Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
October 22, 2013
113th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 159, No. 148 — Daily Edition
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The Senate was not in session and stands adjourned until 2 p.m. on Monday, October 28, 2013.
No committee meetings were held.
House of Representatives
A report was filed on Monday, October 21, 2013 as follows:
H.R. 3080, to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes, with an amendment (Rept. 113–246, Pt. 1).
Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 1443, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recognize tinnitus as a mandatory condition for research and treatment by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113–247);
H.R. 623, to provide for the conveyance of certain property located in Anchorage, Alaska, from the United States to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113–248, Pt. 1);
H.R. 1963, to amend the Water Conservation and Utilization Act to authorize the development of non-Federal hydropower and issuance of leases of power privileges at projects constructed pursuant to the authority of the Water Conservation and Utilization Act, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113–249);
H. Res. 385, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3080) to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the United States, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 113–251).
Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Denham to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a recorded vote of 275 ayes to 116 noes with 2 answering ``present'', Roll No. 553.
Whole Number of the House:
The Chair announced to the House that, in light of the passing of the gentleman from Florida, Mr. Young, the whole number of the House is 431.
The House recessed at 2:08 p.m. and reconvened at 5 p.m.
The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Paul Brown United States Courthouse Designation Act:
H.R. 185, to designate the United States courthouse located at 101 East Pecan Street in Sherman, Texas, as the ``Paul Brown United States Courthouse'', by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 402 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 551;
H.R. 2083, amended, to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require criminal background checks for school employees;
Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To require State educational agencies that receive funding under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to have in effect policies and procedures on background checks for school employees.''.
H.R. 3205, to reauthorize and restructure the adoption incentives grant program, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 402 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 552; and
H.R. 3302, to name the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Bay Pines, Florida, as the ``C.W. Bill Young Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.''.
The House recessed at 5:59 p.m. and reconvened at 6:30 p.m.
In Memory of the late Honorable Thomas S. Foley of Washington:
The House agreed to H. Res. 383, expressing the condolences of the House on the death of the Honorable Thomas S. Foley, former Member of the House for 15 terms and Speaker of the House of Representatives for the One Hundred First, One Hundred Second, and One Hundred Third Congresses.
In Memory of the late Honorable C.W. Bill Young of Florida:
The House agreed to H. Res. 384, expressing the condolences of the House on the death of the Honorable C.W. Bill Young, a Representative from the State of Florida.
Read a message from the President wherein he transmitted a certification pursuant to section 1002(b) of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014--referred to the Committee on Ways and Means and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 113–68).
Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H6646.
The House met at 2 p.m. and at 9:31 p.m., pursuant to House Resolutions 383 and 384, the House stands adjourned as a further mark of respect to the memory of the late Honorable Thomas S. Foley and the late Honorable C.W. Bill Young.
WATER RESOURCES REFORM AND DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2013
Committee on Rules:
Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 3080, the ``Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013''. The Committee granted, by voice vote, a structure rule for H.R. 3080. The rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. In section 2, 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 113–24 and provides that it shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute. The rule makes in order only those further amendments printed in the Rules Committee report and amendments en bloc described in section 3 of the rule. Each amendment printed in the report 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 or against amendments en bloc. In section 3, the rule provides that it shall be in order at any time for the chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure or his designee to offer amendments en bloc consisting of amendments printed in the report not earlier disposed of. Amendments en bloc shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure or their designees, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. The original proponent of an amendment included in such amendments en bloc may insert a statement in the Congressional Record immediately before the disposition of the amendments en bloc. –In section 4, the rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from Chairman Shuster; and Representatives Young (AK); Gibbs; Rahall; Brown (FL); Bishop (NY); Hahn; Frankel; Hastings (FL); Polis; King (IA); Murphy (PA); Salmon; Stutzman; Collins (GA); Cooper; Carolyn B. Maloney (NY); Jackson Lee; Huffman; Jeffries.
No joint committee meetings were held.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
Committee on Armed Services,
Subcommittee on Seapower and Project Forces, hearing entitled ``An Independent Assessment of the Navy's 30 year Shipbuilding Plan'', 2 p.m., 2212 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Tactical Air And Land Forces, hearing entitled ``Impacts of a Continuing Resolution and Sequestration on Acquisition and Modernization'', 3:30 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.
Committee on Energy and Commerce,
Subcommittee on Communication and Technology, hearing entitled ``The Evolution of Wired Communications Networks'', 10:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
Committee on Financial Services,
Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises, hearing entitled ``Legislation to Further Reduce Impediments to Capital Formation'', 2 p.m. 2128 Rayburn.
Committee on Ways and Means,
Subcommittee on Human Resources, hearing entitled ``Preventing and Addressing Sex Trafficking of Youth in Foster Care'', 2 p.m., 1100 Longworth.
Program for Monday:
After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 4:30 p.m.), Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Richard F. Griffin, Jr., of the District of Columbia, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, with a vote on confirmation of the nomination at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Program for Wednesday:
Consideration of H.R. 3080--Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (Subject to a Rule).
Bentivolio, Kerry L., Mich., E1533, E1536, E1539, E1540, E1543, E1544
Bishop, Timothy H., N.Y., E1543
Blackburn, Marsha, Tenn., E1535, E1540, E1545
Bordallo, Madeleine Z., Guam, E1535, E1536
Brady, Kevin, Tex., E1534
Butterfield, G.K., N.C., E1538
Capps, Lois, Calif., E1534
Carter, John R., Tex., E1540
Castor, Kathy, Fla., E1544
Coffman, Mike, Colo., E1543
Cook, Paul, Calif., E1542
Costa, Jim, Calif., E1539, E1540, E1543, E1545
Denham, Jeff, Calif., E1535
Engel, Eliot L., N.Y., E1539
Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E1533
Frelinghuysen, Rodney P., N.J., E1533
Gerlach, Jim, Pa., E1537
Grayson, Alan, Fla., E1541
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E1538
Higgins, Brian, N.Y., E1533, E1534
Johnson, Sam, Tex., E1545
Keating, William R., Mass., E1537
Kinzinger, Adam, Ill., E1537
Kuster, Ann M., N.H., E1533
Latham, Tom, Iowa, E1534
McCarthy, Carolyn, N.Y., E1538
McKeon, Howard P. ``Buck'', Calif., E1537
Messer, Luke, Ind., E1535
Peters, Gary C., Mich., E1539
Rangel, Charles B., N.Y., E1535, E1545
Roe, David P., Tenn., E1543
Scott, Robert C. ``Bobby'', Va., E1544
Titus, Dina, Nev., E1536
Waxman, Henry A., Calif., E1536