Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
June 13, 2013
113th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 159, No. 84 — Daily Edition
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Thursday, June 13, 2013
Free Elections in Iran:
Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 154, calling for free and fair elections in Iran, after agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto:
Reid (for Hoeven) Amendment No. 1279, in the nature of a substitute.
Reid (for Hoeven) Amendment No. 1280, to amend the preamble.
Reid (for Hoeven) Amendment No. 1281, to amend the title.
Senate agreed to S. Res. 171, designating June 15, 2013, as ``World Elder Abuse Awareness Day''.
Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act--Agreement:
Senate continued consideration of S. 744, to provide for comprehensive immigration reform, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
Grassley/Blunt Amendment No. 1195, to prohibit the granting of registered provisional immigrant status until the Secretary has maintained effective control of the borders for 6 months. (By 57 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 148), Senate tabled the amendment.)
Leahy/Hatch Amendment No. 1183, to encourage and facilitate international participation in the performing arts.
Thune Amendment No. 1197, to require the completion of the 350 miles of reinforced, double-layered fencing described in section 102(b)(1)(A) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted and to required the completion of 700 miles of such fencing before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be adjusted to permanent resident status.
Landrieu Amendment No. 1222, to apply the amendments made by the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 retroactively to all individuals adopted by a citizen of the United States in an international adoption and to repeal the pre-adoption parental visitation requirement for automatic citizenship and to amend section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act relating to automatic citizenship for children born outside of the United States who have a United States citizen parent.
Tester Amendment No. 1198, to modify the Border Oversight Task Force to include tribal government officials.
Vitter Amendment No. 1228, to prohibit the temporary grant of legal status to, or adjustment to citizenship status of, any individual who is unlawfully present in the United States until the Secretary of Homeland Security certifies that the US–VISIT System (a biometric border check-in and check-out system first required by Congress in 1996) has been fully implemented at every land, sea, and air port of entry and Congress passes a joint resolution, under fast track procedures, stating that such integrated entry and exit data system has been sufficiently implemented.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that on Monday, June 17, 2013, following the vote on confirmation of the nomination of Kenneth John Gonzales, of New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico, Senate resume consideration of the bill.
Message from the President:
Senate received the following message from the President of the United States:
Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report on the continuation of the national emergency that was originally declared in Executive Order 13405 of June 16, 2006, with respect to Belarus; which was referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM–12)
Restrepo and Gonzales Nominations--Agreement
: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 5:00 p.m., on Monday, June 17, 2013, Senate begin consideration of the nominations of Luis Felipe Restrepo, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Kenneth John Gonzales, of New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico; that there be 30 minutes 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 nominations in the order listed; and that no further motions be in order.
Senate confirmed the following nominations:
Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
By a unanimous vote of 100 yeas (Vote No. EX. 149), Jeffrey L. Schmehl, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Senate received the following nominations:
Mark Thomas Nethery, of Kentucky, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation for a term expiring October 6, 2018.
Charles P. Rose, of Illinois, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation for a term expiring May 26, 2019.
John Gerson Levi, of Illinois, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2014.
Samantha Power, of Massachusetts, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador, and the Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations.
Samantha Power, of Massachusetts, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations.
Stephanie Sanders Sullivan, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo.
Joseph Y. Yun, of Oregon, to be Ambassador to Malaysia.
Senate received notification of withdrawal of the following nomination:
Avril D. Haines, of New York, to be Legal Adviser of the Department of State, which was sent to the Senate on April 18, 2013.
Messages from the House:
Petitions and Memorials:
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Two record votes were taken today. (Total--149)
Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 7:03 p.m., until 2 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S4496.)
Committee on Appropriations:
Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine crumbling infrastructure, focusing on outdated and overburdened highways and bridges, including limited improvement in bridge conditions over the past decade, with remaining financial challenges, after receiving testimony from Polly Trottenberg, Under Secretary for Policy, and Victor M. Mendez, Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, both of the Department of Transportation; and Phillip R. Herr, Managing Director, Physical Infrastructure, Government Accountability Office.
Committee on Armed Services
: Committee ordered favorably reported the following bills:
An original bill entitled, ``National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014'';
An original bill entitled, ``Department of Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014'';
An original bill entitled, ``Military Construction Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014''; and
An original bill entitled, ``Department of Energy National Security Act for Fiscal Year 2014''.
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine lessons learned from the financial crisis regarding community banks, focusing on causes and consequences of recent community bank failures, after receiving testimony from Richard A. Brown, Chief Economist, and Jon T. Rymer, Inspector General, both of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; and Lawrance L. Evans, Jr., Director, Financial Markets and Community Investment, Government Accountability Office.
HUMAN RIGHTS IN RUSSIA
Committee on Foreign Relations:
Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues with the Subcommittee on European Affairs concluded a joint hearing to examine Russia's human rights situation, after receiving testimony from Stephen Sestanovich, Council on Foreign Relations, Ariel Cohen, The Heritage Foundation, Leon Aaron, American Enterprise Institute, all of Washington, D.C.; Frank S. Jannuzi, Amnesty International, USA, New York, New York; and Boris Nemtsov, Republican Party of Russia, Moscow.
