Daily Digest

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Daily Digest

HIGHLIGHTS

    Senate passed H.R. 2775, Continuing Appropriations Act, as amended.

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S7503–S7561

Measures Introduced:
Three bills and seven resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1573–1575, S. Res. 269–274, and S. Con. Res. 24.


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Measures Passed:

Continuing Appropriations Act:

By 81 yeas to 18 nays (Vote No. 219), Senate passed H.R. 2775, making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30 2014, after taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:


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Adopted:

Reid/Mikulski Amendment No. 2004, to provide continuing appropriations.


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Reid Amendment No. 2005, to amend the title.


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During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:

By 83 yeas to 16 nays (Vote No. 218), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the bill.


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Budget Resolution
:
Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 25, establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2014 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2015 through 2023, after taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:

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Adopted:

Murray Amendment No. 2006, in the nature of a substitute.


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Senate insisted on its amendment, and requested a conference with the House thereon.


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Budget Resolution:
Senate disagreed to the House Amendment to S. Con. Res. 8, setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2014, revising the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal year 2013, and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2015 through 2023, agreed to conference with the House thereon, the Chair appointed the following conferees on the part of the Senate: Senators Murray, Wyden, Nelson, Stabenow, Sanders, Whitehouse, Warner, Merkley, Coons, Baldwin, Kaine, King, Sessions, Grassley, Enzi, Crapo, Graham, Portman, Toomey, Johnson (WI), Ayotte, and Wicker, and the conferees were instructed to report back a conference report by December 13, 2013.


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A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that it not be in order for the Senate to consider a conference report with respect to H. Con. Res. 25, or S. Con. Res. 8, if it includes reconciliation instructions to raise the debt limit; that all of the above occur with no intervening action or debate; and that H. Con. Res. 25, as amended, and agreed to, be held at the desk until a message is received from the House relative to H.R. 2775, making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30 2014, and if the House fails to concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2775, this agreement be vitiated.


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National Character Counts Week:
Senate agreed to S. Res. 272, designating the week beginning October 20, 2013, as ``National Character Counts Week''.

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Day of the Deployed:
Senate agreed to S. Res. 273, designating October 26, 2013, as ``Day of the Deployed''.

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Lights On Afterschool:
Senate agreed to S. Res. 274, supporting Lights On Afterschool, a national celebration of afterschool programs held on October 17, 2013.

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Adjournment Resolution:
Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 24, providing for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate and an adjournment of the House of Representatives.

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Measures Considered:

Default Prevention Act:
Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1569, to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until December 31, 2014.


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Appointments:


Board of Trustees of the Open World Leadership Center:
The Chair, on behalf of the President pro tempore, pursuant to the provisions of 2 U.S.C. 1151, as amended, appointed the following individual to the Board of Trustees of the Open World Leadership Center: Senator Heinrich of New Mexico vice Senator Levin of Michigan.


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Signing Authority--Agreement
: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that during the adjournment or recess of the Senate from Wednesday, October 16, 2013, through Monday, October 28, 2013, the Majority Leader and Senators Kaine and Rockefeller be authorized to sign duly enrolled bills or joint resolutions.


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Authorizing Leadership To Make Appointments--Agreement
: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that, notwithstanding the upcoming recess or adjournment of the Senate, the President of the Senate, the President Pro Tempore, and the Majority and Minority Leaders be authorized to make appointments to commissions, committees, boards, conferences, or interparliamentary conferences authorized by law, by concurrent action of the two Houses, or by order of the Senate.


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Signing Authority--Agreement
: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, Senator Begich be authorized to sign duly enrolled bills or joint resolutions.


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Pro Formas--Agreement:
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that when the Senate completes its business, it adjourn and convene for pro forma sessions only with no business conducted on the following dates and times, and that following each pro forma session, the Senate adjourn until the next pro forma session: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.; Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:30 p.m., and Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:00 noon; and that the Senate adjourn on Thursday, October 24, 2013, until 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 28, 2013, unless the Senate receives a message from the House that it has adopted S. Con. Res. 24, the adjournment resolution.


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

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Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to the continuation of the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12978 with respect to significant narcotics traffickers centered in Colombia; which was referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. (PM–22)


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Griffin Nomination--Cloture
: Senate began consideration of the nomination of Richard F. Griffin, Jr., of the District of Columbia, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.


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A motion was entered to close further debate on the nomination, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to the unanimous-consent agreement of Wednesday, October 16, 2013, a vote on cloture will occur at approximately 5:30 p.m., on Monday, October, 28, 2013.


