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Senate

Pledge Of Allegiance

The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy led the Pledge of Allegiance, as follows: I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which ...

Recognition Of The Majority Leader

Mr. President, would the Chair announce the business of the day.

Speaking: Reid
Schedule

Mr. President, under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved. Under the previous order, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 1:30 p.m. for debate ...

Schedule

Mr. President, it is my understanding that the majority leader is going to yield the floor to me at this moment.

Speaking: Durbin
Prayer

The Chaplain, Dr. Barry C. Black, offered the following prayer: Let us pray. Eternal God, today give our Senators the second wind of Your passion, power, and perseverance. Fill them ...

Senate

The Senate met at 12 noon and was called to order by the President pro tempore (Mr. Leahy).

Recognition Of The Majority Leader

The majority leader is recognized.

S E N A T E

Vol. 158WASHINGTON, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013No. 173

Schedule

The Senator from Illinois.

Congratulating The Majority Leader

The majority leader.

Congratulating The Majority Leader

No one would believe this, but I did not know Senator Durbin was going to say a word. Most of what he said is unimportant, but I appreciate his efforts ...

Speaking: Reid
Congratulating The Majority Leader

Mr. President, the State of Nevada was admitted to the Union in 1864. Since 1864 there have been 25 Senators in its 148-year history. Today Harry Mason Reid becomes the ...

Speaking: Durbin
Helping The Victims Of Hurricane Sandy

Mr. President, I am stunned by what didn't happen in the House of Representatives last night. I appreciate that they, with the support of all but a handful of Democrats ...

Speaking: Reid
Helping The Victims Of Hurricane Sandy

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Helping The Victims Of Hurricane Sandy

Mr. President, I know the distinguished majority leader is about to propound a unanimous consent request. I ask unanimous consent to proceed for 1 minute.

Speaking: Leahy
Helping The Victims Of Hurricane Sandy

The Senator from Vermont.

Congratulating The Majority Leader

Mr. President, the majority leader is not a person to praise himself, but I will.

Speaking: Leahy
Congratulating The Majority Leader

Mr. President, I appreciate very much the chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the President pro tempore of the Senate saying those nice things about me. It is an honor ...

Speaking: Reid
Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Appropriations

The clerk will call the roll.

Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Appropriations

The legislative clerk proceeded to call the roll.

Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Appropriations

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

Speaking: Brown
Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Appropriations

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Appropriations

Mr. President, I want to join in the remarks of the majority leader. What a disappointment to learn that last night the House of Representatives failed to bring up the ...

Speaking: Durbin
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

I will yield briefly for a question without losing my right to the floor.

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Mr. President, I have a question for the distinguished Senator from Alabama, for whom I have very high regard. He has been my ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, and ...

Speaking: Whitehouse
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Without objection, the Senator may proceed.

A Most Dysfunctional Senate

The Senator from Alabama.

A Most Dysfunctional Senate

The Senator from Oregon.

A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Excuse me, I am sorry, Alabama. If the Senator listened to my floor presentation, he would know I already agree with much of what he said.

Speaking: Merkley
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

I yield for a question.

Speaking: Whitehouse, Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Now, the constitutional principle was made, and it has been acknowledged by three Vice Presidents, it has been used a number of times in the past. The reason we are ...

Speaking: Udall
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Mr. President, would the Senator yield for a question I will ask through the Chair?

Speaking: Udall
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

I have the floor, and I will yield for a question in just a second.

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

I will tell the Senator my concern and ask the Senator if he has a thought about it. I am uneasy about giving, for the first time, explicit power----

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

The rule that was changed, when we lowered--

Speaking: Udall
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Without objection, the Senator from Alabama is recognized.

A Most Dysfunctional Senate

I appreciate my colleague coming to the floor and starting to talk about rules. As I was listening back in my office to the Senator's presentation, and he may have ...

Speaking: Merkley
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Yes; that is absolutely true. It is hard to amend a judge.

Speaking: Whitehouse
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

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

Speaking: Merkley
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

And, indeed, I feel we need to have a process where amendments are considered. In a situation where neither side is vetoing the amendments of the other, I wanted to ...

Speaking: Merkley
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

I thank my colleague from Rhode Island for his very lucid commentary.

Speaking: Merkley
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

I think that is true, and nobody is more alert to this than the Senator from Oregon, but it is my belief there has been a little transformation in the ...

Speaking: Whitehouse
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

The Senator from Alabama--I think we overlapped as attorneys general, and we are good friends--raised this whole issue, and he used the phrase, which has been frequently used on the ...

Speaking: Udall
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Would the Senator disagree?

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

I thank the Senator for his advocacy, but I do believe that final vote to change the rule was by a two-thirds vote. If you get a two-thirds vote, you ...