Committee on the Judiciary:
Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:
S. 394, to prohibit and deter the theft of metal, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; and
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, of New York, both to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship:
Committee began consideration of the following business items:
S. 511, to amend the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to enhance the Small Business Investment Company Program; and
S. 289, to extend the low-interest refinancing provisions under the Local Development Business Loan Program of the Small Business Administration, but did not complete action thereon, and will meet again on Monday, June 17, 2013.
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
There were no reports filed today.
Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Cook to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
The House recessed at 11:07 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
The prayer was offered by the guest chaplain, Pastor Ron Dunn, Revolution Church of God, Harrison, Michigan.
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014:
The House resumed consideration of H.R. 1960, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2014 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction and to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year. Consideration is expected to continue tomorrow, June 14th.
Pursuant to the rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113–13, modified by the amendment printed in part A of H. Rept. 113–108, 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 Committee on Armed Services now printed in the bill.
McKeon manager's amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108) that makes technical and conforming changes in the bill;
Pearce amendment (No. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108) that provides the Department of Defense with final approval over any new land use project that utilizes covered research, development, test and evaluation lands within the continuous United States;
McKeon en bloc amendment No. 1 that consists of the following amendments printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108: Frankel amendment (No. 7) that adds a provision to Article 120 of the UCMJ that would make it a new offense to abuse one's position in the chain of command of the subordinate to rape or sexually assault that person; Pierluisi amendment (No. 8) that requires the Department of Defense to conduct a formal records review and make public a report detailing all military munitions and training activities that occurred historically on the islands of Vieques and Culebra, Puerto Rico, and in the nearby cays and waters; Huelskamp amendment (No. 16) that requires the Secretary of Defense to provide reports to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees any time there is a meeting between DoD officials and civilians regarding the creation or enforcement of religious liberty regulations; Fitzpatrick amendment (No. 17) that prevents the Service Chiefs from ending the military tuition assistance programs; Grayson amendment (No. 24) that ensures that the ``Commission on Service to the Nation,'' created by this bill, must hold at least one hearing in Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa; Bilirakis amendment (No. 26) that allows for the transportation on military aircraft on a space-available basis for disabled veterans with a service connected permanent disability rated as total; Grayson amendment (No. 30) that requires that the Department of Defense submit to Congress a report on how sole source suppliers of components in the military procurement supply chain create vulnerabilities to military attack, terrorism, natural disaster, industrial shock, etc; Cuellar amendment (No. 34) that directs the Department of Defense, in coordination with DHS and FAA, to develop a plan for UAS involving joint testing and training; McCaul amendment (No. 35) that authorizes the Secretary of Defense to coordinate with the Secretary of Homeland Security to identify and transfer equipment that may be used to secure the international borders of the United States; Duckworth amendment (No. 40) that amends the FY13 NDAA to supplement the Small Business Administration's mandated annual report on overall performance on government-wide small business goals to include a remediation plan for any failure to achieve contracting goals; Murphy (FL) amendment (No. 41) that requires the Secretary to report to Congress on efforts to make more efficient use of Defense facilities, with a focus on underutilized and unutilized facilities; McCaul amendment (No. 42) that authorizes the transfer of Tethered Aerostat Radar Systems from the Department of Defense to the Department of Homeland Security; Brownley (CA) amendment (No. 48) that requires the Secretary of Defense to establish areas to be known as ``Southern Sea Otter Military Readiness Areas'' for national defense purposes; Brownley (CA) amendment (No. 62) that expresses the sense of Congress that the Federal Government and State governments should make the transition of a member of the Armed Forces and the member's spouse from military to civilian life as seamless as possible; Fitzpatrick amendment (No. 94) that requires the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Administrator of the Small Business Administration and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, to study the impact of Veteran Owned Small Business contracting on veteran unemployment and entrepreneurship; McCaul amendment (No. 111) that amends 10 USC 2576a to include ``border security activities'' to the list of preferred applications the Department of Defense considers when transferring excess property to other Federal agencies; Turner amendment (No. 113) that clarifies the authority of the Secretary of Defense to enter into a memorandum of understanding with applicable entities regarding non-regulatory special use airspace; Turner amendment (No. 130) that provides the sense of Congress regarding the U.S. Defense Cooperation with the Georgian Government; Turner amendment (No. 154) that increases the authorization from $2M to $4M that the defense laboratories can spend on minor military construction and modifies the Laboratory Revitalization (LRP) section 2805 of Title 10 regarding unspecified minor MILCON; and Bilirakis amendment (No. 159) that authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to designate an appropriate site at the former Navy Dive School at the Washington Navy Yard for a memorial to honor the members of the Armed Forces who have served as military divers;
