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Daily Digest/Senate



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[Pages D712-D713]
                                           Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S5717-S5758
Measures Introduced: Seven bills and one resolution were introduced, as 
follows: S. 1311-1317, and S. Res. 197.
  Page S5755
Measures Passed:
  Charles W. Morgan: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from 
further consideration of S. Res. 183, commemorating the relaunching of 
the 172-year-old Charles W. Morgan by Mystic Seaport: The Museum of 
America and the Sea, and the resolution was then agreed to. 
                                                         Pages S5757-58
Measures Considered:
Keep Student Loans Affordable Act: Senate began consideration of the 
motion to proceed to consideration of S. 1238, to amend the Higher 
Education Act of 1965 to extend the current reduced interest rate for 
undergraduate Federal Direct Stafford Loans for 1 year, to modify 
required distribution rules for pension plans.
  Pages S5717-18
Message from the President: Senate received the following message from 
the President of the United States:
  Transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to the continuation 
of the national emergency with respect to the former Liberian regime of 
Charles Taylor that was established in Executive Order 13348 on July 
22, 2004; which was referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and 
Urban Affairs. (PM-16)
Page S5753
Perez Nomination--Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of the 
nomination of Thomas Edward Perez, of Maryland, to be Secretary of 
Labor.
  Pages S5737-49
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 60 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 177), 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 S5736-37
  A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further 
consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 10:30 
a.m., on Thursday, July 18, 2013, and that all time during adjournment, 
morning business, legislative session and recess count post-cloture on 
the nomination.
Page S5758
Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
  By 82 yeas to 17 nays (Vote No. EX. 176), Fred P. Hochberg, of New 
York, to be President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. 
                                                         Pages S5718-36
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 82 yeas to 18 nays (Vote No. 175), 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.
Page S5718
Messages from the House:
  Page S5754
Measures Referred:
  Page S5754
Measures Read the First Time:
  Pages S5754, S5758
Executive Communications:
  Pages S5754-55
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S5755-56
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S5756-57
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S5757
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S5757
Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--177) 
                                                  Pages S5718, S5736-37
Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 7:25 p.m., 
until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2013. (For Senate's program, see 
the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page 
S5758.)

