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Vol. 158WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2012No. 168

Appointment Of Acting President Pro Tempore

The legislative clerk read the following letter:

Appointment Of Acting President Pro Tempore

Mr. WHITEHOUSE thereupon assumed the chair as Acting President pro tempore.

Appointment Of Acting President Pro Tempore

The clerk will please read a communication to the Senate from the President pro tempore (Mr. Leahy).

Senate

The Senate met at 10 a.m. and was called to order by the Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse, a Senator from the State of Rhode Island.

Pledge Of Allegiance

The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse, a Senator from the State of Rhode Island, led the Pledge of Allegiance, as follows: I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of ...

Recognition Of The Majority Leader

The majority leader is recognized.

Prayer

The Chaplain, Dr. Barry C. Black, offered the following prayer: Let us pray. O God, before Whom the lives of all are exposed and the desires of all known, be ...

The Fiscal Cliff

Mr. President, New Years Eve is fast approaching and for decades and decades the American people have watched the ball drop in Times Square. It is the countdown to midnight, ...

Speaking: Reid
Reservation Of Leader Time

Under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

That is correct.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

My colleague is asking a particularly important question because the Director of the National Security Agency, General Alexander, recently spoke at a large technology conference, and he said that with ...

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, if there is no one else waiting to speak, I ask unanimous consent to speak as in morning business and will yield when someone is ready, prepared to ...

Speaking: Merkley
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, just to respond to the points made by the distinguished chair of the committee--and, by the way, I think the chair's reference to being willing in the next ...

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendments and call up my amendment, which is at the desk.

Speaking: Leahy
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, I thank Leader Reid for the honor of being able to open this morning's debate. I also wish to particularly identify with a point the leader made. There ...

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The amendment is as follows:(Purpose: To ensure adequate protection of the rights under the Fourth

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

I thank my colleague from Oregon for spearheading this whole conversation about privacy and national security and how the two are not at war with each other. We are simply ...

Speaking: Merkley
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

I thank Senator Wyden.

Speaking: Merkley
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The Senator from Oregon.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Under the previous order, the Senate will proceed to consideration of H.R. 5949, which the clerk will report.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, I would like to make an opening statement, as the committee chair, on the bill that is before the Senate.

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

I thank my colleague from Oregon for being so deeply invested in the details of this over many years, utilizing a fierce advocacy in support of the fourth amendment and ...

Speaking: Merkley
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, I wish to take a moment to clarify this question of secret law. This code book I am holding is the law. It is not secret. This is ...

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, let me do something I do sometimes--correct myself. If the Senator is offering to use the time on his side, that is fine with me. As long as ...

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

It states that the administration strongly supports H.R. 5949, and it goes on to say what the bill would do. It says it is vital and it produced and continues ...

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, the reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Act, also known as the FISA Amendments Act, is a crucial authority for the U.S. Intelligence Community. Unless we ...

Speaking: Grassley
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

I thank my friend. Just one last point with respect to this technology conference where so many people walked away and thought their privacy was being protected by strong legal ...

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

My understanding is that 30 minutes was allocated?

Speaking: Merkley
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent to call up my amendment, which is at the desk.

Speaking: Paul
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Madam President, is the Senator going to call up his amendment?

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, if I could interject for a moment.

Speaking: Merkley
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Madam President, I rise today in support of the Fourth Amendment Protection Act. The fourth amendment guarantees the right of the people to be secure in their persons, their houses, ...

Speaking: Paul
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Well, wait a minute.

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Madam President, in this dangerous world, we have an obligation to give our intelligence community the tools and the resources they need to keep us safe. But we also have ...

Speaking: Coons
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

I would be happy to yield to the majority leader.

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, I think this is acceptable, yes.

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Thirty minutes equally divided.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

not in the national security interest of the United States)

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The majority leader.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Absent the information we are seeking to get under the amendment I am going to offer, I do not think it is possible for a Senator to respond to the ...

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The Senator from California.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, I thank my colleagues for setting out the parameters. I am going to wrap this up in fairly short order.

Speaking: Merkley
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent to speak in general debate as to H.R. 5949 and that my time in so speaking be charged against Senator Wyden.

Speaking: Coons
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The distinguished Senator from Oregon and I served together in the House of Representatives. Does the Senator remember the days when the House voted not as a majority but as ...

Speaking: Reid
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Under the previous order, the Senator from Oregon, Mr. Wyden, is recognized.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

I ask unanimous consent.

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, parliamentary inquiry: Can I yield to Senator Merkley time from general debate in order to let him complete his remarks?

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Absolutely. I think about other questions our constituents might ask. They might ask if our spy agencies are collecting vast data from around the world and they become interested in ...

Speaking: Merkley
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, I call up my amendment which is at the desk.

Speaking: Merkley
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Is there objection?

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

So, Mr. President, it is not a question of this oversight not being done. I must respectfully disagree with the Senator from Oregon on that point. There is clearly rigorous ...

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

order, or opinion of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that includes significant legal interpretation of section 501 or 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 unless such disclosure ...