Turner amendment (No. 6 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108) that establishes mandatory minimum sentences of discharge or dismissal, and confinement required for certain sex-related offenses committed by members of the Armed Forces;
Radel amendment (No. 12 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108) that requires the Department of Defense to submit to the Congress a report every year containing: (1) the names of any U.S. citizens subject to military detention, (2) the legal justification for their continued detention, and (3) the steps the Executive Branch is taking to either provide them some judicial process, or release them;
McKeon en bloc amendment No. 2 that consists of the following amendments printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108: Larson (CT) amendment (No. 27) that ensures access to behavioral health treatment, including applied behavior analysis, under TRICARE for children with developmental disabilities, when prescribed by a physician; Young (AK) amendment (No. 31) that clarifies the authority to approve any sole-source contract to Native Americans through the Small Business Administration's 8(a) program is delegable, as it currently is for all other sole-source contracts; Bentivolio amendment (No. 38) that expresses a Sense of Congress regarding Relations with Taiwan and suggests it should be United States policy to allow high-level Taiwan officials to conduct meetings with high-level officials in the United States, particularly in executive departments; Lamborn amendment (No. 43) that restricts funding for the space-based infrared systems space modernization initiative wide-field-of-view testbed until the Department of Defense certifies that it is carrying out the Operationally Responsive Space Program required by 10USC2273a; Holt amendment (No. 44) that directs the Secretary to submit to Congress within 60 days of enactment whether the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship program, or related scholarship or fellowship programs within the Department of Defense, are providing the necessary number of undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineer, and mathematics to meet the recommendations contained in the report of the Commission on Research and Development in the United States Intelligence Community; Hudson amendment (No. 45) that requires the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics to provide a report to the Armed Services Committees which outlines how the Department intends to maintain both the capability and the infrastructure required to support canines as Stand-off Detection of Explosives and Explosive Precursors; Bachmann amendment (No. 46) that funds the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group to the requested amount by the Marine Corps; Bachmann amendment (No. 47) that increases funding for the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force--Crisis Response Operations and Maintenance fund at the request of the Marine Corps; Jackson Lee amendment (No. 49) that requires outreach for small business concerns owned and controlled by women and minorities required before conversion of certain functions to contractor performance; Jackson Lee amendment (No. 54) that requires posting of information relating to sexual assault prevention and response resource; Holt amendment (No. 81) that allows any adjutant general of a State to request contact information for Individual Ready Reservists and Individual Mobilization Augmentees in the State for the purpose of conducting suicide prevention efforts; Jackson Lee amendment (No. 84) that provides for increased collaboration with NIH to combat Triple Negative Breast Cancer; Jackson Lee amendment (No. 85) that expresses the sense of the Congress that the Secretary of Defense should develop a plan to ensure a sustainable flow of qualified mental health counselors to meet the long-term needs of members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families; Jackson Lee amendment (No. 95) that provides for improved management of defense equipment and supplies through automated information and data capture technologies; Young (AK) amendment (No. 96) that requires the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, to report, to the congressional defense committees, on the strategic value of installations operating within the Pacific Area of Responsibility; Young (AK) amendment (No. 97) that requires GAO to review the potential of co-locating Federal entities onto military bases, so long as those missions are compatible with the missions of the military installations; Bachmann amendment (No. 114) that requires that the POW/MIA flag be flown 365 days a year on certain Federal Buildings; Lamborn amendment (No. 143) that establishes the sense of Congress on the threat posed by Hezbollah; Young (AK) amendment (No. 164) that makes a change that will allow MARAD to receive funding from non-federal entities, but it does not mandate that this funding be sent to MARAD; and Young (AK) amendment (No. 165) that allows MARAD to give funding priority in the existing Port Infrastructure Development Program to the 21 strategic seaports in the United States;
McGovern amendment (No. 10 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108) that requires the President to complete the accelerated transition of combat operations from U.S. Armed Forces to the Government of Afghanistan no later than by the end of 2013; the accelerated transition of military and security operations by the end of 2014, including the redeployment of U.S. troops; and to pursue robust negotiations to address Afghanistan's and the region's security and stability. Establishes the sense of Congress that should the President determine the necessity for post-2014 deployment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the Congress should vote to authorize such a presence and mission by no later than June 2014 (by a recorded vote of 305 ayes to 121 noes, Roll No. 226);
Goodlatte amendment (No. 11 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108) that requires the government, in habeas proceedings for United States citizens apprehended in the United States pursuant to the AUMF, to prove by clear and convincing evidence that the citizen is an unprivileged enemy combatant and there is not presumption that the government's evidence is accurate and authentic (by a recorded vote of 214 ayes to 211 noes, Roll No. 227);