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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION REAUTHORIZATION
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission, after receiving testimony from Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr., 
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Dennis M. 
Kelleher, Better Markets, Inc., and Walter L. Lukken, Futures Industry 
Association, all of Washington, D.C.; Terrence A. Duffy, CME Group 
Inc., Adam Cooper, Citadel LLC, on behalf of Managed Funds Association, 
and Daniel J. Roth, National Futures Association, all of Chicago, 
Illinois; Gene Guilford, Commodity Market Oversight Coalition, 
Cromwell, Connecticut; John Heck, The Scoular Company, Omaha, Nebraska, 
on behalf of the National Grain and Feed Association; Donald Russak, 
New York Power Authority, White Plains, New York, on behalf of the 
American Public Power Association; and Jim Colby, Honeywell 
International Inc., Morristown, New Jersey.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: Committee announced 
the following subcommittee assignments:
  Subcommittee on Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management: 
Senators Donnelly (Chair), Baucus, Heitkamp, Harkin, Brown, Gillibrand, 
Chambliss, Roberts, Boozman, Hoeven, and Johanns.
  Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation: 
Senators Heitkamp (Chair), Brown, Klobuchar, Bennet, Donnelly, Casey, 
Johanns, Hoeven, Grassley, Thune, and Boozman.
  Subcommittee on Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources: 
Senators Bennet (Chair), Harkin, Klobuchar, Leahy, Baucus, Heitkamp, 
Boozman, McConnell, Chambliss, Thune, and Roberts.
  Subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food and Agricultural 
Research: Senators Casey (Chair), Leahy, Harkin, Brown, Gillibrand, 
Bennet, Hoeven, McConnell, Chambliss, Grassley, and Thune.
  Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture 
Security: Senators Gillibrand (Chair), Leahy, Baucus, Klobuchar, 
Donnelly, Casey, Roberts, McConnell, Boozman, Johanns, and Grassley.
  Senators Stabenow and Cochran are ex officio members of each 
subcommittee.
APPROPRIATIONS: MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY
Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Department of Defense 
concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal 
year 2014 for the Missile Defense Agency, after receiving testimony 
from Vice Admiral James Syring, Director, Missile Defense Agency, 
Department of Defense.
MAJOR THREATS FACING NAVY FORCES
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on SeaPower received a closed 
briefing on the major threats facing Navy forces and the Navy's current 
and projected capabilities to meet those threats from Vice Admiral 
Joseph P. Aucoin, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare 
Systems (N9), and Arthur H. Barber III, Deputy Director, Assessment 
Division (N81B), Joshua J. Corless, Senior Intelligence Advisor, and 
Jason A. Reynolds, Director, Special Programs (N89), all of the Office 
of the Chief of Naval Operations, all of the Department of Defense.
NUCLEAR EMPLOYMENT STRATEGY
Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Strategic Forces concluded 
a closed hearing to examine revisions to the nuclear employment 
strategy, after receiving testimony from Madelyn R. Creedon, Assistant 
Secretary for Global Strategic Affairs, and General C. Robert Kehler, 
USAF, Commander, United States Strategic Command, both of the 
Department of Defense.
CONSUMER DEBT INDUSTRY
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on 
Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection concluded a hearing to 
examine the consumer debt industry, after receiving testimony from 
Corey Stone, Assistant Director, Office of Deposits, Cash, Collections, 
and Reporting Markets, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and James 
Reilly Dolan, Acting Associate Director, Division of Financial 
Practices, Federal Trade Commission.
EXPANSION OF INTERNET GAMBLING
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on 
Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance concluded a hearing 
to examine the expansion of internet gambling, focusing on assessing 
consumer protection concerns, after receiving testimony from Chuck 
Canterbury, Fraternal Order of Police, and Matt Smith, Catholic 
Advocate, both of Washington, D.C.; Tom Grissen, Daon, Reston, 
Virginia; and Jack A. Blum, Annapolis, Maryland.

