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December 19, 2015

Weekly Digest

House

December 15, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions)

Suspension: H.Res. 536

December 16, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

Suspensions: H.R. 2820, H.R. 4246, S. 1090, H.R. 2297, H.R. 3750, H.R. 4239

December 17, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committee)

H.Res. 566: Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to H.R. 2029
H.R. 2029Consolidated Appropriations Act

December 18, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions)

H.R. 2029Consolidated Appropriations Act

Next Meeting: 12 noon, Monday, January 4, 2016



Senate

December 14, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Commission)

Alissa M. Starzak, of New York, confirmed to be General Counsel of the Department of the Army

December 15, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

December 16, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committee)

Senate passed H.J.Res. 78, Further Continuing Appropriations.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114–53) is further amended by striking the date specified in section 106(3) and inserting “December 22, 2015”.

December 17, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

December 18, 2015 (Prayer, Digest)

Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the amendments of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 2029, Consolidated Appropriations Act.

Next Meeting: 12 noon, Monday, January 4, 2016



The House and Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 104, providing for the sine die adjournment of the first session of the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress.

First Session of the 114th Congress adjourned sine die.


December 12, 2015

Weekly Digest

House

December 7, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Conferees)

December 8, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

Suspensions: H.R. 158, H.R. 3842

December 9, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.Res. 556: Providing for consideration of H.R. 2130
H.R. 2130: Red River Private Property Protection Act

December 10, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

Suspensions: H.R. 3578, H.R. 2795

December 11, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions)

H.Res. 560: Providing for consideration of H.R. 644, H.R. 2250
H.R. 644: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015

Legislative Program for next week

Next Meeting: 12 p.m., Tuesday, December 15, 2015



Senate

December 7, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Conferees)

Travis Randall McDonough, of Tennessee, confirmed to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District

December 8, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

S. 1177: Every Child Achieves Act of 2015

December 9, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

S. 1177: Every Child Achieves Act of 2015

December 10, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

Senate passed H.R. 2250, Further Continuing Appropriations Act, as amended.

Next Meeting: 3 p.m., Monday, December 14, 2015

December 4, 2015

Weekly Digest

House

November 30, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

Suspensions: H.R. 2288, H.R. 2270

December 1, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.Res. 539: Providing for consideration of H.R. 8, S.J.Res. 23, S.J.Res. 24
Suspensions: S. 1170, H.R. 4127
S.J.Res. 24: A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to "Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units".
S.J.Res. 23: A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units".
H.R. 644: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015

December 2, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.Res. 542: Providing for consideration of H.R. 8, S. 1177
H.R. 644: Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015
H.R. 8: North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015
S. 1177: Every Child Achieves Act of 2015

December 3, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.Res. 546: Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 22
H.R. 8: North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015
H.R. 22: Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015

Legislative Program for next week

Next Meeting: 12 noon, Monday, December 7, 2015



Senate

November 30, 2015 (Prayer, Digest)

Gayle Smith, of Ohio, confirmed to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development

December 1, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

December 2, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

December 3, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

Senate passed H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, as amended.
Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 22, Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act.

Next Meeting: 2 p.m., Monday, December 7, 2015

November 20, 2015

Weekly Digest

House

November 16, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committee)

Suspensions: H.R. 308, H.R. 1338, H.R. 1384

November 17, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.Res. 526: Providing for consideration of H.R. 1737, H.R. 511
Suspensions: H.R. 1694, H.R. 3114
H.R. 511: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015

November 18, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.Res. 529: Providing for consideration of H.R. 1210, H.R. 3189
H.R. 1210: Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act
H.R. 1737: Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act

November 19, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.Res. 531: Providing for consideration of H.R. 4038
H.R. 3189: Fed Oversight Reform and Modernization Act of 2015
H.R. 4038: American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act

Next Meeting: 2 p.m., Monday, November 30, 2015



Senate

November 16, 2015 (Prayer, Digest)

LaShann Moutique DeArcy Hall, of New York, confirmed to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District

November 17, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

Senate passed S.J. Res. 24, Carbon Pollution Emission Resolution.
Senate passed S.J. Res. 23, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Resolution.

November 18, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

S. 1177: Every Child Achieves Act of 2015

November 19, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

Peter William Bodde, of Maryland, confirmed to be Ambassador to Libya

Senate agreed to H. Con. Res. 95, Adjournment Resolution.

Next Meeting: 3 p.m., Monday, November 30, 2015

November 11, 2015

Weekly Digest

House

The House was not in session this week.

Next Meeting: 2 p.m., Monday, November 16, 2015



Senate

November 9, 2015 (Prayer, Digest)

Scott Allen, of Maryland, confirmed to be Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

November 10, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to S. 1356, National Defense Authorization Act.

Senate passed H.R. 2029, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, as amended.

H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act

Next Meeting: 3 p.m., Monday, November 16, 2015

November 6, 2015

Senator Ben Sasse's Inaugural Address

The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.

The Senator from Nebraska is recognized for his inaugural address.

Senate Culture

Mr. SASSE. Mr. President, I rise to speak from the floor for the first time. I have never been in politics before, and I intentionally waited to speak here.

