Daily Digest

Friday, July 29, 2011

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S5027–S5087

Measures Introduced: Six bills and four resolutions were introduced, as follows: S. 1449–1454, and S. Res. 242–245.
Page S5071

Measures Reported:

S. 605, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to place synthetic drugs in Schedule I.
Page S5071

Measures Passed:

Respecting Sovereignty of Georgia: Senate agreed to S. Res. 175, expressing the sense of the Senate with respect to ongoing violations of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia and the importance of a peaceful and just resolution to the conflict within Georgia's internationally recognized borders.
Page S5049


Women's Political Participation in Saudi Arabia: Senate agreed to S. Res. 216, encouraging women's political participation in Saudi Arabia, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.
Pages S5049–51


National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 242, supporting the goals and ideals of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Page S5051


Atrial Fibrillation Disease: Senate agreed to S. Res. 243, promoting increased awareness, diagnosis, and treatment of atrial fibrillation to address the high morbidity and mortality rates and to prevent avoidable hospitalizations associated with the disease.
Page S5051


Congratulating Omega Psi Phi Fraternity: Senate agreed to S. Res. 244, congratulating Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. for 100 years of service to communities throughout the United States and the world, and commending Omega Psi Phi for upholding its cardinal principles of manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift.
Page S5052


Motion To Instruct the Sergeant at Arms: By 76 yeas to 23 nays (Vote No. 119), Senate agreed to the motion to instruct the Sergeant at Arms to request the attendance of absent Senators.
Pages S5061–62

House Messages:

Debt Limit Increase Bill--Agreement: Senate began consideration of the amendment of the House of Representatives to S. 627, to establish the Commission on Freedom of Information Act Processing Delays, taking action on the following motions and amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S5062–65

Pending:

Reid motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the bill, with Reid Amendment No. 589, to cut spending, maintain existing commitments, and for other purposes.
Pages S5062–63

Reid Amendment No. 590 (to Amendment No. 589), to change the enactment date.
Page S5063

Reid motion to refer the message of the House on the bill to the Committee on the Budget, with instructions, Reid Amendment No. 591, to change the enactment date.
Page S5063

Reid Amendment No. 592 (to the instructions (Amendment No. 591) on the motion to refer), of a perfecting nature.
Page S5063

Reid Amendment No. 593 (to Amendment No. 592), of a perfecting nature.
Page S5063

Rejected:

Motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the bill. (By 59 yeas to 41 nays (Vote No. 120), Senate tabled the motion.)
Page S5062

A motion was entered to close further debate on the Reid motion to concur in the House amendment to the bill, with Amendment No. 589, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Sunday, July 31, 2011.
Pages S5062–63

A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the motion to concur in the House amendment to the bill, with Amendment No. 589, at approximately 1 p.m., on Saturday, July 30, 2011; and that the time from 1:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders, or their designees; with the Majority and the Republicans controlling alternating 30-minute blocks of time with the Majority controlling the first block; provided further, that the time from 7:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders, or their designees; with the Republicans controlling the first 15 minutes, and the Majority controlling the final 15 minutes.
Page S5087


Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

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Michael E. Horowitz, of Maryland, to be Inspector General, Department of Justice.

Anneila I. Sargent, of California, to be a Member of the National Science Board, National Science Foundation, for a term expiring May 10, 2016.
Page S5087


Nominations Withdrawn: Senate received notification of withdrawal of the following nominations:

Goodwin Liu, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, which was sent to the Senate on January 5, 2011.

Michael F. Mundaca, of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, which was sent to the Senate on January 26, 2011.

Barbara K. McQuiston, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense, which was sent to the Senate on May 9, 2011.
Page S5087


Messages from the House:
Page S5068


Measures Referred:
Pages S5068–69


Executive Communications:
Pages S5069–71


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S5071–72


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S5072–78


Additional Statements:
Pages S5067–68


Amendments Submitted:
Pages S5078–86


Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
Pages S5086–87


Privileges of the Floor:
Page S5087


Quorum Calls: One quorum call was taken today. (Total--4)
Page S5061


Record Votes: Two record votes were taken today. (Total--120)
Pages S5061–62, S5062


Adjournment: Senate convened at 9:30 a.m. and adjourned at 9:02 p.m., until 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, 2011. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S5087.)

Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

No committee meetings were held.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 18 public bills, H.R. 2694–2711 were introduced.
Page H5780


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages H5781–82


Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:

H.R. 2076, to amend title 28, United States Code, to clarify the statutory authority for the longstanding practice of the Department of Justice of providing investigatory assistance on request of State and local authorities with respect to certain serious violent crimes, and for other purposes, with amendments (H. Rept. 112–186);

H. Res. 383, providing for further consideration of the bill (S. 627) to establish the Commission on Freedom of Information Act Processing Delays (H. Rept. 112–187);

H.R. 1002, to restrict any State or local jurisdiction from imposing a new discriminatory tax on cell phone services, providers, or property, with an amendment (H. Rept. 112–188); and

H.R. 1059, to protect the safety of judges by extending the authority of the Judicial Conference to redact sensitive information contained in their financial disclosure reports, and for other purposes (H. Rept. 112–189).
Page H5780


Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Neugebauer to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Page H5737


Recess: The House recessed at 9:15 a.m. and reconvened at 2 p.m.
Page H5739


Waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules: The House agreed to H. Res. 382, waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules, by a yea-and-nay vote of 236 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 672, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 237 yeas to 185 nays, Roll No. 671.
Pages H5739–49


Suspension--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measure which was debated on July 27th:
Providing for the establishment of the Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom: H.R. 440, amended, to provide for the establishment of the Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 402 yeas to 20 nays, Roll No. 673.
Page H5750


Suspensions--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures which were debated on July 28th:
Corporal Steven Blaine Riccione Post Office Designation Act: H.R. 2244, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 67 Castle Street in Geneva, New York, as the ``Corporal Steven Blaine Riccione Post Office'', by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 418 yeas to 1 nay with 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 674;
Pages H5750–51


Sergeant Jason W. Vaughn Post Office Designation Act: H.R. 2213, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 801 West Eastport Street in Iuka, Mississippi, as the ``Sergeant Jason W. Vaughn Post Office'', by a \2/3\ recorded vote of 420 ayes with none voting ``no'', Roll No. 678; and
Pages H5766–67


Sergeant Matthew J. Fenton Post Office Designation Act: H.R. 789, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 20 Main Street in Little Ferry, New Jersey, as the ``Sergeant Matthew J. Fenton Post Office''.
Page H5767


Faster FOIA Act of 2011: The House passed S. 627, amended, to establish the Commission on Freedom of Information Act Processing Delays, by a recorded vote of 218 ayes to 210 noes, Roll No. 677. Consideration of the measure began yesterday, July 28th.
Pages H5751–66

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Rejected the Hochul motion to recommit the bill to the Committee on Rules with instructions to report the bill back to the House forthwith with an amendment, by a recorded vote of 183 ayes to 244 noes, Roll No. 676.
Pages H5764–65

Pursuant to the rule, the further amendment printed in H. Rept. 112–187 shall be considered as adopted.
Pages H5739, H5751

H. Res. 383, the rule providing for further consideration of the bill, was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 239 yeas to 187 nays, Roll No. 675, after the previous question was ordered without objection.
Pages H5751–64


Meeting Hour: Agreed that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 12 noon tomorrow, July 30th, and further, when the House adjourns on that day, it adjourn to meet at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 31st.
Page H5779


Quorum Calls--Votes: Five yea-and-nay votes and three recorded votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H5748, H5749, H5750, H5750–51, H5761, H5765, H5765–66, H5766–67. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Committee Meetings

FASTER FOIA ACT OF 2011 (BUDGET CONTROL ACT OF 2011)

Committee on Rules: Full Committee held a hearing on further consideration of S. 627, the ``Faster FOIA Act of 2011'' (Budget Control Act of 2011). The Committee granted, by a record vote of 8 to 4, a rule providing for further consideration of S. 627. The rule provides that upon adoption of the resolution the amendment printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution shall be considered as adopted.

Joint Meetings

No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR SATURDAY,

JULY 30, 2011

(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., Saturday, July 30

Senate Chamber

Program for Saturday: Senate will continue consideration of the motion to concur in the amendment of the House of Representatives to S. 627, Debt Limit Increase, with Reid Amendment No. 589, with the time equally divided until 8 p.m.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

12 p.m., Saturday, July 30

House Chamber

Program for Saturday: To be announced.

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Akin, W. Todd, Mo., E1450

Berkley, Shelley, Nev., E1448

Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., Ga., E1444

Bonner, Jo, Ala., E1440, E1446, E1455

Broun, Paul C., Ga., E1451

Courtney, Joe, Conn., E1445

Cuellar, Henry, Tex., E1455

Davis, Geoff, Ky., E1455

Donnelly, Joe, Ind., E1439

Engel, Eliot L., N.Y., E1439

Gerlach, Jim, Pa., E1439

Graves, Sam, Mo., E1444

Honda, Michael M., Calif., E1443

Jackson Lee, Sheila, Tex., E1442

Johnson, Eddie Bernice, Tex., E1444

Larson, John B., Conn., E1454

Lee, Barbara, Calif., E1448

Lipinski, Daniel, Ill., E1440

McIntyre, Mike, N.C., E1452

Miller, George, Calif., E1440

Miller, Jeff, Fla., E1448

Palazzo, Steven M., Miss., E1445

Paul, Ron, Tex., E1448

Peters, Gary C., Mich., E1447

Poe, Ted, Tex., E1443

Rangel, Charles B., N.Y., E1445

Renacci, James B., Ohio, E1446

Richardson, Laura, Calif., E1447, E1454

Scott, David, Ga., E1439

Scott, Robert C. ``Bobby'', Va., E1444

Shuster, Bill, Pa., E1442

Smith, Adam, Wash., E1454

Stivers, Steve, Ohio, E1445

Waters, Maxine, Calif., E1446

Watt, Melvin L., N.C., E1456

Wolf, Frank R., Va., E1447

Woolsey, Lynn C., Calif., E1443 

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