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May 17, 2013

Senate Record Digest - Thursday, May 16, 2013

Senate confirmed the nomination of Ernest J. Moniz, of Massachusetts, to be Secretary of Energy.

Senate passed S. 982, to prohibit the Corps of Engineers from taking certain actions to establish a restricted area prohibiting public access to waters downstream of a dam.


Routine Proceedings, pages S3537-S3588

Measures Introduced:
Twenty-one bills and seven resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 967-987, S. Res. 143-148, and S. Con. Res. 16.
Pages S3569-70

Measures Reported:
Report to accompany S. 607, to improve the provisions relating to the privacy of electronic communications. (S. Rept. No. 113-34)
Pages S3568-69

Measures Passed:
Freedom to Fish Act: Senate passed S. 982, to prohibit the Corps of Engineers from taking certain actions to establish a restricted area prohibiting public access to waters downstream of a dam.
Pages S3584-85
National Minority Health Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 145, promoting minority health awareness and supporting the goals and ideals of National Minority Health Month in April 2013 to bring attention to the health disparities faced by minority populations such as American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asians, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.
Page S3585
National Police Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 146, designating the week of May 12 through May 18, 2013, as ``National Police Week''.
Page S3585
National Foster Care Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 147, recognizing National Foster Care Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges of children in the foster care system, and encouraging Congress to implement policy to improve the lives of children in the foster care system.
Page S3585
National Kids to Parks Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 148, designating May 18, 2013, as ``National Kids to Parks Day''.
Page S3585
Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 16, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for the unveiling of a statue of Frederick Douglass.
Page S3585

Appointments:
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki): The Chair, on behalf of the Vice President, pursuant to Public Law 94-304, as amended by Public Law 99-7, appointed the following Senator as a member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki) during the 113th Congress: Senator Chambliss.
Page S3585

Farm Bill--Agreement:
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 3:00 p.m., on Monday, May 20, 2013, Senate proceed to the consideration of S. 954, to reauthorize agricultural programs through 2018.
Page S3585

Nominations--Agreement:
A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 5:00 p.m., on Monday, May 20, 2013, Senate begin consideration of the nominations of Sheri Polster Chappell, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida, and Michael J. McShane, of Oregon, to be United States District Judge for the District of Oregon; that there be 30 minutes for debate equally divided in the usual form; that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote, without intervening action or debate, on confirmation of the nominations in the order listed; that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader, after consultation with the Republican Leader, Senate begin consideration of the nominations of Mark A. Barnett, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade, and D456Claire R. Kelly, of New York, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Internationa l Trade; that there be 30 minutes for debate equally divided in the usual form; and that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote, without intervening action or debate, on confirmation of the nominations in the order listed.
Page S3585

Nomination Confirmed:
Senate confirmed the following nomination:

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By a unanimous vote of 97 yeas (Vote No. EX. 127), Ernest J. Moniz, of Massachusetts, to be Secretary of Energy.
Pages S3538-52, S3588

Nominations Received:
Senate received the following nominations: Carolyn B. McHugh, of Utah, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit. Debra M. Brown, of Mississippi, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Mississippi. Pamela L. Reeves, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Elizabeth A. Wolford, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of New York. Richard T. Metsger, of Oregon, to be a Member of the National Credit Union Administration Board for a term expiring August 2, 2017. Daniel R. Russel, of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (East Asian and Pacific Affairs). Robert James Grey, Jr., of Virginia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation for a term expiring July 13, 2014. 1 Navy nomination in the rank of admiral. Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy.
Pages S3586-88

Messages from the House:
Page S3567

Measures Referred:
Page S3568

Executive Communications:
Page S3568

Executive Reports of Committees:
Page S3569

Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S3570-71

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S3571-84

Additional Statements:
Page S3566-67

Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
Page S3584

Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Page S3584

Record Votes:
One record vote was taken today. (Total--127)
Page S3552

Adjournment:
Senate convened at 11 a.m. and adjourned at 6:07 p.m., until 2 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S3585.)




Next Meeting:
SENATE
2 p.m., Monday, May 20

Program for Monday:
After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 3 p.m.), Senate will proceed to the consideration of S. 954, the Farm bill. At 5 p.m., Senate will begin consideration of the nominations of Sheri Polster Chappell, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida, and Michael J. McShane, of Oregon, to be United States District Judge for the District of Oregon, with votes on confirmation of the nominations at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Source: Daily Digest; Full Senate Record

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