I wish to talk about the historic purposes and uses of the Senate, about the decades-long decline of the legislature relative to the executive branch, and about what baby steps toward institutional recovery might look like.

Before doing so, let me explain briefly why I chose to wait a year since election day before beginning to fully engage in floor debate. I have done two things in my adult work life. I am a historian by training and a strategy guy by vocation. Before becoming a college president, I helped over a dozen organizations through some very ugly strategic crises, and one important lesson I have learned again and again when you walk into any broken organization is that there is a very delicate balance between expressing human empathy on the one hand and not becoming willing to passively sweep hard truths under the rug on the other. It is essential to listen first, to ask questions first, and to learn how a broken institution got to where it is because there are reasons. People very rarely try to break special institutions that they inherit. Things fray and break for reasons.

Still, empathy cannot change the reality that a bankrupt company is costing more to produce its products than customers are willing to pay for them, that a college that has too few students is out not only of money but out of spirit. This is the two-part posture I have tried to adopt during my rookie year here. Because of this goal of empathetic listening first and interviewing first and because of a pledge I made to Nebraskans--in deference to an old Senate decision--last year I have waited.

Weekly Digest

House

November 2, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

Suspension: H.R. 1853

November 3, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.Res. 507: Providing for consideration of the Senate amendments to H.R. 22
H.Res. 354: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the safety and security of Jewish communities in Europe.
H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act

November 4, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
H.Res. 512: Providing for further consideration of the Senate amendments to H.R. 22

November 5, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

Suspension: S. 1356
H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act

Next Meeting: 2 p.m., Monday, November 16, 2015



Senate

November 3, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

S. 1140: Federal Water Quality Protection Act

S.J.Res. 22: A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the definition of "waters of the United States" under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.

November 4, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

S.J.Res. 22: A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency relating to the definition of "waters of the United States" under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.

November 5, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

H.R. 2685: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2016
H.R. 2029: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016

Next Meeting: 3 p.m., Monday, November 9, 2015

October 31, 2015

Weekly Digest

House

October 26, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committee)

H.Res. 450: Providing for consideration of H.R. 597

October 27, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.Res. 491: Providing for consideration of H.R. 1090
H.Res. 450: Providing for the consideration of H.R. 597
H.R. 1090: Retail Investor Protection Act
H.R. 597: Reform Exports and Expand the American Economy Act

October 28, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.Res. 495: Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to H.R. 1314
H.R. 1314: Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

October 29, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions)

Farewell Address by Speaker John Boehner

Election of Speaker Paul Ryan

Next Meeting: 12 noon, Monday, November 2, 2015



Senate

October 26, 2015 (Prayer, Digest)

Lawrence Joseph Vilardo, of New York, confirmed to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District

October 27, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

Senate passed S. 754, Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, as amended.

October 28, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

October 29, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

October 30, 2015 (Prayer, Digest)

Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 1314, Bipartisan Budget Act.

Next Meeting: 10 a.m., Tuesday, November 3, 2015

October 24, 2015

Weekly Digest

House

October 20, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

Suspensions: H.R. 3493, H.R. 3350, H.Res. 348

October 21, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.Res. 480: Providing for consideration of H.R. 10, H.R. 692
H.Res. 481: Providing for consideration of H.R. 1937
H.R. 692: Default Prevention Act
H.R. 10: SOAR Reauthorization Act

October 22, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.R. 1937: National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015
H.Res. 483: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3762

October 23, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.R. 3762: Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015

Legislative Program for next week

Next Meeting: 12 p.m., Monday, October 26, 2015



Senate

October 19, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

October 20, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

Ann Donnelly, of New York, confirmed to be U.S.  District Judge for the Eastern District

S. 2146: Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act

October 21, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

October 22, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

S. 754: Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015
S.Amdt. 2716: In the nature of a substitute.
S.Amdt. 2564: To prohibit liability immunity to applying to private entities that break user or privacy agreements with customers.

Julie Furta-Toy, of Wyoming, confirmed to be Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

Next Meeting: 3 p.m., Monday, October 26, 2015

October 10, 2015

Weekly Digest

House

October 5, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions)

October 6, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

Suspensions: H.R. 1553, H.R. 1839

October 7, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.Res. 462: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3192
H.Res. 461: Establishing a Select Investigative Panel of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
H.R. 3192: Homebuyers Assistance Act

October 8, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.Res. 466: Providing for consideration of H.R. 538, H.R. 702
H.R. 538: Native American Energy Act

October 9, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.R. 702: To adapt to changing crude oil market conditions.

Next Meeting: 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 13, 2015 in Pro Forma session



Senate

October 5, 2015 (Prayer, Digest)

Dale A. Drozd, of California, confirmed to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District

October 6, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

H.R. 1735: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016

October 7, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

Senate agreed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 1735, National Defense Authorization Act.

