Daily Digest

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S2251–S2329

Measures Introduced: Eleven bills and five resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 3197–3207, S. Res. 479–482, and S. Con. Res. 57.
Page S2295

Measures Passed:

Expressing Sympathy for the People of Poland: Senate agreed to S. Res. 479, expressing sympathy for the people of Poland in the aftermath of the devastating plane crash that killed the country's President, First Lady, and 94 other high ranking government, military, and civic leaders on April 10, 2010.
Pages S2251–54


National Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 204, designating March 31, 2010, as ``National Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day'', and the resolution was then agreed to.
Pages S2325–26


25th Anniversary of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of S. Res. 468, honoring the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council on the celebration of its 25th anniversary, and the resolution was then agreed to.
Page S2326


National 9–1–1 Education Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 482, designating April 2010 as ``National 9–1–1 Education Month''.
Pages S2326–27

Measures Considered:

Continuing Extension Act--Agreement: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 4851, to provide a temporary extension of certain programs, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S2265–69, S2275–89

Rejected:

Coburn Modified Amendment No. 3723 (to Amendment No. 3721), to pay for the full cost of extending additional unemployment insurance and other Federal programs by rescinding unspent Federal funds not obligated for any purpose. (By 51 yeas to 46 nays (Vote No. 111), Senate tabled the amendment.)
Pages S2275–82

Pending:

Baucus Modified Amendment No. 3721, in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S2266–69

Coburn Amendment No. 3726 (to Amendment No. 3721), to pay for the full cost of extending additional unemployment insurance and other Federal programs.
Page S2286

Coburn Amendment No. 3727 (to Amendment No. 3721), to pay for the full cost of extending additional unemployment insurance and other Federal programs.
Pages S2286–88

A motion was entered to close further debate on Baucus Modified Amendment No. 3721 (listed above), and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Friday, April 16, 2010.
Page S2288

A motion was entered to close further debate on the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of Baucus Modified Amendment No. 3721 (listed above).
Page S2288

During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:

By 58 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 110), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to waive pursuant to section 904 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and section 4(g)(3) of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, all applicable provisions of those Acts and applicable budget resolutions, with respect to the emergency designation provision within Baucus Modified Amendment No. 3721, in the nature of a substitute. Subsequently, the point of order that the emergency provision within Baucus Modified Amendment No. 3721 (listed above), was in violation of section 4(g) of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, was sustained, and the emergency designation within the amendment was stricken.
Page S2269

Senator Reid entered a motion to reconsider the vote by which the motion to waive pursuant to section 904 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and section 4(g)(3) of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, all applicable provisions of those Acts and applicable budget resolutions, with respect to Baucus Modified Amendment No. 3721, was rejected.
Page S2288

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By 60 yeas to 40 nays (Vote No. 112), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate upon reconsideration agreed to the motion to waive pursuant to section 904 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and section 4(g)(3) of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, all applicable provisions of those Acts and applicable budget resolutions, with respect to the emergency designation provision within Baucus Modified Amendment No. 3721, in the nature of a substitute. Subsequently, the motion to waive the point of order made pursuant to section 4(g) of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, having been reconsidered and agreed to, the Chair's previous action sustaining the point of order is annulled, and the language previously stricken by the Chair is now restored to the amendment.
Page S2288

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 15, 2010.
Page S2327


Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

Edward Carroll DuMont, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit.

John A. Gibney, Jr., of Virginia, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr., of Louisiana, to be United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana for the term of four years.

Pamela Cothran Marsh, of Florida, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida for the term of four years.

Zane David Memeger, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for the term of four years.

Peter J. Smith, of Pennsylvania, to be United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania for the term of four years.

Edward L. Stanton, III, of Tennessee, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee for the term of four years.

John F. Walsh, of Colorado, to be United States Attorney for the District of Colorado for the term of four years.

Stephen R. Wigginton, of Illinois, to be United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois for the term of four years.

Henry Lee Whitehorn, Sr., of Louisiana, to be United States Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana for the term of four years.