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

That is also true. In fact, I believe there have been multiple filibusters of the various steps on the way to a conference committee, even after all amendments have been ...

Speaking: Whitehouse
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

I will yield to my former U.S. attorney colleague without yielding the floor. He is younger, and a fine member of the Judiciary Committee and a capable Member of the ...

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Please do. The Senator from Alabama has heard my questions.

Speaking: Whitehouse
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Mr. President, would the Senator yield briefly?

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Mr. President, I want to say some things that are pretty hard right now. I say them out of affection and concern for the Senate of the United States and ...

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Alabama.

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Reclaiming the floor, I think the Senator is correct. I would say both--it is not good. Why should they be picking your amendments? Why should Senator McConnell be picking your ...

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Right. I think that is true.

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

The Senator from New Mexico.

A Most Dysfunctional Senate

I think my colleague from Mississippi----

Speaking: Merkley
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Mr. President, I ask through the Chair, will the Senator yield for an additional question?

Speaking: Udall
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Would the Senator yield?

Speaking: Merkley
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

If my colleague from Rhode Island would be willing to yield for a question, I do have a question for him.

Speaking: Merkley
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Is the same true on both conference reports and final passage? Neither of those involve amendments, but have there been extensive filibuster efforts to keep this body from ever being ...

Speaking: Merkley
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

An accommodation was reached and----

Speaking: Udall
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Right.

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

The Senator from Rhode Island.

A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Mr. President, may I reclaim the floor for one moment? I will yield the floor, not just for a question--I will yield the floor to the Senator from Alabama with ...

Speaking: Whitehouse
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

I appreciate the point the Senator from Alabama is commenting on, and I think it is important that we recognize that is a floor or a minimum number of amendments ...

Speaking: Whitehouse
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

And when the accommodation was reached, then the rule was changed.

Speaking: Udall
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

So I wanted it to be clear it is bipartisan.

Speaking: Merkley
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Would the Senator yield for a question?

Speaking: Whitehouse
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

I believe the Senator has the floor, but I will stay and engage in a brief colloquy, if that is the Senator's desire.

Speaking: Whitehouse
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

My concern, which I have expressed in my conference, is I don't like the idea that we codify in the rules explicit supersenatorial power to a chairman and a ranking ...

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

I will.

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Is the same true of efforts to get to a conference committee after we have already passed a bill and all the amendments have been previously considered?

Speaking: Merkley
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Mr. President, let me thank the Senator from Alabama for his comments today. I think they are helpful in moving us forward, and I hope very much that we can ...

Speaking: Whitehouse
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

May I answer the question?

Speaking: Udall
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

The Senator from Rhode Island.

A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Mr. President, regaining the floor.

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

We heard a few moments ago from our colleague from Alabama that the problem of the Senate being able to process bills is completely as a result of the inability ...

Speaking: Merkley
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

The Senator from Alabama, my good friend and former attorney general colleague, asked the question--when he was answering the last question I asked--has this constitutional procedure for determining Senate rules ...

Speaking: Udall
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

I know the Senator does.

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

There is no constitutional power for a leader. I love Mitch McConnell. He does not get to pick my amendments. Where did this come from? You just got elected. You ...

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Mr. President, reclaiming the floor.

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

This is a good question. Let me tell my colleague how it happens in the real world of the minority party.

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

I like that.

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Mr. President, the Constitution does trump the Senate rules. But I would ask my colleague if he is aware of any kind of history of the Republic where we didn't ...

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

For a 2-year period of time. And we are not----

Speaking: Udall
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

I know we lowered the filibuster; a different Congress did. My question is, Was it a two-thirds vote or not?

Speaking: Sessions
A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Without objection, it is so ordered.

A Most Dysfunctional Senate

Reclaiming the floor, because I will yield the floor in a little bit, and the Senator can have an opportunity to talk, but I just want to follow up on ...

Speaking: Sessions
Extension Of Morning Business

Mr. President, I thank Senator Udall for taking the time and for his commitment to this institution so that it operates correctly. I thank Senator Merkley for his leadership.

Speaking: Cardin
Extension Of Morning Business

The Senator from Maryland has hit it on the head. Look at what we are talking about on a motion to proceed. I think it would surprise the American people ...

Speaking: Udall
Extension Of Morning Business

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that morning business be extended until 4 p.m., with all other provisions remaining in effect.

Speaking: Merkley
Extension Of Morning Business

The Senator from Maryland has really hit it on the head. You do not have to go any further than today's Executive Calendar. We all have them on our desks. ...

Speaking: Udall
Extension Of Morning Business

Under current policy, the motion to proceed has to be approved before anyone can offer any amendments. My friend from Alabama is talking about amendments. We cannot offer any amendments ...

Speaking: Cardin
Extension Of Morning Business

The Senator from New Mexico is recognized.

