Daily Digest

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Daily Digest

Senate

Chamber Action

Routine Proceedings, pages S495–S547

Measures Introduced: Seventeen bills and one resolution were introduced, as follows: S. 256–272, and S. Res. 42.
Pages S541–42

Measures Reported:

S. Res. 42, authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
Page S541

Measures Considered:

Keystone XL Pipeline--Agreement: Senate continued consideration of S. 1, to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
Pages S497–S537

Pending:

Murkowski Amendment No. 2, in the nature of a substitute.
Page S497

Vitter/Cassidy Modified Amendment No. 80 (to Amendment No. 2), to provide for the distribution of revenues from certain areas of the outer Continental Shelf.
Page S497

Murkowski (for Sullivan) Amendment No. 67 (to Amendment No. 2), to restrict the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to arm agency personnel.
Pages S497, S509–12

Cardin Amendment No. 75 (to Amendment No. 2), to provide communities that rely on drinking water from a source that may be affected by a tar sands spill from the Keystone XL pipeline an analysis of the potential risks to public health and the environment from a leak or rupture of the pipeline.
Page S497

Murkowski Amendment No. 98 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of Congress relating to adaptation projects in the United States Arctic region and rural communities.
Page S497

Flake Amendment No. 103 (to Amendment No. 2), to require the evaluation and consolidation of duplicative green building programs.
Page S497

Cruz Amendment No. 15 (to Amendment No. 2), to promote economic growth and job creation by increasing exports.
Pages S497, S507–08

Moran/Cruz Amendment No. 73 (to Amendment No. 2), to delist the lesser prairie-chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
Page S497

Daines Amendment No. 132 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of Congress regarding the designation of National Monuments.
Page S497

Boxer Amendment No. 130 (to Amendment No. 2), to preserve existing permits and the authority of the agencies issuing the permits to modify the permits if necessary.
Pages S512–13

Peters/Stabenow Amendment No. 70 (to Amendment No. 2), to require that the Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration make a certification and submit to Congress the results of a study before the pipeline may be constructed, connected, operated, or maintained.
Page S513

Collins/Warner Amendment No. 35 (to Amendment No. 2), to coordinate the provision of energy retrofitting assistance to schools.
Pages S513–14

Murkowski Amendment No. 166 (to Amendment No. 2), to release certain wilderness study areas from management for preservation as wilderness.
Pages S514–18

Sanders Amendment No. 23 (to Amendment No. 2), to increase the quantity of solar photovoltaic electricity by providing rebates for the purchase and installation of an additional 10,000,000 photovoltaic systems by 2025.
Pages S518–20

Merkley Amendment No. 174 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of Congress that the United States should prioritize and fund adaptation projects in communities in the United States while also helping to fund climate change adaptation in developing countries.
Page S520

Merkley Amendment No. 125 (to Amendment No. 2), to eliminate unnecessary tax subsidies and provide infrastructure funding.
Page S520

Cantwell/Boxer Amendment No. 131 (to Amendment No. 2), to ensure that if the Keystone XL Pipeline is built, it will be built safely and in compliance with United States environmental laws.
Pages S520–21

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Tillis/Burr Amendment No. 102 (to Amendment No. 2), to provide for leasing on the outer Continental Shelf and the distribution of certain qualified revenues from such leasing.
Pages S521–23, S525

Markey Amendment No. 178 (to Amendment No. 2), to ensure that products derived from tar sands are treated as crude oil for purposes of the Federal excise tax on petroleum.
Page S523

Markey Amendment No. 141 (to Amendment No. 2), to delay the effective date until the President determines that the pipeline will not have certain negative impacts.
Pages S523–24

Whitehouse Amendment No. 148 (to Amendment No. 2), to require campaign finance disclosures for certain persons benefitting from tar sands development.
Pages S524–25

Booker Amendment No. 155 (to Amendment No. 2), to allow permitting agencies to consider new circumstances and new information.
Page S525

Burr Modified Amendment No. 92 (to Amendment No. 2), to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Pages S525–26

