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                                       Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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                              Daily Digest


                                 Senate


Chamber Action
  Senate continued in the session that began on Wednesday, December 11, 
2013. See next volume of the Congressional Record.
Routine Proceedings, pages S8607-S8675
Measures Introduced: Six bills and four resolutions were introduced, as 
follows: S. 1799-1804, S.J. Res. 28-29, and S. Res. 317-318. 
                                                         Pages S8667-68
Measures Considered:
Workforce Investment Act: Senate began consideration of the motion to 
proceed to consideration of S. 1356, to amend the Workforce Investment 
Act of 1998 to strengthen the United States workforce development 
system through innovation in, and alignment and improvement of, 
employment, training, and education programs in the United States, and 
to promote individual and national economic growth.
  Pages S8608-09
Nomination Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nomination:
  By 51 yeas to 44 nays (Vote No. EX. 256), Cornelia T. L. Pillard, of 
the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the 
District of Columbia Circuit.
Pages S8609-67, S8675
Messages From the House:
  Page S8667
Measures Placed on the Calendar:
  Page S8667
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S8667
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S8668-69
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S8669-74
Additional Statements:
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Pages S8674-75
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S8675
Record Votes: One record vote was taken today. (Tota1--256) 
                                                             Page S8667
Evening Session: Senate convened at 2 p.m., and continued in evening 
session. (For complete Digest of today's proceedings, see next volume 
of the Congressional Record.)



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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
AMERICAN MANUFACTURING
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on 
Economic Policy concluded a hearing to examine rebuilding American 
manufacturing, after receiving testimony from Suzanne Berger, 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Production in the Innovation 
Economy Commission, Boston; Leo Hindery, Jr., New America Foundation, 
New York, New York; Derek Scissors, American Enterprise Institute for 
Public Policy Research, Bethesda, Maryland; and Julie Skirvin, Oregon 
Iron Works, Portland.
DOMESTIC RENEWABLE FUELS
Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee with the 
Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety concluded a joint 
oversight hearing to examine domestic renewable fuels, after receiving 
testimony from Christopher Grundler, Director, Office of Transportation 
and Air Quality, Office of Air and Radiation, Environmental Protection 
Agency; Steven Chalk, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy for 
Renewable Power, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; 
Wesley Clark, Growth Energy, Little Rock, Arkansas; James C. Collins, 
Jr., E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, Inc., Wilmington, Delaware; 
Charles T. Drevna, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, Jon 
Holzfaster, National Corn Growers Association, and Scott Faber, 
Environmental Working Group, all of Washington, DC.; and Brooke 
Coleman, Advanced Ethanol Council, Boston, Massachusetts.
NOMINATION
Committee on Finance: Committee concluded hearings to examine the 
nomination of John Andrew Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be 
Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Department of the Treasury, after the 
nominee testified and answered questions in his own behalf.

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NOMINATIONS
Committee on Foreign Relations: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the nominations of Catherine Ann Novelli, of Virginia, to be an 
Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, 
Alternate Governor of the International Bank for Reconstruction and 
Development, Alternate Governor of the Inter-American Development Bank, 
and Alternate Governor of the European Bank for Reconstruction and 
Development, Charles Hammerman Rivkin, of the District of Columbia, to 
be an Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs, Tina S. 
Kaidanow, of the District of Columbia, to be Coordinator for 
Counterterrorism, with the rank of Ambassador at Large, Puneet Talwar, 
of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant Secretary for 
Political-Military Affairs, Michael A. Hammer, of the District of 
Columbia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Chile, Kevin Whitaker, of 
Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia, and Bruce 
Heyman, of Illinois, to be Ambassador to Canada, who was introduced by 
Senator Durbin, all of the Department of State, after the nominees 
testified and answered questions in their own behalf.
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee 
ordered favorably reported the nomination of Alejandro Nicholas 
Mayorkas, of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of 
Homeland Security.
OVERSEAS TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee 
on Financial and Contracting Oversight concluded a hearing to examine 
streamlining overseas trade and development agencies, focusing on a 
more efficient and effective government, after receiving testimony from 
Elizabeth L. Littlefield, President and CEO, Overseas Private 
Investment Corporation; and Leocadia I. Zak, Director, U.S. Trade and 
Development Agency.
NOMINATION
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
the nomination of Vincent G. Logan, of New York, to be Special Trustee, 
Office of Special Trustee for American Indians, Department of the 
Interior, after the nominee testified and answered questions in his own 
behalf.
LAND BUY-BACK PROGRAM OVERSIGHT
Committee on Indian Affairs: Committee concluded an oversight hearing 
to examine implementation of the Department of the Interior's Land Buy-
Back Program, after receiving testimony from Lawrence S. Roberts, 
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian 
Affairs; Timothy J. Greene, Makah Tribal Council, Neah Bay, Washington; 
Ivan Posey, Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, Billings; and Grant 
Stafne, Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation, 
Poplar, Montana.
U.S. GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE AUTHORITIES
Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
continued oversight of the United States government surveillance 
authorities, after receiving testimony from General Keith B. Alexander, 
Director, National Security Agency, and Chief, Central Security 
Service; James M. Cole, Deputy Attorney General, Department of Justice; 
Robert S. Litt, General Counsel, Office of the Director of National 
Intelligence; and Edward J. Black, The Computer and Communications 
Industry Association, Julian Sanchez, Cato Institute, and Carrie F. 
Cordero, Georgetown University Law Center, all of Washington, D.C.
NOMINATIONS
Committee on Rules and Administration: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the nominations of Thomas Hicks, of Virginia, and Myrna Perez, 
of Texas, both to be a Member of the Election Assistance Commission, 
after the nominees, who were both introduced by Senator King, testified 
and answered questions in their own behalf.
VETERANS AFFAIRS CLAIMS SYSTEM
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to 
examine the Veterans Affairs (VA) claims system, focusing on a review 
of the Veterans Affairs' transformation progress, after receiving 
testimony from Allison A. Hickey, Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs 
for Benefits, Veterans Benefits Administration.
MEDICATION LABELING MISTAKES
Special Committee on Aging: Committee concluded a hearing to examine 
protecting seniors from medication labeling mistakes, after receiving 
testimony from Janet Woodcock, Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and 
Research, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human 
Services; Doris Peter, Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, Yonkers, 
New York; Richard J. Scholz, Jacobs Scholz and Associates, LLC, 
Fernandina Beach, Florida; and Gerald K. McEvoy, American Society of 
Health-System Pharmacists, Bethesda, Maryland.