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E-RATE 2.0
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded 
a hearing to examine E-Rate 2.0, focusing on connecting every child to 
technology, after receiving testimony from Linda H. Lord, Maine State 
Librarian, Augusta, on behalf of the American Library Association; 
Sheryl Abshire, Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, Lake Charles, 
Louisiana; Patrick Finn, Cisco Systems, Inc., Herndon, Virginia; and 
James G. Coulter, LEAD Commission, San Francisco, California.
HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine health 
information technology, focusing on quality health care, after 
receiving testimony from Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator, 
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, 
and Patrick Conway, CMS Chief Medical Officer and Director, Center for 
Clinical Standards and Quality, both of the Department of Health and 
Human Services.
NOMINATION
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine 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, and to be Representative to the Sessions of the General 
Assembly of the United Nations during her tenure of service as 
Representative to the United Nations, after the nominee, who was 
introduced by Senators Chambliss and Isakson, testified and answered 
questions in her own behalf.
NOMINATION
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the nomination of Catherine M. Russell, of the District of 
Columbia, to be Ambassador at Large for Global Women's Issues, 
Department of State, after the nominee, who was introduced by Senator 
Leahy, testified and answered questions in her own behalf.
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AT 10 YEARS
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
concluded a hearing to examine the Department of Homeland Security at 
10 years, focusing on harnessing science and technology to protect 
national security and enhance government efficiency, including 
strengthening oversight and coordination of research and development 
efforts, after receiving testimony from Tara O'Toole, Under Secretary 
of Homeland Security for Science and Technology; and David C. Maurer, 
Director, Homeland Security and Justice, Government Accountability 
Office.
VOTING RIGHTS ACT
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
working together to restore the protections of the ``Voting Rights 
Act'', focusing on Selma and Shelby County, after receiving testimony 
from Representatives Lewis and Sensenbrenner; Luz Urbaez Weinberg, City 
of Aventura Commissioner, Aventura, Florida; Michael A. Carvin, Jones 
Day, Washington, D.C.; and Justin Levitt, Loyola Law School, Los 
Angeles, California.
SMALL BUSINESS TAX REFORM
Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Committee concluded a 
hearing to examine small business tax reform, focusing on making the 
tax code work for entrepreneurs and startups, after receiving testimony 
from William Randolph, Director, Business and International Taxation, 
Office of Tax Policy, Department of the Treasury; Michael J. Eckert, 
Angel Capital Association, New Orleans, Louisiana; J. Michael Keeling, 
The ESOP Association, Chris Edwards, CATO Institute, Kristie Arslan, 
National Association for the Self-Employed, Ann Sullivan, Women 
Impacting Public Policy, and Scott Hodge, Tax Foundation, all of 
Washington, D.C.; Annette Nellen, San Jose State University, San Jose, 
California; Sanford Zinman, National Conference of CPA Practitioners, 
White Plains, New York; Kenneth B. Canty, Freeland Construction 
Company, Inc., Charleston, South Carolina; and Greg Nelson, Brown 
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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 16 public bills, H.R. 2703-
2718; and 1 resolution, H. Res. 304 were introduced.
  Pages H4597-98
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H4598-99
Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:
  H. Res. 303, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5) to 
support State and local accountability for public education, protect 
State and local authority, inform parents of the performance of their 
children's schools, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 113-158). 
                                                             Page H4597
