Daily Digest

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S4535–S4621

Measures Introduced:
Eleven bills and four resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1172–1182, S.J. Res. 18–19, and S. Res. 173–174.


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Measures Passed:

World Press Freedom Day:
Senate agreed to 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.


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National Child Awareness Month:
Senate agreed to S. Res. 173, designating September 2013 as ``National Child Awareness Month'' to promote awareness of charities benefiting children and youth-serving organizations throughout the United States and recognizing efforts made by those charities and organizations on behalf of children and youth as critical contributions to the future of the United States.

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American Eagle Day:
Senate agreed to S. Res. 174, designating June 20, 2013, as ``American Eagle Day'', and celebrating the recovery and restoration of the bald eagle, the national symbol of the United States.

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Measures Considered:

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:


Pages S4546–54, S4554–74

Adopted:

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. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the requirement of a 60 affirmative vote threshold, be vitiated.)


Pages S4546, S4558

By a unanimous vote of 94 yeas (Vote No. 153), Tester Amendment No. 1198, to modify the Border Oversight Task Force to include tribal government officials. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having achieved 60 affirmative votes, be agreed to.)


Pages S4546, S4559

Rejected:

By 39 yeas to 54 nays (Vote No. 151), 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 require the completion of 700 miles of such fencing before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be adjusted to permanent resident status. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed to.)


Pages S4546, S4548–54, S4558

By 36 yeas to 58 nays (Vote No. 152), 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 the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed to.)


Pages S4546, S4558–59

Pending:

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Leahy/Hatch Amendment No. 1183, to encourage and facilitate international participation in the performing arts.


Page S4546

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the following amendments be in order to be called up and that they not be subject to modification or division, with the exception of the technical modifications to the Merkley and Paul amendments contained in this agreement: Manchin Amendment No. 1268; Pryor Amendment No. 1298; Merkley Modified Amendment No. 1237; Boxer Amendment No. 1240; Reed Amendment No. 1224; Cornyn Amendment No. 1251; Lee Amendment No. 1208; Paul Modified Amendment No. 1200; Heller Amendment No. 1227; and Cruz Amendment No. 1320; that no second-degree amendments be in order to any of these amendments prior to votes on or in relation to the amendments.


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A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2013.


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Messages from the House:


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Measures Referred:


Page S4583

Executive Communications:


Pages S4583–85

Additional Cosponsors:


Pages S4585–87

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:


Pages S4587–91

Additional Statements:


Pages S4582–83

Amendments Submitted:


Pages S4591–S4619

Notices of Hearings/Meetings:


Page S4619

Authorities for Committees to Meet:


Page S4619

Record Votes:
Three record votes were taken today. (Total--153)


Pages S4558–59

Adjournment:
Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:42 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S4620.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

APPROPRIATIONS: AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION AND RELATED AGENCIES

Committee on Appropriations:
Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies approved for full committee consideration an original bill making appropriations for agriculture programs for fiscal year 2014.

APPROPRIATIONS: MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS AFFAIRS, AND RELATED AGENCIES

Committee on Appropriations:
Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies approved for full committee consideration an original bill making appropriations for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies for fiscal year 2014.

REVERSE MORTGAGE LOANS

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs:
Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development concluded a hearing to examine long term sustainability for reverse mortgages, focusing on the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage's (HECM) impact on the mutual mortgage insurance fund, including S. 469, to assist the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in stabilizing the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage program, after receiving testimony from Lori A. Trawinski, AARP Public Policy Institute, West Paterson, New Jersey; Odette Williamson, National Consumer Law Center, Hyde Park, Massachusetts; Ramsey L. Alwin, National Council on Aging, Kennebunkport, Maine; and Peter H. Bell, National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association, Washington, DC.

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION BUDGET

Committee on the Budget:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2014 for education, after receiving testimony from Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education.

