Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings
(Daily Digest - June 25, 2013)

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[Daily Digest]
[Pages D635-D636]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

Committee Meetings
RELIGIOUS MINORITIES IN SYRIA
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, 
Global Human Rights, and International Organizations; and Subcommittee 
on the Middle East and North Africa held a joint hearing entitled 
``Religious Minorities in Syria: Caught in the Middle''. Testimony was 
heard from Thomas O. Melia, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of 
Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Department of State; Zuhdi Jasser, 
M.D., Commissioner, Commission on International Religious Freedom; and 
public witnesses.
OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF TRANSBOUNDARY HYDROCARBON AGREEMENTS 
AUTHORIZATION ACT; OFFSHORE ENERGY AND JOBS ACT; AND AGRICULTURE, RURAL 
DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES 
APPROPRIATIONS ACT, FISCAL YEAR 2014
Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 1613, the 
``Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary 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. The Committee granted, by voice vote, a structured rule for H.R. 
1613. The rule provides one hour of debate equally divided and 
controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on 
Natural Resources. The rule waives all points of order against 
consideration of the bill. The rule provides that the amendment in the 
nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Natural

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Resources now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted and 
the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. The rule waives all 
points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended. The rule 
makes in order only the further amendment printed in Part A of the 
Rules Committee report, if offered by Representative Grayson of 
Florida. The amendment shall be considered as read, shall be separately 
debatable for 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the 
proponent and an opponent, 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 amendment printed in Part A of 
the report. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without 
instructions. Additionally, the rule provides for a structured rule for 
H.R. 2231. The rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided 
and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the 
Committee on Natural Resources. The rule waives all points of order 
against consideration of the bill. 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 113-16 and 
provides that it shall be considered as read. The rule waives all 
points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute. 
The rule makes in order only those further amendments printed in Part B 
of the Rules Committee report. Each such amendment 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, 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. The rule provides one motion to 
recommit with or without instructions. Additionally, the rule provides 
for an open rule for H.R. 2410. The rule provides one hour of general 
debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority 
member of the Committee on Appropriations. The rule waives all points 
of order against consideration of the bill. The rule waives points of 
order against provisions in the bill for failure to comply with clause 
2 of rule XXI, except for sections 717, 718, 740, and specific 
provisions contained in section 719. The rule provides that the bill 
shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. The rule 
authorizes the Chair to accord priority in recognition to members who 
have pre-printed their amendments in the Congressional Record. The rule 
provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. In 
section 4, the rule provides that on any legislative day during the 
period from June 29, 2013, through July 5, 2013: the Journal of the 
proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved; and 
the Chair may at any time declare the House adjourned to meet at a date 
and time to be announced by the Chair in declaring the adjournment. In 
section 5, the rule provides that the Speaker may appoint Members to 
perform the duties of the Chair for the duration of the period 
addressed by section 4 of the resolution. In section 6, the rule 
provides for consideration of concurrent resolutions providing for 
adjournment during the month of July. In section 7, the rule provides 
that the Committee on Appropriations may, at any time before 6 p.m. on 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013, file privileged reports to accompany measures 
making appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. 
Testimony was heard from Representatives Aderholt, Farr, Duncan (SC), 
DeFazio, Tsongas, Hastings (FL), and Cassidy.

Joint Meetings
  No joint committee meetings were held.