related accidents and fatalities, to authorize the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 112–238)
Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act: Committee on Veterans' Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4114, to increase, effective as of December 1, 2012, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and the bill was then passed.
Recognizing Raymond Weeks: Senate agreed to S. Res. 591, expressing the sense of the Senate regarding Raymond Weeks and his efforts in the establishment of Veterans Day.
Sportsmen's Act--Agreement: Senate began consideration of S. 3525, to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
Reid (for Tester) Amendment No. 2875, in the nature of a substitute.
Reid Amendment No. 2876 (to Amendment No. 2875), to change the enactment date.
Reid Amendment No. 2877 (to Amendment No. 2876), of a perfecting nature.
Reid Amendment No. 2878 (to the language proposed to be stricken by Amendment No. 2875), to change the enactment date.
Reid Amendment No. 2879 (to Amendment No. 2878), of a perfecting nature.
Reid Motion to commit the bill to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 2880, to change the enactment date.
Reid Amendment No. 2881 (to (the instructions) Amendment No. 2880), of a perfecting nature.
Reid Amendment No. 2882 (to Amendment No. 2881), of a perfecting nature.
A motion was entered to close further debate on 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 Thursday, November 15, 2012.
Pages S6728, S6761
During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
By 92 yeas to 5 nays (Vote No. 201), Senate agreed to the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the filing deadline for first-degree amendments to the bill be at 4:00 p.m., on Wednesday, November 14, 2012.
National Defense Authorization Act: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 3254, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year.
Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act: Senate concurred in the amendment of the House of Representatives to S. 743, to amend chapter 23 of title 5, United States Code, to clarify the disclosures of information protected from prohibited personnel practices, require a statement in nondisclosure policies, forms, and agreements that such policies, forms, and agreements conform with certain disclosure protections, provide certain authority for the Special Counsel.
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
7 Army nominations in the rank of general.
2 Marine Corps nominations in the rank of general.
1 Navy nomination in the rank of admiral.
Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Foreign Service, and Navy.
Enrolled Bills Presented:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Privileges of the Floor:
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--201)
Adjournment: Senate convened at 2 p.m. and adjourned at 6:55 p.m., until 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S6761.)
ATTACKS IN BENGHAZI
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee received a closed briefing on attacks in Benghazi from national security briefers.
House of Representatives
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
H. Res. 808, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 6156) to authorize the extension of nondiscriminatory treatment (normal trade relations treatment) to products of the Russian Federation and Moldova and to require reports on the compliance of the Russian Federation with its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 112–693).
United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission--Reappointment: Read a letter from Representative Pelosi, Minority Leader, in which she reappointed Mr. Michael Wessel of Falls Church, Virginia to the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
Recess: The House recessed at 2:12 p.m. and reconvened at 5:02 p.m.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act: S. 1956, to prohibit operators of civil aircraft of the United States from participating in the European Union's emissions trading scheme;
Streamlining Claims Processing for Federal Contractor Employees Act: H.R. 6371, to amend title 40, United States Code, to transfer certain functions from the General Accountability Office to the Department of Labor relating to the processing of claims for the payment of workers who were not paid appropriate wages under certain provisions of such title, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 361 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 604; and
Pages H6334–35, H6338
Extending the application of certain space launch liability provisions through 2014: H.R. 6586, to extend the application of certain space launch liability provisions through 2014.
Recess: The House recessed at 6:07 p.m. and reconvened at 6:30 p.m.
Oath of Office--Eleventh Congressional District of Michigan: Representative-elect David Alan Curson presented himself in the well of the House and was administered the Oath of Office by the Speaker. Earlier, the Clerk of the House transmitted a scanned copy of a letter from Mr. Christopher M. Thomas, Director of Elections, Department of State, State of Michigan, indicating that, according to the unofficial returns of the Special Election held November 6, 2012, the Honorable David Alan Curson was elected Representative to Congress for the Eleventh Congressional District, State of Michigan.
