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Daily Digest/Senate



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[Pages D328-D329]
                                          Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S2697-S2774
Measures Introduced: Thirteen bills and two resolutions were 
introduced, as follows: S. 745-757, S. Res. 101, and S. Con. Res. 13. 
                                                             Page S2749
Measures Reported:
  S. Res. 65, strongly supporting the full implementation of United 
States and international sanctions on Iran and urging the President to 
continue to strengthen enforcement of sanctions legislation, with an 
amendment.
  S. Res. 90, standing with the people of Kenya following their 
national and local elections on March 4, 2013, and urging a peaceful 
and credible resolution of electoral disputes in the courts, with an 
amendment in the nature of a substitute and with an amended preamble. 
                                                             Page S2748
Measures Passed:
  Condemning the Attacks in Boston, Massachusetts: Senate agreed to S. 
Res. 101, condemning the horrific attacks in Boston, Massachusetts, and 
expressing support, sympathy, and prayers for those impacted by this 
tragedy.
  Page S2729
  John Arthur ``Jack'' Johnson: Committee on the Judiciary was 
discharged from further consideration of S. Con. Res. 5, expressing the 
sense of Congress that John Arthur ``Jack'' Johnson should receive a 
posthumous pardon for the racially motivated conviction in 1913 that 
diminished the athletic, cultural, and historic significance of Jack 
Johnson and unduly tarnished his reputation, and the resolution was 
then agreed to.
  Pages S2773-74
Measures Considered:
  Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act--Agreement: Senate continued 
consideration of S. 649, to ensure that all individuals who should be 
prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant 
criminal background check system and require a background check for 
every firearm sale, taking action on the following amendments proposed 
thereto:
Pages S2699-S2729, S2729-44
  Rejected:
  By 54 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 97), Manchin Amendment No. 715, to 
protect Second Amendment rights, ensure that all individuals who should 
be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the National Instant 
Criminal Background Check System, and provide a responsible and 
consistent background check process. (A unanimous-consent agreement was 
reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 
affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed to. Subsequently, 
Senator Reid entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which Manchin 
Amendment No. 715, (listed above), was not agreed to.) 
                                 Pages S2699, S2709, S2729-30, S2739-40
  By 52 yeas to 48 nays (Vote No. 98), Grassley Amendment No. 725, to 
address gun violence, improve the availability of records to the 
National Instant Criminal Background Check System, address mental 
illness in the criminal justice system, and end straw purchases and 
trafficking of illegal firearms. (A unanimous-consent agreement was 
reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 
affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed to.) 
                                        Pages S2721-24, S2733-38, S2740
  By 58 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 99), Leahy Amendment No. 713, to 
increase public safety by punishing and deterring firearms trafficking. 
(A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the 
amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment 
was not agreed to.)
Pages S2732-33, S2740-41
  By 57 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 100), Cornyn/Vitter Amendment No. 
719, to allow reciprocity for the carrying of certain concealed 
firearms. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the 
amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment 
was not agreed to.)
Pages S2706-09, S2710, S2741
  By 40 yeas to 60 nays (Vote No. 101), Feinstein Amendment No. 711, to 
regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear 
arms is not unlimited. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative 
votes, the amendment was not agreed to.)
Pages S2699-S2706, S2741-42

