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March 14, 2013

Record Digest - Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Congressional Record: House of Representatives, Senate

HIGHLIGHTS




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Senate


Chamber Action


Routine Proceedings, pages S1717-S1826
Measures Introduced: Eighteen bills and three resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 542-559, S.J. Res. 11, S. Res. 76, and S. Con. Res. 7.
Page S1784-86

Measures Reported:

Special Report entitled ``Further Revised Allocation to Subcommittees of Budget Totals for Fiscal Year 2013''. (S. Rept. No. 113-3)
Page S1785

Measures Passed:

Senator Daniel K. Inouye Room: Senate agreed to S. Res. 76, designating room S-126 of the United States Capitol as the ``Senator Daniel K. Inouye Room'' in recognition of his service to the Senate and the people of the United States.
Pages S1825-26

Measures Considered:

Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act--Agreement: Senate began consideration of H.R. 933, making appropriations for the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other departments and agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S1718-19, S1719-82

Adopted:
McCain Amendment No. 33 (to Amendment No. 26), to strike certain authorities relating to the use for grants of funds of the Office of Economic Assistance of the Department of Defense. (By 48 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 35), Senate earlier failed to table the amendment.)
Pages S1768-73

Rejected:
By 45 yeas to 52 nays (Vote No. 34), Cruz Amendment No. 30 (to Amendment No. 26), to prohibit the use of funds to carry out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Pages S1724-41

Pending:
Reid (for Mikulski/Shelby) Modified Amendment No. 26, in the nature of a substitute.
Page S1719

Harkin/Cardin Amendment No. 53 (to Amendment No. 26), of a perfecting nature.
Pages S1741-68

Inhofe Amendment No. 29 (to Amendment No. 26), to prohibit the expenditure of Federal funds to enforce the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure rule of the Environmental Protection Agency against farmers.
Pages S1773-82

A motion was entered to close further debate on Reid (for Mikulski/Shelby) Modified Amendment No. 26, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Friday, March 15, 2013.
Page S1782

A motion was entered to close further debate on the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of Reid (for Mikulski/Shelby) Modified Amendment No. 26.
Page S1782

Subsequently, the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill was withdrawn.
Page S1720

A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Thursday, March 14, 2013; that there be up to one hour of debate, equally divided in the usual form on Harkin/Cardin Amendment No. 53 (to Amendment No. 26) (listed above); that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on or in relation to Harkin/Cardin Amendment No. 53 (to Amendment No. 26); that there be no amendments in order to the amendment prior to the vote; and the amendment be subject to a 60 affirmative vote threshold.
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Appointments:

Congressional Advisers on Trade Policy, Trade Agreements, and Negotiations: The Chair, in accordance with Public Law 93-618, as amended by Public Law 100-418, on behalf of the President pro tempore and upon the recommendation of the Chairman of the Committee on Finance, appointed the following Members of the Finance Committee as congressional advisers on trade policy and negotiations to International conferences, meetings and negotiation sessions relating to trade agreements: Senator Baucus, Senator Rockefeller, Senator Wyden, Senator Hatch, Senator Grassley.
Page S1826

Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

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James J. Jones, of the District of Columbia, to be Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Kenneth J. Kopocis, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Deborah Kay Jones, of New Mexico, to be Ambassador to Libya.
James Knight, of Alabama, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Chad.
Stephen Crawford, of Maryland, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for the remainder of the term expiring December 8, 2015.
Olga Viso, of Minnesota, to be a Member of the National Council on the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2018.
Page S1826

Nomination Withdrawn: Senate received notification of withdrawal of the following nomination:
Elissa F. Cadish, of Nevada, to be United States District Judge for the District of Nevada, which was sent to the Senate on January 4, 2013.
Page S1826

Messages from the House:
Page S1784

Measures Referred:
Page S1784

Measures Read the First Time:
Page S1784

Executive Communications:
Pages S1784-85

Additional Cosponsors:
Page S1786

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S1787-94

Additional Statements:
Pages S1783-84

Amendments Submitted:
Pages S1794-S1825

Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
Page S1825

Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Page S1825

Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--35)
Pages S1741, S1773

Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 7:43 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S1826.)

Committee Meetings


(Committees not listed did not meet)
SEXUAL ASSAULTS IN THE MILITARY

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Personnel concluded a hearing to examine sexual assaults in the military, after receiving testimony from Senator Boxer; Robert S. Taylor, Acting General Counsel, Lieutenant General Dana K. Chipman, JAGC, USA, Judge Advocate General of the United States Army, Vice Admiral Nanette M. DeRenzi, JAGC, USN, Judge Advocate General of the United States Navy, Lieutenant General Richard C. Harding, JAGC, USAF, Judge Advocate General of the United States Air Force, Major General Vaughn A. Ary, USMC, Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Major General Gary S. Patton, USA, Director, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, all of the Department of Defense; Rear Admiral Frederick J. Kenney, Jr., USCG, Judge Advocate General of the United States Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security; Anu Bhagwati, Service Women's Action Network, and Rebekah Havrilla, former Sergeant, United States Army, both of New York, New York; former Specialist Bri Gette McCoy, United States Army, Atlanta, Georgia; and Brian K. Lewis, former Petty Officer Third Class, United States Navy, Baltimore, Maryland, on behalf of Protect Our Defenders.
BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on the Budget: Committee began consideration of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2014, but did not complete action thereon, and recessed subject to the call and will meet again on Thursday, March 14, 2013.
STRATEGIC COUNTERTERRORISM

Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a closed hearing to examine strategic counterterrorism, focusing on meeting current and emerging challenges, after receiving testimony from Wendy R. Sherman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; and Matthew G. Olsen, Director, National Counterterrorism Center.
COSTS AND IMPACTS OF CRISIS BUDGETING

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the costs and impacts of crisis budgeting, after receiving D189testimony from Philip G. Joyce, University of Maryland School of Public Policy, College Park; Scott D. Pattison, National Association of State Budget Officers, and Colleen M. Kelley, National Treasury Employees Union, both of Washington, D.C.; and Stan Soloway, Professional Services Council, Arlington, Virginia.

