Daily Digest

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S7105–7142

Measures Introduced: One resolution was introduced, as follows: S.J. Res. 23.
Page S7140

Measures Reported:

S. 1545, to extend authorities related to global HIV/AIDS and to promote oversight of United States programs, with amendments. (S. Rept. No. 113–112)
Page S7140

Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa--Agreement:
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that if the Senate receives a bill from the House of Representatives which is identical to S. 1566, to extend the period during which Iraqis who were employed by the United States Government in Iraq may be granted special immigrant status and to temporarily increase the fee or surcharge for processing machine-readable nonimmigrant visas, as passed by the Senate, then the bill be read three times and passed, and the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table, with no intervening action or debate.
Page S7140


Appropriations Measures--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that if the Senate receives from the House of Representatives any of the following joint resolutions or bills by 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 3, 2013, that those measures be considered to have received their second reading and an objection to further proceedings considered to have been heard under the provisions of Rule XIV during the session of Thursday, October 3, 2013: H.J. Res. 70, making continuing appropriations for National Park Service operations, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for fiscal year 2014; H.J. Res. 71, making continuing appropriations of local funds of the District of Columbia for fiscal year 2014; H.J. Res. 72, making continuing appropriations for veterans benefits for fiscal year 2014; H.J. Res. 73, making continuing appropriations for the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2014; and H.R. 3230, making continuing appropriations during a Government shutdown to provide pay and allowances to members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces who perform inactive-duty training during such period.
Page S7141


Executive Communications:
Pages S7139–40


Additional Cosponsors:
Page S7140


Additional Statements:
Page S7139


Authorities for Committees to Meet:
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Adjournment: Senate convened at 10:30 a.m. and adjourned at 5:06 p.m., until 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 3, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S7141.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

NOMINATION

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Beth F. Cobert, of California, to be Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget, after the nominee testified and answered questions in her own behalf.

NOMINATIONS

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of Tony Hammond, of Missouri, who was introduced by Senator Blunt, and Nanci E. Langley, of Hawaii, both to be a Commissioner, Postal Regulatory Commission, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf.

FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT

Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine continued oversight of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, after receiving testimony from James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence; General Keith B. Alexander, Director, National Security Agency, and Chief, Central Security Service; Laura K. Donohue, and Carrie F. Cordero, both of the Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.; and Edward W. Felten, Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton, New Jersey.

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House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 9 public bills, H.R. 15. 3230–3237; 1 private bill, H.R. 3238; and 2 resolutions, H.J. Res. 73–74, were introduced.
Pages H6173–74


Additional Cosponsors:
Page H6175


Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:

H. Res. 370, providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 70) making continuing appropriations for National Park Service operations, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res 71) making continuing appropriations of local funds of the District of Columbia for fiscal year 2014; providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 72) making continuing appropriations for veterans benefits for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 73) making continuing appropriations for the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3230) making continuing appropriations during a Government shutdown to provide pay and allowances to members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces who perform inactive-duty training during such period; and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules (H. Rept. 113–241).
Page H6173


Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Thompson (PA) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Page H6105


Recess: The House recessed at 11:49 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Page H6116


Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a yea-and-nay vote of 246 yeas to 173 nays with 2 answering ``present'', Roll No. 511.
Pages H6116–17, H6133


Recess: The House recessed at 12:40 p.m. and reconvened at 1:40 p.m.
Page H6121


District of Columbia Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014: The House passed H.J. Res. 71, making continuing appropriations of local funds of the District of Columbia for fiscal year 2014, by a voice vote.
Pages H6133–38

H. Res. 370, the rule providing for consideration of the joint resolutions (H.J. Res. 70), (H.J. Res. 71), (H.J. Res 72), and (H.J. Res. 73) and the bill (H.R. 3230) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 198 nays, Roll No. 510, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 227 yeas to 197 nays, Roll No. 509.
Pages H6122–32


National Institutes of Health Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014: The House passed H.J. Res. 73, making continuing appropriations for the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2014, by a yea-and-nay vote of 254 yeas to 171 nays, Roll No. 514.
Pages H6139–46, H6155–56

H. Res. 370, the rule providing for consideration of the joint resolutions (H.J. Res. 70), (H.J. Res. 71), (H.J. Res 72), and (H.J. Res. 73) and the bill (H.R. 3230) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 198 nays, Roll No. 510, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 227 yeas to 197 nays, Roll No. 509.
Pages H6122–32


National Park Service Operations, Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014: The House passed H.J. Res. 70, making continuing appropriations for National Park Service operations, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for fiscal year 2014, by a recorded vote of 252 ayes to 173 noes, Roll No. 513.
Pages H6146–55

Agreed to table the appeal of the ruling of the chair on a point of order sustained against the Van Hollen motion to recommit the joint resolution to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 194 nays, Roll No. 512.
Pages H6153–55

H. Res. 370, the rule providing for consideration of the joint resolutions (H.J. Res. 70), (H.J. Res. 71), (H.J. Res 72), and (H.J. Res. 73) and the bill (H.R. 3230) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 228 yeas to 198 nays, Roll No. 510, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 227 yeas to 197 nays, Roll No. 509.
Pages H6122–32


Extending the period during which Iraqis who were employed by the United States Government in Iraq may be granted special immigrant status: The House agreed by unanimous consent to discharge from committees and pass H.R. 3233, to extend the period during which Iraqis who were employed by the United States Government in Iraq may be granted special immigrant status and to temporarily increase the fee or surcharge for processing machine-readable nonimmigrant visas.
Page H6156


Quorum Calls--Votes: Five yea-and-nay votes and one recorded vote developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H6131–32, H6132, H6133, H6154, H6155, and H6155–56. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 9:33 p.m.