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                                       Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Senate continued in the session that began on Wednesday, December 11, 
2013. See next volume of the Congressional Record.
Routine Proceedings, pages S8607-S8778
Measures Introduced: On Thursday, December 12, 2013, eighteen bills and 
one resolution were introduced, as follows: S. 1805-1822, and S. Res. 
319.
  Page S8771
Session: Senate convened at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 
and continued in session. (For complete Digest of today's proceedings, 
see next volume of the Congressional Record.)
Measures Reported:
  S. 1360, to amend the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery 
Improvement Act of 2012, including making changes to the Do Not Pay 
initiative, for improved detection, prevention, and recovery of 
improper payments to deceased individuals. (S. Rept. No. 113-124) 
                                                             Page S8771
Measures Passed:
  Space Launch Liability Indemnification Extension Act: Senate passed 
H.R. 3547, to extend Government liability, subject to appropriation, 
for certain third-party claims arising from commercial space launches, 
after agreeing to the following amendments proposed thereto: 
                                                             Page S8751
  Nelson Amendment No. 2544, in the nature of a substitute. 
                                                             Page S8751
  Nelson Amendment No. 2545, to amend the title.
Page S8751
Fallen Firefighters Assistance Tax Clarification Act--Agreement: A 
unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that if the Senate 
receives H.R. 3458, to treat payments by charitable organizations with 
respect to certain firefighters as exempt payments from the House of 
Representatives and the bill is identical to S. 1689, as introduced, 
then the bill be considered as having been read three times and passed.
                                                             Page S8717
James Nomination: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of 
Deborah Lee James, of Virginia, to be Secretary of the Air Force. 
                                                         Pages S8764-70
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
   By 58 yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 269), Senate agreed to the motion to 
close further debate on the nomination.
Pages S8763-64
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  By 54 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. EX. 258), Chai Rachel Feldblum, of 
the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Equal Employment 
Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 2018. 
                                               Pages S8768-S8711, S8778
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
  By 57 yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 257), Senate agreed to the motion to 
close further debate on the nomination.
Page S8678
   By 70 yeas to 29 nays (Vote No. EX. 260), Elizabeth A. Wolford, of 
New York, to be United States District Judge for the Western District 
of New York.
Pages S8711-17, S8778
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
   By 55 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 259), Senate agreed to the motion to 
close further debate on the nomination.
Page S8711
   By 79 yeas to 19 nays (Vote No. EX. 262), Landya B. McCafferty, of 
New Hampshire, to be United States District Judge for the District of 
New Hampshire.
Pages S8717-24, S8778
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
   By 58 yeas to 40 nays, 1 responding present (Vote No. 261), Senate 
agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination. 
                                                             Page S8717
  By 57 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. EX. 264), Patricia M. Wald, of the 
District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties 
Oversight Board.
Pages S8724-50, S8778
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:

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   By 57 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 263), Senate agreed to the motion to 
close further debate on the nomination.
Page S8724
  By 75 yeas to 20 nays (Vote No. EX. 266), Brian Morris, of Montana, 
to be United States District Judge for the District of Montana. 
                                                  Pages S8750-57, S8778
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
   By 57 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 265), Senate agreed to the motion to 
close further debate on the nomination.
Page S8750
  By 77 yeas to 19 nays (Vote No. EX. 268), Susan P. Watters, of 
Montana, to be United States District Judge for the District of 
Montana.
Pages S8763, S8778
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
   By 58 yeas to 39 nays (Vote No. 267), Senate agreed to the motion to 
close further debate on the nomination.
Page S8757
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
  1 Air Force nomination in the rank of general.
  3 Army nominations in the rank of general.
  3 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.
  Routine lists in the Army, Navy.
Page S8777
Messages from the House:
  Page S8667, S8770
Measures Referred:
  Pages S8770-71
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages S8668-69, S8771-73
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Page S8669-74, S8773-76
Additional Statements:
Amendments Submitted:
  Page S8776
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
  Page S8674-75, S8777
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Pages S8675, S8777
Privileges of the Floor:
  Page S8777
Quorum Calls: Seven quorum calls were taken today. (Total--11) 
                      Pages S8677-78, S8711, S8717, S8724, S8750, S8757
Record Votes: Thirteen record votes were taken today. (Total--269) 
      Pages S8678, S8711, S8716-17, S8723-24, S8750, S8756-57, S8763-64



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Committee Meetings
  See previous volume of the Congressional Record for Wednesday, 
December 11, 2013.

Joint Meetings
  See previous volume of the Congressional Record for Wednesday, 
December 11, 2013.



