Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
December 2, 2013
113th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 159, No. 169 — Daily Edition
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Monday, December 2, 2013
The Senate was not in session and stands adjourned until 2 p.m. on Monday, December 9, 2013.
No committee meetings were held.
House of Representatives
Reports Filed: A report was filed on November 25, 2013 as follows:
H.R. 3381, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2014 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113–277).
Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 1204, to amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to establish an Aviation Security Advisory Committee, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113–278);
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, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113–280);
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Womack to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 2:12 p.m. and reconvened at 5:02 p.m.
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Space Launch Liability Indemnification Extension Act: H.R. 3547, to extend the application of certain space launch liability provisions through 2014, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 376 yeas to 5 nays, Roll No. 612 and
Pages H7369–71, H7373–74
Community Fire Safety Act of 2013: H.R. 3588, to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to exempt fire hydrants from the prohibition on the use of lead pipes, fittings, fixtures, solder, and flux, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 384 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 613.
Pages H7371–73, H7374
Recess: The House recessed at 5:38 p.m. and reconvened at 6:30 p.m.
House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards--Appointment: The Chair announced the Speaker's appointment of the following Members to the House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards: Representative Miller (MI), Chairman; Representatives Price (GA) and Latta.
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H7368.
Adjournment: The House met at 2 p.m. and adjourned at 10:01 p.m.
No joint committee meetings were held.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
CHANGES TO THE HEIGHTS ACT: SHAPING WASHINGTON, D.C., FOR THE FUTURE, PART II
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Changes to The Heights Act: Shaping Washington, D.C., for the Future, Part II''. Testimony was heard from Harriet Tregoning, Director, Office of the District of Columbia, Office of Planning; and Marcel Acosta, Executive Director, National Capital Planning Commission.
Senate not in session.
Committee on Education and the Workforce, December 3, Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, hearing entitled ``Keeping College Within Reach: Strengthening Pell Grants for Future Generations'', 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.
December 4, Subcommittee on Workforce Protection, hearing entitled ``Examining Recent Actions by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs'', 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.
Committee on Energy and Commerce, December 3, Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, hearing entitled ``The FTC at 100: Where Do We Go From Here?'', 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
December 4, Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``Medicare Advantage: What Beneficiaries Should Expect Under the President's Health Care Plan'', 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
December 5, Subcommittee on Energy and Power, hearing entitled ``Evaluating the Role of FERC in a Changing Energy Landscape'', 9:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
Committee on Financial Services, December 4, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, hearing entitled ``Examining Regulatory Relief Proposals for Community Financial Institutions'', 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
Committee on Foreign Affairs, December 3, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, hearing entitled ``The United States' Post-Typhoon Response in the Philippines'', 3 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
December 4, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, hearing entitled ``Oversight of U.S. Policy Toward Burma'', 2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
December 4, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, hearing entitled ``Transition at a Crossroads: Tunisia Three Years After the Revolution'', 2 p.m., 2167 Rayburn.
December 5, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, hearing entitled ``Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: `Let Our Fathers Go!' '', 11 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Committee on House Administration, December 4, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``GPO in 2023: Keeping America Informed in a Post-Print World'', 10:30 a.m., 1310 Longworth.
Committee on the Judiciary, December 3, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``The President's Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws'', 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
December 3, Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, hearing entitled ``The Bankruptcy Code and Financial Institution Insolvencies'', 1 p.m., 2141 Rayburn.
December 4, Full Committee, markup on the ``Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act of 2013'', 1:30 p.m., 2141 Rayburn.
Committee on Natural Resources, November 4, Full Committee, markup on the following measures: H.R. 915, to authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes; H.R. 1425, the ``Marine Debris Emergency Act of 2013''; H.R. 1491, to authorize the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to provide certain funds to eligible entities for activities undertaken to address the marine debris impacts of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami, and for other purposes; H.R. 2208, the ``North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act of 2013''; H.R. 2319, the ``Native American Veterans' Memorial Amendments Act of 2013''; H.R. 3286, the ``Protecting States, Opening National Parks Act''; H.R. 3492, the ``River Paddling Protection Act''; and S. 230, to authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
November 5, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, hearing on H.R. 1604, the ``Map It Once, Use It Many Times Act''; and H.R. 916, the ``Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform Act of 2013'', 9:30 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
Committee on Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, December 3, Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census, hearing entitled ``Assessing Government's Use of Design-Build Contracts'', 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
December 4, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``The Roll Out of HealthCare.gov: The Limitations of Big Government'', 9:30 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, December 4, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Astrobiology: Search for Biosignatures in our Solar System and Beyond?'', 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
December 5, Full Committee, markup on the following measures: H.R. 2413, the ``Weather Forecasting Improvement Act of 2013''; H.R. 2431, the ``National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2013''; H.R. 2981, the ``Technology and Research Accelerating National Security and Future Economic Resiliency Act of 2013''; and legislation regarding termination liability costs for certain National Aeronautics and Space Administration projects, and for other purposes, 9 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
Committee on Small Business, December 3, Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations, hearing entitled ``Regulatory Landscape: Burdens on Small Financial Institutions'', 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
December 4, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``The Health Care Law: The Effect of the Business Aggregation Rules on Small Employers,'' 1 p.m., 2360 Rayburn.
December 5, Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access, hearing entitled ``Where Are We Now? Examining the Post-Recession Small Business Lending Environment'', 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, December 4, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, hearing entitled ``Adjudicating VA's Most Complex Disability Claims: Ensuring Quality, Accuracy and Consistency on Complicated Issues'', 3 p.m., 334 Cannon.
Committee on Ways and Means, December 4, Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``The Status of the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act'', 10 a.m., 1100 Longworth.
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, December 5, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Intelligence Update'', 9:30 a.m., 304–HVC. This is a closed hearing.
Program for Monday: After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 4 p.m.), Senate will resume consideration of S. 1197, National Defense Authorization Act, and the Chairman and Ranking Member will provide a status update on the bill.
At 5 p.m., Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Patricia Ann Millett, of Virginia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, post-cloture, and vote on confirmation of the nomination at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Program for Tuesday: To be announced.
Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., Ga., E1759
Camp, Dave, Mich., E1757
Coffman, Mike, Colo., E1761
Cohen, Steve, Tenn., E1763
Cotton, Tom, Ark., E1757
Farenthold, Blake, Tex., E1757
Garamendi, John, Calif., E1762
Gardner, Cory, Colo., E1761
Gingrey, Phil, Ga., E1763
Hudson, Richard, N.C., E1757
Huffman, Jared, Calif., E1758
Jackson Lee, Sheila, Tex., E1764
Keating, William R., Mass., E1758
Lofgren, Zoe, Calif., E1759
Meehan, Patrick, Pa., E1762
Pallone, Frank, Jr., N.J., E1760
Renacci, James B., Ohio, E1764
Rice, Tom, S.C., E1760
Schneider, Bradley S., Ill., E1758
Sewell, Terri A., Ala., E1763
Webster, Daniel, Fla., E1758