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August 2, 2013

Senate Record Digest - Thursday, August 1, 2013

Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 22, Adjournment Resolution.


Routine Proceedings, pages S6141-S6263

Measures Introduced:
Seventy bills and eight resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1417-1486, S. Res. 212-217, and S. Con. Res. 22-23.
Pages S6206-09 

Measures Reported:

S. 1429, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. (S. Rept. No. 113-85)

S. 933, to amend title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to extend the authorization of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program through fiscal year 2018.
Page S6204 

Measures Passed:
Commending David J. Schiappa: Senate agreed to S. Res. 212, commending David J. Schiappa.
Pages S6142-43 
Adjournment Resolution: Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 22, providing for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate and an adjournment of the House of Representatives.
Page S6162 
Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act: Senate passed H.R. 267, to improve hydropower.
Page S6257 
Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act: Senate passed H.R. 678, to authorize all Bureau of Reclamation conduit facilities for hydropower development under Federal Reclamation law.
Page S6257 
FOR VETS Act: Senate passed H.R. 1171, to amend title 40, United States Code, to improve veterans service organizations access to Federal surplus personal property.
Page S6257 
Helping Heroes Fly Act: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 1344, to amend title 49, United States Code, to direct the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) to provide expedited air passenger screening to severely injured or disabled members of the Armed Forces and severely injured or disabled veterans, and the bill was then passed, after agreeing to the following amendment proposed thereto:
Page S6257 
Reid (for Pryor) Amendment No. 1848, in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S6257-58 
Pipeline Safety Regulatory Documents: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 2576, to amend title 49, United States Code, to modify requirements relating to the availability of pipeline safety regulatory documents, and the bill was then passed.
Page S6258 
Korean Peninsula Peace and Reunification: Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 41, encouraging peace and reunification on the Korean Peninsula.
Page S6258 
Northern Mariana Islands: Senate passed S. 256, to amend Public Law 93-435 with respect to the Northern Mariana Islands, providing parity with Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa, after agreeing to the committee amendment.
Page S6258 
Specialist Christopher Scott Post Office Building: Senate passed S. 233, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 815 County Road 23 in Tyrone, New York, as the ``Specialist Christopher Scott Post Office Building''.
Pages S6258-59 
Staff Sergeant Nicholas J. Reid Post Office Building: Senate passed S. 668, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 14 Main Street in Brockport, New York, as the D815``Staff Sergeant Nicholas J. Reid Post Office Building''.
Page S6259 
James R. Burgess Jr. Post Office Building: Senate passed S. 796, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 302 East Green Street in Champaign, Illinois, as the ``James R. Burgess Jr. Post Office Building''.
Page S6259 
Thaddeus Stevens Post Office: Senate passed S. 885, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 35 Park Street in Danville, Vermont, as the ``Thaddeus Stevens Post Office''.
Page S6259 
First Lieutenant Alvin Chester Cockrell, Jr. Post Office Building: Senate passed S. 1093, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 130 Caldwell Drive in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, as the ``First Lieutenant Alvin Chester Cockrell, Jr. Post Office Building''.
Page S6259 
200th August Quarterly Festival: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 199, celebrating the 200th August Quarterly Festival taking place from August 18, 2013, through August 25, 2013, in Wilmington, Delaware, and the resolution was then agreed to.
Page S6259 
Secretary for the Minority of the Senate: Senate agreed to S. Res. 216, electing Laura C. Dove, of Virginia, as Secretary for the Minority of the Senate.
Page S6259 
American College of Surgeons Days: Senate agreed to S. Res. 217, expressing support for designation of October 6, 2013, through October 10, 2013, as ``American College of Surgeons Days'' and recognizing the 100th anniversary of the founding of the organization.
Page S6259 

Measures Considered:

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act:
By 54 yeas to 43 nays (Vote No. 199), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on S. 1243, making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014.
Pages S6154-55 

Energy Efficiency Bill--Agreement:
Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1392, to promote energy savings in residential buildings and industry.
Pages S6162, S6162-81 

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A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill be agreed to and Senate proceed to consideration of the legislation.
Page S6181 

Appointments:
Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance: The Chair, on behalf of the President pro tempore, pursuant to Public Law 99-498, as amended by Public Law 110-315, appointed the following individuals to the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance: Michael Poliakoff of Virginia, vice David Gruen and Andrew Gilen of Washington DC, vice William Luckey.
Page S6260 

Farm Bill Conferees:
Chair appointed the following conferees to H.R. 2642, to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2018: Senators Stabenow, Leahy, Harkin, Baucus, Brown, Klobuchar, Bennet, Cochran, Chambliss, Roberts, Boozman, and Hoeven.
Pages S6259-60 

Authorizing Leadership To Make Appointments--Agreement : A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that, notwithstanding the upcoming recess or adjournment of the Senate, the President of the Senate, the President Pro Tempore, and the Majority and Minority Leaders be authorized to make appointments to commissions, committees, boards, conferences, or interparliamentary conferences authorized by law, by concurrent action of the two Houses, or by order of the Senate.
Page S6260 

Authority For Committees--Agreement : A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that, notwithstanding the Senate's recess, committees be authorized to report legislative and executive matters on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Page S6260 