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Committee Meetings

FUTURE OF THE CFTC: PERSPECTIVES ON CUSTOMER PROTECTIONS

Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing entitled ``The Future of the CFTC: Perspectives on Customer Protections''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

RESETTING THE FORCE FOR THE FUTURE: RISKS OF SEQUESTRATION

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness held a hearing entitled ``Resetting the Force for the Future: Risks of Sequestration''. Testimony was heard from Lieutenant General William M. Faulkner, USMC, Deputy Commandant Installations and Logistics, U.S. Marine Corps; and Lieutenant General Raymond V. Mason, USA, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, U.S. Army.

OVERSIGHT OF THE WIND ENERGY PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements held a hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit''. Testimony was heard from Curtis G. Wilson, Associate Chief Counsel, Passthroughs and Special Industries, Internal Revenue Service; and public witnesses.

OPEN OUR NATIONAL PARKS AND MUSEUMS ACT; PROVIDE LOCAL FUNDING FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ACT; HONORING OUR PROMISE TO AMERICA'S VETERANS ACT; RESEARCH FOR LIFESAVING CURES ACT; AND PAY OUR GUARD AND RESERVE ACT

Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.J. Res. 70, Open our National Parks and Museums Act; H.J. Res. 71, Provide Local Funding for the District of Columbia Act; H.J. Res. 72, Honoring Our Promise to America's Veterans Act; H.J. Res. 73, the ``Research for Lifesaving Cures Act''; and H.R. 3230, the ``Pay Our Guard and Reserve Act''. The Committee, granted, by record vote of 9–3, closed rules for H.J. Res. 70; H.J. Res. 71; H.J. Res. 72; H.J. Res. 73; and H.R. 3230. The rule provides 30 minutes of debate on each measure 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 each measure and provides that each measure shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against provisions in each measure. The rule provides one motion to recommit each measure. In Section 4, the rule provides that it shall be in order at any time through the calendar day of October 6, 2013, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules and that the Speaker or his designee shall consult with the Minority Leader or her designee on the designation of any matter for consideration pursuant to this section. Testimony was heard from Representatives Kingston, Lowey, and DeLauro.

CHALLENGE OF RETIREMENT SAVINGS FOR SMALL EMPLOYERS

Committee on Small Business: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``The Challenge of Retirement Savings for Small Employers''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

FEMA REAUTHORIZATION: ENSURING THE NATION IS PREPARED

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a hearing entitled ``FEMA Reauthorization: Ensuring the Nation is Prepared''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

Joint Meetings

No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

OCTOBER 3, 2013

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Armed Services: to receive a closed briefing on the situation in Syria, 9:30 a.m., SVC–217.

Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine reversing Iran's nuclear program, 10 a.m., SD–419.

Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of James Walter Brewster, Jr., of Illinois, to be Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Brian A. Nichols, of Rhode Island, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Peru, and Carlos Roberto Moreno, of California, to be Ambassador to Belize, all of the Department of State, 2:30 p.m., SD–419.

House
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Committee on Foreign Affairs, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Al-Shabaab: How Great a Threat?'', 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.

Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulations, hearing on the following legislation: H.R. 3188, to expedite the planning and implementation of salvage timber sales as part of Forest Service and Department of the Interior restoration and rehabilitation activities for lands within the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National park and Bureau of Land management lands adversely impacted by the 2013 Rim Fire in California; H.R. 298, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to evaluate the significance of the Mill Springs Battlefield located in Pulaski and Wayne Counties, Kentucky, and the feasibility of its inclusion in the National Park System, and for other purposes; H.R. 712, to extend the authorization of the Highlands Conservation Act through fiscal year 2024; H.R. 1167, the ``Restoring Storey County Act''; H.R. 1259, the ``Coltsville National Historical Park Act''; H.R. 1633, the ``Small Lands Tracts Conveyance Act''; H.R. 1846, the ``Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site Amendments Act''; H.R. 2015, the ``Las Vegas Valley Public Land and Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Act of 2013''; H.R. 2259, the ``North Fork Watershed Protection Act of 2013''; H.R. 2657, the ``Disposal of Excess Federal Lands Act of 2013''; and H.R. 2954, to authorize Escambia County, Florida, to convey certain property that was formerly part of Santa Rosa Island National Monument and that was conveyed to Escambia County subject to restrictions on use and reconveyance, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 3

Senate Chamber

Program for Thursday: Senate will be in a period of morning business for debate only until 2 p.m.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

10 a.m., Thursday, October 3

House Chamber

Program for Thursday: To be announced.


Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., Ga., E1417, E1420

Brownley, Julia, Calif., E1420

Coble, Howard, N.C., E1418

Coffman, Mike, Colo., E1418

Courtney, Joe, Conn., E1416

Davis, Danny K., Ill., E1415

Dingell, John D., Mich., E1416

Ellmers, Renee L., N.C., E1416

Honda, Michael M., Calif., E1419

Jackson Lee, Sheila, Tex., E1419

Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E1419

Langevin, James R., R.I., E1417

Pastor, Ed, Ariz., E1420

Peters, Gary C., Mich., E1415

Rangel, Charles B., N.Y., E1418

Schakowsky, Janice D., Ill., E1418

Sinema, Kyrsten, Ariz., E1416, E1417, E1419

Thornberry, Mac, Tex., E1415

Waxman, Henry A., Calif., E1415, E1418 

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