Daily Digest

Monday, May 5, 2014

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S2625–S2679

Measures Introduced: Four bills and four resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 2287–2290, and S. Res. 434–437.
Pages S2647–48

Measures Reported:

S. 839, to reauthorize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000. (S. Rept. No. 113–156)
Page S2647

Measures Passed:

Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate: Senate agreed to S. Res. 434, electing Andrew B. Willison as the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate.
Page S2625


Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate: Senate agreed to S. Res. 435, notifying the President of the United States of the election of a Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate.
Page S2625


Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate: Senate agreed to S. Res. 436, notifying the House of Representatives of the election of a Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate.
Page S2625


National Law Enforcement Museum Act: Senate passed H.R. 4120, to amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date.
Page S2676


Cinco de Mayo: Senate agreed to S. Res. 437, recognizing the historic significance of the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo.
Pages S2676–77


National Chess Capital: Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 102, expressing support for the designation of Saint Louis, Missouri, as the ``National Chess Capital'' of the United States to enhance awareness of the educational benefits of chess and to encourage schools and community centers to engage in chess programs to promote problem-solving, critical thinking, spatial awareness, and goal setting, and the resolution was then agreed to.
Page S2677

Measures Considered:

Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act--Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 2262, to promote energy savings in residential buildings and industry.
Pages S2625–28, S2636–39

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill; and that if cloture is invoked on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill, the time during the recess count post-cloture.
Page S2677


Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:

By 90 yeas to 3 nays (Vote No. EX. 130), Nancy L. Moritz, of Kansas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit.
Pages S2635–36, S2679

Peter A. Selfridge, of Minnesota, to be Chief of Protocol, and to have the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service.
Pages S2635–36, S2679


Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

Anthony G. Collins, of New York, to be a Member of the Advisory Board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

Marcia Denise Occomy, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Director of the African Development Bank for a term of five years.

John Maeda, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the National Council on the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2016.

David Arthur Mader, of Virginia, to be Controller, Office of Federal Financial Management, Office of Management and Budget.

Debra S. Wada, of Hawaii, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army.

J. Christopher Giancarlo, of New Jersey, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for a term expiring April 13, 2019.

Cheryl A. LaFleur, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the term expiring June 30, 2019.

George Albert Krol, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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Mark William Lippert, of Ohio, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Korea.

James D. Nealon, of New Hampshire, to be to be Ambassador to the Republic of Honduras.

Dana Shell Smith, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the State of Qatar.

Gentry O. Smith, of North Carolina, to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, and to have the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service.

Robert M. Gordon, of the District of Columbia, to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Department of Education.

Jeffrey A. Murawsky, of Illinois, to be Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Routine lists in the Navy.
Pages S2678–79


Messages from the House:
Page S2647


Measures Referred:
Page S2647


Measures Placed on the Calendar:
Pages S2647, S2677


Additional Cosponsors:
Page S2648


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S2648–50


Additional Statements:
Page S2645–47


Amendments Submitted:
Pages S2650–76


Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--130)
Page S2636


Adjournment: Senate convened at 2 p.m. and adjourned at 7:17 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S2677.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

No committee meetings were held.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action

The House was not in session today. The House is scheduled to meet at 12 noon on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Committee Meetings

No hearings were held.

Joint Meetings

No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR TUESDAY,

MAY 6, 2014

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine Department of Defense proposals relating to military compensation, 9:30 a.m., SH–216.

Committee on the Budget: to hold hearings to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2015 for education, 10:30 a.m., SD–608.

Committee on Finance: to hold hearings to examine new routes for funding and financing highways and transit, 10 a.m., SD–215.

Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine the Ukraine, focusing on countering Russian intervention and supporting a democratic state, 3 p.m., SD–419.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce, to hold hearings to examine a more efficient and effective government, focusing on cultivating the Federal workforce, 2:30 p.m., SD–342.

Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.

House

Committee on Rules, Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 4438, the ``American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2014''; resolution recommending that the House of Representatives find Lois G. Lerner, Former Director, Exempt Organizations, Internal Revenue Service, in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform; and H. Res. 565, calling on Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., to appoint a special counsel to investigate the targeting of conservative non-profit groups by the Internal Revenue Service, 5 p.m., H–313 Capitol.

Joint Meetings

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: to receive a briefing on Georgia 2008, and Ukraine 2014, focusing on if Moldova is next, and to examine Russia's intentions with regard to Transnistria and Moldova, 12 noon, CVC–268.

CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM AHEAD

Week of May 6 through May 9, 2014

Senate Chamber
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On Tuesday, at 11 a.m., Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 2262, Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.