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative Massie to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H4525
Recess: The House recessed at 10:40 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon. 
                                                             Page H4529
Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the guest chaplain, Reverend Robert 
Wagenseil, Calvary Episcopal Church, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. 
                                                             Page H4529
Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by 
voice vote.
  Page H4577
Recess: The House recessed at 1:36 p.m. and reconvened at 2:16 p.m. 
                                                             Page H4543
Recess: The House recessed at 2:52 p.m. and reconvened at 2:55 p.m. 
                                                             Page H4545
Official Photograph of the House in Session: The official photograph of 
the House in session was taken pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 
270.
  Page H4545
Motion to Adjourn: Rejected the Polis motion to adjourn by a recorded 
vote of 10 ayes to 409 noes, Roll No. 359.
  Pages H4545-46
Authority for Mandate Delay Act: The House passed H.R. 2667, to delay 
the application of the employer health insurance mandate, by a yea-and-
nay vote of 264 yeas to 161 nays, Roll No. 361. 
                                               Pages H4546-57, H4573-75
  Rejected the Andrews motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on 
Ways and Means with instructions to report the same back to the House 
forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 188 yeas to 230 
nays, Roll No. 360.
Pages H4573-74
  H. Res. 300, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 
2668) and (H.R. 2667) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 232 yeas 
to 183 nays, Roll No. 358, after the previous question was ordered by a 
yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 357. 
                                               Pages H4534-43, H4543-45
Fairness for American Families Act: The House passed H.R. 2668, to 
delay the application of the individual health insurance mandate, by a 
yea-and-nay vote of 251 yeas to 174 nays, Roll No. 363. 
                                               Pages H4557-73, H4575-77
  Rejected the Andrews motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on 
Ways and Means with instructions to report the same back to the House 
forthwith with an amendment, by a yea-and-nay vote of 193 ayes to 230 
noes, Roll No. 362.
Pages H4575-76
  H. Res. 300, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 
2668) and (H.R. 2667) was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 232 yeas 
to 183 nays, Roll No. 358, after the previous question was ordered by a 
yea-and-nay vote of 230 yeas to 192 nays, Roll No. 357. 
                                               Pages H4534-43, H4543-45
  Pursuant to section 3 of the rule, in the engrossment of H.R. 2668 
the Clerk shall (1) add the text of H.R. 2667, as passed by the House, 
as new matter at the end of H.R. 2668; (2) conform the title of H.R. 
2668 to reflect the addition of the text of H.R. 2667, as passed by the 
House, to the engrossment; (3) assign appropriate designations to 
provisions within the engrossment; and (4) conform cross-references and 
provisions for short titles within the engrossment. Upon the addition 
of the text of H.R. 2667 to the engrossment of H.R. 2668, H.R. 2667 
shall be laid on the table.
Page H4577
World War I Centennial Commission--Appointment: Read a letter from 
Representative Pelosi, Democratic Leader, in which she appointed Mr. 
Robert Dalessandro of Alexandria, VA to the World War I Centennial 
Commission.
  Page H4577
Presidential Message: Read a message from the President wherein he 
notified Congress that the national emergency and related measures 
dealing with the former Liberian regime of Charles Taylor are to 
continue in effect beyond July 22, 2013--referred to the Committee on 
Foreign Affairs and ordered to be printed (H. Doc. 113-47). 
                                                             Page H4577
Quorum Calls--Votes: Six yea-and-nay votes and one recorded vote 
developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H4544, 
H4544-45, H4545-46, H4574, H4574-75, H4576, H4576-77. There were no 
quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 10 p.m.