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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced:  19 public bills, H.R. 3693-
3711; and 3 resolutions, H. Res. 437, 439-440 were introduced. 
                                                         Pages H7687-88
Additional Cosponsors:
  Pages H7688-89
Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:
  H.R. 2319, to clarify certain provisions of the Native American 
Veterans' Memorial Establishment Act of 1994, with an amendment (H. 
Rept. 113-287);
  H.R. 2542, to amend chapter 6 of title 5, United States Code 
(commonly known as the Regulatory Flexibility Act), to ensure complete 
analysis of potential impacts on small entities of rules, and for other 
purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113-288, Pt. 1);
  H.R. 2542, to amend chapter 6 of title 5, United States Code 
(commonly known as the Regulatory Flexibility Act), to ensure complete 
analysis of potential impacts on small entities of rules, and for other 
purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 113-288, Pt. 2); Report of the 
Joint Economic Committee on the 2013 Economic Report of the President 
(H. Rept. 113-289); and
  H. Res. 438, providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to 
the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 59) making continuing appropriations 
for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes; providing for 
consideration of motions to suspend the rules; providing for 
proceedings during the period from December 14, 2013, through January 
6, 2014; and for other purposes (H. Rept. 113-290).
Pages H7686-87
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed 
Representative Duncan (TN) to act as Speaker pro tempore for today. 
                                                             Page H7629
Recess: The House recessed at 10:43 a.m. and reconvened at 12 noon. 
                                                             Page H7634
Journal: The House agreed to the Speaker's approval of the Journal by 
voice vote.
  Page H7635
Committee Resignations: Read a letter from Representative Amodei, 
wherein he resigned from the Committees on the Judiciary, Natural 
Resources, and Veterans' Affairs.
  Page H7638
Committee Resignations: Read a letter from Representative Roby, wherein 
she resigned from the Committees on Agriculture, Armed Services, and 
Education and the Workforce.
  Page H7638
Committee Resignations: Read a letter from Representative Stewart, 
wherein he resigned from the Committees on Science, Space, and 
Technology, Homeland Security, and Natural Resources.
  Page H7638
Committee Elections: The House agreed to H. Res. 437, electing certain 
Members to certain standing committees of the House of Representatives.
                                                         Pages H7638-39
Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the 
following measures:
  Native American Veterans' Memorial Amendments Act of 2013: H.R. 2319, 
amended, to clarify certain provisions of the Native American Veterans' 
Memorial Establishment Act of 1994, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 398 
yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 633;
  Pages H7639-40, H7666-67
  Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act: S. 1471, to 
authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of the 
Army to reconsider decisions to inter or honor the memory of a person 
in a national cemetery, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 398 yeas to 1 
nay, Roll No. 634;
  Pages H7640-42, H7667-68
  Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and 
Return Act of 2013: H.R. 3212, amended, to ensure compliance with the 
1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child 
Abduction by countries with which the United States enjoys reciprocal 
obligations and to establish procedures for the prompt return of 
children abducted to other countries, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 
398 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 635; 
                                                  Pages H7642-50, H7668
  Israel QME Enhancement Act: H.R. 1992, amended, to amend the 
requirements relating to assessment of Israel's qualitative military 
edge over military threats, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 399 yeas 
with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 636; and
  Pages H7650-53, H7668-69
  Kids First Research Act of 2013: H.R. 2019, amended, to eliminate 
taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns and party conventions and 
reprogram savings to provide for a 10-year pediatric research 
initiative through the Common Fund administered by the National 
Institutes of Health, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 295 yeas to 103 
nays, Roll No. 632.
  Pages H7653-66
  Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To eliminate taxpayer 
financing of political party conventions and reprogram savings to 
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year pediatric research initiative through the Common Fund administered 
by the National Institutes of Health, and for other purposes.''. 
                                                             Page H7666
Recess: The House recessed at 1:43 p.m. and reconvened at 2:36 p.m. 
                                                             Page H7653
Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page 
H7669.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Five yea-and-nay votes developed during the 
proceedings of today and appear on pages H7666, H7666-67, H6667-68, 
H7688 and H7668-69. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:12 p.m.



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                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FRIDAY,

                           DECEMBER 13, 2013

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Finance: business meeting to consider the nominations 
of Sarah Bloom Raskin, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary, and John 
Andrew Koskinen, of the District of Columbia, to be Commissioner of 
Internal Revenue, both of the Department of the Treasury, and Rhonda 
K. Schmidtlein, of Missouri, to be a Member of the United States 
International Trade Commission, 11 a.m., SD-215.



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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                          Friday, December 13

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Friday:  Senate program is uncertain. See next volume of 
the Congressional Record.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                      11 a.m., Monday, December 16