NOMINATION

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Thomas Edgar Wheeler, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission, after the nominee testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources:
Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:

S. 28, to provide for the conveyance of a small parcel of National Forest System land in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Utah to Brigham Young University, with amendments;

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S. 155, to designate a mountain in the State of Alaska as Denali;

S. 159, to designate the Wovoka Wilderness and provide for certain land conveyances in Lyon County, Nevada, with amendments;

S. 255, to withdraw certain Federal land and interests in that land from location, entry, and patent under the mining laws and disposition under the mineral and geothermal leasing laws, with an amendment;

S. 285, to designate the Valles Caldera National Preserve as a unit of the National Park System, with an amendment;

S. 327, to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior to enter into cooperative agreements with State foresters authorizing State foresters to provide certain forest, rangeland, and watershed restoration and protection services, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;

S. 340, to provide for the settlement of certain claims under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;

S. 341, to designate certain lands in San Miguel, Ouray, and San Juan Counties, Colorado, as wilderness, with amendments;

S. 353, to designate certain land in the State of Oregon as wilderness, to make additional wild and scenic river designations in the State of Oregon, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute;

S. 360, to amend the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993 to expand the authorization of the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, and the Interior to provide service opportunities for young Americans; help restore the nation's natural, cultural, historic, archaeological, recreational and scenic resources; train a new generation of public land managers and enthusiasts; and promote the value of public service, with amendments;

S. 486, to authorize pedestrian and motorized vehicular access in Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; and

S. 783, to amend the Helium Act to improve helium stewardship, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

HEALTH CARE COSTS

Committee on Finance:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine health care costs, after receiving testimony from Steven Brill, TIME Magazine, New York, New York; Suzanne F. Delbanco, Catalyst for Payment Reform, and Giovanni, Colella, Castlight Health, Inc., both of San Francisco, California; and Paul B. Ginsburg, Center for Studying Health System Change, and National Institute for Health Care Reform, Washington, D.C.

DEMOCRATIC REFORM AND ECONOMIC RECOVERY IN ZIMBABWE

Committee on Foreign Relations:
Subcommittee on African Affairs concluded a hearing to examine prospects for democratic reform and economic recovery in Zimbabwe, after receiving testimony from Donald Yamamoto, Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of African Affairs; Earl Gast, Assistant Administrator for Africa, United States Agency for International Development; and Dewa Mavhinga, Human Rights Watch, Mark L. Schneider, International Crisis Group, and Todd J. Moss, Center for Global Development, all of Washington, D.C.

UNITED STATES-MEXICO SECURITY RELATIONSHIP

Committee on Foreign Relations:
Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere and Global Narcotics Affairs concluded a hearing to examine security cooperation in Mexico, focusing on the next steps in the United States-Mexico security relationship, after receiving testimony from Roberta S. Jacobson, Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs, and William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, both of the Department of State; Mark Feierstein, Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, United States Agency for International Development; Shannon K. O'Neil, Council on Foreign Relations, and Nik Steinberg, Human Rights Watch, both of New York, New York; and Duncan Wood, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Mexico Institute, Washington, D.C.

NOMINATION

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Daniel M. Tangherlini, of the District of Columbia, to be Administrator of General Services, after the nominee testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

INTELLIGENCE

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.

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House of Representatives

Chamber Action

Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced:
19 public bills, H.R. 2407–2409, 2411–2426; 1 private bill, H.R. 2427; and 3 resolutions, H.J. Res. 50; and H. Res. 269–270, were introduced.


Pages H3758–59

Additional Cosponsors:


Pages H3759–60

Reports Filed:
Reports were filed today as follows:

H.R. 2410, making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 113–116) and

H. Res. 271, providing for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 1947) to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 113–117).


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Speaker:
Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Poe (TX) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.


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Recess:
The House recessed at 10:47 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.


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Chaplain:
The prayer was offered by the guest chaplain, Reverend Bradley Hales, Reformation Lutheran Church, Culpeper, Virginia.


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Suspensions:
The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
International Child Support Recovery Improvement Act of 2013:
H.R. 1896, to amend part D of title IV of the Social Security Act to ensure that the United States can comply fully with the obligations of the Hague Convention of 23 November 2007 on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 394 yeas to 27 nays, Roll No. 252;


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Amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include vaccines against seasonal influenza within the definition of taxable vaccines:
H.R. 475, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include vaccines against seasonal influenza within the definition of taxable vaccines; and

Pages H3704–05
Directing the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan at the triennial International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly:
H.R. 1151, to direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan at the triennial International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 424 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 250.

Pages H3705–08, H3720–21

Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013:
The House began consideration of H.R. 1947, to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, June 19th.


Pages H3721–30

H. Res. 266, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1947) and (H.R. 1797), was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 232 yeas to 193 nays, Roll No. 249, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 229 yeas to 196 nays, Roll No. 248.


Pages H3708–20

A point of order was raised against the consideration of H. Res. 266 and it was agreed to proceed with consideration of the resolution by voice vote.


Pages H3708–10

Recess:
The House recessed at 6:02 p.m. and reconvened at 6:15 p.m.