Extension Of Morning Business

I thank very much the Senator from Maryland for his commitment to pursue these bipartisan rules changes to make sure the rules get changed. I know I reminded him about ...

Speaking: Udall
Extension Of Morning Business

I thank my colleague from New Mexico. I am going to be very brief, because in 2 minutes I am taking the chair so my colleague from Maryland can continue ...

Speaking: Merkley
Extension Of Morning Business

Mr. President, I thank the Senator from Oregon, because he has elucidated here the real issue that we face as a Senate.

Speaking: Udall
Extension Of Morning Business

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Extension Of Morning Business

I thank the Senator from Maryland. He is passionate about this, and he has explained it very well. I ask any Senator to look at this Executive Calendar today. We ...

Speaking: Udall
Extension Of Morning Business

So my colleague from New Mexico has made this powerful case about our responsibility and about the opportunity provided under the Constitution, and I have been immersed in trying to ...

Speaking: Merkley
Extension Of Morning Business

I ask my colleague--I daresay most people in this country do not know what a motion to proceed is all about. They do not realize the majority leader cannot bring ...

Speaking: Cardin
Extension Of Morning Business

Without objection, the colloquy is extended.

Extension Of Morning Business

The Senator is absolutely right. I think when those rules were promulgated, the view was they would be done routinely and that there would never be a challenge to the ...

Speaking: Cardin
Extension Of Morning Business

I thank my colleague very much, and let me say to my colleague from Oregon, who has been a real leader on this, he has been diligent, he has studied ...

Speaking: Udall
Extension Of Morning Business

I thank the Senator for raising the issue. Let me tell people what happens all too frequently in this body. The President will nominate a person to be at a ...

Speaking: Cardin
Extension Of Morning Business

To the Senator from Maryland, I have one more question if he has time. First I want to respond as to the motion to proceed and what he has just ...

Speaking: Udall
Extension Of Morning Business

I yield for the Senator from Maryland.

Speaking: Udall
Extension Of Morning Business

I probably am in a position that most of the Members of this body are not in. I have served on one conference committee--I have been here 6 years--and it ...

Speaking: Cardin
Extension Of Morning Business

The Senator from Maryland has been here a little bit longer in the Senate than I have. Could the Senator talk about how many conferences we have done? The Senator ...

Speaking: Udall
Extension Of Morning Business

The Senator from New Mexico has been the one who has brought this to us, and I know he has included others and certainly Senator Merkley has been in the ...

Speaking: Cardin
Extension Of Morning Business

I thank the Senator from Maryland for his sincere effort to pursue bipartisan rules reform because I think, if we all work together, we can make the Senate a much ...

Speaking: Udall
Extension Of Morning Business

The Senator from Maryland hit on a couple of incredibly important points here, and I hope he has a minute or two to further engage in a colloquy.

Speaking: Udall
Extension Of Morning Business

I can tell my friend from New Mexico, that is happening today. I have talked to people in Maryland who are very reluctant to put their names forward because they ...

Speaking: Cardin
Extension Of Morning Business

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that morning business be extended until 5 p.m., with all other provisions remaining in effect.

Speaking: Udall
Extension Of Morning Business

I thank the Senator from New Mexico and the Presiding Officer, the Senator from Oregon, for their leadership in talking about rules reform. They are relatively new to the Senate. ...

Speaking: Durbin
Extension Of Morning Business

I will finish by thanking my friend, a very close colleague on this particular issue, the Senator from Oregon. I know he has worked diligently on framing the talking filibuster, ...

Speaking: Udall
Extension Of Morning Business

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Remembering Daniel K. Inouye

Mr. CONRAD: Mr. President, I want to take a moment to honor the life and career of my colleague and friend, Senator Daniel Inouye, who passed away on Monday, December ...

Resolving Spending Issues

Mr. President, earlier this week I supported this agreement to avoid unacceptable tax increases on the middle-class, and to at last begin to undo the damage to our fiscal standing ...

Speaking: Kerry
Tributes To Departing Senators

Mr. President, I rise today to pay tribute to my colleagues, Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Olympia Snowe.

Speaking: Boxer
Nomination Of Joshua Wright

Mr. President, I rise to register my concerns with the confirmation of Dr. Joshua Wright to be a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, FTC.

Speaking: Boxer
Tribute To Dr. Wayne Southwick

Mr. President, today I wish to pay tribute to an outstanding orthopaedic surgeon, mentor and friend. Dr. Wayne Southwick has had a remarkable career. The author of over 100 peer ...

Speaking: Barrasso
Messages From The House

At 12:16 p.m., a message from the House of Representatives, delivered by Mrs. Cole, one of its reading clerks, announced that the House has passed the following bills and joint ...

Measures Discharged

The following measure was discharged from the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and referred as indicated: H.R. 6655. An act to establish a commission to develop a national ...

