May 9, 2013 - Issue: Vol. 159, No. 65 — Daily Edition113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - 1st Session
Daily Digest Section (PDF)
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Congressional Gold Medal: Senate passed H.R. 360, to award posthumously a Congressional Gold Medal to Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley to commemorate the lives they lost 50 years ago in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, where these 4 little Black girls' ultimate sacrifice served as a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement.
Korean War Anniversary and Congratulating President Park Geun-Hye: Senate agreed to S. Res. 136, recognizing the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and the Mutual Defense Treaty of 1953, and congratulating Park Geun-Hye on her election to the Presidency of the Republic of Korea.
Older Americans Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 137, designating May 2013 as ``Older Americans Month''.
National Charter Schools Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 138, congratulating the students, parents, teachers, and administrators of charter schools across the United States for their ongoing contributions to education, and supporting the ideals and goals of the 14th annual National Charter Schools Week, to be celebrated the week of May 5 through May 11, 2013.
Water Resources Development Act--Agreement: Senate continued consideration of S. 601, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S3294–S3304, S3308–19
Boxer (for Blunt/Nelson) Amendment No. 800, to provide for the consideration of resilient construction techniques in certain studies relating to extreme weather events.
Boxer (for Sessions) Modified Amendment No. 811, to require the Tennessee Valley Authority to grant certain use restrictions.
Boxer (for Coburn/McCain) Amendment No. 823, to ensure environmental infrastructure activities are not exempt from review by the Infrastructure Deauthorization Commission.
Boxer (for Warner/Kane) Amendment No. 873, to include a provision relating to Four Mile Run, city of Alexandria and Arlington County, Virginia.
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, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Thursday, May 9, 2013, a vote on cloture will occur at 12 p.m., on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the following amendment be the next amendment in order to the bill: Inhofe Amendment No. 797; and that no second-degree amendments be in order to the amendment prior to votes on or in relation to the amendment.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the filing deadline for all first-degree amendments to the bill be 4 p.m., on Monday, May 13, 2013.
Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities: The Chair, on behalf of the Republican Leader, pursuant to Public Law 112–275, appointed the following individual to be a member of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities: Dr. Wade F. Horn of Maryland.
Tavenner Nomination--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 nomination of Marilyn B. Tavenner, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; that there be one hour for debate equally divided in the usual form; that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote, without intervening action or debate, on confirmation of the nomination; and that no further motions be in order to the nomination.
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Madeline Hughes Haikala, of Alabama, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama.
Gregory Howard Woods, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.
Thomas Edgar Wheeler, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2013.
Thomas Edgar Wheeler, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission for a term of five years from July 1, 2013.
Penny Pritzker, of Illinois, to be Secretary of Commerce.
Joseph W. Nega, of Illinois, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years.
Michael B. Thornton, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years.
Rose Eilene Gottemoeller, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
Davita Vance-Cooks, of Virginia, to be Public Printer.
Mark D. Gearan, of New York, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a term expiring December 1, 2015.
Messages from the House:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--118)
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 5:50 p.m., until 2 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S3352.)
APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2014 for the Department of Agriculture, after receiving testimony from Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary, and Phyllis K. Fong, Inspector General, both of the Department of Agriculture.
APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENTS OF DEFENSE AND NAVY
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2014 for the Departments of Defense and Navy, after receiving testimony from Robert F. Hale, Under Secretary (Comptroller), John Conger, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Installations and Environment, Roger M. Natsuhara, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment, Major General James Kessler, Commander, Marine Corps Installations Command, and Assistant Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics (Facilities), and Rear Admiral Kevin Slates, Director, Chief of Naval Operations, Energy and Environmental Readiness Division (OPNAV N45), all of the Department of Defense.
DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION REQUEST AND FUTURE YEARS DEFENSE PROGRAM
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Strategic Forces concluded a hearing to examine ballistic missile defense policies and programs 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, J. Michael Gilmore, Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Lieutenant General Richard P. Formica, USA, Commander, Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Army Forces Strategic Command, and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, and Vice Admiral James D. Syring, USN, Director, Missile Defense Agency, all of the Department of Defense; and Cristina T. Chaplain, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management, Government Accountability Office.