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  By 56 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. 102), Burr Amendment No. 720, to 
protect the Second Amendment rights of veterans and their families. (A 
unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, 
having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment was not 
agreed to.)
Pages S2719-20, S2742
  By 46 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 103), Blumenthal (for Lautenberg) 
Amendment No. 714, to regulate large capacity ammunition feeding 
devices. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the 
amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment 
was not agreed to.)
Pages S2738-39, S2742-44
Pending:
  Barrasso Amendment No. 717, to withhold 5 percent of Community 
Oriented Policing Services program Federal funding from States and 
local governments that release sensitive and confidential information 
on law-abiding gun owners and victims of domestic violence. 
                                                         Pages S2709-10
  Harkin Amendment No. 730, to reauthorize and improve programs related 
to mental health and substance use disorders.
Pages S2730-31
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that following 
Leader remarks at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 18, 2013, 
Senate continue consideration of the bill; that the time until 12 noon 
be equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees, for 
debate on Barrasso Amendment No. 717 (listed above) and Harkin 
Amendment No. 730 (listed above); that at 12 noon, Senate vote on or in 
relation to Barrasso Amendment No. 717 and Harkin Amendment No. 730, in 
that order, with all other provisions of the previous order of Tuesday, 
April 16, 2013 remaining in effect.
Page S2744
Appointments:
  Congressional Advisory Panel on the Governance of the Nuclear 
Security Enterprise: The Chair announced, on behalf of the Majority 
Leader, pursuant to the provisions of Section 3166 of Public Law 112-
239, the appointment of the following individual to be a member of the 
Congressional Advisory Panel on the Governance of the Nuclear Security 
Enterprise: Gregory B. Jaczko of the District of Columbia.
  Page S2774
Torres and Watson Nominations--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time 
agreement was reached providing that at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 
2013, Senate begin consideration of the nominations of Analisa Torres, 
to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New 
York, and Derrick Kahala Watson, to be United States District Judge for 
the District of Hawaii, that there be 15 minutes for debate, equally 
divided in the usual form prior to votes on confirmation of the 
nominations in the order listed; and that no further motions be in 
order to the nominations.
  Page S2774
Messages from the House:
  Page S2747
Measures Referred:
  Page S2747
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
  Page S2747
Executive Communications:
  Pages S2747-48
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S2748-49
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S2749-51
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S2751-52
Additional Statements:
  Pages S2746-47
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S2752-73
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S2773
Privileges of the Floor:
  Pages S2773
Record Votes: Seven record votes were taken today. (Total--103) 
                                                         Pages S2740-44
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 6:45 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2013. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S2774.)



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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS: NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Department of Defense 
concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal 
year 2014 for the National Guard and Reserve, after receiving testimony 
from General Frank J. Grass, Chief, National Guard Bureau, Lieutenant 
General William E. Ingram, Jr., Director, Army National Guard, 
Lieutenant General Stanley E. Clarke III, Director, Air National Guard, 
Lieutenant General Jeffrey W. Talley, Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve, 
Vice Admiral Robin R. Braun, U.S. Navy, Chief of Navy Reserve, 
Lieutenant General Steven A. Hummer, Commander, U.S. Marine Corps 
Forces Reserve, and Lieutenant General James F. Jackson, Chief of Air 
Force Reserve, all of the Department of Defense.
APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, 
Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies 
concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal