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Madam President, in listening to the distinguished chairman of the Judiciary Committee and also reading the amendment, I want to make clear that there are parts of this amendment to ...

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, first, I strongly support your amendment, given how little most Members of Congress know about the actual impact of the law. The shorter extension period as envisioned by ...

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The bill clerk read as follows:

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Madam President, when Congress passed the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, it granted the Government sweeping new electronic surveillance powers which, if abused or misused, could impinge on the privacy ...

Speaking: Leahy
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Without objection, the clerk will report.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The Senator from Vermont.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Yes, of course.

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The legislative clerk read as follows:

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The amendment is as follows:

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The opponents have 140 minutes remaining; the proponents have 183 minutes remaining.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The time of the Senator, under the order, has expired.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Madam President, I rise in opposition to this amendment. This amendment is extraordinarily broad. It is much broader than FISA, and in the course of my remarks, I would hope ...

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that further reading be dispensed with.

Speaking: Merkley
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

With the unanimous consent of the Senate.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The bill clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded.

Speaking: Reid
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The clerk will call the roll.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

For purpose of general debate, how much time remains on our side and how much time remains under the control of the distinguished chair of the committee?

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the reading of the amendment be dispensed with.

Speaking: Paul
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, I rise this morning to talk about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the concerns I and many of my colleagues have.

Speaking: Merkley
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, I suggest the absence of a quorum.

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

I suggest the absence of a quorum.

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

I ask unanimous consent that reading of the amendment be dispensed with.

Speaking: Leahy
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded.

Speaking: Paul, Coons
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Mr. President, will my friend yield for a question?

Speaking: Reid
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

I thank the Senator.

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

I object, if it is time on our side that will be used.

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

The clerk will report.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

I do. The leader is being logical, and Heaven forbid that sometimes logic break out on some of these matters. I remember when we started out--and I joked that I ...

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

I thank my colleague. He is making an important point. I have sat next to Senator Feinstein in the Intelligence Committee now for 12 years, and I think all of ...

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

Let me describe what these provisions do and why they are necessary to reauthorize.

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

I thank the Chair. I will speak out of our time in order to respond to a couple points. I also wish to commend my colleague Senator Merkley from Oregon ...

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012

There being no objection, the material was ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows:

Letter Of Resignation

Mr. President, I have in my hands a letter from Brian Schatz, the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Hawaii, and that letter is a resignation letter.

Speaking: Reid
Letter Of Resignation

There being no objection, the material was ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows: December 26, 2012. Re Resignation as Lieutenant Governor.

Certificate Of Appointment

The Chair lays before the Senate a certificate of appointment to fill the vacancy created by the death of the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii.

Welcoming Senator Brian Schatz

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded.

Speaking: Blunt
Welcoming Senator Brian Schatz

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Welcoming Senator Brian Schatz

The Senator from Nevada.

Welcoming Senator Brian Schatz

I suggest the absence of a quorum.

Speaking: Reid
Welcoming Senator Brian Schatz

Mr. President, I rise to welcome Hawaii's new Senator, Brian Schatz. Brian is a leader for Hawaii's present and for our future and I welcome him with much aloha pumehana, ...

Speaking: Akaka
Welcoming Senator Brian Schatz

The senior Senator from Hawaii is recognized.

Administration Of The Oath Of Office

If the Senator-Designee will now present himself at the desk, the Chair will administer the oath of office.

Welcoming Senator Brian Schatz

The clerk will call the roll.

Administration Of The Oath Of Office

Congratulations, Senator.

Administration Of The Oath Of Office

The majority leader.

Welcoming Senator Brian Schatz

The legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Welcoming Senator Brian Schatz

Mr. President, on behalf of the entire Senate, I welcome Senator Brian Schatz to the Senate. I congratulate him on his appointment to fill the seat of the late Senator ...

Speaking: Reid
Certificate Of Appointment

There being no objection, the certificate was ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows:

Welcoming Senator Brian Schatz

Mr. President, before my friend from Hawaii leaves the floor, we have all come and given speeches--a lot of us, at least--about Senator Akaka, but we have not had a ...

Speaking: Reid
Welcoming Senator Brian Schatz

I yield the floor, Mr. President.

Speaking: Akaka
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Madam President, you will excuse me if I am a little frustrated at the situation in which we find ourselves.

Speaking: McConnell
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Mr. President, will my colleague from Georgia yield for a question?

Speaking: Merkley
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

The Senator from Georgia.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Madam President, I believe I control additional time. How much time does our side have remaining?

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

The Republican leader.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

It is too classified.

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Madam President, I am going to proceed in my leader time.

Speaking: McConnell
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Reserving the right to object. Might I ask tomorrow when the intelligence votes will take place?

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

It is fine. Through the Chair, 15 minutes with respect to our side reporting the amendment, 15 minutes on the other side, it will be voted on, and then we ...

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

It would be very important to do that. I don't want to press the Senator from Oregon. He has been very good and flew all night from his newborn to ...