                               
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Committee Meetings
U.S. ASIA-PACIFIC STRATEGIC CONSIDERATIONS RELATED TO P.L.A. NAVAL 
FORCES MODERNIZATION
Commitee on Armed Services:  Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection 
Forces held a hearing on U.S. Asia-Pacific Strategic Considerations 
Related to P.L.A. Naval Forces Modernization. Testimony was heard from 
Andrew Erickson, Associate Professor, U.S. Naval War College; Ronald 
O'Rourke, Specialist in Naval Affairs, Congressional Research Service; 
and public witnesses.
PPACA IMPLEMENTATION FAILURES
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing 
entitled ``PPACA Implementation Failures: What's Next?''. Testimony was 
heard from Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, Department of Health and Human 
Services.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Energy and Commerce: Full Committee concluded markup on 
the following measures: H.R. 3527, the ``Poison Center Network Act of 
2013''; H.R. 1098, the ``Traumatic Brain Injury Reauthorization Act''; 
H.R. 724, to amend the Clean Air Act to remove the requirement for 
dealer certification of new light-duty motor vehicles; H.R. 3683, to 
amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to strengthen 
the collaboration between the United States and Israel on energy 
development and to bolster the existing United States-Israel energy 
relationship by encouraging increased cooperation between the two 
countries; H.R. 3675, the ``Federal Communications Commission Process 
Reform Act of 2013''; and H.R. 3674, the ``Federal Spectrum Incentive 
Act of 2013''. The following bills were ordered reported, as amended: 
H.R. 1098; and H.R. 3675. The following bills were ordered reported, 
without amendment: H.R. 3527; H.R. 724; H.R. 3683; and H.R. 3674.
AFGHANISTAN 2014: YEAR OF TRANSITION
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
``Afghanistan 2014: Year of Transition.'' Testimony was heard from 
James F. Dobbins, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, 
Department of State; Donald L. Sampler, Assistant to the Administrator, 
Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, U.S. Agency for 
International Development; and Michael J. Dumont, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary of Defense Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia, 
Department of Defense.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific held 
a markup on H. Res. 418, Urging the Government of Burma to end the 
persecution of the Rohingya people and respect internationally 
recognized human rights for all ethnic and religious minority groups 
within Burma; and H. Res. 281, Expressing concern over persistent and 
credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from 
non-consenting prisoners of conscience, in the People's Republic of 
China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners 
imprisoned for their religious beliefs, and members of other religious 
and ethnic minority groups. The resolutions were forwarded to the Full 
Committee, without amendment.
ESTABLISHING A COMMISSION TO STUDY THE POTENTIAL CREATION OF A NATIONAL 
WOMEN'S HISTORY MUSEUM
Committee on House Administration: Full Committee held a hearing 
entitled ``Establishing a Commission to Study the Potential Creation of 
a National Women's History Museum''. Testimony was heard from 
Representatives Blackburn; Carolyn B. Maloney (NY); and a public 
witness.
SENATE AMENDMENT TO THE CONTINUING APPROPRIATIONS RESOLUTION 2014; AND 
TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF THE FOOD, CONSERVATION, AND ENERGY ACT OF 2008
Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on Senate amendment 
to H.J. Res. 59, the continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014. The 
Committee granted, by record vote of 9-3, a rule that provides for the 
consideration of the Senate amendment to H.J. Res. 59. The rule makes 
in order a motion offered by the chair of the Committee on the Budget 
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amendment and concur in the Senate amendment with the amendment printed 
in part A of the Rules Committee report as modified by the amendment 
printed in part B of that report. The rule provides 70 minutes of 
debate on the motion with 60 minutes equally divided and controlled by 
the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Budget 
and 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking 
minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. The rule 
waives all points of order against consideration of the motion and 
provides that the motion shall not be subject to a demand for division 
of the question. The rule provides that the Senate amendment and the 
motion shall be considered as read. In section 2, the rule provides 
that the chair of the Committee on the Budget may insert in the 
Congressional Record at any time during the remainder of the first 
session of the 113th Congress such material as he may deem explanatory 
of the motion specified in section 1. In section 3, the rule provides 
that in the engrossment of the House amendment to the Senate amendment 
to House Joint Resolution 59, the Clerk may conform division, title, 
and section numbers and conform cross-references and provisions for 
short titles. -In section 4, the rule provides that the chair of the 
Committee on Armed Services may insert in the Congressional Record at 
any time during the remainder of the first session of the 113th 
Congress such material as he may deem explanatory of defense 
authorization measures for the fiscal year 2014. In section 5, the rule 
provides that it shall be in order at any time on the legislative day 
of December 12, 2013, or December 13, 2013, for the Speaker to 
entertain motions that the House suspend the rules and that the Speaker 
or his designee shall consult with the Minority Leader or her designee 
on the designation of any matter for consideration pursuant to this 
section. In section 6, the rule provides that on any legislative day of 
the first session of the 113th Congress after December 13, 2013: the 
Journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as 
approved; and the Chair may at any time declare the House adjourned to 
meet at a date and time to be announced by the Chair in declaring the 
adjournment. In section 7, the rule provides that on any legislative 
day of the second session of the 113th Congress before January 7, 2014: 
the Speaker may dispense with organizational and legislative business; 
the Journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered 
as approved if applicable; and the Chair may at any time declare the 
House adjourned to meet at a date and time to be announced by the Chair 
in declaring the adjournment. In section 8, the rule provides that the 
Speaker may appoint Members to perform the duties of the Chair for the 
duration of the period addressed by sections 6 and 7 of the rule. In 
section 9, the rule provides that each day during the period addressed 
by section 6 and 7 of the resolution shall not constitute calendar days 
for the purposes of the War Powers Resolution. In section 10, the rule 
provides a closed rule for H.R. 3695. The rule provides 40 minutes of 
debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority 
member of the Committee on Agriculture. The rule waives all points of 
order against consideration of the bill. The rule provides that the 
amendment printed in part C of the report shall be considered as 
adopted and the bill, as amended shall be considered as read. The rule 
waives all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended. 
The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. 
In section 11, the rule waives clause 6(a) of rule XIII (requiring a 
two-thirds vote to consider a rule on the same day it is reported from 
the Rules Committee) against any resolution reported from the Rules 
Committee through the legislative day of December 13, 2013. Testimony 
was heard from Chairman Ryan (WI); and Representatives Lowey; Levin; 
Van Hollen; and Burgess.
FACTUAL LOOK AT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CLIMATE AND WEATHER
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on 
Environment held a hearing entitled ``A Factual Look at the 
Relationship Between Climate and Weather''. Testimony was heard from 
public witnesses.
MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Full Committee held a 
markup on the following measures: H.R. 2413, the ``Weather Forecasting 
Improvement Act of 2013''; H.R. 2431, the ``National Integrated Drought 
Information System Reauthorization Act of 2013'', H.R. 2981, the 
``Technology and Research Accelerating National Security and Future 
Economic Resiliency Act of 2013''; and H.R. 3625, to provide for 
termination liability costs for certain National Aeronautics and Space 
Administration projects, and for other purposes. The following bills 
were ordered reported, as amended: H.R. 2413; H.R. 2431; H.R. 2981; and 
H.R. 3625.
SMALL BUSINESS HEALTH OPTIONS PROGRAM
Committee on Small Business: Full Committee held a hearing entitled 
``The Small Business Health Options Program: Is It Working for Small 
Businesses''.

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 Testimony was heard from Gary Cohen, Deputy Administrator and 
Director, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and 
Human Services.
COAST GUARD MISSION EXECUTION
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Coast 
Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing entitled ``Coast Guard 
Mission Execution: How is the Coast Guard Meetings Its Mission 
Goals?''. Testimony was heard from Vice Admiral John P. Currier, Vice 
Commandant, United States Coast Guard.
EXAMINING THE CURRENT AND FUTURE DEMANDS ON FTA'S CAPITAL INVESTMENT 
GRANTS
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Highway 
and Transit held a hearing entitled ``Examining the Current and Future 
Demands on FTA's Capital Investment Grants''. Testimony was heard from 
Peter M. Rogoff, Administrator, Federal Transit Administration; Gregory 
H. Hughes, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Utah Transit Authority; Chris 
Bushell, Chief Infrastructure Officer, Chicago Transit Authority; Chris 
Coleman, Mayor, St. Paul, Minnesota; and a public witness.
CONTRACTING AWAY ACCOUNTABILITY--REVERSE AUCTIONS IN FEDERAL AGENCY 
ACQUISITIONS
Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and 
Investigations; and Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on 
Contracting and Workforce held a hearing entitled ``Contracting Away 
Accountability--Reverse Auctions in Federal Agency Acquisitions''. 
Testimony was heard from Michelle Mackin, Director, Acquisition and 
Sourcing Management, Government Accountability Office; William Sisk, 
Deputy Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service, General Services 
Administration; Major L. Clark, III, Assistant Chief Counsel for 
Procurement, Office of Advocacy, Small Business Administration; Jan 
Frye, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Acquisitions and Logistics, 
Department of Veterans Affairs; and public witnesses.

Joint Meetings
CRISES IN EAST ASIA
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: Commission concluded 
a hearing to examine resolving crises in East Asia through a new system 
of collective security, focusing on the Helsinki process as a model, 
after receiving testimony from Carl Gershman, National Endowment for 
Democracy, Karin J. Lee, The National Committee on North Korea, and 
Frank Jannuzi, Amnesty International, all of Washington, DC.