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OPEN GOVERNMENT ACT FIVE YEARS LATER

Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine fulfilling the promise of open government five years after the ``OPEN Government Act'', after receiving testimony from Melanie Ann Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy, Department of Justice; Miriam Nisbet, Director of the Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration; Sean Moulton, Center for Effective Government, and Thomas Blanton, George Washington University National Security Archive, both of Washington, D.C.; and Kevin M. Goldberg, Fletcher, Heald and Hildreth, PLC, Arlington, Virginia, on behalf of the American Society of News Editors and the Sunshine in Government Initiative.
VETERANS' AFFAIRS CLAIMS PROCESS

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine Veterans' Affairs (VA) claims process, focusing on a review of Veterans' Affairs transformation efforts, including persisting challenges to timely processing, after receiving testimony from Allison A. Hickey, Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Benefits, Veterans Benefits Administration; Daniel Bertoni, Director, Education, Workforce, and Income Security, Government Accountability Office; and Joseph Thompson, National Academy of Public Administration, Barton F. Stichman, National Veterans Legal Services Program, and Joseph A. Violante, Disabled American Veterans, all of Washington, D.C.
JAMAICAN PHONE FRAUD

Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine Jamaican phone fraud targeting seniors, after receiving testimony from Shawn Tiller, Deputy Chief Postal Inspector, United States Postal Inspection Service; Vance Callender, Operations Chief, Homeland Security Investigations, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security; William L. King, Jr., Chief Deputy, York County Sheriff's Office, Alfred, Maine; Robert Romasco, and Doug Shadel, both of AARP, Washington, D.C.; Phil Hopkins, The Western Union Company, Englewood, Colorado; Kim Nichols, Hermon, Maine; and Sonia Ellis, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

House of Representatives


Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 44 public bills, H.R. 1104-1147; and 5 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 23; and H. Res. 112, 114-116, were introduced.
Pages H1394-96

Additional Cosponsors:
Pages H1398-99

Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
H. Res. 113, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 803) to reform and strengthen the workforce investment system of the Nation to put Americans back to work and make the United States more competitive in the 21st century (H. Rept. 113-16).
Page H1394

Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Bentivolio to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Page H1361

Recess: The House recessed at 10:24 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Page H1363

Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a yea-and-nay vote of 295 yeas to 120 nays with 1 answering ``present'', Roll No. 66.
Pages H1363-64, H1372-73

Recess: The House recessed at 12:57 p.m. and reconvened at 2:55 p.m.
Page H1371

Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act of 2013: The House passed H.R. 890, to prohibit waivers relating to compliance with the work requirements for the program of block grants to States for temporary assistance for needy families, by a recorded vote of 246 ayes to 181 noes, Roll No. 68.
Page H1373

Rejected the Enyart motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Ways and Means with instructions to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 199 yeas to 230 nays, Roll No. 67.
Pages H1382-84


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Pursuant to the rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113-3 shall be considered as adopted.
Page H1373

H. Res. 107, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was agreed to by a recorded vote of 233 ayes to 194 noes, Roll No. 65, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 233 yeas to 195 nays, Roll No. 64.
Pages H1365-71, H1371-72

Motion to Adjourn: Rejected the McGovern motion to adjourn by a recorded vote of 1 aye to 421 noes, Roll No. 69.
Pages H1384-85

Senate Message: Message received from the Senate by the Clerk and subsequently presented to the House today appears on page H1365.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes and three recorded votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H1371-72, H1372, H1372-73, H1383-84, H1384, and H1384-85. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:24 p.m.

Committee Meetings


NATIONAL FOREST MANAGEMENT AND ITS IMPACTS ON RURAL ECONOMIES AND COMMUNITIES

Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry held a hearing on National Forest Management and its Impacts on Rural Economies and Communities. Testimony was heard from Tom Tidwell, Chief, Forest Service, Department of Agriculture.
APPROPRIATIONS--EPA AND WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING OVERSIGHT

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies held a hearing on Water Infrastructure Financing Oversight. Testimony was heard from Mike Shapiro, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water; and Alfredo Gomez, Director of Natural Resources, Government Accountability Office.
APPROPRIATIONS--USDA

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies held a hearing on USDA Food and Nutrition Service Oversight. Testimony was heard from Elizabeth Hagen, Under Secretary for Food Safety, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Department of Agriculture; and Alfred V. Almanza, Administrator, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Department of Agriculture.
APPROPRIATIONS--FEMA

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Homeland Security held a hearing on FEMA Hurricane Sandy Funding Oversight. Testimony was heard from Craig Fugate, Administrator, FEMA.
APPROPRIATIONS--PUBLIC AND OUTSIDE WITNESSES

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies held a hearing for Public and Outside Witnesses. Testimony was heard from public and outside witnesses.
APPROPRIATIONS--NASA

Committee on Appropriations: Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies held a hearing on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Oversight. Testimony was heard from Paul K. Martin, Inspector General, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
APPROPRIATIONS--SYRIA

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, and Related Programs held a hearing on Syria Oversight. Testimony was heard from Robert S. Ford, Ambassador. This was a closed hearing.
APPROPRIATIONS--U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development held a hearing on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Implementation. Testimony was heard from Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works; Major General Michael Walsh, Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations; and Colonel Kent Savre, North Atlantic Division Commander.
APPROPRIATIONS--MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, VETERANS AFFAIRS, AND RELATED AGENCIES

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing on related agencies. Testimony was heard from Max Cleland, American Battle Monuments Commission; Kathryn A. Condon, Executive Director, Army National Cemeteries; Bruce Kasold, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeal for Veterans Claims; and Steve McManus, Chief Operating Officer, Armed Forces Retirement Home.

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IMPACT OF THE CONTINUING RESOLUTION ON THE MILITARY

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Military Personnel held a hearing on the Impact of the Continuing Resolution, Sequestration, and Declining Operations and Maintenance Budgets on Military Personnel and Family Related Programs. Testimony was heard from Lieutenant General Howard B. Bromberg, USA, Deputy Chief of Staff G-1, U.S. Army; Lieutenant General Darrell D. Jones, USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, U.S. Air Force; Lieutenant General Robert E. Milstead, USMC, Deputy Commandant, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, U.S. Marine Corps; Vice Admiral Scott R. Van Buskirk, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education, U.S. Navy; Jonathan Woodson, Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs, Department of Defense; and Jessica Wright, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense.
MODERNIZATION AND POLICY ISSUES TO SUPPORT THE FUTURE FORCE

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing entitled ``Information Technology and Cyber Operations: Modernization and Policy Issues to Support the Future Force''. Testimony was heard from General Keith Alexander, Commander, United States Cyber Command; Elizabeth McGrath, Deputy Chief Management Officer, Department of Defense; and Teri Takai, Chief Information Officer, Department of Defense.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE

Committee on the Budget: Full Committee began markup on the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2014.
KEEPING COLLEGE WITHIN REACH

Committee on Education and the Workforce: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Keeping College Within Reach: Examining Opportunities to Strengthen Federal Student Loan Programs''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
DOE MANAGEMENT AND OVERSIGHT OF ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS COMPLEX

Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled ``DOE Management and Oversight of Its Nuclear Weapons Complex: Lessons of the Y-12 Security Failure''. Testimony was heard from Sandra E. Finan, Brigadier General, USAF, Commander, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center and Former Acting Chief of Defense Nuclear Security, NNSA; Daniel B. Poneman, Deputy Secretary, Department of Energy; and David C. Trimble, Director, Natural Resources and Environment Team, Government Accountability Office; and public witnesses.
OBAMACARE'S IMPACT ON JOBS

Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled ``Obamacare's Impact on Jobs''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
MORTGAGE INSURANCE: COMPARING PRIVATE SECTOR AND GOVERNMENT-SUBSIDIZED APPROACHES

Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance held a hearing entitled ``Mortgage Insurance: Comparing Private Sector and Government-Subsidized Approaches''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
REBALANCE TO ASIA: WHY SOUTH ASIA MATTERS

Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific held a hearing entitled ``The Rebalance to Asia: Why South Asia Matters'' (Part II). Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
DHS CYBERSECURITY: ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES TO PROTECT THE NATION'S CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Committee on Homeland Security: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``DHS Cybersecurity: Roles and Responsibilities to Protect the Nation's Critical Infrastructure''. Testimony was heard from Jane Holl Lute, Deputy Secretary, Department of Homeland Security; and public witnesses.
EXAMINATION OF LITIGATION ABUSES

Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing entitled ``Examination of Litigation Abuses''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
INVESTIGATING AND PROSECUTING 21ST CENTURY CYBER THREATS

Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Investigating and Prosecuting 21st Century Cyber Threats''. Testimony was heard from Jenny Durkan, Department of Justice; John Boles, Federal Bureau of Investigation; and public witnesses.
FURTHERING ASBESTOS CLAIM TRANSPARENCY

Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law held a hearing entitled ``Furthering Asbestos Claim D192Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

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REAUTHORIZATION OF THE MAGNUSON-STEVENS FISHERY CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT ACT

Committee on Natural Resources: Full Committee held a hearing on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Testimony was heard from Sam Rauch, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce; and public witnesses.
ADDRESSING TRANSPARENCY IN THE FEDERAL BUREAUCRACY: MOVING TOWARD A MORE OPEN GOVERNMENT

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Addressing Transparency in the Federal Bureaucracy: Moving Toward A More Open Government''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
SUPPORTING KNOWLEDGE AND INVESTING IN LIFELONG SKILLS ACT

Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 803, the ``Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act''. The Committee granted, by voice vote, a structured rule for H.R. 803. The rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule makes in order as original text for purpose of amendment an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113-4 and provides that it shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute. The rule makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report. Each such amendment may be offered only in the orde r printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. The rule waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Testimony was heard from Chairman Kline; and Representatives Hinojosa, Tierney, and Garrett.
STEM EDUCATION: INDUSTRY AND PHILANTHROPIC INITIATIVES

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Research held a hearing entitled ``STEM Education: Industry and Philanthropic Initiatives''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
FEDERAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing entitled ``Federal Financial Support for Energy Technologies: Assessing Costs and Benefits''. Testimony was heard from Terry Dinan, Senior Analyst, Congressional Budget Office; and public witnesses.
FBI HEADQUARTERS CONSOLIDATION

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a hearing entitled ``FBI Headquarters Consolidation''. Testimony was heard from Representatives Hoyer, Wolf, Moran, Connolly, Edwards; Dorothy Robyn, Commissioner, Public Buildings Service, General Services Administration; and Kevin L. Perkins, Associate Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation.
MEETING PATIENT CARE NEEDS AND VALUE OF VA PHYSICIAN STAFFING STANDARDS

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled ``Meeting Patient Care Needs: Measuring the Value of VA Physician Staffing Standards''. Testimony was heard from Linda A. Halliday, Assistant Inspector General for Audits and Evaluations, Office of the Inspector General, Department of Veterans Affairs; Larry Reinkemeyer, Director, Kansas City Audit Operations Division Office of the Inspector General, Department of Veterans Affairs; Madhulika Agarwal, M.D., Deputy Under Secretary for Health Policy and Services, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; Jeffrey A. Murawsky, M.D., Director, Great Lakes Health Care System (VISN 12), Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs.
GULF WAR: THE KIND OF CARE VETERANS ARE RECEIVING 20 YEARS LATER

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing entitled ``Gulf War: What Kind of Care are Veterans Receiving 20 Years Later?'' Testimony was heard from Victoria Davey, Chief Officer, Office of Public Health D193and Environmental Hazards Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses.

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UNITED STATES-INDIA TRADE RELATIONS: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Trade held a hearing entitled ``U.S.-India Trade Relations: Opportunities and Challenges''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

Joint Meetings


No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,


MARCH 14, 2013


(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


Senate

Committee on the Budget: business meeting to continue consideration of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2014, 9 a.m., SD-608.
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: business meeting to consider S. 23, to designate as wilderness certain land and inland water within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in the State of Michigan, S. 25, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal features of the electric distribution system to the South Utah Valley Electric Service District, S. 26, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to facilitate the development of hydroelectric power on the Diamond Fork System of the Central Utah Project, S. 112, to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the State of Washington, to designate the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and Pratt River as wild and scenic rivers, S. 130 , to require the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land to the Powell Recreation District in the State of Wyoming S. 157, to provide for certain improvements to the Denali National Park and Preserve in the State of Alaska, S. 222, to amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to clarify that uncertified States and Indian tribes have the authority to use certain payments for certain noncoal reclamation projects and acid mine remediation programs, S. 230, to authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, S. 241, to establish the Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area in the State of New Mexico, S. 244, to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to modify the Pilot Project offices of the Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project, S. 247, to establish the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, New York, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties, Maryland, S. 276, to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the American Falls Reservoir, S. 304, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey to the State of Mississippi 2 parcels of surplus land within the boundary of the Natchez Trace Parkway, S. 311, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating sites in the Lower Mississippi River Area in the State of Louisiana as a unit of the National Park System, S. 347, to establish the First State National Historical Park in the State of Delaware, S. 352, to provide for the designation of the Devil's Staircase Wilderness Area in the State of Oregon, to designate segments of Wasson and Franklin Creeks in the State of Oregon as wild rivers, S. 354, to modify the boundary of the Oregon Caves National Monument, S. 383, to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate a segment of Illabot Creek in Skagit County, Washington, as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, S. 393, to designate additional segments and tributaries of White Clay Creek, in the States of Delaware and Pennsylvania, as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and S. 459, to modify the boundary of the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in the State of South Dakota, 10 a.m., SD-366.
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold hearings to examine keeping up with a changing economy, focusing on indexing the minimum wage, 10 a.m., SD-430.
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: to hold hearings to examine border security, focusing on measuring progress and addressing challenges, 10 a.m., SD-342.
Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider S. 150, to regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and the nominations of Jane Kelly, of Iowa, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit, and Kenneth John Gonzales, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico, 10 a.m., SD-226.
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: to hold hearings to examine helping small businesses weather economic challenges and natural disasters, focusing on a review of legislative proposals on access to capital and disaster recovery, 10:30 a.m., SR-428A.
Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold closed hearings to examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH-219.

House

Committee on Agriculture, Full Committee, hearing on Examining Legislative Improvements to Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act, 10 a.m., 1300 Longworth.
Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, hearing for Public and Outside Witnesses, 9:30 a.m., HC-5 Capitol.
Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, hearing on USDA Food and Nutrition Service, 10 a.m., 2362-A Rayburn.
Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, hearing on Department of Energy FY 2014 Budget Applied Energy Funding, 10 a.m., 2362-B Rayburn.

