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Senate Record Digest - Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Senate continued consideration of S. 744, to provide for comprehensive immigration reform


Routine Proceedings, pages S4623-S4725

Measures Introduced:
Ten bills and three resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1183-1192, and S. Res. 175-177.
Page S4673

Measures Reported:

S. 959, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to compounding drugs, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Page S4673

Measures Passed:
International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly: Senate passed S. 579, to direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan at the triennial International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly.
Pages S4716-17
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Conservation and Recreation Act: Senate passed S. 23, to designate as wilderness certain land and inland water within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in the State of Michigan.
Pages S4717-25
South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance Act: Senate passed 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.
Pages S4717-25
Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act: Senate passed 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.
Pages S4717-25
Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act: Senate passed 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.
Pages S4717-25
Powell Shooting Range Land Conveyance Act: Senate passed S. 130, to require the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land to the Powell Recreation District in the State of Wyoming.
Pages S4717-25
Denali National Park Improvement Act: Senate passed S. 157, to provide for certain improvements to the Denali National Park and Preserve in the State of Alaska.
Pages S4717-25
Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation: Senate passed S. 230, to authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs.
Pages S4717-25
Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project: Senate passed S. 244, to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to modify the Pilot Project offices of the Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project.
Pages S4717-25
American Falls Reservoir: Senate passed S. 276, to reinstate and extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project involving the American Falls Reservoir.
Pages S4717-25
Natchez Trace Parkway Land Conveyance Act: Senate passed 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.
Pages S4717-25
Devil's Staircase Wilderness Act: Senate passed 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.
Pages S4717-25
National Wild and Scenic Rivers System: Senate passed 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.
Pages S4717-25
White Clay Creek Wild and Scenic River Expansion Act: Senate passed 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.
Pages S4717-25
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site Boundary Modification Act: Senate passed S. 459, D601to modify the boundary of the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in the State of South Dakota.
Pages S4717-25
Commemorating John Lewis: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 170, commemorating John Lewis on the 50th anniversary of his chairmanship of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the resolution was then agreed to.
Pages S4717-25
Juneteenth Independence Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 175, observing Juneteenth Independence Day, June 19, 1865, the day on which slavery finally came to an end in the United States.
Pages S4717-25
Collector Car Appreciation Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 176, designating July 12, 2013, as ``Collector Car Appreciation Day'' and recognizing that the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States.
Pages S4717-25
National Small Business Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 177, honoring the entrepreneurial spirit of small business concerns in the United States during National Small Business Week, which begins on June 17, 2013.
Pages S4717-25
Seasonal Influenza Vaccines: Senate passed H.R. 475, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include vaccines against seasonal influenza within the definition of taxable vaccines.
Pages S4717-25

Measures Considered:

Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act--Agreement:
Senate continued consideration of S. 744, to provide for comprehensive immigration reform, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S4628-61, S4663-70
Adopted:

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By 72 yeas to 26 nays (Vote No. 155), Leahy (for Manchin) Amendment No. 1268, to provide for common sense limitations on salaries for contractor executives and employees involved in border security. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having achieved 60 affirmatives votes, be agreed to.)
Pages S4656-57, S4659-60
Leahy (for Pryor/Johanns) Amendment No. 1298, to promote recruitment of former members of the Armed Forces and members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces to serve in United States Customs and Border Protection and United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the requirement of a 60 affirmative vote threshold, be vitiated.)
Pages S4656-57, S4660-61
By 89 yeas to 9 nays (Vote No. 157), Heller/Reid Amendment No. 1227, to include a representative from the Southwestern State of Nevada on the Southern Border Security Commission. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having achieved 60 affirmatives votes, be agreed to.)
Pages S4631-34, S4661
Merkley Modified Amendment No. 1237, to increase the employment of Americans by requiring State workforce agencies to certify that employers are actively recruiting Americans and that Americans are not qualified or available to fill the positions that the employer seeks to fill with H-2B nonimmigrants. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the requirement of a 60 affirmative vote threshold, be vitiated.)
Pages S4653-56, S4661
Rejected: Paul/Blunt Modified Amendment No. 1200, to provide for enhanced border security, including strong border security metrics and congressional votes on border security. (By 61 yeas to 37 nays (Vote No. 154), Senate tabled the amendment.)
Pages S4644-51, S4657
By 39 yeas to 59 nays (Vote No. 156), Lee Modified Amendment No. 1208, to require fast-track congressional approval when the Secretary of Homeland Security notifies Congress of the implementation of the border security strategies and certifies that the strategies are substantially operational. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, the amendment was not agreed to.)
Pages S4628-31, S4659-60
Pending: Leahy/Hatch Amendment No. 1183, to encourage and facilitate international participation in the performing arts.
Page S4628
Boxer/Landrieu Amendment No. 1240, to require training for National Guard and Coast Guard officers and agents in training programs on border protection, immigration law enforcement, and how to address vulnerable populations, such as children and victims of crime.
Page S4631
Cruz Amendment No. 1320, to replace title I of the bill with specific border security requirements, which shall be met before the Secretary of Homeland Security may process applications for registered immigrant status or blue card status and to avoid Department of Homeland Security budget reductions.
Pages S4634-44
Cornyn Amendment No. 1251, Requiring Enforcement, Security and safety while Upgrading Lawful Trade and travel Simultaneously (RESULTS).
Pages S4651-53

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Leahy (for Reed) Amendment No. 1224, to clarify the physical present requirements for merit-based immigrant visa applicants.
Pages S4656-57
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2013.
Page S4725

Nomination Confirmed:
Senate confirmed the following nomination: By 93 yeas to 4 nays, 1 responding present (Vote No. EX. 158), Michael Froman, of New York, to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador.
Pages S4661-63, S4725

Messages from the House:
Page S4672

Measures Referred:
Page S4672

Measures Placed on the Calendar:
Page S4672

Executive Communications:
Pages S4672-73

Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S4673-75

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S4675-77

Additional Statements:
Pages S4671-72

Amendments Submitted:
Pages S4677-S4715

Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
Page S4715

Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Pages S4715-16

Record Votes:
Five record votes were taken today. (Total--158)
Pages S4657, S4660, S4661, S4663

Adjournment:
Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 8 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S4725.)




Next Meeting:
SENATE
9:30 a.m., Thursday, June 20

Program for Thursday:
Senate will continue consideration of S. 744, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, with the time until 11:30 a.m. equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders, or their designees. At approximately 11:30 a.m., Senator Reid will be recognized, and Senators should expect a vote on or in relation to an amendment to the bill.

Source: Daily Digest; Full Senate Record

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