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year 2014 for the Department of Education, after receiving testimony 
from Arne Duncan, Secretary, and Thomas Skelly, Budget Director, both 
of the Department of Education.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported 549 
nominations in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.
DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION REQUEST AND FUTURE YEARS DEFENSE PROGRAM
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2014 and the Future 
Years Defense Program, after receiving testimony from Chuck Hagel, 
Secretary, and General Martin E. Dempsey, USA, Chairman, Joint Chiefs 
of Staff, both of the Department of Defense.
SITUATION IN SYRIA
Committee on Armed Services: Committee received a briefing on the 
situation in Syria from Chuck Hagel, Secretary, and General Martin E. 
Dempsey, USA, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, both of the Department 
of Defense.
DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION REQUEST AND FUTURE YEARS DEFENSE PROGRAM
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Personnel concluded a 
hearing to examine the Active, Guard, Reserve, and civilian personnel 
programs in review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 
2014 and the Future Years Defense Program, after receiving testimony 
from Jessica L. Wright, Acting Under Secretary for Personnel and 
Readiness, Jonathan Woodson, Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and 
Director of TRICARE Management Activity, Frederick E. Vollrath, Acting 
Assistant Secretary for Readiness and Force Management, and Richard O. 
Wightman, Acting Assistant Secretary for Reserve Affairs, all of the 
Department of Defense; Master Chief Joseph L. Barnes, USN (Ret.), Fleet 
Reserve Association, Colonel Steven P. Strobridge, USAF (Ret.), 
Military Officers Association of America, and Kathleen B. Moakler, 
National Military Family Association, all of Alexandria, Virginia; and 
Captain Marshall Hanson, USN (Ret.), Reserve Officers Association, 
Washington, D.C.
DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION REQUEST AND FUTURE YEARS DEFENSE PROGRAM
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Strategic Forces concluded 
open and closed hearings to examine nuclear forces and policies in 
review of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2014 and 
the Future Years Defense Program, after receiving testimony from 
Madelyn R. Creedon, Assistant Secretary for Global Strategic Affairs, 
Andrew C. Weber, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear, Chemical, and 
Biological Defense Programs, Lieutenant General James M. Kowalski, 
USAF, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, Major General Garrett 
Harencak, USAF, Assistant Chief of Staff, Strategic Deterrence and 
Nuclear Integration, Major General Robert E. Wheeler, USAF, Deputy 
Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, Communications and 
Computers and Information Infrastructure Capabilities, Rear Admiral 
Terry J. Benedict, USN, Director, Strategic Systems Programs, Brigadier 
General Thomas W. Bergeson, USAF, Director, Operational Capability 
Requirements, and Colonel Timothy A. Woods, USAF, Senior Material 
Leader, Long Range Strike Bomber, System Program Manager, Air Force 
Rapid Capabilities Office, all of the Department of Defense.
HOMEOWNERS HARMED BY FORECLOSURES
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on 
Housing, Transportation and Community Development concluded a hearing 
to examine helping homeowners harmed by foreclosures, focusing on 
ensuring accountability and transparency in foreclosure reviews, 
including enhancing continuing reviews and activities under amended 
consent orders, after receiving testimony from Lawrence L. Evans, Jr., 
Director, Financial Markets and Community Investment, Government 
Accountability Office; Joseph A. Smith, Jr., Monitor of the National 
Mortgage Settlement, Raleigh, North Carolina; David C. Holland, Rust 
Consulting, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Debby Goldberg, National 
Fair Housing Alliance, Silver Spring, Maryland.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Budget: Committee ordered favorably reported the 
nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell, of West Virginia, to be Director 
of the Office of Management and Budget.
FUTURE OF PASSENGER RAIL
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine the future of passenger rail, focusing on what's 
next for the Northeast Corridor, after receiving testimony from Joseph 
H. Boardman, Amtrak, James P. Redeker, Connecticut Department of 
Transportation Commissioner, on behalf of the Northeast Corridor 
Infrastructure and Operations Advisory Commission, John Tolman, 
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, and R. Richard 
Geddes, American Enterprise Institute, all of Washington, D.C.; and Jim

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Steer, Steer Davies Gleave, London, United Kingdom.
BUDGET
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the 
President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2014, after 
receiving testimony from Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and 
Human Services.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
ordered favorably reported the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell, of 
West Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY BUDGET
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine the President's proposed budget request 
for fiscal year 2014 for the Department of Homeland Security, after 
receiving testimony from Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland 
Security.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION BUDGET
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal 
year 2014 for the Small Business Administration, after receiving 
testimony from Karen Mills, Administrator, Peggy E. Gustafson, 
Inspector General, and Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy, 
all of the Small Business Administration.



