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Routine Proceedings, pages S2571-S2627
S. 689, to reauthorize and improve programs related to mental health and substance use disorders, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
STOCK Act: Senate passed S. 716, to modify the requirements under the STOCK Act regarding online access to certain financial disclosure statements and related forms.
Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act: Senate began consideration of S. 649, to ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, and taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:
Manchin Amendment No. 715, to protect Second Amendment rights, ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and provide a responsible and consistent background check process.
During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
By 68 yeas to 31 nays (Vote No. 95), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill.
O'Connell, Torres, Watson Nominations--Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 5 p.m., on Monday, April 15, 2013, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Beverly Reid O'Connell, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, and that there be 30 minutes for debate equally divided in the usual form; that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, without intervening action or debate; provided further, that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, after consultation with the Republican Leader, Senate begin consideration of the nominations of Analisa Torres, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and Derrick Kahala Watson, to be United States District Judge for the District of Hawaii; and Senate vote on confirmation of the nominations in the order listed, without intervening action or debate; and that no further motions be in order.
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
Matthew C. Armstrong, of Illinois, to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring August 13, 2015.
Tulinabo Salama Mushingi, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Burkina Faso.
Harry R. Hoglander, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the National Mediation Board for a term expiring July 1, 2014.
Linda A. Puchala, of Maryland, to be a Member of the National Mediation Board for a term expiring July 1, 2015.
Rick Lowe, of Texas, to be a Member of the National Council on the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2018.
Dorothy Kosinski, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2016.
83 Army nominations in the rank of general.
Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Foreign Service, Marine Corps, and Navy.
Executive Reports of Committees:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
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Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Total--95)
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 6:37 p.m., until 2 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S2619.)
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(Committees not listed did not meet)
APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2014 for the Department of Commerce, after receiving testimony from Rebecca Blank, Deputy Secretary, and Todd J. Zinser, Inspector General, both of the Department of Commerce.
APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2014 for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, after receiving testimony from Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of General Philip M. Breedlove, USAF for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Commander, United States European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, after the nominee testified and answered questions in his own behalf.
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection concluded a hearing to examine outsourcing accountability, focusing on examining the role of independent consultants, after receiving testimony from Daniel P. Stipano, Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Department of the Treasury; Richard M. Ashton, Deputy General Counsel, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Konrad Alt, Promontory Financial Group, LLC, Piedmont, California; James F. Flanagan, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Huntington, New York; and Owen Ryan, Deloitte and Touche LLP, Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
Committee on the Budget: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2014, after receiving testimony from Jeff Zients, Acting Director, Office of Management and Budget.
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nomination of Regina McCarthy, of Massachusetts, to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senators Cowan and Warren, testified and answered questions in her own behalf.
PRESIDENT'S BUDGET REQUEST
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the President's proposed budget request for fiscal year 2014, after receiving testimony from Jacob J. Lew, Secretary of the Treasury.
U.S. POLICY TOWARD SYRIA
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to examine United States policy toward Syria, after receiving testimony from Robert Ford, Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic, and Beth Jones, Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, both of the Department of State; Daniel Glaser, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing; and Dennis Ross, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Washington, DC.
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded a hearing to examine an open marketplace, focusing on the effect of guaranteed issue and new rating rules, after receiving testimony from Gary Cohen, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services; Kevin Counihan, Access Health CT, Hartford, Connecticut; Sabrina Corlette, Georgetown University Center on Health Insurance Reforms, Washington, DC; Christopher Carlson, Oliver Wyman, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Stacy Cook, Carroll, Iowa.
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee ordered favorably reported the nomination of Kenneth John Gonzales, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Mexico.
Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee held closed hearings on intelligence matters, receiving testimony from officials of the intelligence community.
Committee recessed subject to the call.
