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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

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