Additional Cosponsors

S. 2215 At the request of Mr. Durbin, the name of the Senator from Ohio (Mr. Brown) was added as a cosponsor of S. 2215, a bill to create jobs ...

Reports Of Committees

The following reports of committees were submitted: By Mr. ROCKEFELLER, from the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Report to accompany S. 692, a bill to improve hurricane preparedness by ...

Measures Referred

The following bill was read the first and the second times by unanimous consent, and referred as indicated: H.R. 6726. An act to prevent the 2013 pay adjustment for Members ...

Submission Of Concurrent And Senate Resolutions

The following concurrent resolutions and Senate resolutions were read, and referred (or acted upon), as indicated: By Mr. WARNER (for himself, Mr. Webb, Mr. McCain, and Mr. Wicker): S. Res. ...

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. BAUCUS (for himself and Mr. Hatch): S. ...

Submitted Resolutions

SENATE RESOLUTION 630--CONGRATULATING THE NAVY AND THE CURRENT AND FORMER OFFICERS AND CREW OF THE ``U.S.S. ENTERPRISE'' (CVN 65) ON COMPLETION OF THE 26TH AND FINAL DEPLOYMENT OF THE VESSEL ...

Authorizing The Issuance Of Right-Of-Way Permits

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

Executive Session

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Authorizing The Issuance Of Right-Of-Way Permits

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Nominations Discharged

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to executive session and the Foreign Relations Committee be discharged from further consideration of the following nominations: PN 1928, and ...

Speaking: Reid
Nominations Discharged

Is there objection? Without objection, it is so ordered.

Executive Session

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to executive session and the HELP Committee be discharged from further consideration of the following nomination: PN 1404; that the ...

Speaking: Reid
Authorizing The Issuance Of Right-Of-Way Permits

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the bill be read three times, passed, the motion to reconsider be made and laid on the table, with no intervening action or ...

Speaking: Reid
Letter Of Resignation

The Chair lays before the Senate the letter of resignation of Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, which shall be printed in the Record.

Authorizing The Issuance Of Right-Of-Way Permits

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to H.R. 4606.

Speaking: Reid
Authorizing The Issuance Of Right-Of-Way Permits

The bill clerk read as follows:

Executive Session

The nomination was confirmed.

Notice: Registration Of Mass Mailings

The filing date for the 2012 fourth quarter Mass Mailing report is Friday, January 25, 2013. If your office did no mass mailings during this period, please submit a form ...

Authorizing The Issuance Of Right-Of-Way Permits

The clerk will report the bill by title.

Protect Our Kids Act Of 2012

Mr. President, Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa once said ``Safety and security don't just happen; they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our ...

Speaking: Baucus
Protect Our Kids Act Of 2012

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the HELP committee be discharged from further consideration of H.R. 6655 and that it be referred to the Committee on Finance. I further ...

Speaking: Reid
Protect Our Kids Act Of 2012

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

Protect Our Kids Act Of 2012

Mr. President, I rise today to praise the passage of the ``Protect Our Kids Act,'' which will create a commission with the goal of eliminating child abuse fatalities. The effort ...

Speaking: Collins
Protect Our Kids Act Of 2012

Without objection, it is so ordered. The clerk will report the bill by title.

Protect Our Kids Act Of 2012

I know of no further debate on this matter.

Speaking: Reid
Protect Our Kids Act Of 2012

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Protect Our Kids Act Of 2012

The bill clerk read as follows:

Protect Our Kids Act Of 2012

If there is no further debate, the question is, Shall the bill pass.

Protect Our Kids Act Of 2012

I ask unanimous consent that the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid on the table.

Speaking: Reid
Defining Taxable Vaccines

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the consideration of S. 3716.

Speaking: Reid
Defining Taxable Vaccines

The bill clerk read as follows:

Defining Taxable Vaccines

The clerk will report the bill by title.

Defining Taxable Vaccines

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the bill be read three times and passed, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table, with no intervening ...

Speaking: Reid
Defining Taxable Vaccines

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

Defining Taxable Vaccines

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Congratulating The Navy On “U.S.S. Enterprise” Final Deployment

The preamble was agreed to.

Program

Mr. President, there will be a live quorum at noon, which will be followed by the swearing in of new and recently reelected Senators.

Speaking: Reid
Congratulating The Navy On “U.S.S. Enterprise” Final Deployment

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

Orders For Thursday, January 3, 2013

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that when the Senate completes its business today and when it convenes tomorrow, January 3, 2012, at 12 noon, pursuant to the Constitution, following ...

Speaking: Reid
Congratulating The Navy On “U.S.S. Enterprise” Final Deployment

The bill clerk read as follows:

Confirmations

Executive nominations confirmed by the Senate January 2, 2013: DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ERICA LYNN GROSHEN, OF NEW YORK, TO BE COMMISSIONER OF LABOR STATISTICS, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, FOR A TERM ...