Pages H6338–39, H6342
Oath of Office--First Congressional District of Washington: Representative-elect Suzan K. DelBene presented herself in the well of the House and was administered the Oath of Office by the Speaker. Earlier, the Clerk of the House transmitted a facsimile copy of a letter from the Honorable Sam Reed, Washington Secretary of State, indicating that, according to the unofficial returns of the Special Election held November 6, 2012, the Honorable Suzan K. DelBene was elected Representative to Congress for the First Congressional District, State of Washington.
Pages H6339, H6342
Oath of Office--Fourth Congressional District of Kentucky: Representative-elect Thomas Massie presented himself in the well of the House and was administered the Oath of Office by the Speaker. Earlier, the Clerk of the House transmitted a facsimile copy of a letter from Ms. Mary Sue Helm, Director of Elections and Administration, Office of the Secretary of State, State of Kentucky, indicating that, according to the unofficial returns of the Special Election held November 6, 2012, the Honorable Thomas Massie was elected Representative to Congress for the Fourth Congressional District, State of Kentucky.
PageS H6339, H6342
Whole Number of the House: The Speaker announced to the House that, in light of the administration of the oath to the gentlewoman from Washington and the gentlemen from Kentucky and Michigan, the whole number of the House is 433.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H6337.
Quorum Calls--Votes: One yea-and-nay vote developed during the proceedings of today and appears on page H6338. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 2 p.m. and adjourned at 7:34 p.m.
Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 6156, the ``Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act of 2012''. The Committee granted a closed rule for H.R. 6156. The rule provides 90 minutes of debate, with 60 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means and 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule provides that an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 112–33 shall be considered as adopted, and the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Section 2 provides that on any legislative day during the period from November 19, 2012, through November 23, 2012, the Journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved, the Chair may adjourn the House to meet at a date and time within the limits of clause 4, section 5, article I of the Constitution, and bills and resolutions introduced shall be numbered, listed in the Congressional Record, and when printed shall bear the date of introduction, but may be referred at a later time. Section 3 authorizes the Speaker to appoint Members to perform the duties of the Chair for the duration of the period addressed by section 2. Testimony was heard from Representatives Brady (TX) and Levin.
No joint committee meetings were held.
H.J. Res. 117, making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2013. Signed on September 28, 2012. (Public Law 112–175)
S. 3245, to extend by 3 years the authorization of the EB–5 Regional Center Program, the E-Verify Program, the Special Immigrant Nonminister Religious Worker Program, and the Conrad State 30 J–1 Visa Waiver Program. Signed on September 28, 2012. (Public Law 112–176)
S. 3552, to reauthorize the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Signed on September 28, 2012. (Public Law 112–177)
S. 3625, to change the effective date for the internet publication of certain information to prevent harm to the national security or endangering the military officers and civilian employees to whom the publication requirement applies. Signed on September 28, 2012. (Public Law 112–178)
H.R. 1272, to provide for the use and distribution of the funds awarded to the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, et al, by the United States Court of Federal Claims in Docket Numbers 19 and 188. Signed on October 5, 2012. (Public Law 112–179)
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''. Signed on October 5, 2012. (Public Law 112–180)
H.R. 2139, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the centennial of the establishment of Lions Clubs International. Signed on October 5, 2012. (Public Law 112–181)
H.R. 2240, to authorize the exchange of land or interest in land between Lowell National Historical Park and the city of Lowell in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Signed on October 5, 2012. (Public Law 112–182)
H.R. 2706, to prohibit the sale of billfish. Signed on October 5, 2012. (Public Law 112–183)
H.R. 3556, to designate the new United States courthouse in Buffalo, New York, as the ``Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse''. Signed on October 5, 2012. (Public Law 112–184)
H.R. 4158, to confirm full ownership rights for certain United States astronauts to artifacts from the astronauts' space missions. Signed on October 5, 2012. (Public Law 112–185)
H.R. 4223, to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit theft of medical products. Signed on October 5, 2012. (Public Law 112–186)