Signing Authority--Agreement : A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that during the adjournment or recess of the Senate from Thursday, August 1, 2013 through Monday, September 9, 2013, Senators Cardin and Levin be authorized to sign duly enrolled bills or joint resolutions.
Page S6260 

Pro Forma--Agreement:
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the Senate adjourn, and convene for pro forma sessions only with no business conducted on the following dates and times, and that following each pro forma session, Senate adjourn until the next pro forma session: Friday, August 2, 2013, at 11:45 a.m.; Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at 10:30 a.m.; Friday, August 9, 2013, at 12 p.m.; Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at 12 p.m.; Friday, August 16, 2013, at 12 p.m.; Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at 11 a.m.; Friday, August 23, 2013, at 12 p.m.; Tuesday, August 27, at 9 a.m.; D816Friday, August 30, 2013, at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at 9:15 a.m.; and Friday, September 6, 2013, at 5 p.m.; and that Senate adjourn on Friday, September 6, 2013, until 2 p.m., on Monday, September 9, 2013, unless the Senate receives a message from the House that it has adopted S. Con. Res. 22, providing for a conditional adjournment or recess of the Senate and an adjournment of the House of Representatives; and that if the Senate receives such a message, Senate adjourn until 12 p.m., on Monday, August 12, 2013, for a pro forma session only, with no business conducted, pursuant to S. Con. Res. 22, and that following the pro forma session, Senate adjourn until 2 p.m., on Monday, September 9, 2013.
Page S6260 

Caproni and Broderick Nominations--Agreement:
A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 5 p.m., on Monday, September 9, 2013, Senate begin consideration of the nominations of Valerie E. Caproni, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and Vernon S. Broderick, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York; 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 no further motions be in order; and Senate then resume legislative session.
Page S6260 

Nominations Confirmed:
Senate confirmed the following nominations:

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By a unanimous vote of 97 yeas (Vote No. EX. 198), Raymond T. Chen, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit.
Page S6147-54 
By 87 yeas to 10 nays (Vote No. EX. 200), Samantha Power, of Massachusetts, to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador, and the Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations.
Pages S6156-61, S6257 
Jeffrey Shell, of California, to be Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. Jeffrey Shell, of California, to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring August 13, 2015. Robert F. Cohen, Jr., of West Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission for a term of six years expiring August 30, 2018. Gerald Lyn Early, of Missouri, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2018. Daniel Iwao Okimoto, of California, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2018. Katherine H. Tachau, of Iowa, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2018. F. Scott Kieff, of Illinois, to be a Member of the United States International Trade Commission for the term expiring June 16, 2020. Janet Lorraine LaBreck, of Massachusetts, to be Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Education. Mary Jo White, of New York, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for a term expiring June 5, 2019. Jannette Lake Dates, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 2016. Bruce M. Ramer, of California, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 2018. Stephen J. Hadley, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace for a term of four years. Timothy Hyungrock Haahs, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences for a term expiring September 7, 2014. John Unsworth, of Massachusetts, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2016. James J. Jones, of the District of Columbia, to be Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances of the Environmental Protection Agency. Catherine M. Russell, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador at Large for Global Women's Issues. Stuart F. Delery, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Attorney General. Cynthia L. Attwood, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission for a term expiring April 27, 2019. Matthew C. Armstrong, of Illinois, to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring August 13, 2015. 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. 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.

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Brent Franklin Nelsen, of South Carolina, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 2016. Joseph W. Nega, of Illinois, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years. Michael B. Thornton, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years. Davita Vance-Cooks, of Virginia, to be Public Printer. Ryan Clark Crocker, of Washington, to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring August 13, 2013. Ryan Clark Crocker, of Washington, to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring August 13, 2016. Richard T. Metsger, of Oregon, to be a Member of the National Credit Union Administration Board for a term expiring August 2, 2017. Kara Marlene Stein, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for a term expiring June 5, 2017. Michael Sean Piwowar, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission for a term expiring June 5, 2018. Mark E. Schaefer, of California, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. James F. Entwistle, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Douglas Edward Lute, of Indiana, to be United States Permanent Representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, with the rank and status of Ambassador. Daniel A. Sepulveda, of Florida, for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Communications and Information Policy in the Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy. William Ira Althen, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission for a term of six years expiring August 30, 2018. John H. Thompson, of the District of Columbia, to be Director of the Census for the remainder of the term expiring December 31, 2016. Thomas C. Carper, of Illinois, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors for a term of five years. Howard Abel Husock, of New York, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 2018. Avi Garbow, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Jason Furman, of New York, to be a Member and Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. Daniel Brooks Baer, of Colorado, to be U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, with the rank of Ambassador. Catherine Elizabeth Lhamon, of California, to be Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Education. Stephanie Sanders Sullivan, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo. Joseph Y. Yun, of Oregon, to be Ambassador to Malaysia. Liliana Ayalde, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Federative Republic of Brazil. James Costos, of California, to be Ambassador to Spain. John B. Emerson, of California, to be Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. John Rufus Gifford, of Massachusetts, to be Ambassador to Denmark. Kenneth Francis Hackett, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Holy See. Patricia Marie Haslach, of Oregon, to be Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Loretta Cheryl Sutliff, of Nevada, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for a term expiring January 31, 2018. Denise Campbell Bauer, of California, to be Ambassador to Belgium. Morrell John Berry, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to Australia. Reuben Earl Brigety, II, of Florida, to be Representative of the United States of America to the African Union, with the rank and status of Ambassador. Daniel A. Clune, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Lao People's Democratic Republic. David Hale, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon. Terence Patrick McCulley, of Washington, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire. David D. Pearce, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to Greece. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, of Louisiana, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (African Affairs). Robert Bonnie, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment. Krysta L. Harden, of Georgia, to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. Susan J. Rabern, of Kansas, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy.

