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                                            Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate agreed to S. Res. 65, Iran Sanctions Resolution, as 
      amended.

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S3701-S3789
Measures Introduced: Twenty-three bills and one resolution were 
introduced, as follows: S. 1005-1027, and S. Res. 152.
  Pages S3760-61
Measures Reported:
  S. Res. 143, recognizing the threats to freedom of the press and 
expression around the world and reaffirming freedom of the press as a 
priority in the efforts of the United States Government to promote 
democracy and good governance on the occasion of World Press Freedom 
Day on May 3, 2013.
Page S3759
Measures Passed:
  Iran Sanctions Resolution: By a unanimous vote of 99 yeas (Vote No. 
133), Senate agreed to 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, after agreeing to the committee-reported amendment. 
                                                         Pages S3736-45
  Stolen Valor Act: Senate passed H.R. 258, to amend title 18, United 
States Code, with respect to fraudulent representations about having 
received military decorations or medals.
  Page S3789
Measures Considered:
  Farm Bill--Agreement: Senate continued consideration of S. 954, to 
reauthorize agricultural programs through 2018, taking action on the 
following amendments proposed thereto:
  Pages S3712-36, S3745-52
Adopted:
  Stabenow (for Franken) Amendment No. 992, to provide access to 
grocery delivery for homebound seniors and individuals with 
disabilities eligible for supplemental nutrition assistance benefits. 
                                                         Pages S3716-17
  Stabenow (for Vitter) Amendment No. 1056, to end food stamp 
eligibility for convicted violent rapists, pedophiles, and murderers. 
                                                             Page S3717
  Rejected:
  By 36 yeas to 60 nays (Vote No. 132), Inhofe/Graham Amendment No. 
960, to repeal the nutrition entitlement programs and establish a 
nutrition assistance block grant program.
Pages S3712-16
  By 45 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 134), Stabenow (for Shaheen) 
Amendment No. 925, to reform the Federal sugar program. 
                                     Pages S3727-28, S3734-36, S3745-46
  Pending:
  Stabenow (for Leahy) Amendment No. 998, to establish a pilot program 
for gigabit Internet projects in rural areas.
Page S3712
  Sanders/Begich Amendment No. 965, to permit States to require that 
any food, beverage, or other edible product offered for sale have a 
label on indicating that the food, beverage, or other edible product 
contains a genetically engineered ingredient.
Pages S3749-52
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the bill on Thursday, May 23, 2013, following the 
cloture vote on the nomination of Srikanth Srinivasan, of Virginia, to 
be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, 
and notwithstanding cloture having been invoked, if invoked, Senate 
continue legislative session and consideration of the bill; Senate then 
vote on or in relation to Sanders/Begich Amendment No. 965 (listed 
above); that there be no second-degree amendments in order to Sanders/
Begich Amendment No. 965 prior to the vote; that the amendment be 
subject to a 60 affirmative vote threshold; and that the time consumed 
during consideration of the bill count post-cloture.
Page S3751
Appointments:
  Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki): The 
Chair, on behalf of the Vice

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President, pursuant to Public Law 94-304, as amended by Public Law 99-
7, appointed the following Senator as a member of the Commission on 
Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki) during the 113th 
Congress: Senator Boozman.
  Page S3789
Messages from the House:
  Page S3757
Measures Referred:
  Page S3757
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
  Pages S3701, S3757
Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S3757
Executive Communications:
  Pages S3757-59
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S3759-60
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S3761-63
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S3763-67
Additional Statements:
  Pages S3756-57
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S3767-88
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S3788
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S3788
Privileges of the Floor:
  Pages S3788-89
Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--134) 
                                              Pages S3716, S3744, S3746
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 6:47 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S3789.)