Speaking: Reid
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

We don't have the intelligence to do that right now.

Speaking: Reid
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Madam President, I rise, as many have today, to talk about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Before I get to the substance of my remarks, I wish to acknowledge the ...

Speaking: Udall
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Is there objection to the request as modified? Without objection, it is so ordered.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Mr. President, I am not sure my distinguished Republican counterpart has followed what has taken place in the House of Representatives. In the House, as reported by the press and ...

Speaking: Reid
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Madam President, I am going to be very brief in terms of responding to Senator Feinstein, the distinguished chair.

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Mr. President, I rise in opposition to the legislation we are going to be voting on today. I want to refer to the Leahy amendment just referred to by the ...

Speaking: Chambliss
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

The Senator from Oregon.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Madam President, I would be happy to defer to the vice chairman.

Speaking: Udall
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

I would only add the majority leader has given you his view of the last 2 years. I have certainly given you my take on it. The American people have ...

Speaking: McConnell
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

The assistant legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Well, here is my problem with that provision, and it is twofold. First of all, there is the proverbial elephant's nose under the tent theory, that this is the beginning ...

Speaking: Chambliss
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded.

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

I thank the Chair, and I thank my colleague.

Speaking: Merkley
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

The Senator has that right.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

I believe his time is up.

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

The clerk will call the roll.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Madam President, I ask unanimous consent to speak for up to 30 minutes and that be under the time allotted to Senator Wyden.

Speaking: Udall
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Madam President, we are going to have two or three votes at 5:30. A number of the Senators who have amendments dealing with the supplemental have agreed to come at ...

Speaking: Reid
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Is there objection?

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Sure. I would be happy to.

Speaking: Chambliss
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent the Senate proceed to the immediate consideration of H.R. 1, for the purpose of calling up and debating the Coats amendment; that following the ...

Speaking: Coats
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

The majority leader.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Madam President, I appreciate the comments of the leader. I think the chairman and I--and I assume those who have amendments that will be remaining, I guess one amendment remaining ...

Speaking: Chambliss
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

I thank my colleague for sharing his insights. And certainly national security is extremely important. I obviously reach a different conclusion.

Speaking: Merkley
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Mr. President, also on two things that do not relate to my comments about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act--I would like to say it is a great honor for me ...

Speaking: Blunt
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

I wish to thank the distinguished leader who has been so helpful in ensuring that we have a real debate.

Speaking: Wyden
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

The Senator from Indiana.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Madam President, I note the Wyden amendment has not yet been called up. Someone may wish to do so.

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

I would suggest this. When we come in, in the morning, why don't we have this the first order of business. We would have the half hour evenly divided, vote ...

Speaking: Reid
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Mr. President, we are going to have to decide, my friend says, how we are going to move forward on a bipartisan basis. Even on the Sunday shows we have ...

Speaking: Reid
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Madam President, I rise today in support of H.R. 5949, the FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012. Before I speak on it as vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee, ...

Speaking: Chambliss
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded.

Speaking: Lee
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Mr. President, I think all of us understand the gravity of the challenge we face. This so-called fiscal cliff has been subject to parody and comedy routines, but it is ...

Speaking: Durbin
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

The legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

We have two very important measures to finish. I appreciate the collegiality of the Senators on this most important piece of legislation dealing with the espionage on our country part, ...

Speaking: Reid
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Mr. President, no one disputes the vital importance of our national security. Indeed, in Federalist No. 41, James Madison noted that ``[s]ecurity against foreign danger is one of the primitive ...

Speaking: Lee
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

I would like to talk about the FISA Amendments Act. I thank Senator Wyden for his leadership on this issue and for offering an amendment to this act that I ...

Speaking: Tester
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Madam President, through the Chair, if I could ask the Senator from Oregon, is the Senator talking 15 minutes on his amendment and 15 minutes on passage? Fifteen minutes on ...

Speaking: Chambliss
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

The Senator from Colorado.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

There is 39 minutes of general debate time remaining to the Senator from Oregon.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

The Senator from Illinois.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Resumed

Pending:

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Mr. President, I am cognizant of the fact that we will have a series of votes beginning in just 15 minutes, and so even though the unanimous consent request on ...

Speaking: Coats
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Resumed

The Senator from Indiana.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Resumed

The Senator from Indiana has approximately 2 minutes remaining.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Resumed

Mr. President, may I inquire as to how much time is still available before the call up of the vote on the FISA legislation?

Speaking: Coats
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Resumed

The clerk will report.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Resumed

(The amendment is printed in the Record of December 17, 2012, under ``Text of Amendments.'')

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Resumed

Mr. President, I am here to join the Senator from Indiana, and I think I can presumptively speak for everybody in this body. We want to help the people in ...

Speaking: Alexander
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Resumed

Mr. President, I call up amendment No. 3391.

Speaking: Coats
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Resumed

(Purpose: In the nature of a substitute.)

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The Senator from Tennessee.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Resumed

The Senate will proceed to the consideration of H.R. 1, which the clerk will now report by title.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Resumed

Mr. President, I would like to use those 2 minutes, if I could, to sum up.

