Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
July 29, 2011
112th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 157, No. 116 — Daily Edition
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Friday, July 29, 2011
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.
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.
National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Senate agreed to S. Res. 242, supporting the goals and ideals of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Reid Amendment No. 590 (to Amendment No. 589), to change the enactment date.
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.
Reid Amendment No. 592 (to the instructions (Amendment No. 591) on the motion to refer), of a perfecting nature.
Reid Amendment No. 593 (to Amendment No. 592), of a perfecting nature.
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.)
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.
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.
Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:
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.
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.
Messages from the House:
Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Notices of Hearings/Meetings:
Privileges of the Floor:
Quorum Calls: One quorum call was taken today. (Total--4)
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.)
No committee meetings were held.
House of Representatives
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.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).
Speaker: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he appointed Representative Neugebauer to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
Recess: The House recessed at 9:15 a.m. and reconvened at 2 p.m.
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.
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.
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;
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
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''.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No joint committee meetings were held.
No meetings/hearings scheduled.
No hearings are scheduled.
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.
Program for Saturday: To be announced.
Akin, W. Todd, Mo., E1450
Berkley, Shelley, Nev., E1448
Bishop, Sanford D., Jr., Ga., E1444
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
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