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[Daily Digest]
[Pages D1062-D1064]
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                                         Thursday, November 7, 2013

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                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed S. 815, Employment Non-Discrimination Act, as 
      amended.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S7891-S7933
Measures Introduced: Sixteen bills and one resolution were introduced, 
as follows: S. 1661-1676, and S. Res. 289.
  Page S7927
Measures Reported:
  S. 822, to protect crime victims' rights, to eliminate the 
substantial backlog of DNA samples collected from crime scenes and 
convicted offenders, to improve and expand the DNA testing capacity of 
Federal, State, and local crime laboratories, to increase research and 
development of new DNA testing technologies, to develop new training 
programs regarding the collection and use of DNA evidence, to provide 
post conviction testing of DNA evidence to exonerate the innocent, to 
improve the performance of counsel in State capital cases, with 
amendments.
Page S7927
Measures Passed:
  Employment Non-Discrimination Act: By 64 yeas to 32 nays (Vote No. 
232), Senate passed S. 815, to prohibit employment discrimination on 
the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, after agreeing to 
the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and after taking 
action on the following amendments and motions proposed thereto: 
                                                      Pages S7894-S7909
Rejected:
  By 43 yeas to 55 nays (Vote No. 230), Reid (for Toomey/Flake) 
Amendment No. 2013, to strike the appropriate balance between 
protecting workers and protecting religious freedom. (A unanimous-
consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having 
failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed 
to.)
Page S7902
  Withdrawn:
  Collins (for Reid) Amendment No. 2020 (to Amendment No. 2013), to 
change the enactment date.
Page S7894
  Reid Amendment No. 2014 (to the language proposed to be stricken by 
the committee substitute), to change the enactment date.
Page S7894
  Reid motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Health, 
Education, Labor, and Pensions with instructions to report back 
forthwith, Reid Amendment No. 2016, to change the enactment date. 
                                                             Page S7894
  During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  Reid Amendment No. 2015 (to Amendment No. 2014), of a perfecting 
nature, fell when Reid Amendment No. 2014 was withdrawn.
Page S7894
  Reid Amendment No. 2017 (to (the instructions of the motion to 
recommit) Amendment No. 2016), of a perfecting nature, fell when Reid 
Amendment No. 2016 was withdrawn.
Page S7894
  Reid Amendment No. 2018 (to Amendment No. 2017), of a perfecting 
nature, fell when Reid Amendment No. 2017 fell.
Page S7894
  By 64 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. 231), 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.
Page S7902
  40th Anniversary of Withdrawal of U.S. Combat Troops from Vietnam 
War: Committee on Foreign Relations was discharged from further 
consideration of S. Res. 280, recognizing the 40th anniversary of the 
withdrawal of United States combat troops from the Vietnam War and 
expressing renewed support for United States veterans of that conflict, 
and the resolution was then agreed to.
  Page S7931
Measures Considered:
Drug Quality and Security Act--Agreement: Senate began consideration of 
the motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 3204, to amend the 
Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to human drug 
compounding and drug supply chain security.
  Pages S7891-94, S7909-24

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  A motion was entered to close further debate on the motion to proceed 
to consideration of the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of 
Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, and pursuant to the 
unanimous-consent agreement of Thursday, November 7, 2013, a vote on 
cloture will occur upon disposition of the nomination of Cornelia T. L. 
Pillard, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge 
for the District of Columbia Circuit, on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. 
                                                             Page S7932
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that if cloture 
is invoked on the nomination of Cornelia T. L. Pillard, upon 
disposition of the nomination, Senate resume consideration of the 
motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, and vote on the motion 
to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the 
bill; and that if cloture is not invoked on the nomination, Senate 
immediately resume the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, 
and vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to 
consideration of the bill.
Page S7932
Signing Authority--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing that from Thursday, November 7, 2013 through Tuesday, 
November 12, 2013, the Majority Leader be authorized to sign duly 
enrolled bills or joint resolutions.
  Page S7932
Pillard Nomination--Agreement: Senate began consideration of the 
nomination of Cornelia T. L. Pillard, of the District of Columbia, to 
be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. 
                                                             Page S7923
  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 
Thursday, November 7, 2013, a vote on cloture will occur at 
approximately 5:30 p.m., on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
Page S7923
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 4:30 
p.m., on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, Senate resume consideration of the 
nomination, with the time until 5:30 p.m. equally divided and 
controlled in the usual form, prior to the vote on the motion to invoke 
cloture on the nomination.
Page S7932
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  Joseph P. Mohorovic, of Illinois, to be a Commissioner of the 
Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from 
October 27, 2012.
  Janice Marion Schneider, of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
the Interior.
  Ellen Dudley Williams, of Maryland, to be Director of the Advanced 
Research Projects Agency-Energy, Department of Energy.
  Colleen Bradley Bell, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador 
to Hungary.
  Joseph William Westphal, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom 
of Saudi Arabia.
  Janet L. Yellen, of California, to be United States Alternate 
Governor of the International Monetary Fund for a term of five years.
  Madelyn R. Creedon, of Indiana, to be Principal Deputy Administrator, 
National Nuclear Security Administration.
  Robin S. Rosenbaum, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for 
the Eleventh Circuit.
  James D. Peterson, of Wisconsin, to be United States District Judge 
for the Western District of Wisconsin.
  Nancy J. Rosenstengel, of Illinois, to be United States District 
Judge for the Southern District of Illinois.
  Ronnie L. White, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for 
the Eastern District of Missouri.
  Kevin W. Techau, of Iowa, to be United States Attorney for the 
Northern District of Iowa for the term of four years.
  Routine lists in the Air Force, and Coast Guard.
Pages S7932-33
Nominations Withdrawn: Senate received notification of withdrawal of 
the following nominations:
  Ben S. Bernanke, of New Jersey, to be United States Alternate 
Governor of the International Monetary Fund for a term of five years, 
which was sent to the Senate on April 18, 2013.
  Thomas Edgar Wheeler, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of 
the Federal Communications Commission for the remainder of the term 
expiring June 30, 2013, which was sent to the Senate on May 9, 2013.
  1 Air Force nomination in the rank of general.
Page S7933
Measures Read the First Time:
  Pages S7926, S7932
Executive Communications:
  Pages S7926-27
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S7928-29
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S7929-31
Additional Statements:
  Pages S7925-26
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S7931
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S7931
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S7931
Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--232) 
                                                     Pages S7902, S7907