Speaking: Coats
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Resumed

The legislative clerk read as follows:

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The assistant legislative clerk called the roll.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Mr. President, we are going to have two more votes tonight. They will both be 10 minutes in duration in addition to the debate time that has already been established. ...

Speaking: Reid
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Mr. President, I rise in support of the Merkley-Lee amendment. I thank him for being lead cosponsor.

Speaking: Merkley
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

The yeas and nays resulted--yeas 37, nays 54, as follows:

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

The Senator from Maryland.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

The result was announced--yeas 12, nays 79, as follows:

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Mr. President, following up Leader Reid's comments, to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, if you have these amendments, Senator Schumer and I would like to know. We ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Is there a sufficient second? There appears to be a sufficient second.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

The Senator from Oregon.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

[Rollcall Vote No. 234 Leg.] YEAS--12 Baucus Begich Cantwell Heller Lee Merkley Paul Stabenow Tester Udall (NM) Webb Wyden NAYS--79 Akaka Alexander Ayotte Barrasso Bennet Bingaman Blumenthal Blunt Boozman Brown ...

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Mr. President, I ask for the yeas and nays.

Speaking: Reid
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Mr. President, I oppose this amendment, as does the vice chairman and the administration. This amendment is not germane to FISA. It has not been reviewed by the Judiciary Committee, ...

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Under the previous order, there will be 2 minutes of debate equally divided prior to the vote in relation to amendment No. 3436 offered by the Senator from Kentucky, Mr. ...

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

[Rollcall Vote No. 233 Leg.] YEAS--37 Akaka Baucus Begich Bennet Bingaman Blumenthal Cantwell Cardin Carper Conrad Coons Durbin Franken Gillibrand Heller Klobuchar Leahy Lee Levin Manchin Menendez Merkley Murray Nelson ...

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

The question is on agreeing to the amendment.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

I ask for the yeas and nays.

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

The following Senators are necessarily absent: the Senator from South Carolina (Mr. DeMint), the Senator from Oklahoma (Mr. Inhofe), the Senator from Illinois (Mr. Kirk), and the Senator from Alaska ...

Speaking: Kyl
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Mr. President, I rise to oppose this amendment and to indicate that the administration opposes the amendment as well.

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Mr. President, is it time to speak to amendment No.

Speaking: Merkley
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

The Senator from California.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

The result was announced--yeas 38, nays 52, as follows:

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Mr. President, I rise today to support the Fourth Amendment Protection Act. The fourth amendment guarantees that people should be secure in their persons, houses, and papers against unreasonable searches ...

Speaking: Paul
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Yes.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Is there a sufficient second?

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Mr. President, the vice chairman of the committee opposes this amendment, as does the administration. We have only 4 days to authorize this intelligence tool before it expires. Sending this ...

Speaking: Feinstein
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Under the previous order, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R. 5949.

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The legislative clerk called the roll.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

All time has expired. The question is on agreeing to the Merkley amendment.

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

The question is on agreeing to the Leahy amendment.

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Mr. President, this is a matter I care a great deal about. I am concerned that we are rushing to rubberstamp a House bill that is going to extend the ...

Speaking: Leahy
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

I announce that the Senator from California (Mrs. Boxer), the Senator from Ohio (Mr. Brown), the Senator from Iowa (Mr. Harkin), the Senator from New Jersey (Mr. Lautenberg), and the ...

Speaking: Durbin
Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

[Rollcall Vote No. 232 Leg.] YEAS--38 Akaka Baucus Begich Bennet Bingaman Blumenthal Cantwell Cardin Carper Casey Conrad Coons Durbin Franken Johnson (SD) Klobuchar Kohl Leahy Lee Levin Manchin Menendez Merkley ...

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I announce that the Senator from California (Mrs. Boxer), the Senator from Ohio (Mr. Brown), the Senator from New York (Mrs. Gillibrand), the Senator from Iowa (Mr. Harkin), the Senator ...

Speaking: Durbin
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Are there any other Senators in the Chamber desiring to vote?

Fisa Amendments Act Reauthorization Act Of 2012—Continued

Under the previous order requiring 60 votes for the adoption of this amendment, the amendment is rejected.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that that amendment be set aside.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I say to the Senator, we have been advised that we will not be voice voting amendments tonight.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I would like to call up the amendment, if I could. The staff reminds me I did not do that.

Speaking: Landrieu
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

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Mr. President, I thank the chairwoman for her leadership on this essential bill. I can't thank her enough for her tenacity and determination to meet the needs of so many ...

Speaking: Gillibrand
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Mr. President, I have an amendment on behalf of Senator Harkin. I call up amendment No. 3426.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I said December 1--wishful thinking. The order should say Friday, December 28.

Speaking: Schumer
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The amendment is as follows:(Purpose: To reduce the amount that triggers the requirement to notify Congress of the recipients of certain grants and to require publication

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Is there objection?