Coons Amendment No. 115 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of Congress regarding climate change and infrastructure.
Pages S526–27

Carper Amendment No. 120 (to Amendment No. 2), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend the credits for new qualified fuel cell motor vehicles and alternative fuel vehicle refueling property.
Pages S527–28

Heitkamp Amendment No. 133 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of Congress that the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 should be amended to extend the credit with respect to facilities producing energy from certain renewable resources.
Pages S528–29

Cardin Amendment No. 124 (to Amendment No. 2), to clarify that treaties with Indian tribes remain in effect.
Pages S529–31

Cantwell (for Gillibrand) Amendment No. 48 (to Amendment No. 2), to modify the definition of underground injection.
Pages S531–32

Cantwell (for Peters/Stabenow) Amendment No. 55 (to Amendment No. 2), to require a study of the potential environmental impact of by-products of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Pages S532–36

Murkowski (for Barrasso) Amendment No. 245 (to Amendment No. 2), to clarify that treaties with Indian tribes remain in effect.
Page S536

Daines Amendment No. 246 (to Amendment No. 2), to express the sense of Congress that reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund should be a priority.
Pages S536–37

A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at 2:30 p.m., on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, Senate vote on or in relation to the following amendments in the order listed: Cardin Amendment No. 75 (to Amendment No. 2) (listed above), Peters/Stabenow Amendment No. 70 (to Amendment No. 2) (listed above), Sanders Amendment No. 23 (to Amendment No. 2) (listed above), Cruz Amendment No. 15 (to Amendment No. 2) (listed above), Merkley Amendment No. 125 (to Amendment No. 2) (listed above), Moran/Cruz Amendment No. 73 (to Amendment No. 2) (listed above), Whitehouse Amendment No. 148 (to Amendment No. 2) (listed above), Daines Amendment No. 132 (to Amendment No. 2) (listed above), Coons Amendment No. 115 (to Amendment No. 2) (listed above), Collins/Warner Amendment No. 35 (to Amendment No. 2) (listed above), Carper Amendment No. 120 (to Amendment No. 2) (listed above), Murkowski Amendment No. 166 (to Amendment No. 2) (listed above), Heitkamp Amendment No. 133 (to Amendment No. 2) (listed above), Cantwell (for Gillibrand) Amendment No. 48 (to Amendment No. 2) (listed above), Murkowski (for Barrasso) Amendment No. 245 (to Amendment No. 2) (listed above), Cardin Amendment No. 124 (to Amendment No. 2) (listed above), Daines Amendment No. 246 (to Amendment No. 2) (listed above), and Burr Modified Amendment No. 92 (to Amendment No. 2) (listed above); that all amendments on this list be subject to a 60 vote affirmative threshold for adoption, and that no second-degree amendments be in order to the amendments; and that there be two minutes of debate equally divided between each vote, and that all votes after the first in the series be 10 minutes in length.
Page S537

A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.
Page S547


Nominations Received: Senate received the following nominations:

Richard T. Julius, of North Carolina, to be a Member of the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board for a term expiring September 14, 2019.

Albert Stanley Meiburg, of Georgia, to be Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Stuart F. Delery, of the District of Columbia, to be Associate Attorney General.
Page S547


Messages from the House:
Page S541


Measures Referred:
Page S541


Measures Read the First Time:
Page S541


Additional Cosponsors:
Pages S542–43


Statements on Introduced Bills/Resolutions:
Pages S543–46


Additional Statements:
Page S540


Amendments Submitted:
Pages S546–47


Authorities for Committees to Meet:
Page S547


Privileges of the Floor:
Page S547


Adjournment: Senate convened at 11 a.m. and adjourned at 9:10 p.m., until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. (For Senate's program, see the remarks of the Acting Majority Leader in today's Record on page S547.)