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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 23 public bills, H.R. 1590-
1612; and 3 resolutions, H. Res. 166-168, were introduced. 
                                                         Pages H2122-24
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page H2125
Reports Filed: There were no reports filed today.
Recess: The House recessed at 10:37 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon. 
                                                             Page H2073
Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest chaplain, Rabbi Robert 
Silvers, Congregation B'Nai Israel, Boca Raton, Florida.
  Page H2073
Board of Visitors to the United States Coast Guard Academy--
Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the 
following Members on the part of the House to the Board of Visitors to 
the United States Coast Guard Academy: Representatives Coble and 
Courtney.
  Page H2088
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act: The House began 
consideration of H.R. 624, to provide for the sharing of certain cyber 
threat intelligence and cyber threat information between the 
intelligence community and cybersecurity entities. Consideration of the 
measure is expected to resume tomorrow.
  Pages H2088-2103, H2103-05
  Pursuant to the rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute 
consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113-7 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 Permanent Select Committee on 
Intelligence now printed in the bill.
Page H2097
  Agreed to:
  Schneider amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 113-41) that clarifies 
that independent contractors are eligible for security clearances for 
purposes of employment to handle cyber threat intelligence and cyber 
threat information;
Pages H2101-02
  Rogers (MI) amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 113-41) that 
corrects reported language concerning a reference in subsection (c)(4) 
to the procedures created in (c)(7) (by a recorded vote of 418 ayes 
with none voting ``no'', Roll No. 110);
Pages H2100, H2103-04
  Connolly amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 113-41) that further 
defines how classified cyber threat intelligence may be shared and 
used, and adds an additional provision stipulating that classified 
threat intelligence may only be used, retained, or further disclosed by 
a certified entity only for cybersecurity purposes (by a recorded vote 
of 418 ayes with none voting ``no'', Roll No. 111); and 
                                               Pages H2100-01, H2104-05
  Langevin amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 113-41) that replaces 
the term ``local'' with ``political subdivision'', which allows the 
inclusion of utility ``districts'' that would not otherwise be covered

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but that are intended to be covered in the bill (by a recorded vote of 
411 ayes to 3 noes, Roll No. 112).
Pages H2102, H2105
  H. Res. 164, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was 
agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 227 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 109. 
                                                         Pages H2078-88
  Agreed to the Woodall amendment to the rule by voice vote, after the 
previous question was ordered without objection.
Pages H2086-87
Recess: The House recessed at 4:01 p.m. and reconvened at 4:30 p.m. 
                                                             Page H2103
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to 
meet at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
  Page H2105
World War I Centennial Commission--Appointment: The Chair announced the 
Speaker's appointment of the following individual on the part of the 
House to the World War I Centennial Commission: Colonel Thomas N. Moe, 
Retired, Lancaster, OH.
  Page H2105
Quorum Calls--Votes: One yea-and-nay vote and three recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H2087-88, 
H2103-04, H2104-05, and H2105. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:58 p.m.



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Committee Meetings
APPROPRIATIONS--SUBCOMMITTEE ON INTERIOR, ENVIRONMENT, AND RELATED 
AGENCIES, PUBLIC AND OUTSIDE WITNESS DAY
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and 
Related Agencies held a hearing for public and outside witnesses. 
Testimony was heard from public and outside witnesses.
APPROPRIATIONS--USDA RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND ECONOMIC BUDGET
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural 
Development, FDA, and Related Agencies held a hearing on USDA Research, 
Education, and Economic Budget. Testimony was heard from the following 
Department of Agriculture officials: Catherine E. Woteki, Under 
Secretary, Research Education and Economics; Edward B. Knipling, 
Administrator, Agriculture Research Service; Sonny Ramaswamy, Director, 
National Institute of Food and Agriculture; Mary Bohman, Administrator, 
Economic Research Service; Cynthia Clark, Administrator, National 
Agriculture Statistics Service; and Michael Young, Budget Officer.
APPROPRIATIONS--CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET 
REQUEST
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Homeland Security held a 
hearing on Customs and Border Protection Fiscal Year 2014 Budget 
Request. Testimony was heard from the following Customs and Border 
Protection officials: Michael Fisher, Chief, Border Patrol; Randolph 
Alles, Assistant Commissioner, Air and Marine; Kevin McAleenan, Acting 
Deputy Commissioner.
APPROPRIATIONS--DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT FISCAL YEAR 
2014 BUDGET REQUEST
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, 
and Urban Development held a hearing on Department of Housing and Urban 
Development Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request. Testimony was heard from 
Shaun Donovan, Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development.
APPROPRIATIONS--FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and 
Science and Related Agencies held a hearing on Federal Bureau of 
Prisons. Testimony was heard from Charles E. Samuels, Jr., Director, 
Federal Bureau of Prisons.
APPROPRIATIONS--DEPARTMENT OF STATE FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on State and Foreign 
Operations held a hearing on Department of State Fiscal Year 2014 
Budget. Testimony was heard from John Kerry, Secretary, Department of 
State.
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN AFGHANISTAN
Committee on Armed Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
``Recent Developments in Afghanistan''. Testimony was heard from 
General Joseph Dunford, USMC, Commander, International Security and 
Assistance Force and United States Forces-Afghanistan.
FISCAL YEAR 2014 NAVY, MARINE CORPS, AND AIR FORCE COMBAT AVIATION 
PROGRAMS
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land 
Forces held a hearing entitled ``Fiscal Year 2014 Navy, Marine Corps 
and Air Force Combat Aviation Programs''. Testimony was heard from 
Lieutenant General Charles R. Davis, Military Deputy, Office of the 
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition; Lieutenant 
General Burt Field,