Congratulating The Navy On “U.S.S. Enterprise” Final Deployment

The preamble, with its preamble, reads as follows:

Discharged Nominations

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was discharged from further consideration of the following nomination by unanimous consent. *Erica Lynn Groshen, of New York, to be Commissioner ...

Adjournment Until 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: Reid
Congratulating The Navy On “U.S.S. Enterprise” Final Deployment

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to S. Res. 630.

Speaking: Reid
Congratulating The Navy On “U.S.S. Enterprise” Final Deployment

The clerk will report the resolution by title.

Adjournment Until Tomorrow

There being no objection, the Senate, at 5:07 p.m., adjourned until Thursday, January 3, 2013.

Congratulating The Navy On “U.S.S. Enterprise” Final Deployment

Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, the motions to reconsider be laid upon the table, with no intervening action ...

Speaking: Reid
Congratulating The Navy On “U.S.S. Enterprise” Final Deployment

The resolution (S. Res. 630) was agreed to.

Orders For Thursday, January 3, 2013

Without objection, it is so ordered.

Entries in the Congressional Record

House

Morning-Hour Debate

Pursuant to the order of the House of January 17, 2012, the Chair will now recognize Members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning-hour debate.

House Of Representatives

The House met at 10 a.m. and was called to order by the Speaker pro tempore (Mr. Rivera).

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

Vol. 158WASHINGTON, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013No. 173

Designation Of Speaker Pro Tempore

The SPEAKER pro tempore laid before the House the following communication from the Speaker: Washington, DC, January 2, 2013. I hereby appoint the Honorable David Rivera to act as Speaker ...

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in disbelief that a Hurricane Sandy disaster relief bill has failed to come to the floor in the current Congress.

Speaking: Runyan
Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Maryland (Mr. Hoyer) for 3 minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Mr, Speaker, I rise today to express my absolute shock that the House Republican leadership has adjourned the 112th Congress without addressing the needs of the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Speaking: McCarthy
Hurricane Sandy Relief

Mr. Speaker, it was to my profound disappointment that I learned last night that the House would adjourn the 112th Congress without providing assistance to the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Speaking: Hoyer
Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from New York (Mr. Nadler) for 3 minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Mr. Speaker, sometimes events occur that are so out of the ordinary, so unusual as to defy belief. Such is the decision of the Speaker last night not to permit ...

Speaking: Nadler
Hurricane Sandy Relief

Mr. Speaker, it's very difficult to stand here and have to speak to my constituents knowing that we're going to break, we're going to end this Congress, and I'm going ...

Speaking: Grimm
Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from New York (Mr. Grimm) for 5 minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Mr. Speaker, last night the Republican leadership reneged on their commitment to vote on aid for the families in the States that were devastated by Superstorm Sandy. We were told ...

Speaking: Crowley
Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from New York (Mr. Crowley) for 3 minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Mr. Speaker, the Republican do-nothing leadership has an opportunity to do something--something very important--today to help the more than 17 million Americans who were devastated by Hurricane Sandy, one of ...

Speaking: Lowey
Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentlewoman from New York (Mrs. Lowey) for 2\1/2\ minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. At the outset, let me thank you for your service during your time in Congress, and thank you for your remarks here this morning.

Speaking: King
Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from New York (Mr. King) for 5 minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from New Jersey (Mr. Pallone) for 2\1/2\ minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Let me thank Mr. King, my colleague from New York, for his remarks. I really appreciate what he said--that this is not a Republican or Democratic issue. It shouldn't be ...

Speaking: Pallone
Hurricane Sandy Relief

Mr. Speaker, I rise in solidarity with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle against the House Republican leadership's outrageous decision to refuse emergency assistance for our States to ...

Speaking: Bishop
Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Oregon (Mr. Blumenauer) for 2\1/2\ minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from New York (Mr. Bishop) for 2\1/2\ minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Mr. Speaker, as the 112th Congress ends with a whimper, not a bang, not so much finished as worn out, I was prepared to come to the floor this morning ...

Speaking: Blumenauer
Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from New York (Mr. Rangel) for 2\1/2\ minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

I was just asking my friend, Joe Crowley, is there a legislative possibility that we could bring this to the floor. I think everybody has enough compassion for the Speaker ...

Speaking: Rangel
Hurricane Sandy Relief

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to be here today. I did not think it was going to be necessary. But the Superstorm Sandy relief bill, I've heard a lot ...

Speaking: LoBiondo
Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from New Jersey (Mr. LoBiondo) for 5 minutes.

Let’s Fight Together For A Better America

Mr. Speaker, thank you for your service and your friendship to our country.