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

It was my understanding we were going to have ordered votes tomorrow rather than this evening, and I would ask, through the Chair, the chairwoman of the committee if my ...

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Would the Senator yield?

Speaking: Schumer
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The Senator from Connecticut.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Again, I wish to thank the Senator from Oklahoma for offering all those amendments.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Yes. I wish to thank the Senator from Oklahoma for being willing to debate these amendments this evening. I know he has a pressing engagement, and he may proceed in ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

(Purpose: To provide additional funds for wildland fire management)

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

No problem.

Speaking: Schumer
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The Senator from New Jersey.

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I first wish to thank Senator Merkley, who has been tireless in bringing forward the issues of farmers and ranchers in Oregon. And to my colleagues who are here on ...

Speaking: Stabenow
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Mr. President, I call up the Cardin amendment that was made in order, amendment No. 3393.

Speaking: Cardin
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, the Sandy supplemental bill provides the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers $3.5 billion in funding for new construction projects. Of that, $3 million from this account is directed ...

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I would on this particular--I think we ought to have a recorded vote on this. That would be my request.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

That is fine. I have to leave, but I want to make some points.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I rise to speak in favor of two critical issues for my state--much-needed Emergency Watershed Protection Funds in the Supplemental Appropriation for Disaster Assistance and a Udall-Tester amendment ...

Speaking: Udall
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Fine. I know of no further requests for time and I am prepared for a vote.

Speaking: Cardin
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

(Purpose: To require merit-based and competitive awards of disaster

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I am happy to do that. Let me tell you what crux of this amendment is. When we have disasters, we have real, legitimate needs. We have families who are ...

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Then I will go after the Senator from Oklahoma as well.

Speaking: Schumer
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that on Friday, December 1, when the Senate resumes consideration of H.R. 1, the legislative vehicle for the Sandy supplemental, the Senate proceed to ...

Speaking: Schumer
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I rise to discuss amendment No. 3415. It is my understanding there is no opposition to this amendment. We may be able to voice vote it tonight. But ...

Speaking: Landrieu
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I seek recognition to rebut the Coburn amendment and also to offer two amendments. But before I do, I just wish to thank my colleagues, particularly those who ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that that amendment be set aside and amendment No. 3383 be called up.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded.

Speaking: Schumer
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I ask unanimous consent that the reading of the amendment be dispensed with.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Without objection, the clerk will report.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the reading of the amendment be dispensed with.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The Senator from Louisiana.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

(Purpose: To clarify cost-sharing requirements for certain Corps of

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I would be happy to yield.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

After the Senator from New York.

Speaking: Menendez
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I wish to begin by thanking my colleague from Maryland, Senator Mikulski, for her kind and generous words about the recent tragedies we suffered in Connecticut and her ...

Speaking: Blumenthal
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The amendment is as follows:

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I have a lot I want to say in reference to my good friend from Oklahoma, but I know my colleagues from Oregon and Michigan have a time commitment, so ...

Speaking: Schumer
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I would object to that at this point in time. I would have liked to have had 5 minutes. I have to be somewhere at 7:30. I came down here, ...

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I am sorry that the Senator from Louisiana has left the floor because if she would have checked my voting records, I have not voted for extending the Bush tax ...

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

First, I wish to thank the distinguished chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee for the work she and her staff have put together. It is remarkable considering the timeframe they were ...

Speaking: Menendez
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I believe I am through, Mr. Chairman, and I would make the following point--

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

This is an amendment some people do not like, I will grant you that. But I have some specific examples that are going on in New Jersey right now on ...

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

(Purpose: To clarify the provision relating to emergency protective

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Replying to the Senator from Oklahoma, for those amendments we know we have cleared on both sides of the aisle that we can do by voice votes or by consent, ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Did I inadvertently interrupt you?

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Inquiry of the Chair, Mr. President.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Would the Chair withhold?

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I oppose the division 2, the fisheries amendment. I understand the Senator's intention, but his point is that he tries to say that fishery disaster funding should be for communities ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The assistant legislative clerk read as follows:

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The Senator from New York.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I am happy to have you take it. I have no objection.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The Senator from Maryland.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I call up amendment No. 3350.

Speaking: Tester
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Without objection, the pending amendment is set aside.

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(Purpose: To provide authority to transfer previously appropriated

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The legislative clerk read as follows:

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I ask that Senator Blunt be added as a cosponsor.

Speaking: Merkley
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I ask unanimous consent the reading of the amendment be dispensed with.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

There being no objection, the material was ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows:

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Reserving the right to object--I am not going to object, but I would like to amend the request so that I would be recognized after him.

Speaking: Menendez
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I thank my colleague and very much appreciate my colleague from Oklahoma. He has left, but we do have a friendship. I do believe he is a person of integrity. ...

Speaking: Schumer
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

That is fine.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Per the further request of Senator Schumer, I put a division in this amendment so we would have two votes on it, separating out the fisheries. Because he felt that ...

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The Senator from Maryland may proceed.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Is there any further debate on the amendment?