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Committee Meetings
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Appropriations:  Full Committee held a markup on the 
Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill 
for FY 2014; and Financial Services and General Government 
Appropriations Bill for FY 2014. The Committee ordered reported, 
without amendment, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Bill for FY 2014. The Committee ordered reported, as 
amended, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations 
Bill for FY 2014.
SECURITY SITUATION IN THE SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC--IMPLICATIONS FOR U.S. 
NATIONAL SECURITY AND U.S. POLICY OPTIONS
Committee on Armed Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
``The Security Situation in the Syrian Arab Republic--Implications for 
U.S. National Security and U.S. Policy Options''. Testimony was heard 
from public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Full Committee concluded markup on 
H.R. 1582, the ``Energy Consumers Relief Act 2013''; H.R. 1900, the 
``Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act''; H.R. 83, a bill to 
require the Secretary of the Interior to develop an action plan to 
address the energy needs of the insular areas of the United States and 
the Freely Associated States; H.R. 2094, the ``School Access to 
Emergency Epinephrine Act''; H.R. 698, the ``HIV Organ Policy Equity 
Act''; and H.R. 2052, the ``Global Investment in American Jobs Act of 
2013''. The following bills were ordered reported as amended: H.R. 
1582; H.R. 1900; and H.R. 2052. The following bills were ordered 
reported without amendment: H.R. 83; H.R. 2094; and H.R. 698.
MONETARY POLICY AND THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY
Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
``Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy''. Testimony was heard 
from Ben Bernanke, Chairman, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve 
System.
STAKEHOLDER PERSPECTIVES ON TSA ACQUISITION REFORM
Committee on Homeland Security:  Subcommittee on Transportation 
Security held a hearing entitled ``Stakeholder Perspectives on TSA 
Acquisition Reform''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.
EVALUATING PRIVACY, SECURITY, AND FRAUD CONCERNS WITH OBAMACARE'S 
INFORMATION SHARING APPARATUS
Committee on Homeland Security: Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, 
Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies; and the Committee 
on Oversight and Government Reform's Subcommittee on Energy Policy, 
Health Care and Entitlements held a hearing entitled ``Evaluating 
Privacy, Security, and Fraud Concerns with ObamaCare's Information 
Sharing Apparatus''. Testimony was heard from Alan R. Duncan, Assistant 
Inspector General for Security and Information Technology Services, 
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration; Terence V. 
Milholland, Chief Technology Officer, Internal Revenue Service; Danny 
Werfel, Principal Deputy Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service; 
Marilyn B. Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid 
Services, Department of Health and Human Services; Henry Chao, Deputy 
Chief Information Officer, Deputy Director of the Office of Information 
Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of 
Health and Human Services; and John Dicken, Director, Health Care, 
Government Accountability Office.
COLLECTIONS STEWARDSHIP AT THE SMITHSONIAN
Committee on House Administration: Full Committee held a hearing 
entitled ``Collections Stewardship at the Smithsonian''. Testimony was 
heard from G. Wayne Clough, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution; Scott 
Miller, Deputy Undersecretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary 
Support, Smithsonian Institution; and Scott Dahl, Inspector General, 
Smithsonian Institution.
OVERSIGHT OF THE ADMINISTRATION'S USE OF FISA AUTHORITIES
Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
``Oversight of the Administration's use of FISA Authorities''. 
Testimony was heard from James Cole, Department of Justice; John C. 
Inglis, National Security Agency; Robert S. Litt, Office of Director of 
National Intelligence, Stephanie Douglas, Federal Bureau of 
Investigation, National Security Branch; and a public witness.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE
Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil 
Justice held a markup on H.R. 2655, the ``Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act 
of 2013''. The bill was forwarded, without amendment.