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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings



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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Department of Defense 
concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal 
year 2014 for the Army, after receiving testimony from John M. McHugh, 
Secretary, and General Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff, both of the 
Department of the Army, Department of Defense.
APPROPRIATIONS: UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Department of the 
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to 
examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2014 for the United 
States Forest Service, after receiving testimony from Tom Tidwell, 
Chief, and Barbara Cooper, Acting Director of Strategic Planning, 
Budget and Accountability, both of the United States Forest Service, 
Department of Agriculture.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Armed Services: Committee ordered favorably reported 3,270 
nominations in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.
TAX REFORM
Committee on the Budget: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
supporting broad-based economic growth and fiscal responsibility 
through tax reform, after receiving testimony from Michael Linden, 
Center for American Progress, and Adam Looney, The Brookings 
Institution, both of Washington, D.C.; and Veronique de Rugy, George 
Mason University Mercatus Center, Arlington, Virginia.
NOMINATION
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine the nomination of Anthony Renard Foxx, of North 
Carolina, to be Secretary of Transportation, after the nominee, who was 
introduced by Senators Hagan and Burr, testified and answered questions 
in his own behalf.
NUTRIENT TRADING AND WATER QUALITY
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Subcommittee on Water and 
Wildlife concluded a hearing to examine nutrient trading and water 
quality, after receiving testimony from Michael H. Shapiro, Principal 
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water, Environmental Protection 
Agency; Beth L. McGee, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Annapolis, Maryland; 
Marty Matlock, University of Arkansas Center for Agricultural and Rural 
Sustainability, Fayetteville; and Susan Parker Bodine, Barnes and 
Thornburg, and George S. Hawkins, District of Columbia Water and Sewer 
Authority, both of Washington, D.C.
TRADE FACILITATION AND TRADE ENFORCEMENT ACT
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine S. 662, 
to reauthorize trade facilitation and trade enforcement functions and 
activities, after receiving testimony from William A. Cook, Chrysler 
Group LLC, Rochester, Michigan; David Cooper, The Procter and Gamble 
Company, Cincinnati, Ohio; Clark R. Silcox, National Electrical 
Manufacturers Association, Rosslyn, Virginia; and Mary Ann Comstock, 
UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Inc., Sweet Grass, Montana.

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INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on International 
Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, International 
Environmental Protection, and Peace Corps concluded a hearing to 
examine different perspectives on international development, after 
receiving testimony from William Lane, Caterpillar, Inc., on behalf of 
the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, John Murphy, U.S. Chamber of 
Commerce, and Todd J. Moss, Center for Global Development, all of 
Washington, D.C.
GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine performance management and congressional 
oversight, focusing on government efficiency and effectiveness, and 
opportunities to reduce fragmentation, overlap, and duplication, after 
receiving testimony from Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the 
United States, and Cathleen Berrick, Managing Director, Homeland 
Security and Justice Issues, both of the Government Accountability 
Office.
DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT COMPANIES
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Financial and Contracting Oversight concluded an oversight hearing 
to examine business practices of durable medical equipment companies, 
after receiving testimony from Steve Silverman, Med-Care Diabetic and 
Medical Supplies, Boca Raton, Florida.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
ordered favorably reported the nominations of Brian C. Deese, of 
Massachusetts, to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and 
Budget, and Michael Kenny O'Keefe, and Robert D. Okun, both to be an 
Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee ordered 
favorably reported the following business items:
  S. 959, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with 
respect to compounding drugs, with an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute; and
  The nominations of Mark Gaston Pearce, of New York, Richard F. 
Griffin, Jr., of the District of Columbia, Sharon Block, of the 
District of Columbia, Harry I. Johnson III, of Virginia, and Philip 
Andrew Miscimarra, of Illinois, all to be a Member of the National 
Labor Relations Board.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Committee ordered 
favorably reported S. 744, to provide for comprehensive immigration 
reform, with amendments.
STEM EDUCATION
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine how the Science, Technology, Engineering, and 
Mathematics (STEM) Education Pipeline can develop a high-skilled 
American workforce for small business, focusing on bridging the skills 
gap, including S. 744, to provide for comprehensive immigration reform, 
after receiving testimony from Johan Uvin, Deputy Assistant Secretary, 
Office of Vocational and Adult Education, and Camsie McAdams, Senior 
Advisor, STEM, Office of Program Evaluation and Policy, both of the 
Department of Education; Gerri Fiala, Deputy Assistant Secretary of 
Labor, Employment and Training Administration; Rose Wang, Binary Group, 
and Joan Ferrini-Mundy, National Science Foundation, both of Arlington, 
Virginia; Loren Goodman, InRule Technology, Chicago, Illinois; Leah 
Belsky, Kaltura, and Shree Taylor, Delta Decisions of DC, both of 
Washington, D.C.; Dee Mooney, Micron Foundation, Boise, Idaho; Naomi 
Moneypenny, ManyWorlds, Inc., Houston, Texas; and Bob Kolvoord, James 
Madison University Center for STEM Education and Outreach, 
Harrisonburg, Virginia.
MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the Medicare prescription drug program, focusing on 10 years later, 
after receiving testimony from Margaret Woerner, Medicare Rights 
Center, New York, New York; and Jack Hoadley, Georgetown University 
Health Policy Institute, Richard I. Smith, Pharmaceutical Research and 
Manufacturers of America, and Robert G. Romasco, AARP, all of 
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Daily Digest/House of Representatives