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The Senator from Oklahoma.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

This is another good government amendment.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

If there is no further debate, the question is on agreeing to the amendment.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that two letters--one from the International Association of Fire Chiefs and one from the International Association of Fire Fighters--be printed in the Record.

Speaking: Landrieu
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I thank the Senator. The Senator was gracious. There are two separate issues here, one of which I think most of us on this side would accept. The other we ...

Speaking: Schumer
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I would like to give a sense of the order of amendments so Senators may plan their time.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I rise in support of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill for Hurricane Sandy. This is a critically important bill for the States that were affected by this storm--not ...

Speaking: Reed
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

(Purpose: To strike a provision relating to certain studies of the

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that reading of the amendment be dispensed with.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The clerk will report.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I would like to just say a word broadly in response to Senator Coburn's statement and his offering of several amendments to substantially in some cases and in ...

Speaking: Landrieu
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, this amendment is totally noncontroversial. In the bill, they increase the surety bond limits for small businesses from $2 million to $5 million. It was an amendment I ...

Speaking: Cardin
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I have no further debate. I am prepared to let it go on a voice vote.

Speaking: Cardin
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, Senator Udall of Colorado and I are offering this amendment to provide the Forest Service with sufficient resources to meet the demands of wildfire fighting this fiscal year.

Speaking: Tester
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, this is a fairly straightforward amendment, and this is not to be construed as an amendment against the appropriators but, rather, an amendment for transparency.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I call up amendment No. 3367 and ask that it be further modified with the changes at the desk.

Speaking: Merkley
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I rise in support of amendment No. 3350 proposed by Senator Tester. These funds are needed because the agency predicts it will spend more to fight these fires ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, wait. Before the Senator from Montana speaks, why don't we voice vote the amendment now.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I ask unanimous consent that Amendment No. 3368 be called up.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, I ask, through the Chair, if the chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee would like for me to begin calling up amendments.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I ask unanimous consent that the Senate now resume consideration of H.R. 1, the legislative vehicle for the Hurricane Sandy supplemental.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I thank the chairwoman.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

This amendment attacks one of the features of this bill that I think steals from the authorizing committees the authority they need to have on authorizing projects. Let me quote ...

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I ask unanimous consent that that amendment be set aside and amendment No. 3370 be called up.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The Senate will come to order.

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Mr. President, this amendment simply provides authority to the State Department to transfer up to approximately $1 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funds appropriated in Fiscal Year 2012 for operations. ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The clerk will call the roll.

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Mr. President, I would like to thank very much Senator Blunt and Senator Stabenow, who have worked so hard to bring together a common vision in how we can address ...

Speaking: Merkley
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Let me ask unanimous consent that first, for 5 minutes, the Senators from Michigan and Oregon introduce their amendment, then the Senator from Oklahoma sums up, and then that I ...

Speaking: Schumer
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The Senator from Montana.

Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Now on the fisheries part, we don't take the fisheries part.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

I understand that.

Speaking: Coburn
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Mr. President, this amendment makes two very technical corrections that are necessary for proper implementing of funding for the Department of Health and Human Services in the supplemental. First, it ...

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

Senator Cardin's amendment No. 3393 will be voted on tomorrow.

Speaking: Mikulski
Department Of Defense Appropriations Act—Continued

The Senator from Michigan.

Morning Business

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Morning Business

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to a period of morning business, with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

Speaking: Schumer
Tributes To Departing Senators

Mr. President, the great State of Hawaii has been represented in the United States Senate by two of the longest serving Senators, and they happen to have shared the name ...

Speaking: Leahy
Thanking Lutheran Church Charities

Mr. President, this past week we have all watched, grief-stricken, the terrible school shooting in Newtown, CT, and the heart-breaking funerals of those beautiful little children. There are no words ...

Speaking: Durbin
Tribute To Chris Cowart

Mr. President, I rise to pay tribute to a staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee who will be retiring at the end of this session of Congress. Her ...

Speaking: Levin
Balanced Budget

Mr. President, I rise today to discuss our Nation's need to adopt a balanced budget amendment and to bring the Senate's attention to the Alabama Legislature's recent call for Congress ...

Speaking: Sessions
Balanced Budget

There being no objection, the material was ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows:

Additional Statements

Mr. President, I rise in honor of the innocent lives that were lost in Newtown, CT, on December 14, when a madman murdered 26 students, teachers, and administrators, as well ...

Speaking: Lieberman
Reports Of Committees

The following reports of committees were submitted: By Mrs. BOXER, from the Committee on Environment and Public Works, with amendments: S. 847. A bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control ...

Amendments Submitted And Proposed

SA 3435. Mr. MERKLEY (for himself, Mr. Lee, Mr. Coons, Mr. Wyden, Mr. Franken, Mrs. Shaheen, Mr. Tester, and Mr. Durbin) proposed an amendment to the bill H.R. 5949, to ...

Introduction Of Bills And Joint Resolutions

The following bills and joint resolutions were introduced, read the first and second times by unanimous consent, and referred as indicated: By Mr. BLUMENTHAL: S. 3710. A bill to amend ...