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James Costos, of California, to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to Andorra. Patrick Hubert Gaspard, of New York, to be Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa. James C. Swan, of California, to be Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kirk W.B. Wagar, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore. Alexa Lange Wesner, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Austria. Dennis V. McGinn, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Matthew Winthrop Barzun, of Kentucky, to be Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. John R. Phillips, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Italian Republic, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Republic of San Marino. Nicholas Christopher Geale, of Virginia, to be a Member of the National Mediation Board for a term expiring July 1, 2016. 4 Air Force nominations in the rank of general. 47 Army nominations in the rank of general. 7 Coast Guard nominations in the rank of admiral. 1 Marine Corps nomination in the rank of general. 33 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral. Routine lists in the Air Force, Army, and Navy.
Pages S6253-57 
Ellen C. Herbst, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce. Ellen C. Herbst, of Virginia, to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Commerce. Margaret Louise Cummisky, of Hawaii, to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce.
Page S6257 
Samantha Power, of Massachusetts, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations.
Page S6257 

Nominations Received:
Senate received the following nominations: Michelle T. Friedland, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. Nancy L. Moritz, of Kansas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit. John B. Owens, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit. Christopher Reid Cooper, of the District of Columbia, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia. Daniel D. Crabtree, of Kansas, to be United States District Judge for the District of Kansas. Sheryl H. Lipman, of Tennessee, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee. Gerald Austin McHugh, Jr., of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. M. Douglas Harpool, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri. Edward G. Smith, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Gary Blankinship, of Texas, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Texas for the term of four years. Robert L. Hobbs, of Texas, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Texas for the term of four years. Amos Rojas, Jr., of Florida, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Florida for the term of four years. Peter C. Tobin, of Ohio, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio for a term of four years. J. Christopher Giancarlo, of New Jersey, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for the remainder of the term expiring April 13, 2014. Deborah Lee James, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Air Force. Frank G. Klotz, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary for Nuclear Security. Christopher A. Hart, of Colorado, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term expiring December 31, 2017. Deborah A.P. Hersman, of Virginia, to be Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term of two years. Deborah A.P. Hersman, of Virginia, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term expiring December 31, 2018. Michael P. O'Rielly, of New York, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2014. Kathryn D. Sullivan, of Ohio, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere. Steven Croley, of Michigan, to be General Counsel of the Department of Energy. Karen Dynan, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. R. Gil Kerlikowske, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Customs, Department of Homeland Security. John Andrew Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue for the term expiring November 12, 2017.

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Matthew T. Harrington, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho. Anne W. Patterson, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern Affairs). Pamela K. Hamamoto, of Hawaii, to be Representative of the United States of America to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, with the rank of Ambassador. Sarah Sewall, of Massachusetts, to be an Under Secretary of State (Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights). Richard F. Griffin, Jr., of the District of Columbia, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board for a term of four years. Stevan Eaton Bunnell, of the District of Columbia, to be General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security. Patrick Pizzella, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority for a term of five years expiring July 1, 2015. Suzanne Eleanor Spaulding, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary, Department of Homeland Security. Peter Joseph Kadzik, of New York, to be an Assistant Attorney General. Linda A. Schwartz, of Connecticut, to be Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Dwight L. Bush, Sr., of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco.
Page S6257-60

Nomination Withdrawn:
Senate received notification of withdrawal of the following nomination: Lafe E. Solomon, of Maryland, to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board for a term of four years, which was sent to the Senate on May 23, 2013.
Page S6263 

Messages from the House:
Page S6198 

Measures Referred:
Page S6198 

Executive Communications:
Pages S6198-S6203 

Petitions and Memorials:
Pages S6203-04 

Executive Reports of Committees:
Pages S6204-06 

Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S6209-11 

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S6211-38 

Additional Statements:
Pages S6192-97 

Amendments Submitted:
Pages S6238-45 

Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Pages S6245-46 

Record Votes:
Three record votes were taken today. (Total--200)
Page S6154, S6155, S6161

Adjournment:
Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 8:45 p.m., until 11:45 a.m. on Friday, August 2, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S6260.)




Next Meeting:
SENATE
11:45 a.m., Friday, August 2
Senate Chamber

Program for Friday:
Senate will meet in a pro forma session, unless the Senate receives a message that the House of Representatives has agreed to S. Con. Res. 22, Adjournment Resolution.

Source: Daily Digest; Full Senate Record

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