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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 39 public bills, H.R. 2083-
2121; and 5 resolutions, H.J. Res. 47-48; H. Con. Res. 38; and H. Res. 
231, 233 were introduced.
  Pages H2909-13
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H2913-14
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
  H. Res. 232, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1911) to 
amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to establish interest rates for 
new loans made on or after July 1, 2013, and for other purposes (H. 
Rept. 113-89).
Page H2909
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative McClintock to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H2841
Recess: The House recessed at 10:56 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon. 
                                                             Page H2848
Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest chaplain, Dr. Ken 
Whitten, Idlewild Baptist Church, Lutz, Florida.
  Page H2848
Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities--
Appointment: Read a letter from Representative Pelosi, Democratic 
Leader, in which she appointed Mr. Robert E. ``Bud'' Cramer of 
Huntsville, AL to the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect 
Fatalities.
  Page H2852
Moment of Silence: The House observed a moment of silence in honor of 
the victims of the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma and Texas. 
                                                             Page H2861
Northern Route Approval Act: The House passed H.R. 3, to approve the 
construction, operation, and maintenance of the Keystone XL pipeline, 
by a recorded vote of 241 ayes to 175 noes with 1 answering 
``present'', Roll No. 179.
  Pages H2852-95
  Rejected the Bishop (NY) motion to recommit the bill to the Committee 
on Transportation and Infrastructure with instructions to report the 
same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay 
vote of 194 yeas to 223 nays, Roll No. 178.
Pages H2892-93
  Pursuant to the rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute 
consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113-11 shall be 
considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the 
five-minute rule, in lieu of the amendments in the nature of a 
substitute recommended by the Committees on Transportation and 
Infrastructure, Energy and Commerce, and Natural Resources now printed 
in the bill.
Page H2875
Agreed to:
  Cohen amendment (No. 9 printed in H. Rept. 113-88) that requires 
TransCanada to submit its oil spill response plan, and any updates to 
the plan, to the Governors of each State in which the Keystone XL 
pipeline operates. TransCanada is required to develop such a plan under 
current law and regulations; only certain Federal agencies receive and 
review the plan and
Pages H2884-85
  Weber (TX) amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 113-88) that adds to 
the findings in Section 2 highlighting the State Department's 
scientific and environmental findings which conclude that the Keystone 
XL pipeline is a safe and environmentally sound project (by a recorded 
vote of 246 ayes to 168 noes, Roll No. 169).
Pages H2876-77, H2886-87
Rejected:
  Waxman amendment (No. 2 printed in H. Rept. 113-88) that sought to 
add a finding that ``the reliance on oil sands crudes for 
transportation fuels would likely result in an increase in incremental 
greenhouse gas emissions'' in the United States, resulting in 
additional greenhouse gas emissions equal to 4.3 million passenger 
vehicles. Also provided that the bill would not go into effect unless 
the President found that TransCanada or tar sands producers will fully 
offset the additional greenhouse gas emissions (by a recorded vote of 
146 ayes to 269 noes, Roll No. 170);
Pages H2877-78, H2887
  Johnson (GA) amendment (No. 3 printed in H. Rept. 113-88) that sought 
to require a study on the health impacts of increased air pollution in 
communities surrounding the refineries that will transport diluted 
bitumen through the proposed Keystone XL pipeline (by a recorded vote 
of 177 ayes to 239 noes, Roll No. 171);
Pages H2878-79, H2887-88
  Connolly amendment (No. 4 printed in H. Rept. 113-88) that sought to 
require a threat assessment of pipeline vulnerabilities to terrorist 
attack and corrective actions necessary to protect the pipeline from 
such an attack and to mitigate any resulting spill (by a recorded vote 
of 176 ayes to 239 noes, Roll No. 172);
Pages H2879-80, H2888-89
  Rahall amendment (No. 5 printed in H. Rept. 113-88) that sought to 
strike section 3 of the bill (Keystone XL Permit Approval). Section 3 
eliminates the requirement for a Presidential Permit to construct the 
Keystone XL pipeline across an international border. Section 3 further 
deems the new application for the Keystone XL pipeline approved, based 
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issued by the U.S. Department of State for a different pipeline route 
(by a recorded vote of 177 ayes to 238 noes, Roll No. 173); 
                                                  Pages H2880-81, H2889
  Esty amendment (No. 6 printed in H. Rept. 113-88) that sought to 
remove the mandate to allow one specifically named company to never 
receive appropriate oversight through the permit process for operation 
and/or maintenance--in perpetuity, while allowing construction permit 
fast-track (by a recorded vote of 182 ayes to 234 noes, Roll No. 174); 
                                               Pages H2881-82, H2889-90
  Jackson Lee amendment (No. 7 printed in H. Rept. 113-88) that sought 
to lengthen the time period for filing a claim under the Act from 60 
days to 1 year (by a recorded vote of 182 ayes to 234 noes, Roll No. 
175);
Pages H2882-83, H2890
  Chu amendment (No. 8 printed in H. Rept. 113-88) that sought to 
requires the GAO to conduct a study and prepare a report of the 
Keystone XL pipeline to determine the total projected costs of pipeline 
spill cleanup, including the potential impacts of a petroleum spill on 
public health and the environment and the quantity and quality of water 
available for agricultural and municipal purposes (by a recorded vote 
of 185 ayes to 231 noes, Roll No. 176); and
Pages H2883-84, H2890-91
  Holt amendment (No. 10 printed in H. Rept. 113-88) that sought to 
increase American energy independence by requiring that all oil and 
refined fuels transported through the Keystone XL Pipeline be used here 
in the United States and not exported, unless the President finds that 
an exception is required by law or in the national interest (by a 
recorded vote of 162 ayes to 255 noes, Roll No. 177). 
                                               Pages H2885-86, H2891-92
  H. Res. 228, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was 
agreed to by a recorded vote of 228 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 168, 
after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 223 
yeas to 194 nays, Roll No. 167.
Pages H2860-62
Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to 
meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow.
  Page H2895
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Improving Postsecondary Education Data for Students Act: H.R. 1949, 
amended, to direct the Secretary of Education to convene the Advisory 
Committee on Improving Postsecondary Education Data to conduct a study 
on improvements to postsecondary education transparency at the Federal 
level and
  Pages H2895-98
  Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act of 2013: 
H.R. 271, to clarify that compliance with an emergency order under 
section 202(c) of the Federal Power Act may not be considered a 
violation of any Federal, State, or local environmental law or 
regulation.
  Pages H2898-99
Migratory Bird Conservation Commission--Appointment: The Chair 
announced the Speaker's appointment of the following Members on the 
part of the House to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission: 
Representatives Wittman and Dingell.
  Pages H2899-H2900
Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission--
Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the 
following individuals on the part of the House to the Military 
Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission: Mr. Dov S. 
Zakheim of Silver Spring, MD and Mr. Michael R. Higgins of Washington, 
DC.
  Page H2900
Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission--Appointment: Read a letter from 
Representative Pelosi, Democratic Leader, in which she re-appointed 
Representative McGovern as Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights 
Commission.
  Page H2900
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and 
subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H2852.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea-and-nay votes and 11 recorded votes 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H2860-61, 
H2861-62, H2886-87, H2887, H2887-88, H2888-89, H2889, H2889-90, H2890, 
H2890-91, H2891-92, H2892-93 and H2894. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 9:11 p.m.