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House of Representatives
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
H.R. 756, to advance cybersecurity research, deelopment, and technical standards, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113-33) and
H.R. 967, to amend the High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 to authorize activities for support of networking and information technology research, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113-34).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Foxx to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 10:48 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon.
Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by a yea-and-nay vote of 272 yeas to 136 nays with 1 answering ``present'', Roll No. 99.
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Oath of Office--Second Congressional District of Illinois: Representative-elect Robin L. Kelly presented herself in the well of the House and was administered the Oath of Office by the Speaker. Earlier, the Clerk of the House transmitted a scanned copy of a letter from Mr. Rupert T. Borgsmiller, Executive Director, Illinois State Board of Elections, indicating that, according to the unofficial returns of the Special Election held April 9, 2013, the Honorable Robin L. Kelly was elected Representative to Congress for the Second Congressional District, State of Illinois.
Whole Number of the House: The Speaker announced to the House that, in light of the administration of the oath to the gentlewoman from Illinois, Ms. Kelly, the whole number of the House is 433.
Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act--Rule for Consideration: The House agreed to H. Res. 146, the rule that is providing for consideration of H.R. 1120, to prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from taking any action that requires a quorum of the members of the Board until such time as Board constituting a quorum shall have been confirmed by the Senate, the Supreme Court issues a decision on the constitutionality of the appointments to the Board made in January 2012, or the adjournment sine die of the first session of the 113th Congress, by a yea-and-nay vote of 226 yeas to 194 nays, Roll No. 98, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 226 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 97.
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Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
Discharge Petition: Representative DeLauro presented to the clerk a motion to discharge the Committee on Education and the Workforce from the consideration of H.R. 377, to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes (Discharge Petition No. 1).
Senate Referral: S. 716 was held at the desk.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H1929, H1930-31, H1931. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 5:45 p.m.
APPROPRIATIONS--DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education held a hearing on the Department of Education. Testimony was heard from Arne Duncan, Secretary, Department of Education.
APPROPRIATIONS--DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Homeland Security held a hearing on FY 2014 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security. Testimony was heard from Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security.
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APPROPRIATIONS--NUCLEAR WASTE PROGRAMS AND STRATEGIES
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development held a hearing on Oversight Hearing: Nuclear Waste Programs and Strategies. Testimony was heard from Peter B. Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy; Michael Weber, Deputy Executive Director for Operations for Materials, Waste, Research, State, Tribal, and Compliance Programs, Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Frank Rusco, Director of Natural Resources and Environment, Energy and Science, Government Accountability Office; Rodney C. Ewing, Chairman, Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board; and public witnesses.
APPROPRIATIONS--DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies held a hearing on Department of Commerce Budget Request. Testimony was heard from Rebecca M. Blank, Acting Secretary, Department of Commerce.
APPROPRIATIONS--DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies held a hearing on Department of the Interior Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2014. Testimony was heard from Ken Salazar, Secretary, Department of the Interior.
NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BUDGET
Committee on Armed Services: Full Committee held a hearing on Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of Defense. Testimony was heard from General Martin Dempsey, USA, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense.
EQUIPPING THE INDIVIDUAL SOLDIER AND MARINE: CURRENT AND FUTURE YEAR ACQUISITION AND MODERNIZATION STRATEGIES AND THE FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET REQUEST
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces held a hearing on Equipping the Individual Soldier and Marine: Current and Future Year Acquisition and Modernization Strategies and the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request. Testimony was heard from Peter B. Bechtel, Director, Capabilities Integration, Prioritization, and Analysis, Department of the Army; Brigadier General Paul Ostrowski, USA, Program Executive Officer, Soldier, U.S. Army; Brigadier General Frank Kelley, USMC, Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command, U.S. Marine Corps.
PRESIDENT'S FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET
Committee on the Budget: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``The President's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget''. Testimony was heard from Jeffrey Zients, Acting Director and Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget.