During the balance of the week, Senate may consider any cleared legislative and executive business.

Senate Committees

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: May 7, to hold hearings to examine the 2014 Farm Bill, focusing on implementation and next steps, 9 a.m., SR–328A.

Committee on Appropriations: May 7, Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2015 for the Department of Health and Human Services, 10 a.m., SD–138.

May 7, Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security, to hold hearings to examine investing in cybersecurity, focusing on understanding risks and building capabilities for the future, 2 p.m., SD–192.

May 7, Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and oversight for fiscal year 2015 for Federal information technology investments, 2 p.m., SD–138.

Committee on Armed Services: May 6, to hold hearings to examine Department of Defense proposals relating to military compensation, 9:30 a.m., SH–216.

Committee on the Budget: May 6, to hold hearings to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2015 for education, 10:30 a.m., SD–608.

May 8, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the United States economic and fiscal outlook, 9:30 a.m., SD–608.

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: May 7, to hold hearings to examine Surface Transportation Reauthorization, focusing on progress, challenges, and next steps, 2:30 p.m., SR–253.

May 8, Subcommittee on Tourism, Competitiveness, and Innovation, to hold hearings to examine the state of United States travel and tourism, focusing on industry efforts to attract 100 million visitors annually, 10 a.m., SR–253.

Committee on Finance: May 6, to hold hearings to examine new routes for funding and financing highways and transit, 10 a.m., SD–215.

May 8, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Darci L. Vetter, of Nebraska, to be Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, and Henry J. Aaron, of the District of Columbia, Lanhee J. Chen, of California, and Alan L. Cohen, of Virginia, all to be a Member of the Social Security Advisory Board, 10 a.m., SD–215.

Committee on Foreign Relations: May 6, to hold hearings to examine the Ukraine, focusing on countering Russian intervention and supporting a democratic state, 3 p.m., SD–419.

May 8, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine assessing Venezuela's political crisis, focusing on human rights violations and beyond, 10 a.m., SD–419.

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: May 8, to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell, of West Virginia, to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, 10 a.m., SD–106.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: May 6, Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce, to hold hearings to examine a more efficient and effective government, focusing on cultivating the Federal workforce, 2:30 p.m., SD–342.

May 8, Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine identifying critical factors for success in information technology acquisitions, 10 a.m., SD–342.

May 8, Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight, to hold hearings to examine waste and abuse in Army sponsorship and marketing contracts, 3 p.m., SD–342.

Committee on Indian Affairs: May 7, to hold hearings to examine S. 1603, to reaffirm that certain land has been taken into trust for the benefit of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatami Indians, S. 1818, to ratify a water settlement agreement affecting the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, S. 2040, to exchange trust and fee land to resolve land disputes created by the realignment of the Blackfoot River along the boundary of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, S. 2041, to repeal the Act of May 31, 1918, and S. 2188, to amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian tribes, 2:30 p.m., SD–628.

Committee on the Judiciary: May 8, business meeting to consider S. 1720, to promote transparency in patent ownership and make other improvements to the patent system, and the nominations of Carlos Eduardo Mendoza, and Paul G. Byron, both to be a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida, Darrin P. Gayles, and Beth Bloom, both to be a United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, 10 a.m., SD–226.

Select Committee on Intelligence: May 6, to hold closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.

May 8, Full Committee, to hold closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.

Special Committee on Aging: May 7, to hold hearings to examine the fight against cancer, focusing on challenges, progress, and promise, 2:15 p.m., SD–562.

House Committees

Committee on Appropriations, May 7, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, markup on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, FY 2015, 10 a.m., 2358–A Rayburn.

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May 7, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, hearing on United States Assistance to Combat Transnational Crime Budget, 11:30 a.m., 2362–A Rayburn.

May 8, Full Committee, markup on Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill, FY 2015; and Report on the Suballocation of Budget Allocations for FY 2015, 10 a.m., 2359 Rayburn.

Committee on Armed Services, May 7, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 4435, the ``National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015'', 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.

Committee on Education and the Workforce, May 8, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Big Labor on College Campuses: Examining the Consequences of Unionizing Student Athletes'', 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.

Committee on Energy and Commerce, May 7, Subcommittee on Energy and Power, hearing entitled ``The NRC FY 2015 Budget and Policy Issues'', 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.