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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings



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Committee Meetings
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
Committee on Appropriations: Full Committee held a markup on Homeland 
Security Appropriations Bill for FY 2014. The bill was ordered 
reported, as amended.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Strategic Forces held a 
markup on H.R. 1960, the ``National Defense Authorization Act for 
Fiscal Year 2014''. The bill was forwarded, without amendment.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging 
Threats and Capabilities held a markup on H.R. 1960, the ``National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014''. The bill was 
forwarded, without amendment.

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MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection 
Forces held a markup on H.R. 1960, the ``National Defense Authorization 
Act for Fiscal Year 2014''. The bill was forwarded, without amendment.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a 
markup on H.R. 1960, the ``National Defense Authorization Act for 
Fiscal Year 2014''. The bill was forwarded, without amendment.
EXAMINING THE REGULATORY AND ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS OF THE EQUAL 
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Workforce 
Protections held a hearing entitled ``Examining the Regulatory and 
Enforcement Actions of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission''. 
Testimony was heard from Jacqueline A. Berrien, Chair, Equal Employment 
Opportunity Commission.
EXAMINING SAMHSA'S ROLE IN DELIVERING SERVICES TO THE SEVERELY MENTALLY 
ILL
Committee on Energy and Commerce:  Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Examining SAMHSA's Role in 
Delivering Services to the Severely Mentally Ill''. Testimony was heard 
from Pamela S. Hyde, Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health 
Services Administration; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
Committee on Energy and Commerce:  Subcommittee on Commerce, 
Manufacturing, and Trade began a markup on H.R. 2052, the ``Global 
Investment in American Jobs Act of 2013''.
LEGISLATIVE MEASURES
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment and the 
Economy held a hearing entitled ``Federal and State Partnership for 
Environmental Protection Act of 2013; the ``Reducing Excessive Deadline 
Obligations Act of 2013;'' and the ``Federal Facility Accountability 
Act of 2013''. Testimony was heard from Carolyn Hanson, Deputy 
Executive Director, Environmental Council of the States; Jeffery 
Steers, Director, Central Office Division of Land Protection and 
Revitalization, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality; Dan 
Miller, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Natural Resources and 
Environment Section, Colorado Department of Law; Mathy Stanislaus, 
Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, 
Environmental Protection Agency; Thomas Duch, City Manager, Garfield, 
New Jersey; David M. Bearden, Specialist in Environmental Policy, 
Congressional Research Service; and David Trimble, Director, Natural 
Resources and Environment, Government Accountability Office.
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE FINANCIAL STABILITY OVERSIGHT COUNCIL
Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
``The Annual Report of the Financial Stability Oversight Council''. 
Testimony was heard from Jacob Lew, Secretary, Department of the 
Treasury.
ARE LARGE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IMMUNE FROM FEDERAL PROSECUTION?
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Who Is Too Big to Fail: Are 
Large Financial Institutions Immune from Federal Prosecution?''. 
Testimony was heard from Mythili Raman, Acting Assistant Attorney 
General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 850, 
the ``Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013''. The bill was ordered 
reported, as amended.
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA FY 2014 BUDGET: PRIORITIES AND CHALLENGES
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on the Middle East and North 
Africa held a hearing entitled ``The Middle East and North Africa FY 
2014 Budget: Priorities and Challenges''. Testimony was heard from Beth 
Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Near Eastern 
Affairs, Department of State; Alina L. Romanowski, Acting Assistant 
Administrator, Bureau for the Middle East, U.S. Agency for 
International Development.
ASSESSING THE THREAT TO THE HOMELAND FROM AL QAEDA OPERATIONS IN IRAN 
AND SYRIA
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and 