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Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, hearing on the Department of Justice Oversight, 10 a.m., H-309 Capitol.
Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, hearing on Supreme Court of the United States Oversight, 10 a.m., 2359 Rayburn.
Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, hearing on Management Issues at Department of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, 10 a.m., B-308 Rayburn.
Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, hearing on Social Security Administration's Management Challenges in a Fiscally Constrained Environment, 10 a.m., 2358-C Rayburn.
Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Homeland Security, hearing on Immigration Enforcement Oversight, 10 a.m., 2358-A Rayburn.
Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Readiness, hearing entitled ``Is Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Appropriate at this Time?'', 3:30 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.
Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, hearing entitled ``Examining the Role of Lower-Skilled Guest Worker Programs in Today's Economy'', 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.
Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, hearing entitled ``The Chemical Facilities Anti-terrorism Standards (CFATS) Program: A Progress Update'', 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, hearing entitled ``Oversight of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and Emergency Communications'', 10:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing entitled ``Who is Too Big to Fail? GAO's Assessment of the Financial Stability Oversight Council and the Office of Financial Research'', 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, hearing entitled ``U.S. Energy Security: Enhancing Partnerships with Mexico and Canada'', 9:30 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Transportation Security, hearing entitled ``TSA's Efforts to Advance Risk-Based Security'', 3 p.m., 311 Cannon.
Committee on House Administration, Full Committee, markup on the Omnibus Committee Funding Resolution; and hearing on Committee Resolution for Franked Mail Allowances for Certain Committees; and Disposition of Election Contest in the 28th District of Texas, 3 p.m., 1301 Longworth.
Committee on the Judiciary, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 1067, to enact title 36, United States Code, ``Patriotic and National Observances, Ceremonies, and Organizations'', as positive law; H.R. 1068 to enact title 54, United States Code, ``National Park System'', as positive law; H.R. 258, the ``Stolen Valor Act of 2013''; and, H.R. 1073, the ``Nuclear Terrorism Conventions Implementation and Safety of Maritime Navigation Act of 2013'', 10 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, hearing entitled ``Abusive Patent Litigation, The Impact on American Innovation and Jobs, and Potential Solutions'', 11:30 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, hearing entitled ``The Separation of Nuclear Families under U.S. Immigration Law'', 1:30 p.m., 2237 Rayburn.
Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, hearing entitled ``America's Onshore Energy Resources, Creating Jobs, Securing America, and Lowering Prices'', 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environment Regulation, hearing on H.R. 588, the ``Vietnam Veterans Donor Acknowledgment Act of 2013''; H.R. 716, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land to the city of Vancouver, Washington, and for other purposes; and H.R. 819, the ``Preserving Access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area Act'', 10 a.m., 1334 Longworth.
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Oversight, hearing entitled ``Top Challenges For Science Agencies, Reports from the Inspectors General--Part 2'', 12:30 p.m., 2318 Rayburn.
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Full Committee, markup on H.R. 756, the ``Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2013''; and H.R. 967, the ``Advancing America's Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Act of 2013'', 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations, hearing entitled ``Regulating the Regulators-Reducing Burdens on Small Business'', 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, hearing entitled ``Implementing MAP-21, Progress Report from DOT Modal Administrators'', 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, hearing entitled ``Lowering the Rate of Unemployment for the National Guard and Reserve, Are We Making Progress?'', 10 a.m., 334 Cannon.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing entitled ``Waiting for Care, Examining Patient Wait Times at VA'', 1:30 p.m., 334 Cannon.
Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee Social Security, hearing entitled ``Financing Challenges Facing the Social Security Disability Insurance Program'', 10 a.m., B-318 Rayburn.
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Full Committee, business meeting on Member Access request, 9:30 a.m., HVC-304. Portions of this meeting may be closed.

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House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Ongoing Intelligence Activities'', 10 a.m., HVC-304. This is a closed hearing.

Joint Meetings

Joint Economic Committee: to hold hearings to examine solving the Federal debt crisis, 9:30 a.m., SD-G50.
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Resume of Congressional Activity


The first table gives a comprehensive resume of all legislative business transacted by the Senate and House.


The second table accounts for all nominations submitted to the Senate by the President for Senate confirmation.


    DATA ON LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY

January 3, 2012 through January 3, 2013


House: Days in session
Total: 153
153

..

House: Time in session
Total: 930 hrs., 12 Total: K
726 hrs., 12
K

..

Senate: Congressional Record:








































































































































Pages of proceedings

Total: 8,668
7,589

..

Extensions of Remarks

Total: ..
2,043

..

House: Public bills enacted into law
Total: 54
139

193

House: Private bills enacted into law
Total: 1
..

..

House: Bills in conference
Total: ..
..

..

House: Measures passed, total
Total: 479
479

958

Senate bills

Total: 86
55

..

House bills

Total: 139
301

..

Senate joint resolutions

Total: 3
2

..

House joint resolutions

Total: 2
4

..

Senate concurrent resolutions

Total: 15
13

..

House concurrent resolutions

Total: 13
18

..

Simple resolutions

Total: 221
86

..

House: Measures reported, total
Total: *224
*335

559

Senate bills

Total: 172
13

..

House bills

Total: 31
267

..

Senate joint resolutions

Total: 1
..

..

House joint resolutions

Total: ..
1

..

Senate concurrent resolutions

Total: 1
..

..

House concurrent resolutions

Total: ..
2

..

Simple resolutions

Total: 19
52

..

House: Special reports
Total: 8
53

..

House: Conference reports
Total: 4
4

..

House: Measures pending on calendar
Total: 391
119

..

House: Measures introduced, total
Total: 2,014
3,381

5,395

Bills

Total: 1,685
2,967

..

Joint resolutions

Total: 18
25

..

Concurrent resolutions

Total: 32
52

..

Simple resolutions

Total: 279
337

..

House: Quorum calls
Total: ..
1

..

House: Yea-and-nay votes
Total: 251
246

..

House: Recorded votes
Total: ..
**412

..

House: Bills vetoed
Total: ..
..

..

House: Vetoes overridden
Total: ..
..

..

    DISPOSITION OF EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS

January 3, 2012 through January 3, 2013


Civilian Nominations, totaling 433 (including 188 nominations carried over from the First Session), disposed of as follows:

Confirmed


294


Withdrawn


16


Returned to White House


123

Other Civilian Nominations, totaling 4,941 (including 167 nominations carried over from the First Session), disposed of as follows:

Confirmed


4,931


Withdrawn


3


Returned to White House


7

Air Force Nominations, totaling 6,593 (including 295 nominations carried over from the First Session), disposed of as follows:

Confirmed


6,582


Withdrawn


1


Returned to White House


10

Army Nominations, totaling 7,316 (including 16 nominations carried over from the First Session), disposed of as follows:

Confirmed


7,304


Withdrawn


1


Returned to White House


11

Navy Nominations, totaling 3,873 (including 1 nomination carried over from the First Session), disposed of as follows:

Confirmed


3,871


Returned to White House


2

Marine Corps Nominations, totaling 1,314, disposed of as follows:

Confirmed


1,314


Summary


Total Nominations carried over from the First Session


667


Total Nominations Received this Session


23,803


Total Confirmed


24,296


Total Unconfirmed


0


Total Withdrawn


21


Total Returned to the White House


153

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(112th Cong., 2D Sess.)