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                    COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

                           DECEMBER 12, 2013

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold hearings 
to examine assessing the P5+1 Interim Nuclear Agreement with Iran, 
focusing on Administration perspectives, 10 a.m., SD-538.
  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee 
on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, to hold hearings 
to examine forecasting success, focusing on achieving U.S. weather 
readiness for the long term, 10:30 a.m., SD-G50.
  Committee on Finance: business meeting to consider an original 
bill to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate system and to consider 
health care extenders, 10 a.m., SD-215.
  Committee on Foreign Relations: to hold hearings to examine the 
nominations of Bathsheba Nell Crocker, of the District of Columbia, 
to be an Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs, 
Michael Anderson Lawson, of California, for the rank of Ambassador 
during his tenure of service as Representative on the Council of the 
International Civil Aviation Organization, Robert C. Barber, of 
Massachusetts, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland, Cynthia 
H. Akuetteh, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to the 
Gabonese Republic, and to serve concurrently and without additional 
compensation as Ambassador to the Republic of the Democratic 
Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, and Colleen Bradley Bell, of the 
District of Columbia, to be Ambassador to Hungary, and all of the 
Department of State, 11 a.m., SD-419.
  Full Committee, to hold hearings to examine the nominations of 
Joseph William Westphal, of New York, to be Ambassador to the 
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mark Gilbert, of the District of Columbia, 
to be Ambassador to New Zealand and to serve concurrently and 
without additional compensation as Ambassador to the Independent 
State of Samoa, George James Tsunis, of New York, to be Ambassador 
to the Kingdom of Norway, John L. Estrada, of Florida, to be 
Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and Luis G. 
Moreno, of Texas, to be Ambassador to Jamaica, all of the Department 
of State, 2:30 p.m., SD-419.
  Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold 
hearings to examine accreditation as quality assurance, focusing on 
meeting the needs of 21st Century learning, 10 a.m., SD-430.
  Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider S. 619, 
to amend title 18, United States Code, to prevent unjust and 
irrational criminal punishments, S. 1410, to focus limited Federal 
resources on the most serious offenders, S. 1675, to reduce 
recidivism and increase public

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safety, S. 975, to provide for the inclusion of court-appointed 
guardianship improvement and oversight activities under the Elder 
Justice Act of 2009, and the nominations of John B. Owens, of 
California, and Michelle T. Friedland, of California, both to be a 
United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, Nancy L. Moritz, 
of Kansas, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit, 
Matthew Frederick Leitman, Judith Ellen Levy, Laurie J. Michelson, 
and Linda Vivienne Parker, all to be a United States District Judge 
for the Eastern District of Michigan, Christopher Reid Cooper, to be 
United States District Judge for the District of Columbia, Gerald 
Austin McHugh, Jr., and Edward G. Smith, both to be a United States 
District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, M. Douglas 
Harpool, to be United States District Judge for the Western District 
of Missouri, Sheryl H. Lipman, to be United States District Judge 
for the Western District of Tennessee, Stanley Allen Bastian, to be 
United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington, 
Manish S. Shah, to be United States District Judge for the Northern 
District of Illinois, and Peter Joseph Kadzik, of New York, to be an 
Assistant Attorney General, Robert L. Hobbs, to be United States 
Marshal for the Eastern District of Texas, and Gary Blankinship, to 
be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Texas, all of 
the Department of Justice, 10 a.m., SD-226.
  Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold closed hearings to 
examine certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH-219.


                                 House

  Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Communications 
and Technology, hearing entitled ``Oversight of the Federal 
Communications Commission'', 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Energy and Power; and Subcommittee on Environment 
and the Economy, hearing entitled ``Oversight of NRC Management and 
the Need for Legislative Reform''; and H.R. 3132, the ``NRC 
Reorganization Plan Codification and Complements Act'', 10:15 a.m., 
2322 Rayburn.
  Committee on Financial Services, Full Committee, hearing entitled 
``The Annual Testimony of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State 
of the International Finance System'', 9:30 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.
  Full Committee, hearing entitled ``Rethinking the Federal 
Reserve's Many Mandates on Its 100-Year Anniversary'', 2 p.m., 2128 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global 
Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations; and 
Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, hearing entitled 
``Iran's Persecution of American Pastor Abedini Worsens'', 9:30 
a.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade; and 
Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, hearing entitled 
``The Resurgence of al-Qaeda in Iraq'', 1 p.m., 2172 Rayburn.
  Committee on Homeland Security, Full Committee, hearing entitled 
``Help Wanted at DHS: Implications of Leadership Vacancies on the 
Mission and Morale'', 9:30 a.m., 311 Cannon.
  Committee on the Judiciary, Full Committee, hearing entitled 
``Asylum Abuse: Is it Overwhelming our Borders?'', 10 a.m., 2141 
Rayburn.
  Committee on Natural Resources, Full Committee, hearing entitled 
``ESA Decisions by Closed-Door Settlement: Short-Changing Science, 
Transparency, Private Property, and State & Local Economies'', 10 
a.m., 1324 Longworth.
  Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Full Committee, 
hearing entitled ``ObamaCare's Impact on Premiums and Provider 
Networks'', 9:30 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements, 
hearing entitled ``FDA Checkup: Drug Development and Manufacturing 
Challenges'', 1:30 p.m., 2154 Rayburn.
  Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on 
Research and Technology, hearing entitled ``Building a Network for 
Manufacturing Innovation'', 10 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.
  Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on 
Aviation, hearing entitled ``The State of American Aviation'', 10 
a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
  Committee on Ways and Means, Full Committee, hearing on H.R. 2810, 
the ``Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013'', 
10 a.m., 1100 Longworth.
  House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Full Committee, 
hearing entitled ``Clandestine Quarterly Update'', 10 a.m., HVC-304. 
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_______________________________________________________________________


                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                         Thursday, December 12

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Thursday: Senate program is uncertain. See next volume of 
the Congressional Record.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                     10 a.m., Thursday, December 12

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Thursday: Consideration of amendments to the Senate 
Amendment to H.J. Res. 59--Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 
(Subject to a Rule).
_______________________________________________________________________