Committee on Education and the Workforce: Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing on H.R. 1406, the ``Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
STRENGTHENING MEDICARE FOR SENIORS: UNDERSTANDING THE CHALLENGES OF TRADITIONAL MEDICARE'S BENEFIT DESIGN
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled ``Strengthening Medicare for Seniors: Understanding the Challenges of Traditional Medicare's Benefit Design''. Testimony was heard from a public witness.
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing on a draft discussion on the ``Coal Ash Recycling and Oversight Act of 2013''. Testimony was heard from Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator for Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Environmental Protection Agency; Robert J. Martineau, Jr., Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation; Stephen A. Cobb, Chief, Governmental Hazardous Waste Branch Land Division, Alabama Department of Environmental Management; and public witnesses.
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a markup on legislation to affirm the policy of the United States regarding Internet governance. The discussion draft to affirm the policy of the United States regarding Internet governance was passed without amendment.
LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS REGARDING DERIVATIVES AND SEC ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Capital Markets held a hearing entitled ``Legislative Proposals Regarding Derivatives and SEC Economic Analysis''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
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HIGHLIGHTING VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN ADVANCE OF THE U.S.-VIETNAM DIALOGUE
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations held a hearing entitled ``Highlighting Vietnamese Government Human Rights Violations in Advance of the U.S.-Vietnam Dialogue''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
BREAKING THE IRAN, NORTH KOREA, AND SYRIA NEXUS
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa; Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific; and Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade held a hearing entitled ``Breaking the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nexus''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
ENERGY OPPORTUNITIES IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere held a hearing entitled ``Energy Opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean''. Testimony was heard from Carlos Pascual, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Department of State; Matthew M. Rooney, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State; and public witnesses.
COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS TO COMBAT A CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL, AND NUCLEAR ATTACK ON THE HOMELAND
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence held a hearing entitled ``Counterterrorism Efforts to Combat a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Attack on the Homeland''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
TSA'S EFFORTS TO ADVANCE RISK-BASED SECURITY: STAKEHOLDER PERSPECTIVES
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Transportation Security held a hearing entitled ``TSA's Efforts to Advance Risk-Based Security: Stakeholder Perspectives''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 367, the ``Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2013''. The bill was ordered reported, as amended.
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held a hearing on the following: legislation regarding ``Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act''; H.R. 1294, the ``Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act''; H.R. 818, the ``Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act''; H.R. 1345, the ``Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2013''; legislation regarding the ``O&C Trust, Conservation, and Jobs Act''; and H.R. 1442, the ``Depleting Risk from Insect Infestation, Soil Erosion, and Catastrophic Fire Act of 2013''. Testimony was heard from Chairman Hastings (WA); and Representatives Labrador, Tipton, Gosar, Markey, DeFazio, Walden, Schrader, and Tom Tidwell, Chief, Forest Servi ce, Department of Agriculture; Ray Campbell, Commissioner, Okanogan County, WA; Judy Morris, Supervisor, Trinity County, CA; Skip Brandt, Commissioner, Idaho County, ID; John Maisch, State Forester and Director, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry; John Martin, Commissioner, Garfield County, CO; Cindy Dozier, Commissioner, Hinsdale County, CO; Tommie Martin, District Supervisor and Vice Chair, Gila County, AZ; Tom Tuchmann, Forestry and Conservation Finance Advisor, Office of the Governor, State of Oregon; Doug Robertson, Commissioner, Douglas County, OR; and public witnesses.
FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HEALTH BENEFIT PROGRAM: IS IT A GOOD VALUE FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and the Census held a hearing entitled ``The Federal Employees Health Benefit Program: Is It a Good Value for Federal Employees?''. Testimony was heard from Jonathan Foley, Director, Planning and Policy Analysis, Office of Personnel Management; and public witnesses.
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 875, to provide for a comprehensive assessment of the scientific and technical research on the implications of the use of mid-level ethanol blends, and for other purposes; and H.R. 1422, the ``EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2013''. The bills, H.R. 875 and H.R. 1422, were ordered reported, as amended.