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded a hearing to examine pharmaceutical compounding, focusing on a proposed legislative solution, after receiving testimony from Janet Woodcock, Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services; Carmen Catizone, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, Mount Prospect, Illinois; Allan Coukell, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, D.C.; David G. Miller, International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists, Missouri City, Texas; and Kasey Thompson, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Bethesda, Maryland.
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee began consideration of S. 744, to provide for comprehensive immigration reform, but did not complete action thereon.
Committee recessed subject to the call.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine S. 49, to amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that veterans in each of the 48 contiguous States are able to receive services in at least one full-service Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in the State or receive comparable services provided by contract in the State, S. 62, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow taxpayers to designate overpayments of tax as contributions and to make additional contributions to the Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund, S. 131, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the reproductive assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to severely wounded, ill, or injured veterans and their spouses, S. 229, to designate the medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs located at 3900 Woodland Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the ``Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center'', S. 287, to amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the definition of homeless veteran for purposes of benefits under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, S. 325, to amend title 38, United States Code, to increase the maximum age for children eligible for medical care under the CHAMPVA program, S. 412, to authorize certain major medical facility leases for the Department of Veterans Affairs, S. 422, to amend the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Programs Enhancement Act of 2001 and title 38, United States Code, to require the provision of chiropractic care and services to veterans at all Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers and to expand access to such care and services, S. 455, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to transport individuals to and from facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs in connection with rehabilitation, counseling, examination, treatment, and care, S. 522, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to award grants to establish, or expand upon, master's degree or doctoral degree programs in orthotics and prosthetics, S. 529, to amend title 38, United States Code, to modify the commencement date of the period of service at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, for eligibility for hospital care and medical services in connection with exposure to contaminated water, S. 543, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to reorganize the Veterans Integrated Service Networks of the Veterans Health Administration, S. 633, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for coverage under the beneficiary travel program of the Department of Veterans Affairs of certain disabled veterans for travel in connection with certain special disabilities rehabilitation, S. 800, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure that the South Texas Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Center at Harlingen, located in Harlingen, Texas, includes a full-service inpatient health care facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to redesignate such center, S. 825, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of services for homeless veterans, S. 832, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out pilot programs on furnishing case management services and assisted living to children of Vietnam veterans and certain Korea service veterans born with spina bifida and children of women Vietnam veterans born with certain birth defects, S. 845, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Professionals Educational Assistance Program, S. 851, to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend to all veterans with a serious service-connected injury eligibility to participate in the family caregiver services program, S. 852, to improve health care furnished by the Department of Veterans Affairs by increasing access to complementary and alternative medicine and other approaches to wellness and preventive care, and S. 877, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to allow public access to research of the Department, after receiving testimony from Senator Landrieu; Robert L. Jesse, Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health, and Susan Blauert, Deputy Assistant General Counsel, both of the Department of Veterans Affairs; Richard F. Weidman, Vietnam Veterans of America, Silver Spring, Maryland; Wayne B. Jonas, Sameuli Institute, Alexandria, Virginia; Heather L. Ansley, VetsFirst, and Matt Gornick, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, both of Washington, D.C.; and Thomas G. Bowman, Spring Hill, Florida.
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the intelligence community.
Committee recessed subject to the call.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: There were no reports filed today.
Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest chaplain, Sister Jacquelyn Gusdane, SND, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School, Chardon, Ohio.
Full Faith and Credit Act: The House passed H.R. 807, to require that the Government prioritize all obligations on the debt held by the public in the event that the debt limit is reached, by a yea-and-nay vote of 221 yeas to 207 nays, Roll No. 142.
Rejected the Maffei motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Ways and Means with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 200 ayes to 227 noes, Roll No. 141.
Pursuant to the rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted.
Camp amendment (printed in H. Rept. 113–52) that clarifies the prohibition on compensation for Members of Congress and clarifies language to require that the Secretary report to Congress anytime the new authority is used (by a yea-and-nay vote of 340 yeas to 84 nays, Roll No. 140).
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 13th and that the order of the House of January 3, 2013 regarding morning hour debate not apply on that day.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on pages H2554.
Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 1:32 p.m.