H.R. 4347, to designate the United States courthouse located at 709 West 9th Street in Juneau, Alaska, as the ``Robert Boochever United States Courthouse''. Signed on October 5, 2012. (Public Law 112–187)
H.R. 5512, to amend title 28, United States Code, to realign divisions within two judicial districts. Signed on October 5, 2012. (Public Law 112–188)
H.R. 6189, to eliminate unnecessary reporting requirements for unfunded programs under the Office of Justice Programs. Signed on October 5, 2012. (Public Law 112–189)
H.R. 6215, to amend the Trademark Act of 1946 to correct an error in the provisions relating to remedies for dilution. Signed on October 5, 2012. (Public Law 112–190)
H.R. 6375, to authorize certain Department of Veterans Affairs major medical facility projects, to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend certain authorities of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Signed on October 5, 2012. (Public Law 112–191)
H.R. 6431, to provide flexibility with respect to United States support for assistance provided by international financial institutions for Burma. Signed on October 5, 2012. (Public Law 112–192)
H.R. 6433, to make corrections with respect to Food and Drug Administration user fees. Signed on October 5, 2012. (Public Law 112–193)
S. 300, to prevent abuse of Government charge cards. Signed on October 5, 2012. (Public Law 112–194)
S. 710, to amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a hazardous waste electronic manifest system. Signed on October 5, 2012. (Public Law 112–195)
S. 3624, to amend section 31311 of title 49, United States Code, to permit States to issue commercial driver's licenses to members of the Armed Forces whose duty station is located in the State. Signed on October 19, 2012. (Public Law 112–196)
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold an oversight hearing to examine Basel III, focusing on the impact of proposed capital rules, 2:30 p.m., SD–538.
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: to receive a closed briefing on the attack on the United States mission in Benghazi, 11 a.m., SVC–217.
Committee on Energy and Commerce, November 14, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, hearing entitled ``The Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: Could It Have Been Prevented?'', 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
Committee on Foreign Affairs, November 15, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Benghazi and Beyond: What Went Wrong on September 11, 2012 and How To Prevent It From Happening at other Frontline Posts'', 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Committee on Homeland Security, November 16, Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management, hearing entitled ``A Line in the Sand: Assessing Dangerous Threats to Our Nation's Borders'', 9 a.m., 311 Cannon.
November 15, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, hearing entitled ``WMD Terrorism: Assessing the Continued Homeland Threat'', 10 a.m., 210 Cannon.
November 15, Subcommittee on Transportation Security, hearing entitled ``TSA's Recent Scanner Shuffle: Real Strategy or Wasteful Smokescreen?'', 10 a.m., 311 Cannon.
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, November 14, Subcommittee on Efficiency and Financial Management, hearing entitled ``Trade Adjustment Assistance for U.S. Firms: Evaluating Program Effectiveness and Recommendations'', 10 a.m., 2247 Rayburn.
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, November 14, Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation, hearing entitled ``Is `Meaningful Use' Delivering Meaningful Results?: An Examination of Health Information Technology Standards and Interoperability'', 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
November 15, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``The U.S. Antarctic Program: Achieving Fiscal and Logistical Efficiency While Supporting Sound Science'', 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, November 16, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA): A Review of the Department of Transportation Inspector General's Findings and Recommendations'', 9 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, November 15, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, hearing entitled ``Review of Veterans Employment Challenges and Initiatives of the 112th Congress'', 10 a.m., 334 Cannon.
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, November 15, Full Committee, hearing on ongoing intelligence activities, 10 a.m., HVC–304. This is a closed hearing.
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: November 16, to receive a briefing on assessing Ukraine's parliamentary elections, focusing on the lack of a level playing field, 10 a.m., B318, Rayburn Building.
Senate will continue consideration of S. 3525, Sportsmen's Act, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the bill.
During the balance of the week, Senate may consider any cleared legislative and executive business.