McKeon en bloc amendment No. 3 that consists of the following amendments printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108: Rigell amendment (No. 29), as modified, that strikes language in section 808 of the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act to provide the Department of Defense flexibility in implementing the contracting caps extended by section 803 of the underlying bill; McKeon amendment (No. 50) that amends title 32 USC 508, ``Assistance for certain youth and charitable organizations,'' by adding State Student Cadet Corps to the list of 13 eligible youth and charitable programs eligible to receive National Guard support services; Heck (WA) amendment (No. 51) that amends the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act by allowing the servicemember to submit a certified letter from a commanding officer or record from the Defense Manpower Database Center in lieu of military orders; Kline amendment (No. 52) that ensures all students from legally operating secondary schools are treated equally and given the same opportunities to enlist in the armed forces; Velßzquez amendment (No. 55) that creates the Military Hazing Prevention Oversight Panel to help guide the military's anti-hazing policies; Lowey amendment (No. 56) that requires service academies to add sexual assault prevention in ethics curricula; Pingree (ME) amendment (No. 57) that instructs the DoD to insure that servicemembers are aware of the Interim Guidance by the Director of National Intelligence that victims of military sexual assault who received counseling answer ``no'' to Q21 on their Security Form 86 for security clearances; Lee amendment (No. 58) that requires the Defense Secretary to report to Congress on the use of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the Manual for Courts-Martial, and related policies, punitive articles, and regulations with regard to service members living with or at risk of contracting HIV; DeLauro amendment (No. 59) that requires the services to include in the annual report to Congress on sexual assaults in the military steps taken to ensure the retention of and access to evidence and records relating to sexual assaults; Cummings amendment (No. 60) that expands home foreclosure protections under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to service members receiving hostile fire or imminent danger pay, surviving spouses of service members whose deaths are service connected, and certain veterans who are disabled due to service connected injuries; Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM) amendment (No. 61) that instructs the DoD to identify and recognize dependents of a member of the armed forces who is serving or has served in a combat zone for a period of more than 30 days with a lapel button and to conduct presentation ceremonies to eligible dependents; Gene Green (TX) amendment (No. 63) that requires the military departments to provide free Internet access to servicemembers serving in a combat zone; Blackburn amendment (No. 65) that requires the Department to conduct a review of the current Troops to Teachers program by March 1, 2014; Culberson amendment (No. 66) that authorizes the use of gold in the metal content of the Medal of Honor; Hunter amendment (No. 68) that requires the Secretary of the Army to consider the Silver Star Award nominations for four soldiers whose award nominations were lost and subsequently downgraded; McKinley amendment (No. 71) that requires the Secretary of Defense to establish an electronic tour calculator so that reservists could keep track of aggregated active duty tours of 90 days or more served within a fiscal year; Terry amendment (No. 75) that amends title 4 USC by adding at the end the following: Members of the armed forces not in uniform and veterans may render the military salute in the manner provided for persons in uniform; Terry amendment (No. 80) that requires the Secretary of Defense to report to Congress within 180 days on the methods currently being employed across the military departments to collect charges from third party payers; and Ben Ray Lujßn (NM) amendment (No. 160) that extends the sunset of the Secretary of Energy's Other Transaction authority by 5 years;
Thornberry en bloc amendment that consists of the following amendments printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108: Andrews amendment (No. 64) that requires a report on whether the Department of Defense could make current no accrual of interest for certain servicemembers (20 USC 1087e(o))benefit automatic; Bustos amendment (No. 67) that requires the Secretary of the Army to review and provide a report on the Medal of Honor nomination of Captain William L. Albracht; Esty amendment (No. 69) that establishes standards for the prompt replacement of military medals & decorations requested by veterans, current service members, and eligible family members; Kind amendment (No. 70) that authorizes an award of the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing for Acts of Valor during the Civil War; Kirkpatrick amendment (No. 72) that requires the Department of Defense to provide certified and complete service treatment records to the Department of Veterans Affairs within 90 days of military discharge or release in an electronic format; Bishop (NY) amendment (No. 74) that expresses the sense of Congress that the remains of three crewmen of the Martin Mariner PBM–5 seaplane George One, ensign Maxwell Lopez, USN, Naval Aviator, Frederick Williams, Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class, Wendell Henderson, Aviation Radioman 1st Class, should be recovered from Thurston Island, Antarctica; Thompson (PA) amendment (No. 77) that extends the 180-day Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP) coverage for service members and their families by an additional 180-days for any treatment provided by telemedicine; Guthrie amendment (No. 78) that requires a comprehensive policy on improvements to the care, management, and transition of recovering service members with urotrauma from DoD to VA; Gallego amendment (No. 79) that allows the Secretary of Defense to take measurable action to determine the effectiveness of suicide prevention efforts; Kuster amendment (No. 82) that requires a report on the role of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Department of Defense centers of excellence in the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health conditions, and military eye injuries; Thompson (PA) amendment (No. 83) that ensures the Department of Defense conducts a preliminary mental health assessment on individuals before they join the military; DeSantis amendment (No. 102) that prohibits funds from being authorized for collaborative cyber-security activities with the People's Republic of China; Broun (GA) amendment (No. 107) that requires the Secretary of the Air Force to report on the implementation of the recommendations of the Palomares Nuclear Weapons Accident Revised Dose Evaluation Report released in April by the Air Force in 2001; and Conaway amendment (No. 126) that makes an authority change to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, allowing the U.S. military to provide integrated air-missile defense training/coordination to Gulf Cooperation Council countries;