Arthur Darrow Baylor, of Alabama, to be United States Marshal for the Middle District of Alabama for the term of four years.

Michael Robert Bladel, of Iowa, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Iowa for the term of four years.

Kevin Anthony Carr, of Wisconsin, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Wisconsin for the term of four years.

Darryl Keith McPherson, of Illinois, to be United States Marshal for the Northern District of Illinois for the term of four years.

Kevin Charles Harrison, of Louisiana, to be United States Marshal for the Middle District of Louisiana for the term of four years.

34 Navy nominations in the rank of admiral.

Routine lists in the Foreign Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Navy.
Pages S2327–29


Nomination Withdrawn: Senate received notification of withdrawal of the following nomination:

Stephanie Villafuerte, of Colorado, to be United States Attorney for the District of Colorado for the term of four years, which was sent to the Senate on September 30, 2009.
Page S2329


Messages from the House:
Page S2293


Executive Communications:
Pages S2293–95


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S2295–96


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S2296–S2302


Additional Statements:
Pages S2291–93


Amendments Submitted:
Pages S2302–24


Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
Page S2324


Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Pages S2324–25


Privileges of the Floor:
Page S2325


Record Votes: Three record votes were taken today. (Total--112)
Page S2269, S2282, S2288


Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:31 a.m. and adjourned at 8 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 15, 2010. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S2327.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

APPROPRIATIONS: DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2011 for the Department of Education and the education jobs crisis, after receiving testimony from Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education; Chris Bern, Iowa State Education Association, Des Moines; Joe Morton, Alabama Department of Education, Montgomery; Marc S. Herzog, Connecticut Community Colleges, Hartford; and Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, California.

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APPROPRIATIONS: NATIONAL AND MILITARY INTELLIGENCE

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2011 for national and military intelligence, after receiving testimony from Dennis C. Blair, Director of National Intelligence, and James R. Clapper, Jr., Undersecretary for Intelligence, both of the Department of Defense.

APPROPRIATIONS: CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government concluded a hearing to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2011 for the Consumer Product Safety Commission, after receiving testimony from Inez Tenenbaum, Chairman, Consumer Product Safety Commission.

U.S. POLICY TOWARDS ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN

Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded open and closed hearings to examine United States policy towards the Islamic Republic of Iran, after receiving testimony from Michele A. Flournoy, Under Secretary for Policy, General James E. Cartwright, USMC, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Lieutenant General Ronald L. Burgess, USA, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, all of the Department of Defense; William J. Burns, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; and Andrew M. Gibb, National Intelligence Officer for Weapons of Mass Destruction, National Intelligence Council.

DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Strategic Forces concluded a hearing to examine strategic forces programs of the National Nuclear Security Administration in review of the Defense Authorization request for fiscal year 2011, after receiving testimony from Thomas P. D'Agostino, Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy.

READINESS OF UNITED STATES FORCES

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support concluded a hearing to examine the current readiness of United States forces, after receiving testimony from General Peter W. Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff, United States Army, General James F. Amos, Assistant Commandant, United States Marine Corps, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, United States Navy, and General Carrol H. Chandler, Vice Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, all of the Department of Defense.

NATIONAL BROADBAND PLAN

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Committee concluded a hearing to examine reviewing the national broadband plan, after receiving testimony from Julius Genachowski, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission.

IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION SAFETY

Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a hearing to examine opportunities to improve transportation safety, after receiving testimony from John D. Porcari, Deputy Secretary of Transportation; Kirk T. Steudle, Michigan Department of Transportation Director, Lansing, on behalf of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials; Laura Dean-Mooney, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Jacqueline S. Gillan, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, and Gregory M. Cohen, American Highway Users Alliance, all of Washington, D.C.; Deborah A. Hubsmith, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Fairfax, California; and Ted R. Miller, Center for Public Health Improvement and Innovation, Calverton, Maryland.

