Daily Digest/Senate; Congressional Record Vol. 160, No. 145
(Daily Digest - December 02, 2014)

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[Pages D1065-D1066]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]


                                          Tuesday, December 2, 2014

[[Page D1065]]

                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S6239-6272
Measures Introduced: Four bills were introduced as follows: S. 2967-
2970.
  Page S6262
Measures Reported:
  S. 1618, to enhance the Office of Personnel Management background 
check system for the granting, denial, or revocation of security 
clearances or access to classified information of employees and 
contractors of the Federal Government, with an amendment in the nature 
of a substitute. (S. Rept. No. 113-283)
Page S6261
Measures Passed:
  Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act: Committee on 
Environment and Public Works was discharged from further consideration 
of S. 1000, to require the Director of the Office of Management and 
Budget to prepare a crosscut budget for restoration activities in the 
Chesapeake Bay watershed, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing 
to the following amendment proposed thereto:
  Pages S6246-48
  Warner Amendment No. 3965, in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                         Pages S6247-48
  Federal Duck Stamp Act: Senate passed H.R. 5069, to amend the 
Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act to increase in the 
price of Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps to fund the 
acquisition of conservation easements for migratory birds. 
                                                         Pages S6246-48
  Adding Ebola to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act: Senate 
passed S. 2917, to expand the program of priority review to encourage 
treatments for tropical diseases.
  Page S6271
  Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act: Senate passed H.R. 
4924, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to enter into the Big 
Sandy River-Planet Ranch Water Rights Settlement Agreement and the 
Hualapai Tribe Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Agreement, 
to provide for the lease of certain land located within Planet Ranch on 
the Bill Williams River in the State of Arizona to benefit the Lower 
Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program, and to provide for 
the settlement of specific water rights claims in the Bill Williams 
River watershed in the State of Arizona.
  Page S6272
Administration of Oath of Office: Senator Brian Schatz, of Hawaii, and 
Senator Tim Scott, of South Carolina, were administered the oath of 
office by the Vice President, for the unexpired term ending at noon on 
January 3, 2017.
  Pages S6239-40
Burrows Nomination: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of 
Charlotte A. Burrows, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of 
the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 
2019.
  Pages S6253-54
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 57 yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 299), Senate agreed to the motion to 
close further debate on the nomination.
Page S6253
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the nomination at approximately 9:30 a.m., on 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, with the time until 10:00 a.m. equally 
divided and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees. 
                                                             Page S6272


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

  
  On page D1065, December 2, 2014, the following language appears: 
Burrows Nomination: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination 
of Charlotte A. Burrows, of the District of Columbia, to be a 
Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term 
expiring July 1, 2019. Pages S6253-54 During consideration of this 
nomination today, Senate also took the following action: By 57 
yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 299), Senate agreed to the motion to 
close further debate on the nomination. Page S6253
  
  The online Record has been corrected to read: Burrows 
Nomination: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of 
Charlotte A. Burrows, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member 
of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term expiring 
July 1, 2019. Pages S6253-54 During consideration of this 
nomination today, Senate also took the following action: By 57 
yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 299), Senate agreed to the motion to 
close further debate on the nomination. Page S6253 A unanimous-
consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration 
of the nomination at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, 
December 3, 2014, with the time until 10:00 a.m. equally divided 
and controlled between the two Leaders or their designees. Page 
S6272


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

Lopez Nomination: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of P. 
David Lopez, of Arizona, to be General Counsel of the Equal Employment 
Opportunity Commission for a term of four years.
  Pages S6254-60
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 54 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 300), Senate agreed to the motion to 
close further debate on the nomination.
Page S6254
Burrows, Lopez, Hale, Kearney, and Pappert Nominations--Agreement: A 
unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 10 a.m., 
on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, all post-cloture time be considered 
expired and Senate vote on confirmation of the nominations of Charlotte 
A. Burrows, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal 
Employment Opportunity Commission, and P. David Lopez, of Arizona, to 
be General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in 
the order upon which cloture was invoked; that following these votes, 
Senate vote on the motions to invoke cloture on the nominations of 
David J. Hale, of Kentucky, to be United States District Judge for the 
Western District of Kentucky,

