Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
June 24, 2013
113th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 159, No. 91 — Daily Edition
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Monday, June 24, 2013
World Refugee Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 184, recognizing refugee women and girls on World Refugee Day.
Authorizing Representation: Senate agreed to S. Res. 185, to authorize representation by the Senate Legal Counsel in the case of R. Wayne Patterson v. United States Senate, et al.
Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act--Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of S. 744, to provide for comprehensive immigration reform, taking action on the following amendments and motions proposed thereto:
Leahy Modified Amendment No. 1183, to strengthen border security and enforcement.
Boxer/Landrieu Amendment No. 1240, to require training for National Guard and Coast Guard officers and agents in training programs on border protection, immigration law enforcement, and how to address vulnerable populations, such as children and victims of crime.
Cruz Amendment No. 1320, to replace title I of the bill with specific border security requirements, which shall be met before the Secretary of Homeland Security may process applications for registered immigrant status or blue card status and to avoid Department of Homeland Security budget reductions.
Leahy (for Reed) Amendment No. 1224, to clarify the physical present requirements for merit-based immigrant visa applicants.
Reid Amendment No. 1551 (to Modified Amendment No. 1183), to change the enactment date.
Reid Amendment No. 1552 (to the language proposed to be stricken by the reported committee substitute amendment to the bill), to change the enactment date.
Reid Amendment No. 1553 (to Amendment No. 1552), of a perfecting nature.
A motion was entered to close further debate on the committee-reported substitute amendment to the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.
A motion was entered to close further debate on the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of the committee-reported substitute amendment.
During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
By 67 yeas to 27 nays (Vote No. 160), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on Leahy Modified Amendment No. 1183 (listed above).
Reid motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on the Judiciary, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 1554, to change the enactment date, fell when cloture was invoked on Leahy Modified Amendment No. 1183 (listed above).
Reid Amendment No. 1555 (to the instructions of the motion to recommit), of a perfecting nature, fell when Reid Amendment No. 1554 (listed above) fell.
Reid Amendment No. 1556 (to Amendment No. 1555), of a perfecting nature, fell when Reid Amendment No. 1555 (to the instructions of the motion to recommit) (listed above) fell.
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2013; that the filing deadline for first-degree amendments to the committee-reported substitute and the bill be at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2013; and that all time during adjournment, recess, morning business, and Executive Session count post-cloture on Leahy Modified Amendment No. 1183.
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Loretta Cheryl Sutliff, of Nevada, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 2018.
Terrell McSweeny, of the District of Columbia, to be a Federal Trade Commissioner for the unexpired term of seven years from September 26, 2010.
Denise Campbell Bauer, of California, to be Ambassador to Belgium.
Morrell John Berry, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to Australia.
James Walter Brewster, Jr., of Illinois, to be Ambassador to the Dominican Republic.
Reuben Earl Brigety II, of Florida, to be Representative of the United States of America to the African Union, with the rank and status of Ambassador.
Daniel A. Clune, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Lao People's Democratic Republic.
David Hale, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon.
Michael A. Hammer, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Chile.
Terence Patrick McCulley, of Washington, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire.
Brian A. Nichols, of Rhode Island, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Peru.
David D. Pearce, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Greece.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, of Louisiana, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs).
Ann Miller Ravel, of California, to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission for a term expiring April 30, 2017.
Lee E. Goodman, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission for a term expiring April 30, 2015.
Jon T. Rymer, of Tennessee, to be Inspector General, Department of Defense.
2 Army nominations in the rank of general.
1 Navy nomination in the rank of admiral.
Routine lists in the Army, Foreign Service, and Navy.
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--160)
Adjournment: Senate convened at 12 p.m. and adjourned at 7:44 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S5101.)
Committee on Appropriations: Committee announced the following subcommittee assignments for the 113th Congress:Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies: Senators Pryor (Chair), Harkin, Feinstein, Johnson (SD), Tester, Udall (NM), Merkley, Blunt, Cochran, McConnell, Collins, Moran, and Hoeven. Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies: Senators Mikulski (Chair), Leahy, Feinstein, Reed, Pryor, Landrieu, Shaheen, Merkley, Coons, Shelby, McConnell, Alexander, Collins, Murkowski, Graham, Kirk, and Boozman. Subcommittee on Department of Defense: Senators Durbin (Chair), Leahy, Harkin, Feinstein, Mikulski, Murray, Johnson (SD), Reed, Landrieu, Pryor, Cochran, McConnell, Shelby, Alexander, Collins, Murkowski, Graham, Coats, and Blunt. Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development: Senators Feinstein (Chair), Murray, Johnson (SD), Landrieu, Harkin, Tester, Durbin, Udall (NM), Shaheen, Alexander, Cochran, McConnell, Shelby, Collins, Murkowski, Graham, and Hoeven. Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government: Senators Udall (NM) (Chair), Durbin, Coons, Johanns, and Moran. Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security: Senators Landrieu (Chair), Leahy, Murray, Tester, Begich, Coons, Coats, Cochran, Shelby, Murkowski, and Moran. Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies: Senators Reed (Chair), Feinstein, Leahy, Johnson (SD), Tester, Udall (NM), Merkley, Begich, Murkowski, Cochran, Alexander, Blunt, Hoeven, and Johanns.
Senators Mikulski and Shelby are ex officio members of each subcommittee of which they are not regular members.
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Marilyn A. Brown, of Georgia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, Richard J. Engler, of New Jersey, to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, and Allison M. Macfarlane, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
DRUG ABUSE IN MEDICARE
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine curbing drug abuse in Medicare, after receiving testimony from Joseph T. Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice; Jonathan Blum, Acting Principal Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Medicare, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Gary Cantrell, Deputy Inspector General for Investigations, and Stuart Wright, Deputy Inspector General for Evaluation and Inspections, both of the Office of Inspector General, all of the Department of Health and Human Services; and Alanna Lavelle, WellPoint, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia.