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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR OPERATIONS, MANAGEMENT, AND RULEMAKINGS
Committee on Natural Resources: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
``The Department of the Interior Operations, Management, and 
Rulemakings''. Testimony was heard from Sally Jewell, Secretary, 
Department of the Interior.
NATIONAL BLUEWAYS ORDER
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power held a 
hearing entitled ``A Washington, DC-based Bureaucratic Invention with 
Potential Water Conservation and Property Rights Impacts: The National 
Blueways Order''. Testimony was heard from Rebecca Wodder, Senior 
Advisor to the Secretary, Department of the Interior; Robert Griffin, 
Judge, Independence County, Arkansas; and public witnesses.
WHY SHOULD AMERICANS HAVE TO COMPLY WITH THE LAWS OF FOREIGN NATIONS?
Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, 
Oceans and Insular Affairs held a hearing entitled ``Why should 
Americans have to comply with the laws of foreign nations?''. Testimony 
was heard from Kristina Alexander, Legislative Attorney, American Law 
Division, Congressional Research Service; and public witnesses.
BORDER SECURITY OVERSIGHT, PART III: EXAMINING ASYLUM REQUESTS
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on National 
Security held a hearing entitled ``Border Security Oversight, Part III: 
Examining Asylum Requests''. Testimony was heard from Joseph E. 
Langlois, Associate Director, Refugee, Asylum, and International 
Operations, Citizenship and Immigration Services.
A PATH FORWARD ON POSTAL REFORM
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held a 
hearing entitled ``A Path Forward on Postal Reform''. Testimony was 
heard from Representative Smith (NE); Patrick Donahoe, Postmaster 
General and CEO, United States Postal Service; and public witnesses.
STUDENT SUCCESS ACT
Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on H.R. 5, the 
``Student Success Act''. The Committee granted, by record vote of 8-4, 
a structured rule for H.R. 5. The rule provides one hour of general 
debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority 
member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce. The rule waives 
all points of order against consideration of the bill. The rule makes 
in order as original text for the purpose of amendment an amendment in 
the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee 
Print 113-18 and provides that it shall be considered as read. The rule 
waives all points of order against the amendment in the nature of a 
substitute. The rule makes in order only those further amendments 
printed in the Rules Committee report. Each such amendment may be 
offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by 
a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall 
be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and 
controlled by the proponent and an opponent, may be withdrawn by its 
proponent at any time before action thereon, shall not be subject to 
amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the 
question. The rule waives all points of order against the amendments 
printed in the report. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or 
without instructions. Testimony was heard from Chairman Kline (MN), and 
Representatives George Miller (CA), Salmon, Thompson (PA), Brooks (IN), 
Polis, Young (AK), Garrett, Scalise, Fitzpatrick, Duncan (SC), Gibson, 
Mullin, Jackson Lee, Cardenas, Hanabusa, and Esty.
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE AND SMALL BUSINESSES: ENSURING FAIR TREATMENT
Committee on Small Business: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
``The Internal Revenue Service and Small Businesses: Ensuring Fair 
Treatment''. Testimony was heard from Daniel I. Werfel, Principal 
Deputy Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service.
CAUSES OF DELAYS TO THE FAA'S NEXTGEN PROGRAM
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on 
Aviation held a hearing entitled ``Causes of Delays to the FAA's 
NextGen Program''. Testimony was heard from Michael P. Huerta, 
Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration; and Calvin L. Scovel 
III, Inspector General, Department of Transportation.
LEGISLATIVE MEASURES
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Full Committee held a hearing on the 
following: H.R. 813, the ``Putting Veterans Funding First Act of 
2013''; H.R. 806, to amend title 38, United States Code, to make 
permanent the requirement for annual reports on Comptroller General 
reviews of the accuracy of Department of Veterans Affairs medical 
budget submissions, and for other purposes; and a draft discussion bill 
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the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a Future-Years 
Veterans Program and a quadrennial veterans review, to establish in the 
Department of Veterans Affairs a Chief Strategy Officer, and for other 
purposes. Testimony was heard from Robert D. Snyder, Acting Assistant 
Secretary for the Office of Policy and Planning, Department of Veterans 
Affairs; and public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Disability Assistance 
and Memorial Affairs held a markup on H.R. 2086, the ``Pay As You Rate 
Act''; H.R. 2189, to establish a commission or task force to evaluate 
the backlog of disability claims of the Department of Veterans Affairs; 
and H.R. 2423, the ``Disabled Veterans' Access to Medical Exams 
Improvement Act''. The following bills were forwarded, as amended: H.R. 
2086; H.R. 2189; and H.R. 2423.
DELAY OF THE EMPLOYER MANDATE PENALTIES AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on 
the Obama Administration's recent decision to delay the information 
reporting requirements and penalties associated with the employer 
mandate in the Affordable Care Act until 2015. Testimony was heard from 
J. Mark Iwry, Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Retirement and Health Policy, Department of the Treasury.
WHAT REALLY WORKS: EVALUATING CURRENT EFFORTS TO HELP FAMILIES SUPPORT 
THEIR CHILDREN AND ESCAPE POVERTY
Committee on Ways and Means: Subcommittee on Human Resources held a 
hearing entitled ``What Really Works: Evaluating Current Efforts to 
Help Families Support their Children and Escape Poverty''. Testimony 
was heard from Kristen Cox, Executive Director, Utah Governor's Office 
of Management and Budget; and public witnesses.
ONGOING INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Full Committee held a 
hearing entitled ``Ongoing Intelligence Activities''. This was a closed 
hearing.

