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Senate Record Digest - Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Routine Proceedings, pages S6083-S6140

Measures Introduced:
Sixteen bills and six resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1401-1416, S. Res. 207-211, and S. Con. Res. 21.
Pages S6126-27 

Measures Reported:

S. 415, to clarify the collateral requirement for certain loans under section 7(d) of the Small Business Act, to address assistance to out-of-State small business concerns, with an amendment. (S. Rept. No. 113-84)

H.R. 1171, to amend title 40, United States Code, to improve veterans service organizations access to Federal surplus personal property.

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''.

S. 668, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 14 Main Street in Brockport, New York, as the ``Staff Sergeant Nicholas J. Reid Post Office Building''.

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''.

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''.

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 S6126 

Measures Passed:
NATO Allied Command Transformation 10-year Anniversary: Senate agreed to S. Res. 156, expressing the sense of the Senate on the 10-year anniversary of NATO Allied Command Transformation, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S6137-38 
National Airborne Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 207, designating August 16, 2013, as ``National Airborne Day''.
Page S6138 
National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 208, designating the week beginning September 8, 2013, as ``National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week''.
Page S6138 
Sikh Temple of Wisconsin Shooting Anniversary: Senate agreed to S. Res. 209, remembering the anniversary of the tragic shooting on August 5, 2012, at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
Page S6138 
Recognizing and Honoring Robert S. Mueller, III: Senate agreed to S. Res. 210, recognizing and honoring Robert S. Mueller, III, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Page S6138 
National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 211, designating September 2013 as ``National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month''.
Page S6138 

Measures Considered:

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act--Agreement:
Senate continued consideration of 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, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S6085-95 
Rejected: Paul Amendment No. 1739, to redirect certain foreign assistance to the Government of Egypt as a result of the July 3, 2013, military coup d'etat. (By 86 yeas to 13 nays (Vote No. 195), Senate tabled the amendment.)
Pages S6085-95 
Pending: Murray (for Cardin) Modified Amendment No. 1760, to require the Secretary of Transportation to submit to Congress a report relating to the condition of lane miles and highway bridge deck.
Page S6085 
Coburn Amendment No. 1750, to prohibit funds from being directed to federal employees with unpaid Federal tax liability.
Page S6085 

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Coburn Amendment No. 1751, to prohibit Federal funding of union activities by Federal employees.
Page S6085 
Coburn Amendment No. 1754, to prohibit Federal funds from being used to meet the matching requirements of other Federal Programs.
Page S6085 
Murphy Amendment No. 1783, to require the Secretary of Transportation to assess the impact on domestic employment of a waiver of the Buy American requirement for Federal-aid highway projects prior to issuing the waiver.
Page S6085 
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that on Thursday, August 1, 2013, upon disposition of the nomination of Raymond T. Chen, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit, Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the bill; and that following the cloture vote, Senate recess until 2 p.m. for the bipartisan caucus meeting.
Page S6140 
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the second-degree filing deadline for amendments to the bill be 11 a.m., on Thursday, August 1, 2013.
Pages S6139-40 

Chen Nomination--Agreement:
A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 11 a.m., on Thursday, August 1, 2013, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Raymond T. Chen, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit; that there be 60 minutes for debate equally divided in the usual form; that following the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote, without intervening action or debate, on confirmation of the nomination; that no further motions be in order; and Senate then resume legislative session.
Page S6100 

Power Nomination--Agreement:
A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 2 p.m., on Thursday, August 1, 2013, Senate resume consideration of the nomination of 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, under the order of Tuesday, July 30, 2013.
Page S6100 

Nomination Confirmed:
Senate confirmed the following nomination: By 53 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. EX. 197), Byron Todd Jones, of Minnesota, to be Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
Pages S6095-S6100, S6140 
During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action: By 60 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 196), 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 nomination.
Pages S6099-S6100 

Nominations Received:
Senate received the following nominations: Kenneth L. Mossman, of Arizona, to be a Member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board for a term expiring October 18, 2016. Sylvia I. Garcia, of Michigan, to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Transportation. Jo Emily Handelsman, of Connecticut, to be an Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Michael L. Connor, of New Mexico, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior. Sarah Bloom Raskin, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. L. Paige Marvel, of Maryland, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years. John L. Estrada, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Noah Bryson Mamet, of California, to be Ambassador to the Argentine Republic. Robert O. Blake, Jr., of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia. Thomas Frederick Daughton, of Arizona, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Namibia. Philip S. Goldberg, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines. Michael Stephen Hoza, of Washington, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon. Eunice S. Reddick, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Niger. Karen Clark Stanton, of Michigan, to be Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. Gregory B. Starr, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Diplomatic Security). Kenneth R. Weinstein, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for a term expiring August 13, 2014. Amy Jane Hyatt, of California, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Palau. France A. Cordova, of New Mexico, to be Director of the National Science Foundation for a term of six years.
Page S6140 

Messages from the House:
Page S6112 

Measures Referred:
Page S6112 

Measures Placed on the Calendar:
Pages S6083, S6112 

Petitions and Memorials:
Pages S6112-26 

Executive Reports of Committees:
Page S6126 

Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S6127-29 D803

Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S6129-35 

Additional Statements:
Pages S6110-12 

Amendments Submitted:
Pages S6135-37 

Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Page S6137 

Privileges of the Floor:
Page S6137 

Record Votes:
Three record votes were taken today. (Total--197)
Pages S6094, S6100 

Adjournment:
Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 8:17 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on pages S6139-40.)




Next Meeting:
SENATE
9:30 a.m., Thursday, August 1
Senate Chamber

Program for Thursday:
After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond 11 a.m.), Senate will begin consideration of the nomination of Raymond T. Chen, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit, and vote on confirmation of the nomination at approximately 12 p.m. Following disposition of the nomination of Raymond T. Chen, Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S. 1243, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The filing deadline for second-degree amendments to the bill is at 11 a.m. At 2 p.m., Senate will resume consideration of the nomination of Samantha Power, of Massachusetts, to be the Representative to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador, and the Representative in the Security Council of the United Nations, with up to two hours of debate. Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination, upon the use or yielding back of that time. (Senate will recess following the vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S. 1243, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, until 2 p.m. for the bipartisan caucus meeting.)

Source: Daily Digest; Full Senate Record

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