Daily Digest

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Daily Digest


Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S6477–S6545

Measures Introduced:
Ten bills and ten resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1505–1514, and S. Res. 227–236.


Pages S6518–19 

Measures Reported:


S. 131, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the reproductive assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs to severely wounded, ill, or injured veterans and their spouses, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 113–106)

S. 851, to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend to all veterans with a serious service-connected injury eligibility to participate in the family caregiver services program. (S. Rept. No. 113–107)

S. 1072, to ensure that the Federal Aviation Administration advances the safety of small airplanes and the continued development of the general aviation industry, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 113–108)

S. Res. 228, authorizing the reporting of committee funding resolutions for the period October 1, 2013, through February 28, 2015.

S. Res. 229, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Rules and Administration.

S. Res. 230, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

S. Res. 231, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

S. Res. 232, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Armed Services.

S. Res. 233, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

S. Res. 234, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

S. Res. 235, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship for October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014, and October 1, 2014, through February 28, 2015.

S. Res. 236, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Environment and Public Works.


Page S6517

Measures Considered:


Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act--Agreement:
Senate resumed consideration of S. 1392, to promote energy savings in residential buildings and industry, taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:


Pages S6489–6509 





Pending:

Wyden (for Merkley) Amendment No. 1858, to provide for a study and report on standby usage power standards implemented by States and other industrialized nations.


Page S6489 

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, September 18, 2013.


Page S6544 

Appointments:

Public Interest Declassification Board:
The Chair, on behalf of the Republican Leader, pursuant to Public Law 106–567, appointed the following individual to serve as a member of the Public Interest Declassification Board: Kenneth L. Wainstein of Virginia.


Page S6544 

Message from the President:
Senate received the following message from the President of the United States:

Transmitting, pursuant to law, The Agreement Between the United States and the Slovak Republic on Social Security, consisting of a principal agreement and an administrative agreement; which was referred to the Committee on Finance. (PM–19)


Page S6515 

Nominations Confirmed:
Senate confirmed the following nominations:

Patricia E. Campbell-Smith, of the District of Columbia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years.


Pages S6486, S6545





By 64 yeas to 35 nays (Vote No. EX. 202), Elaine D. Kaplan, of the District of Columbia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years.


Pages S6486–87, S6545 






Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr., of Louisiana, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana for the term of four years.

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Jon T. Rymer, of Tennessee, to be Inspector General, Department of Defense.

Steve A. Linick, of Virginia, to be Inspector General, Department of State.


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Nominations Received:
Senate received the following nominations:

David J. Arroyo, of New York, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 2016.

Cynthia H. Akuetteh, of the District of Columbian, to be Ambassador to the Gabonese Republic, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Republic of the Democratic Republic of San Tome and Principe.

Eric T. Schultz, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Zambia.

Camilla C. Feibelman, of New Mexico, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation for a term expiring April 15, 2017.

1 Air Force nomination in the rank of general.

3 Army nominations in the rank of general.

Routine lists in the Air Force and Army.


Page S6545 

Measures Read the First Time:


Pages S6515, S6544 

Executive Communications:


Pages S6515–17 

Executive Reports of Committees:


Pages S6517–18 

Additional Cosponsors:


Pages S6519–22 

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:


Pages S6522–31 

Additional Statements:


Pages S6513–15 

Amendments Submitted:


Pages S6531–43 

Notices of Hearings/Meetings:


Pages S6543–44 

Authorities for Committees to Meet:


Page S6544 

Privileges of the Floor:


Page S6544 

Record Votes:
One record vote was taken today. (Total--202)


Page S6487 

Adjournment:
Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:41 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S6544.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry:
Committee ordered favorably reported an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee during the 113th Congress.
Committee on Armed Services:
Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:

An original resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee during the 113th Congress; and

6,913 nominations in the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources:
Committee ordered favorably reported an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee during the 113th Congress.