McKeon en bloc amendment No. 5 that consists of the following amendments printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108: Pascrell amendment (No. 86) that expresses the sense of Congress that the Secretary of Defense should submit the plan required by the National Defense Authorization for Fiscal Year 2013 to improve coordination and integration of the programs that address traumatic brain injury and psychological health of members of the Armed Forces within the appropriate time-frame; Pascrell amendment (No. 87) that requires a report on how the Secretary of Defense will identify, refer, and treat traumatic brain injuries with respect to members of the Armed Forces who served in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom prior to June 2010 when a memorandum regarding a 50-meter distance from an explosion as a criterion to properly identify, refer and treat members for potential traumatic brain injury took effect; Sessions amendment (No. 88) that establishes a 5-year pilot program for treatments of traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder for members of the Armed Forces in health care facilities other than military treatment facilities; McKeon amendment (No. 89) that requires the Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Administration to make all health care information contained in the Department of Defense AHLTA and the Department of Veterans Affairs VistA systems available and actionable to health care providers in both Departments by October 1, 2014 and requires the Secretaries to implement an integrated health record by October 1, 2016; Wilson (SC) amendment (No. 90) that requires a report from the comptroller general evaluating the different programs and contracting methods that Medicare and TRICARE use to prevent and correct improper payments to medical providers; Sarbanes amendment (No. 91) that seeks to promote greater compliance with sourcing laws by incorporating them into the DoD Supplement to the FAR, which contracting officers look to closely for guidance; Cßrdenas amendment (No. 98) that ensures that an assessment of the retention, recruitment, and management of the cyber operation forces is included in a comprehensive mission analysis of cyber operations by the Department of Defense; Cßrdenas amendment (No. 99) that ensures that the investigations launched by the Department of Defense related to the compromise of critical program information include an estimate of economic losses resulting from the intrusion and any actions needed to protect intellectual property; Ruiz amendment (No. 100) that requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to the Congress on the feasibility of establishing a small business cyber technology office to assist small business concerns in providing cybersecurity solutions to the Federal Government; Cßrdenas amendment (No. 101) that authorizes the Department of Defense to create a education program to assist small business understand cyber security threats; Langevin amendment (No. 103) that requires a report providing an updated comparison of the costs and risks of acquiring DDG 1000 and DDG 51 Flight III vessels equipped for enhanced ballistic missile defense capability; Conyers amendment (No. 104) that clarifies that the assessment mandated in Section 1036(3) includes associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners for purposes of interpreting the scope of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force; Ross amendment (No. 105) that prohibits the Department of Defense from using taxpayer funds to provide additional or upgraded recreational facilities for individuals detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Posey amendment (No. 109) that authorizes the Secretary of Defense to transport, at his discretion and without charge, to any country supplies furnished by a nonprofit organization that are intended for distribution to members of the Armed Forces; Hanna amendment (No. 112) that expresses the sense of Congress that the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) should be condemned; expresses support for our Armed Forces and first responders; and supports policies to reduce the use of IEDs; Collins (NY) amendment (No. 115) that expresses a sense of Congress to maintain a strong National Guard and Military Reserve force; Langevin amendment (No. 119) that requires DoD to comply with a law enacted in the FY10 NDAA to ensure that funding was available to use civilian employees instead of contractors for requirements that last more than five years; Rohrabacher amendment (No. 121) that expands the certification requirement on reimbursements to Pakistan to include human rights concerns; and Ros-Lehtinen amendment (No. 142) that enhances DoD and State Department reporting requirements on the comprehensive plan for United States military assistance and cooperation with Egypt to include a description of the strategic objectives of the United States regarding the provision of U.S. security assistance to the Government of Egypt, a description of vetting and end-use monitoring systems in place by both Egypt and the U.S. for defense articles and training provided by the U.S.--including human rights vetting--and additional requirements;