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Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Plans and Requirements, U.S. Air 
Force; Rear Admiral Bill Moran, Director of the Air Warfare Division, 
U.S. Navy; Lieutenant General Robert E. Schmidle, Deputy Commandant of 
the Marine Corps for Aviation, U.S. Marine Corps; Vice Admiral W. Mark 
Skinner, Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the 
Navy (Research, Development, and Acquisition), U.S. Navy; and Michael 
J. Sullivan, Director of Acquisition and Sourcing, U.S. Government 
Accountability Office.
FISCAL YEAR 2014 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET REQUEST FOR U.S. 
SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND AND U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging 
Threats and Capabilities held a hearing entitled ``Fiscal Year 2014 
National Defense Authorization Budget Request for U.S. Special 
Operations Command and U.S. Special Operations Forces''. Testimony was 
heard from Admiral William McRaven, Commander, U.S. Special Operations 
Command; and Michael Sheehan ASD Special Operations and Low Intensity 
Conflict, Office of the Secretary of Defense.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Full Committee held a markup 
on H.R. 1406, the ``Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013''. The 
bill was ordered reported, as amended.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 
1549, the ``Helping Sick Americans Now Act''; H.R. 1580, to affirm the 
policy of the United States regarding Internet governance; and H.R. 3, 
the ``Northern Route Approval Act''. The following bills were ordered 
reported, without amendment: H.R. 3 and H.R. 1580. The bill H.R. 1549 
was ordered reported, as amended.
EXAMINING THE SEC'S FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT THE JOBS ACT AND ITS IMPACT ON 
ECONOMIC GROWTH
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Examining the SEC's Failure to 
Implement the JOBS Act and its Impact on Economic Growth''. Testimony 
was heard from Elisse B. Walter, Commissioner, U.S. Securities and 
Exchange Commission.
FY 2014 FOREIGN AFFAIRS BUDGET
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
``Securing U.S. Interests Abroad: The FY 2014 Foreign Affairs Budget''. 
Testimony was heard from John F. Kerry, Secretary, Department of State.
STATE LANDS VS. FEDERAL LANDS OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION: WHAT STATE 
REGULATORS ARE DOING RIGHT
Committee on Natural Resources: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
``State Lands vs. Federal Lands Oil and Gas Production: What State 
Regulators are Doing Right''. Testimony was heard from Greg Bell, 
Lieutenant Governor, State of Utah; Richard J. Simmers, Chief of the 
Division of Oil and Gas Resources, Ohio Department of Natural 
Resources; Jerry E. Patterson, Texas Land Commissioner, Texas General 
Land Office; and a public witness.
OPTIONS TO BRING THE POSTAL SERVICE BACK FROM INSOLVENCY
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a 
hearing entitled ``Options to Bring the Postal Service Back from 
Insolvency''. Testimony was heard from Mickey Barnett, Chairman, Board 
of Governors, United States Postal Service; Gene Dodaro, Comptroller 
General, U.S. Government Accountability Office; Patrick Donahoe, 
Postmaster General and CEO, United States Postal Service Panel; and a 
public witness.
CONTRACTING TO FEED U.S. TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN: HOW DID THE DEFENSE 
DEPARTMENT END UP IN MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR BILLING DISPUTE?
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on National 
Security held a hearing entitled ``Contracting to Feed U.S. Troops in 
Afghanistan: How did the Defense Department end up in Multi-Billion 
Dollar Billing Dispute?''. Testimony was heard from Daniel Blair, 
Deputy Inspector General for Auditing, Department of Defense; and 
public witnesses.
REVIEW OF PRESIDENT'S FY 2014 BUDGET REQUEST FOR SCIENCE AGENCIES
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Full Committee held a 
hearing entitled ``A Review of President's FY 2014 Budget Request for 
Science Agencies''. Testimony was heard from John Holdren, Director, 
Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the 
President.
OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Research 
held a hearing entitled ``An Overview of the National Science 
Foundation Budget for Fiscal Year 2014''. Testimony was heard from