NOMINATIONS

Committee on Energy and Natural Resources:
Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Ronald J. Binz, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who was introduced by Senators Bennet and Udall (CO), Elizabeth M. Robinson, of Washington, to be Under Secretary of Energy, and Michael L. Connor, of New Mexico, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior, who was introduced by former Senator Jeff Bingaman and Senator Udall (NM), after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Environment and Public Works:
Committee ordered favorably reported an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee during the 113th Congress.
Committee on Foreign Relations:
Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:

An original resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee during the 113th Congress;

S. 120, to expand the number of scholarships available to Pakistani women under the Merit and Needs-Based Scholarship Program, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute; and

The nominations of Kenneth R. Weinstein, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, and Evan Ryan, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, and Nisha Desai Biswal, of the District of Columbia, to be Assistant Secretary for South Asian Affairs, both of the Department of State.

SYRIA

Committee on Foreign Relations:
Committee received a closed briefing on an update on Syria from John F. Kerry, Secretary of State.

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BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs:
Committee ordered favorably reported an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee during the 113th Congress.
Committee on Rules and Administration:
Committee ordered favorably reported the following business items:

An original resolution authorizing the reporting of committee funding resolutions for the period October 1, 2013, through February 28, 2015;

An original resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee during the 113th Congress; and

The nominations of Ann Miller Ravel, of California, and Lee E. Goodman, of Virginia, both to be a Member of the Federal Election Commission.
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship:
Committee ordered favorably reported an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee during the 113th Congress.

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.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action

Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced:
14 public bills, H.R. 3105–3118; and 2 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 55; and H.Res. 348 were introduced.


Pages H5587–88 

Additional Cosponsors:


Pages H5589–90 

Reports Filed:
Reports were filed today as follows:

H.R. 2449, to authorize the President to extend the term of the Agreement for Cooperation between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Korea Concerning Civil Uses of Nuclear Energy for a period not to exceed March 19, 2016 (H. Rept. 113–209);

H.R. 1410, to prohibit gaming activities on certain Indian lands in Arizona until the expiration of certain gaming compacts (H. Rept. 113–210);

H.R. 2011, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for a two-year extension of the Veterans' Advisory Committee on Education (H. Rept. 113–211);

H.R. 813, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for advance appropriations for certain discretionary accounts of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with amendments (H. Rept. 113–212);

H.R. 1526, to restore employment and educational opportunities in, and improve the economic stability of, counties containing National Forest System land, while also reducing Forest Service management costs, by ensuring that such counties have a dependable source of revenue from National Forest System land, to provide a temporary extension of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113–213, Pt. 1); and

H. Res. 347, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 761) to require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to more efficiently develop domestic sources of the minerals and mineral materials of strategic and critical importance to United States economic and national security and manufacturing competitiveness (H. Rept. 113–214).


Page H5587

Speaker:
Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Valadao to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.


Page H5555 

Recess:
The House recessed at 12:03 p.m. and reconvened at 2 p.m.


Page H5555 

Recess:
The House recessed at 2:09 p.m. and reconvened at 4 p.m.


Page H5556

Suspensions:
The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Keep the Promise Act of 2013:
H.R. 1410, to prohibit gaming activities on certain Indian lands in Arizona until the expiration of certain gaming compacts;


Pages H5556–62
Authorizing the President to extend the term of the Agreement for Cooperation between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Korea Concerning Civil Uses of Nuclear Energy for a period not to exceed March 19, 2016:
H.R. 2449, to authorize the President to extend the term of the Agreement for Cooperation between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Korea Concerning Civil Uses of Nuclear Energy for a period not to exceed March 19, 2016, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 407 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 461;

Pages H5562–64, H5573–74
Organization of American States Revitalization and Reform Act of 2013:
S. 793, amended, to support revitalization and reform of the Organization of American States, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 383 yeas to 24 nays, Roll No. 462; and

Pages H5567–69, H5574–75
Missing Children's Assistance Reauthorization Act of 2013:
H.R. 3092, amended, to amend the Missing Children's Assistance Act, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 407 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 460.

Pages H5569–72, H5572–73 

Recess:
The House recessed at 5:53 p.m. and reconvened at 6:30 p.m.