October 8, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

H.R. 2028: Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016

October 9, 2015 (Digest)

Next Meeting: 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 13, 2015 in a pro forma session

October 6, 2015

Weekly Digest

House

September 28, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committee)

Suspensions: H.R. 2835, H.R. 2786

September 29, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.Res. 444: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3495
H.R. 3495: Women's Public Health and Safety Act

September 30, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.Res. 448: Providing for consideration of H.Con.Res. 79, H.R. 719
Suspension: S. 2082
H.Con.Res. 79: Directing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make corrections in the enrollment of H.R. 719.
H.R. 719: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016

October 1, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.Res. 449: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3457, H.R. 1735
H.R. 1735: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
H.R. 3457: Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act

Legislative Program for next week

October 2, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions)



Senate

September 28, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committee)

H.R. 719: TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2015

September 29, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

September 30, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

Senate agreed to the motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 719, TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act, with an amendment.

October 1, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

H.R. 2029: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016

September 26, 2015

Weekly Digest

House

September 22, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions)

September 24, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions)

House and Senate met in a Joint Meeting to receive His Holiness Pope Francis of the Holy See.

Suspension: H.R. 322

September 25, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.R. 348: Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development Act of 2015

Next Meeting: 12 p.m., Monday, September 28, 2015



Senate

September 21, 2015 (Prayer, Digest)

September 22, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

H.R. 36: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
H.R. 2685: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2016

September 24, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

House and Senate met in a Joint Meeting to receive His Holiness Pope Francis of the Holy See.

H.J.Res. 61: S.Amdt. 2669 (Cochran): Making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes.

September 25, 2015 (Prayer, Digest)

Next Meeting: 4:30 p.m., Monday, September 28, 2015

September 19, 2015

Weekly Digest

House

September 15, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committee)

September 16, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

Suspensions: H.R. 1214, H.R. 1949

September 17, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.Res. 420: Providing for consideration of H.R. 348, H.R. 758
H.R. 758: Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2015
H.Res. 421: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3134, H.R. 3504

September 18, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.R. 3134: Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015
H.R. 3504: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Next Meeting: 4 p.m., Tuesday, September 22, 2015



Senate

September 15, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committee)

H.J.Res. 61: Hire More Heroes Act of 2015
S.Amdt. 2640 (McConnell): In the nature of a substitute.

September 16, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

September 17, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

H.J.Res. 61: Hire More Heroes Act of 2015
S.Amdt. 2640 (McConnell): In the nature of a substitute.

Next Meeting: 2 p.m., Monday, September 21, 2015

September 14, 2015

Weekly Digest

House

September 8, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committee)

Suspension: S. 1359

September 9, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

September 10, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.Res. 412: Providing for consideration of H.Res. 411, H.R. 3461, H.R. 3460
H.Res. 411: Finding that the President has not complied with section 2 of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015.

September 11, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.R. 3461: To approve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed at Vienna on July 14, 2015, relating to the nuclear program of Iran.
H.R. 3460: To suspend until January 21, 2017, the authority of the President to waive, suspend, reduce, provide relief from, or otherwise limit the application of sanctions pursuant to an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran.

Legislative Program for next week

Next Meeting: 3 p.m., Tuesday, September 15, 2015 in Pro Forma session



Senate

September 8, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committee)

Roseann A. Ketchmark, of Missouri, confirmed to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District

September 9, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committee)

September 10, 2015 (Prayer, Digest)

H.J.Res. 61: Hire More Heroes Act of 2015
S.Amdt. 2640: Of a perfecting nature.
Text: Nuclear Agreement With Iran

September 11, 2015 (Digest)

Next Meeting: 1 p.m., Tuesday, September 15, 2015

August 8, 2015

August 1, 2015

Weekly Digest

House

July 27, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committee)

Suspensions: S. 1482, H.R. 1656, H.R. 2770

July 28, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.Res. 380: Providing for consideration of H.R. 427
Suspension: H.R. 675
H.R. 427: Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2015

July 29, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions, Committees)

H.Res. 388: Providing for consideration of H.R. 1994, H.R. 3236
Suspension: H.R. 1300
H.R. 3236: Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015
H.R. 1994: VA Accountability Act of 2015

July 30, 2015 (Subcommittee)

July 31, 2015 (Prayer, DigestExtensions)

Next Meeting: 12 noon, Tuesday, August 4, 2015, in Pro Forma session



Senate

July 26, 2015 (Prayer, Digest)

H.R. 22: Hire More Heroes Act of 2015
S.Amdt. 2328: To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 entirely.
S.Amdt. 2327: To reauthorize and reform the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

July 27, 2015 (Prayer, Digest)

H.R. 22: Hire More Heroes Act of 2015
S.Amdt. 2327: To reauthorize and reform the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
S.Amdt. 2266: In the nature of a substitute.

July 28, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

July 29, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

H.R. 22: Hire More Heroes Act of 2015
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt employees with health coverage under TRICARE or the Veterans Administration from being taken into account for purposes of determining the employers to which the employer mandate applies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
S.Amdt. 2266: In the nature of a substitute.

July 30, 2015 (Prayer, Digest, Committees)

Senate passed H.R. 22, Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act, as amended.

Senate passed H.R. 3236, Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act.

July 31, 2015 (Digest)

Next Meeting: 2 p.m., Monday, August 3, 2015
Senate resumes consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1881, Prohibit Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood, and vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill at 5:30 p.m.

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