December 6, 2012 - Issue: Vol. 158, No. 156 — Daily Edition112th Congress (2011 - 2012) - 2nd Session
Daily Digest Section (PDF)
Thursday, December 6, 2012
- Senate passed H.R. 6156, Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act.
Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act: By 92 yeas to 4 nays (Vote No. 223), Senate passed 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.
Financial Disclosure Forms: Senate passed H.R. 6634, to change the effective date for the Internet publication of certain financial disclosure forms.
American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act: Senate passed H.R. 6582, to allow for innovations and alternative technologies that meet or exceed desired energy efficiency goals, and to make technical corrections to existing Federal energy efficiency laws to allow American manufacturers to remain competitive.
Animal Welfare Act: Senate passed S. 3666, to amend the Animal Welfare Act to modify the definition of ``exhibitor''.
Wreaths Across America Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 611, designating December 15, 2012, as ``Wreaths Across America Day''.
Transaction Account Guarantee Program--Cloture: Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 3637, to temporarily extend the transaction account guarantee program.
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, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Thursday, December 6, 2012, a vote on cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, December 10, 2012.
Pages S7664–72, S7688
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senate resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at 5 p.m., on Monday, December 10, 2012.
Signing Authorities--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that from Thursday, December 6, 2012, through Monday, December 10, 2012, the Majority Leader be authorized to sign duly enrolled bills or joint resolutions.
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
Terrence G. Berg, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Pages S7656–60, S7664, S7689
Messages from the House:
Measures Read the First Time:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--224)
Pages S7663, S7663–64
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 4:52 p.m., until 2 p.m. on Monday, December 10, 2012. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on pages S7688–89.)
FEDERAL HOUSING ADMINISTRATION
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the Federal Housing Administration, focusing on Housing and Urban Development's response to fiscal challenges, after receiving testimony from Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security concluded a hearing to examine superstorm Sandy, focusing on the devastating impact on the nation's largest transportation systems, after receiving testimony from Senators Schumer, Menendez, and Gillibrand; Joseph H. Boardman, Amtrak, Washington, D.C.; Joseph J. Lhota, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Patrick J. Foye, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, both of New York, New York; and James Weinstein, New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark.
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Katherine Polk Failla, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, Troy L. Nunley, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California, Sheri Polster Chappell, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida, Pamela Ki Mai Chen, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, Mark A. Barnett, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade, and Louise W. Kelton, to be United States Marshal for the Middle District of Tennessee, and Patrick J. Wilkerson, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, both of the Department of Justice.
House of Representatives
The House was not in session today. The House is scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 7, 2012 in pro forma session.
UPDATE OF THE HIGH SPEED AND INTERCITY PASSENGER RAIL PROGRAM: MISTAKES MADE AND LESSONS LEARNED
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``An Update of the High Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Program: Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned''. Testimony was heard from Ray LaHood, Secretary, Department of Transportation; Representatives McCarthy (CA) and Hahn; Mitchell Behm, Assistant Inspector General for Rail, Maritime and Economic Analysis, Department of Transportation; Susan Fleming, Director, Physical Infrastructure, Government Accountability Office; Paula J. Hammond, Secretary of Transportation, Washington State; Ann L. Schneider, Secretary of Transportation, State of Illinois; and a public witness.
Joint Economic Committee: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the fiscal cliff, focusing on how to protect the middle class, sustain long-term economic growth, and reduce the Federal deficit, after receiving testimony from Mark Zandi, Moody's Analytics, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Kevin A. Hassett, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Monday: After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 5 p.m.), Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 3637, Transaction Account Guarantee Program, and at 5:30 p.m., vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
Program for Friday: The House is scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 7, 2012 in pro forma session.