[[Page D1066]]

Mark A. Kearney, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge 
for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Gerald J. Pappert, of 
Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern 
District of Pennsylvania; that if cloture is invoked on any of these 
nominations, that at 5:30 p.m., all post-cloture time be considered 
expired and Senate vote on confirmation of the nominations in the order 
upon which cloture was invoked; that there be two minutes for debate 
prior to each vote, and all roll call votes after the first vote in the 
sequence be ten minutes in length.
  Page S6252
Orr and Hezir Nominations--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was 
reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, following the vote on 
the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Franklin M. Orr, Jr., 
of California, to be Under Secretary for Science, Department of Energy, 
Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Joseph 
S. Hezir, of Virginia, to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of 
Energy, that if cloture is invoked on either nomination, the time under 
cloture run consecutively in the order on which cloture was invoked; 
and that the time following the 10 a.m. cloture votes and 5:30 p.m., be 
equally divided in the usual form, with all other provisions of the 
previous order remaining in effect.
  Pages S6252, S6260


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

  
  On page D1066, December 2, 2014, the following language appears: 
Orr and Hezir Nominations--Agreement: A unanimous-consent 
agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, 
following the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the 
nomination of Franklin M. Orr, Jr., of California, to be Under 
Secretary for Science, Department of Energy, Senate vote on the 
motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Joseph S. Hezir, of 
Virginia, to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Energy, 
that if cloture is invoked on either nomination, the time under 
cloture run consecutively in the order on which cloture was 
invoked; and that the time following the 10 a.m. cloture votes and 
5:30 p.m., be equally divided in the usual form, with all other 
provisions of the previous order remaining in effect. Page S6260
  
  The online Record has been corrected to read: Orr and Hezir 
Nominations--Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached 
providing that notwithstanding Rule XXII, following the vote on 
the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Franklin M. Orr, 
Jr., of California, to be Under Secretary for Science, Department 
of Energy, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the 
nomination of Joseph S. Hezir, of Virginia, to be Chief Financial 
Officer, Department of Energy, that if cloture is invoked on 
either nomination, the time under cloture run consecutively in the 
order on which cloture was invoked; and that the time following 
the 10 a.m. cloture votes and 5:30 p.m., be equally divided in the 
usual form, with all other provisions of the previous order 
remaining in effect. Pages S6252, S6260


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

Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  By 50 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. EX. 293), Noah Bryson Mamet, of 
California, to be Ambassador to the Argentine Republic. 
                                                         Pages S6240-42
  By 52 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. EX. 294), Colleen Bradley Bell, of 
California, to be Ambassador to Hungary.
Pages S6240-42
  By 68 yeas to 28 nays (Vote No. EX. 297), Nani A. Coloretti, of 
California, to be Deputy Secretary of Department of Housing and Urban 
Development.
Pages S6252-53
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 59 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. 295), Senate agreed to the motion to 
close further debate on the nomination.
Page S6242
  By 53 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. EX. 298), Robert S. Adler, of the 
District of Columbia, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product 
Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2014. 
                              Pages S6243-45, S6245-46, S6248-52, S6253
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 52 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 296), Senate agreed to the motion to 
close further debate on the nomination.
Pages S6242-43
Messages from the House:
  Page S6261
Measures Referred:
  Page S6261
Measures Read the First Time:
  Page S6261
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Pages S6261-62
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S6262-63
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Page S6262
Additional Statements:
  Page S6261
Amendments Submitted:
  Pages S6263-71
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S6271
Record Votes: Eight record votes were taken today. (Total--300) 
                                               Pages S6241-43, S6253-54
Adjournment: Senate convened at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:09 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. (For Senate's program, 
see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S6272.