Page H5572

Moment of Silence:
The House observed a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the shooting at the Washington Naval Yard on Monday, September 16, 2013.


Page H5574

Suspension--Proceedings Postponed:
The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed:
Providing for the establishment of the Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia:
H.R. 301, amended, to provide for the establishment of the Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia.


Pages H5564–67 

Presidential Message:
Read a message from the President wherein he transmitted an Agreement on Social Security between the United States of America and the Slovak Republic--referred to the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 113–62).


Page H5572 

Quorum Calls--Votes:
Three yea-and-nay votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H5572–73, H5573–74, H5574. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment:
The House met at 12 noon and adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

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Committee Meeting

NATIONAL STRATEGIC AND CRITICAL MINERALS PRODUCTION ACT OF 2013

Committee on Rules:
Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 761, the ``National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013''. The Committee granted, by record vote of 8–2, a structured rule for H.R. 761. 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 the purpose of amendment the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Natural Resources now printed in the bill the 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 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 the report. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from Chairman Hastings (WA) and Representative Hastings (FL).

Joint Meetings

EFFORTS TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe:
Commission concluded a hearing to examine the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe efforts to combat human trafficking, focusing on the role and mandate of the Special Representative and Coordinator for Trafficking in Human Beings and efforts to combat modern day slavery in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe region, after receiving testimony from Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Vienna, Austria.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY,

SEPTEMBER 18, 2013

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs:
Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development, to hold hearings to examine recovering from Superstorm Sandy, focusing on assessing the progress, continuing needs, and rebuilding strategy, 10:30 a.m., SD–538.

Subcommittee on Economic Policy, to hold hearings to examine implementation of the ``Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Act of 2012'', focusing on one year after enactment, 2:30 p.m., SD–538.

Committee on the Budget:
to hold hearings to examine enhancing accountability and increasing financial transparency, 10 a.m., SD–608.

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Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation:
business meeting to consider an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee during the 113th Congress, and the nominations of Gregory Dainard Winfree, of New York, to be Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation, and Christopher A. Hart, of Colorado, and Deborah A. P. Hersman, of Virginia, to be Chairman, both to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board; to be immediately followed by a hearing to examine the nominations of Terrell McSweeny, of the District of Columbia, and Michael P. O'Rielly, of New York, both to be a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, 2:30 p.m., SR–253.

Committee on Environment and Public Works:
to hold hearings to examine implementing Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century's (MAP–21) provisions to accelerate project delivery, 10 a.m., SD–406.

Committee on Finance:
business meeting to consider an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee during the 113th Congress, Time to be announced, Room to be announced.

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions:
business meeting to consider S. 1086, to reauthorize and improve the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990, an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee during the 113th Congress, the nominations of Richard F. Griffin, Jr., of the District of Columbia, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, and Scott S. Dahl, of Virginia, to be Inspector General, Department of Labor, and any pending nominations, 10 a.m., SD–430.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs:
to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Stevan Eaton Bunnell, of the District of Columbia, to be General Counsel, and Suzanne Eleanor Spaulding, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary for National Protection and Programs, both of the Department of Homeland Security, 9:30 a.m., SD–342.

Committee on Indian Affairs:
business meeting to consider an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee from October 1, 2013, through February 28, 2015, 2:30 p.m., SD–628.

Committee on the Judiciary:
to hold hearings to examine reevaluating the effectiveness of Federal mandatory minimum sentences, 10 a.m., SD–226.

Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship:
to hold hearings to examine closing the wealth gap, focusing on empowering minority owned businesses to reach their full potential for growth and job creation, 10 a.m., SR–428A.

Special Committee on Aging:
to hold hearings to examine older Americans, focusing on the changing face of HIV/AIDS in America, 2 p.m., SD–562.

House

Committee on Armed Services,
Full Committee, hearing on Planning for Sequestration in Fiscal Year 2014 and Perspectives of the Military Services on the Strategic Choices and Management Review, 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.

Committee on Education and the Workforce,
Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, hearing entitled ``Keeping College Within Reach: Improving Access and Affordability through Innovative Partnerships'', 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.