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Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 6:16 p.m., 
until 11:45 a.m. on Friday, November 8, 2013. (For Senate's program, 
see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
S7932.)


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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings


[Daily Digest]
[Page D1064]
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
IMPACT OF SEQUESTRATION ON NATIONAL DEFENSE
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the impact of sequestration on the national defense, after receiving 
testimony from General Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff United States 
Army, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, United States Navy, Chief of Naval 
Operations, General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and 
General Mark A. Welsh III, Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, all 
of the Department of Defense.
HOUSING FINANCE REFORM
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine housing finance reform, focusing on essential 
elements to provide affordable options for housing, including S. 1217, 
to provide secondary mortgage market reform, after receiving testimony 
Hilary O. Shelton, National Association for the Advancement of Colored 
People (NAACP) Washington Bureau, St. Louis, Missouri; Rick Judson, 
National Association of Home Builders, Charlotte, North Carolina; 
Sheila Crowley, National Low Income Housing Coalition, and Douglas 
Holtz-Eakin, American Action Forum, both of Arlington, Virginia; and 
Ethan Handelman, National Housing Conference, Silver Spring, Maryland.
PATENT ASSERTION ENTITIES
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance concluded a hearing 
to examine patent assertion entities, focusing on demand letters and 
consumer protection, after receiving testimony from Nebraska Attorney 
General Jon Bruning, Lincoln; Jon Potter, Application Developers 
Alliance, Washington, D.C.; Mark Chandler, Cisco Systems, San Jose, 
California; Julie P. Samuels, Electronic Frontier Foundation, San 
Francisco, California; Lary Sinewitz, BrandsMart USA, Hollywood, 
Florida, on behalf of The National Retail Federation; and Adam Mossoff, 
George Mason University School of Law Center for the Protection of 
Intellectual Property, Arlington, Virginia.
COLUMBIA RIVER TREATY DRAFT REGIONAL RECOMMENDATION
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded an 
oversight hearing to examine the Draft Regional Recommendation 
regarding the Columbia River Treaty, after receiving testimony from 
Brigadier General John Kem, Commander, United States Army Corps of 
Engineers, Northwestern Division, Department of Defense, and Member, 
United States Entity for the Columbia River Treaty, and Stephen Oliver, 
Vice President, Generation Asset Management, Bonneville Power 
Administration, Department of Energy, and Coordinator, United States 
Entity for the Columbia River Treaty; Joel Moffett, Columbia River 
Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Kristin Meira, Pacific Northwest 
Waterways Association, and Gregory Haller, Pacific Rivers Council, all 
of Portland, Oregon; Thomas Karier, Northwest Power and Conservation 
Council, Spokane, Washington; George Caan, Washington Public Utilities 
Districts Association, Olympia; and Norm Semanko, Idaho Water Users 
Association, Boise.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the nominations of Heather Anne Higginbottom, of the District 
of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources, Sarah 
Sewall, of Massachusetts, to be Under Secretary for Civilian Security, 
Democracy, and Human Rights, and Richard Stengel, of New York, to be 
Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy, all of the Department of State, 
after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own 
behalf.
AUTO SAFETY AND MENTAL HEALTH
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Oversight, Federal Rights 
and Agency Action concluded a hearing to examine rules delayed on auto 
safety and mental health, after receiving testimony from former 
Representative Patrick J. Kennedy; Thomas O. McGarity, University of 
Texas School of Law, Austin; Clarence M. Ditlow, Center for Auto 
Safety, Washington, D.C.; Cary Coglianese, University of Pennsylvania 
Penn Program on Regulation, Philadelphia; and Cathy Morelli, 
Southington, Connecticut.


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Daily Digest/House of Representatives


[Daily Digest]
[Page D1065]
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[[Page D1065]]




                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
  The House was not in session today. the House is scheduled to meet at 
2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 pursuant to the provisions of H. 
Con. Res. 62.


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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings


[Daily Digest]
[Page D1065]
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Committee Meetings
  No hearings were held.

Joint Meetings
  No joint committee meetings were held.


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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2013-11-08


[Daily Digest]
[Page D1065]
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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                            NOVEMBER 8, 2013

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

  No hearings are scheduled.


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Daily Digest/Next Meeting of the SENATE + Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES + Other End Matter


[Daily Digest]
[Pages D1065-D1066]
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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                     11:45 a.m., Friday, November 8

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

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                      2 p.m., Tuesday, November 12

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Tuesday: To be announced. 


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