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Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act:
The House passed H.R. 1797, to amend title 18, United States Code, to protect pain-capable unborn children in the District of Columbia, by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 196 nays, Roll No. 251.


Pages H3730–43, S3743–44

Pursuant to the rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113–15 shall be considered as adopted, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill.


Page H3730

Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To amend title 18, United States Code, to protect pain-capable unborn children, and for other purposes.''.


Page H3744

H. Res. 266, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 1947) and (H.R. 1797), was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 232 yeas to 193 nays, Roll No. 249, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 229 yeas to 196 nays, Roll No. 248.


Pages H3708–20

A point of order was raised against the consideration of H. Res. 266 and it was agreed to proceed with consideration of the resolution by voice vote.


Pages H3708–10

Recess:
The House recessed at 8:56 p.m. and reconvened at 12:45 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19th.


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Senate Message:
Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H3700.

Senate Referral:
S. 330 was referred to the Committees on Energy and Commerce and the Judiciary.


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Quorum Calls--Votes:
Five yea-and-nay votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H3719–20, H3720, H3720–21, H3743, and H3744. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment:
The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 12:46 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

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Committee Meetings

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE

Committee on Appropriations:
Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development held a markup on Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, Fiscal Year 2014. The bill was forwarded, without amendment.

PROMOTING THE ACCURACY AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF THE DAVIS–BACON ACT

Committee on Education and the Workforce:
Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing entitled ``Promoting the Accuracy and Accountability of the Davis-Bacon Act''. Testimony was heard from Erica Groshen, Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics; and public witnesses.

BIOWATCH AND THE SURVEILLANCE OF BIOTERRORISM

Committee on Energy and Commerce:
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Continuing Concerns Over BioWatch and the Surveillance of Bioterrorism''. Testimony was heard from Michael Walter, BioWatch Program Manager, Office of Health Affairs, Department of Homeland Security; and Toby L. Merlin, M.D., Director, Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections, National Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

U.S. ENERGY ABUNDANCE: REGULATORY, MARKET, AND LEGAL BARRIERS TO EXPORT

Committee on Energy and Commerce:
Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing entitled ``U.S. Energy Abundance: Regulatory, Market, and Legal Barriers to Export''. Testimony was heard from Christopher A. Smith, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Department of Energy; Jeff C. Wright, Director, Office of Energy Project, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Jennifer Moyer, Acting Chief, Regulatory Program, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Mike McGinn, Mayor, City of Seattle, WA; and public witnesses.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES

Committee on Energy and Commerce:
Full Committee began a markup on H.R. 2218, the ``Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013''; H.R. 2226, the ``Federal and State Partnership for Environmental Protection Act of 2013''; H.R. 2279, the ``Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act of 2013''; and H.R. 2318, the ``Federal Facility Accountability Act''.

EXAMINING HOW THE DODD–FRANK ACT HAMPERS HOME OWNERSHIP

Committee on Financial Services:
Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit held a hearing entitled ``Examining How the Dodd-Frank Act Hampers Home Ownership''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

CFPB BUDGET REVIEW

Committee on Financial Services:
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled ``CFPB Budget Review''. Testimony was heard from Stephen Agostini, Chief Financial Officer, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

ELECTIONS IN IRAN

Committee on Foreign Affairs:
Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa held a hearing entitled ``Elections in Iran: The Regime Cementing its Control''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

FUTURE OF THE TWIC PROGRAM

Committee on Homeland Security:
Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security held a hearing entitled ``Threat, Risk and Vulnerability: The Future of the TWIC Program''. Testimony was heard from Rear Admiral Joseph A. Servidio, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, U.S. Coast Guard; Steve Sadler, Assistant Administrator, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Transportation Security Administration; Stephen M. Lord, Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Services, Government Accountability Office; and a public witness.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE

Committee on the Judiciary:
Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 2278, the ``Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act''. The bill was ordered reported, as amended.

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CITIZEN AND AGENCY PERSPECTIVES ON THE FEDERAL LAND RECREATION ENHANCEMENT ACT

Committee on Natural Resources:
Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held a hearing entitled ``Citizen and Agency Perspectives on the Federal Land Recreation Enhancement Act''. Testimony was heard from Pamela K. Haze, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Finance, Performance and Acquisition, Department of the Interior; Leslie Weldon, Deputy Chief, United States Forest Service, Department of Agriculture; Lewis Ledford, Director, North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation; and public witnesses.