McKeon en bloc amendment No. 6 that consists of the following amendments printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108: Braley (IA) amendment (No. 106) that directs the President to submit to Congress a report on the long-term costs of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan; Andrews amendment (No. 108) that makes technical changes to underlying text, including one grammatical change and a revision to ensure subcontracts are also captured by a provision on contracting for airlift services; Speier amendment (No. 110) that requires the Secretary of Defense to provide congressional support offices the same access to Defense Department facilities as employees of the Committees on Armed Services of the House of Representatives and Senate; Lewis amendment (No. 116) that requires the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and the Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, to post the cost of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to each American taxpayer on the Department of Defense's website; Farr amendment (No. 117) that establishes the sense of Congress that senior leadership in the Department of Defense should take into consideration the importance of foreign language and cultural education; Gallego amendment (No. 118) that extends by five years an existing Expedited Hiring Authority for civilian personnel in order to fast-track the method of recruiting and hiring select healthcare professionals, and allows DoD to pay individuals in critical and shortage healthcare occupations (specifically including those who treat wounded warriors); Connolly amendment (No. 120) that authorizes up to 5% of humanitarian assistance program funds to be used for monitoring and evaluation of said programs; Grimm amendment (No. 127) that expresses condemnation of the government of Iran for its systematic, state-sponsored persecution of the country's Baha'i religious minority; Connolly amendment (No. 128) that requires that the report authorized by section 1242 of this act include information on how the Egyptian military is supporting the rights of individuals involved in civil society and democratic promotion efforts through nongovernmental organizations; Ros-Lehtinen amendment (No. 129) that authorizes the Secretary of Defense to deploy assets, personnel and resources to the Joint Interagency Task Force South, in coordination with SOUTHCOM, to combat transnational criminal organization, drug trafficking, bulk shipments of narcotics or currency, narco-terrorism, human trafficking and the Iranian presence in SOUTHCOM's AOR; Lamborn amendment (No. 132) that establishes the sense of Congress on the threat posed to Israel by the sale or transfer of advanced anti-aircraft weapons to Syria; Kelly (PA) amendment (No. 133) that prohibits funds from being used to implement the UN Arms Trade Treaty unless the treaty has been signed by the president, received the advice and consent of the Senate, and has been the subject of implementing legislation by the Congress; Rigell amendment (No. 134) that reaffirms Congress' constitutional war powers by clearly stating that nothing in this Act shall be construed to authorize any use of military force; Broun (GA) amendment (No. 136) that prohibits the Department of Defense from using a drone to kill a citizen of the United States unless they are actively engaged in combat against the United States; Connolly amendment (No. 138) that directs the President to sell 66 F–16 C/D aircraft to Taiwan; Roskam amendment (No. 139) that requires the President to submit to the appropriate committees every 90 days a report that identifies that the United States has taken all necessary steps to ensure that Israel possesses and maintains an independent capability to remove existential threats to its security and defend its vital national interests; Bridenstine amendment (No. 140) that requires the Department of Defense to submit a report on the implications of Caspian Sea-based resource development for energy security strategies of the U.S. and NATO; and Bridenstine amendment (No. 145) that requires the Secretary of Defense to submit to the specified Congressional committees a report in both classified and unclassified form on the current and future military power of the Russian Federation; and
McKeon en bloc amendment No. 7 that consists of the following amendments printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108: Schakowsky amendment (No. 76) that provides procurement guidance, with regards to sourcing garments from Bangladesh by the Defense Department's commissary and exchange store system, to assure fire and building safety conditions are audited and addressed with respect to exchange branded apparel, licensing of exchange brands, and procurement of branded garments; Rigell amendment (No. 92) that prohibits any funds from being used to purchase military coins that are not produced in the United States; Tsongas amendment (No. 93) that requires athletic footwear furnished to newly recruited servicemembers to be American-made after the Secretary of Defense certifies that there are at least two domestic suppliers who can provide 100% Berry Amendment-compliant footwear; Lynch amendment (No. 122) that requires an assessment of the Afghan National Security Force's (ANSF) ability to provide proper Operations & Maintenance for U.S.-funded ANSF infrastructure projects after January 1, 2015; Johnson (GA) amendment (No. 124) that prohibits funding to construct permanent military bases in Afghanistan; Schneider amendment (No. 125) that adds an additional requirement to the annual report on Iran that requires an analysis of how sanctions are impacting Iran's Threat Network; Schneider amendment (No. 131) that expands the findings section of the bill to express the sense of Congress that the President should use all diplomatic means to limit the transfer of arms from Russia, Lebanon, and Iran to the Assad regime; Ellison amendment (No. 135) that prohibits the authorization of Defense Department funds for tear gas and other riot control items to Middle East and North African countries undergoing democratic transition unless the Secretary of Defense certifies to the appropriate Congressional committees that the security forces of such countries are not using excessive force to repress peaceful, lawful and organized dissent; Welch amendment (No. 141) that requires the Department of Defense to submit to Congress a report on measures to monitor and ensure that U.S. financial assistance to the Afghan National Security Forces is not used to purchase fuel from Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions; Gosar amendment (No. 144) that states that Congress fully supports Israel's lawful exercise of self-defense, including actions to halt regional aggression; Walorski amendment (No. 147) that expresses the sense of Congress in support of fully implementing U.S. and international sanctions on Iran; Fortenberry amendment (No. 148) that directs the Secretary of Defense to establish a strategy to modernize the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program in order to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and related materials in the Middle East and North Africa region; Schrader amendment (No. 151) that establishes a program to provide improved access to Federal contract opportunities for early stage small business concerns, defined as a small business concern that has not more than 15 employees, and has average annual receipts that total not more than $1,000,000; Garcia amendment (No. 155) that requires the Secretary of Defense, not later than 90 days