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Committee Meetings

(Committees not listed did not meet)

GLOBAL CHALLENGES AND U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY

Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine global challenges and U.S. national security strategy, after receiving testimony from General James N. Mattis, USMC (Ret.), and Admiral William J. Fallon, USN (Ret.), both a former Commander, United States Central Command, and General John M. Keane, USA (Ret.), former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, all of the Department of Defense.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported an original resolution (S. Res. 42) authorizing expenditures by the Committee, and adopted its rules of procedure for the 114th Congress.

Also, committee announced the following subcommittee assignments:

Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development: Senators Scott (Chair), Crapo, Heller, Moran, Corker, Cotton, Rounds, Vitter, Menendez, Reed, Schumer, Tester, Merkley, Heitkamp, and Donnelly.

Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection: Senators Toomey (Chair), Crapo, Heller, Rounds, Corker, Vitter, Kirk, Scott, Merkley, Reed, Schumer, Menendez, Warner, Warren, and Donnelly.

Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment: Senators Crapo (Chair), Corker, Vitter, Toomey, Kirk, Scott, Sasse, Moran, Warner, Reed, Schumer, Menendez, Tester, Warren, and Donnelly.

Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance: Senators Kirk (Chair), Cotton, Sasse, Heitkamp, and Warner.

Subcommittee on Economic Policy: Senators Heller (Chair), Toomey, Cotton, Rounds, Sasse, Moran, Warren, Tester, Merkley, and Heitkamp.

Senators Shelby and Brown are ex-officio members of each subcommittee.

IRAN SANCTIONS

Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded a hearing to examine perspectives on the strategic necessity of Iran sanctions, after receiving testimony from Antony Blinken, Deputy Secretary of State; David S. Cohen, Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence; Mark Dubowitz, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Bethesda, Maryland; and Patrick Clawson, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Washington, DC.

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S 2015 TRADE POLICY AGENDA

Committee on Finance: Committee concluded a hearing to examine President Obama's 2015 trade policy agenda, after receiving testimony from Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative.

BUSINESS MEETING

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: Committee announced the following subcommittee assignments:

Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations: Senators Portman (Chair), McCain, Paul, Lankford, Ayotte, Sasse, McCaskill, Tester, Baldwin, and Heitkamp.

Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management: Senators Paul (Chair), Lankford, Enzi, Ayotte, Ernst, Sasse, Baldwin, McCaskill, Booker, and Peters.

Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management: Senators Lankford (Chair), McCain, Portman, Enzi, Ernst, Sasse, Heitkamp, Tester, Booker, and Peters.

Senators Johnson and Carper are ex-officio members of each subcommittee.

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: Committee concluded a hearing to examine No Child Left Behind, focusing on supporting teachers and school leaders, after receiving testimony from Terry Holliday, Kentucky Commissioner of Education, Frankfort; Dan Goldhaber, American Institutes for Research National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research, Bothell, Washington; Saul Hinojosa, Somerset School District, Somerset, Texas; Rachelle Moore, Madrona K–8, Seattle, Washington, on behalf of the National Education Association; and Christine Handy-Collins, Gaithersburg High School, Gaithersburg, Maryland, on behalf of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

BUSINESS MEETING

Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee ordered favorably reported an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the Committee, and adopted its rules of procedure for the 114th Congress.

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INTELLIGENCE

Select Committee on Intelligence: Committee met in closed session to receive a briefing on certain intelligence matters from officials of the intelligence community.

House of Representatives

Chamber Action


Public Bills and Resolutions Introduced: 39 public bills, H.R.539–577; and 8 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 10; and H. Res. 52–58 were introduced.
Pages H638–39


Additional Cosponsors:
Page H641


Reports Filed: Reports were filed today as follows:

H.R. 159, to stop exploitation through trafficking (H. Rept. 114–6, Part 1);

H.R. 181, to provide justice for the victims of trafficking (H. Rept. 114–7);

H.R. 285, to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a penalty for knowingly selling advertising that offers certain commercial sex acts (H. Rept. 114–8);

H.R. 350, to direct the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking to identify strategies to prevent children from becoming victims of trafficking and review trafficking prevention efforts, and to protect and assist in the recovery of victims of trafficking (H. Rept. 114–9, Part 1); and