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine using unemployment insurance to help Americans get back to work, focusing on creating opportunities and overcoming challenges, after receiving testimony from Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training; Doug Holmes, Strategic Services on Unemployment and Workers Compensation, Washington, D.C.; Karen Lee, National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA), Olympia, Washington; and Mark Zandi, Moody's Analytics, West Chester, Pennsylvania.

WESTERN BALKANS

Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on European Affairs concluded a hearing to examine Southeast Europe, focusing on opportunities and challenges in the Western Balkans, after receiving testimony from Philip H. Gordon, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs; Alexander Vershbow, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs; Kurt Volker, Johns Hopkins University Center on Transatlantic Relations, Washington, D.C.; and Ivan Vejvoda, Balkan Trust for Democracy, Belgrade, Serbia.

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DEPLOYED FEDERAL CITIZENS

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia concluded a hearing to examine deployed Federal civilians, focusing on advancing security and opportunity in Afghanistan, and status actions needed to improve the timely and accurate delivery of compensation and medical benefits to deployed civilians, after receiving testimony from John Berry, Director, Office of Personnel Management; Patrick Kennedy, Under Secretary of State for Management; Clifford Stanley, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness; and Janet A. St. Laurent, Managing Director, Defense Capabilities and Management, Government Accountability Office.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OVERSIGHT

Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded an oversight hearing to examine the Department of Justice, after receiving testimony from Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General, Department of Justice.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 15 public bills, H.R. 5013–5027; and 8 resolutions, H.J. Res. 82; and H. Res. 1246–1247, 1249–1253 were introduced.
Pages H2578–79


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages H2579–80


Report Filed: A report was filed today as follows:

H. Res. 1248, providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4715) to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the National Estuary Program, and for other purposes, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules (H. Rept. 111–463).
Page H2555


Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain, Bishop Fred T. Simms, Heart of God Ministries, Beckley, WV.
Page H2507


Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Haiti Debt Relief and Earthquake Recovery Act of 2010: Agreed to the Senate amendments to H.R. 4573, to urge the Secretary of the Treasury to instruct the United States Executive Directors at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and other multilateral development institutions to use the voice, vote, and influence of the United States to cancel immediately and completely Haiti's debts to such institutions;
Pages H2512–13


Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act: H.R. 3506, amended, to amend the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to provide an exception from the continuing requirement for annual privacy notices for financial institutions which do not share personal information with affiliates;
Pages H2513–14

Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To amend the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to provide an exception from the continuing requirement for annual privacy notices for financial institutions which do not change their policies and practices with regard to disclosing nonpublic personal information from the policies and practices that were disclosed in the most recent disclosure sent to consumers, and for other purposes.''.
Page H2514


Commending the American Sail Training Association: H. Res. 197, amended, to commend the American Sail Training Association for its advancement of character building under sail and for its advancement of international goodwill;
Pages H2514–16


John C. Godbold United States Judicial Administration Building Designation Act: H.R. 4275, amended, to designate the annex building under construction for the Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court of Appeals Building in Atlanta, Georgia, as the ``John C. Godbold United States Judicial Administration Building'';
Pages H2516–17

Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To designate the annex building under construction for the Elbert P. Tuttle United States Court of Appeals Building in Atlanta, Georgia, as the `John C. Godbold Federal Building'.''.
Page H2517


Granting the consent and approval of Congress to amendments made to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Regulation Compact: S.J. Res. 25, to grant the consent and approval of Congress to amendments made by the State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the District of Columbia to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Regulation Compact;
Pages H2521–22


Truth in Caller ID Act: H.R. 1258, amended, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit manipulation of caller identification information;
Pages H2522–24

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Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ``To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit manipulation of caller ID information, and for other purposes.''
Page H2524


Radio Spectrum Inventory Act: H.R. 3125, amended, to require an inventory of radio spectrum bands managed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Federal Communications Commission, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 394 yeas to 18 nays, Roll No. 201;
Pages H2525–30, H2552–53


Authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to celebrate the birthday of King Kamehameha: H. Con. Res. 243, to authorize the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to celebrate the birthday of King Kamehameha;
Pages H2530–31


