Daily Digest

Monday, December 10, 2012

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S7691–S7709

Measures Introduced: Two bills and one resolution were introduced, as follows: S. 3667–3668, and S. Res. 612.
Pages S7702–03

Measures Passed:

March of Dimes Commemorative Coin Act: Senate passed H.R. 3187, to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition and celebration of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the March of Dimes Foundation.
Page S7706


Honoring the life of former Senator Arlen Specter: Senate agreed to S. Res. 612, honoring the life and legacy of the Honorable Arlen Specter, distinguished former Senator for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Pages S7706–07


Transaction Account Guarantee Program--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the cloture vote on the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 3637, to temporarily extend the transaction account guarantee program, be postponed to occur at 2:15 p.m., on Tuesday, December 11, 2012; that if cloture is invoked on the motion to proceed, the motion to proceed be agreed to; and the Majority Leader be recognized.
Page S7707

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 11 a.m., on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, Senate resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 3637, to temporarily extend the transaction account guarantee program, with the time until 12:30 p.m., equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees.
Page S7707


Dowdell and Bernal Nominations--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, in consultation with the Republican Leader, Senate begin consideration of the nominations of John E. Dowdell, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma, and Jesus G. Bernal, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California; that there be 30 minutes for debate equally divided in the usual form; that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote, without intervening action or debate, on the confirmation of the nomination of John E. Dowdell, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma, and the nomination of Jesus G. Bernal, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, in that order; and that no further motions be in order.
Page S7706


Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

Timothy Hyungrock Haahs, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences for a term expiring September 7, 2014.

Michael Wayne Hail, of Kentucky, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation for a term expiring December 10, 2017.

Morton H. Halperin, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation for a term of three years.

1 Air Force nomination in the rank of general.

35 Army nominations in the rank of general.

1 Marine Corps nomination in the rank of general.

1 Navy nomination in the rank of admiral.

Routine lists in the Army.
Pages S7707–09


Messages from the House:
Page S7701


Measures Placed on the Calendar:
Pages S7692, S7701


Enrolled Bills Presented:
Page S7701


Executive Communications:
Page S7701


Additional Cosponsors:
Page S7703


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S7703–04


Additional Statements:
Pages S7700–01


Amendments Submitted:
Pages S7704–06


Privileges of the Floor:
Page S7706


Adjournment: Senate convened at 2 p.m. and adjourned, as a further mark of respect to the memory of the late former Senator Arlen Specter, in accordance with S. Res. 612, at 6 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S7707.)

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Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

No committee meetings were held.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action

The House was not in session today. The House is scheduled to meet at 12 noon on Tuesday, December 11, 2012.

Committee Meetings

No hearings were held.

Joint Meetings

CHRISTIANITY IN WESTERN EUROPE

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Commission concluded a hearing to examine the state-sanctioned marginalization of Christians in Western Europe, focusing on the origins, methods, and implications of such a movement and its relation to religious freedom rights as they are protected in major international human rights agreements, after receiving testimony from Roger Kiska, Alliance Defending Freedom, Vienna, Austria; Tom Farr, Georgetown University Religious Freedom Project Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Washington, D.C.; and Roger Trigg, Oxford University Kellogg Centre for the Study of Religion in Public Life, Oxford, United Kingdom.

NEW PUBLIC LAWS

(For last listing of Public Laws, see Daily Digest, p. D1007)

H.R. 915, to establish a Border Enforcement Security Task Force program to enhance border security by fostering coordinated efforts among Federal, State, and local border and law enforcement officials to protect United States border cities and communities from trans-national crime, including violence associated with drug trafficking, arms smuggling, illegal alien trafficking and smuggling, violence, and kidnapping along and across the international borders of the United States. Signed on December 7, 2012. (Public Law 112–205)

H.R. 6063, to amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to child pornography and child exploitation offenses. Signed on December 7, 2012. (Public Law 112–206)

H.R. 6634, to change the effective date for the Internet publication of certain financial disclosure forms. Signed on December 7, 2012. (Public Law 112–207)

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR TUESDAY,

DECEMBER 11, 2012

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: To hold hearings to examine streamlining and strengthening Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) rental housing assistance programs, part II, 10:30 a.m., SD–538.

Committee on Finance: To hold hearings to examine the nominations of Ronald Lee Buch, of Virginia, and Albert G. Lauber, of the District of Columbia, both to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court, 10 a.m., SD–215.

Select Committee on Intelligence: To hold closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.

House

Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights, hearing entitled ``The Devastating Crisis in Eastern Congo'', 3 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.

Committee on Rules, Full Committee, hearing on providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules, 5 p.m., H–313, Capitol.

CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM AHEAD

Week of December 11 through December 14, 2012

Senate Chamber

On Tuesday, at approximately 11 a.m., Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 3637, Transaction Account Guarantee Program, with a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at 2:15 p.m.

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During the balance of the week, Senate may consider any cleared legislative and executive business.

Senate Committees

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: December 11, to hold hearings to examine streamlining and strengthening Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) rental housing assistance programs, part II, 10:30 a.m., SD–538.

Committee on Finance: December 11, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Ronald Lee Buch, of Virginia, and Albert G. Lauber, of the District of Columbia, both to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court, 10 a.m., SD–215.

December 12, Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure, to hold hearings to examine tax reform and Federal energy policy, focusing on incentives to promote energy efficiency, 10 a.m., SD–215.

December 13, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine improving care for dually-eligible beneficiaries, focusing on a progress update, 10 a.m., SD–215.

Committee on Foreign Relations: December 13, Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, to hold hearings to examine terrorist networks in Pakistan and proliferation of improvised explosive devices (IEDs); to be immediately followed by a closed hearing in SVC–217, 10 a.m., SD–419.

Committee on the Judiciary: December 12, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Shelly Deckert Dick, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Louisiana, Andrew Patrick Gordon, to be United States District Judge for the District of Nevada, Ketanji Brown Jackson, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia, and Beverly Reid O'Connell, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, 10 a.m., SD–226.

December 12, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, to hold hearings to examine ending the school-to-prison pipeline, 2 p.m., SD–226.

December 13, Full Committee, business meeting to consider S. 1223, to address voluntary location tracking of electronic communications devices, and S. 1560, to enhance access to controlled substances for residents of institutional long-term care facilities, 10 a.m., SD–226.

Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: December 13, to hold hearings to examine Hurricane Sandy, focusing on assessing the Federal response and small business recovery efforts, 10 a.m., SR–428A.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: December 12, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Keith Kelly, of Montana, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans' Employment and Training, and William S. Greenberg, of New Jersey, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, 10 a.m., SR–418.

Select Committee on Intelligence: December 11, to hold closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.

December 13, Full Committee, to hold a closed business meeting to consider certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.

House Committees

Committee on Agriculture, December 13, Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, hearing on ``Dodd-Frank Derivatives Reform: Challenges Facing U.S. and International Markets'', 9 a.m., 1300 Longworth.

Committee on Financial Services, December 13, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Examining the Impact of the Volcker Rule on Markets, Businesses, Investors and Job Creation, Part II'', 9 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.

Committee on Foreign Affairs, December 11, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights, hearing entitled ``The Devastating Crisis in Eastern Congo'', 3 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.

Committee on Energy and Commerce, December 12, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, hearing entitled ``Keeping the New Broadband Spectrum Law on Track'', 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

December 13, Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``State of Uncertainty: Implementation of PPACA's Exchanges and Medicaid Expansion'', 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

Committee on the Judiciary, December 13, Full Committee, markup of H.J. Res. 819, Directing the Attorney General of the United States to transmit to the House of Representatives, not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution, any documents and legal memoranda in the Attorney General's possession relating to the practice of targeted killing of United States citizens and targets abroad; H.R. 4216, the ``Foreign Counterfeit Prevention Act''; and H.R. 6014, the ``Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act'', 9 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, December 12, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``HGH Testing in the NFL: Is the Science Ready?'', 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.

Committee on Rules, December 11, Full Committee, hearing providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules, 5 p.m., H–313, Capitol.

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, December 12, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``The Future of NASA: Perspectives on Strategic Vision for America's Space Program'', 9:30 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, December 13, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Northeast Corridor Future: Options for High-Speed Rail Development and Opportunities for Private Sector Participation'', 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs, December 12, Full Committee, business meeting to approve Activities Report for the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, 10 a.m., 334 Cannon.

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Committee on Ways and Means, December 12, Subcommittee on Human Resources, hearing entitled ``Proposal to Reduce Child Deaths Due to Maltreatment'', 2 p.m., 1100 Longworth.

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, December 13, Full Committee, business meeting on Investigative Report on the U.S. National Security Issues Posed by Chinese Telecommunications Companies Huawei and ZTE, 8:30 a.m., HVC–304. This is a closed meeting.

December 13, Full Committee, hearing on ongoing intelligence activities, 10:30 a.m., HVC–304. This is a closed hearing.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

10 a.m., Tuesday, December 11

Senate Chamber

Program for Tuesday: After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 1 hour), Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 3637, Transaction Account Guarantee Program. At 2:15 p.m., Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.

(Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for their respective party conferences.)

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

12 noon, Tuesday, December 11

House Chamber

Program for Tuesday: To be announced.  

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