H.R. 399, to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to gain and maintain operational control of the international borders of the United States, and for other purposes, with an amendment (H. Rept. 114–10, Part 1).
Page H637


Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act of 2015: H.R. 350, to direct the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking to identify strategies to prevent children from becoming victims of trafficking and review trafficking prevention efforts, and to protect and assist in the recovery of victims of trafficking;
Pages H589–92


Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act of 2015: H.R. 159, amended, to stop exploitation through trafficking;
Pages H592–95


Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act of 2015: H.R. 285, to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a penalty for knowingly selling advertising that offers certain commercial sex acts;
Pages H596, H600


Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015: H.R. 181, amended, to provide justice for the victims of trafficking;
Pages H600–07


Human Trafficking Detection Act of 2015: H.R. 460, to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to train Department of Homeland Security personnel how to effectively deter, detect, disrupt, and prevent human trafficking during the course of their primary roles and responsibilities; and
Pages H607–11


Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Act of 2015: H.R. 398, to provide for the development and dissemination of evidence-based best practices for health care professionals to recognize victims of a severe form of trafficking and respond to such individuals appropriately.
Pages H618–20


LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act--Rule for Consideration: The House agreed to H. Res. 48, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 351) to provide for expedited approval of exportation of natural gas, by a yea-and-nay vote of 241 yeas to 169 nays, Roll No. 46.
Pages H611–16


Suspensions--Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures which were debated on Monday, January 26th:
Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2015: H.R. 469, to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to enable State child protective services systems to improve the identification and assessment of child victims of sex trafficking, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 47; and
Pages H616–17


Improving the response to victims of child sex trafficking: H.R. 246, to improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 411 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 48.
Pages H617–18


Unanimous consent agreement to correct H.R. 515: Agreed by unanimous consent that in the engrossment of H.R. 515, the Clerk be instructed to make the correction placed at the desk.
Page H618


Meeting Hour: Agreed by unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow, January 28.
Page H626


Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes and one recorded vote developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H616, H616–17, H618. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 12 noon and adjourned at 7:12 p.m.

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Committee Meetings

THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE'S BUDGET AND ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

Committee on the Budget: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``The Congressional Budget Office's Budget and Economic Outlook''. Testimony was heard from Douglas W. Elmendorf, Director, Congressional Budget Office.

WHAT ARE THE ELEMENTS OF SOUND DATA BREACH LEGISLATION?

Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing entitled ``What are the Elements of Sound Data Breach Legislation?''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

EXAMINING PUBLIC HEALTH LEGISLATION TO HELP PATIENTS AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Committee on Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health held a hearing entitled ``Examining Public Health Legislation to Help Patients and Local Communities''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

SUSTAINABLE HOUSING FINANCE: AN UPDATE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF THE FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY

Committee on Financial Services: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Sustainable Housing Finance: An Update from the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency''. Testimony was heard from Melvin L. Watt, Director, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

IRAN NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS AFTER THE SECOND EXTENSION: WHERE ARE THEY GOING?

Committee on Foreign Affairs: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Iran Nuclear Negotiations After the Second Extension: Where Are They Going?''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

NIGERIA ON THE BRINK?

Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations held a hearing entitled ``Nigeria on the Brink?''. Testimony was heard from Robert P. Jackson, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, Department of State; and public witnesses.

THE EVOLUTION OF TERRORIST PROPAGANDA: THE PARIS ATTACK AND SOCIAL MEDIA

Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade held a hearing entitled ``The Evolution of Terrorist Propaganda: The Paris Attack and Social Media''. Testimony was heard from public witnesses.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

Committee on House Administration: Full Committee held an organizational meeting for the 114th Congress. The committee adopted its rules, oversight plan, parking policy, and a resolution declaring the committee's electronic repository.