Additional Cosponsors

S. 2620 At the request of Mr. Schumer, the name of the Senator from Connecticut (Mr. Lieberman) was added as a cosponsor of S. 2620, a bill to amend title ...

Text Of Amendments

SA 3435. Mr. MERKLEY (for himself, Mr. Lee, Mr. Coons, Mr. Wyden, Mr. Franken, Mrs. Shaheen, Mr. Tester, and Mr. Durbin) proposed an amendment to the bill H.R. 5949, to ...

Adjournment Until 9 A.M. Tomorrow

There being no objection, the Senate, at 8:47 p.m., adjourned until Friday, December 28, 2012, at 9 a.m.

Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal Ira

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Adjournment Until 9 A.M. Tomorrow

Mr. President, if there is no further business to come before the Senate, I ask unanimous consent that it adjourn under the previous order.

Speaking: Schumer
Orders For Friday, December 28, 2012

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that when the Senate completes its business today, it adjourn until 9 a.m. on Friday, December 28, 2012; that following the prayer and pledge, ...

Speaking: Schumer
Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal Ira

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Committee on Finance be discharged from further consideration of S. 3667 and the Senate proceed to its immediate consideration.

Speaking: Schumer
Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal Ira

The legislative clerk read as follows:

Measures Considered En Bloc

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal Ira

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the bill be read a third time and passed, the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table, and that any statements relating ...

Speaking: Schumer
Measures Considered En Bloc

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee be discharged from the following postal naming bills en bloc: H.R. 2338 and H.R. 3892; that ...

Speaking: Schumer
Measures Considered En Bloc

There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the bills en bloc.

Program

Mr. President, the first vote tomorrow will be at approximately 9:45 a.m. There will be several rollcall votes beginning at that time in order to complete action on the FISA ...

Speaking: Schumer
Measures Considered En Bloc

I ask unanimous consent that the bills be read a third time and passed en bloc; the motions to reconsider be laid upon the table en bloc, with no intervening ...

Speaking: Schumer
Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal Ira

There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the bill.

Orders For Friday, December 28, 2012

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Entries in the Congressional Record

House

House Of Representatives

The House met at 2 p.m. and was called to order by the Speaker pro tempore (Mr. LaTourette).

H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

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Designation Of The Speaker Pro Tempore

The SPEAKER pro tempore laid before the House the following communication from the Speaker: Washington, DC, December 27, 2012. I hereby appoint the Honorable Steven C. LaTourette to act as ...

Pledge Of Allegiance

Will the gentleman from Ohio (Mr. Kucinich) come forward and lead the House in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Journal

The Chair has examined the Journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the House his approval thereof.

Prayer

The Chaplain, the Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, offered the following prayer: God of all creation, we give You thanks for giving us another day. As this Chamber lies silent still, ...

Unfinished Business

(Mr. HOYER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Unfinished Business

Mr. Speaker, we are in pro forma session. Pro forma session is a session without substance or solutions.

Speaking: Hoyer
Adjournment To Monday, December 31, 2012

Without objection, when the House adjourns today, it shall adjourn to meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2012.

Adjournment To Monday, December 31, 2012

There was no objection.

Adjournment

There was no objection.

Adjournment

Without objection, the House stands adjourned until 2 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2012.

Adjournment

Thereupon (at 2 o'clock and 9 minutes p.m.), under its previous order, the House adjourned until Monday, December 31, 2012, at 2 p.m.

Bills And Joint Resolution Presented To The President

Karen L. Haas, Clerk of the House, reported that on December 21, 2012, she presented to the President of the United States, for his approval, the following bills and joint ...

Senate Bill Referred

A bill of the Senate of the following title was taken from the Speaker's table and, under the rule, referred as follows: S. 3709. An act to require a Government ...

Communication From The Clerk Of The House

The SPEAKER pro tempore laid before the House the following communication from the Clerk of the House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, House of Representatives, Washington, DC, December 27, ...

Executive Communications, Etc.

Under clause 2 of rule XIV, executive communications were taken from the Speaker's table and referred as follows: 8919. A letter from the Director, Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection Agency, ...

Reports Of Committees On Public Bills And Resolutions

Under clause 2 of rule XIII, reports of committees were delivered to the Clerk for printing and reference to the proper calendar, as follows: Mr. GRAVES of Missouri: Committee on ...

Public Bills And Resolutions

Under clause 2 of rule XII, public bills and resolutions of the following titles were introduced and severally referred, as follows: By Mr. JONES: H.R. 6706. A bill to amend ...

Memorials

Under clause 3 of rule XII, 323. The SPEAKER presented a memorial of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, relative to Concurrent Resolution No. 67 requesting the President ...

Constitutional Authority Statement

Pursuant to clause 7 of rule XII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the following statements are submitted regarding the specific powers granted to Congress in the Constitution ...

Additional Sponsors

Under clause 7 of rule XII, sponsors were added to public bills and resolutions as follows: H.R. 749: Mr. Thompson of California. H.R. 1116: Mr. Hanna and Mr. Bass of ...