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Howard A. Shelanski, of Pennsylvania, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, and Daniel M. Tangherlini, of the District of Columbia, to be Administrator of General Services.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 1299, to provide for the transfer of certain public land currently administered by the Bureau of Land Management to the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Army for inclusion in White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113–120, Pt. 1);
H.R. 1672, to withdraw and reserve certain public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management for exclusive military use as part of the Limestone Hills Training Area, Montana, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113–121, Pt. 1);
H.R. 1673, to provide for the transfer of certain public land currently administered by the Bureau of Land Management to the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Navy for inclusion in Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113–122, Pt. 1);
H.R. 1676, to designate the Johnson Valley National Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area in San Bernardino County, California, to authorize limited military use of the area, to provide for the transfer of the Southern Study Area to the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Navy for inclusion in the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, and by recreational users, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113–123, Pt. 1);
H.R. 1691, to provide for the transfer of certain public land currently administered by the Bureau of Land Management to the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Navy for inclusion in the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, California, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113–124, Pt. 1); and
H.R. 2231, to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to increase energy exploration and production on the Outer Continental Shelf, provide for equitable revenue sharing for all coastal States, implement the reorganization of the functions of the former Minerals Management Service into distinct and separate agencies, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113–125, Pt. 1).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Harris to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Quorum Calls--Votes: There were no Yea and Nay votes, and there were no Recorded votes. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 11 a.m. and adjourned at 11:03 a.m.
No hearings were held.
No joint committee meetings were held.
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, business meeting to mark up proposed legislation making appropriations for fiscal year 2014 for Energy and Water Development, 10 a.m., SD–192.
Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, business meeting to mark up proposed legislation making appropriations for fiscal year 2014 for Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, 12 noon, SD–124.
Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2014 for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission, 3 p.m., SD–138.
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold hearings to examine private student loans, focusing on regulatory perspectives, 10 a.m., SD–538.
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: to hold an oversight hearing to examine the challenges and opportunities for improving forest management on Federal lands, 10 a.m., SD–366.
Subcommittee on Energy, to hold an oversight hearing to examine S. 717, to direct the Secretary of Energy to establish a pilot program to award grants to nonprofit organizations for the purpose of retrofitting nonprofit buildings with energy-efficiency improvements, S. 1084, to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to establish the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as the lead Federal agency for coordinating Federal, State, and local assistance provided to promote the energy retrofitting of schools, S. 1191, to facilitate better alignment, cooperation, and best practices between commercial real estate landlords and tenants regarding energy efficiency in buildings, S. 1199, to improve energy performance in Federal buildings, S. 1200, to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to promote energy efficiency and energy savings in residential buildings, S. 1205, to reduce energy waste, strengthen energy system resiliency, increase industrial competitiveness, and promote local economic development by helping public and private entities to assess and implement energy systems that recover and use waste heat and local renewable energy resources, S. 1206, to encourage benchmarking and disclosure of energy information for commercial buildings, S. 1209, to establish a State Energy Race to the Top Initiative to assist energy policy innovation in the States to promote the goal of doubling electric and thermal energy productivity by January 1, 2030, and S. 1213, to reauthorize the weatherization and State energy programs, 2:30 p.m., SD–366.
Committee on Finance: to hold an oversight hearing to examine recovery audit contractors, focusing on program integrity, 10 a.m., SD–215.
Committee on Foreign Relations: business meeting to consider S. 718, to create jobs in the United States by increasing United States exports to Africa by at least 200 percent in real dollar value within 10 years, S. 559, to establish a fund to make payments to the Americans held hostage in Iran, and to members of their families, who are identified as members of the proposed class in case number 1:08–CV–00487 (EGS) of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, S. Res. 144, concerning the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the need for international efforts supporting long-term peace, stability, and observance of human rights, S. Res. 167, reaffirming the strong support of the United States for the peaceful resolution of territorial, sovereignty, and jurisdictional disputes in the Asia-Pacific maritime domains, S. Res. 165, calling for the release from prison of former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko in light of the recent European Court of Human Rights ruling, S. Res. 166, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and commending its successor, the African Union, S. Res. 151, urging the Government of Afghanistan to ensure transparent and credible presidential and provincial elections in April 2014 by adhering to internationally accepted democratic standards, establishing a transparent electoral process, and ensuring security for voters and candidates, and 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, 3 p.m., S–116, Capitol.
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold hearings to examine 75 years of the Federal minimum wage, 2:30 p.m., SD–430.
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia, to hold hearings to examine measuring the impact of preparedness grants since 9/11, 10 a.m., SD–342.
Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations; and Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, joint hearing entitled ``Religious Minorities in Syria: Caught in the Middle'', 3 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Committee on Rules, Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 1613, the ``Outer Continental Shelf Transboundry Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act''; H.R. 2231, the ``Offshore Energy and Jobs Act''; and H.R. 2410, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act Fiscal Year 2014, 5 p.m., H–313 Capitol.
Program for Tuesday: 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. The filing deadline for first-degree amendments to the committee-reported substitute amendment and to the bill is at 12 p.m.
(Senate will recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. for their respective party conferences.)
Program for Tuesday: Consideration of the following measures under suspension of the rules: (1) H.R. 2383--To designate the new Interstate Route 70 bridge over the Mississippi River connecting St. Louis, Missouri, and southwestern Illinois as the ``Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge''; (2) H.R. 1092--To designate the air route traffic control center located in Nashua, New Hampshire, as the Patricia Clark Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center''; and (3) H.R. 2289--To rename section 219(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA.
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