MISCELLANEOUS MEASURE

Committee on the Judiciary: Full Committee held a markup on H.R. 527, the ``Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015''. H.R. 527 was ordered reported, without amendment.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING; MISCELLANEOUS MEASURES

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: Full Committee held an organizational meeting for the 114th Congress and a markup on H.R. 50, the ``Unfunded Mandates Information Transparency Act of 2015''; and H.R. 313, the ``Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act of 2015''. The committee adopted its rules and approved subcommittee assignments. H.R. 50 and H.R. 313 were ordered reported, without amendment.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Full Committee held an organizational meeting for the 114th Congress. The committee adopted its rules and oversight plan.

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THE EXPANDING CYBER THREAT

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Subcommittee on Research and Technology held a hearing entitled ``The Expanding Cyber Threat''. Testimony was heard from James Kurose, Assistant Director, Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate, National Science Foundation; Charles H. Romine, Director, Information Technology Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Eric A. Fischer, Senior Specialist in Science and Technology, Congressional Research Service; and public witnesses.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Full Committee held an organizational meeting for the 114th Congress. The committee adopted its rules, rosters, and oversight plan.

REBUILDING AFTER THE STORM: LESSENING IMPACTS AND SPEEDING RECOVERY

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a hearing entitled ``Rebuilding After the Storm: Lessening Impacts and Speeding Recovery''. Testimony was heard from W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency; Francis X. McCarthy, Analyst in Emergency Management Policy, Congressional Research Service; R. David Paulison, Former Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency; and public witnesses.

BUSINESS MEETING; LEGISLATIVE HEARING

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Full Committee held a business meeting to designate Congresswoman Kathleen Rice to subcommittees and a hearing on H.R. 189, the ``Servicemember Foreclosure Protections Extension Act of 2015''; H.R. 216, the ``Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Planning Reform Act of 2015''; H.R. 245, to amend title 38, United States Code, to codify certain existing provisions of law relating to effective dates for claims under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes; H.R. 280, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recoup bonuses and awards paid to employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs; and H.R. 294, the ``Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act''. Congresswoman Kathleen Rice was designated to two subcommittees. Testimony was heard from Representative Grayson; the following Department of Veterans Affairs officials: David R. McLenachen, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Disability Assistance, Veterans Benefits Administration; Susan Sullivan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Office of Policy and Planning; and Kim McLeod, Counsel, Office of General Counsel; and public witnesses.

A REVIEW OF THE TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing entitled ``A Review of the Transition Assistance Program''. Testimony was heard from Curtis L. Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; Teresa W. Gerton, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Veterans' Employment and Training Service, Department of Labor; Susan Kelly, Director, Transition to Veterans Program Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense; and public witnesses.

U.S. TRADE POLICY AGENDA

Committee on Ways and Means: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``U.S. Trade Policy Agenda''. Testimony was heard from Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative.

HEARING 3

Select Committee on Benghazi: Full Committee held a hearing entitled ``Hearing 3'', relating to status review of outstanding requests. Testimony was heard from Neil Higgins, Director of Congressional Affairs, Central Intelligence Agency; and Joel Rubin, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, Department of State.

Joint Meetings

No joint committee meetings were held.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR WEDNESDAY,

JANUARY 28, 2015

(Committee meetings are open unless otherwise indicated)

Senate

Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: organizational business meeting to consider an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the Committee, rules of procedure for the 114th Congress, and subcommittee assignments, 4 p.m., SR–328A.

Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine the impact of the ``Budget Control Act of 2011'' and sequestration on national security, 9:30 a.m., SD–106.

Committee on the Budget: to hold hearings to examine the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) budget and economic outlook for fiscal years 2015–2025, 10 a.m., SD–608.

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Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: to hold hearings to examine freight rail transportation, focusing on enhancing safety, efficiency, and commerce, 10 a.m., SR–253.

Committee on Environment and Public Works: to hold hearings to examine MAP–21 reauthorization, focusing on Federal and state perspectives, 9:30 a.m., SD–406.

Committee on Finance: business meeting to consider H.R. 22, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt employees with health coverage under TRICARE or the Veterans Administration from being taken into account for purposes of determining the employers to which the employer mandate applies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 11 a.m., SD–215.