Taxpayer Assistance Act of 2010: H.R. 4994, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce taxpayer burdens and enhance taxpayer protections, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 399 yeas to 9 nays, Roll No. 200;
Pages H2531–35, H2551–52


Honoring the life of Wilma Pearl Mankiller: H. Res. 1237, to honor the life of Wilma Pearl Mankiller and to express condolences of the House of Representatives on her passing;
Pages H2535–37


Honoring the coal miners who perished in the Upper Big Branch Mine-South in Raleigh County, West Virginia: H. Res. 1236, to honor the coal miners who perished in the Upper Big Branch Mine-South in Raleigh County, West Virginia, to extend condolences to their families and to recognize the valiant efforts of emergency response workers at the mine disaster, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 409 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 199; and
Pages H2537–42, H2551


Expressing sympathy to the people of Poland in the aftermath of the tragic plane crash that killed the country's President, First Lady, and 94 others on April 10, 2010: H. Res. 1246, to express sympathy to the people of Poland in the aftermath of the tragic plane crash that killed the country's President, First Lady, and 94 others on April 10, 2010, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 404 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 203.
Pages H2545–50, H2554–55


Suspensions--Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed:
Recognizing the Coast Guard Group Astoria's more than 60 years of service to the Pacific Northwest: H. Res. 1062, amended, to recognize the Coast Guard Group Astoria's more than 60 years of service to the Pacific Northwest;
Pages H2517–19


Recognizing the leadership and historical contributions of Dr. Hector Garcia: H. Con. Res. 222, to recognize the leadership and historical contributions of Dr. Hector Garcia to the Hispanic community and his remarkable efforts to combat racial and ethnic discrimination in the United States of America; and
Pages H2519–21


Congratulating the Duke University men's basketball team for winning the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship: H. Res. 1242, to congratulate the Duke University men's basketball team for winning the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship.
Pages H2542–45


Moment of Silence: The House observed a moment of silence in honor of the men and women in uniform who have given their lives in the service of our nation in Iraq and Afghanistan, their families, and all who serve in the armed forces and their families.
Page H2552


Privileged Resolution--Motion to Refer: The House agreed to refer H. Res. 1249, raising a question of the privileges of the House, to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct by a recorded vote of 235 ayes to 157 noes with 17 voting ``present'', Roll No. 202, after the previous question was ordered without objection.
Pages H2553–54


Moment of Silence: The House observed a moment of silence in honor of President Lech Kaczynski of Poland, the First Lady of Poland, and all the victims of the plane crash on April 10, 2010 and in solidarity with the Polish people.
Page H2554


Privileged Resolution--Intent to Offer: Representative Flake announced his intent to offer a privileged resolution.
Pages H2555–56


Senate Message: Message received from the Senate today appears on page H2507.

Senate Referrals: S. 1749 was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Page H2576


Quorum Calls--Votes: Four yea-and-nay votes and one recorded vote developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H2551, H2551–52, H2552–53, H2553–54, H2554–55. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 7:32 p.m.

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Committee Meetings

FEDERAL NUTRITION PROGRAMS; HEALTHY FOOD ACCESS

Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Department Operations, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing to review access to healthy foods for beneficiaries of Federal nutrition programs and explore innovative methods to improve availability. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the USDA: Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary, Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services; Michele Ver Ploeg, Economist, Economic Research Service; and public witnesses.

COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies continued appropriation hearings. Testimony was heard from Members of Congress and public witnesses.

DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Defense held a hearing on National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve Readiness. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Defense: GEN Craig R. McKinley, Chief, National Guard Bureau; LTG Harry M. Wyatt, Director, Air National Guard; MG Raymond W. Carpenter, Acting Director, Army National Guard; and LTG Jack C. Stultz, Chief, U.S. Army Reserve.

ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies held a hearing on the Bureau of Reclamation FY 2011 Budget. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of the Interior: Michael L. Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation; Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary, Water and Science; and Reed Murray, Program Director, Central Utah Project Completion Act Office.

HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Homeland Security, held a hearing on Update on Southwest Border: The Challenges that DHS Continues to Face. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Homeland Security: Alan D. Bersin, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; and John Morton, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

INTERIOR, ENVIRONMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies held a hearing on Maintaining National Cultural and Scientific Centers: FY 2011 Budget Request for the Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, Kennedy Center, Woodrow Wilson Center, and Presidio Trust. Testimony was heard from G. Wayne Clough, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution; Earl A. Powell, III, Director, National Gallery of Art; Michael Kaiser, President, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; former Representative Lee Hamilton of Indiana, Director, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; and Craig Middleton, Executive Director, The Presidio Trust.

LABOR, HHS, EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a hearing on FY 2011 Budget Overview: Social Security Administration. Testimony was heard from Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner, Social Security Administration.

MILITARY CONSTRUCTION, VETERANS AFFAIRS, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies held a hearing on Quality of Life--Senior Enlisted. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Defense: SMA of the Army, Kenneth O. Preston; MSgt of the Marine Corps, Carlton W. Kent; Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Rick D. West; and CMSgt of the Air Force, James A. Roy; and public witnesses.

STATE, FOREIGN OPERATIONS, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Agencies held a hearing on Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Testimony was heard from Daniel W. Yohannes, Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation.

The Subcommittee also held a hearing on Security Assistance. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of State: David T. Johnson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International and Law Enforcement Affairs; Andrew J. Shapiro, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs; and Daniel Benjamin, Coordinator for Counterterrorism.

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U.S. NUCLEAR WEAPONS POLICY

Committee on Armed Services: Held a hearing on the United States nuclear weapons policy and force structure. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Defense: James N. Miller, Principal Deputy Under Secretary, Policy; and GEN Kevin P. Chilton, USAF, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command; Thomas P. D'Agostino, Under Secretary, Nuclear Security, Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy; and Ellen O. Tauscher, Under Secretary, Arms Control and International Security, Department of State.

THREAT REDUCTION/CHEM-BIO DEFENSE COUNTERPROLIFERATION BUDGET

Committee on Armed Services: Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities held a hearing on the FY 2011 National Defense Authorization Budget Request for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Chemical Biological Defense Program and counterproliferation initiatives. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Defense: Andrew Weber, Assistant to the Secretary, Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs, Office of the Secretary; Kenneth A. Myers, III, Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Office of the Secretary; and BG Jess A. Scarbrough, USA, Joint Program Executive Officer, Chemical and Biological Defense, Office of the Secretary.

EDUCATION DATA SYSTEMS

Committee on Education and Labor: Held a hearing on How Data Can Be Used to Inform Educational Outcome. Testimony was heard from Richard J. Wenning, Associate Commissioner, Department of Education, State of Colorado; Joe Kitchens, Superintendent of Schools, Western Heights Schools, Oklahoma City, State of Oklahoma; and public witnesses.

KIDS AND TOBACCO USE IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled ``Smokeless Tobacco: Impact on the Health of our Nation's Youth and Use in Major League Baseball.'' Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Health and Human Services: Terry Pechacek, Associate Director, Science, Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Deborah Winn, Deputy Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Science, National Cancer Institute; and public witnesses.

HOUSING FINANCE SYSTEM REFORM

Committee on Financial Services: Held a hearing entitled ``Housing Finance--What Should the New System Be Able to Do?: Part II--Government and Stakeholder Perspectives.'' Testimony was heard from Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Affairs; and public witnesses.

HOME AFFORDABLE MODIFICATION PROGRAM REVISIONS

Committee on Financial Services: Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity held a hearing entitled ``The Recently Announced Revisions to the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).'' Testimony was heard from David Stevens, Assistant Secretary, Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner, Department of Housing and Urban Affairs; Phyllis Caldwell, Chief, Homeownership Preservation Office, Department of the Treasury; and public witnesses.

COMBATING ANTI-SEMITISM

Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight held a hearing on Combating Anti-Semitism: Protecting Human Rights. Testimony was heard from Hannah Rosenthal, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, Department of State; and public witnesses.