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BILLS ENACTED INTO PUBLIC LAW (112TH, 2D SESSION)


Law No.
Senate: S. 270


Senate: S. 271
Senate: S. 292
Senate: S. 300
Senate: S. 363
Senate: S. 404
Senate: S. 679
Senate: S. 684
Senate: S. 710
Senate: S. 739
Senate: S. 743
Senate: S. 925
Senate: S. 997
Senate: S. 1134
Senate: S. 1302
Senate: S. 1335
Senate: S. 1379
Senate: S. 1710
Senate: S. 1956
Senate: S. 1959
Senate: S. 1998
Senate: S. 2009
Senate: S. 2038
Senate: S. 2061
Senate: S. 2165
Senate: S. 2170
Senate: S. 2318
Senate: S. 2367
Senate: S. 3187
Senate: S. 3193
Senate: S. 3202
Senate: S. 3245
Senate: S. 3261
Senate: S. 3311
Senate: S. 3315
Senate: S. 3331
Senate: S. 3363
Senate: S. 3454
Senate: S. 3472
Senate: S. 3486
Senate: S. 3510
Senate: S. 3542
Senate: S. 3552
Senate: S. 3564
Senate: S. 3624
Senate: S. 3625
Senate: S. 3630
Senate: S. 3642
Senate: S. 3662
Senate: S. 3666
Senate: S. 3677
Senate: S. 3687
Senate: S.J. Res. 44
Senate: S.J. Res. 49
Senate: H.R. 8
Senate: H.R. 33
Senate: H.R. 205
Senate: H.R. 298
Senate: H.R. 347
Senate: H.R. 443
Senate: H.R. 473
Senate: H.R. 588
Senate: H.R. 658
Senate: H.R. 886
Senate: H.R. 915
Senate: H.R. 1162
Senate: H.R. 1272
Senate: H.R. 1339
Senate: H.R. 1369
Senate: H.R. 1402
Senate: H.R. 1423
Senate: H.R. 1464
Senate: H.R. 1560
Senate: H.R. 1627
Senate: H.R. 1791
Senate: H.R. 1845
Senate: H.R. 1905
Senate: H.R. 2072
Senate: H.R. 2076
Senate: H.R. 2079
Senate: H.R. 2139
Senate: H.R. 2213
Senate: H.R. 2240
Senate: H.R. 2244
Senate: H.R. 2297
Senate: H.R. 2338
Senate: H.R. 2415
Senate: H.R. 2453
Senate: H.R. 2467
Senate: H.R. 2527
Senate: H.R. 2606
Senate: H.R. 2660
Senate: H.R. 2668
Senate: H.R. 2706
Senate: H.R. 2767
Senate: H.R. 2838
Senate: H.R. 2947
Senate: H.R. 3001
Senate: H.R. 3004
Senate: H.R. 3187
Senate: H.R. 3220
Senate: H.R. 3237
Senate: H.R. 3246
Senate: H.R. 3247
Senate: H.R. 3248
Senate: H.R. 3263
Senate: H.R. 3276
Senate: H.R. 3319
Senate: H.R. 3412
Senate: H.R. 3413
Senate: H.R. 3477
Senate: H.R. 3501
Senate: H.R. 3556
Senate: H.R. 3606
Senate: H.R. 3630
Senate: H.R. 3641
Senate: H.R. 3670
Senate: H.R. 3772
Senate: H.R. 3783
Senate: H.R. 3800
Senate: H.R. 3801
Senate: H.R. 3869
Senate: H.R. 3870
Senate: H.R. 3892
Senate: H.R. 3902
Senate: H.R. 3912
Senate: H.R. 3992
Senate: H.R. 4014
Senate: H.R. 4045
Senate: H.R. 4053
Senate: H.R. 4057
Senate: H.R. 4073
Senate: H.R. 4097
Senate: H.R. 4105
Senate: H.R. 4114
Senate: H.R. 4119
Senate: H.R. 4155
Senate: H.R. 4158
Senate: H.R. 4212
Senate: H.R. 4223
Senate: H.R. 4240
Senate: H.R. 4281
Senate: H.R. 4310
Senate: H.R. 4347
Senate: H.R. 4348
Senate: H.R. 4365
Senate: H.R. 4367
Senate: H.R. 4389
Senate: H.R. 4606
Senate: H.R. 4849
Senate: H.R. 4967
Senate: H.R. 5512
Senate: H.R. 5738
Senate: H.R. 5740
Senate: H.R. 5837
Senate: H.R. 5859
Senate: H.R. 5872
Senate: H.R. 5883
Senate: H.R. 5890
Senate: H.R. 5949
Senate: H.R. 5954
Senate: H.R. 5986
Senate: H.R. 6014
Senate: H.R. 6029
Senate: H.R. 6060
Senate: H.R. 6063
Senate: H.R. 6064
Senate: H.R. 6116
Senate: H.R. 6118
Senate: H.R. 6131
Senate: H.R. 6156
Senate: H.R. 6189
Senate: H.R. 6215
Senate: H.R. 6223
Senate: H.R. 6260
Senate: H.R. 6328
Senate: H.R. 6336
Senate: H.R. 6364
Senate: H.R. 6375
Senate: H.R. 6379
Senate: H.R. 6431
Senate: H.R. 6433
Senate: H.R. 6570
Senate: H.R. 6582
Senate: H.R. 6586
Senate: H.R. 6587
Senate: H.R. 6620
Senate: H.R. 6621
Senate: H.R. 6634
Senate: H.R. 6655
Senate: H.R. 6671
Senate: H.J. Res. 117
Senate: H.J. Res. 122

BILLS VETOED


To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend authorizations for the airport improvement program, and for other purposes


To amend the SOAR Act by clarifying the scope of coverage of the Act


To amend the Tariff Act of 1930 to clarify the definition of aircraft and the offenses penalized under the aviation smuggling provisions under that Act, and for other purposes


To redesignate the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge as the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge


To amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 2011 through 2014, to streamline programs, create efficiencies, reduce waste, and improve aviation safety and capacity, to provide stable funding for the national aviation system, and for other purposes


To provide incentives for the creation of jobs, and for other purposes


To provide the Quileute Indian Tribe Tsunami and Flood Protection, and for other purposes


To correct and simplify the drafting of section 1752 (relating to restricted buildings or grounds) of title 18, United States Code


To apply the countervailing duty provisions of the Tariff Act of 1930 to nonmarket economy countries, and for other purposes


To authorize the St. Croix River Crossing Project with appropriate mitigation measures to promote river values


To designate the United States courthouse located at 222 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska, as the James M. Fitzgerald United States Courthouse


To provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a multiyear law reauthorizing such programs


To provide for the conveyance of approximately 140 acres of land in the Ouachita National Forest in Oklahoma to the Indian Nations Council, Inc., of the Boy Scouts of America, and for other purposes


To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the Nation's first Federal law enforcement agency, the United States Marshals Service


To prohibit Members of Congress and employees of Congress from using nonpublic information derived from their official positions for personal benefit, and for other purposes


To increase American job creation and economic growth by improving access to the public capital markets for emerging growth companies