Intelligence held a hearing entitled ``Assessing the Threat to the 
Homeland from al Qaeda Operations in Iran and Syria''. Testimony was 
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PROTECTING U.S. CITIZENS' CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS DURING THE WAR ON 
TERROR
Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
``Protecting U.S. Citizens' Constitutional Rights During the War on 
Terror''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
BORDER SECURITY, ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND IMMIGRATION MODERNIZATION 
ACT; AND IMMIGRATION REFORM AND CONTROL ACT OF 1986
Committee on the Judiciary:  Full Committee held a hearing on S. 744, 
the ``Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration 
Modernization Act''; and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 
1986: Lessons Learned or Mistakes Repeated?''. Testimony was heard from 
public witnesses.
LEGISLATIVE MEASURES
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral 
Resources held a hearing on the following measures: H.R. 1964, the 
``National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act''; H.R. 1965, the 
``Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act''; H.R. 1394, the 
``Planning for American Energy Act of 2013''; H.R. 555, the ``BLM Live 
Internet Auctions Act''. Testimony was heard from Jamie Connell, BLM 
Acting Deputy Director, Department of the Interior; Dan Sullivan, 
Commissioner, Department of Natural Resources, State of Alaska, 
Charlotte E. Brower, Mayor, North Slope Borough; and public witnesses.
IRS TARGETING AMERICANS FOR THEIR POLITICAL BELIEFS
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a 
hearing entitled ``The IRS Targeting Americans for Their Political 
Beliefs''. Testimony was heard from Neal S. Wolin, Deputy Secretary, 
Department of the Treasury; J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector 
General for Tax Administration; and a public witness.
SMARTER SOLUTIONS FOR STUDENTS ACT
Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 1911, the 
``Smarter Solutions for Students Act''. The Committee granted, by 
record vote of 7-2, a closed rule for H.R. 1911. The rule provides one 
hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking 
minority member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce. 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 113-12 shall be 
considered as adopted. The rule provides that 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 of the rule 
directs the Clerk to, in the engrossment of H.R. 1911, add the text of 
H.R. 1949 as passed by the House as a new matter at the end of H.R. 
1911 and make conforming modifications in the engrossment. Section 3 of 
the rule provides that on any legislative day during the period from 
May 24, 2013, through May 31, 2013: the Journal of the proceedings of 
the previous day shall be considered as approved; and the Chair may at 
any time declare the House adjourned to meet at a date and time to be 
announced by the Chair in declaring the adjournment. Section 4 of the 
rule provides that the Speaker may appoint Members to perform the 
duties of the Chair for the duration of the period addressed by section 
3 of the resolution. Section 5 of the rule provides that the Committee 
on Appropriations may, at any time before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 
2013, file privileged reports to accompany measures making 
appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. Section 6 
of the rule provides that the Committee on Agriculture may, at any time 
before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, file a report to accompany 
H.R. 1947. Testimony was heard from Chairman Kline, and Representatives 
George Miller (CA), Davis (CA), Courtney, Rice, and Edwards.
EXASCALE COMPUTING CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Energy 
held a hearing entitled ``Exascale Computing Challenges and 
Opportunities''. Testimony was heard from Roscoe Giles, Chairman, 
Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee; Rick Stevens, 
Associate Laboratory Director for Computing, Environment and Life 
Sciences, Argonne National Laboratory; Dona Crawford, Associate 
Director for Computation, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and a 
public witness.
SAVING TAXPAYER DOLLARS: FREEZING THE FEDERAL REAL ESTATE FOOTPRINT
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a 
hearing entitled ``Saving Taxpayer Dollars: Freezing the Federal Real 
Estate Footprint''. Testimony was heard from Dorothy Robyn, 
Commissioner, Public Buildings, Service, General Services 
Administration; E.J. Holland, Jr., Assistant Secretary for 
Administration, Department of Health and Human Services; Jeffery Orner, 
Chief Readiness Support Officer, Department