FEDERALIZING GUARDS AT CRITICAL FACILITIES

Committee on Homeland Security: Held a hearing entitled ``Federal Protective Service: Would Federalization of Guards Improve Security at Critical Facilities?'' Testimony was heard from Gary W. Schenkel, Director, Federal Protective Service, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security; Mark L. Goldstein, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, GAO; and public witnesses.

FBI TELEPHONE RECORDS REQUESTS

Committee on the Judiciary: Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held a hearing on the Report by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Use of Exigent Letters and Other Informal Requests for Telephone Records. Testimony was heard from the following officials of the Department of Justice: Valerie Caproni, General Counsel, FBI; and Glenn Fine, Inspector General.

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MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: to consider the following measures: H.R. 1722, amended, Telework Improvements Act of 2009; H.R. 4865, amended, Federal Employees and Uniformed Services Retirement Equity Act of 2010; H.R. 3913, Major General David F. Wherley, Jr., District of Columbia National Guard Retention and College Access Act; S. 806, Federal Executive Board Authorization Act of 2009; S. 1510, amended, United States Secret Service Uniformed Division Modernization Act of 2009; H. Con. Res. 255, amended, Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and honoring the founder of Earth Day, the late Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin; H. Res. 855, Expressing support for designation of May 1 as ``Silver Star Service Banner Day;'' H.R. 1103, amended, Celebrating the life of Sam Houston on the 217th anniversary of his birth; H. Res. 1189, Commending Lance Mackey on winning a record 4th straight Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race; H.R. 4861, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1343 West Irving Park Road in Chicago, Illinois, as the ``Steve Goodman Post Office Building;'' and H.R. 4543, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4285 Payne Avenue in San Jose, California, as the ``Anthony J. Cortese Post Office Building.''

NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL BUDGET

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Domestic Policy held a hearing entitled ``ONDCP's Fiscal Year 2011 National Drug Control Budget: Are We Still Funding a War on Drugs?'' Testimony was heard from R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy; and public witnesses.

OVERSIGHT--FEDERAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement held a hearing entitled ``Oversight of Federal Financial Management.'' Testimony was heard from Gene L. Dodaro, Acting Comptroller General, GAO; Richard L. Gregg, Acting Fiscal Assistant Secretary, Department of the Treasury; Danny Werfel, Controller, Office of Federal Financial Management, OMB; James L. Millette, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Global Financial Services, Department of State; Mark E. Easton, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Department of Defense; and public witnesses.

CLEAN ESTUARIES ACT OF 2010

Committee on Rules: Granted, by voice vote, a structured rule providing for consideration of H.R. 4715, the ``Clean Estuaries Act of 2010.'' The rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI. The rule provides that the bill shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against the bill. The rule further makes in order only those amendments printed in the report of the Committee on Rules. The amendments made in order 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 this report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. All points of order against the amendments are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI. The rule provides that for those amendments reported from the Committee of the Whole, the question of their adoption shall be put to the House en gros and without demand for division of the question. The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. The rule provides that the Chair may entertain a motion that the Committee rise only if offered by the chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure or a designee. The rule provides that the Chair may not entertain a motion to strike out the enacting words of the bill.

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 a resolution reported through the legislative day of Friday, April 16, 2010, providing for consideration of a measure relating to the extension of unemployment insurance. The rule provides that it shall be in order at any time through the legislative day of Friday, April 16, 2010, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules relating to a measure addressing the extension of unemployment insurance. Testimony was heard from Chairman Oberstar.

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION PROGRAMS

Committee on Science and Technology: Subcommittee on Research and Science Education approved for full Committee action, as amended, a Committee Print--the National Science Foundation programs.

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IRS POLICY AND SMALL BUSINESSES

Committee on Small Business: Held a hearing entitled ``Entrepreneurs and Tax Day: How IRS Policies and Procedures Impact Small Businesses?'' Testimony was heard from Douglas H. Shulman, Commissioner, Internal Revenue, IRS, Department of the Treasury.