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Cora Marrett, Acting Director, National Science Foundation; and Dan 
Arvizu, Chairman, National Science Board.
THE HEALTH CARE LAW: IMPLEMENTATION AND SMALL BUSINESSES
Committee on Small Business: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
``The Health Care Law: Implementation and Small Businesses''. Testimony 
was heard from public witnesses.
GAO REVIEW: JUSTIFYING ADDITIONAL FEDERAL COURTHOUSES
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Full Committee held a 
hearing entitled ``GAO Review: Are Additional Federal Courthouses 
Justified?''. Testimony was heard from Mark L. Goldstein, Director, 
Physical Infrastructure, Government Accountability Office; Michael A. 
Ponsor, Judge, United States District Court; Chairman, Committee on 
Space and Facilities, Judicial Conference of the United States; and 
Dorothy Robyn, Commissioner, Public Buildings Service, General Services 
Administration.

Joint Meetings
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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2013-04-18



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                    COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                             APRIL 18, 2013

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation and 
Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, to hold 
hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2014 
for the Federal Aviation Administration, 10 a.m., SD-138.
  Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug 
Administration, and Related Agencies, to hold hearings to examine 
proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2014 for the Food and Drug 
Administration, 10:30 a.m., SD-124.
  Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and 
Related Agencies, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget 
estimates for fiscal year 2014 for the Department of Veterans 
Affairs, 2 p.m., SD-124.
  Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, 
to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal 
year 2014 for the Department of State and Foreign Operations, 2:15 
p.m., SD-192.
  Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine the 
current and future worldwide threats to the national security of the 
United States; with the possibility of a closed session in SVC-217 
following the open session, 10 a.m., SD-106.
  Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, to hold 
hearings to examine the role of the Department of Defense science 
and technology enterprise for innovation and affordability in review 
of the Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2014 and the 
Future Years Defense Program, 2:30 p.m., SR-232A.
  Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, to hold hearings 
to examine the current readiness of U.S. forces in review of the 
Defense Authorization Request for fiscal year 2014 and the Future 
Years Defense Program, 2:30 p.m., SR-222.
  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold an 
oversight hearing to examine the Federal Housing Finance Agency 
(FHFA), focusing on evaluating FHFA as regulator and conservator, 10 
a.m., SD-538.
  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: business meeting to 
consider the nomination of Ernest J. Moniz, of Massachusetts, to be 
Secretary of Energy, 9:45 a.m., SD-366.
  Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the President's 
proposed budget request for fiscal year 2014 for the Department of 
Energy, 10 a.m., SD-366.
  Committee on Environment and Public Works: business meeting to 
consider proposed resolutions relating to the General Services 
Administration, Time to be announced, Room to be announced.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine 
national security and foreign policy priorities in the fiscal year 
2014 International Affairs budget, 9:30 a.m., SD-419.
  Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold 
hearings to examine the nomination of Thomas Edward Perez, of 
Maryland, to be Secretary of Labor, 10 a.m., SD-430.
  Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider the 
nominations of Gregory Alan Phillips, of Wyoming, to be United 
States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit, Karol Virginia Mason, of 
Georgia, to be an Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice, 
and S. 607, to improve the provisions relating to the privacy of 
electronic communications, 10 a.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 Interior, 
Environment, and Related Agencies, hearing on the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, 9:30 a.m., B-308 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related 
Agencies, hearing on USDA Marketing and Regulatory Programs, 10 
a.m., 2362-A Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Defense, hearing on Central Command/International 
Security Assistance Force, 10 a.m., H-140 Capitol.
  Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, 
hearing on Department of Veterans Affairs Budget, 10:30 a.m., 2359 
Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, and Related 
Agencies, hearing on Department of Justice Budget Request, 2 p.m., 
2359 Rayburn.