UPDATE FROM TRIBAL LEADERS AND TRIBAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS PROVIDERS ON THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND

Committee on Natural Resources:
Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs held a hearing entitled ``Update from tribal leaders and tribal telecommunications providers on the implementation of the Federal Communications Commission's rule on the Universal Service Fund''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

REINVENTING GOVERNMENT

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Reinventing Government''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

FEDERAL AGRICULTURE REFORM AND RISK MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2013

Committee on Rules:
Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 1947, the ``Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013''. The Committee granted, by voice vote, a rule providing for further consideration of H.R. 1947 under a structured rule. The rule provides no additional general debate. The rule makes in order as original text for purpose of amendment an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113–14, modified by the amendment printed in part A of the Rules Committee report. That amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute. The rule makes in order only those further amendments printed in part B of the report and amendments en bloc described in section 3 of the resolution. Each amendment printed in part B of the report may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, may be withdrawn by its proponent at any time before action thereon, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. The rule waives all points of order against the amendments printed in part B of the report or against amendments en bloc as described in section 3 of the resolution. In Section 3, the rule provides that it shall be in order at any time for the chair of the Committee on Agriculture or his designee to offer amendments en bloc consisting of amendments printed in part B of the report not earlier disposed of. Amendments en bloc shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Agriculture or their designees, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. The original proponent of an amendment included in such amendments en bloc may insert a statement in the Congressional Record. In Section 4, the rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from Chairman Goodlatte and Representatives Conaway, Thompson (PA), Denham, Gibbs, Gohmert, Marino, Foxx, Petri, Whitfield, Pitts, Latta, Graves (GA), Stutzman, Brooks (AL), Duffy, Gosar, Huelskamp, Mulvaney, Radel, Costa, Jackson Lee, McGovern, Hastings (FL), Polis, Rangel, DeLauro, Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX), Blumenauer, Kind, Michaud, Welch, Speier, Cßrdenas, Danny K. Davis (IL), Gabbard, and Kildee.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology:
Full Committee held a business meeting, to consider an amendment to Committee Rules; approval of a resolution amending the Majority Subcommittee Roster; and approval of a resolution amending the Minority Subcommittee Roster. The Committee agreed to amend the Committee Rules. The Committee also agreed to the resolutions on the Majority and Minority Subcommittee Rosters.

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY PRIORITIES

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology:
Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Department of Energy Science & Technology Priorities''. Testimony was heard from Ernest Moniz, Secretary, Department of Energy.

IMPACTS OF DOT'S COMMERCIAL DRIVER HOURS OF SERVICE REGULATIONS

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure:
Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing entitled ``The Impacts of DOT's Commercial Driver Hours of Service Regulations''. Testimony was heard from Anne Ferro, Administrator, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; and public witnesses.

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VETERANS WAITING YEARS ON APPEAL

Committee on Veterans' Affairs:
Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs held a hearing entitled ``Why Are Veterans Waiting Years on Appeal?: A Review of the Post-Decision Process for Appealed Veterans' Disability Benefits Claims''. Testimony was heard from the following Department of Veterans Affairs officials: Keith Wilson, Director Roanoke Regional Office Veterans Benefits Administration; Laura Eskenazi, Principal Deputy Vice Chairman, Board of Veterans' Appeal; Ronald S. Burke, Jr., Director, Appeals Management Center, National Capital Region Benefits Office, Veterans' Benefits Administration; and Bruce E. Kasold, Chief Judge U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

FRAGMENTED WELFARE SYSTEM

Committee on Ways and Means:
Subcommittee on Human Resources held a hearing entitled ``Reviewing How Today's Fragmented Welfare System Fails to Lift Up Poor Families''. Testimony was heard from Jeffrey Kling, Associate Director for Economic Analysis, Congressional Budget Office; and public witnesses.

DISCLOSED NSA PROGRAMS

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:
Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``How Disclosed NSA Programs Protect Americans, and Why Disclosure Aids Our Adversaries''. Testimony was heard from General Keith Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency; James Cole, Deputy Attorney General; Sean Joyce, Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Robert Litt, General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence General Counsel.

Joint Meetings

No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY,

JUNE 19, 2013

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Appropriations:
Subcommittee on Department of Defense, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2014 for Joint Strike Fighter, 9:30 a.m., SD–192.

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation:
to hold hearings to examine next steps in improving passenger and freight rail safety, 10 a.m., SR–253.

Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, to hold hearings to examine airline industry consolidation, 2:30 p.m., SR–253.