Joint Meetings
AUTHORITARIANISM IN AZERBAIJAN
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: On Tuesday, July 16, 
2013, Commission received a briefing on growing authoritarianism in 
Azerbaijan, focusing on current events in Azerbaijan and the prospect 
for a free and fair election, after receiving testimony from Thomas 
Melia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights 
and Labor; Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to 
the United States, and Miriam Lanskoy, National Endowment for 
Democracy, both of Washington, D.C.; and Erkin Gadirli, Republican 
Alternative, Samad Seyidov, National Assembly of Azerbaijan, and Eldar 
Namavoz, National Council of Democratic Forces of Azerbaijan, all of 
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Daily Digest/COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR 2013-07-18



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                    COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                             JULY 18, 2013

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Appropriations: business meeting to markup proposed 
budget estimates for fiscal year 2014 for Commerce, Justice, 
Science, and Related Agencies and the Department of Homeland 
Security, 10 a.m., SD-106.
  Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine the 
nominations of General Martin E. Dempsey, USA for reappointment to 
the grade of general and reappointment as Chairman of the Joint 
Chiefs of Staff, and Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., USN for 
reappointment to the grade of admiral and reappointment as Vice 
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both of the Department of 
Defense, 9:30 a.m., SH-216.
  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: business meeting 
to consider the nominations of Melvin L. Watt, of North Carolina, to 
be Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Jason Furman, of 
New York, to be Member and Chairman of the Council of Economic 
Advisers, Kara Marlene Stein, of Maryland, Michael Sean Piwowar, of 
Virginia, and Mary Jo White, of New York, all to be Members of the 
Securities and Exchange Commission, and Richard T. Metsger, of 
Oregon, to be a Member of the National Credit Union Administration 
Board; to be immediately followed by a hearing to examine the 
Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress, 10:30 a.m., SD-538.
  Committee on Energy and Natural Resources: to hold hearings to 
examine the current state of clean energy finance in the United 
States and opportunities to facilitate greater investment in 
domestic clean energy technology development and deployment, 9:30 
a.m., SD-366.
  Committee on Environment and Public Works: to hold hearings to 
examine climate change, 10 a.m., SD-406.
  Committee on Finance: to hold hearings to examine the nomination 
of F. Scott Kieff, of Illinois, to be a Member of the United States 
International Trade Commission, 2:30 p.m., SD-215.
  Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider the 
nominations of Todd M. Hughes, of the District of Columbia, to be 
United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit, Colin Stirling 
Bruce, to be United States

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District Judge for the Central District of Illinois, Sara Lee Ellis, 
and Andrea R. Wood, each to be a United States District Judge for 
the Northern District of Illinois, Madeline Hughes Haikala, to be 
United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama, 
and James B. Comey, Jr., of Connecticut, to be Director of the 
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice, 9:30 a.m., 
SD-226.
  Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold closed hearings to 
examine certain intelligence matters, 2 p.m., SH-219.