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of Homeland Security; and William Borchardt, Executive Director for 
Operations, Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
PRESIDENT'S FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET: ADMINISTRATION PRIORITIES FOR THE 
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Water 
Resources and Environment held a hearing entitled ``The President's 
Fiscal Year 2014 Budget: Administration Priorities for the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency''. Testimony was heard from Nancy 
Stoner, Acting Administrator, Office of Water, Environmental Protection 
Agency; and Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid 
Waste and Emergency Response, Environmental Protection Agency.
EXAMINATION OF VA'S SPECIAL INITIATIVE TO PROCESS RATING CLAIMS PENDING 
OVER TWO YEARS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
``Expediting Claims or Exploiting Statistics?'' An Examination of VA's 
Special Initiative to Process Rating Claims Pending Over Two Years. 
Testimony was heard from Allison A. Hickey, Under Secretary for 
Benefits, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans 
Affairs; and public witnesses.
ONGOING INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee held a 
hearing entitled ``Ongoing Intelligence Activities.'' This was a closed 
hearing.
ONGOING INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee held a 
hearing entitled ``Ongoing Intelligence Activities.'' This was a closed 
hearing.

Joint Meetings
ECONOMIC OUTLOOK
Joint Economic Committee: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the 
current economic outlook, after receiving testimony from Ben S. 
Bernanke, Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.