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Extensions of Remarks

Tribute To The Bakersfield College Renegade Football Team

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the Bakersfield College Renegades, who captured the 2012 California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Championship in football on December 8, 2012.

Speaking: McCarthy
Support For H.R. 1509, Medicare Indentity Theft Prevention Act Of 2011

Mr. Speaker, I support H.R. 1509, the Medicare Identity Theft Prevention Act. There has been longstanding bipartisan support--led by Ways and Means Members Lloyd Doggett and Sam Johnson--for removing Social ...

Speaking: Levin
Honoring Allen Short

Mr. Speaker, I rise today with my colleague, Mr. Costa, to acknowledge and honor Allen Short, General Manager of the Modesto Irrigation District, who is retiring on December 31, 2012 ...

Speaking: Denham
My Final Speech In Congress

Mr. Speaker, it's difficult for me to come to the floor today after 20 years in Congress and say ``goodbye'' to my constituents and fellow colleagues.

Speaking: Manzullo
Tribute To Mary Jessie Gonzalez Roque

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the life of a very special woman, Mary Jessie Gonzalez Roque, known by her friends as ``Susie.'' She was an inspiring community leader, ...

Speaking: Gonzalez
H.R. 1845, The Medicare Ivig Access Act

Madam Speaker, I support this bipartisan legislation, H.R. 1845, but I must express concern about once again violating regular order in bringing this bill to the floor today. Neither the ...

Speaking: Levin
Commendation Of Jeannine Campau Palms

Mr. Speaker, today I honor the contributions of Jeannine Campau Palms.

Speaking: Clarke
Honoring Robert Nees

Mr. Speaker, I rise today with my colleague, Mr. Costa, to acknowledge and honor Robert Nees, Turlock Irrigation District's Assistant General Manager for Water Resources, who is retiring on December ...

Speaking: Denham

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  4. 16 36 minimization
  5. 14 34 warrantless
  6. 12 29 forage
  7. 12 33 nsa
  8. 12 13 nees
  9. 12 18 schatz
  10. 11 15 pastureland
  11. 11 54 sandy
  12. 11 40 merkley
  13. 11 29 declassified
  14. 9 13 5949
  15. 9 1868 that
  16. 8 37 searches
  17. 8 135 privacy
  18. 8 34 e-mails
  19. 8 445 intelligence
  20. 8 33 grazing
  21. 8 1559 is
  22. 7 15 dni
  23. 7 68 livestock
  24. 7 71 2012
  25. 7 16 non-u
  26. 7 14 declassify
  27. 7 67 warrant
  28. 7 16 wiretapping
  29. 6 53 faa
  30. 6 27 unclassified
  1. 100 185 the fisa
  2. 99 125 fisa amendments
  3. 46 70 fisa court
  4. 41 83 fourth amendment
  5. 39 125 amendments act
  6. 39 77 section 702
  7. 32 101 foreign intelligence
  8. 29 27 eligible livestock
  9. 27 24 hurricane sandy
  10. 26 26 livestock producer
  11. 26 31 minimization procedures
  12. 26 71 intelligence surveillance
  13. 25 26 sandy .
  14. 25 128 intelligence community
  15. 22 31 surveillance court
  16. 22 32 u.s. persons
  17. 21 15 forage losses
  18. 20 28 of fisa
  19. 20 172 the intelligence
  20. 20 14 covered livestock
  21. 19 32 communications of
  22. 19 19 general alexander
  23. 18 44 a warrant
  24. 18 19 be declassified
  25. 17 16 secret law
  26. 16 27 the nsa
  27. 16 39 surveillance act
  28. 15 14 domestic communications
  29. 15 21 swept up
  30. 14 17 americans privacy
  1. 100 110 the fisa amendments act
  2. 34 30 of the fisa amendments
  3. 30 64 the foreign intelligence surveillance
  4. 26 16 under the fisa amendments
  5. 26 20 fisa amendments act .
  6. 25 31 foreign intelligence surveillance court
  7. 24 15 an eligible livestock producer
  8. 21 13 decision may not be
  9. 20 10 whether any wholly domestic
  10. 19 29 of the foreign intelligence
  11. 18 15 18 2012 pursuant to
  12. 18 39 foreign intelligence surveillance act
  13. 18 16 phone calls and e-mails
  14. 18 9 may not be declassified
  15. 16 38 of the intelligence community
  16. 16 8 wholly domestic communications have
  17. 16 10 unclassified summary of such
  18. 15 9 have had their communications
  19. 15 34 the director of national
  20. 15 11 targeting and minimization procedures
  21. 14 8 collected under the fisa
  22. 14 8 congress under section 601
  23. 14 9 . an eligible livestock
  24. 14 33 director of national intelligence
  25. 14 7 any wholly domestic communications
  26. 14 7 communications have been collected
  27. 14 10 attorney general makes a
  28. 14 13 general of the intelligence
  29. 14 8 be submitted to committees
  30. 14 8 phone calls or e-mails