APPROPRIATIONS--AIR FORCE BUDGET
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense held a hearing on the Air Force Budget. Testimony was heard from Michael B. Donley, Secretary, United States Air Force; and General Mark A. Welsh III, Chief of Staff, USAF.
ATOMIC ENERGY DEFENSE ACTIVITIES AND NUCLEAR FORCES PROGRAMS--FY2014 BUDGET REQUEST
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Strategic Forces held a hearing on Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request for Atomic Energy Defense Activities and Nuclear Forces Programs. Testimony was heard from Madelyn Creedon, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense; J. Michael Gilmore, Director, Operational Test and Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense; and Vice Admiral James D. Syring, USN, Director, Missile Defense Agency.
AMERICAN ENERGY SECURITY AND INNOVATION
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing entitled ``American Energy Security and Innovation: Grid Reliability Challenges in a Shifting Energy Resource Landscape''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
RESOLVING INTERNATIONAL PARENTAL CHILD ABDUCTIONS
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations held a hearing entitled ``Resolving International Parental Child Abductions to Non-Hague Convention Countries''. Testimony was heard from Susan Jacobs, Special Advisor for Children's Issues, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State; and public witnesses.
BOSTON BOMBINGS: A FIRST LOOK
Committee on Homeland Security: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``The Boston Bombings: A First Look''. Testimony was heard from Joseph I. Lieberman, former Senator, Connecticut; Edward F. Davis III, Commissioner, Boston Police Department; Kurt N. Schwartz, Undersecretary, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Massachusetts; and public witnesses.
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held a hearing on the following: H.R. 1825, to direct Federal public land management officials to exercise their authority under existing law to facilitate use of and access to Federal public lands for fishing, sport hunting, and recreational shooting, and for other purposes; H.R. 586, the ``Denali National Park Improvement Act''; H.R. 995, the ``Organ Mountains National Monument Establishment Act''; and H.R. 1411, the ``California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act of 2013''. Testimony was heard from Representative Benishek; Representative Young (AK); Representative Huffman; Carl Rountree, Director, National Landscape Conservation System, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; and public witnesses.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT APPROACHES TO ISSUING BIOMETRIC IDS
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Government Operations held a hearing entitled ``Federal Government Approaches to Issuing Biometric IDs''. Testimony was heard from Stephen Sadler, Assistant Administrator, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, TSA; Stephen A. Lord, Director, Forensic Audits and Investigations, GAO.
PROCESSING FEDERAL WORKER PENSION CLAIMS
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and the Census held a hearing entitled ``Is OPM Processing Federal Worker Pension Claims on Time?''. Testimony was heard from Patrick McFarland, Inspector General, Office of Personnel Management; Kenneth Zawodny, Associate Director, Retirement Services, Office of Personnel Management; Valerie C. Melvin, Director, Information Management and Technology Resource Issues, GAO.
EXOPLANET DISCOVERIES: HAVE WE FOUND OTHER EARTHS?
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Space; and Subcommittee on Research held a joint hearing entitled ``Exoplanet Discoveries: Have We Found Other Earths?''. Testimony was heard from John M. Grunsfeld, M.D., Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA, James Ulvestad, M.D., Director, Division of Astronomical Sciences, National Science Foundation; and public witnesses.
HEALTH INSURANCE FEE: IMPACT ON SMALL BUSINESSES
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Health and Technology held a hearing entitled ``The Health Insurance Fee: Impact on Small Businesses''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
BALANCING SAFETY WITH OPPORTUNITY FOR FOSTER YOUTH
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Human Resources held a hearing entitled ``Letting Kids Be Kids: Balancing Safety with Opportunity for Foster Youth''. Testimony was heard from Nancy Detert, State Senator, Florida; David Wilkins, Secretary, Department of Children and Families, Florida; Tanya Wilkins, Advocate for Foster Care and Adoption, Governor's Office of Adoption and Child Protection, Florida; and public witnesses.
No joint committee meetings were held.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
No hearings are scheduled.
Program for Monday: Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5 p.m. The filing deadline for first-degree amendments to S. 601, Water Resources Development Act, is at 4 p.m.
Program for Monday: The House will meet in pro forma session.
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