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A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 4:30 p.m., on Monday, October 28, 2013, Senate resume consideration of the nomination, with up to one hour of debate, equally divided and controlled in the usual form, prior to the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination.


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Nominations Confirmed:
Senate confirmed the following nominations:

Carol Waller Pope, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority for a term of five years expiring July 1, 2014.

Michael Wayne Hail, of Kentucky, to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Harry S Truman Scholarship Foundation for a term expiring December 10, 2017.


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Ernest W. Dubester, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority for a term of five years expiring July 29, 2017.

Olga Viso, of Minnesota, to be a Member of the National Council on the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2018.

Kevin A. Ohlson, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces for the term of fifteen years to expire on the date prescribed by law.

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Ranee Ramaswamy, of Minnesota, to be a Member of the National Council on the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2018.

Rick Lowe, of Texas, to be a Member of the National Council on the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2018.

Andrea Levere, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Consumer Cooperative Bank for a term of three years.

Roberto R. Herencia, of Illinois, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation for a term expiring December 17, 2015.

Zachary Thomas Fardon, of Illinois, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois for the term of four years.

Stephen Woolman Preston, of the District of Columbia, to be General Counsel of the Department of Defense.

Gregory Dainard Winfree, of New York, to be Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Department of Transportation.

Nisha Desai Biswal, of the District of Columbia, to be Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs.

Scott S. Dahl, of Virginia, to be Inspector General, Department of Labor.

Julia Frifield, of New Jersey, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Legislative Affairs).

Caroline Kennedy, of New York, to be Ambassador to Japan.

Sylvia I. Garcia, of Michigan, to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Transportation.

Christopher A. Hart, of Colorado, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term expiring December 31, 2017.

Deborah A. P. Hersman, of Virginia, to be Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term of two years.

Deborah A. P. Hersman, of Virginia, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term expiring December 31, 2018.

Stevan Eaton Bunnell, of the District of Columbia, to be General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security.

Patrick Pizzella, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority for a term of five years expiring July 1, 2015.

Bradley Crowell, of Nevada, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs).

Beth F. Cobert, of California, to be Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget.


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Nomination Discharged:
The following nomination were discharged from further committee consideration and placed on the Executive Calendar:

Michael P. O'Rielly, of New York, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2014, which was sent to the Senate on August 1, 2013, from the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.


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Messages from the House:


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Measures Placed on the Calendar:


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Measures Held at the Desk:


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Additional Cosponsors:


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Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:


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Additional Statements:


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Amendments Submitted:


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Authorities for Committees to Meet:


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Record Votes:
Two record votes were taken today. (Total--219)


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Adjournment:
Senate convened at 12 p.m. and adjourned at 11:36 p.m., until 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S7560.)
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Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

No committee meetings were held.

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House of Representatives

Chamber Action

Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced:
5 public bills, H.R. 3295–3299 were introduced.


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Additional Cosponsors:


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Report Filed:
A report was filed today as follows:

H.R. 2072, to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the accountability of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to the Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113–245).


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


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Recess:
The House recessed at 10:43 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.


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Chaplain:
The prayer was offered by the guest chaplain, Reverend Dr. Kurt Gerhard, St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, Washington, DC.


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Journal:
The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by voice vote.


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Recess:
The House recessed at 12:34 p.m. and reconvened at 9:20 p.m.


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Report Filing:
Agreed by unanimous consent that the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure have until 5 p.m. on Monday, October 21, 2013 to file a report to accompany H.R. 3080.


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No Subsidies Without Verification Act--Order of Business:
Agreed by unanimous consent that it be in order at any time to take from the Speaker's table H.R. 2775, with the Senate amendments thereto, and to consider in the House, without intervention of any point of order, a single motion offered by the chair of the Committee on Appropriations or his designee that the House concur in the Senate amendments; that the Senate amendments and the motion be considered as read; that the motion be debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations; and that the previous question be considered as ordered on the motion to its adoption without intervening motion or demand for division of the question.


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No Subsidies Without Verification Act:
The House agreed to the Rogers (KY) motion to concur in the Senate amendments to H.R. 2775, to condition the provision of premium and cost-sharing subsidies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act upon a certification that a program to verify household income and other qualifications for such subsidies is operational, by a yea-and-nay vote of 285 yeas to 144 nays, Roll No. 550.


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The motion to concur in the Senate amendments to H.R. 2775 was considered pursuant to a previous special order of the House.

Setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2014, revising the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal year 2013, and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2015 through 2023--Order of Business:
Agreed by unanimous consent that (1) the House be considered to have taken from the Speaker's table S. Con. Res. 8; adopted an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of H. Con. Res. 25, as adopted by the House; adopted such concurrent resolution, as amended; insisted on its amendment; and requested a conference with the Senate thereon; and (2) during the remainder of the 113th Congress, it shall not be in order to offer a motion under clause 7(c) of rule 22 with respect to S. Con. Res. 8.


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The Chair appointed the following conferees on S. Con. Res. 8: Representatives Ryan (WI), Cole, Price (GA), Black, Van Hollen, Clyburn, and Lowey.


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Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the need for the continued availability of religious services to members of the Armed Forces and their families during a lapse in appropriations:
The House agreed to take from the Speaker's table and agree to H. Con. Res. 58, as amended, to express the sense of Congress regarding the need for the continued availability of religious services to members of the Armed Forces and their families during a lapse in appropriations.


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Adjournment Resolution:
The House agreed to S. Con. Res. 24, providing for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate and an adjournment of the House of Representatives.


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Presidential Message:
Read a message from the President wherein he notified Congress that the national emergency declared with respect to significant narcotics traffickers centered in Colombia is to continue in effect beyond October 21, 2013--referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 113–66).


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Senate Message:
Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today and a message received from the Senate today appear on pages H6616, H6642.

Quorum Calls--Votes:
One yea-and-nay vote developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H6625–26. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment:
The House met at 10 a.m. and at 10:55 p.m., pursuant to S. Con. Res. 24, the House stands adjourned until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

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Committee Meetings

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE'S IMPLEMENTATION OF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
Full Committee and Committee on Natural Resources held a joint hearing entitled ``As Difficult As Possible: The National Park Service's Implementation of the Government Shutdown''. Testimony was heard from Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, National Park Service, Department of Interior; Greg Bryan, Mayor of the Town of Tusayan, Arizona; and public witnesses.

BUSINESS MEETING

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:
Full Committee held a meeting on Member Access Requests. This was a closed hearing.

Joint Meetings


No joint committee meetings were held.

NEW PUBLIC LAWS

(For last listing of Public Laws, see
Daily Digest,
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H.R. 3095, to ensure that any new or revised requirement providing for the screening, testing, or treatment of individuals operating commercial motor vehicles for sleep disorders is adopted pursuant to a rulemaking proceeding. Signed on October 15, 2013. (Public Law 113–45)

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

OCTOBER 17, 2013

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Armed Services:
to receive a closed briefing on United States military operations in Libya and Somalia, 9:30 a.m., SVC–217.

Select Committee on Intelligence:
to hold closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters, 2 p.m., SH–219.

House

No hearings are scheduled.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

12:15 p.m., Thursday, October 17

Senate Chamber

Program for Thursday:
Senate will meet in a pro forma session.

(If the Senate receives a message that the House of Representatives has agreed to S. Con. Res. 24, Adjournment Resolution, Senate will next meet at 2 p.m., on Monday, October 28, 2013.)

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

2 p.m., Tuesday, October 22

House Chamber

Program for Tuesday:
To be announced.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE



Bentivolio, Kerry L., Mich., E1527, E1528, E1528, E1529, E1529, E1530, E1530, E1531, E1531, E1532

Brownley, Julia, Calif., E1519, E1528, E1531

Clyburn, James E., S.C., E1520, E1526

Coffman, Mike, Colo., E1524

Costa, Jim, Calif., E1521, E1524

Courtney, Joe, Conn., E1530

Crowley, Joseph, N.Y., E1522

Deutch, Theodore E., Fla., E1520

Ellison, Keith, Minn., E1521, E1526

Fitzpatrick, Michael G., Pa., E1528

Frankel, Lois, Fla., E1521, E1529

Gerlach, Jim, Pa., E1519

Grayson, Alan, Fla., E1524

Green, Gene, Tex., E1520

Hall, Ralph M., Tex., E1529, E1531

Higgins, Brian, N.Y., E1523

Israel, Steve, N.Y., E1530

Loebsack, David, Iowa, E1523

Messer, Luke, Ind., E1524

Michaud, Michael H., Me., E1521

Miller, Jeff, Fla., E1520, E1522

Moran, James P., Va., E1522

Norton, Eleanor Holmes, D.C., E1523

Pastor, Ed, Ariz., E1519

Rogers, Mike, Ala., E1526

Schakowsky, Janice D., Ill., E1532

Swalwell, Eric, Calif., E1532

Tiberi, Patrick J., Ohio, E1519

Van Hollen, Chris, Md., E1527

Walberg, Tim, Mich., E1522

Walden, Greg, Ore., E1524

Wasserman Schultz, Debbie, Fla., E1522 

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