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                    COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                              MAY 23, 2013

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Appropriations: 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 various agencies within the Department of Agriculture, 10 
a.m., SD-124.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold 
hearings to examine the nomination of Penny Pritzker, of Illinois, 
to be Secretary of Commerce, 11 a.m., SR-253.
  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: to hold hearings to 
examine the extraction of gas from shale, focusing on current 
practices within the industry and environmental concerns to be 
addressed, 10 a.m., SH-216.
  Committee on Environment and Public Works: to hold hearings to 
examine the nomination of Allison M. Macfarlane, of Maryland, to be 
a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 9 a.m., SD-406.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine United 
States-European Union economic relations, focusing on crisis and 
opportunity, 10 a.m., SD-419.
  Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: 
Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs 
and the Federal Workforce, to hold hearings to examine improving 
Federal health care in rural America, focusing on developing the 
workforce and building partnerships, 10 a.m., SD-342.
  Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider the 
nominations of Patricia E. Campbell-Smith, of the District of 
Columbia, and Elaine D. Kaplan, of the District of Columbia, both to 
be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims, and Charles 
R. Breyer, of California, Rachel Elise Barkow, of New York, and 
William H. Pryor, Jr., of Alabama, all to be a Member of the United 
States Sentencing Commission, 10 a.m., SD-226.
  Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of 
Derek Anthony West, of California, to be Associate Attorney General, 
Department of Justice, and Valerie E. Caproni, of the District of 
Columbia, and Vernon S. Broderick, both to be a United States 
District Judge for the Southern District of New York, 10:30 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 Armed Services, Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land 
Forces, markup on H.R. 1960, the ``National Defense Authorization 
Act for Fiscal Year 2014'', 9 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Readiness, markup on H.R. 1960, the ``National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014'', 10:30 a.m., 2212 
Rayburn.

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  Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, hearing 
entitled ``Examining Drug Compounding'', 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, markup on H.R. 
2052, the ``Global Investment in American Jobs Act of 2013'', 9 
a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Capital Markets 
and Government Sponsored Enterprises, hearing on discussion drafts 
of the following legislation: H.R. 1135, the ``Burdensome Data 
Collection Act''; H.R. 1105, the ``Small Business Capital Access and 
Job Preservation Act''; and H.R. 1564, the ``Audit Integrity and Job 
Protection Act''; and legislation regarding Section 913 of the Dodd-
Frank Act, 9:30 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, 
hearing entitled ``U.S.-Mexico Security Cooperation: An Overview of 
the Merida Initiative 2008-Present'', 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on The Constitution and 
Civil Justice, hearing on H.R. 1797, the ``District of Columbia 
Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act'', 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water and Power, 
hearing on H.R. 255, to amend certain definitions contained in the 
Provo River Project Transfer Act for purposes of clarifying certain 
property descriptions, and for other purposes; H.R. 745, to 
reauthorize the Water Desalination Act of 1996; and H.R. 1963, 
``Bureau of Reclamation Conduit Hydropower Development Equity and 
Jobs Act'', 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
  Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on 
Environment, hearing entitled ``Restoring U.S. Leadership in Weather 
Forecasting'', 9:30 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
  Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Contracting and 
Workforce, hearing entitled ``Building America: Challenges for Small 
Construction Contractors'', 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
  Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security, 
hearing on the President's and Other Bipartisan Entitlements Reform 
Proposals, 9:30 a.m., B-318 Rayburn.
  House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Full Committee, 
hearing entitled ``Ongoing Intelligence Activities'', 8:30 a.m., 
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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                      9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 23 

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: After the transaction of any morning business 
(not to extend beyond 10:30 a.m.), Senate will vote on the motion to 
invoke cloture on the nomination of Srikanth Srinivasan, of Virginia, 
to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.
  Following the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination 
of Srikanth Srinivasan, Senate will continue consideration of S. 954, 
the Farm bill, with a vote on Sanders Amendment No. 965.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                        9 a.m., Thursday, May 23

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: Complete consideration of H.R. 3--Northern Route 
Approval Act. Consideration of H.R. 1911--Smarter Solutions for 
Students Act (Subject to a Rule).
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            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Crawford, Eric A. ``Rick'', Ark., E719
Davis, Susan A., Calif., E719
Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E719, E724
Garamendi, John, Calif., E719
Gingrey, Phil, Ga., E725
Keating, William R., Mass., E725
Perlmutter, Ed, Colo., E725
Poe, Ted, Tex., E725 



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