            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Beatty, Joyce, Ohio, E1834
Becerra, Xavier, Calif., E1831
Bentivolio, Kerry L., Mich., E1837
Bilirakis, Gus M., Fla., E1837
Black, Diane, Tenn., E1837
Brown, Corrine, Fla., E1841, E1841, E1842
Butterfield, G.K., N.C., E1841, E1841
Coffman, Mike, Colo., E1839
Conaway, K. Michael, Tex., E1834, E1839
Connolly, Gerald E., Va., E1836
Davis, Danny K., Ill., E1838
Faleomavaega, Eni F.H., American Samoa, E1839
Gibson, Christopher P., N.Y., E1833
Guthrie, Brett, Ky., E1839
Hall, Ralph M., Tex., E1830
Hanna, Richard L., N.Y., E1832
Hartzler, Vicky, Mo., E1839
Higgins, Brian, N.Y., E1831, E1840
Jackson Lee, Sheila, Tex., E1833
Jeffries, Hakeem S., N.Y., E1836
King, Peter T., N.Y., E1838
Kingston, Jack, Ga., E1829, E1833, E1840
Lofgren, Zoe, Calif., E1829
Lujan Grisham, Michelle, N.M., E1837
Matsui, Doris O., Calif., E1835
Messer, Luke, Ind., E1830
Mica, John L., Fla., E1839
Michaud, Michael H., Me., E1829
Miller, Candice S., Mich., E1832, E1834, E1840
Reed, Tom, N.Y., E1838
Austin, David, Ga., E1830
Sessions, Pete, Tex., E1835
Speier, Jackie, Calif., E1829, E1831, E1833, E1834, E1839
Terry, Lee, Nebr., E1837
Titus, Dina, Nev., E1831
Valadao, David G., Calif., E1838
Walden, Greg, Ore., E1832
Walorski, Jackie, Ind., E1838 



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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S8779-S8813
Measures Introduced: On Friday, December 13, 2013, Four bills and two 
resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1823-1826, and S. Res. 320-
321.
  Pages S8808-09
Measures Reported:
  Special Report entitled ``Legislative and Oversight Activities during 
the 112th Congress by the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs''. (S. 
Rept. No. 113-125)
Page S8808
Measures Passed:
  American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee 100th Anniversary: 
Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of 
S. Res. 299, congratulating the American Jewish Joint Distribution 
Committee on the celebration of its 100th anniversary and commending 
its significant contribution to empower and revitalize developing 
communities around the world, and the resolution was then agreed to. 
                                                             Page S8812
  National Estuaries Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 263, designating 
the week of September 23 through September 29, 2013, as ``National 
Estuaries Week'', after taking action on the following amendment 
proposed thereto:
  Page S8812
Adopted:
  Reid (for Whitehouse) Amendment No. 2546, to amend the preamble. 
                                                             Page S8812
  Wreaths Across America Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 320, designating 
December 14, 2013, as ``Wreaths Across America Day''.
  Page S8812
  Honoring the Life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: Senate agreed to S. 
Res. 321, honoring the life, accomplishments, and legacy of Nelson 
Rolihlahla Mandela and expressing condolences on his passing. 
                                                             Page S8812
  Fallen Firefighters Assistance Tax Clarification Act: Senate passed 
H.R. 3458, to treat payments by charitable organizations with respect 
to certain firefighters as exempt payments.
  Page S8813
Patterson Nomination: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of 
Anne W. Patterson, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign 
Service, Class of Career Ambassador, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
State (Near Eastern Affairs).
  Pages S8798-S8801
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
   By 54 yeas to 36 nays (Vote No. 273), Senate agreed to the motion to 
close further debate on the nomination.
Pages S8798-99
Patterson and Johnson Nominations--Agreement: A unanimous-consent 
agreement was reached providing that at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, December 
16, 2013, all post-cloture time be considered expired; and Senate vote 
on confirmation of the nomination of Anne W. Patterson, of Virginia, a 
Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career 
Ambassador, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern 
Affairs); that upon disposition of the nomination of Anne W. Patterson, 
Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Jeh 
Charles Johnson, of New Jersey, to be Secretary of Homeland Security; 
that if cloture is invoked on the nomination of Jeh Charles Johnson, 
all post-cloture time be yielded back and Senate vote on confirmation 
of the nomination of Jeh Charles Johnson, of New Jersey, to be 
Secretary of Homeland Security.
  Page S8795
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  By 79 yeas to 6 nays (Vote No. EX. 270), Deborah Lee James, of 
Virginia, to be Secretary of the Air Force.
Pages S8779-83, S8813
  By 74 yeas to 17 nays (Vote No. EX. 272), Heather Anne Higginbottom, 
of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of State for 
Management and Resources.
Pages S8784-98, S8813
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
   By 51 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. 271), Senate agreed to the motion to 
close further debate on the nomination.
Page S8783
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

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  Peter A. Selfridge, of Minnesota, to be Chief of Protocol, and to 
have the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service.
  Douglas Alan Silliman, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the State of 
Kuwait.
  Robert A. Wood, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign 
Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, for the rank of Ambassador during 
his tenure of service as U.S. Representative to the Conference on 
Disarmament.
  Portia Y. Wu, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant 
Secretary of Labor.
  Thomas Edgar Rothman, of Maryland, to be a Member of the National 
Council on the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2016.
Page S8813
Messages from the House:
  Page S8808
Measures Referred:
  Page S8808
Measures Read the First Time:
  Pages S8808, S8813
Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S8808
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S8808
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page S8809
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S8809-12
Additional Statements:
  Pages S8807-08
Amendments Submitted:
  Page S8812
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S8812
Quorum Calls: One quorum call was taken today. (Total--12)
  Page S8783
Record Votes: Four record votes were taken today. (Total--273) 
                                               Pages S8783-84, S8798-99
Adjournment: Senate convened at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, December 11, 
2013, and adjourned at 2:11 p.m., on Friday, December 13, 2013, until 1 
p.m. on Sunday, December 15, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the 
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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Finance: On Friday, December 13, 2013, Committee ordered 
favorably reported the nominations of Sarah Bloom Raskin, of Maryland, 
to be Deputy Secretary, and John Andrew Koskinen, of the District of 
Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue, both of the 
Department of the Treasury, and Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, of Missouri, to 
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                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
  The House was not in session today. The House is scheduled to meet at 
11 a.m. on Monday, December 16, 2013 in pro forma session.

Joint Meetings
  No joint committee meetings were held.



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[Page D1181]
                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR SUNDAY,

                           DECEMBER 15, 2013

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

  No hearings are scheduled.