Speaking: Murphy
Let’s Fight Together For A Better America

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. Murphy) for 5 minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Mr. Andrews (New Jersey) for 2\1/2\ minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Mr. Speaker, last night when I came to the floor for the first time since I've been in this body, my heart was hurting. I understand politics, but this should ...

Speaking: Meeks
Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from New York (Mr. Meeks) for 2\1/2\ minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Mr. Speaker, we're here this morning for the fellow citizens who didn't put up a Christmas tree or light a menorah or celebrate their holiday at home this year because ...

Speaking: Andrews
Hurricane Sandy Relief

I rise today, Mr. Speaker, to join my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. I come from a district in New York that was not impacted by Hurricane ...

Speaking: Reed
Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from New York (Mr. Reed) for 5 minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Writing at the time of Katrina, Harvard Professor Michael Ignatieff called the Constitution ``a contract of citizenship'' that promises, first and foremost, protection. That government will help ``citizens to protect ...

Speaking: DeLauro
In Honor Of State Police Trooper Philip Battel

Mr. Speaker, I rise today on a different subject, one that I think we can all be pleased about. I rise in honor of Virginia State Police Trooper Philip Battel, ...

Speaking: Griffith
In Honor Of State Police Trooper Philip Battel

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Virginia (Mr. Griffith) for 5 minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentlewoman from Connecticut (Ms. DeLauro) for 2\1/2\ minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from New Jersey (Mr. Holt) for 2\1/2\ minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Well, you've heard it. Our constituents' lives were devastated by the Sandy disaster. It has now been about 9 weeks since Hurricane Sandy brought the winds and the tidal surges. ...

Speaking: Holt
Hurricane Sandy Relief

Mr. Speaker, the two-tiered amendment disaster relief bill that we had hoped to bring to the floor to get us to the $60 billion that is desperately needed to assist ...

Speaking: Smith
Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from New Jersey (Mr. Smith) for 5 minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentlewoman from California (Ms. Pelosi) for 2\1/2\ minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Mr. Speaker, here we are again today in wonder over the decision that we think has been made by the Republican leadership in the House not to bring legislation to ...

Speaking: Pelosi
2013: Year Of Spending Cuts

Mr. Speaker, last night, House Speaker John Boehner released a statement outlining his many objectives for the new year, stating:

Speaking: Wilson
2013: Year Of Spending Cuts

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from South Carolina (Mr. Wilson) for 5 minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Connecticut (Mr. Himes) for 1 minute.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

I rise today to express my feelings of anger, frustration, and disbelief that the Republican leadership has failed to fulfill this promise on emergency supplemental disaster aid for the victims ...

Speaking: Clarke
Pass The Safer Act Today

Mr. Speaker, in 1985, 13-year-old Lavinia Masters went to sleep in her bedroom, which should be the safest place on Earth for children. But a few hours later, she was ...

Speaking: Poe
Hurricane Sandy Relief

When Hurricane Sandy struck on October 29 in eastern Connecticut's Long Island Sound with 90-mile-per-hour winds and high tide, it created a path of destruction never seen before. Homes were ...

Speaking: Courtney
Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Connecticut (Mr. Courtney) for 1 minute.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentlewoman from New York (Ms. Clarke) for 1 minute.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from New York (Mr. Tonko) for 2\1/2\ minutes.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

I remember two things of that horrible night that Sandy hit my community in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Of course, I remember the devastation and the damage that we have so ...

Speaking: Himes
Hurricane Sandy Relief

Just yesterday, Americans celebrated New Year's Day. They ushered in 2013. As we rang in the new year, the usual message of hope that accompanies the new year--any new year--rang ...

Speaking: Tonko
Pass The Safer Act Today

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Texas (Mr. Poe) for 1 minute.

Announcement By The Speaker Pro Tempore

Is it in order to ask unanimous consent to extend that time for 1 minute?

Speaking: Hoyer
Announcement By The Speaker Pro Tempore

Unfortunately, the Chair cannot entertain that request during morning-hour debate.

Announcement By The Speaker Pro Tempore

Debate may not continue past 11:50 a.m.

General Leave

Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may revise and extend their remarks on the issue that has been before the House in these 5-minute speeches.

Speaking: Hoyer
General Leave

There was no objection.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Mr. Speaker, as the only New York City member of the Appropriations Committee, what I saw last night is something that I hadn't seen before. Whenever a disaster hit any ...

Speaking: Serrano
The Journal

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

Recess

Pursuant to clause 12(a) of rule I, the Chair declares the House in recess until noon.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

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

General Leave

Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Maryland?

Announcements By The Speaker Pro Tempore

Under clause 5(d) of rule XX, the Chair announces to the House that, in light of the resignation of the gentleman from South Carolina (Mr. Scott), the whole number of ...