May 7, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing entitled ``PPACA Enrollment and the Insurance Industry'', 10:15 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

Committee on Financial Services, May 7, Full Committee, markup on the following legislation: H.R. 4200, the ``SBIC Advisers Relief Act''; H.R. 4554, the ``Restricted Securities Relief Act''; H.R. 2629, the ``Fostering Innovation Act''; H.R. 1779, the ``Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act of 2013''; H.R. 2673, the ``Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act''; H.R. 3211, the ``Mortgage Choice Act of 2013''; H.R. 4466, the ``Financial Regulatory Clarity Act of 2014''; H.R. 4521, the ``Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act of 2014''; a resolution to authorize the issuance of subpoenas to the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury for certain documents; legislation regarding the Small Business Freedom and Growth Act; legislation regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise its rules so as to increase the threshold amount for requiring issuers to provide certain disclosures relating to compensatory benefit plans; legislation regarding the Disclosure Modernization and Simplification Act; legislation regarding the Private Placement Improvement Act; and legislation regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise the definition of a well-known seasoned issuer to reduce the worldwide market value threshold under the definition, 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.

May 8, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``The Annual Testimony of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of the International Financial System'', 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.

Committee on Foreign Affairs, May 7, Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, hearing entitled ``Assessing the Biological Weapons Threat: Russia and Beyond'', 2 p.m., 2200 Rayburn.

May 8, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Russia's Destabilization of Ukraine'', 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.

May 8, Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa, hearing entitled ``The Palestinian Authority, Israel and the Peace Process: What's Next?'', 1:45 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.

May 9, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, markup on H.R. 4229, to seek international sanctions against the Government of Venezuela with respect to foreign persons responsible for or complicit in ordering, controlling, or otherwise directing, the commission of serious human rights abuses against citizens of Venezuela, and for other purposes'', 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.

Committee on Homeland Security, May 7, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Preventing Waste, Fraud, Abuse and Mismanagement in Homeland Security--A GAO High-Risk List Review'', 10 a.m., 311 Cannon.

May 8, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, hearing entitled ``Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP): Threat to Critical Infrastructure'', 2 p.m., 311 Cannon.

Committee on the Judiciary, May 7, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 3361, the ``USA FREEDOM Act'', 1 p.m., 2141 Rayburn.

May 8, Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, hearing entitled ``Oversight Hearing on ``Competition in the Video and Broadband Markets: the Proposed Merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable'', 9:30 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.

May 8, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, hearing entitled ``Compulsory Video Licenses of Title 17'', 2 p.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Committee on Natural Resources, May 7, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Keeping the Lights On and Reducing Catastrophic Forest Fire Risk: Proper Management of Electricity Rights of Way on Federal Lands'', 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.

May 7, Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, hearing on H.R. 409, the ``Indian Trust Asset Reform Act''; and H.R. 4350, the ``Northern Cheyenne Lands Act'', 2 p.m., 1324 Longworth.

May 8, Full Committee, markup on pending legislation, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, May 7, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Is EPA Leadership Obstructing Its Own Inspector General?'', 9:30 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.

May 7, Full Committee, markup on the Administration's Postal Reform Act of 2014, 2 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.

May 8, Subcommittee on Government Operations, hearing entitled ``Mixed Signals: the Administration's Policy on Marijuana, Part Three'', 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.

Committee on Rules, May 7, Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 10, the ``Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act'', 3 p.m., H–313 Capitol.

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, May 8, Full Committee, markup on S. 1254, the ``Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2013'' 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.

May 9, Subcommittee on Space, hearing entitled ``Space Traffic Management: How to Prevent a Real Life ``Gravity'', 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.

Committee on Small Business, May 7, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Military to Entrepreneurship: Private Sector Initiatives to Help Veterans Pursue Business Opportunities'', 1 p.m., 2360 Rayburn.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs, May 8, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, hearing entitled ``Defining and Improving Success for Student Veterans'', 10 a.m., 334 Cannon.

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Committee on Ways and Means, May 7, Subcommittee on Oversight, hearing on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the 2014 tax return filing season, 10:30 a.m., 1100 Longworth.

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, May 8, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 4291, the ``FISA Transparency and Modernization Act'', 10 a.m., 304–HVC. A portion of this markup may close.

Joint Meetings

Joint Economic Committee: May 7, to hold hearings to examine the economic outlook, 10 a.m., SH–216.

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: May 6, to receive a briefing on Georgia 2008, and Ukraine 2014, focusing on if Moldova is next, and to examine Russia's intentions with regard to Transnistria and Moldova, 12 noon, CVC–268.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

10 a.m., Tuesday, May 6

Senate Chamber

Program for Tuesday: At 11 a.m., Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 2262, Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.

(Senate will recess at 12:30 p.m. subject to the call of the chair for their respective party conferences. The official photograph of the 113th Congress will be at 2:15 p.m.)

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

12 noon, Tuesday, May 6

House Chamber

Program for Tuesday: To be announced.







 

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