after the enactment of this Act, to issue a report to Congress on the Military Housing Privatization Initiative; Pearce amendment (No. 162) that extends the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant mission; Whitfield amendment (No. 167) that expresses the sense of Congress that the President should establish an Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health; Franks (AZ) amendment (No. 168) that establishes the sense of Congress that the paramount security concern of the United States is the ongoing and illegal nuclear weapons programs of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea; and Franks (AZ) amendment (No. 169) that adds consultation to the main roles and responsibilities as prescribed in section 1086, to include the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Blumenauer amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108) that sought to reduces from 11 to 10 the statutory requirement for the number of operational carriers that the U.S. Navy must have (by a recorded vote of 106 ayes to 318 noes, Roll No. 222);
Coffman amendment (No. 5 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108) that sought to cut $250 million from the Defense Rapid Innovation Program (DRIP), and move the money to alleviate training and readiness shortfalls (by a recorded vote of 206 ayes to 220 noes, Roll No. 224);
Rigell amendment (No. 9 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108) that sought to modify the temporary suspension of public-private competitions for conversion of Department of Defense functions to contractor performance. Permits the Secretary of Defense to exempt existing public-private partnerships from the OMB Budget Circular A–76 process (by a recorded vote of 178 ayes to 248 noes, Roll No. 225); and
Smith (WA) amendment (No. 13 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108) that sought to amend Section 1021 of the FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act to eliminate indefinite military detention of any person detained under AUMF authority in the United States, territories or possessions by providing immediate transfer to trial and proceedings by a court established under Article III of the Constitution or by an appropriate state court. Strikes section 1022 of the same Act (which provided for mandatory military custody of covered parties) (by a recorded vote of 200 ayes to 226 noes, Roll No. 228).
Denham amendment (No. 15 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108) that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have authorized enlistment in the Armed Forces of certain undocumented immigrants who are otherwise qualified for enlistment, and provide a way for the undocumented immigrants to be lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence by reason of their honorable service and sacrifice in the U.S. military.
Turner amendment (No. 21 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108) that seeks to require the President of the United States to convey to Congress the details of any proposed deals with the Russian Federation concerning the missile defense or nuclear arms of the United States;
Holt amendment (No. 22 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108) that seeks to strike all of subtitle C of title II except section 237 (Iron Dome program);
McCollum amendment (No. 25 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108) that seeks to prohibit any funds authorized in the bill from being used to sponsor Army National Guard professional wrestling sports sponsorships or motor sports sponsorships. The amendment does not prohibit recruiters from making direct, personal contact with secondary school students and other prospective recruits;
Nolan amendment (No. 32 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108) that seeks to reduce total funds authorized in this Act by $60 billion;
Larsen (WA) amendment (No. 33 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108) that seeks to reinstates the New START funding;
Gibson amendment (No. 36 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108) that seeks to strike section 1251, Sense of Congress on the Conflict in Syria; and
Coffman amendment (No. 37 printed in part B of H. Rept. 113–108) that seeks to direct the President of the United States to end the permanent basing of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Vilseck, Germany and return the Brigade Combat Team currently stationed in Europe to the United States, without permanent replacement, leaving one Brigade Combat Team and one Combat Aviation Brigade. Nothing in this amendment should be construed as directing the removal of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, nor certain quick-reaction forces.
H. Res. 260, the rule providing for further consideration of the bill, was agreed to by a recorded vote of 238 ayes to 189 noes, Roll No. 221, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 233 yeas to 195 nays, Roll No. 220.
Read a message from the President wherein he notified Congress that the national emergency declared with respect to the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Belarus and other persons to undermine Belarus's democratic processes or institutions is to continue in effect beyond June 16, 2013--referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 113–36).
Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H3366.
Representative Courtney presented to the clerk a motion to discharge the Committee on Education and the Workforce from the consideration of H.R. 1595, to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to extend the reduced interest rate for Federal Direct Stafford Loans (Discharge Petition No. 2).
One yea-and-nay vote and eight recorded votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H3380–81, H3381–82, H3548, H3549, H3549–50, H3350, H3551, H3551–52, H3552. There were no quorum calls.
The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 8:39 p.m.
Committee on Appropriations:
Full Committee, markup on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, Fiscal Year 2014. The bill was ordered reported, as amended.
KEEPING COLLEGE WITHIN REACH
Committee on Education and the Workforce:
Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training held a hearing entitled ``Keeping College Within Reach: Discussing Program Quality through Accreditation''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET
Committee on Energy and Commerce:
Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing entitled ``The Fiscal Year 2014 U.S. Department of Energy Budget''. Testimony was heard from Ernest J. Moniz, Secretary, Department of Energy.