Prayer

The Chaplain, the Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, offered the following prayer: God of the universe, we give You thanks for giving us another day. As the Members of the people's ...

Pledge Of Allegiance

Will the gentleman from New York (Mr. Crowley) come forward and lead the House in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Recess

Pursuant to clause 12(a) of rule I, the Chair declares the House in recess subject to the call of the Chair.

After Recess

The recess having expired, the House was called to order by the Speaker pro tempore (Mr. Simpson) at 12 o'clock and 35 minutes p.m.

After Recess

The recess having expired, the House was called to order by the Speaker pro tempore (Mr. Simpson) at noon.

Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Act Of 2012

Mr. Speaker, I have amendments at the desk.

Speaking: Smith
Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Act Of 2012

Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to take from the Speaker's table the bill (S. 3250) to amend the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to provide for Debbie ...

Speaking: Smith
Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Act Of 2012

The Clerk read as follows:

Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Act Of 2012

The Clerk will report the amendments.

Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Act Of 2012

Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Texas?

Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Act Of 2012

The text of the bill is as follows:

Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Act Of 2012

There was no objection.

Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Act Of 2012

The bill was ordered to be read a third time, was read the third time, and passed, and a motion to reconsider was laid on the table.

Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Act Of 2012

Mr. SMITH of Texas (during the reading). Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to dispense with the reading.

Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Act Of 2012

The amendments were agreed to.

Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Act Of 2012

Mr. Speaker, reserving the right to object--and I will not object--I would like to thank the gentleman from Texas and his colleague from Texas (Mr. Poe) and our colleague from ...

Speaking: Scott
Space Exploration Sustainability Act

Senate amendment:

Space Exploration Sustainability Act

A motion to reconsider was laid on the table.

Space Exploration Sustainability Act

Is there objection to the original request of the gentleman from Texas?

Space Exploration Sustainability Act

Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Texas?

Space Exploration Sustainability Act

There was no objection.

Space Exploration Sustainability Act

The Clerk will report the Senate amendment.

Space Exploration Sustainability Act

Mr. SMITH of Texas (during the reading). Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to dispense with the reading.

Space Exploration Sustainability Act

Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to take from the Speaker's table the bill (H.R. 6586) to extend the application of certain space launch liability provisions through 2014, with the ...

Speaking: Smith
Space Exploration Sustainability Act

The Clerk read as follows:

Executive Communications, Etc.

Under clause 2 of rule XIV, executive communications were taken from the Speaker's table and referred as follows: 9017. A letter from the Secretary, Department of Defense, transmitting a letter ...

Public Bills And Resolutions

Under clause 2 of rule XII, Mr. STEARNS introduced a resolution (H. Res. 845) amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to establish a standing Committee on Repeals; which ...

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. BACHUS: Committee on Financial Services. ...

Senate

The Senate was not in session today. Its next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2013, at 12 noon.House of RepresentativesThursday, January 3, 2013 The House met at ...

Communication From The Clerk Of The House

The SPEAKER laid before the House the following communication from the Clerk of the House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, House of Representatives, Washington, DC, January 2, 2013. Hon. ...

Prayer

The Chaplain, the Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, offered the following prayer: God of the universe, we give You thanks for giving us another day. In the final hour of the ...

S E N A T E

Vol. 158WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2013No. 174

Senate Enrolled Bills And Joint Resolution Signed

The Speaker announced his signature to enrolled bills and a Joint Resolution of the Senate of the following titles: S. 2318. An act to authorize the Secretary of State to ...

After Recess

The recess having expired, the House was called to order by the Speaker pro tempore (Mr. Dold) at 11 o'clock and 55 minutes a.m.

Enrolled Bills Signed

Karen L. Haas, Clerk of the House, reported and found truly enrolled bills of the House of the following titles, which were thereupon signed by the Speaker: H.R. 8. An ...

Bills Presented To The President

Karen L. Haas, Clerk of the House, reported that on January 1, 2013, she presented to the President of the United States, for his approval, the following bills: H.R. 3263. ...

Additional Sponsors

Under clause 7 of rule XII, sponsors were added to public bills and resolutions as follows: H.R. 6606: Ms. Norton. H.R. 6690: Mr. Walberg. H.R. 6728: Ms. Norton.

Executive Communications, Etc.

Under clause 2 of rule XIV, executive communications were taken from the Speaker's table and referred as follows: 9026. A letter from the Chief Counsel, FEMA, Department of Homeland Security, ...

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: [Omitted from the Record of January ...

Sine Die Adjournment

Pursuant to the 20th amendment to the Constitution of the United States, the Chair declares the 112th Congress adjourned sine die.

Entries in the Congressional Record

Extensions of Remarks

The Devastating Crisis In Eastern Congo

Mr. Speaker, last month the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights held a hearing which examined U.S. policy regarding the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ...