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                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                      1 p.m., Sunday, December 15 

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Sunday: Senate will convene for legislative business only.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                      11 a.m., Monday, December 16

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Monday: The House is scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. on 
Monday, December 16, 2013 in pro forma session.
_______________________________________________________________________


            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Bachus, Spencer, Ala., E1846, E1860
Barletta, Lou, Pa., E1861
Bilirakis, Gus M., Fla., E1863
Blumenauer, Earl, Ore., E1863, E1868
Boehner, John A., Ohio, E1845
Bonamici, Suzanne, Ore., E1845
Brownley, Julia, Calif., E1868, E1871
Bustos, Cheri, Ill., E1856
Butterfield, G.K., N.C., E1849
Carter, John R., Tex., E1851, E1856
Castro, Joaquin, Tex., E1864
Chaffetz, Jason, Utah, E1872
Clarke, Yvette D., N.Y., E1861
Coffman, Mike, Colo., E1852, E1863
Costa, Jim, Calif., E1847, E1854, E1859, E1866
Davis, Rodney, Ill., E1872
Denham, Jeff, Calif., E1854
Dingell, John D., Mich., E1868
Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E1849
Farr, Sam, Calif., E1847
Fitzpatrick, Michael G., Pa., E1867
Frankel, Lois, Fla., E1867
Frelinghuysen, Rodney P., N.J., E1865
Gabbard, Tulsi, Hawaii, E1848
Gingrey, Phil, Ga., E1849, E1857, E1865
Gosar, Paul A., Ariz., E1852
Graves, Sam, Mo., E1850, E1856
Green, Al, Tex., E1867, E1870
Hartzler, Vicky, Mo., E1854
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E1849
Higgins, Brian, N.Y., E1850, E1860
Holt, Rush, N.J., E1871
Hultgren, Randy, Ill., E1864
Lee, Barbara, Calif., E1847
Levin, Sander M., Mich., E1862
McCarthy, Carolyn, N.Y., E1871
McHenry, Patrick, T., N.C., E1863
McIntyre, Mike, N.C., E1855
Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E1862
Marino, Tom, Pa., E1854, E1861
Matsui, Doris O., Calif., E1854
Meadows, Mark, N.C., E1860
Meeks, Gregory W., N.Y., E1870
Messer, Luke, Ind., E1852
Mica, John L., Fla., E1861
Miller, Candice S., Mich., E1856, E1865
Miller, Jeff, Fla., E1850, E1866, E1868, E1869
Norton, Eleanor Holmes, D.C., E1867, E1870
Nugent, Richard B., Fla., E1846
Olson, Pete, Tex., E1856
Palazzo, Steven M., Miss., E1872
Pallone, Frank, Jr., N.J., E1869, E1871
Pitts, Joseph R., Pa., E1853
Reed, Tom, N.Y., E1867
Reichert, David G., Wash., E1869, E1872
Richmond, Cedric L., La., E1846, E1855, E1869
Rogers, Mike, Ala., E1867
Schneider, Bradley S., Ill., E1869
Schwartz, Allyson Y., Pa., E1846, E1849, E1851, E1852, E1855, E1859, 
E1862
Thompson, Bennie G., Miss., E1846, E1848, E1850, E1851, E1853, E1855, 
E1857, E1860, E1862, E1864
Valadao, David G., Calif., E1866
Van Hollen, Chris, Md., E1866
Vargas, Juan, Calif., E1851
Vela, Filemon, Tex., E1869
Walberg, Tim, Mich., E1859
Wittman, Robert J., Va., E1862
Wolf, Frank R., Va., E1852, E1857 



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                                       Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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                              Daily Digest

                                 Senate


Chamber Action
Routine Proceedings, pages S8779-S8814
Measures Introduced: On Friday, December 13, 2013, Four bills and two 
resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1823-1826, and S. Res. 320-
321.
  Pages S8809
Measures Reported:
  Special Report entitled ``Legislative and Oversight Activities during 
the 112th Congress by the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs''. (S. 
Rept. No. 113-125)
Page S8809
Measures Passed:
  American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee 100th Anniversary: 
Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of 
S. Res. 299, congratulating the American Jewish Joint Distribution 
Committee on the celebration of its 100th anniversary and commending 
its significant contribution to empower and revitalize developing 
communities around the world, and the resolution was then agreed to. 
                                                             Page S8812
  National Estuaries Week: Senate agreed to S. Res. 263, designating 
the week of September 23 through September 29, 2013, as ``National 
Estuaries Week'', after taking action on the following amendment 
proposed thereto:
  Page S8813
Adopted:
  Reid (for Whitehouse) Amendment No. 2546, to amend the preamble. 
                                                             Page S8813
  Wreaths Across America Day: Senate agreed to S. Res. 320, designating 
December 14, 2013, as ``Wreaths Across America Day''.
  Page S8813
  Honoring the Life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: Senate agreed to S. 
Res. 321, honoring the life, accomplishments, and legacy of Nelson 
Rolihlahla Mandela and expressing condolences on his passing. 
                                                             Page S8813
  Fallen Firefighters Assistance Tax Clarification Act: Senate passed 
H.R. 3458, to treat payments by charitable organizations with respect 
to certain firefighters as exempt payments.
  Page S8814
Patterson Nomination: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of 
Anne W. Patterson, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign 
Service, Class of Career Ambassador, to be an Assistant Secretary of 
State (Near Eastern Affairs).
  Pages S8799-S8802
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
   By 54 yeas to 36 nays (Vote No. 273), Senate agreed to the motion to 
close further debate on the nomination.
Page S8799
Patterson and Johnson Nominations--Agreement: A unanimous-consent 
agreement was reached providing that at 5:30 p.m., on Monday, December 
16, 2013, all post-cloture time be considered expired; and Senate vote 
on confirmation of the nomination of Anne W. Patterson, of Virginia, a 
Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career 
Ambassador, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Near Eastern 
Affairs); that upon disposition of the nomination of Anne W. Patterson, 
Senate vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Jeh 
Charles Johnson, of New Jersey, to be Secretary of Homeland Security; 
that if cloture is invoked on the nomination of Jeh Charles Johnson, 
all post-cloture time be yielded back and Senate vote on confirmation 
of the nomination of Jeh Charles Johnson, of New Jersey, to be 
Secretary of Homeland Security.
  Pages S8795-96
Nominations Confirmed: Senate confirmed the following nominations:
  By 79 yeas to 6 nays (Vote No. EX. 270), Deborah Lee James, of 
Virginia, to be Secretary of the Air Force.
Pages S8779-83, S8814
  By 74 yeas to 17 nays (Vote No. EX. 272), Heather Anne Higginbottom, 
of the District of Columbia, to be Deputy Secretary of State for 
Management and Resources.
Pages S8784-99, S8814
  During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the 
following action:
   By 51 yeas to 34 nays (Vote No. 271), Senate agreed to the motion to 
close further debate on the nomination.
Page S8784
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