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 500 East Whitestone Boulevard in Cedar Park, Texas, as the ``Army Specialist Matthew Troy Morris Post Office Building''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 115 4th Avenue Southwest in Ardmore, Oklahoma, as the ``Specialist Micheal E. Phillips Post Office''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 10 Main Street in East Rockaway, New York, as the ``John J. Cook Post Office''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 801 West Eastport Street in Iuka, Mississippi, as the ``Sergeant Jason W. Vaughn Post Office''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 67 Castle Street in Geneva, New York, as the ``Corporal Steven Blaine Riccione Post Office''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 122 North Holderrieth Boulevard in Tomball, Texas, as the ``Tomball Veterans Post Office''


To designate the station of the United States Border Patrol located at 2136 South Naco Highway in Bisbee, Arizona, as the ``Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 8 West Silver Street in Westfield, Massachusetts, as the ``William T. Trant Post Office Building''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 260 California Drive in Yountville, California, as the ``Private First Class Alejandro R. Ruiz Post Office Building''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 15455 Manchester Road in Ballwin, Missouri, as the ``Specialist Peter J. Navarro Post Office Building''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1100 Town and Country Commons in Chesterfield, Missouri, as the ``Lance Corporal Matthew P. Pathenos Post Office Building''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 112 South 5th Street in Saint Charles, Missouri, as the ``Lance Corporal Drew W. Weaver Post Office Building''


To authorize the Administrator of General Services to convey a parcel of real property in Tracy, California, to the City of Tracy


To modify the Department of Defense Program Guidance relating to the award of Post-Deployment/Mobilization Respite Absence administrative absence days to members of the reserve components to exempt any member whose qualified mobilization commenced before October 1, 2011, and continued on or after that date, from the changes to the program guidance that took effect on that date


To prevent the termination of the temporary office of bankruptcy judges in certain judicial districts


To reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States, and for other purposes


To extend the National Flood Insurance Program, and for other purposes


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 11 Dock Street in Pittston, Pennsylvania, as the ``Trooper Joshua D. Miller Post Office Building''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 170 Evergreen Square SW in Pine City, Minnesota, as the ``Master Sergeant Daniel L. Fedder Post Office''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1449 West Avenue in Bronx, New York, as the ``Private Isaac T. Cortes Post Office''


To reduce the trafficking of drugs and to prevent human smuggling across the Southwest Border by deterring the construction and use of border tunnels


To direct the Secretary of the Interior to issue commercial use authorizations to commercial stock operators for operations in designated wilderness within the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and for other purposes


To provide for the release of the reversionary interest held by the United States in certain land conveyed by the United States in 1950 for the establishment of an airport in Cook County, Minnesota


To allow otherwise eligible Israeli nationals to receive E-2 nonimmigrant visas if similarly situated United States nationals are eligible for similar nonimmigrant status in Israel


To amend the John F. Kennedy Center Act to authorize appropriations for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and for other purposes


To allow the Chief of the Forest Service to award certain contracts for large air tankers


To resolve the claims of the Bering Straits Native Corporation and the State of Alaska to land adjacent to Salmon Lake in the State of Alaska and to provide for the conveyance to the Bering Straits Native Corporation of certain other public land in partial satisfaction of the land entitlement of the Corporation under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act


To authorize the Secretary of Commerce to convey property of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the City of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and for other purposes


To make a technical correction in Public Law 112-108


To correct a technical error in Public Law 112-122


To modify a land grant patent issued by the Secretary of the Interior


To provide for the conveyance of certain parcels of land to the town of Alta, Utah


To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to extend a water contract between the United States and the East Bench Irrigation District


To provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a multiyear law reauthorizing such programs


To authorize funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs, and for other purposes


To amend the Securities Act of 1933 to specify when certain securities issued in connection with church plans are treated as exempted securities for purposes of that Act


To promote the development of the Southwest waterfront in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes


To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to revise and extend the user-fee programs for prescription drugs and medical devices, to establish user-fee programs for generic drugs and biosimilars, and for other purposes


To amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to revise the timing of special elections for local office in the District of Columbia


To provide for an exchange of land between the Department of Homeland Security and the South Carolina State Ports Authority


To direct the head of each Federal department and agency to treat relevant military training as sufficient to satisfy training or certification requirements for Federal licenses


To award a Congressional Gold Medal to Raoul Wallenberg, in recognition of his achievements and heroic actions during the Holocaust


To improve the administration of programs in the insular areas, and for other purposes


To enhance strategic cooperation between the United States and Israel, and for other purposes


To amend the Act titled ``An Act to authorize the leasing of restricted Indian lands for public, religious, educational, recreational, residential, business, and other purposes requiring the grant of long-term leases'', approved August 9, 1955, to provide for Indian tribes to enter into certain leases without prior express approval from the Secretary of the Interior, and for other purposes


To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition and celebration of the National Baseball Hall of Fame


To amend title 49, United States Code, to provide rights for pilots, and for other purposes


To amend title 38, United States Code, to furnish hospital care and medical services to veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, while the water was contaminated at Camp Lejeune, to improve the provision of housing assistance to veterans and their families, and for other purposes


To require the President to provide a report detailing the sequester required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 on January 2, 2013


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1021 Pennsylvania Avenue in Hartshorne, Oklahoma, as the ``Warren Lindley Post Office''


To amend the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act to allow the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribe to determine blood quantum requirement for membership in that tribe


To strengthen Iran sanctions laws for the purpose of compelling Iran to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons and other threatening activities, and for other purposes


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2810 East Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa, Florida, as the ``Reverend Abe Brown Post Office Building''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1421 Veterans Memorial Drive in Abbeville, Louisiana, as the ``Sergeant Richard Franklin Abshire Post Office Building''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 125 Kerr Avenue in Rome City, Indiana, as the ``SPC Nicholas Scott Hartge Post Office''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 150 South Union Street in Canton, Mississippi, as the ``First Sergeant Landres Cheeks Post Office Building''


To amend the African Growth and Opportunity Act to extend the third-country fabric program and to add South Sudan to the list of countries eligible for designation under that Act, to make technical corrections to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States relating to the textile and apparel rules of origin for the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement, to approve the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003, and for other purposes


To direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land to Deschutes County, Oregon


To require the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into a property conveyance with the city of Wallowa, Oregon, and for other purposes


To reduce the number of executive positions subject to Senate confirmation


To authorize the Architect of the Capitol to establish battery recharging stations for privately owned vehicles in parking areas under the jurisdiction of the Senate at no net cost to the Federal Government


To require a report on the designation of the Haqqani Network as a foreign terrorist organization and for other purposes


To provide for the use of National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center Commemorative Coin surcharges, and for other purposes


To authorize the Architect of the Capitol to establish battery recharging stations for privately owned vehicles in parking areas under the jurisdiction of the House of Representatives at no net cost to the Federal Government


To require the Transportation Security Administration to comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act


To reauthorize the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004, and for other purposes


To prevent harm to the national security or endangering the military officers and civilian employees to whom internet publication of certain information applies, and for other purposes


To direct the Joint Committee on the Library to accept a statue depicting Frederick Douglass from the District of Columbia and to provide for the permanent display of the statue in Emancipation Hall of the United States Capitol