Speaking: Smith
In Recognition Of The 9th Anniversary Of The Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter Of Omega Psi Phi, Inc.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 9th Anniversary of the Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. The chapter includes the communities of Prince ...

Speaking: Connolly
Recognizing Lyle W. Minter And His 36 Years Of Federal Service

Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize and pay tribute to Lyle W. Minter, of Fairfax, Virginia, on the occasion of his retirement after 36 years of Federal service. Mr. Minter's ...

Speaking: Connolly
Correcting And Improving The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act

Mr. Speaker, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, or ``AIA,'' which was signed into law on September 16, 2011, is the most substantial reform of U.S. patent law since the 1836 ...

Speaking: Coble
Sharing A News Story On The Proud Tradition Of Inclusiveness Found In Reston, Va.

Mr. Speaker, I rise to share with my colleagues a poignant story from a local newspaper about the experiences of a prominent African-American veteran and corporate leader in our community ...

Speaking: Connolly
Honoring Jenni Rivera

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Jenni Rivera. On December 9, a plane crash took the, life of the singer and six others on board. Jenni Rivera was known ...

Speaking: Diaz-Balart
Recognizing The Northern Virginia Black Chamber Of Commerce 2012 Business Honor Award Recipients

Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce and to congratulate those members who are being honored for their contributions to the business and local ...

Speaking: Connolly
Commending Senior Airman Veronica Cox On Her Efforts Following The 2011 Earthquake In Japan

Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize Senior Airman Veronica Cox of Lorton, Virginia, for demonstrating exceptional personal and moral courage during humanitarian assistance after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that hit ...

Speaking: Connolly
Recognizing The 200th Anniversary Of The War Of 1812 And The Benjamin Harrison Society

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Benjamin Harrison Society's work ...

Speaking: Norton
Recognizing Dr. Wynfred Joshua As A 2012 Dia Torch Bearers Award Recipient

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Dr. Wynfred Joshua, one of the 2012 recipients of the Defense Intelligence Agency's Torch Bearers Award. This award is presented to individuals who ...

Speaking: Connolly
Support Of The National Defense Authorization Act

Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the National Defense Authorization Act which contains a very special provision, the Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act.

Speaking: Eshoo
Recognizing Ilene Gillispie As A Recipient Of The 2012 Critical Language Scholarship

Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor Ilene Gillispie, of the Alexandria portion of Fairfax County, a 2012 State Department Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) recipient. Ilene was selected for this competitive ...

Speaking: Connolly
Recognizing Benjamin Bissell As A Recipient Of The 2012 Critical Language Scholarship

Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize Benjamin Bissell, of Fairfax Station, as a recipient of the 2012 State Department Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) and a participant in the CLS Russian ...

Speaking: Connolly
Personal Explanation

Mr. Speaker. I was not present during the rollcall vote No. 623, on December 12, 2012. I would have voted ``no.''

Speaking: Eshoo
Recognizing Amanda Michetti As A Recipient Of The 2012 Critical Language Scholarship

Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize Amanda Michette, of Springfield, as a 2012 State Department Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) recipient. Amanda was selected for this competitive award based on her ...

Speaking: Connolly
Personal Explanation

Mr. Speaker, on Monday, December 17, 2012, I missed two votes because my flight from Little Rock to the Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) was cancelled along with a number ...

Speaking: Griffin
Recognizing The Washington Regional Alcohol Program On Its 30th Anniversary

Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) and to congratulate it on the occasion of its 30th anniversary.

Speaking: Connolly
Recognizing David Van Dyke For Outstanding Volunteerism

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize an outstanding community leader in West Michigan, and a personal friend.

Speaking: Huizenga
Personal Explanation

Mr. Speaker, I was absent due to the passing of my mother and was not present for rollcall votes on Sunday, December 30 and Monday December 31, 2012. Had I ...

Speaking: Roybal-Allard
Congratulating Michael Duehr

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate my friend Michael Duehr on being named the First Citizen of the Year by the Dubuque Telegraph Herald. Mike is being recognized by ...

Speaking: Braley
Personal Explanation

Mr. Speaker, I wish to clarify my position on a vote cast on December 13, 2012. The vote was on the Democratic Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4310--the National ...

Speaking: Carney
Recognizing Steelcase For 100 Year Anniversary

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition of a great West Michigan company and leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase, Inc. began serving Grand Rapids, MI in 1912 as ...

Speaking: Huizenga
Personal Explanation

Mr. Speaker, on Sunday, December 30, 2012, I was unable to be present for recorded votes. Had I been present, I would have voted: ``yes'' on vote No. 649 (on ...

Speaking: Smith
Honoring Senator Paul Wellstone

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of Senator Paul Wellstone and to recognize his leadership, integrity, and the lasting impact he has had on the citizens of Minnesota and ...

Speaking: Ellison

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