Committee on Energy and Commerce,
Subcommittee on Energy and Power, hearing entitled ``The Obama Administration's Climate Change Policies and Activities'', 10:15 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, hearing entitled ``Regulation of Existing Chemicals and the Role of Pre-Emption under Sections 6 and 18 of the Toxic Substances Control Act'', 2 p.m., 2123 Rayburn.

Committee on Financial Services,
Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises, hearing entitled ``Examining the SEC's Money Market Fund Rule Proposal'', 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.

Committee on Foreign Affairs,
Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Benghazi: Where is the State Department Accountability'', 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.

Committee on Homeland Security,
Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, markup on H.R. 2952, the ``Critical Infrastructure Research and Development Advancement Act of 2013''; legislation entitled the ``CIRDA Act of 2013''; and legislation entitled ``Homeland Security Cybersecurity Boots-on-the-Ground Act'', 10 a.m., 311 Cannon.

Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, hearing entitled ``Understanding the Threat to the Homeland from AQAP'', 2 p.m., 311 Cannon.

Committee on the Judiciary,
Full Committee, hearing on ``Oversight of the Administration's Use of FISA Authorities'', 10 a.m., 2140 Rayburn. This hearing is for Members and TS/SCI committee staff.

Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, hearing entitled ``The Role of Voluntary Agreements in the U.S. Intellectual Property System'', 2 p.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform,
Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs; and Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements, joint subcommittee hearing entitled ``Federal Implementation of ObamaCare: Concerns of State Governments'', 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.

Committee on Rules,
Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 687, the ``Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2013''; H.R. 3102, the ``Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013'' and H.R. 1526, the ``Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act'', 3 p.m., H–313 Capitol.

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology,
Subcommittee on Research and Technology, hearing entitled ``Methamphetamine Addiction: Using Science to Explore Solutions'', 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.

Committee on Small Business,
Full Committee, markup on H.R. 2542, the ``Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2013'', 1 p.m., 2360 Rayburn.

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,
Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, hearing entitled ``FEMA Reauthorization: Recovering Quicker and Smarter'', 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

Committee on Ways and Means,
Subcommittee on Oversight, hearing entitled ``Internal Revenue Service's Exempt Organizations Division Post-TIGTA Audit'', 2 p.m., 1100 Longworth.

Joint Meetings

Joint Economic Committee:
to hold hearings to examine the economic costs of debt-ceiling brinkmanship, 2:30 p.m., SH–216.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

9:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 18

Senate Chamber

Program for Wednesday:
After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond one hour), Senate will continue consideration of S. 1392, Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

10 a.m., Wednesday, September 18

House Chamber

Program for Wednesday:
Consideration of H.R. 761--National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013 (Subject to a Rule).

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE



Barletta, Lou, Pa., E1324

Carson, André, Ind., E1323

Chu, Judy, Calif., E1322

Coffman, Mike, Colo., E1326

Collins, Doug, Ga., E1322

Fleming, John, La., E1324

Foxx, Virginia, N.C., E1321, E1326

Gardner, Cory, Colo., E1319

Gingrey, Phil, Ga., E1328

Graves, Sam, Mo., E1319, E1320, E1321, E1322

Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E1319

Holt, Rush, N.J., E1321

Hudson, Richard, N.C., E1327

Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E1326

Lee, Barbara, Calif., E1323

Long, Billy, Mo., E1324

McCollum, Betty, Minn., E1319

Maloney, Sean Patrick, N.Y., E1319

Negrete McLeod, Gloria, Calif., E1324

Norton, Eleanor Holmes, D.C., E1322

Reichert, David G., Wash., E1325

Sablan, Gregorio Kilili Camacho, Northern Mariana Islands, E1320

Sherman, Brad, Calif., E1328

Smith, Christopher H., N.J., E1324, E1327

Terry, Lee, Nebr., E1325

Thompson, Bennie G., Miss., E1319, E1320, E1321, E1322, E1323, E1325, E1326

Walden, Greg, Ore., E1326 

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