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[Daily Digest]
[Pages D93-D94]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



                                         Thursday, January 30, 2014

[[Page D93]]

                              Daily Digest


HIGHLIGHTS

      Senate passed S. 1926, Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability 
      Act, as amended.


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S609-S664
Measures Introduced: Six bills and one resolution were introduced, as 
follows: S. 1974-1979, and S. Res. 342.
  Pages S654-55
Measures Passed:
  Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act: By 67 yeas to 32 nays 
(Vote No. 19), Senate passed S. 1926, to delay the implementation of 
certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 
2012 and to reform the National Association of Registered Agents and 
Brokers, after taking action on the following amendments proposed 
thereto:
  Pages S613-19, S619-27
Rejected:
  By 34 yeas to 65 nays (Vote No. 16), Toomey Modified Amendment No. 
2707, to adjust phase-ins of flood insurance rate increases. 
                                                          Pages S615-17
  By 24 yeas to 75 nays (Vote No. 17), Coburn/McCain Amendment No. 
2697, to allow States to opt-out of participation in the National 
Association of Registered Agents and Brokers.
Pages S617-18
  By 49 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 18), Heller/Lee Amendment No. 2700, 
to clarify that any private flood insurance policy accepted by a State 
shall satisfy the mandatory purchase requirement under the Flood 
Disaster Protection Act of 1973.
Page S618
Withdrawn:
  Merkley Modified Amendment No. 2709, to establish limitations on 
force-placed insurance.
Page S618
  National School Counseling Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 342, 
designating February 3 through 7, 2014, as ``National School Counseling 
Week''.
  Page S658
Measures Considered:
Veterans Medical Services And Benefits: Senate began consideration of 
the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1950, to improve the 
provision of medical services and benefits to veterans.
  Page S611
Conference Reports:
Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act--Cloture: Senate 
began consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 2642, to 
provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other 
programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018. 
                                                    Pages S619, S627-47
   A motion was entered to close further debate on the conference 
report to accompany 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, January 30, 2014, a vote on 
cloture will occur at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2014; that if 
cloture is invoked, there be 20 minutes remaining post-cloture at 2:15 
p.m., on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, to be equally divided between the 
two Leaders, or their designees; that upon the use or yielding back of 
that time, all post-cloture time be considered expired and Senate vote 
on adoption of the conference report.
Page S619
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Senate 
resume consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill at 
approximately 2 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2014, with the time until 
5:30 p.m. equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders or 
their designees.
Page S619
Signing Authority--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing that during the adjournment or recess of the Senate from 
Thursday, January 30, 2014 through Monday, February 3, 2014, the 
Majority Leader and Senators Warner and Rockefeller be authorized to 
sign duly enrolled bills or joint resolutions.
  Page S658
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

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  Miranda A.A. Ballentine, of the District of Columbia, to be an 
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force.
  Michael J. McCord, of Ohio, to be Under Secretary of Defense 
(Comptroller).
  Brian P. McKeon, of New York, to be a Principal Deputy Under 
Secretary of Defense.
  Christine E. Wormuth, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Defense 
for Policy.
  William P. Doyle, of Pennsylvania, to be a Federal Maritime 
Commissioner for a term expiring June 30, 2018.
  Norman C. Bay, of New Mexico, to be a Member of the Federal Energy 
Regulatory Commission for the term expiring June 30, 2018.
  Ann Elizabeth Dunkin, of California, to be an Assistant Administrator 
of the Environmental Protection Agency.
  Manuel H. Ehrlich, Jr., of New Jersey, to be a Member of the Chemical 
Safety and Hazard Investigation Board for a term of five years.
  Mileydi Guilarte, of the District of Columbia, to be United States 
Alternate Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank.
  Suzan G. LeVine, of Washington, to be Ambassador to the Swiss 
Confederation, and to serve concurrently and without additional 
compensation as Ambassador to the Principality of Liechtenstein.
  L. Reginald Brothers, Jr., of Massachusetts, to be Under Secretary 
for Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security.
  2 Marine Corps nominations in the rank of general.
  1 Navy nomination in the rank of admiral.
  Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Foreign Service, Navy. 
                                                          Pages S658-64
Nominations Withdrawn: Senate received notification of withdrawal of 
the following nominations:
  Leslie Berger Kiernan, of Maryland, to be Representative of the 
United States of America to the United Nations for U.N. Management and 
Reform, with the rank of Ambassador, which was sent to the Senate on 
January 6, 2014.
  Leslie Berger Kiernan, of Maryland, to be Alternate Representative of 
the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of 
the United Nations, during her tenure of service as Representative of 
the United States of America to the United Nations for U.N. Management 
and Reform, which was sent to the Senate on January 6, 2014. 
                                                              Page S664
Messages from the House:
  Page S652
Measures Read the First Time:
  Pages S652, S658


 =========================== NOTE =========================== 

  
  On page D94, January 30, 2014, the following language appears: 
Measures Read the First Time: Page S652
  
  The online Record has been corrected to read: Measures Read the 
First Time: Pages S652, S658


 ========================= END NOTE ========================= 

Petitions and Memorials:
  Pages S652-54
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S654
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S655-56
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S656-57
Additional Statements:
  Page S651
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S657
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S657-58
Record Votes: Four record votes were taken today. (Total--19) 
                                        Pages S617, S617-18, S618, S619
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 5:57 p.m., 
until 2 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2014. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S658.)