Committee on Foreign Relations:
to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Geoffrey R. Pyatt, of California, to be Ambassador to Ukraine, and Tulinabo Salama Mushingi, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Burkina Faso, both of the Department of State, 2 p.m., SD–419.

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions:
Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, to hold hearings to examine reducing senior poverty and hunger, focusing on the role of the ``Older Americans Act'', 10 a.m., SD–430.

Committee on the Judiciary:
to hold an oversight hearing to examine the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 10 a.m., SD–106.

Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Todd M. Hughes, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit, Colin Stirling Bruce, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of Illinois, Sara Lee Ellis, and Andrea R. Wood, both to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, and Madeline Hughes Haikala, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, 3 p.m., SD–226.

Special Committee on Aging:
to hold hearings to examine paperless Social Security payments, focusing on protecting seniors from fraud and confusion, 2 p.m., SD–366.

House

Committee On Appropriations
, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies, markup on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill Fiscal Year 2014, 10 a.m., 2358–A Rayburn.

Committee on the Budget
, Full Committee, markup of H.R. 1871, the ``Baseline Reform Act of 2013''; and H.R. 1874, the ``Pro-Growth Budgeting Act of 2013'', 10 a.m., 210 Cannon.

Committee on Education and the Workforce
, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 5, the ``Student Success Act'', 9 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.

Committee on Energy And Commerce
, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 2218, the ``Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013''; H.R. 2226, the ``Federal and State Partnership for Environmental Protection Act of 2013''; H.R. 2279, the ``Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act of 2013''; and H.R. 2318, the ``Federal Facility Accountability Act'', 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

Committee on Financial Services
, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 1564, the ``Audit Integrity and Job Protection Act''; H.R. 1105, the ``Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act''; H.R. 1135, the ``Burdensome Data Collection Relief Act''; and H.R. 2374, the ``Retail Investor Protection Act'', 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.

Committee on Foreign Affairs
, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, hearing entitled ``Regional Security Cooperation: An Examination of the Central American Regional Security Initiative and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative'', 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.

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Committee on the Judiciary
, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 1773, the ``Agricultural Guestworker Act'', 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
, Subcommittee on Government Operations, hearing entitled ``Federal Government Approaches to Issuing Biometric IDs: Part II'', 9:30 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
, Subcommittee on Space, hearing entitled ``NASA Authorization Act of 2013'', 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.

Committee on Small Business
, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Made in the USA: Stories of American Manufacturers'', 1 p.m., 2360 Rayburn.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs
, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing on H.R. 1490, the ``Veterans' Privacy Act''; H.R. 1792, the ``Infectious Disease Reporting Act''; and H.R. 1804, the ``Foreign Travel Accountability Act'', 1:30 p.m., 334 Cannon.

Committee on Ways and Means
, Subcommittee on Social Security, hearing on encouraging work through the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 10 a.m., B–318 Rayburn.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

9:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 19

Senate Chamber

Program for Wednesday:
After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond one hour), Senate will continue consideration of S. 744, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

10 a.m., Wednesday, June 19

House Chamber

Program for Wednesday:
Continue consideration of H.R. 1947--Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act.





Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE



Coble, Howard, N.C., E911

Coffman, Mike, Colo., E911

Costa, Jim, Calif., E910

Engel, Eliot L., N.Y., E909

Fudge, Marcia L., Ohio, E906

Garrett, Scott, N.J., E903

Grimm, Michael G., N.Y., E904

Harper, Gregg, Miss., E906

Huffman, Jared, Calif., E907, E912

Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E910

Jordan, Jim, Ohio, E903

Kuster, Ann M., N.H., E906

Lamborn, Doug, Colo., E904

Latta, Robert E., Ohio, E909

Lee, Barbara, Calif., E904, E907

Long, Billy, Mo., E910

Marchant, Kenny, Tex., E908

Messer, Luke, Ind., E911

Miller, George, Calif., E908

Moran, James P., Va., E908

Norton, Eleanor Holmes, D.C., E910

Pastor, Ed, Ariz., E907

Peters, Scott H., Calif., E909

Poe, Ted, Tex., E904

Sarbanes, John P., Md., E908

Schakowsky, Janice D., Ill., E904, E911

Austin, David, Ga., E906, E909, E912

Smith, Lamar, Tex., E911

Thompson, Bennie G., Miss., E903, E905, E907, E908, E909, E911, E912

Tipton, Scott R., Colo., E903

Young, C.W. Bill, Fla., E903

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