TITLE I OF THE TOXIC SUBSTANCE CONTROL ACT
Committee on Energy and Commerce:
Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing entitled ``Title I of the Toxic Substance Control Act: Understanding Its History and Reviewing Its Impact''. Testimony was heard from Alfredo Gomez, Director, Natural Resources and Environment, Government Accountability Office; and public witnesses.
ASSESSING REFORM AT THE EXPORT–IMPORT BANK
Committee on Financial Services:
Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade held a hearing entitled ``Assessing Reform at the Export-Import Bank''. Testimony was heard from Fred P. Hochberg, Chairman and President, Export-Import Bank of the United States; Osvaldo L. Gratacos, Inspector General, Export-Import Bank of the United States; and a public witness.
IMPACT OF INTERNATIONAL REGULATORY STANDARDS ON THE COMPETITIVENESS OF U.S. INSURERS
Committee on Financial Services:
Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance held a hearing entitled ``The Impact of International Regulatory Standards on the Competitiveness of U.S. Insurers''. Testimony was heard from Michael McRaith, Director, Federal Insurance Office, Department of the Treasury; S. Roy Woodall, Jr., Financial Stability Oversight Council; and a public witness.
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
Committee on the Judiciary:
Full Committee held a hearing on Federal Bureau of Investigation. Testimony was heard from Robert S. Mueller III, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Committee on the Judiciary:
Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 2278, the ``Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act''. Testimony was heard from Paul Babeu, Sheriff, Pinal County, Arizona; Sam S. Page, Sheriff, Rockingham County, North Carolina; Randy C. Krantz, Commonwealth's Attorney, Bedford, Virginia; and public witnesses.
Committee on Natural Resources:
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs held a hearing on H.R. 553, to designate the exclusive economic zone of the United States as the ``Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States''; H.R. 1308, the ``Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act''; H.R. 1399, the ``Hydrographic Services Improvement Amendments Act of 2013''; H.R. 1425, the ``Marine Debris Emergency Act of 2013''; H.R. 1491, to authorize the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to provide certain funds to eligible entities for activities undertaken to address the marine debris impacts of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami, and for other purposes; and H.R. 2219, to reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009. Testimony was heard from Representative Bonamici; and Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, Director, Office of Coast Survey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Guy Norman, Regional Director, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; and public witnesses.
ADMINISTRATION'S USE OF CLAIM MAINTENANCE FEES AND CLEANUP OF ABANDONED MINE LANDS
Committee on Natural Resources:
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing entitled ``Mining in America: The Administration's Use of Claim Maintenance Fees and Cleanup of Abandoned Mine Lands''. Testimony was heard from Jamie Connell, Acting Deputy Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior; and public witnesses.
EXAMINING THE GOVERNMENT'S RECORD ON IMPLEMENTING THE INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
Subcommittee on National Security held a hearing entitled ``Examining the Government's Record on Implementing the International Religious Freedom Act''. Testimony was heard from Katrina Lantos Swett, Chair, Commission on International Religious Freedom; and public witnesses.
CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMALL BUSINESS CONTRACTORS
Committee on Small Business:
Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce held a hearing entitled ``Putting the Strategy in Sourcing: Challenges and Opportunities for Small Business Contractors''. Testimony was heard from Joseph G. Jordan, Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement Policy; Jeff Koses, Director, Office of Acquisition Operations, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services Administration; and public witnesses.
Committee on Ways and Means:
Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Tax Reform: Haven, Base Erosion and Profit Shifting''. Testimony was heard from 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.
SYRIAN REFUGEES IN THE OSCE REGION
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe:
Commission concluded a hearing to examine Syrian refugees in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) region, focusing on the United States and international response to the humanitarian crisis that threatens to destabilize the entire region, after receiving testimony from Anne C. Richard, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration; and Michel Gabaudan, Refugees International, Jana Mason, UNHCR, and Yisser Bittar, Coalition for a Democratic Syria, all of Washington, D.C.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
Committee on Energy and Commerce,
Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``Examining the Federal Government's Response to the Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis'', 9:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
Committee on Homeland Security,
Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, hearing entitled ``Why Can't DHS Better Communicate with the American People?'', 9 a.m., 311 Cannon.
Committee on the Judiciary,
Task Force, hearing on Defining the Problem and Scope of Over-criminalization and Over-federalization, 9 a.m., 2237 Rayburn.
Committee on Ways and Means,
Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``The President's and Other Bipartisan Proposals to Reform Medicare Post-Acute Care Payments'', 9:30 a.m., 1100 Longworth.
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence,
Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Ongoing Intelligence Activities'', 9 a.m., HVC–304. This is a closed hearing.
Program for Monday:
After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 5:00 p.m.), Senate will begin consideration of the nominations of Luis Felipe Restrepo, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Kenneth John Gonzales, of New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico, with votes on confirmation of the nominations at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Following the vote on confirmation of the nomination of Kenneth John Gonzales, of New Mexico, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico, Senate will resume consideration of S. 744, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.
Program for Friday:
Complete consideration of H.R. 1960--National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014.