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Daily Digest/Senate Committee Meetings



[Daily Digest]
[Pages D94-D95]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT REAUTHORIZATION
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard concluded a hearing to 
examine West Coast and Western Pacific perspectives on Magnuson-Stevens 
Act reauthorization, after receiving testimony from Will Stelle, West 
Coast Regional Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of 
Commerce; Donald McIsaac, Pacific Fishery Management Council, Portland, 
Oregon; Arnold Palacios, Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management 
Council, and Michael Goto, Longline Fishery, both of Honolulu, Hawaii; 
Mel Moon, Quileute Tribe, La Push, Washington; Ray Toste, Washington 
Dungeness Crab Fishermen's Association, Westport; Joe Dazey, Washington 
Trollers Association, Kingston; Michael Gravitz, Marine Conservation 
Institute, Washington, D.C.; and Trevor A. Branch, University of 
Washington, Seattle.
LIFTING THE BAN ON U.S. CRUDE OIL EXPORTS
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: Committee concluded an 
oversight hearing to examine opportunities and challenges associated 
with lifting the ban on United States crude oil exports, after 
receiving testimony Harold Hamm, Continental Resources, Inc., Oklahoma 
City, Oklahoma; Graeme Burnett, Delta Air Lines, Atlanta, Georgia; Amy 
Myers Jaffe, University of California, Davis Graduate School of 
Management; and Daniel J. Weiss, Center for American Progress, 
Washington, D.C.

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FUKUSHIMA NEAR-TERM TASK FORCE
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a joint 
oversight hearing with the Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety 
to examine the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's implementation of the 
Fukushima Near-Term Task Force recommendations and other actions to 
enhance and maintain nuclear safety, after receiving testimony from 
Allison M. MacFarlane, Chairman, and Kristine L. Svinicki, George 
Apostolakis, William D. Magwood, IV, and William C. Ostendorff, each a 
Commissioner, all of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the 
nominations of Karen Dynan, of Maryland, to be Assistant Secretary of 
the Treasury, and Richard G. Frank, of Massachusetts, to be Assistant 
Secretary of Health and Human Services, after the nominees testified 
and answered questions in their own behalf.
CIVILIAN NUCLEAR OPERATIONS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine civilian nuclear cooperation agreements, focusing on Section 
123, after receiving testimony from Thomas M. Countryman, Assistant 
Secretary of State; Daniel B. Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy; 
Marvin S. Fertel, Nuclear Energy Institute, and Sharon Squassoni, 
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), both of 
Washington, D.C.; and Henry Sokolski, The Nonproliferation Policy 
Education Center, Arlington, Virginia.
TREATY COMPLIANCE ISSUES
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee received a closed briefing on 
treaty compliance issues from Rose Eilene Gottemoeller, Acting Under 
Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
IMPACT OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CLOSURES
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District 
of Columbia concluded a hearing to examine Federal government closure 
impacts on the District of Columbia, focusing on the shutdown, after 
receiving testimony from Representative Norton; former Representative 
Tom Davis; Robert Vogel, Superintendent, National Mall and Memorial 
Parks, National Park Service, Department of the Interior; and Allen Y. 
Lew, Executive Office of the Mayor, Washington, D.C.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported S. 
1410, to focus limited Federal resources on the most serious offenders, 
with an amendment.



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Daily Digest/House of Representatives



[Daily Digest]
[Page D95]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]





                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action

  The House was not in session today. The House is scheduled to meet at 
3 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014 in pro forma session.



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Daily Digest/House Committee Meetings



[Daily Digest]
[Page D95]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

Committee Meetings

  No hearings were held.

Joint Meetings

  No joint committee meetings were held.



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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2014-01-31



[Daily Digest]
[Page D95]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]





                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                            JANUARY 31, 2014

        (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 D95-D96]
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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                       2 p.m., Monday, February 3

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Monday: Senate will resume consideration of the conference 
report to accompany H.R. 2642, Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk 
Management Act, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the 
conference report at 5:30 p.m.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       3 p.m., Friday, January 31

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Friday: The House is scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. on Friday, 
January 31, 2014 in pro forma session.
    
    
    



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