                                 House

  Committee on Appropriations, Full Committee, markup on the 
Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill for FY 2014, 11 a.m., 2359 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Commerce, 
Manufacturing, and Trade, hearing entitled ``Reporting Data 
Breaches: Is Federal Legislation Needed to Protect Consumers?'', 11 
a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, hearing entitled 
``Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Implementation in the 
Wake of Administrative Delay'', 1:30 p.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Committee on Financial Services, Full Committee, hearing entitled 
``A Legislative Proposal to Protect American Taxpayers and 
Homeowners by Creating a Sustainable Housing Finance System'', 1 
p.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, 
Nonproliferation, and Trade, hearing entitled ``Global al-Qaeda: 
Affiliates, Objectives, and Future Challenges'', 2 p.m., 2172 
Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and 
International Organizations, hearing entitled ``Is There an African 
Resource Curse?'', 2 p.m., 2167 Rayburn.
  Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, 
Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, hearing 
entitled ``Oversight of Executive Order 13636 and Development of the 
Cybersecurity Framework'', 10 a.m., 311 Cannon.
  Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution and 
Civil Justice, hearing entitled ``The Voting Rights Act after the 
Supreme Court's Decision in Shelby County'', 11 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, 
markup on H.R. 2122, the ``Regulatory Accountability Act of 2013''; 
and H.R. 2641, the ``Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating 
Development Act of 2013'', 2 p.m., 2141 Rayburn.
  Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Full Committee, 
hearing entitled ``The IRS's Systematic Delay and Scrutiny of Tea 
Party Applications'', 11 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory 
Affairs, hearing entitled ``Regulatory Burdens: The Impact of Dodd-
Frank on Community Banking'', 8:30 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements, 
hearing entitled ``Examining the Obama Administration's Social Cost 
of Carbon Estimates'', 2:30 p.m., 2247 Rayburn.
  Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Full Committee, 
markup on H.R. 2687, the ``National Aeronautics and Space 
Administration Authorization Act of 2013'', 11:15 a.m., 2318 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Small Business, Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy 
and Trade, hearing entitled ``The President's Climate Action Plan: 
What Is the Impact on Small Businesses?'', 10 a.m., 2360 Rayburn.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Full Committee, 
markup on H.R. 185, to designate the United States courthouse 
located at 101 East Pecan Street in Sherman, Texas, as the ``Paul 
Brown United States Courthouse''; H.R. 579, to designate the United 
States courthouse located at 501 East Court Street in Jackson, 
Mississippi, as the ``R. Jess Brown United States Courthouse''; H.R. 
2251, to designate the United States courthouse located at 118 South 
Mill Street, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, as the ``Edward J. Devitt 
United States''; H.R. 1961, to amend title 46, United States Code, 
to extend the exemption from the fire-retardant materials 
construction requirement for vessels operating within the Boundary 
Line; H.R. 2352, to amend title 23, United States Code, with respect 
to the operation of vehicles on certain Wisconsin highways, and for 
other purposes; and other matters cleared for consideration, 11:30 
a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
  Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic 
Opportunity, markup on H.R. 2210, the ``Marine Gunnery Sergeant John 
David Fry Scholarship Improvements Act of 2013''; H.R. 2327, the 
``Veterans Economic Opportunity Administration Act of 2013''; H.R. 
331, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to permit the 
centralized reporting of veteran enrollment by certain groups, 
districts, and consortiums of educational institutions; H.R. 1357, 
to amend the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 to improve the Veterans 
Retraining Assistance Program by providing assistance under such 
program for certain training programs that are considered less than 
full-time; H.R. 1842, the ``Military Family Home Protection Act''; 
H.R. 2011, the Veterans' Advisory Committee on Education Improvement 
Act of 2013; H.R. 2150, the``Homeless Veterans' Reintegration 
Programs Reauthorization Act of 2013''; and H.R. 2481, the 
``Veterans G.I. Bill Enrollment Clarification Act of 2013'', 11 
a.m., 334 Cannon.
  Committee on Ways and Means, Full Committee, hearing on President 
Obama's trade policy agenda with U.S. Trade Representative Michael 
Froman, 9 a.m., 1100 Longworth.
  House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Full Committee, 
hearing on Member Access Requests, 10 a.m., HVC-304. This is a 
closed hearing.
  Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Ongoing Intelligence 
Activities'', 10:45 a.m., HVC-304. This is a closed hearing.



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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                     9:30 a.m., Thursday, July 18 

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: The Majority Leader will be recognized. At 
approximately 10:30 a.m., Senate will continue consideration of the 
nomination of Thomas Edward Perez, of Maryland, to be Secretary of 
Labor, post-cloture.
  Following disposition of the nomination of Thomas Edward Perez, 
Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of 
Regina McCarthy, of Massachusetts, to be Administrator of the 
Environmental Protection Agency.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                       10 a.m., Thursday July 18

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: Begin consideration of H.R. 5--Student Success 
Act (Subject to a Rule).
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
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            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Alexander, Rodney, La.,E1071
Andrews, Robert E., N.J., E1073
Becerra, Xavier, Calif., E1079
Bonner, Jo, Ala., E1080, E1081
Carter, John R., Tex., E1072
Coble, Howard, N.C., E1077
Coffman, Mike, Colo., E1077, E1079
Davis, Danny K., Ill., E1080
Denham, Jeff, Calif., E1076
Dingell, John D., Mich., E1074
Faleomavaega, Eni F.H., American Samoa, E1077
Green, Al, Tex., E1073
Hunter, Duncan, Calif., E1078
Kind, Ron, Wisc., E1071
Kinzinger, Adam, Ill., E1071
Luetkemeyer, Blaine, Mo., E1079
Moran, James P., Va., E1072, E1073
Norton, Eleanor Holmes, D.C., E1078
Paulsen, Erik, Minn., E1072
Poe, Ted, Tex., E1080
Rokita, Todd, Ind., E1080
Sinema, Kyrsten, Ariz., E1073, E1074, E1079
Smith, Jason T., Mo., E1077
Wolf, Frank R., Va., E1074, E1078 



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