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  Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, hearing 
entitled ``A Financial Review of the Department of Health and Human 
Services and Its FY 2014 Budget'', 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, hearing on 
discussion draft of the ``Global Investment in American Jobs Act of 
2013'', 9:30 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.
  Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global 
Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, 
hearing entitled ``Tier Rankings in the Fight Against Human 
Trafficking'', 1 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Committee on Homeland Security, Full Committee, hearing entitled 
``The President's FY 2014 Budget Request for the Department of 
Homeland Security'', 9 a.m., 311 Cannon.
  Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil 
Justice, hearing on the ``Private Property Rights Protection Act'', 
10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, 
Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs, hearing entitled ``Spending 
for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Council 
on Environmental Quality, the Office of Insular Affairs, the U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, and the President's Fiscal Year 2014 
Budget Request for these Agencies'', 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
  Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, hearing 
on H.R. 657, the ``Grazing Improvement Act''; H.R. 696, the ``Lyon 
County Economic Development and Conservation Act''; H.R. 934, to 
amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act related to a segment of the 
Lower Merced River in California, and for other purposes; and H.R. 
993, the ``Fruit Heights Land Conveyance Act'', 10 a.m., 1334 
Longworth.
  Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on 
National Security, hearing entitled ``Sequestration Oversight: 
Prioritizing Security over Administrative Costs at TSA'', 10 a.m., 
2154 Rayburn.
  Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on 
Technology, hearing entitled ``An Overview of the Fiscal Year 2014 
Budget Proposal at the National Institute of Standards and 
Technology'', 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
  Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax 
and Capital Access, hearing entitled ``Innovation as a Catalyst for 
New Jobs'', 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
  Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security, 
hearing on the President's and Other Bipartisan Entitlement Reform 
Proposals, 9:30 a.m., B-318 Rayburn.


                             Joint Meetings

  Joint Economic Committee: to hold hearings to examine the Federal 
Reserve System at 100, focusing on monetary policy, 9:30 a.m., SH-
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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                     9:30 a.m., Thursday, April 18

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: Senate will continue consideration of S. 649, 
Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act, with votes on or in relation to 
Barrasso Amendment No. 717 and Harkin Amendment No. 730 at 
approximately 12 p.m.
   At 2 p.m., Senate will begin consideration of the nominations of 
Analisa Torres, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the 
Southern District of New York, and Derrick Kahala Watson, of Hawaii, to 
be United States District Judge for the District of Hawaii, with votes 
on confirmation of the nominations at approximately 2:15 p.m.
  (Senate will recess following the vote on or in relation to Harkin 
Amendment No. 730 until 2:00 p.m. for their respective party 
conferences.)

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                      10 a.m., Thursday, April 18

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: Complete consideration of H.R. 624--Cyber 
Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
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            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Bachmann, Michele, Minn., E484
Beniskey, Dan, Mich., E479
Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., Ga., E480
Bordallo, Madeleine Z., Guam, E478
Bucshon, Larry, Ind., E482
Courtney, Joe, Conn., E477
Cuellar, Henry, Tex., E483
Davis, Rodney, Ill., E481
Duffy, Sean P., Wisc., E485
Duncan, John J., Tenn., E479
Fincher, Stephen Lee, Tenn., E481, E482
Foxx, Virginia, N.C., E477
Hensarling, Jeb, Tex., E477
Hinojosa, Ruben, Tex., E484
Lowenthal, Alan S., Calif., E480
McCollum, Betty, Minn., E478
Marchant, Kenny, Tex., E482
Messer, Luke, Ind., E482
Miller, Jeff, Fla., E485
Norton, Eleanor Holmes, D.C., E478, E485
Nugent, Richard B., Fla., E479
Poe, Ted, Tex., E479
Renacci, James B., Ohio, E483
Schiff, Adam B., Calif., E477, E477, E478, E479, E480, E481, E482
Scott, Robert C. ``Bobby'', Va., E484
Smith, Christopher H., N.J., E483
Thornberry, Mac, Tex., E481
Welch, Peter, Vt., E481 



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