Making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2013, and for other purposes


To extend by 3 years the authorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Program, the E-Verify Program, the Special Immigrant Nonminister Religious Worker Program, and the Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program


To reauthorize the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act


To change the effective date for the internet publication of certain information to prevent harm to the national security or endangering the military officers and civilian employees to whom the publication requirement applies, and for other purposes


To provide for the use and distribution of the funds awarded to the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, et al, by the United States Court of Federal Claims in Docket Numbers 19 and 188, and for other purposes


To designate the United States courthouse under construction at 101 South United States Route 1 in Fort Pierce, Florida, as the ``Alto Lee Adams, Sr., United States Courthouse''


To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the centennial of the establishment of Lions Clubs International


To authorize the exchange of land or interest in land between Lowell National Historical Park and the city of Lowell in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and for other purposes


To prohibit the sale of billfish


To designate the new United States courthouse in Buffalo, New York, as the ``Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse''


To confirm full ownership rights for certain United States astronauts to artifacts from the astronauts' space missions


To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit theft of medical products, and for other purposes


To designate the United States courthouse located at 709 West 9th Street in Juneau, Alaska, as the ``Robert Boochever United States Courthouse''


To amend title 28, United States Code, to realign divisions within two judicial districts


To eliminate unnecessary reporting requirements for unfunded programs under the Office of Justice Programs


To amend the Trademark Act of 1946 to correct an error in the provisions relating to remedies for dilution


To authorize certain Department of Veterans Affairs major medical facility projects, to amend title 38, United States Code, to extend certain authorities of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes


To provide flexibility with respect to United States support for assistance provided by international financial institutions for Burma, and for other purposes


To make corrections with respect to Food and Drug Administration user fees


To prevent abuse of Government charge cards


To amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a hazardous waste electronic manifest system


To amend section 31311 of title 49, United States Code, to permit States to issue commercial driver's licenses to members of the Armed Forces whose duty station is located in the State


To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to allow the construction and operation of natural gas pipeline facilities in the Gateway National Recreation Area, and for other purposes


To increase, effective as of December 1, 2012, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes


To amend chapter 23 of title 5, United States Code, to clarify the disclosures of information protected from prohibited personnel practices, require a statement in nondisclosure policies, forms, and agreements that such policies, forms, and agreements conform with certain disclosure protections, provide certain authority for the Special Counsel, and for other purposes


To prohibit operators of civil aircraft of the United States from participating in the European Union's emissions trading scheme, and for other purposes


To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of Mark Twain


To amend section 353 of the Public Health Service Act with respect to suspension, revocation, and limitation of laboratory certification


To extend the Undertaking Spam, Spyware, And Fraud Enforcement With Enforcers beyond Borders Act of 2006, and for other purposes


To amend the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to consolidate certain CBO reporting requirements


To establish a Border Enforcement Security Task Force program to enhance border security by fostering coordinated efforts among Federal, State, and local border and law enforcement officials to protect United States border cities and communities from trans-national crime, including violence associated with drug trafficking, arms smuggling, illegal alien trafficking and smuggling, violence, and kidnapping along and across the international borders of the United States, and for other purposes


To amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to child pornography and child exploitation offenses


To change the effective date for the Internet publication of certain financial disclosure forms


To authorize the extension of nondiscriminatory treatment (normal trade relations treatment) to products of the Russian Federation and Moldova and to require reports on the compliance of the Russian Federation with its obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization, and for other purposes


To require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in recognition and celebration of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the March of Dimes Foundation


To allow for innovations and alternative technologies that meet or exceed desired energy efficiency goals, and to make technical corrections to existing Federal energy efficiency laws to allow American manufacturers to remain competitive


To implement the provisions of the Hague Agreement and the Patent Law Treaty


To take certain Federal lands in Mono County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Bridgeport Indian Colony


To authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for fiscal years 2012 through 2015, and for other purposes


To allow the Pascua Yaqui Tribe to determine the requirements for membership in that tribe


To amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act with respect to information provided to the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection


To amend the Electronic Fund Transfer Act to limit the fee disclosure requirement for an automatic teller machine to the screen of that machine


To obtain an unqualified audit opinion, and improve financial accountability and management at the Department of Homeland Security


To authorize the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to modify screening requirements for checked baggage arriving from preclearance airports, and for other purposes


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 133 Hare Road in Crosby, Texas, as the Army First Sergeant David McNerney Post Office Building


To provide for a comprehensive strategy to counter Iran's growing hostile presence and activity in the Western Hemisphere, and for other purposes


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6083 Highway 36 West in Rose Bud, Arkansas, as the ``Nicky `Nick' Daniel Bacon Post Office''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 110 Mastic Road in Mastic Beach, New York, as the ``Brigadier General Nathaniel Woodhull Post Office Building''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 15285 Samohin Drive in Macomb, Michigan, as the ``Lance Cpl. Anthony A. DiLisio Clinton-Macomb Carrier Annex''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 26 East Genesee Street in Baldwinsville, New York, as the ``Corporal Kyle Schneider Post Office Building''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 320 7th Street in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, as the ``Sergeant Leslie H. Sabo, Jr. Post Office Building''


To amend the Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands to provide for direct review by the United States Supreme Court of decisions of the Virgin Islands Supreme Court, and for other purposes


To amend section 1059(e) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 to clarify that a period of employment abroad by the Chief of Mission or United States Armed Forces as a translator, interpreter, or in a security-related position in an executive or managerial capacity is to be counted as a period of residence and physical presence in the United States for purposes of qualifying for naturalization, and for other purposes


Establishing the date for the counting of the electoral votes for President and Vice President cast by the electors in December 2012


To amend title 11, District of Columbia Official Code, to revise certain administrative authorities of the District of Columbia courts, and to authorize the District of Columbia Public Defender Service to provide professional liability insurance for officers and employees of the Service for claims relating to services furnished within the scope of employment with the Service


To amend the provisions of title 5, United States Code, which are commonly referred to as the ``Hatch Act'', to scale back the provision forbidding certain State and local employees from seeking elective office, clarify the application of certain provisions to the District of Columbia, and modify the penalties which may be imposed for certain violations under subchapter III of chapter 73 of that title


To strike the word ``lunatic'' from Federal law, and for other purposes


To make technical corrections to the legal description of certain land to be held in trust for the Barona Band of Mission Indians, and for other purposes


To designate the United States courthouse located at 2601 2nd Avenue North, Billings, Montana, as the ``James F. Battin United States Courthouse''


To repeal or modify certain mandates of the Government Accountability Office


To extend the Public Interest Declassification Act of 2000 until 2014 and for other purposes


To clarify the scope of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996


To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program, to designate certain Federal buildings, and for other purposes


To extend the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 for five years


To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes


Entitled the ``American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012''


To designate the City of Salem, Massachusetts, as the Birthplace of the National Guard of the United States


To provide a demonstration project providing Medicare coverage for in-home administration of intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) and to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act with respect to the application of Medicare secondary payer rules for certain claims