INNOVATIVE FINANCING OF HIGHWAY TRANSIT PROJECTS

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing on Using Innovative Financing to Deliver Highway and Transit Projects.'' Testimony was heard from Chris Bertram, Assistant Secretary, Budget and Programs and Chief Financial Officer, Department of Transportation; Eugene A. Conti, Secretary, Department of Transportation, State of North Carolina; and public witnesses.

GREEN JOBS ENERGY TAX INCENTIVES

Committee on Ways and Means: Held a hearing on energy tax incentives and the green job economy. Testimony was heard from Michael Mundaca, Assistant Secretary, Tax Policy, Department of the Treasury; Matt Rogers, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Department of Energy; and public witnesses.

DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY BUDGET FY 2011

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Met in executive session to hold a hearing on Defense Intelligence Agency Budget for Fiscal Year 2011. Testimony was heard from LTG Ronald L. Burgess, Jr., USA, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense.

ROLE OF COAL IN A NEW ENERGY AGE

Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming: Held a hearing entitled ``The Role of Coal in a New Energy Age.'' Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

Joint Meetings

ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

Joint Economic Committee: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the economic outlook, after receiving testimony from Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR THURSDAY,

APRIL 15, 2010

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2011 for the Federal Bureau of Investigation; to be immediately followed by a closed hearing in SH–219, 10 a.m., SD–192.

Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2011 for the Department of Veterans Affairs, 2 p.m., SD–124.

Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, to hold hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2011 for the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Government Printing Office (GPO), and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), 3:15 p.m., SD–138.

Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine the nominations of Vice Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., United States Navy, to be admiral and Commander, United States Northern Command, and to be Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command, and Lieutenant General Keith B. Alexander, United States Army, to be general and Director, National Security Agency, to be Chief, Central Security Service, and to be Commander, United States Cyber Command, both of the Department of Defense; with the possibility of a closed session in SVC–217 following the open session, 9:30 a.m., SD–G50.

Subcommittee on Airland, to hold hearings to examine Army modernization in review of the Defense Authorization request for fiscal year 2011 and the Future Years Defense Program, 2 p.m., SR–222.

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: to hold hearings to examine legislative proposals in the Department of Housing and Urban Development's fiscal year 2011 budget request, 9:30 a.m., SD–538.

Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, to hold hearings to examine S. 817, to establish a Salmon Stronghold Partnership program to conserve wild Pacific salmon, 10 a.m., SR–253.

Committee on Finance: to hold hearings to examine filing season update, focusing on current IRS issues, 10 a.m., SD–215.

Committee on Foreign Relations: Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, to hold hearings to examine United States and Japan relations, 11 a.m., SD–419.

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: to hold hearings to examine Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization, focusing on teachers and leaders, 10 a.m., SD–106.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, to hold hearings to examine contracts for Afghan National Police training, 2:30 p.m., SD–342.

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Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider S. 3111, to establish the Commission on Freedom of Information Act Processing Delays, S. 3031, to authorize Drug Free Communities enhancement grants to address major emerging drug issues or local drug crises, S. 1346, to penalize crimes against humanity and for other purposes, and the nominations of Sharon Johnson Coleman, and Gary Scott Feinerman, both to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, and William Joseph Martinez, to be United States District Judge for the District of Colorado, and Loretta E. Lynch, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Noel Culver March, to be United States Marshal for the District of Maine, George White, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of Mississippi, and Brian Todd Underwood, to be United States Marshal for the District of Idaho, all of the Department of Justice, 10 a.m., SD–226.

Committee on Rules and Administration: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of Stephen T. Ayers, of Maryland, to be Architect of the Capitol, 10 a.m., SR–301.

Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: to hold hearings to examine assessing access, focusing on obstacles and opportunities for minority small business owners in today's capital markets, 10 a.m., SD–562.

Select Committee on Intelligence: to hold closed hearings to consider certain intelligence matters, 2:30 p.m., SH–219.

House

Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Financial Services, and General Government, on FY 2011 Budget Request for the U.S. Supreme Court, 10 a.m., 2358A Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Homeland Security, on DHS Cyber Security Programs--What progress has been made and what still needs to be improved?, 11 a.m., H–140 Capitol.

Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, on Voices from Our Native American Communities, 2 p.m., and on Strengthening Native American Communities: Indian Health Service FY 2011 Budget Request, 4:30 p.m., B–308 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, on Member Requests, 1 p.m., 2358A Rayburn.

Committee on Armed Services, hearing on the Independent Panel's assessment of the Quadrennial Defense Review, 10 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Military Personnel, hearing on supporting the reserve components as an operational reserve and key reserve personnel legislative initiatives, 2 p.m., 2118 Rayburn.

Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, hearing on the report on the ballistic missile defense review and the FY 2011 National Defense Authorization Budget Request for missile defense programs, 1:30 p.m., 210–HVC.

Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Healthy Families and Communities, hearing on Corporal Punishment in Schools and its Effect on Academic Success, 10 a.m., 2175 Rayburn.

Committee on Energy and Commerce, full Committee, to consider the following: the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010; the Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense (GRID) Act; H.R. 4451, Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act; and pending Committee business, 10 a.m., 2123 Rayburn.

Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, hearing entitled ``Perspectives and Proposals on the Community Reinvestment Act,'' 10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn.

Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, hearing on Combating Climate Change in Africa, 10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn.

Committee on Homeland Security., to mark up H.R. 4842, Homeland Security Science and Technology authorization Act of 2010, 10 a.m., 311 Cannon.

Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, hearing on State Taxation: The Impact of Congressional Legislation on State and Local Government Revenues, 11 a.m., 2141 Rayburn.

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia, joint hearing entitled ``Continuing to Deliver: An Examination of the Post Services's Current Financial Crisis and its Future Viability,'' 10 a.m., 2154 Rayburn.

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, hearing on Proposals for a Water Resources Development Act of 2010 Part II, 10 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, hearing on the Status of Veterans Employment, 1 p.m., 334 Cannon.

Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security, oversight hearing on SSA's field office service delivery, 10 a.m., B–318 Rayburn.

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, executive, hearing on National Geospatial Program Budget for Fiscal Year 2011, 9:30 a.m., 304–HVC.

Joint Meetings

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe: to receive a briefing on a new international convention aimed at helping resource-rich developing countries make the best economic and social use of their natural resources, 11 a.m., 2325 Rayburn Building.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

9:30 a.m., Thursday, April 15

Senate Chamber

Program for Thursday: After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond one hour), Senate will continue consideration of H.R. 4851, Continuing Extension Act.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

10 a.m., Thursday, April 15

House Chamber

Program for Thursday: Consideration of H.R. 4715--Clean Estuaries Act of 2010 (Subject to a Rule).

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Aderholt, Robert B., Ala., E543

Andrews, Robert E., N.J., E542

Berman, Howard L., Calif., E542

Blumenauer, Earl, Ore., E537

Brady, Robert A., Pa., E538

Capps, Lois, Calif., E545

Carney, Christopher P., Pa., E543

Coffman, Mike, Colo., E546

Cohen, Steve, Tenn., E540

Dingell, John D., Mich., E538, E540, E546

Driehaus, Steve, Ohio, E538

Duncan, John J., Jr., Tenn., E538

Gerlach, Jim, Pa., E541

Granger, Kay, Tex., E541

Hensarling, Jeb, Tex., E540

Higgins, Brian, N.Y., E535, E540

Honda, Michael M., Calif., E545

Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E546

Jordan, Jim, Ohio, E542, E546

Kilroy, Mary Jo, Ohio, E535

King, Peter T., N.Y., E539

Marchant, Kenny, Tex., E545

Napolitano, Grace F., Calif., E543

Roe, David P., Tenn., E545

Rogers, Mike, Ala., E543

Skelton, Ike, Mo., E544

Tanner, John S., Tenn., E535

Tierney, John F., Mass., E535

Tonko, Paul, N.Y., E546

Visclosky, Peter J., Ind., E541, E544

Wolf, Frank R., Va., E545  

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