JOBS ACT IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE
Committee on Small Business: Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations held a hearing D303entitled ``JOBS Act Implementation Update''. Testimony was heard from Lona Nallengara, Acting Director, Division of Corporation Finance, Securities and Exchange Commission; John Ramsay, Acting Director, Division of Trading and Markets, Securities and Exchange Commission; and public witnesses.
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AMTRAK'S FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET: THE STARTING POINT FOR REAUTHORIZATION
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing entitled ``Amtrak's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget: The Starting Point for Reauthorization''. Testimony was heard from Joseph H. Boardman, President and CEO, Amtrak; and Joseph C. Szabo, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration.
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS BUDGET REQUEST FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Full Committee held a hearing on Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2014. Testimony was heard from Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs.
PRESIDENT'S FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET PROPOSAL WITH U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
Committee on Ways and Means: Full Committee held a hearing on President's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Proposal with U.S. Department of the Treasury. Testimony was heard from Jacob Lew, Secretary, Department of Treasury.
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Worldwide Threats''. Testimony was heard from James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence; John O. Brennan, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; Lieutenant General Michael T. Flynn, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense; Robert S. Meuller, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
No joint committee meetings were held.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, hearing on National Park Service, 9:30 a.m., B-308 Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, hearing on Commodity Futures Trading Commission Budget, 10 a.m., 2362-A Rayburn.
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science and Related Agencies, hearing on Drug Enforcement Administration Budget Request, 10 a.m., H-309 Capitol.
Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, hearing on Installations, Environment, Energy and BRAC Budget and Oversight, 10:30 a.m., 2359 Rayburn.
Committee On Armed Services, Full Committee, hearing on Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of the Air Force, 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.
Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy and Power, hearing on the ``Energy Consumers Relief Act of 2013'', 9:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
Committee On Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, hearing entitled ``The Impact of Sequestration on Homeland Security: Scare Tactics of Possible Threat?'', 9 a.m., 311 Cannon.
Committee on Natural Resources, April 12, Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, hearing on H.R. 1208, to establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Hanford, Washington, and for other purposes, 10 a.m., 1324 Longworth.
Committee on Ways and Means, Full Committee, hearing on President Obama's budget proposals for the Department of Health and Human Services for fiscal year 2014, 9 a.m., 1100 Longworth.
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Program for Monday: After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 5 p.m.), Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Beverly Reid O'Connell, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California, with a vote on confirmation of the nomination at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Program for Friday: Complete consideration of H.R. 1120--Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act.
Alexander, Rodney, La.,E431
Bilirakis, Gus M., Fla., E422
Bonner, Jo, Ala., E431
Butterfield, G.K., N.C., E428
Camp, Dave, Mich., E433
Cicilline, David N., R.I., E432
Clarke, Yvette D., N.Y., E422, E424
Cleaver, Emanuel, Mo., E421
Coffman, Mike, Colo., E428
Courtney, Joe, Conn., E430
Duncan, John J., Tenn., E428
Enyart, William L., Ill., E421
Graves, Sam, Mo., E421, E422, E424, E425, E428, E429, E431
Johnson, Sam, Tex., E432
Keating, William R., Mass., E430
Kilmer, Derek, Wash., E421
Lujan Grisham, Michelle, N.M., E430
McDermott, Jim, Wash., E429
Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E428
Marchant, Kenny, Tex., E428
Miller, Jeff, Fla., E423
Rahall, Nick J., II, W.Va., E424
Reichert, David G., Wash., E427
Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana, Fla., E424
Schakowsky, Janice D., Ill., E423
Schneider, Bradley S., Ill., E421
Scott, Robert C. ``Bobby'', Va., E423
Sires, Albio, N.J., E422
Thompson, Bennie G., Miss., E425
Walz, Timothy J., Minn., E431
Wolf, Frank R., Va., E425