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  Peter A. Selfridge, of Minnesota, to be Chief of Protocol, and to 
have the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service.
  Douglas Alan Silliman, of Texas, to be Ambassador to the State of 
Kuwait.
  Robert A. Wood, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign 
Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, for the rank of Ambassador during 
his tenure of service as U.S. Representative to the Conference on 
Disarmament.
  Portia Y. Wu, of the District of Columbia, to be an Assistant 
Secretary of Labor.
  Thomas Edgar Rothman, of Maryland, to be a Member of the National 
Council on the Arts for a term expiring September 3, 2016.
Page S8814
Messages from the House:
  Page S8808
Measures Referred:
  Page S8808
Measures Read the First Time:
  Pages S8809, S8814
Enrolled Bills Presented:
  Page S8809
Executive Reports of Committees:
  Page S8809
Additional Cosponsors:
  Page S8809
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
  Pages S8809-12
Additional Statements:
  Pages S8807-08
Amendments Submitted:
  Page S8812
Authorities for Committees to Meet:
  Page S8812
Quorum Calls: One quorum call was taken today. (Total--12)
  Page S8784
Record Votes: Four record votes were taken today. (Total--273) 
                                              Pages S8783, S8784, S8799
Adjournment: Senate convened at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, December 11, 
2013, and adjourned at 2:11 p.m., on Friday, December 13, 2013, until 1 
p.m. on Sunday, December 15, 2013. (For Senate's program, see the 
remarks of the Majority Leader in today's Record on page S8814.)



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Committee Meetings
(Committees not listed did not meet)
BUSINESS MEETING
Committee on Finance: On Friday, December 13, 2013, Committee ordered 
favorably reported the nominations of Sarah Bloom Raskin, of Maryland, 
to be Deputy Secretary, and John Andrew Koskinen, of the District of 
Columbia, to be Commissioner of Internal Revenue, both of the 
Department of the Treasury, and Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, of Missouri, to 
be a Member of the United States International Trade Commission.



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[Daily Digest]
[Page D1189]
                        House of Representatives


Chamber Action
  The House was not in session today. The House is scheduled to meet at 
11 a.m. on Monday, December 16, 2013 in pro forma session.

Joint Meetings
  No joint committee meetings were held.



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[Daily Digest]
[Page D1189]
                     COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR SUNDAY,

                           DECEMBER 15, 2013

        (Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)


                                 Senate

  No meetings/hearings scheduled.


                                 House

  No hearings are scheduled.



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_______________________________________________________________________


                       Next Meeting of the SENATE
                      1 p.m., Sunday, December 15 

                               
                             Senate Chamber
Program for Sunday: Senate will convene for legislative business only.

              Next Meeting of the HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                      11 a.m., Monday, December 16

                               
                             House Chamber
Program for Monday: The House is scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. on 
Monday, December 16, 2013 in pro forma session.
_______________________________________________________________________


            Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue
              HOUSE
  
Bachus, Spencer, Ala., E1846, E1860
Barletta, Lou, Pa., E1861
Bilirakis, Gus M., Fla., E1863
Blumenauer, Earl, Ore., E1863, E1868
Boehner, John A., Ohio, E1845
Bonamici, Suzanne, Ore., E1845
Brownley, Julia, Calif., E1868, E1871
Bustos, Cheri, Ill., E1856
Butterfield, G.K., N.C., E1849
Carter, John R., Tex., E1851, E1856
Castro, Joaquin, Tex., E1864
Chaffetz, Jason, Utah, E1872
Clarke, Yvette D., N.Y., E1861
Coffman, Mike, Colo., E1852, E1863
Costa, Jim, Calif., E1847, E1854, E1859, E1866
Davis, Rodney, Ill., E1872
Denham, Jeff, Calif., E1854
Dingell, John D., Mich., E1868
Eshoo, Anna G., Calif., E1849
Farr, Sam, Calif., E1847
Fitzpatrick, Michael G., Pa., E1867
Frankel, Lois, Fla., E1867
Frelinghuysen, Rodney P., N.J., E1865
Gabbard, Tulsi, Hawaii, E1848
Gingrey, Phil, Ga., E1849, E1857, E1865
Gosar, Paul A., Ariz., E1852
Graves, Sam, Mo., E1850, E1856
Green, Al, Tex., E1867, E1870
Hartzler, Vicky, Mo., E1854
Hastings, Alcee L., Fla., E1849
Higgins, Brian, N.Y., E1850, E1860
Holt, Rush, N.J., E1871
Hultgren, Randy, Ill., E1864
Lee, Barbara, Calif., E1847
Levin, Sander M., Mich., E1862
McCarthy, Carolyn, N.Y., E1871
McHenry, Patrick, T., N.C., E1863
McIntyre, Mike, N.C., E1855
Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E1862
Marino, Tom, Pa., E1854, E1861
Matsui, Doris O., Calif., E1854
Meadows, Mark, N.C., E1860
Meeks, Gregory W., N.Y., E1870
Messer, Luke, Ind., E1852
Mica, John L., Fla., E1861
Miller, Candice S., Mich., E1856, E1865
Miller, Jeff, Fla., E1850, E1866, E1868, E1869
Norton, Eleanor Holmes, D.C., E1867, E1870
Nugent, Richard B., Fla., E1846
Olson, Pete, Tex., E1856
Palazzo, Steven M., Miss., E1872
Pallone, Frank, Jr., N.J., E1869, E1871
Pitts, Joseph R., Pa., E1853
Reed, Tom, N.Y., E1867
Reichert, David G., Wash., E1869, E1872
Richmond, Cedric L., La., E1846, E1855, E1869
Rogers, Mike, Ala., E1867
Schneider, Bradley S., Ill., E1869
Schwartz, Allyson Y., Pa., E1846, E1849, E1851, E1852, E1855, E1859, 
E1862
Thompson, Bennie G., Miss., E1846, E1848, E1850, E1851, E1853, E1855, 
E1857, E1860, E1862, E1864
Valadao, David G., Calif., E1866
Van Hollen, Chris, Md., E1866
Vargas, Juan, Calif., E1851
Vela, Filemon, Tex., E1869
Walberg, Tim, Mich., E1859
Wittman, Robert J., Va., E1862
Wolf, Frank R., Va., E1852, E1857


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  On December 13, 2013 (Legislative Day December 11, 2013), under 
the heading DAILY DIGEST, SENATE, the following pagination 
appears: D1180-1182.
  
  The Record has been corrected to read: D1188-1190.


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