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 600 Florida Avenue in Cocoa, Florida, as the ``Harry T. and Harriette Moore Post Office''


To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to allow the storage and conveyance of nonproject water at the Norman project in Oklahoma, and for other purposes


To establish Pinnacles National Park in the State of California as a unit of the National Park System, and for other purposes


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 600 East Capitol Avenue in Little Rock, Arkansas, as the ``Sidney `Sid' Sanders McMath Post Office Building''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 8771 Auburn Folsom Road in Roseville, California, as the ``Lance Corporal Victor A. Dew Post Office''


To intensify efforts to identify, prevent, and recover payment error, waste, fraud, and abuse within Federal spending


To amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to develop a comprehensive policy to improve outreach and transparency to veterans and members of the Armed Forces through the provision of information on institutions of higher learning, and for other purposes


To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to accept the quitclaim, disclaimer, and relinquishment of a railroad right of way within and adjacent to Pike National Forest in El Paso County, Colorado, originally granted to the Mt. Manitou Park and Incline Railway Company pursuant to the Act of March 3, 1875


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 19 East Merced Street in Fowler, California, as the ``Cecil E. Bolt Post Office''


To repeal an obsolete provision in title 49, United States Code, requiring motor vehicle insurance cost reporting


To authorize the Attorney General to award grants for States to implement DNA arrestee collection processes


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 211 Hope Street in Mountain View, California, as the ``Lieutenant Kenneth M. Ballard Memorial Post Office''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6239 Savannah Highway in Ravenel, South Carolina, as the ``Representative Curtis B. Inabinett, Sr. Post Office''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 225 Simi Village Drive in Simi Valley, California, as the ``Postal Inspector Terry Asbury Post Office Building''


To amend title 18, United States Code, to eliminate certain limitations on the length of Secret Service Protection for former Presidents and for the children of former Presidents


To amend section 2710 of title 18, United States Code, to clarify that a video tape service provider may obtain a consumer's informed, written consent on an ongoing basis and that consent may be obtained through the Internet


To designate Mt. Andrea Lawrence


To amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that deceased veterans with no known next of kin can receive a dignified burial, and for other purposes


To amend the Animal Welfare Act to modify the definition of ``exhibitor''


Providing for the appointment of Barbara Barrett as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution


To provide for the conveyance of certain property from the United States to the Maniilaq Association located in Kotzebue, Alaska


To express the sense of Congress regarding North Korean children and children of one North Korean parent and to require the Department of State regularly to brief appropriate congressional committees on efforts to advocate for and develop a strategy to provide assistance in the best interest of these children


To amend title 28, United States Code, to clarify the statutory authority for the longstanding practice of the Department of Justice of providing investigatory assistance on request of State and local authorities with respect to certain serious violent crimes, and for other purposes


To prevent the introduction into commerce of unsafe drywall, to ensure the manufacturer of drywall is readily identifiable, to ensure that problematic drywall removed from homes is not reused, and for other purposes


To amend title 5, United States Code, to make clear that accounts in the Thrift Savings Fund are subject to certain Federal tax levies


To authorize the issuance of right-of-way permits for natural gas pipelines in Glacier National Park, and for other purposes


To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for increased penalties for foreign and economic espionage, and for other purposes


To amend Public Law 106-392 to maintain annual base funding for the Upper Colorado and San Juan fish recovery programs through fiscal year 2019


To amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to transfer unclaimed clothing recovered at airport security checkpoints to local veterans organizations and other local charitable organizations, and for other purposes


To establish a commission to ensure a suitable observance of the centennial of World War I, to provide for the designation of memorials to the service of members of the United States Armed Forces in World War I, and for other purposes


To extend the application of certain space launch liability provisions through 2014


To correct and improve certain provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act and title 35, United States Code


To establish a commission to develop a national strategy and recommendations for reducing fatalities resulting from child abuse and neglect


To provide for universal intercountry adoption accreditation standards, and for other purposes


To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the United States Government and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System, and for other purposes


To amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 to provide improvements to such Act


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 218 North Milwaukee Street in Waterford, Wisconsin, as the ``Captain Rhett W. Schiller Post Office''


To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6 Nichols Street in Westminster, Massachusetts, as the ``Lieutenant Ryan Patrick Jones Post Office Building''


To make a technical correction to the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973


Granting the consent of Congress to the State and Province Emergency Management Assistance Memorandum of Understanding


To authorize the Secretary of State to pay a reward to combat transnational organized crime and for information concerning foreign nationals wanted by international criminal tribunals, and for other purposes


AG


    Aging

Agr


    Agriculture

ANF


    Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

App


    Appropriations

AS


    Armed Services

BHUA


    Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Bud


    Budget

CST


    Commerce, Science and Transportation

E&W


    Education and the Workforce

EC


    Energy and Commerce

ENR


    Energy and Natural Resources

EPW


    Environment and Public Works

Eth


    Ethics

Fin


    Finance

FS


    Financial Services

FA


    Foreign Affairs

FR


    Foreign Relations

HEL&P


    Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

HS


    Homeland Security

HS&GA


    Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

HA


    House Administration

IA


    Indian Affairs

Int


    Intelligence

Jud


    Judiciary

NR


    Natural Resources

OGR


    Oversight and Government Reform

R


    Rules

RAdm


    Rules and Administration

SST


    Science, Space, and Technology

SB


    Small Business

SBE


    Small Business and Entrepreneurship

TI


    Transportation and Infrastructure

VA


    Veterans' Affairs

WM


    Ways and Means


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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

10 a.m., Thursday, March 14

Senate Chamber

Program for Thursday: Senate will continue consideration of H.R. 933, Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, with a vote on or in relation to Harkin Amendment No. 53 (to Amendment No. 26) at approximately 11:15 a.m.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

10 a.m., Thursday, March 14

House Chamber

Program for Thursday: Begin consideration of H.R. 803--Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act (Subject to a Rule).

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue

HOUSE

Alexander, Rodney, La.,E291
Andrews, Robert E., N.J., E280
Brownley, Julia, Calif., E291
Conaway, K. Michael, Tex., E287
Faleomavaega, Eni F.H., American Samoa, E288
Farr, Sam, Calif., E279, E285, E289
Gingrey, Phil, Ga., E292
Honda, Michael M., Calif., E290
Latham, Tom, Iowa, E279, E280, E285, E286, E288, E289, E290
Lee, Barbara, Calif., E292
McIntyre, Mike, N.C., E285
Matsui, Doris O., Calif., E279
Miller, Gary G., Calif., E288
Miller, George, Calif., E286
Owens, William L., N.Y., E289
Ross, Dennis A., Fla., E290
Ryan, Tim, Ohio, E290
Sarbanes, John P., Md, E280
Scott, David, Ga., E279, E291
Shimkus, John, Ill., E291
Slaughter, Louise McIntosh, N.Y., E286
Smith, Adam, Wash., E289
Terry, Lee, Nebr., E289
Thompson, Mike, Calif., E286
Walden, Greg, Ore., E288
Walz, Timothy J., Minn., E291
Wolf, Frank R., Va., E280


Source: Daily Digest - Wednesday, March 13, 2013


































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