Committee on Foreign Relations: organizational business meeting to consider an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the Committee, subcommittee assignments, rules of procedure for the 114th Congress, and S. Res. 35, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, 9:45 a.m., SD–419.

Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: organizational business meeting to consider an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee during the 114th Congress, committee rules of procedure, subcommittee assignments, S. 192, to reauthorize the Older Americans Act of 1965, an original bill entitled, ``Strengthening Education Through Research Act'', and any pending nominations, 9:30 a.m., SD–430.

Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs: to hold hearings to examine protecting America from cyber attacks, focusing on the importance of information sharing, 2:30 p.m., SD–342.

Committee on Indian Affairs: organizational business meeting to consider selection of the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Committee, committee rules of procedure, and an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the committee during the 114th Congress; to be immediately followed by an oversight hearing to examine Indian country priorities for the 114th Congress, 2:30 p.m., SD–628.

Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings to examine the nomination of the Attorney General, 10 a.m., SH–216.

Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship: organizational business meeting to consider an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the Committee, and rules of procedure for the 114th Congress, 10:30 a.m., SR–428A.

Special Committee on Aging: organizational business meeting to consider an original resolution authorizing expenditures by the Committee, and rules of procedure for the 114th Congress, 2 p.m., S–211, Capitol.

House

Committee on Appropriations, Full Committee, organizational meeting for the 114th Congress, 9:15 a.m., 2359 Rayburn.

Committee on Armed Services, Full Committee, hearing entitled ``A Case for Reform: Improving DOD's Ability to Respond to the Pace of Technological Change'', 9:30 a.m., 2118 Rayburn.

Committee on Natural Resources, Full Committee, organizational meeting for the 114th Congress, 9:45 a.m., 1324 Longworth.

Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Energy, hearing entitled ``Supercomputing and American Technology Leadership'', 9 a.m., 2318 Rayburn.

Committee On Veterans' Affairs, Subcommittee on Health, hearing entitled ``Examining the Quality and Cost of VA Health Care'', 10:15 a.m., 334 Cannon.

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Full Committee, organizational meeting for the 114th Congress, 10 a.m., HVC–304. This meeting may close.

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Next Meeting of the
SENATE

9:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 28

Senate Chamber

Program for Wednesday: After the transaction of any morning business (not to extend beyond one hour), Senate will continue consideration of S. 1, Keystone XL Pipeline, with a series of votes on or in relation to amendments to the bill beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Next Meeting of the
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

9 a.m., Wednesday, January 28

House Chamber

Program for Wednesday: Consideration of H.R. 351--LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act (Subject to a Rule).

Extensions of Remarks, as inserted in this issue








HOUSE


Barletta, Lou, Pa., E125

Brat, Dave, Va., E120

Brooks, Susan W., Ind., E121

Carter, John R., Tex., E123

Cicilline, David N., Calif, E119

Clyburn, James E., S.C., E122

Coffman, Mike, Colo., E117

Cohen, Steve, Tenn., E124

Davis, Danny K., Ill., E126

Farr, Sam, Calif., E117

Fattah, Chaka, Pa., E117

Forbes, J. Randy, Va., E124

Foxx, Virginia, N.C., E117

Frankel, Lois, Fla., E117

Hahn, Janice, Calif., E126

Jackson Lee, Sheila, Tex., E118, E120, E120, E121, E123, E125, E126

Maloney, Carolyn B., N.Y., E119

McCollum, Betty, Minn., E119, E126

Norton, Eleanor Holmes, D.C., E118

Olson, Pete, Tex., E122

Poe, Ted, Tex., E123

Schakowsky, Janice D., Ill., E118, E121

Schweikert, David, Ariz., E125

Tipton, Scott R., Colo., E125

Valadao, David G., Calif., E120

Walden, Greg, Ore., E122

Waters, Maxine, Calif., E122

Webster, Daniel, Fla., E117 

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