Committee on Armed Services: November 15, to hold hearings to examine the nomination of General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., USMC for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Commander, International Security Assistance Force, and to be Commander, U.S. Forces, Afghanistan, 9:30 a.m., SD–G50.
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: November 14, to hold an oversight hearing to examine Basel III, focusing on the impact of proposed capital rules, 2:30 p.m., SD–538.
Committee on Environment and Public Works: November 15, to hold hearings to examine an original bill entitled, ``Water Resources Development Act of 2012'', 10:30 a.m., SD–406.
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: November 15, to hold hearings to examine pharmacy compounding, focusing on implications of the 2012 meningitis outbreak, 9:45 a.m., SD–106.
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: November 14, to receive a closed briefing on the attack on the United States mission in Benghazi, 11 a.m., SVC–217.
Select Committee on Intelligence: November 15, to hold closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.
Special Committee on Aging: November 15, to hold hearings to examine preventing elder financial abuse, 2 p.m., SD–562. November 13, 2012
Résumé of Congressional Activity
SECOND SESSION OF THE ONE HUNDRED TWELFTH CONGRESS
The first table gives a comprehensive résumé of all legislative business transacted by the Senate and House.
The second table accounts for all nominations submitted to the Senate by the President for Senate confirmation.*ÿ7Eÿ7Eÿ7EThese figures include all measures reported, even if there was no accompanying report. A total of 127 written reports have been filed in the Senate, 331 reports have been filed in the House.ì **ÿ7Eÿ7Eÿ7EProceedings on Roll Call No. 327 were vacated by unanimous consent.
- DATA ON LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY
January 3 through September 30, 2012
Days in session
Time in session
729 hrs., 8624 hrs., 53
Pages of proceedings
Extensions of Remarks
Public bills enacted into law
Private bills enacted into law
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Bills in conference
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Measures passed, total
Senate joint resolutions
House joint resolutions
Senate concurrent resolutions
House concurrent resolutions
Measures reported, total
Senate joint resolutions
House joint resolutions
Senate concurrent resolutions
House concurrent resolutions
Measures pending on calendar
Measures introduced, total
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- DISPOSITION OF EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS
January 3 through September 30, 2012
Civilian nominations, totaling 408 (including 188 nominations carried over from the First Session), disposed of as follows:
Other Civilian nominations, totaling 3,899 (including 167 nominations carried over from the First Session), disposed of as follows:
Air Force nominations, totaling 5,812 (including 295 nominations carried over from the First Session), disposed of as follows:
Navy nominations, totaling 3,824 (including 1 nominations carried over from the First Session), disposed of as follows:
Marine Corps nominations, totaling 1,310, disposed of as follows:
Program for Wednesday: The Majority Leader will be recognized. The filing deadline for first-degree amendments to S. 3525, Sportsmen's Act, will be at 4 p.m.
Program for Wednesday: Consideration of the following measures under suspension of the rules: (1) Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2606--New York City Natural Gas Supply Enhancement Act; (2) H.R. 6570--To amend the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to consolidate certain CBO reporting requirements; (3) Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2453--Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act; (4) H.R. 6116--To amend the Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands to provide for direct appeals to the United States Supreme Court of decisions of the Virgin Islands Supreme Court, as amended; and (5) H.R. 5934--Stop Tobacco Smuggling in the Territories Act of 2012.
Andrews, Robert E., N.J., E1745
Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., Ga., E1744
Buchanan, Vern, Fla., E1742
Chu, Judy, Calif., E1741
Coble, Howard, N.C., E1749
Coffman, Mike, Colo., E1743
Cohen, Steve, Tenn., E1741
Filner, Bob, Calif., E1750
Granger, Kay, Tex., E1739
Keating, William R., Mass., E1741
Paul, Ron, Tex., E1750
Pelosi, Nancy, Calif., E1750
Rogers, Mike, Ala., E1749
Sánchez, Linda T., Calif., E1744
Stark, Fortney Pete, Calif., E1740